In each school, there are educators with whom students naturally form good relationships, go to for help, and feel comfortable talking to about their problems. Based on this observation, the “Go-to” Educator Professional Learning trains “go-to” educators in the early identification, support, triage and referral of students who may be exhibiting substantial mental health problems and/or mental disorders.

Go-To Educators are not trained to be counselors or work outside of their scope of practice. They learn how to complement and collaborate with student service providers in school settings, enhancing the development of a whole-school support network that can better meet student needs. Research has demonstrated that this approach can improve access to mental health care for those students with severe disorders or more complex needs, while concurrently decreasing total number of referrals to specific mental health services.

Go-To Educator Professional Learning is a companion program to the Guide Professional Learning, and can be implemented independently, or as part of a package that includes the Guide. “Go-to” educators can be subject or classroom teachers, student service providers (guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, etc.), principals, or other staff members identified by the school.

The learning session can be delivered in one day by a Go-To Trainer or a Master Trainer. Trainers build capacity in their jurisdictions (e.g. regions, boards, districts) for ongoing professional learning. They are trained either over a two-day period as Go-To Trainers, or a three-day period as Master Trainers (see below for details).

Some of the many benefits of Go-To Educator Professional Learning include:

  • Student, teacher, and administration friendly
  • Easily integrated into existing school curriculum in any jurisdiction
  • Sustainable, affordable, capacity building and research proven to be effective for both teachers and students
  • Helps develop a whole-school approach for students who need additional help and support

Typical in-person Go-To Educator Professional Learning sessions:

Educator sessions:

  • One full day
  • 10-30 participants
  • Participants will need web ready devices
  • Held at a site with Wi-Fi access for all participants

Go-To Trainer sessions:

  • Two full days for the Go-To Trainer only session (for information on three-day Master trainer, click here.)
  • 10-20 participants with some back ground in mental health care
  • Participants will need web ready devices
  • Held at a site with Wi-Fi access for all participants

For more information on learning opportunities and associated costs please contact us at [email protected].