The Forum’s Institutes are small-scale, one-day conferences with plenary and concurrent sessions that focus on a specific topic or area within education abroad. The primary purpose of an Institute is to offer participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and to engage with other colleagues with expertise in the topic area.

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12th Annual Institute:
Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Virtual Event hosted by The University of Michigan

The Institute on Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Professionals in a variety of roles who are involved in managing international educational activities and associated risks gather each year at this Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices in education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The practical, hands-on approach includes concurrent and plenary sessions that provide participants with a wealth of tools to review, strengthen, and improve institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, incident prevention, and emergency response.

The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Standards by analyzing requirements and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as outside the field of education abroad; and
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of education abroad for the benefit of all participants.


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Registration Type Regular Fee
(ends June 25)
Late Fee
MEMBER $199 $249
NON-MEMBER $299 $349


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Lunch Plenary: A Public Health Approach for Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Students Engaging in Education Abroad Experiences

The Jed Foundation is leading the way for colleges and universities in implementing a comprehensive, public health and community-based model for protecting student emotional health and preventing suicide. JED helps to create campus-wide prevention and intervention strategies and advises on best-practice mental health policies, programs and services. This model can be very easily adapted to educational programs abroad and, if implemented strategically and comprehensively, is an investment in risk management practices. Dr. John Dunkle will walk through seven overarching domain areas in the model and offer concrete examples of systems, policies, and programs for the application of the model from pre-departure through return to the home campus. He also will speak to the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on the emotional well-being of students in the last year and to factors that need to be weighed for the fall as campuses gradually consider resuming in-person instruction and programs.

Dr. John Dunkle of The Jed FoundationMeet the Plenary Speaker: Dr. John Dunkle

Senior Clinical Director, Higher Education, The Jed Foundation

Dr. John Dunkle joined joined The Jed Foundation in June 2020 after a 25 year career at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS at Northwestern University [NU]). John served as  the Executive Director (CAPS) for 15 years. For 3 years, he also supervised the NU Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE), which provides confidential advocacy and support services for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking. He received his B.A. degree in psychology, and his M.A. degree in experimental psychology from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He earned his Ph.D. degree in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY. He is a licensed psychologist in Illinois and New York and is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and American College Health Association.