Building an Advising Relationship

 A shared understanding of what is expected between student and advisor is key to building an advising relationship that is effective. This workshop will help you clarify what is optimal in a relationship and will focus on communication skills, active listening, appropriate referral, and follow-through.

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define their role and responsibilities as an academic advisor
  • Identify and describe advisor's expectations of advisees
  • Be able to define and describe the ideal advising relationship
  • Describe and communicate their role and expectations for students
  • Learn and demonstrate active listening skills, appropriate body language and basic counseling skills
  • Identify resources and learn useful referral skills

If you require interpreting services, please contact as soon as possible.

Facilitator Information: 

Carolyn DeHority, M.S., N.C.C., Assistant Director of Career Counseling at the RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.  Prior to that, she was a career counselor and the Coordinator of Career Counseling at the RIT Counseling Center for 30 years. 

Lee Twyman, M.S., L.M.F.C. Ombudsperson for all members of the RIT community since 2006 and prior to that was the Student Ombudsperson. She was a counselor and chairperson of the NTID Counseling Department for almost 30 years. Lee holds a Master's degree in Counseling with a specialty in deafness from Northern Illinois University and has participated in the Intensive Training Program in Marriage and Family Therapy through the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester.

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