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MFWHSR - Supporting Positive Mental Health in Our High Schools

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Facilitator(s): Stephanie McConnell
Louise Osland
Michele Jones
Date:April 10, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
No charge
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-CR-270

Target Audience

Administrators and High School Completion Team Members, Inclusive Learning Teachers, District Leaders, Student Services and Guidance Staff at schools involved in MFWHSR. Should space be available, registration may be opened up to a larger audience.

About this learning opportunity

Current research clearly identifies the importance of mental health to learning, as well as to students’ social and emotional development. Students who experience positive mental health are resilient and better able to learn, achieve success and build healthy relationships. (Source: Working Together to Support Mental Health in Alberta Schools, page 4.)

You will have the opportunity to explore numerous topics that support Positive Mental Health, from Trauma-informed classrooms, to universal strategies for dealing with student anxiety, depression, etc. You will also have time to examine the Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit For Success, a resource that offers a process to support schools in working with youth at risk of not completing high school.

Over the course of the day, you will have numerous opportunities to network and collaborate with other schools, while creating a draft plan/approach to take back to your schools. You will have time to engage, through the use of protocols, in focused, substantive, and in-depth conversations about the topic of students and mental health, keeping conversations focused on goals, solutions, and results. You will also be encouraged, to both solicit and provide feedback in a manner that promotes reflective learning.

This  learning opportunity supports the following tenets of Moving Forward with High School Redesign: Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment; Home and Community Involvement; and Meaningful Relationships.

You will come away from this day with an enhanced understanding of your role and be better prepared to effectively and appropriately support student mental health.


9:00- 11:00 - Supporting Positive Mental Health - Trauma-informed Classrooms - Stephanie McConnell

Traumatic experiences can happen to anyone. These events involve actual or perceived threats to the safety and wellbeing of a child or someone close to them. These frightening events change the way our students see the world and themselves. They can have a serious impact on a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. With this knowledge caregivers and professionals can create hope and healing by promoting their students wellbeing in trauma informed classrooms.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn what trauma is and how it impacts a child/youths development
  • Explore how a student’s trauma has impacts on you as we discuss vicarious trauma
  • See how the role of attachment can act as a buffer for children/youth in creating resiliency
  • Build a list of strategies that promote a whole school approach to support students

11:00 - 12:00 - Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit for Success - Michele Jones

12:00 -12:45 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:30  Supporting Positive Mental Health - Universal Strategies for Dealing with Student Anxiety, Depression, etc. - Michele Jones

1:30 - 3:30 - Facilitated Conversation and Collaboration - Louise Osland

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Stephanie McConnell is an Educator for Alberta Health Services in the department of Children, Youth, & Families - Addiction & Mental Health. Stephanie is a Registered Nurse who has dedicated her career to mental health. Stephanie has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator on the child and adolescent inpatient units, as well as in the children’s mental health emergency department; she has also spent time teaching for the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Stephanie currently provides both professional development and caregiver education sessions with the aim to increase awareness and understanding of mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Stephanie is here to share her knowledge and experience with the intention of promoting positive mental health in children, adolescents, and families.

Louise Osland has been an educator for over 40 years and prior to joining Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, she worked as a principal and supervisor with Edmonton Public Schools. She has led AISI projects, managed teams, facilitated sessions and collaborated with colleagues.

Michele Jones has been an educator for over 20 years and prior to joining Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, she worked in the areas of teacher and student wellness, both at the district and school levels. As a Health champion since 2008, and a past member of the Black Gold Healthy Schools steering committee, she has a wealth of practical knowledge of implementing wellness routines into everyday life.