YMHC Announces School Phobia Training Course for Educators and Mental Health Professionals
The Youth Mental Health Canada (YMHC) is pleased to announce the upcoming School Phobia Training Course for educators and mental health professionals. The course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to support young people struggling with school phobia, avoidance, and absence. The program will focus on building mental wellness protective factors, creating proactive and preventative approaches to support young people with school phobia disabilities, and developing needs-based educational models.
The course will cover a range of topics, including the prevalence and impact of school phobia, risk factors for negative outcomes associated with absence from school, and evidence-based interventions for supporting students with school phobia. Participants will engage in meaningful assignments throughout the 12-hour course, enabling them to apply their learning in real-world situations. Successful completion of the course requirements will result in a certificate of completion, which can be used to demonstrate professional development and training.
In addition to instructional content, participants will receive a photocopiable guidebook on supporting students with school phobia, serving as a valuable resource for educators and mental health professionals in supporting students with school phobia. The course will be held on Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm EST, starting April 1 and ending May 6, via Zoom, with audio and camera requirements.
Enrollment in the course is limited to 15 participants to ensure a high level of engagement and interaction. The cost of the course is $750 per person, and we encourage participants to register early to secure their spot. Completion of all assignments is required to successfully complete the course.
YMHC's School Phobia Training Course is a comprehensive and essential professional development opportunity for educators and mental health professionals committed to supporting young people with mental health disabilities. Through this course, participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive difference in the lives of students struggling with school phobia.
To apply for the course, please visit the link on the course website https://courses.ymhc.ngo. We look forward to working with you and helping you make a positive impact on the lives of the young people you serve.
About the trainer:
The trainer of this course is Sheryl Boswell, an educator who has taught elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education in Canada and Africa. Sheryl is the Executive Director of Youth Mental Health Canada, a registered charitable nonprofit organization. She is a child and youth mental health expert and has worked in the field for many years. Through Sheryl’s work, she has contributed to a provincial and national change in education to support students with mental health disabilities. As an educator, she knows that tools for wellness need to be accessible to all young people and their families. These tools include the five mental wellness workbooks and one guidebook on supporting students with school phobia she has written. Sheryl is a member of several international organizations including the International Association of Youth Mental Health and the International Network for School Attendance and has presented workshops on school phobia across Canada and internationally.
YMHC has been conducting international research in this area for over ten years. We published our school phobia survey findings from 2019 to 2021 in 2022 on our school phobia website: www.schoolphobia.ymhc.ngo.
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