CAHELP Guide of Professional Learning Courses

Setting the Foundations of Social Emotional PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PATHWAY

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This pathway is an introduction to social emotional wellness and youth mental health concerns. It is no secret that children and teens who are resilient, possess a sense of self-worth, who like school, have friends, and feel connected to adults at home and at school, will perform better in school and in the world around them. Sometimes, however, mental health issues can affect how a student thinks, feels, and acts. This day will include information about the importance of connecting children to their school community and how to increase protective factors among youth. Educators also need to know the signs that indicate a child may be experiencing challenges such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health concerns. Equally important, specific tools and strategies needed to create positive learning climates that enhance social and academic achievement will be provided in this hands-on learning opportunity. Participants will also be presented with information about the elective courses listed below and will be supported in choosing those which best fit their teaching situations and/or areas of interest.

Required Courses

• Life Challenges: Social, Emotional, Development and Impacts of Trauma 0-5 • Understanding Grief and Loss with Children and Adolescence, • Sexual Abuse Awareness Training: Understanding the Impacts • Youth Mental Health First Aid Social/Emotional Supports

Elective Courses

Each elective course uniquely supports educators understanding of the social emotional needs of children and provides specific strategies to support those needs. The following electives are recommended as part of this pathway. • Self-Harming vs. Suicide: Understanding the Difference • Learning Disability Simulation Workshop

Intended Audience

Paraprofessionals, general and specials education teachers, site administrators, school psychologists, counselors, and clinicians.

LCAP Priorities

Ɔ Pupil Achievement, Pupil Engagement, School Climate

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