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Mental Health Training for Educators

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9

Mental illness is under-discussed in schools, churches, and communities, and as a result, our children, youth, and young adults often suffer in silence. They know that something is not right, but they are afraid to say anything. The labels and stigmas attached to mental health conditions need to be confronted, and educators have the opportunity to be at the forefront of such actions.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five adolescents experiences a mental health problem during their school years. Of these conditions, anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD are the most common among young students. In addition, non-suicidal self-injury and substance abuse are also widespread in schools. The mental health crisis is increasing, and the number of young children and adolescents needing help for mental health conditions is rising. 

The North American Division Office of Education, in partnership with Andrews University International Center for Trauma Education & Care and the Adventist Learning Community (ALC), created this Mental Health Training for Educators to awaken awareness of mental health challenges among children and youth. Since students spend most of their time with their teachers, they are often the first to see any mental health concerns their students might have. Thus, educators who receive training in mental health can positively impact their students’ lives.

This 4 1/2-hour course will introduce you to seven mental health challenges and the signs/symptoms identified by the National Council for Mental Well-being. In addition, it will address the role that PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and school support staff have in supporting students with diagnosed mental health challenges. Educators will also learn strategies to assist students displaying concerning mental health behaviors. At the completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from ALC.

To enroll in the course, click the orange button below. You will use your NAD Dashboard username and password to log in when prompted.

This course will not train educators to diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Mental health concerns are to be addressed and treated by mental health professionals.