Providing Training for School Teachers, Educators and School Councellors

Published Date: 14 March 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef, Marine Parade GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) whether there is training provided for school teachers, educators and school counsellors on recognition and initial handling of psychological and mental health-related presentations amongst students.

Response

Yes, our teachers and school counsellors are equipped to help students in the psychological and mental health-related domains. 

Teachers are the first line of contact for all students. We have therefore equipped them with the competencies to carry out three specific roles:

  1. a. First, teachers establish amongst classmates a culture of mutual care and support and teach students life skills to improve their emotional resilience.
  2. b. Second, teachers recognise common distress signals and identify students who need help. These signals include poor attention, social withdrawal, mood changes, aggression or any behaviour that is uncharacteristic of a student. 
  3. c. Third, teachers engage with such students to understand their issues and provide care and support. 

For complex cases requiring more extensive support, teachers will refer students to school counsellors. All school counsellors have professional qualifications in counselling. They provide interventions for psychological and mental health-related issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems and suicidal behaviours. School counsellors will refer the more severe cases to medical professionals for treatment. 

 

 

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