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Lessons Learned : How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes Made by College Resident Assistants,9780415954686

Lessons Learned : How to Avoid the Biggest Mistakes Made by College Resident Assistants

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0415954681
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Pub. Date:
11/16/2006
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Brunner-Routled
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Summary

Lessons Learnedis designed for use in training programs for newly hired resident advisors or assistants (RAs). Its uncomplicated format allows users to select from among several dozen issues of importance to a particular campus. This volume is the ideal tool for residence life professionals who are responsible for training college Resident Assistants. Over three dozen common RA mistakes are discussed, chapter by chapter, in individual letters written by experienced RAs to new staff members. Each chapter includes resources and thought-provoking questions, allowing residence life professionals to choose which material they will cover to stimulate reflection and lively dialogue. This is an easy-to-use manual for an interactive, learning-centered RA training program at any level.

Author Biography

John D. Foubert, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the College of William and Mary

Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR IX
PREFACE XI
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XV
PART 1 BUILDING COMMUNITY: THE BASICS 1(34)
CHAPTER 1 BEING AWAY A LOT FROM THE FLOOR DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL
3(4)
CHAPTER 2 WAITING UNTIL THE SECOND MONTH OF THE YEAR TO DO PROGRAMMING
7(4)
CHAPTER 3 PLANNING AN EVENT WITH YOUR HALL COUNCIL AND DOING ALL THE WORK YOURSELF
11(6)
CHAPTER 4 AVOIDING CONFLICT: SEEING IT AS HARMFUL TO COMMUNITY
17(6)
CHAPTER 5 JUMPING INTO SERVICE WITHOUT LEARNING
23(6)
CHAPTER 6 HELPING STUDENTS CHOOSE THEIR FRIENDS CAREFULLY: AVOIDING CULTS
29(6)
PART 2 BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY 35(32)
CHAPTER 7 ASSUMING STUDENTS IN A RACIAL MINORITY DON'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN HALL ACTIVITIES
37(6)
CHAPTER 8 TRYING TO HELP A STUDENT OF A DIFFERENT RACE AND MAKING THINGS WORSE
43(6)
CHAPTER 9 IGNORING RACIST COMMENTS
49(6)
CHAPTER 10 A CASE OF RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
55(6)
CHAPTER 11 THE FACEBOOK NIGHTMARE
61(6)
PART 3 RESIDENT SUPPORT 67(30)
CHAPTER 12 ASSUMING THAT A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT WHO OUTWARDLY SEEMS TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER DOESN'T NEED ANY HELP OR SUPPORT
69(4)
CHAPTER 13 NOT CONFRONTING A STUDENT WHO SERVES OTHERS SO MUCH THAT SHE HURTS HERSELF
73(4)
CHAPTER 14 NOT REACHING OUT TO A LONELY RESIDENT
77(6)
CHAPTER 15 TELLING A RESIDENT'S PARENT THAT IT IS OK TO CALL YOU
83(4)
CHAPTER 16 COMMUNICATING WITH A RESIDENT OVER INSTANT MESSENGER INSTEAD OF HAVING A CONVERSATION IN PERSON
87(4)
CHAPTER 17 KEEPING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH RESIDENTS IN BALANCE
91(6)
PART 4 POLICY ENFORCEMENT 97(34)
CHAPTER 18 "IF I CAN'T SEE IT, IT ISN'T THERE": A DANGEROUS WAY TO AVOID POLICY ENFORCEMENT
99(6)
CHAPTER 19 ENJOYING POLICY ENFORCEMENT TOO MUCH
105(6)
CHAPTER 20 ENFORCING POLICY SELECTIVELY: HOW TO REALLY ANNOY YOUR RESIDENTS
111(4)
CHAPTER 21 IGNORING ESCALATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
115(6)
CHAPTER 22 ASSUMING A RESIDENT WHO COMES HOME DRUNK FREQUENTLY CAN HANDLE THEIR ALCOHOL
121(4)
CHAPTER 23 ASSUMING THAT ALL STUDENTS WHO APPEAR INTOXICATED WERE DRINKING ALCOHOL AND NOT USING OTHER DRUGS
125(6)
PART 5 HELPING STUDENTS WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES 131(28)
CHAPTER 24 PROMISING A RESIDENT YOU WON'T TELL ANYONE WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT To BE TOLD
133(6)
CHAPTER 25 THINKING THAT THE SKINNY RESIDENT WHO KEEPS LOSING WEIGHT WILL BE OK
139(4)
CHAPTER 26 DOING NOTHING ABOUT A STUDENT WHO MAKES A SUICIDAL COMMENT
143(6)
CHAPTER 27 ASSUMING THAT THE STUDENT WHO MAKES SMALL CUTS ON DIFFERENT PARTS OF HER BODY WANTS TO KILL HERSELF
149(4)
CHAPTER 28 HELPING A RESIDENT, AND YOUR FLOOR, SURVIVE A PANIC ATTACK
153(6)
PART 6 THINGS THAT CAN SERIOUSLY COMPROMISE YOUR ROLE 159(30)
CHAPTER 29 BEING CARELESS ABOUT SPENDING UNIVERSITY MONEY
161(4)
CHAPTER 30 DECIDING WHAT TO DO BASED ON WHAT EVERYONE ELSE DOES
165(4)
CHAPTER 31 DATING A RESIDENT
169(4)
CHAPTER 32 DRINKING ALCOHOL WITH UNDERAGE RESIDENTS
173(6)
CHAPTER 33 STAFF CONFLICT: DEALING WITH A SLACKING STAFF MEMBER
179(4)
CHAPTER 34 DEALING WITH PARENTS
183(6)
PART 7 SAFETY AND SECURITY 189(24)
CHAPTER 35 NOT GETTING EVERYONE OUT DURING A FIRE ALARM
191(4)
CHAPTER 36 TRYING TO HELP A RAPE SURVIVOR BUT MAKING HER FEEL WORSE
195(6)
CHAPTER 37 DEALING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS NOT A STUDENT
201(6)
CHAPTER 38 EXCUSING VIOLENT BEHAVIOR AS "JUST BLOWING OFF STEAM"
207(6)
CONCLUSION: REFLECTING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK WE DO 213(6)
WHAT IS YOUR STORY? 219(2)
ASK DR. JOHN 221(2)
INDEX 223


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