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School-Based Telehealth Training for School Staff

No longer bound by four walls or a physical address, telehealth platforms for K-12 schools have modernized how students learn and socialize. Not only is remote technology connecting students with teachers from afar, it’s also inviting psychiatrists, social workers, and therapists to the conversation. Telehealth services allow an accessible, team-based approach to student care.

But switching gears to a telehealth platform can present unique challenges for students and K-12 professionals. School-based staff often require further training to identify student risk factors in the online environment. Our course on recognizing mental health warning signs via telehealth offers specific strategies for safer online interventions. This course details the clinical responses that occur before and after a crisis is identified. Our expert instructors (Marquel Norton and Dr. Jill Battal, school psychologists, and Michelle Gross, a mental health counselor) have included modules on active listening, unconditional positive regard, and resource mapping.

COVID-19 has challenged students and families with  balancing health, academics, and mental/ emotional wellness. Supportive adults are vital to the social-emotional health of studentsnow more than ever. Our popular webinar, Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs and Helping Students in COVID-19, equips school professionals with strategies for supporting students and their families during COVID-19. Led by Dr. Christine Brown Richards, Assistant Principal with Wayne Finger-Lakes BOCES and the Vice President of the Gates Chili Central School District Board of Education, the online self-study webinar offers CE credits for licensed professionals. Professionals will learn to create restorative strategies that assist their students through loss and transitions across academic and social spheres. 

We recognize that all school professionals are essential staff working during challenging times. Our Compassion Fatigue in Education Self-Study course helps school staff identify what it means to be “trauma-informed” and how to maintain a trauma-informed perspective. This course is a recording of a live webinar presented to DeKalb County (Georgia) educators by Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Vice President of the Richmont Institute for Trauma & Recovery. Secondary stress and compassion fatigue among providers is also discussed, as well as self-care techniques and strategies for coping.

TCI would like to thank every school-based professional for continuing to serve your students and communities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

By Michael Tugendhat