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If this topic has sparked an interest in you, or you simply want to learn more, let us suggest a few resources and courses that may be of interest:
Course 854: Caring for the Mental Health of Your Students (1 Credit)
This course explores the range of student mental health issues, both hidden and visible, in classrooms today, including behavior disorders, internalizing disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and related conditions such as substance abuse and suicide. Learn about the crisis in our schools surrounding mental health care for students, and make recommendations for improvement in your school or district. You will also explore suggestions for accommodation and modification for students who experience mental health disorders.
Course 5032: Empathy & Understanding: The New Tools for Students with Challenging Behaviors (3 Credits)
Ease your fear and frustration when faced with students who are difficult to reach and teach. In this course, featuring Dr. Greene’s book Lost at School, you will find the steps you need for connecting with challenging students. Break free from old mindsets and terminology like “at-risk students," and empower yourself with the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model that teaches strategies for building and nurturing teacher-student relationships. Learn how to use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unresolved Problems (ALSUP) inventory to identify the issues in need of attention. Join us on this journey of empathy, problem solving and relationship building!
For students who have experienced trauma at home, including divorce, loss, illness, or abuse, success in school can feel out of reach. In this course, you will learn how to help your students overcome adverse experiences as you develop trauma-sensitive strategies for your classroom. Beginning with brain research, discover the impact trauma has on students’ emotional and academic development. Explore the foundations of trauma-informed teaching, including an emphasis on relationship-building, student choice, safety, and resiliency. This course will also present a thought-provoking look at the importance of self-care for educators working with students impacted by trauma and provide teachers with the tools they need to build their own wellness plan. By changing the way we view and react to children’s academic and social problems, we can help all of our students build the strength they need to find success.