Prevention or Intervention? Teacher Tools for Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Classroom

The aim of this institute is to equip teachers with the tools and resources to support students’ mental health struggles and address behavioral and educational concerns of students in their classrooms to promote learning and positive educational outcomes.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • Leaders, Teachers, Counselors
  • Virtual
  • 2:00 pm (GMT +0:00) - 3:00 pm (GMT +0:00)
  • 21 February 2023 - 14 March 2023


Research tells us that young people who feel safe, connected and secure and have loving and trusting relationships are more likely to be active participants in their learning and to achieve better physical, emotional, social and educational outcomes.

These sessions seek to equip teachers with the insights, tools and resources to understand better and support students’ mental health needs and struggles in the current environment. The sessions will also provide teachers with psychological concepts and strategies to help them more effectively address behavioral and emotional concerns of students in their classrooms and maximise positive learning and educational outcomes.

As a result of participating in this learning institute, attendees can expect to:

  1. Learn foundational knowledge about clinical concerns in the classroom and how to make use of them in the classroom, how to approach certain interactions with students from a more clinical perspective, and how to manage your own self-care in a way that can be a model for students
  2. Gain a greater understanding of the students in your classroom, typical and atypical struggles that students experience, and your role as educators to support students through those struggles
  3. Utilize the mental health tools and strategies learned during sessions and blend them with existing classroom management and teaching expertise in the classroom to support the mental health needs of students
  4. Understand the impact of the last few years on students, families, and educators; mental health concerns exacerbated by uncertainty; and how to move forward with hope and support for students
1 Tue. 21 Feb. 2023 14:00 – 15:00 Intro to Promoting Positive Mental Health
2 Tue. 28 Feb. 2023 14:00 – 15:00 Overview of student demographics in different domains
3 Tue. 07 Mar. 2023 14:00 – 15:00 Basic psychological first aid skills
4 Tue. 14 Mar. 2023 14:00 – 15:00 Emerging mental health concerns



  • Dr. Alicia Janik
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    Alicia Janik is a licensed clinical psychologist, holding a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in human sexuality education, with over 15 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She believes in a collaborative and strength-based approach, tailoring therapy to meet an individual’s needs and foster long-lasting personal growth within the context of a trusting relationship. She is passionate about promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding, with years of experience living and working overseas as an expatriate in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe.

    Dr Janik’s areas of expertise include working with international schools to promote community strength and well-being, supporting women and families navigating perinatal health (fertility, prenatal loss, pregnancy, the transition to parenthood, and postpartum care), supporting and empowering members of the LGBTQ+ population and their families, and working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing major life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, relationship challenges, and issues surrounding identity development.

  • Lisa Hekel
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Social Worker

    Lisa Hekel is a licensed clinical social worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services worldwide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution-focused approach.

    Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools guiding teachers and administrations regarding the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal-oriented practice.

  • Dr. Karen Findon
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    Karen Findon holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in treating children, adolescents, and families. She honed her clinical skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings, where she developed a theoretical approach that recognizes how our early family experiences shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. During her graduate studies, she participated in research projects that explored the relationship between trauma and psychological functioning and have devoted a great deal of her professional career to treating youth in the foster care system who have endured abuse and neglect.

    Karen tailors her evidence-based approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and goals, her therapeutic interventions may include interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and/or existential applications. She is passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and believes that everyone possesses the capacity to transcend and live a meaningful and fulfilled life.

  • Dr. James Rosow
    The Truman Group
    Clinical Psychologist

    James Rosow is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and specializes in individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Through extensive clinical experience, he has developed expertise in depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, school/professional underachievement, and relationship issues. He also offers treatment to couples and to families. His previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ. James has lived and worked abroad in Spain.

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