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Mental Health at School
October 23, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Check-in and continental breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mental Health at School:
Educators as the 'First Responders'
October 16, 2018
ADVIS Members pay $25 per person; Non Members pay $145 per person, includes continental breakfast.
Hill Top Preparatory School
737 S Ithan Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Director of Professional Development
Mental Health at School: Educators as the "First Responders"
For School Administrators (including Heads, Associate/Assistant Heads, Division Heads and Deans), as well as Athletic Directors, School Counselors and Psychologists, School Nurses and Department Chairs
Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues have reached record levels in the K-12 population. There is a clear relationship between emotional difficulties, academic performance, and social functioning. Students struggling with their inner lives are not fully available to learn, and their emotional challenges can affect their relationships with peers, teachers, and school communities. As a senior administrator, you are called upon to support these students -- and their families -- during some of their most difficult periods. You also oversee the faculty, coaches, dorm parents and staff who respond to distressed students “in the moment.” Finally, you play a key role in your school’s consideration of how to accommodate and engage preoccupied, psychologically complex, or vulnerable students effectively in their classrooms and other contexts.
During this two-part workshop, you and your colleagues will gain confidence in talking with, understanding, and managing students with relationship difficulties, identity issues, family conflicts, anxiety, and depression. You will also learn skills and strategies for communicating with their families. We will begin with an overview of current trends in student mental health, then discuss ways to identify problems, talk with students, partner with parents, support and collaborate with colleagues. During the second half of the session, we will divide into small groups to brainstorm and problem-solve together in response to "real world" scenarios, dilemmas and predicaments that arise in all of our schools.
About Our Presenter
Deborah Offner, Ph.D.
is a clinical psychologist and student affairs consultant who has taught and counseled high school and college students throughout her career. Her most recent roles have included Dean of Students at The Commonwealth School, Staff Psychologist at Boston College, and Psychological Consultant to Beacon Academy, Boston. Deborah is available to schools and colleges for guidance about adolescent development, student mental health, and institutional policy. In her private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, she works directly with adolescents, young adults, and their families. Following are links to recent articles by Deborah in NAIS
blog and NAIS
Mental Health in the Classroom: Educators as the 'First Responders'
Student Perspectives on Navigating Race and Class in Elite Spaces
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