Mental Health – Mental Wellbeing
Edmonton Catholic Schools provides ongoing support within the school to promote positive mental health by providing safe, caring and nurturing learning environments. With the help of various agencies and levels of government, we provide numerous services for students and staff. The following items are examples of some of the services that are available to students:
Edmonton Catholic Schools, with the help of various agencies and levels of government, provides numerous services for its students and staff. The following items are an indication of some of the
resources that are available.
Assessment Support and Intervention Success Team
This team offers integrated interventions and supports to at-risk grade 7 – 12 students in Edmonton Catholic Schools.
School Chaplains are available to students and staff for spiritual support and guidance.
Critical Response Team
This team responds to the needs of the school if a tragedy occurs within the school community.
Early Learning Programs
The following items are available to children attending an Edmonton Catholic School District Early Learning Program.
Early Learning Multi-Disciplinary Team
Members of the Early Learning Team such as Emotional Behavior Specialists, Child Psychologists, Family School Liaison Workers, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists are available to support schools and families in the promotion of mental health.
Many universal strategies are used to support the development of mental health in children. For more information about these strategies please see the text titled “Universal Designs for Learning in the Early Learning Context, Genesis Publications.” For more information about the Early Learning Programs available please click here for more information.
Family Oriented Programming (FOP)
Family Oriented Programming is individually planned, developmentally appropriate intervention for children with severe disabilities/ delays and their families. It is designed to engage the child’s parent in a process that helps them to implement the goals and objectives of the individualized program plan (IPP) within the home and community environment.
Stress and Anxiety in Young Children
School-based sessions offer hands on strategies to help children and parents cope with the challenges of stress and anxiety in young children.
School based sessions offer practical sensory and behavioral strategies to support children with sensory processing difficulties such as picky eating, sensitivity to touch or sound, aggressive behaviors and difficulty with transitions.
Family School Liaison Worker
School staff, students and families may be provided support from a Registered Social Worker called a Family School Liaison Worker (FSLW). The role of the FSLW is to bridge the family to the school and community.
Inclusive Support Team
Inclusive Support Teams include a Behavior Specialist, Family School Liaison Worker and an Educational Consultant. Teams work with school staff to support the development of programs for students with emotional/behavioral challenges.
Mental Health Therapists Regional Collaborative Service Delivery
Mental health therapists are part of a school-linked team, who support students with emotional and mental health challenges.
Mental Health Transition Team
Mental Health Nurses support the transition of students from the care of outside agencies, back into their community schools. Intensive support is provided at the school site for a period of 6 to 10 weeks. The Mental Health Transition Team is also available to work proactively to support students with severe and complex mental health challenges, who are waiting for access to outside agency care.
Teachers and staff support students in their mental wellness and model prayer as a way to ask God for help, understanding, acceptance, forgiveness and healing.
School-Based Guidance Counsellors
They provide guidance and support to students in various areas.
School Mental Health Consultation and Liaison Nurses
Psychiatric nurses support students with complex mental health issues, who are under the care of a psychiatrist. The nurses are a link between the home, school and physicians. They provide education and coaching to school staff and parents and direct mental health support to students. They assist medication management within the school environment.