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Supporting Staff and Student Mental Health

Monday, July 29, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Mental Health and Wellness Week

Presented by Christopher Jenson, M.D., Senior Health Advisor, Educator, Public Speaker, and Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author on School Mental Health; Kristi Dixon, School Counselor, Blue Valley Unified School District 229 (KS); and Brett Derickson, Assistant Principal, Carson Middle School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (CO)

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This edWebinar is the kickoff to edWeb’s Mental Health & Wellness Week, a series to help drive awareness and support for educator and student wellness. Attend this edWebinar for a discussion with Dr. Christopher Jenson and a panel of education leaders with deep experience in the field of mental health and wellness. This session will focus on where we are now in supporting staff and student mental health:

  • Implementations currently in place: Are we happy with them? Why or why not?
  • The current assets and limitations of schools: What are they? What roles do we feel communities are pushing us into?
  • Do schools have the responsibility and/or capacity to help with treatment of staff and students?
  • The role of embedded skills and preventive mental health (novel approach) with a discussion of the research data and perspectives from presenters

This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-12 educators, counselors, and administrators who want to learn more for their own self-care and for the mental health and wellness of their students. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Christopher Jenson

About the Presenters

Christopher Jenson, M.D. proudly serves as a senior advisor for health concerns in school districts and educational operations. As a former emergency medicine physician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Science Ambassador Fellow, and high school educator of ten years, he brings a unique set of skills, knowledge, and experiences to his advisory role. Dr. Jenson has authored five embedded curricula for youth mental health support and recently published Triage Your School with Solution Tree Press, which shares detailed strategies from healthcare to mitigating teacher burnout. He is passionate about designing practical solutions for school leaders in the midst of growing demands for educators.

Kristi Dixon

Kristi Dixon began her professional career as a special education teacher before moving on to school counseling in 2001. Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education (1993) and Master of Science, special education – learning disabilities and serious emotional disability (1995) at Kansas State University. She then completed her second master’s degree in school counseling at Emporia State University (2000). Since 1996, Kristi has supported countless students while also serving on her district’s Drug & Alcohol Intervention and Prevention Task Force, as well as promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives with students, staff, and the community at large. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in graduate programs for school counseling at Emporia State University and University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2016, Kristi was awarded Kansas School Counselor of the Year. Kristi is most proud of her role as Mom to her 16-year-old son, Elijah.

Brett Derickson

Brett Derickson is a veteran educator of 25 years primarily as a social studies teacher, soccer coach, and International Baccalaureate coordinator. Brett has a BS in education from Ohio University (1999) and advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational leadership. For six years Brett has continued his leadership as a secondary assistant principal. Working primarily with military dependents and their families in Colorado Springs, his leadership continues to evolve as mental health initiatives and support take the main stage in schools today. Brett is also the co-founder of School House Cracked, an education podcast/vlog examining all aspects of school and community that impact American society. A father of three high-school-aged students, adapting to parenting in an era of social-emotional turmoil has shaped his approach to school policy and practices as well as the significance of relationships with all stakeholders.

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