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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:

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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.

  • Therapeutic Play 

    Therapeutic play is a technique where the therapist utilizes the child's natural means of expression, namely play, in order to assist them in coping with emotional stress or trauma.  

  • Incredible Years 

    Parents and children attend  weekly sessions that focus on social, emotional and behavioral management. These sessions focus on the development of pro-social skills and resilience both in the home and at school. 

  • Grief and Loss

    This program looks at grief and loss in children, i.e. separation from loved ones, death, divorce and illness and significant family change.

  • 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.

  • Sensory and Behavior

           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.

Religious Education

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.