Mental Health Support in Schools during Covid19

We are currently living in challenging and unprecedented times that have had a huge impact on the mental health of both adults and children. All young people have been affected by Covid19 and in particular the closing of schools, colleges and universities. There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead of us, and education continues to be interrupted.

The impact of Covid19 has seen a huge rise in the number of children and young people experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety and low mood. Mental Health Services such as CAMHS are overrun with the demand that this is placing on them, and so teachers and other education staff are having to deal with the impact of this.

Mental Health, Anxiety and Learning

There is clear evidence that high and anxiety and low mood cause significant barriers to learning. High levels of anxiety are not conducive to learning or concentrating in a lesson.

“Even if you manage to take in what is being said, the information is likely to bounce around [in your brain], not being processed properly or stored in your long-term memory.”

Dr Angharad Rudkin, Clinical psychologist

It can also cause other related issues such as more challenging behaviour, low attainment, poor attendance and even school refusal.

Who is this expert-led webinar suitable for?

This webinar training session is suitable for all staff who work with children and young people in education settings such as schools and colleges.

This training is highly interactive allowing attendees to share their ideas and experiences. As well as developing a better understanding of mental health difficulties, the training will equip attendees with a “tool kit” of strategies for mental health support in schools that will allow them to support their learners to the best of their abilities during the uncertain times ahead of us.

Webinar outline

By the end of the session, attendees will:

  • Understand the link between mental health and learning
  • Understand the impact of Covid 19 on Mental Health, whilst exploring the many guises of anxiety
  • Understand some basic CBT principles
  • Gain practical strategies for mental health support of learners, particularly during Covid 19

Presenter Profile

Laura Kerbey is the founder of Positive Autism Support and Training (PAST), Healthy Happy Me and KITE Therapeutic Learning. She has been working with children and young people with autism and other associated conditions for over 20 years.

Laura started her teaching career as a lecturer in the Supported Learning Department of a large Mainstream Colleges teaching Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills and Childcare. She also worked as the Life Skills Co-ordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities. Laura specialised in Autism in 2002 when she became the Autism Champion for the Surrey College Network, she then became Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Laura has a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education Autism) a PCGE in Life Long Learning and holds NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Laura also has a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with ADHD.

Cost: £150 per delegate

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