Counselors reach out to University community, 10/30

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In the wake of the tragic death of sophomore Donald Farrell over the weekend, Rowan's Critical Incident Response Team is continuing to reach out to University students, faculty, administrators and staff as they work through their grief.

In the wake of the tragic death of sophomore Donald Farrell over the weekend, Rowan's Critical Incident Response Team is continuing to reach out to University students, faculty, administrators and staff as they work through their grief.

At this difficult time, all members of the University community are vulnerable to feelings of sadness and grief, according to Dr. Z. Benjamin Blanding, director of Health, Counseling & Psychological Services at Rowan.

"When trauma happens, we all need support," says Blanding, noting that needs such as validation, recognition, love, care and security become more pronounced during times of crisis.

"We have counselors on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week because we can never anticipate when difficult life experiences may come our way. That is when support, understanding and emotional reinforcement become necessary," Blanding adds.

Members of the critical response team have met with Mr. Farrell's friends, classmates and professors and have also reached out to the University community at large. Intervention sessions have been set up to provide students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to share their feelings regarding the passing of Mr. Farrell.

A session to give faculty and staff a chance to share their feelings will be held today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the presentation room of Savitz Hall.

Anyone from the University community wishing to speak with a counselor or anyone who knows someone who may need assistance can call 256-4222.

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