Improving Student Health and Wellness through AdvocacyDulwich College BeijingMay 17-18, 2019
A 2-day training workshop for international school counselors
Growing concern about child and adolescent mental health can be observed in education systems around the world, and the critical role of the school in supporting and safeguarding children from emotional, psychological, and physical harm is now widely recognized at the international level. China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports suicide as the top cause of death among Chinese youth, with at least 500 school children deaths each year*. Mental health issues and family problems are also often the root causes of poor academic performance, behavioral issues, and truancy.
As a result, it has become commonplace for international and local schools to directly provide onsite counseling services. Research shows that these services lead to significant, improved outcomes for children in terms of academic performance**. School counselors and psychologists address a wide range of needs in the school community, such as low self-esteem, difficulty coping with pressure, time management issues, social communication difficulties, peer conflicts, and family relationship difficulties. They also provide support for more serious issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, addiction/substance abuse, neglect, and abuse. Through accessto specialized, integrated counseling services at school, children are (i) kept safe, (ii) able to learn skills for resilience, and (iii) given the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.
However, improving student health and wellness is everybody's responsibility - counselors, teachers, principals, support staff, parents, and children themselves all have a fundamental role to play. Creating a culture of healthy habits requires the school community to be educated on this topic and empowered to address needs when they arise. This 'deep dive' training workshop therefore seeks to build the skills of school counselors so that they can:
- Educate, empower, and motivate the school community to take preventive action so that fewer children suffer now and as adults.
- Offer clear, practical guidance to others connected to the child, on how they themselves can safely address needs and crises when they arise.
*South China Morning Post (2014). 'School pressure to blame for Chinese youth suicides, official study finds'. Link: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1512032/sch...
**Richardson, T. et al. (2012). School-based adolescent mental health programs. Social Work Today, (Vol.12), No. 6, p.24. Link: http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/111312p24.s...
Davy Guo, Counseling Psychologist
Link to profile: http://www.chinaelg.com/author/davy-guo/
Davy has been practicing as a counseling psychologist at ELG since 2015, providing individual, group and embedded school counseling services to the international communities of Shanghai and Hangzhou. Additionally, he spreads awareness of mental health through seminars and trainings. As an individual he is known as a health and wellness guru; he co-owns a CrossFit gym, leads mindfulness classes, and runs a fitness club for children with special needs on a voluntary basis.
Previously, Davy worked as a psychometrist at Trent University. He also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
At Trent University, Davy provided psychometric testing and counseling for students with learning disabilities. Davy has also worked as a mental health counselor in Peterborough, Canada, and as a counselor for international students at the University of Manchester and Manchester College, UK. Prior to that, he worked in Hangzhou as an international recruitment specialist and a director of a language school.
|Module (duration)||Core Components||Outcomes|
Knowledge is power
- educating the school community on healthy habit-formation
8:30 - 12:00
|This module dives deeps into the specific advice school counselors need to provide in relation to:||1. School counselors will be equipped with evidence-based information on which they can advise.|
2. School counselors will have increased understanding of how habits and routines are formed and changed.
The power of influence: asserting yourself to become a beacon in your wider school community
13:00 - 16:30
|This module will explore how counselors operating in schools have the power to influence far beyond the individual and group therapy setting. In particular, school counselors will acquire and enhance skills in:||3. School counselors will reflect upon and redefine (expand) their perception of their own role and scope of influence.|
4. School counselors will acquire assertive communication skills for the purpose of engaging every layer of the school community.
Helping others to help themselves at times of crisis: the world-renowned 'Signs of Safety' approach
8:30 - 12:00
|In this module, school counselors will have an opportunity to practice a specific approach to intervening in any situation where a child may be at risk of harm from themselves or others. This approach is an internationally recognized safeguarding structure known as 'Signs of Safety' (Edwards & Turnell, 1999; 2006) that encourages the creation of a 'team around the child': a working partnership between the school, family, and any other relevant persons, to standardize, measure, and actively reduce the risk together using a simple to follow safety plan framework.||5. School counselors will acquire a framework and accompanying skills that will allow them to take a confident lead in directing others when a crisis of any kind arises.|
Practical activities and habits to start now for the widespread improvement of student health and wellness
13:00 - 16:30
|In this final module, school counselors will determine a specific action plan of creative activities they will implement and undertake, and opportunities they will access including:||6. School counselors will walk away with a specific, personal plan of action they will undertake in their school setting to improve student health and wellness.|
|ROOM CATEGORIES||SPECIAL FLATE RATE|
|Club Studio Suite||RMB1600|
Corporate rate depending on room availability
Rates include one daily breakfast, room internet, surcharge and 24 hours schedule shuttle bus service every 30 minutes between hotel and BJ Capital Airport T1/T2/T3 (advance reservation required).