Dr. Stan Kutcher, Dalhousie University

Dr. Stan Kutcher, Dalhousie University

Rola AbiHanna, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Rola AbiHanna, Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Preparing students for life after graduation: introducing Know Before You Go

Students face a different landscape once they graduate from high school. Many of the new challenges they will face can be more successfully addressed with some planning and preparation. That is where Know Before You Go fits in. This life skills resource helps students anticipate, identify and navigate situations they will encounter when entering the realm of post secondary education. It contains information on paying bills, study skills, roommate issues, identity questions and embed though out is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed. The presenters will introduce this web based resource and discuss how it can be used in the class room. 

ABOUT Dr. STAN KUTCHER

Dr. Stan Kutcher ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy and Training, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre

Dr. Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University.  Dr. Kutcher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Internationally, he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently, his focus is on knowledge transition pertaining to improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as the development, application and evaluation of electronic youth mental health engagement, self-care and personal health record. He continues his innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada, and globally- including China, South America, Latin America and Africa. 

ABOUT Rola abihanna

Rola AbiHanna is an educator who prides herself in maintaining a student and family centered focus in her work and life experiences. Her goals are to address the many systemic barriers faced by marginalized, under-supported and under-serviced students and families.

Rola currently works at the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), Student Equity and Support Services Division, as the Student Equity Consultant. Previously she worked for the Halifax Regional School Board for more than twelve years as a teacher and later as a school counsellor. Her hope is for a better and more equitable education system that benefits all children and youth.

Rola obtained her Child and Youth Studies Degree from Mount St. Vincent University and both her Education and Master Degree in Counselling from Acadia University. She is currently enrolled in the Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies at Acadia and is a part time instructor in their Master of Education, Counselling Program.