Partnering With Parents to Address Behavioral Challenges and Mental Health Concerns at School
School staff aligning with parents is often a critical element in successfully addressing the mental health needs of students. Common barriers are lack of knowledge regarding mental health, stigma and cultural differences. In this workshop, we will discuss approaches school staff can take to best collaborate with parents, from engagement, planning supports and following up.
ABOUT Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter, MSW, RSW has worked in School Based and Community Mental Health for over 15 years. During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has acted as a consultant to classroom teachers across all grade levels in how to address the mental health needs of students. As a therapist, he has provided direct treatment and consultation services for children and their families. Currently, Mr. Baxter chairs the School Based Mental Health Quality Improvement Committee and sits on the Child and Adolescent Addictions and Mental Health Standards Committee. His main role with AHS is to serve as the Coordinator for the Mental Health Literacy Project which is currently rolling out provincially across Alberta with over 60 School Boards. His educational background is in psychology and social work.