Beyond the Classroom – Supporting Girls’ Mental Health During Puberty

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Course Description

In this engaging and informative 1-hour Professional Development (PD) course, educators will delve into the critical topic of supporting girls' mental health during the challenging period of puberty. Teachers and school personnel play a pivotal role in shaping not only students' academic growth but also their emotional well-being, especially during puberty. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to create a supportive environment that fosters positive mental health for adolescent girls.

Intended Audience

  • K-12 teachers and administrators

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the significance of puberty in the growth of adolescent girls and understand its impact on their daily lives within the K-12 educational context.
  • List the common physical and emotional changes that girls may undergo during puberty, and their potential impact on mental health
  • Compose a repertoire of classroom-friendly strategies to promote positive mental health during the transition of puberty, tailored to the diverse needs of female students.
  • Describe the value of collaboration with fellow educators, healthcare professionals, parents, and support staff in creating a supportive environment for girls navigating puberty in the educational setting.
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Megan Arbour, PhD, RN, CNM, CNE
    Associate Professor, Frontier Nursing University
  • Judith Wika, MSN, CNM, FACNM
    Retired Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University
  • Jenna Lapointe, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Mental Health Therapist, Betterhelp
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
December 1, 2023
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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