Educators Training Programs
A variety of training programs are currently available for educators. Educators include: Educators/Teachers, school guidance counselors, youth workers, psychology professionals, administrators (Education sector). This list continues to grow each day, as groups such as yours, ask us to develop and provide training program that best fits your needs.
Learn more about the training programs we have by clicking on the plus side beside the titles below.
Understanding Adolescent Depression and Suicide Education Training Programs
This program is designed to enhance the knowledge of health professionals, primary care physicians and educators to enable them to better understand, recognize and assess depressed and/or suicidal youth, as well as appropriately refer them for treatment.
The three-pronged approach targeting physicians, health professionals and educators aims to enhance communication between health providers and educators so that young people at risk can be better identified and cared for without falling through the cracks.
The 1-day professional development workshop is designed to provide educators with evidence-based information about adolescent depression and youth suicide. The goal is to teach educators how to effectively identify, evaluate, and provide appropriate interventions for depressed and/or suicidal youth.
Educators have a unique opportunity to play an important role in the health and well-being of Canadian youth by learning how to recognize and assess depressed and/or suicidal youth, as well as appropriately refer them to health professionals for treatment. This role can only be fulfilled however if educators know how to be aware of mental health and suicide risk factors and how to identify and provide appropriate interventions for these at-risk youth.
The workshop for educators is designed specifically to meet the needs of school personnel who are in direct contact with potentially at-risk youth. It begins with an overview of the concept of adolescence, presents scientific data on mental disorders and depression, and provides a background in developmental neurobiology and adolescent developments. It addresses the issue of youth suicide within an educational context and provides practical and useful approaches to this at the school level.
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Transitions Course for Post-Secondary Student Service Providers
Transitioning from High School to Post Secondary School can take a toll on a student. In addition to being in a new environment, students are challenged in new ways, as they continue to grow and develop. During this critical development period many mental disorders arise.
Current understanding suggests that early identification and effective treatments for mental disorders can have both short term and long term benefits. Post Secondary School student service providers are in a unique position to be able to facilitate this process, but first they need to understand more about mental disorders, their identification and their impact.
Our team has developed a one day training program for post secondary school student service providers to provide them with an understanding of the brain and its functions, mental distress and mental disorders and how to identify youth "at risk" and work collaboratively with health care providers and other youth service providers (on campus and off campus) to meet the mental health needs of young people.
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Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide Training
Teachers are on the frontline when it comes being able to first identify students’ mental health problems and provide appropriate help through linking students with health care providers. Students are important participants in understanding their own mental health and the mental well-being of their peers.
Mental health literacy provides the educational foundation for understanding mental health and mental illness. The “Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide” has been developed to help students and teachers better understand these issues. In order for teachers to have the competence and confidence to teach the curriculum, a one-day training course has been designed to assist in developing a better understanding about mental health and mental disorders. This training course is composed of two components. First, it provides an overview of background knowledge including the purpose of the curriculum, epidemiology of mental disorders, and primary brain functions. Then it reviews each curriculum module with interactive discussions about both the content and corresponding teaching methodologies.
An Innovative Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program
Become your school’s mental health expert.
Get yourself trained, to train others on using the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide within the school environment.
Train-the-Trainer allows school boards and schools to create their own Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide training teams by providing trainers with the tools and instruction to integrate the Curriculum into schools, as well as enable them to train other staff members.
This two-day training program will help coach teachers and student support staff in how to use the Curriculum Guide in the classroom.
“Go-to” Teacher Training
This is a gatekeeper training model based on the concept that in each school, there are educators with whom students form good relationships and feel comfortable talking about their problems. These are staff that students "go-to". Go-to teachers or other staff members can be subject teachers, student service providers, principals and others. Through gatekeeper training, these “go-to teachers” are empowered to identify mental health problems in their students, and learn the actions necessary to facilitate referrals to mental health resources within the school or community.
The Go-To Teacher Training is a one to two day program that provides training in the identification and support of young people experiencing mental health problems. It also links the “go-to” teachers with student services providers in their own institutions, thus increasing the likelihood that students who are identified as in need of mental health support will move seamlessly to appropriate care systems. Given that this training is premised on enhancing educator/staff competencies within the context of a school, "go-to" training programs can only be delivered to individual schools.
Mental Health Literacy for Educators
This training program is designed for teachers, student service providers and administrators. Its purpose is to enhance the mental health literacy of educators who work with youth ages 13 to 25 years. This one day program is delivered in a workshop format by Dr. Stan Kutcher and will provide participants with a solid understanding of mental health and mental disorders that commonly onset during the youth years contextualized to the school setting.
Mental Health Training Seminar for Youth Service Providers:
The goal of the workshops was to provide work contextualized knowledge/information about youth mental health/mental disorders and relevant community youth mental health services resources to those involved in youth summer programming, such as camp counsellors, youth workers, mentors, volunteers or recreation staff. The information provided in the three hour workshop aimed to assist participants in understanding and identifying the difference between typical adolescent behaviour and mental illness, and how to address mental health problems appropriately in young people, including information on community resources and intervention strategies. In keeping with all training materials created by the Chair, the workshops were based on the best available scientifically valid evidence; adult learning principles and knowledge acquisition goals.
To find out more about our programs contact Amy MacKay, the School Mental Health Program Lead. She can tell you more about availability, timing, requirements, costing. You can also fill out our online program request form.
For not-for-profits and special circumstances we do have a fee reduction/waiver program your group can apply for.
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