Parents and Teachers as Allies
Parents and Teachers as Allies is a two-hour in-service program that focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children. it also covers the lived experience of mental illnesses and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health related concerns.
The components of the in-service education program for school professionals include the following:
- Welcome and Introduction – an educaiton professional, who is also a family member, welcomes the school professionals and introduces the topics to be covered, oftenwith a personal story.
- Early Warning Signs of Mental Illnesses – a facilitator walks the school professionals through the early warning signs of mental illnesses, closely following the P&TA publication.
- Family Response – a parent or caregiver of a child with mental illness covers the predictable stages of emotional reactions among family members dealing with the challenges of mental illness and the lived experience of raising a child with a mental illness.
- Living with Mental Illness – a mental health consumer that experienced the early onset of mental illness shares a view from the inside, including a discussion about the positive and negative impact that their school experience had on their life
- Group Discussion
- Closing Remarks and Evaluation
This program is designed for teachers, administrators, school healht professionals, parents and others in the school community.