The School Counsellors & Mental Health Professionals Program
- Lectures: 1 x 45 min video course
- Broken into: 6 short sections
- Tools offered: 17 apps, books, links
- Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
- Quiz / online assessment: 1
- Language: English
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Understanding the context of life on digital and social media
What teens and pre-teens have to deal with online
Unless you specifically work with teens and pre-teens daily, most adults have a limited sense of the complexity of life online. There is an inevitability for those with devices to experience bullying and trolling, identity theft, obsessive use of screens, approaches from strangers, and the impact on their esteem from comparing themselves to others. And much more.
What tools will you get?
As mental health practitioners know all too well, a problem is easier to tackle, when you can identify and then accept there is a problem. And the more they are online, the more they experience challenges without realising that screen time and levels of anxiety are related, in some cases. The course offers links to the universal addiction test, plus apps which will help to monitor, assess and identify screen time and usage.
Apps and therapeutic support tools
We have collated 13 apps for mental health practitioners to first test, and then share with their patients. Due to social distancing, therapists may not be able to physically meet with their patients, or video call is insufficient, these interim support tools – used by cognitive therapists – include meditation, sleep assistance, anxiety monitoring and support, self-harm, values-based work (ACT), and journaling.
The modules are driven by two world-class curricular, an international speaker, and driven by relatable content – trending videos, influencers, and animations – helping to generate real impact.
What health professionals and school counsellors are learning in the course:
Our parting shot
Social media is entertaining, escapism, social and supportive academically. (Most) teens and pre-teens need help now more than ever.
But do they know it? Each quarter we meet our Brains Trust of psychologist, cognitive behavioural therapist, sexologist, privacy specialist, and security specialist to discuss our content and lesson plans.
How does it work exactly?
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Deep dive into our modules!
With so many falsehoods and traps online, how can learners discern right from wrong, safe from dangerous, and true from false, and put in place a necessary pause to choose more wisely?
Social media, messaging, anonymous “Ask Me Anything” forums, and gaming can be triggering, causing aggressive, often unconscious, behaviour – and disconnection from the long-term harm from our flaming, trolling, shaming online.
Digital identity, and footprint
Understanding the internet keeps a record of your published content, hashtags, images, videos and account tags (forever), it poses a key question: “After a decade of studying, and a bright future ahead of you, how do you appear online, when searched?”
Understanding privacy & settings for platforms
Many students are not phased by privacy concerns. We reveal the reality of manipulation and influence by a powerful and divisive algorithm. We show students how much there is to privacy & how to set up carefully.
Mental health, brain-body connection, & focus
Learners can self-regulate better on devices and social media when they understand the connection between brain and body, and its impact on mental health, focus, mood and sleep.
Cybersecurity, security, scams & bait
Cybercrime has become on of the most significant threats to economies in recent years. But do students understand the threats to their safety from scams, clickbait and sextortion?
Sexuality online, sexting & sextortion
Sexuality is more than gender or sex. Unpacking the latest social influences and risks online – usually in a bid to gain followers or income – is key to a healthier relationship with our ‘self’.
Digital potential, the future of work, and 4IR
There are so many opportunities to excel online when shown the way – not just coders, but creators, technologists, scientists. We reveal where to go deeper and advance quickly, differentiating themselves.