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Foundations of Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day (Webinar #1)
Small moments can make a big difference in how children feel and function. This webinar provides foundation information that guides the implementation of all aspects of Every Moment Counts. Participants will learn about positive mental health and how to apply a multi-tiered approach to mental health involving universal promotion, targeted prevention, and individualized intervention. Practical examples of how to embed evidence-based mental health promotion strategies throughout the day (classroom, lunch, recess, after-school) will be provided. Also included is a brief review of the model programs (Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moment Cards, Making Leisure Matter), website resources, and how to build capacity of interdisciplinary teams to do this work. This is the first of a 5-part series on the Every Moment Counts’ initiative.

TIME: 12 - 2 pm EST (Q&A from 2-2:30 pm) CONTACT HOURS: 2.5

Topic outline:
• What is mental health? Characteristics of positive mental health and impact on participation
• Legislation (IDEA, ESSA, Section 504) and how it influences school mental health
• Multi-tiered, public health approach to mental health in children/youth with and without disabilities and/or mental health challenges. Describing: Tier 1, universal, mental health promotion - Evidence-based strategies for promoting mental health based on positive psychology research; Tier 2, targeted, mental health prevention - Small group interventions and accommodations for students at-risk or demonstrating early signs of mental health challenges; Tier 3, individualized intervention - Creating environments and interactions that support students with mental health challenges
• Brief overview of Every Moment Counts’ initiatives: Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, Making Leisure Matter and free website resources.

Jul 21, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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