At Start of New School Year, OHELâ€™s Dr. Norman Blumenthal Provides a Breadth of Teacher Training to Northern New Jersey Schools
OHEL provides a breadth of school-based services which include teacher workshops and training seminars that addresses issues from bullying prevention, challenges of trauma, mental health awareness, to optimizing the school environment so that children of divorce can better thrive.
On August 31st 2016 Dr. Norman Blumenthal presented a â€śBullying Awareness and Preventionâ€ť workshop to the faculty of the Moriah School in Englewood.
Dr. Blumenthalâ€™s shared his collective insights - identifying what is/is not bullying, while providing proactive steps to early intervention and prevention.
Analyzing the major impact that technology has had in the realm of bullying, Dr Blumenthal shared practical examples in demonstrating that while bulling yester-year was largely school-only centered, today with social media, students are far more vulnerable to a bullying culture that is ever more intrusive and 24/7. This change alone has major implications in the resiliency of todayâ€™s students.
The lecture was followed by a number of productive breakout sessions in which teachers were able to talk about their own teaching experiences with each other, together with Dr. Blumenthal.
The following day at the Frisch High School, Dr. Blumenthal presented a staff training session entitled â€śIdentifying Emotional Distress in the Classroom.â€ť
Dr. Blumenthalâ€™s covered a range of issues, from the impact of divorce on students, to the changing nature of adolescents, as we are seeing kids â€śgetting olderâ€¦earlier,â€ť to the evolving role of teachers as the first line of defense in detecting mental and emotional distress.
Deborah Herzog, Frisch Director of General Studies commented that â€śOur staff walked away with a better sense of the mental health issues everyday students may face, how to proactively identify problems, and understand what their affects can be.â€ť
Dr. Blumenthal commented how in general the Bergen County community is making significant strides at de-stigmatizing mental illness, - while remarking that â€śwe can always make further progress in this area.â€ť