What Teens Need From Their Parents in a Time of Crisis

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are a lot to handle, for all of us. Naturally, parents are concerned about how their children are handling it, and what they can do to help. Parents with young children certainly face a difficult challenge (especially those working at home). But at least their kids’ needs are more straightforward: primarily, to stay occupied […]

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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 schools is gaining ground: a NJ 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). New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also signed legislation that requires all New Jersey public schools to include mental health instruction in K through 12 health curriculums. […]

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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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