The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) chose to include a presentation by a Moraine Valley Community College counselor in its Summer Faculty Professional Development Series. This series, aimed at community college faculty and staff across the state, includes numerous virtual sessions on topics such as strategies for transitioning to online learning and remaining student-centered in an online environment.

Shanya Gray, counselor and coordinator in Moraine Valley’s Counseling and Career Development Center, will give a 60-minute “Self-Care and Coping during Unprecedented Times” presentation on Aug. 4, at 1 p.m. She will provide coping and self-care strategies for instructors and show them how they can help students cope.

“It’s imperative that faculty have these tools and skills for themselves first, and then for their students,” Gray said.

Gray has been a part of the college’s counseling team since 2015 and has worked in the mental health field for 13 years. She recently participated in a virtual panel discussion on a related topic directed at Moraine Valley students. She believes this type of information can benefit anyone, especially now when people may be feeling isolated and overwhelmed by the pandemic.

Gray’s presentation, along with other Summer Faculty Professional Development Series webinars, can be viewed on the ICCB’s website.