Centre for School Mental Health
Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The Centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.
News and Updates
United Way Panama members train in the Healthy Relationships Plus Program
Since January 2019, United Way Panama members have worked with a number of psychologists and program trainers in order to prepare to work within the "Growing in the Community" project. The purpose of the project is to reduce risk factors in the student community. Fourth R Master Trainers Toni Wilson and Sherry Shore-Muñoz travelled to Central America on February 27/28, 2019 to complete the training for the first time ever in Spanish (https://www.csmh.uwo.ca/news/2019/HRPP-training-Panama-City.html)
Q&A: Discussing teacher burnout with a psychologist and educator
Dr. Susan Rodger, Principal Investigator and Professor at the Faculty of Education discusses teacher burnout and other topics related to mental health and wellness of teachers in this Q&A with CBC News London.
"Children’s behaviour is telling us what their words cannot..."
Susan Rodger reflects on research in the area of linking behavioural issues as young children to problems such as lower income, car crashes and reduced lifespan in adulthood. Dr. Rodger cautions researchers in over-interpreting correlational studies because they strip away context. There are more factors to consider.