White Mts, VT: District teachers learn about the effects of trauma; mental health first aid

July 2, 2018, St. Johnsbury, VT, Caledonian Record: System Of Care Office Of WMR School District Sponsors In-services To Aid In Identifying Students At Risk The System of Care Office of the White Mountains Regional School District sponsored a day-long in-service on June 19 for faculty and staff of SAU 36, as well as hosting faculty and staff of the Littleton School District/SAU 84. The sessions were held in recognition of the fact that teachers no longer simply teach a subject but rather teach the whole student, including addressing the social and emotional issues that they may be facing. Trauma Informed Training strives to create Trauma Sensitive Schools by using relationships to promote learning and resilience ….Schools across the country are adopting a “trauma-sensitive” approach in order to effectively educate students who have been exposed to adverse experiences. … The presenter for this session was Jenessa Deleault, Psy.D. A Clinical Psychologist, and affiliate of Dr. Cassie Yackley’s, who works with children, adolescents, families and adults. Her background and training includes specialization in young children, although she has experience working with children and teenagers of all ages. Dr. Deleault is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidenced based practice for children ages 0-6 who have experienced trauma. She has experience working with children and families with a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, academic challenges, autism spectrum disorders, history of traumatic experiences and regulation difficulties. … Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMFHA) was also offered for faculty and staff of the White Mountains Regional School District that support youth in grades 6—12. … …Youth Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis…. ... Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Trainers in SAU 36 and neighboring districts are able to offer the training to the community, as well as other school staff. …Upon completion, participants better understand the signs of mental illness, the impact of mental illness and substance use disorders … Each participant received a certificate of completion and be identified as a youth mental health first aider.