Licensing RESPOND on your campus

RESPOND is a program designed to teach the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns before they reach a crisis. We developed RESPOND after gathering information about needs from several schools across the midwest. Schools ranged from a small rural state school to Mizzou with 35,000 students.  RESPOND is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals and is licensed to campus counseling services rather than individuals. Many campuses pair a mental health professional with a faculty member or student services staff member for a broader range of perspective in the discussion.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND

  • Recognize signs
  • Empathize
  • Share concerns
  • Pose open questions
  • Offer hope
  • Navigate resources and policy
  • Do self-care

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, and an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. We define mental health problems broadly to include both subclinical concerns as well as mental illness, however the focus is never on diagnosis. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the eight hour day. The program and materials can be easily customized for your campus. The PowerPoint has templates for local resource and policy slides, printed materials can be customized and the body of the course leaves room for clinicians experience to bring the material to life. There are also several brief videos demonstrating skills.

Licensing Fees and Process

We are able to license to campus mental health centers for a one-time fee of $1200. That provides teaching notes, all videos, PowerPoint slideshow, handouts, and activities. Given that we are only licensing to mental health centers to be facilitated by mental health professionals,  no additional training or certification is required to teach on your campus.

To request a license please e-mail Dr. Christy Hutton at Our business unit will forward a licensing agreement. When we received the signed agreement and payment materials will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christy Hutton at or by phone at 573-882-4634.