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Across the educational system, trauma and threats to mental health are creating a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on youth and adults. To effectively address this crisis, school leaders need to be equipped to support the development of mental health and well-being across their school community.
Mental Health in Schools: Building Systems of Care brings K-12 educators together for a four-day intensive learning experience on the Harvard campus. Working with your colleagues and guided by Harvard faculty, you will learn to identify structures and practices necessary to create comprehensive systems of care that foster healing and promote resilience. The program focuses on best practices in developing comprehensive school mental health systems that support promotion, prevention, and intervention strategies responsive to student, classroom, teacher, and system-level needs.
Mental Health in Schools is a four-day in-person institute that combines evidence-based strategies with the latest research on youth - and educator - development and well-being. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with fellow participants and HGSE faculty as you participate in live sessions, small group discussions, and reflective exercises, including creating an asset map to support the implementation of your learning.
As you move through the program, you’ll explore the foundations of school mental health. You’ll learn how to promote effective practices among teachers and students on individual, classroom, and system levels. And you’ll explore proven strategies for building comprehensive mental health systems of care to improve wellbeing across the entire school community.
Day 1: Introductions and Foundations of School Mental HealthDay 2: Effective Mental Health Practices for Individuals, Classrooms, and Schools Day 3: Creating a Comprehensive School Mental Health SystemDay 4: Building School Capacity and Looking Ahead
Ideal for multi-disciplinary groups within a system, the program is open to leadership teams and contributors working in the following roles:
Mandy Savitz-Romer is an expert on school counseling and the conditions that are critical to effective practice, and she writes and speaks extensively on college and career readiness.
Vanja Pejic’s interest and expertise center on the development, adaptation, and dissemination of trauma-informed and culturally attuned school systems with an emphasis on serving children and families impacted by forced migration and displacement.