Teacher Wellness Support and Training

At North York Counselling Services our team truly values educators and understands the day to day challenges of the crucial profession.  Our professionals work to promote emotional wellness for teachers and create overall balance within the classroom.

Support for

Teaching Professionals

Individual Teachers

Teachers are responsible for the academic, social, emotional, and physical development and well-being of their students.  Managing all of this, as well as administrative tasks and personal lives can sometimes feel daunting.

When the expectations of such an important job weigh heavily on the hearts and minds of dedicated educators, personal support can be a useful and beneficial resource to maintain balance and reduce the risk of burn-out.

Group Support

Access to relevant personal and professional growth opportunities will help to ensure teams of teachers are adequately equipped for their crucial roles in the development of young minds and hearts.

Plan group training and educational workshops which offer colleagues and staff information and resources necessary in supporting teachers in providing the very best educational climates for their students.

Supporting Teachers with:

Behaviour Management

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Classroom dynamics can be tricky.  Often times there are more and less effective ways of dealing with challenging behaviour in the class. Traumatic experiences and emotional difficulties of students and teachers impact the teaching and learning potential in the classroom.  Being equipped with knowledge, theories and practices specifically relevant to teaching will help teachers better navigate the complicated factors involved in effective behaviour and classroom management.

Stress and Burn-Out

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Due to the nature of the profession, many educators identify as ‘stressed’ or ‘burnt-out’.  As teachers are responsible for students’ general well-being, academic development,  administrative tasks, parent communication, etc., teachers often feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done in a school year.  Venting, goal setting, or developing a mindfulness practice, are some examples of ways working with a therapist or counsellor can support dedicated teachers.

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness tools and practices have become somewhat of a trend in education in recent years.  This is because studies have shown it can improve productivity, concentration, performance, and benefit both teachers and students tremendously.  Teachers can incorporate mindfulness practices into their teaching both directly and indirectly; increasing their effectiveness and confidence as educators and role models.

Emotional Awareness

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Emotional awareness is a valued characteristic to have in most social and professional settings.  However, the ability to reflect on one’s own thoughts and feelings is absolutely integral to being a compassionate and effective teacher.  Working with a professional to uncover a deeper relationship with one’s own emotions can transform the way a teacher interacts with their students and colleagues. Incorporating this awareness into one’s teaching practices will promote compassion and personal responsibility both in and out of the classroom.

Self-Care

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It is important to understand that our abilities to be compassionate, patient, kind, and effective educators is directly related to how well we take care of ourselves.  If we are running on empty, we will have limited resources to offer to our students, colleagues, and loved ones.  Understanding true self-care and practical ways to incorporate self-care into our daily lives can help to ensure we are keeping ourselves healthy; and, therefore better equipped to support our students in the ways they need without draining our own energy.

Personal Challenges

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One of the many characteristics shared by exceptional teachers is the ability to shelve personal challenges upon walking into their classroom, and being fully present for their students.  Being expected to ‘perform’ despite what might be happening in other areas of life can take a toll emotionally and physically.  Acknowledging and working through personal challenges with a professional can help with stress management, teaching effectiveness, and promote greater personal well being.

Supporting Teachers

Teachers are often struggling to keep up with a number of professional development expectations in order to ensure their teaching practices are both relevant and effective.  While the academic and technical responsibilities of teachers are crucial to their jobs,  more information and resources are necessary in supporting the emotional and mental well-being of teachers.

Individual support for teachers may include working with feelings of stress and burn-out, developing a mindfulness practice for themselves or their students, or personal therapeutic assistance during trying times.

Whether the support is individual, in group settings, or through educational and practical resources, ensuring teachers are well informed and well taken care of should be considered a top priority.

Getting Started is Easy

Free 30 Min Consultation

Call for a free consultation to find out if North York Counselling Services is the right fit for you.

Book Appointment

Find an appointment with a professional to fit your schedule.

Group Training

Contact North York Counselling Services  for group support availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a therapeutic intervention where talk and experiential techniques are used to aid individuals in understanding themselves more deeply while working through any number of specific challenges.

Is Psychotherapy covered by insurance?

Some insurance companies are beginning to include Psychotherapy under more advanced benefit plans.

If your insurance company does not currently cover psychotherapy, please visit the Registered Psychotherapists Insurance Committee for more information.

Who is a candidate for therapy?

Any person who feels as though they would benefit from speaking with a professional is a candidate for therapy.  If you are experiencing difficulties dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, or any number of challenges, finding a professional to work with might be the right choice for you.

How do you choose a therapist?

There are a number of ways an individual might find a therapist.  Searching online will undoubtedly present a number of viable options. Referrals from medical professionals or friends are often useful when beginning a search for the right therapist.

While there are many factors you may want to consider, such as convenience, education, approach, etc., the most important consideration is how comfortable you feel with your therapist.  Following your instincts might be the most helpful tool in finding the right fit for you.

Contact Us

Ask a question or book an appointment below. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.

(647) 464-2091

#218-150 Wynford Drive, North York, Toronto

support@northyorkcounsellingservices.com

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