In 2017, only 11 of 68 schools evaluated by the Education Review Office were found to be “well-placed” to promote and respond to student wellbeing.
And, it’s well known that New Zealand has a youth suicide rate that is twice that of the US and almost five times that of the UK.
New Zealand schools are well-positioned to identify and support students who experience stress, because schools are often where problems first show up.
Dr. Sharon A. Hoover will be presenting her public lecture on best practices from across the globe on the integration of mental health and education sectors to promote student well-being and to prevent and address mental health challenges.
She will share specific resources for identifying and supporting students experiencing psychological distress related to adversity and trauma.
Dr. Hoover’s will also share data on how students are more likely to engage in and follow through with mental health services when offered in schools than in traditional community mental health settings.
Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D. is a leading figure in advancing school mental health research, training, policy and practice.
She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
She has published extensively, with many peer-reviewed articles and editorial service, including serving as Editor in Chief of the journal, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion.
Dr. Hoover currently serves as the Principal or Co-Investigator on several federally- and state-funded grants and contracts investigating the translation of children’s evidence-based mental health practice into “real-world” settings, including schools.
She is an advisor and trainer for the World Health Organization (WHO) on comprehensive school mental health, and has supported the WHO in developing and implementing a curriculum for teachers throughout the Middle East on supporting student mental health.
12:00 Arrival + refreshments
12:15 Presentation by Dr. Sharon Hoover
13:00 Q&A session
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