e-Learning Seminar
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The fall is coming and so are many new international students who need added support adjusting to life on campus. Join two university psychologists to learn practical tips for helping your international students adjust and succeed.

In this e-Learning Seminar, you will gain insights on how to recognize and address adjustment challenges for international students, ranging from changes in lifestyle and interpersonal relationships to cultural differences. Learn tips for talking to students about their mental health, including what questions to ask and when to provide support. Come away with creative ideas for developing engaging programming for international students in collaboration with different departments on campus, and discover the special issues that arise for a cohort of students from a specific country, such as China. You will also learn how to recognize the signs of crisis and understand the boundary between counseling and international student advising.

We encourage you to bring together faculty and staff from international student advising, counseling services, academic advising, student affairs, and admissions to learn about this important topic.


After viewing this e-Learning Seminar you will:

  • Gain an understanding of adjustment challenges for international students.
  • Learn best practices for talking to students about mental health and the "culture of counseling" in the United States.
  • Hear examples of how international student offices and on-campus counseling centers are working together for student success.


Sylvia ChenSylvia Chen, PhD
Staff Psychologist
The University of Texas-Austin

Dr. Chen received her master's degree in counseling from Michigan State University and her PhD in counseling from Texas A&M University. In her role as a staff psychologist and the international student specialist at the University of Texas-Austin (UT), Chen provides individual and group counseling, as well as outreach programming and staff consultation to the UT campus community. Having been an international student herself, she finds it especially rewarding to work with UT international students. Chen has a special interest in diversity issues in counseling and training and different aspects of cross-cultural adjustment. She also enjoys providing bilingual counseling to students who feel more comfortable discussing their concerns in Mandarin Chinese.

Mahlet EndaleMahlet Endale, PhD
Staff Psychologist
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Endale received her PhD in counseling from the University of Georgia. Her prior clinical experiences include community mental health clinics, refugee relocation centers, and college counseling centers. Her areas of clinical interest include diversity and multiculturalism, immigrant/international student concerns, emotional well-being through travel abroad, and recovery from trauma. Endale has collaborated with the Georgia Tech Office of International Education for three years to provide cultural adjustment and mental health related preventative programming for international students.