It looks like we will all be back in school on a full-time basis within the next few months. Many students will be excited about returning. However, students who have struggled with the social and emotional issues that cause school refusal behavior (SRB) will have very different feelings about returning to the classroom.
CHRIS LEONARD: 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. During the past year, three issues have dominated […]
As educators and administrators, we all have our lesson plans and strategic plans. But oftentimes, reality challenges our plans. This is certainly one of those times. During COVID we find ourselves operating in a condition that we did not think we were signing up for, but as always we must meet the challenge. Silently, many of us are wrestling with […]
Masks have become a part of our lives. Masks are viewed as protection and wearing a mask is an act of self-care. But the mere existence of the mask also reminds us of the tremendous stress and uncertainty with which we have been living. Self-care is as important now as ever.
The right motivators can help to engage students When students are failing to complete work, falling behind, and even failing to show up for class, it can be challenging to figure out what’s wrong and how to turn things around. COVID has magnified the problem: absenteeism rates have doubled (now averaging 10 percent) since the pandemic began, according to Education Week. […]
Creating a positive school culture that supports mental wellness is a topic that’s getting increasing attention in recent years. It’s an idea that makes sense: when students feel supported and safe, they show up, they can focus on learning, and they’re more engaged.
As schools adopt new teaching models and attempt to address learning loss, we all face a major obstacle: growing student mental health issues that interfere with learning. Understanding the challenges is the first step to overcoming them. That’s why we recently surveyed New Jersey school districts to quantify the scope of student mental health issues. The results highlight the impact […]
With many students learning remotely this fall (or spending limited time in the classroom), it’s now much more difficult (even impossible) to deliver mental health counseling at school. Last spring, many were disappointed in the results from virtual counseling. Here are some tips to help students get the most benefit from virtual counseling this time around.
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 Leonard: Welcome back to Conversations About Student Mental Health. […]
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 […]