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Awareness of Mental Health Issues, EDL 900

Instructors: Ellen Teelucksingh Swanson, Heather Gorath Lindstrom & Brad Williams

Topics: Special Education/Needs, Administrative/Leadership & Classroom Management
Audiences: Specialist/Counselors & Pre K-12

Mental health issues show in students and adults in many ways. This course will address some of them and seeks to empower educators by providing information on topics from identification of those faced with mental health challenges to factors that influence the conditions. Modules included are: 2000 the Importance of Understanding Children's Mental Health Disorders, 4007 A 15-Year-Old Bisexual Boy's Personal Story of Being Bullied and Attempting Suicide, 4015 Traumatization of Youth and Adolescents, and 4010 Warning! Sinking Ship: Helping Those Around Us.

Topics: Mental Health, Including Overview of Disorders, Attempted Suicide, Trauma, and Warning Signs

One-credit course expectations:

The learner's participation for one credit will be verified by:

  1. Completing the two categories of written assignments.
    1. At the end of each layer the learner will submit a few well written but concise remarks to address the layer's content.
    2. A one page summary reflection that is written upon completion of all of the modules incorporated in the selected UND course. End of Course Reflective Statement Requirements are provided. The final reflection must be sent as an attachment to the instructor of record at
  2. Checking the time stamp in the module indicating the amount of time the student spent studying the contents of the module.

Two-credit course expectations:

  1. The learner must complete one or more Authentic Practice Sets completing a minimum of 15 hours of additional work, beyond the requirements for the first credit, for a total of at least 30 hours for two credits.
    1. The additional 15 additional hours is focused on preparation of a portfolio exhibit that documents the design, implementation, and appraisal of an Authentic Practice Set applied to the content of the course.

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About Your Instructors

Ellen Teelucksingh Swanson Ellen Teelucksingh Swanson

Ellen Teelucksingh Swanson is the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in the Community Consolidated School District 62 in Des Plaines, Illinois. She is primarily responsible for overseeing special education, early childhood, and homeless educational programming for students in the District. In addition, Teelucksingh Swanson supervises para-educators, school psychologists, social workers, nurses, speech/language pathologists, school counselors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. She considers herself very fortunate to be working for such an amazing school district and enjoys providing high quality, effective services to all of the students and families with whom she works.

Heather Gorath Lindstrom Heather Gorath Lindstrom

Heather Gorath Lindstrom considers herself fortunate to have spent over 20 years working with beyond-risk students in a variety of positions. Currently, she works in special education for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Heather serves students in the general population and segregation units at the correctional facilities at Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, and Lino Lakes. Additionally, Heather is adjunct faculty in the education department at Augsburg College, teaching courses in the special education teacher licensure program. Previously, she worked in special education administration, family engagement, and as a special education and general education teacher.

During her tenure with the Minnesota Department of Education, Heather worked as a special education compliance specialist, state personnel development grant specialist, care and treatment specialist, and the supervisor for the Education Innovation team. She has also taught at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing, MN, and served on the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

Heather is licensed social studies teacher, EBD teacher, and special education administrator. She has pursued her passion of working with students on the fringes of traditional education in rural, urban, and suburban settings both inside schools and with other agencies -- it is work that she loves and Lindstrom is always advocating for different ways of reaching our toughest students.

Brad Williams Brad Williams

Brad Williams serves as a general and special education teacher at Cramer Junior High in Essexville, Michigan. He received his bachelor's in elementary education from Michigan State University in 1992; that same year, his career began as a special education teacher with Bay City Public Schools in Bay City, Michigan. He earned his master's in counseling from Central Michigan University in 2003. In addition to teaching, Williams has many interests and career extensions, including counseling couples and families, having been trained as both a Marriage & Family and an Individual counselor; teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan; and serving as Pastor of First Light Bible Church in Essexville, Michigan.

One of his great passions and avocations is writing. He has authored several published works. Williams also enjoys conducting workshops on a variety of topics in education, as well as faith-based topics.

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