Sage Thrive Today Blog Categorized as: Student Mental Health

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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PODCAST EPISODE 5: Navigating the Holidays: Supporting Students & Staff

In this episode, Chris Leonard talks with Dr. Mary Rose Scalo, a former Director of Special Services in Wayne and in Parsippany. Chris and Mary Rose discuss strategies for dealing with the heightened stress experienced by students, families, and staff during the holiday season and when transitioning back to school after the break.  Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. […]

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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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PODCAST EPISODE 4 – Solving School Avoidance: Strategies for Schools

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. Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is […]

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Mandated Mental Health Education Is Trending, But Is It Enough?

Mandated mental health education in public schools seems to be trending across the country. New York and Virginia pioneered this concept in the summer of 2018, becoming the first two states to pass a law requiring mental health education in public schools. This past summer, Florida and New Jersey passed similar laws. Let’s take a look at the new mental […]

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Home Instruction in NJ: When Is It Appropriate and Legal?

With the increasing numbers of students suffering with anxiety, depression, and school avoidance, schools and parents are resorting to home instruction as a solution. This sometimes happens due to recommendations from psychologists and psychiatrists who don’t understand the purpose of home instruction under NJ law. Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is Director of Operations for Sage […]

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Podcast Episode 3: Strategies for Handling School Avoidance

  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. In this episode, I will be speaking with a […]

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Podcast Episode 2: A Proactive Approach to Avoid School Tragedies

Welcome to our podcast Conversations About Student Mental Health.  I’m Chris Leonard, clinical social worker and educator, working with adolescents for over 25 years. The purpose of this podcast is to talk with school administrators, educators, clinicians, and parents to open a dialogue that will help the growing number of students struggling with mental illness. In our last episode, we […]

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