Now Available: Free Online Course for Educators on Mental Health Literacy
Now Available: Classroom WISE
A 3-part training package on mental health literacy for teachers and school staff
Educators and school personnel play a vital role in promoting mental health and well-being and identifying and responding to emerging mental illness in children and adolescents. However, they often have not received the education, training, and/or ongoing support needed to respond in the classroom.
To address this need, the MHTTC Network, in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has developed a FREE self-guided online course, video library + resource collection, and a website focused on educator mental health literacy. The 3-part training package, Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), was informed by and co-developed with educators from across the nation.
These resources will present concrete, universal approaches to promoting student mental health and creating safe and supportive classroom environments, describe student behaviors that may indicate a mental health concern, and provide specific skills and evidence-based strategies to engage and support students with mental health concerns. Catch a SNEAK PEEK below! Complete access to the training package is now available at www.classroomwise.org.
Note: We encourage you to share the information about Classroom WISE widely with your colleagues - a flyer to disseminate is available here.
Access Classroom WISE by visiting www.classroomwise.org
Classroom WISE Online Course Modules
- K-12 teachers
- School personnel
Course Objectives and Evidence-Based Components
Upon completion of this course, the educator will be equipped with strategies that can be used to promote student mental health and support students experiencing adversity, distress, and mental health challenges in the classroom. A detailed list of course objectives is available here. Learn more about the evidence-based components in Classroom WISE here.
The 5-hour self-paced course will be available on June 21, 2021, free of cost on the Healtheknowledge platform. The HealtheKnowledge online learning portal offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of improving health and healthcare services.
Course Certificate of Completion
A free certificate of completion will be provided to participants upon completion of the course requirements.
Classroom WISE Video Library
Access over 50 brief, high-impact and engaging videos of students and educators giving examples to help all students feel welcome in the classroom. The videos are embedded in the Classroom WISE online course and also available as stand-alone resources for educators and school personnel on the Classroom WISE website here.
Classroom WISE Resource Collection
Identifying Student Distress, Tips for Starting Mental Health Conversations, Creating Mental Health Bulletin Boards are just some of the Classroom WISE resources available. This ever-evolving collection includes resources created to supplement the Classroom WISE online course, as well as resources from other mental health and school organizations. Access this resource collection on the Classroom WISE website here.
Coming soon! A Companion Course to Classroom WISE
A new companion course to Classroom WISE, the Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators), is coming soon. Educators will learn how inequities in education impact student mental health and how implicit bias influences our perceptions and responses. Building on this foundation, educators will learn culturally inclusive classroom strategies to support student mental health. Learn more here!
Subscribe to our MHTTC monthly e-newsletter to receive updates on Classroom WISE, and gain access to other resources for educators and school personnel related to student mental health! Questions? Contact the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office at [email protected].