November 7, 2016
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.–Noon (Same session offered twice)
Winona Senior High School – Media Center Multipurpose Room
This training will examine risk factors, early warning signs, and educational implications of children and teen mental health disorders. Through better understanding of the biological and environmental causes and profound effects of children’s mental health disorders, educators and other professionals will learn how to lessen the negative impact of children’s mental health disorders on a young person’s social, emotional and academic success. Families, schools and communities, working together, can help improve outcomes for children and adolescents with mental health disorders and concerns. The presenter will discuss the need for proactive, inclusive social and emotional learning components to be woven into the school curriculum to encourage attitudes of kindness and acceptance of all students. Using positive behavioral interventions and accommodations, a caring climate can be created in schools, families, and communities to better meet the needs of children and adolescents with mental health disorders.
Deborah Cavitt is a trainer and project director for MACMH. MACMH is a non-profit statewide organization providing education and advocacy for both parents and professionals. Deborah works with schools, children, parents, and professionals to educate and advocate in order to increase understanding and reduce stigma related to children’s mental health disorders. Deborah has a master’s degree in human services with certifications in mental health and substance abuse counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in education with a MN Teaching Certification. Before joining MACMH, she was a teacher for over twenty years working mostly on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern MN. She has also worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist and project coordinator for a number of federal and state mental health and substance abuse prevention grants.
To Sign up for this event, please email SolomonsSong@hotmail.com