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 […]
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 […]
With the dramatic rise of students experiencing debilitating anxiety, every teacher is now dealing with this issue. And the reality is that most teachers have no training on how to best manage student anxiety in the classroom.
Chris LeonardChristopher J. Leonard, MSW, LCSW, M.ED. Chris Leonard is Director of Operations for Sage Thrive and the Sage Day Schools. He is an experienced teacher, school administrator, social worker and psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Mr. Leonard is married with two daughters and enjoys distance running, mountain and road biking, hiking, and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
The most wonderful time of the year? Maybe not. Many look forward to a holiday season filled with fun activities shared with loved ones. For others, it’s far from the most wonderful time of the year.
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. […]
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 […]