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Session Number:
E18
Time:
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room Number:
L1050
Speaker:
Cynthia Parr
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Curriculum Focus:

Grade Level:
DIV I, DIV II, DIV III, DIV IV,
Title:
Working Together to Support Mental Health: A Strength Based Approach
Topic:
A strength-based approach shifts the focus from the prevention of specific problems to a more positive, holistic view of child and youth development. Through this session we will work to develop shared understandings around mental health language, the impact of mental health on brain development and learning and how strength based approaches in schools support an overall culture of wellness.
Summary:
A strength-based approach shifts the focus from the prevention of specific problems to a more positive, holistic view of child and youth development. This approach involves a different way of thinking about students and of interpreting the ways they cope with life challenges. It allows one to see opportunities, hope and solutions, rather than problems and hopelessness. A strength-based approach focuses on building resiliency, enhancing social-emotional learning and supporting recovery. Through this session we will work to develop shared understandings around mental health language, the impact of mental health on brain development and learning and how strength based approaches in schools support an overall culture of wellness.
Biography:
Cynthia Parr, B. Ed., M. Ed Cynthia Parr is currently a Learning Facilitator with SAPDC. Previous to this she has been a teacher, vice-principal, principal and Director of Student Services as well as taught at the post-secondary level. Cynthia received both her B Ed and M Ed at the University of Lethbridge with a focus on professional development to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. As a Learning Facilitator she supports districts, schools and teachers to develop deeper understandings in all areas related to current Alberta Education priorities. Her background is in the area of Student Services and Inclusive Learning Supports (including best practices, differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning, Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practice). Cynthia is a passionate believer that every student can learn and achieve success given the necessary supports and a safe and positive learning environment.
 

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