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Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents-Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Trauma

Learn about mental health issues impacting children and adolescents and how-to best support at risk children. Hear about strategies to effectively work with a student facing one of these mental health issues, and what resources are available to help impacted children.

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Three Tiers for Bullying Prevention

In this overview of bullying prevention, viewers will learn about the three levels or “tiers” of bullying prevention and what their role is in supporting students who have been bullied as well as how to deal effectively with students who are bullying.

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Stop the Bleed

This important spotlight provides an overview of trauma care with a focus on control of bleeding through proper tourniquet technique in the event of a mass casualty event.

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Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Understand the medical concerns related to vaping and why it is a problem. Viewers will learn about appropriate school/parent responses to adolescent vaping as well as effective prevention/intervention approaches they can use.

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Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases

As Lyme disease and other tick related diseases become more common, it is important to understand the concerns related to these tick borne diseases, their symptoms and how to best prevent, identify and treat tick related disease.

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Adolescent Mood Disorders and Risk Assessment

In the Spotlight, "normal” adolescent psychological development is discusses along with what mental health issues adolescents are at risk for, how to identify symptoms of each, and what effective treatment options are available. The importance of suicide risk assessment will also be addressed, and viewers will learn what resources are available for adolescents at risk.

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Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Consultation Line

Did you know that in Pennsylvania the PA Bullying Prevention Consultation Line (BPCL) is a toll-free line to help support families and schools who are dealing with chronic adolescent bullying. Learn about the support provided by the professionals who staff the BPCL as well as help you understand what resources are available to schools and families to help resolve chronic bullying situations.

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Healthy Classroom Talk

Do you want to be able to help teach and empower students to talk respectfully with one another and adults? In this Spotlight, experienced educators will discuss the importance of healthy dialogue and the stage of youth development where it is most effective. You'll learn various strategies for engaging students in deliberation and be given several national resources you can use to help instruct students in "Healthy Classroom Talk" in and out of the classroom.

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School Climate 101

School Climate is a broad term that can leave teachers and administrators without precise, actionable ideas for improving the pro-social aspect of their schools. This Spotlight focuses on specific strategies for school climate improvement and details current happenings in Pennsylvania that will help you lead the way for more effective school climate change in your building

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Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying remains a top concern for parents and schools alike; but how can school leaders be sure they are giving their families tools and knowledge to effectively monitor student technology usage? This Spotlight discusses cyberbullying as a continuing issue, and sheds light on some new strategies that can be used to keep children safe and parents informed.

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Meaningful Bullying Prevention

In this Spotlight, learn best practices on how to create an environment in your building where bullying isn't tolerated. Effective bullying prevention doesn't have to be complicated. This Spotlight will give you tools and resources that you can put into practice, and it will also discuss why some bullying prevention interventions actually can cause more harm than good.

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Concussions

The number of Americans diagnosed with concussions is growing, most significantly in adolescents. Almost 20% of U.S. adolescents reported at least 1 diagnosed concussion in their lifetime and 5% reported being diagnosed with more than 1. In this Spotlight, you will understand the importance of preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion, and how to support students who have been diagnosed with a concussion.

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Environmental Safety in Schools

The physical environment of school buildings and school grounds is a key factor in the overall health and safety of students, staff, and visitors. This school health spotlight will give you strategies and tools that you can use in your building to assess what if any environmental changes need to be made in your building to improve the health of students and adults.

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Physical Activity

Physical activity can have an impact on cognitive skills, attitudes and academic behavior, all of which can help improve academic performance. This spotlight focuses on why it is important to incorporate more physical activity into the school day and how classroom teachers can use 10-15 minute "Brain Breaks" to help get students moving and learning at the same time.

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Smarter Lunchroom

Are you concerned about the way children eat and wish to help change unhealthy behaviors? A smarter lunchroom is one that influences students toward choosing healthier, more nutritious foods. See how your school can use the research-based principles of the Smarter Lunchroom Movement and its low or no-cost solutions to promote healthy eating behaviors in your students.

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Sexual Health in Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of major transition physically, emotionally, and socially. Healthy sexuality is an important part of adolescent development, and health care providers play a key role in helping young people develop healthy routines, behaviors, and relationships that they can carry into their adult lives. While most adolescents at this stage of life are thriving, many of them have difficulty navigating this transition, particularly understanding that risky behavior taking can jeopardize their health during these formative years and can contribute to poor health outcomes in adulthood.

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Mental Health Interventions

Schools offer a unique environment from which to support children and young people, in developing good mental health and resilience, preventing mental health problems and supporting the effective treatment of existing conditions. Mental health problems in childhood are linked to educational failure, which in turn is associated with increased rates of psychiatric disorder. There is emerging evidence for school-based interventions as potentially safe and effective treatments for improving the mental health of children and young people.

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Welcoming Schools: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students

Have you wanted to develop a welcoming LGBTQ and gender inclusive school but weren't sure what steps to take? This Spotlight will help you incorporate research based strategies in your school building to help make all students feel like they belong.

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