Developing a whole school approach to supporting positive mental health
Dr Asha Patel outlines strategies educational staff and senior leaders can implement to develop a mentally healthy culture. Instead of focusing on mental health issues in individual students, her approach centres on the promotion of positive mental health and well-being across the whole school community. This includes increasing resilience, developing healthy coping strategies and accessing support.
This therapeutic approach incorporates trauma and attachment-informed models and embeds reflective and restorative practice.
3 takeaways from Asha’s training session
– Understand what a whole school approach to mental health can look like –
– Assess whether your school is ready to embark on a journey to create a whole school approach –
– Identify possible challenges and solutions to overcome the obstacles –
This session is aimed at Senior Leaders, SENCOs and other educational professionals working with children with SEND.
Watch this preview of Asha’s presentation…
This session was originally presented live at one of our online Virtual SEND Conferences.
About the Creator
Dr. Asha Patel / Innovating Minds
Innovating Minds leads the field in providing specialist psychological support for young people in education, training and employment. Over the past three years Dr Asha Patel and her team have been working within schools to implement a whole school approach to positive mental health. She has helped senior leadership teams shift from a punitive to a therapeutic approach to ensure children and young people are supported to achieve their aspirations.
Asha is a columnist for Education Today magazine and Keele University made her their psychologist of the month in October 2018.
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