SPE 611: Mental Health Literacy

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Be introduced to the concept of social, emotional, and behavioral wellness for PK-12 students. Teacher candidates will be able to define social and emotional learning, describe what that looks like, and identify programs that promote social and emotional competence. You will also be able to define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and mental illness, including how such experiences and conditions can impact the growth, development, and learning of children and adolescents.

Using Kognito, an advanced, research-proven simulation program, you will have conversations with three virtual students as part of an interactive role-play exercise. This assignment gives you a realistic feel for how talking with various students who’ve experienced trauma can react to building social and emotional skills. It helps you build the skills, confidence, and empathy needed to better support students whose behavior might be related to trauma.

Upon completing SPE 611, you can:

  • Identify the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that impact growth, development, and learning of children and adolescents.
  • Describe and define social and emotional learning and how it relates to resiliency in children and youth.
  • Identify how schools can reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in children who experience trauma and mental illness.
  • Describe the cultural implications associated with ACEs, Trauma and Mental Illness.
  • Recognize the signs that a student is experiencing emotional distress and may be suicidal, and demonstrate the skills necessary to authentically engage youth in decision-making processes.

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To learn more about the curriculum for the online post-graduate certificate for Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness of PK-12 Students from Saint Joseph’s University, call (610) 660-3400 to speak with a program manager or request more information above.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change without notice as course and student needs change over time. For current course descriptions, please see the Online Academic Catalog.

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