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Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshop

19/06/17

This month Protocol Education hosted a day-long workshop on mental health and wellbeing in schools. The day was attended by teachers and support workers currently working with pupils with mental health issues and those looking to expand their career options in this area.

 

 

The day featured three speakers. Elaine Rogers is the Inclusion Manager of Eleanor Smith School that provides full- and part-time places for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in both primary and secondary phases. The school uses the Resilience Framework to support better outcomes for pupils. The Framework uses methods which support and develop children with complex needs by instilling a sense of belonging and building good relationships with staff, family and friends.

Dr Julia Jenkinson works alongside the school as part of the Child and Family Consultation Service, NHS team and illustrated the use of the framework with selected case studies which gave genuine insight into the challenges pupils, families and practitioners face.

David Perridge is the Vice Principal, and in charge of Staff and Student Wellbeing at West Heath School. The school which caters for young people with social emotional and mental health issues. David heads up HEART, an award-winning therapeutic centre within the school, which applies an individual approach to each student’s learning, with a flexible and varied curriculum structure to enable progress. David explored some of the neurological underpinnings behind the effectiveness of mindfulness and introduced practical exercises to help develop an awareness of what mindfulness really is, including simple yet powerful tools for both explaining and practising mindfulness with people of all ages.

The day proved hugely popular, requiring a change of location to accommodate the large number of people who wished to attend.

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