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Strength-Based Approaches for Student Mental Health in the Elementary Classroom

  • FFCA Learning Centre 110- 7000 Railway St. S.E Calgary Canada (map)

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About the Session


Strength-based approaches to supporting students are rooted in the belief that we all have areas of competency, that we’re capable of learning and growing, and that we can all be involved in the process of our own growth.  With a focus on growth and possibility, we move away from a deficit orientation and towards a place of co-constructing positive senses of self alongside the students we work with. Join this session to learn more about how you can build on strengths and promote strong senses of agency in the students that you work with to empower their independence, strengthen their mental health, and ignite their personal growth. Walk away with strategies you can use in your classrooms the next day!

 We will explore:

  • self-regulation
  • growth mindset
  • social emotional learning
  • designing classroom routines that support the mental health needs of every student, every day

This learning opportunity is being offered through a mental health grant from Alberta Education.

About the Presenter(s)

Krystal Abrahamowicz is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Previous to this, she spent over 13 years as a Teacher, Student Services Specialist, and then Student Services Coordinator at a Charter School in Calgary. Krystal is the author of the Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit for Success resource, and grant leader of a Collaborative Community comprised of school authorities and community partners in the province to create the Key Conditions Planning and Implementation tool supporting mental health in schools as a part of the Government of Alberta resource, Working Together to Support Mental Health in Alberta Schools. With extensive background and training in gifted education, and many years of experience in designing support plans for diverse learners, Krystal is a passionate believer that every student can experience success at school.