Authors: John Maratos, Melanie Cooke
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Access for Learning: Innovation in Therapeutic Pedagogy
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Access for Learning is the name of a unique mental health service developed by teachers in South Australia. It provides early intervention assistance for students in Foundation to Year 7, with diagnosed mental illness. Access for Learning uses interagency collaboration, wraparound and a practice model that demonstrates the capacity of teachers to assist in meeting the mental health needs of students. In the absence of therapeutic or clinical expertise, Access for Learning’s model shows that teachers can nevertheless align selected evidence-based strategies and skills to teach children and young people how to manage safely and productively their emotions and relationships. This leads to direct and sometimes foundational support for the students’ mental health, often a product of underlying developmental trauma. It also assists the development of primary relationships that, where necessary, can be leveraged for developing the clinical relationships that are needed to assist repair and recovery.
HOW TO REFERENCE THIS PAPER
Maratos, J, Cooke, M, "Access for Learning: Innovation in Therapeutic Pedagogy" (2018), Hear the Whisper, Not the Roar Contemporary TheMHS in Mental Health Services, Adelaide Conference Proceedings 2018, TheMHS Conference, Adelaide, Australia