Mental health challenges are common in youth. K-12 educators are well positioned to (1) decrease mental health stigma in schools (2) identify youth experiencing these challenges, and (3) provide critical relational and systemic support to youth. This self-paced interactive course uses video vignettes and interactive reflections and discussions to prepare educators to identify and support students experiencing mental health challenges.
In this course educators will: (1) identify their own automatic responses to student behaviors (2) increase awareness of mental health stigma (3) learn about fourcommon types of mental health challenges in youth (4) learn trauma-sensitive practices
At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Evaluate personal responses to behavior in the classroom.
- Recognize mental health stigma from real life scenarios and demonstrate speech and behaviors that minimize stigma.
- Categorize mental health challenges of youth into four main areas: externalizing, internalizing, attention and trauma.
- Evaluate when behaviors may signify the presence of a mental health challenge.
- Compare and contrast the prevalence and impact of: stress, adversity, child trauma and child traumatic stress.
- Identify individuals who can provide support for students experiencing mental health challenges.
Target Audience: K-12 educators eager to enhance their ability to connect with youth in their schools by increasing knowledge and skills regarding common mental health challenges and trauma-sensitive practices.
Course is offered by University of Colorado Boulder.