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Helping teachers address mental health in their classrooms

Posted by Tashianna LaRose on September 20, 2017 in News
Inside the classroom. (Creative Commons image)
Inside the classroom. (Creative Commons image)

There are growing demands on teachers to meet the needs of students with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders in their classrooms. However, most teachers report that they do not have adequate training for this.

Teacher Help, developed at Dalhousie, is a potential solution. It’s an eHealth professional development program that assists classroom teachers in providing evidence-based interventions to students in grades 1 to 12 with mental health disorders in the typical classroom setting.

The program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP), along with the industry partner, Velsoft Training Materials, a private e-Learning company based in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

The vision for this program came from over 10 years of previous research led by Dr. Penny Corkum, a professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and in Psychiatry. With a background in school and clinical psychology as well as working with teachers and kids for a long time, Dr. Corkum wanted to help teachers to meet the needs of these students in their classrooms.

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