Go to Educator Training

“Go-To” Educator refers to any school staff (guidance counsellors, psychologists, administration, etc.) that students naturally feel comfortable asking for help and talking about their problems.   The goal of this one day Go-To Educator Training Program is to develop mental health literacy amongst staff. It provides information regarding early identification of mental health problems and mental disorders. This knowledge allows teachers to make effective referrals that link students in need of help to their local care organization within and beyond the school system.  The training is offered to entire school staff and includes a print package of all information presented.

The “Go-To Educator Training” is a companion program to the High School Curriculum Guide Training (hyperlink) and can be implemented independently as a one full day training session or as part of a package over a day and a half to include the Guide.

Typically Go-To Educator Sessions are:

  • 1 Full Day
  • Have 10-80 participants
  • Run from 8:30-3:30
  • Are held at the school site
  • Are free of charge

High School Curriculum Guide Training

The Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide is the first and only evidence-based Canadian mental health literacy curriculum resource designed for use in schools.  This is a one day training for junior and high school teachers who can then instruct their students over seven to ten classroom periods. The guide is a flexible resource for educators and can be adapted to different school populations and settings.

The Guide resource is comprised of six web-based classroom–ready modules, lesson plans, video and print resources; as well as evaluation options and a complete set of educational tools. We strongly recommend having Go-To Educators (link) on your school’s staff before you deliver the curriculum information to students.

Typically Curriculum Guide Sessions are:

  • 1 Full Day (or a half day if the teacher has completed the Go-To Educator)
  • Have 10-20 participants
  • Participants will need web ready devices
  • Held at a site with wifi access for all participants
  • Held from 8:30am -3:30pm
  • Are free of charge

School Boards who are interested in developing Core Trainers, please contact:

Andrew Baxter, MSW RSW, Project Coordinator at: [email protected]

CORE TRAINING

This is a four day in-depth workshop comprised of Health and Education Professionals interested in promoting mental health.  They will become familiar with the material and concepts behind developing mental health literacy in schools, and receive support from the coordinator in the delivery process.  The Core Trainers will be certified trainers who can hold sessions within their respective boards and divisions for either the “Go To Educator Training” or the “Curriculum Guide Training”.

Typically Core TRainer Sessions are:

  • 5 days (8:30 – 3:30, 8:30 – noon on the last day)
  • Have 10-80 participants
  • Run from 8:30-3:30
  • Are held at the booking school’s site
  • Are free of charge

School Boards who are interested in developing Core Trainers, please contact:

Andrew Baxter, MSW RSW, Project Coordinator at: [email protected]

Parent Mental Health Literacy

A school-hosted interactive session geared for parents and people who work with youth. This session will introduce parents to the basic concepts in establishing and maintaining positive mental health with their children.

Topics will include:

The Teenage Brain

  • How is it different from adults?
  • What is adolescence?!

Common myths about mental illness!

  • What are the causes?
  • What are the risks?!

Teenage stress

  • How much is too much?!
  • How can we manage stress?

Promoting positive mental health in my child!

  • What are some self-care basics?
  • How can I support my teen?

Getting help

  • Talking to your teen about mental health?
  • Who to turn to for help?!

For more information or book a session at your school, please contact:

Carolina Portal, Project Assistant:  [email protected]

Andrew Baxter, Project Manager:  [email protected]