How to Address Emotional Difficulties of Children and Adolescents in Schools.

A Pearson Academy India Workshop for School Professionals

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How can you create greater psychological well-being for professionals in your school?

Schooling is an important stage in any individual’s lifespan that often leaves a lasting impression on the individual’s personality, well-being and future academic or professional success. During school years, academic burden, parental expectation, family issues and peer pressure may result in the child or adolescent developing emotional problems. These problems may manifest themselves in the form of unhealthy coping mechanisms such as depression, anxiety or anger and negatively impact the child’s self-concept.

Assessing emotional well-being of every school-going child and adolescent is important in order to offer timely support and intervention for emotional and behavioral disturbances. If not checked, these emotional difficulties may impede academic, personal and social growth, resulting in a lifetime of difficulties for such individuals.

Schools and school professionals play an important role in preventing and identifying emotional issues of their students due to the amount of time a student spends in school daily and over a number of years. School professionals are in a position to observe behavioral changes in students from a lower to a higher class that may indicate underlying emotional difficulties. Awareness of these issues combined with appropriate support will ensure schools are helping remove emotional-health barriers to student learning, and creating the right context for academic success for all students. Schools can create a progressive learning environment where academic success is not only linked to effective methods of learning but to positive mental health as well. As a school professional, you can play an important role in sensitizing your school towards emotional needs of all students that often go unnoticed and unaddressed.

What does this workshop focus on?

Participants will learn from Pearson-trained experts important aspects of emotional problems in school children and ways to address them with objective assessment and support. Participants will learn the use of Beck Youth Inventories -Second Edition (BYI-II) that are used globally to evaluate emotional and social impairment in children and adolescents from ages 7 to 18 years. Participants will also learn strategies to work with thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with emotional difficulties in children and adolescents, in order to provide in-school support.

Who can attend this workshop?

A range of school professionals including:

  • School Teachers
  • Special Educators
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Any professional involved in the well-being of school children.
What are the key learnings from this workshop for you as a school professional?
  • Learn how to handle classroom behavioral and emotional issues that disrupt classroom learning
  • Initiate informed discussions with parents and caregivers about a child’s emotional difficulties at school
  • Demonstrate underlying emotional causes of academic failures
  • Get access to objective data from the use of BYI-II for your support and intervention plans
How does your school benefit from nominating their staff for this workshop?
  • Schools will be able to Identify children for referral to more extensive assessment and intervention services
  • Schools will be able to implement an in-school mental-health support system for students
  • Schools will be better equipped to help students struggling with emotional difficulties so that they do not miss opportunities for academic achievement, emotional and social growth

Assessing emotional difficulties

  • Beck Youth Inventories -Second Edition (BYI-II) –
    This inventory is used globally to evaluate emotional and social impairment in children and adolescents from ages 7 to 18 years. Five self-report inventories can be used separately or in combination to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behavior and self-concept.
  • Beck Depression Inventory for Youth –
    This inventory allows for early identification of symptoms of depression. It includes items related to a child’s or adolescent’s negative thoughts about self, life and the future, feelings of sadness and guilt and sleep disturbance.
  • Beck Anger Inventory for Youth –
    Evaluates a child’s or adolescent’s thoughts of being treated unfairly by others, feelings of anger and hatred.
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory for Youth –
    Reflects children’s and adolescents’ specific worries about school performance, the future, negative reactions of others, fears including loss of control, and physiological symptoms associated with anxiety.
  • Beck Disruptive Behavior Inventory for Youth –
    Identifies thoughts and behaviors associated with conduct disorder and oppositional-defiant behavior.
  • Beck Self-Concept Inventory for Youth –
    Identifies issues of competence, potency, and positive self-worth.


Morning Session –

  • Introduction to child and adolescent mental health
  • Available resources in schools and families
  • Incidence and Prevalence rate of Anxiety, Anger , Depression and other related problems
  • Risk Factors in emotional difficulties
  • Diagnosis and associated conditions in emotional difficulties
  • Importance of referral to mental-health professionals
  • Importance of identifying Behavioral Problems

Afternoon Session –

  • Myths and misconceptions of childhood and adolescent problems
  • Assessment of emotional difficulties
  • Interventions and support strategies for the school professional
  • Role of significant others
  • Case Illustrations and group activities
  • Ethical Issues and considerations in the classroom
  • It was a useful experience in terms of understanding emotional difficulties of school aged children. I especially enjoyed the interaction with different professionals and learnt a lot from their experience.

    Aditi Kulkarni Duggal Counselling Psychologist, Private Practitioner
  • Excellent, very well structured workshop.

    G.J. Urankar Master Incharge Education, Rashtriya Military School, Bangalore
  • Very beneficial and informative, the whole workshop was very interactive.

    Sumalatha. N School Counsellor, Presidency School Bangalore East, Bangalore
  • The Workshop was great. It has not only taught me more about children and how they perceive their environment but also it has helped me understand the best ways to help them.

    Shagun Guha Student, Christ University
  • The session was very informative and interactions were very much encouraged. The case discussions were very interesting and helpful.

    R Sharika Varma Student, Christ University
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