B.E.A.R. Project

The B.E.A.R. Project is a training run by Brown Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to help members of our community identify and support students in distress. B.E.A.R. is an acronym that aims to help Brown community members (students, staff and faculty) learn and remember the skills needed to support students in distress:

Be present
Engage
Ask
Refer

CAPS created this training after meeting with over 1000 members of the Brown community to discuss suicide prevention between June 2015-June 2018. Members of our community shared that on the Brown campus, where it can be difficult to feel competent in general, the task of knowing how to respond in a helpful manner when someone around us is in distress is especially anxiety provoking.

 Our hope is that this training will empower you to respond in a compassionate and skilled manner to Brown students who may be in distress. 

 If you are interested in participating in a B.E.A.R. Project training at Brown, please contact Erin Lane-Aaronian, PsyD or Jorge Vargas, MSW at [email protected]