Uncertainty (e.g. the Covid-19 pandemic) can lead to children and young people experiencing a need to manage a range of emotions, through having their normal way of learning and social relationships disrupted.
Some of the biggest challenges that the education sector now faces are:
a) to support students who are experiencing mental health issues (some for the very first time).
b) to ensure that schools once again become a place that builds healthy connections and a sense of belonging.
This course will provide attendees with an understanding of the mental health of children and young people, and provide the confidence and strategies to support and guide them through times of change.
Richard Smith brings a unique perspective to the Dragonfly team as a former teacher who now works in talking therapy, helping people of all ages to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing. He does this through a mix of private practice and school-based work. Over the course of delivering training to several thousand students, colleagues and parents during his years as a CEOP Ambassador, Richard has developed a presentation style that is authentic, and uses a blend of applied understanding and a highly practical approach.
Richard spent twenty five years working in a range of schools; Primary and Secondary, day and boarding, both in the UK and overseas. His experience of teaching young people, supporting and managing colleagues has provided him with a wide range of viewpoints upon which to draw. Richard is still very much an educator and applies his current experience to provide relevant insight into the impact that mental health and wellbeing can have on leaders, staff and students.
All our 3-hour online workshops include:
Practical ideas and resources
Small group size to facilitate interaction and full engagement
Group/pair work and discussion
PDF copy of the course booklet
- Understand children’s mental health risk factors and stigma
- Recognise how anxiety can affect learning
- Develop the skills of active listening and communication
- Gain practical strategies to help children and young people understand and manage their emotions
- Increase understanding of the impact that social media can have on student’s mental health
- Consider how this could help to develop whole-school approaches to improving resilience and school-connectedness