What Is Mental Health Education?

Mental Health Education Michelle Bogdan Leesburg, VA

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Would your patients, school or office staff benefit from learning about a particular topic related to mental health, family or relationship dynamics? Do your patients seem to have a common question that you feel could best be addressed through a short seminar, in which they could not only learn about the topic, but also get questions answered? Do you wonder if or how a presentation could be beneficial for your setting?

Often times, patients seek help from their doctor or their child’s pediatrician to start getting the answers they seek. Doctors may have a good amount of knowledge on a topic, but may feel a mental health professional would be best equipped to address certain patient concerns.

Other times, parents will start with their child’s school. Maybe they contact the school guidance counselor or the school social worker to gain a better understanding through mental health education. Topics that school staff discuss with parents may include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), anxiety in youth or self-harming. While school staff do have a good amount of knowledge in these areas, education is their specialty. Bringing in a mental health professional to thoroughly explain diagnostic criteria, warning signs to look out for, ways to help youth, and more can be most appropriate.

Even still, sometimes employers want to provide a mental health education presentation to employees to improve understanding and well-being within the company. Examples may include a presentation offer tips to help employees manage stress or maintain a balance with work and one’s personal life. Providing a presentation for employees may increase employee retention. Office staff can gain personal benefits from learning more about mental health, which may, in turn, help them perform better.

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then I can help.

What Topics Does Mental Health Education Cover?

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have experience and knowledge that I enjoy sharing with others. Together, we can discuss your clientele’s needs and how I may be a fit for your office or school.

Mental health education seminars can benefit many groups of people in many different settings, including schools, doctors offices and professional offices. Examples of my seminar topics include ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Childhood Disorders, Coping Skills, Stress Management, Effective Communication and many more. I am open to talking about topics that fit your school or office needs. If, after discussing your needs with you, I do not feel it is within my professional scope, then I can suggest another provider who may be better equipped.

What Can I Expect From Hosting A Mental Health Education Presentation?

During our discussions of possible seminar topics, I like to ensure that we, as professionals, are on the same page about what you are hoping to achieve in the group seminar for your attendees. I want you to feel that I understand your attendees’ needs so that we accomplish your goals and the goals of your attendees.

After coming to a mutually agreed upon topic, I will prepare a custom oriented plan for your group. If desired, I will present you with a brief outline as well as handouts to be given to your clientele. This allows you to offer any feedback about potential changes or topics you want added to the outline. Afterwards, we will agree upon a day, time and length of the presentation that you would like for me to present at your location. We can also discuss equipment needed for the presentation and finalize the handouts.

During the presentation, I will explain to your attendees a little about myself and my professional background to help them feel confident in my knowledge of the material. I also like to start off my workshops with an ice-breaker to help people feel at ease with one another. This helps people feel more comfortable in dicussing what could be a personal topic. After this, I will jump right into the topic and go through the power-point presentation prepared. I welcome questions and comments during the presentation to ensure all attendees are able to follow along. This also adds to the conversation and helps them get what they want out of the talk. I often will use examples and pictures/videos to help different types of learners gain understanding of the content. Depending on the time allowed for the presentation, I may facilitate a role-play, small group work or a larger group exercise (ie-relaxation exercise) that fits the topic at hand to help facilitate learning as well. I like attendees to feel that they have something to take with them after the presentation is over, so I always have handouts or referrals for them to research more on the topic should they have an interest in that.

My personality tends to come out in these types of talks as well. The last thing I want to do is have people feel bored and fall asleep. I walk into the presentation with an assumption that your attendees have some level of knowledge of the topic already, though I will also ask the audience what they already know in order to better understand their needs. They can teach me what they want to learn. I also try to add my own sense of humor when appropriate as well. This can keep the talk up beat. By the end of the presentation, I hope that everyone feels that they learned something new.

Are You Still Curious And Want To Learn More?

If you wonder if your setting would be appropriate for a professional mental health education presentation or if you would like to talk more about this service, feel free to contact me and we can discuss your specific situation. I can be reached at (703) 554-2882.