Learning Opportunity

Adolescent Mental Health: The Kids are not OK

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Tania Johnson
Date:March 11, 2022
Time:10:45 am to 12:00 pm MTN
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-FMC-TJ-247
Focus: Inclusive Education Mental Health and Wellness

About this Learning Opportunity

Our teens are struggling socially, emotionally, and psychologically. The stress of the pandemic along with the multitude of changes that occur in the adolescent years has created the perfect storm.
This workshop will help you to decode behaviours, understand the signs of common psychological issues, and empower you with the tools to help bring your students to a place of connection and
safety. Connection, co-regulation, respectful communication and resilience are central themes in helping you to create a classroom that is inclusive, safe, and deeply accepting of all students.


  • Examine the role of attachment in creating safe classroom environments
  • Explore how phyical classroom environments (lighting, seating and decor) impact student success
  • reate a toolbox of strategies to help teens who are struggling

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

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

About the Facilitator

Tania Johnson, R. Psych., R.P.T.

I am a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies in South-Africa before engaging in a one year, full time internship in Chicago at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with foster and adoptive families who faced a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges.

Since completing my degree, I have worked in a private practice setting with children, teens, adults and families. I work primarily from an attachment based perspective. This means that I work with clients to explore how early relationships affect how we come to understand our self, other people and the world.

It is an honour to work with clients and families to create a space for lasting change. I endeavour to always approach my clients with respect, honesty, integrity and warmth.