Podcast 7: The Anxiety Epidemic & Teacher Burnout: What’s the Solution?

Welcome to our podcast: Conversations About Student Mental Health. I'm Chris Leonard, Clinical Social Worker working with adolescents for over 25 years. In this podcast, I talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. More and more, we're hearing from directors and school administrators that [...]
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How to Conduct a Student Mental Health Needs Assessment

The movement for supporting mental health in New Jersey schools is gaining ground: this week a state assembly committee signed off on a bill that would mandate depression screenings for public school students in 7th through 12th grades (with parental consent). And in August, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that requires all New Jersey public schools to include mental health instruction in K through […]

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PODCAST EPISODE 6: Strategies for Funding Student Mental Health Programs

In this episode, Chris Leonard talks with Pat Hovey, a leader and innovator among NJ Directors of Special Services. Pat has worked to implement and fund successful programs for students with mental health problems in several New Jersey school districts, as well as serving as an advisor to numerous other districts. Chris and Pat discuss the process of obtaining funding […]

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4 Classroom Behavior Problems & Better Teacher Responses

Teaching is a tough job. You are expected to help every student learn and achieve good grades, but that’s only the beginning. You’re often in the position of acting like a parent or a counselor: teaching and modeling appropriate behavior, communication, and social skills. The problem is, your degree in education didn’t prepare you adequately for this aspect of teaching.

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Tips for Recognizing Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

Every teacher has students struggling with mental health issues Did you know that 20% of students aged 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health disorder that causes some degree of impairment? Even worse, 10% have a disorder that causes significant impairment. And by all measures, student mental health issues are on the rise, including anxiety, mood, attention, and behavior […]

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