OCDE to host workshop for counselors and others who support student mental health

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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Orange County Department of Education is hosting a virtual webinar titled “How School Counselors can Mitigate Anxiety in Youth” on Tuesday, May 30. 

The session, set to start at 3 p.m., is geared toward school counselors, school-based mental health providers and other educators who support student mental health. Organizers say the goal is to equip attendees with tools and resources to manage mental wellness — and to build capacity among counselors and other school-based mental health teams.

The event is free to those who register at ocde.k12oms.org/1249-233355.

In partnership with local districts, OCDE has long prioritized the mental and physical health and wellbeing of students, recognizing that these factors also influence academic outcomes.

To that end, the department’s professional educators align their efforts with the California Multi-Tiered System of Support, a framework that establishes a baseline of academic and behavioral support for all students, additional assistance for those who need it, and targeted interventions for students with the greatest needs.

The approach recognizes the unique needs of each student and provides all learners with the necessary support to succeed in school and in life. School counselors play a vital role by providing prevention, intervention and postvention guidance. 

To learn more about future trainings and support, visit OCDE’s website. For additional questions, contact Dr. Noaveyar Lee at nlee@ocde.us.

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