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Supporting Your Students' Mental Health

Course Summary

This course is focused on the promotion of mental health in schools. It is crucial to understand that without looking more deeply at the humanity of our students, it can often be quite futile to work on academic skills. We live in a very different world compared to the one in which we grew up. In addition, the world is continuously changing. Considering that we can not anticipate and teach all of the academic skills that children will need in the future, we can, instead, be of great benefit to them, by thinking of mental health and giving them skills to suppotr themselves or others. In order to teach those skills, we first need to be a good model of what we are teaching. For that, we do not need an extensive knowledge of human psychology, but just a simple understanding of human development and the features of each stage, as we gradually expand skills in our repertoire to support healthy development. In that way, we can adapt our approach and also better recognize our students' needs.

Course Detailed Description

This course is focused on the promotion of mental health in schools. It is crucial to understand that without looking more deeply at the humanity of our students, it can often be quite futile to work on academic skills. We live in a very different world compared to the one in which we grew up. In addition, the world is continuously changing. Considering that we can not anticipate and teach all of the academic skills that children will need in the future, we can, instead, be of great benefit to them, by thinking of mental health and giving them skills to suppotr themselves or others. In order to teach those skills, we first need to be a good model of what we are teaching. For that, we do not need an extensive knowledge of human psychology, but just a simple understanding of human development and the features of each stage, as we gradually expand skills in our repertoire to support healthy development. In that way, we can adapt our approach and also better recognize our students' needs.

Of course, that story is not complete without a focus on the mental health of teachers. And we all know that to teach something in a good way, we should be good at applying it ourselves. After this course, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • a concept of mental health

  • the importance of the school’s involvement in students’ mental health

  • child development and strategies to promote healthy development

  • skills  that we can use to support students, but also our colleagues

  • ways that a school can support students, but also, its staff

Participants will also be encouraged to participate in a scenario-based practice through which they will get to know some of the teacher/parent/friend strategies suggested by the World Health Organization that can be applied while approaching various students' mental health scenarios.

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction 

  • Course outline 

  • Ice-breaking activities 

  • Introduction of the participants, their goals for the class and their challenges, school presentations 

  • Mental health - Why should schools be invested in their students mental health

  • Guided city tour

Day 2

  • Malsow's pyramid and mental health from behavioral point of view

  • Child development - areas and stages

  • Moral development

Day 3

  • Characteristics of a supporting school

  • Characteristics of a supporting teacher

  • Supporting teachers

  • The role of parents

  • Discussion


Day 4

  • Teachers are not therapists, but they need some therapeutic skills

  • Free screening tools for teachers and parents


Day 5

  • Addressing student mental health in school - WHO recommendations

  • Workshop + self evaluation


Day 6 

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • better understand mental health

  • understand the depth and interconnecting factors of one's mental health

  • understand why it is important for schools to invest more time and effort into mental
    health of their students

  • better understand child development through stages and areas

  • recognize characteristics of a supportive environment

  • understand how to create supportive environment

  • use some therapeutic skills necessary to facilitate supportive environment

  • understand different needs of different mental health disorders

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