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How to Create a Vision Board

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How to Create a Vision Board A Copyrighted Activity Created by and Re-posted with Permission from Louise Gale http://www.louisegale.com Objectives: The participants will: 1. Reflect on goals for themselves for a set point in the future 2. Use the art form of collage to manipulate materials and create artwork that symbolizes those goals and visions Audiences: This activity can be used by any age group. Counselors/therapists may adapt this activity for those who are battling depression, addiction, PTSD or other issues. What is a Vision Board and Why is it Important? A vision board is simply a board of any size which has pictures, words and other items collaged onto it. The purpose is to create a picture or vision of what you want to attract into your life—this could be where you’d like to visit or live, changes you’d like to make to your existing environment or life, or how you’d like to feel. Displaying your vision board where you will see it every day will help you “tune your brain”, similar to a radio signal, to remind yourself of the goals you have set as you go about your busy life! Visuals are powerful as they tap into your subconscious more than words. I really like to use a combination of visuals and words as the words will also help increase the emotional response. I usually keep my vision board in my bedroom so I wake up to it every day. Remember you don’t have to do this alone. You can invite your family and close friends to take part.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: NDE Digital Learning

Positive Self-Talk and Writing a Letter of Introduction: A MS Health Lesson

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Secondary educators across Lebanon County, Pennsylvania developed lesson plans to integrate the Pennsylvania Career Education and Work Standards with the content they teach. This work was made possible through a partnership between the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board (SCPa Works) and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) and was funded by a Teacher in the Workplace Grant Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. This lesson plan was developed by one of the talented educators who participated in this project during the 2018-2019 school year.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Kelly Galbraith, Eric Edwards

Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide and Additional Resources

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This Guide, from Mental Health Literacy, includes six interactive web-based classroom-ready modules, a teacher self-study resource, lesson plans, print and video resources, PowerPoint presentations, evaluation options, and supplementary materials.Developers of the Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide worked with The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, The Jordan Binion Project, and CHI Franciscan Health  to create a Washington State Version of the materials.

Material Type: Lesson, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Authors: Barbara Soots, Ken Turner, Washington OSPI OER Project

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Week 7: Wellness

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Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day­-to-­day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. ­—Marilu Henner, actressLEARNING OBJECTIVESBy the end of this section, you will be able to:Explore practices for ensuring mental health and emotional balance in your lifeIdentify sources, symptoms, and strategies for managing stressIdentify techniques for developing and maintaining healthy eating habitsDescribe the major risks of an unhealthy diet and the benefits of healthy eatingIdentify the benefits of regular exercise, for both body and brainIdentify the benefits of sleep for physical and mental healthExplain what substance use and abuse is and identify the warning signs that help may be neededIdentify where to go for help regarding: sexually healthy behaviors, including protecting against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease, and sexual assaultDefine and practice safety consciousness

Material Type: Module

Author: Bridgette Cram

Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness

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Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness includes a facilitator’s guide with handouts and a PowerPoint presentation. This adaptable training resource covers foundational mental health and wellness knowledge for post-secondary faculty and staff and ways to support students in distress. It can be used for two-hour online or in-person training or for self-study.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Albert Seinen, Barbara Johnston, Faye Shedletzky, Gemma Armstrong, Jewell Gillies, Liz Warwick, Michelle Daoust, Ycha Gil

Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning

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Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning is a collection of chapters written by the participants of a free open course on the Canvas Open Network. A variety of methods for increasing presence in online courses were shared in this multi-institutional, international, online professional learning opportunity. Susan Spellman Cann along with Erin Luong, Christina Hendricks, and Verena Roberts happily contributed to chapter six, which focuses on social learning in online spaces. There is a special focus on the importance of relationships which are essential in any learning, but especially online.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Whitney Kilgore

Functions of Emotions

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Emotions play a crucial role in our lives because they have important functions. This module describes those functions, dividing the discussion into three areas: the intrapersonal, the interpersonal, and the social and cultural functions of emotions. The section on the intrapersonal functions of emotion describes the roles that emotions play within each of us individually; the section on the interpersonal functions of emotion describes the meanings of emotions to our relationships with others; and the section on the social and cultural functions of emotion describes the roles and meanings that emotions have to the maintenance and effective functioning of our societies and cultures at large. All in all we will see that emotions are a crucially important aspect of our psychological composition, having meaning and function to each of us individually, to our relationships with others in groups, and to our societies as a whole.

Material Type: Module

Authors: David Matsumoto, Hyisung Hwang

States of Consciousness

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No matter what you’re doing--solving homework, playing a video game, simply picking out a shirt--all of your actions and decisions relate to your consciousness. But as frequently as we use it, have you ever stopped to ask yourself: What really is consciousness? In this module, we discuss the different levels of consciousness and how they can affect your behavior in a variety of situations. As well, we explore the role of consciousness in other, “altered” states like hypnosis and sleep.

Material Type: Module

Authors: Jake Teeny, Robert Biswas-Diener

Psychology: The Science of Human Potential

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The first chapter provides an overview of the textbook and reviews the history of psychology and its methodology. Psychology is described as a science studying how hereditary (nature) and experiential (nurture) variables interact to influence the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. The remainder of the text will be organized in sections entitled “Mostly Nature” (Biological Psychology; Sensation & Perception; Motivation & Emotion), “Mostly Nurture” (Direct Learning; Indirect Learning (i.e., observational learning and language); Cognition), and “Nature/Nurture” (Human Development; Personality; Social Psychology; Maladaptive Behavior; Professional Psychology and Human Potential).

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Jeffrey Levy

Introduction to Psychology - 1st Canadian Edition

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This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. The beginning of each section includes learning objectives; throughout the body of each section are key terms in bold followed by their definitions in italics; key takeaways, and exercises and critical thinking activities end each section.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Charles Stangor, Jennifer Walinga

Psychology: Understanding Happiness

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TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections — supplemented by rich educational materials — for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Understanding Happiness, expert explorers of the mind chart our understanding of how happiness is created and cultivated. Their insights challenge our most basic cultural, political and economic assumptions and are transforming the field of psychology.

Material Type: Lecture, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Cary Cooper

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

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Your brain doesn't fully develop until the early 20's. During development it has been discovered that the teen years are when much of development takes place. This can be a potentially hazardous time in some peoples lives. This article goes into detail about the developing teen brain and shows where problems can occur.

Material Type: Reading

Psychology, Psychological Disorders, Mood Disorders

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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Distinguish normal states of sadness and euphoria from states of depression and maniaDescribe the symptoms of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorderUnderstand the differences between major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder, and identify two subtypes of depressionDefine the criteria for a manic episodeUnderstand genetic, biological, and psychological explanations of major depressive disorderDiscuss the relationship between mood disorders and suicidal ideation, as well as factors associated with suicide

Material Type: Module

Teaching in a Digital Age – Second Edition – Open Textbook

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The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: A W, Tony Bates

Faculty OER Toolkit – Open Textbook

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The Faculty OER Toolkit is an information resource about and guide to adapting and adopting Open Educational Resources. Included are definitions and examples, information about Creative Commons licensing, and tips on how to adapt and/or adopt OER for classroom use. School Counsellors can benefit from understanding OER.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Shannon Moist

Foundational Training for Students

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Starting a Conversation about Mental Health: Foundational Training for Students" includes a facilitator’s guide with handouts and a PowerPoint presentation. This adaptable training resource covers foundational mental health and wellness information for post-secondary students and ways to respond to peers who are experiencing distress. It can be used for a two-to three-hour synchronous training session or for self-study.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Arica Hsu, Barbara Johnston, Calla Smith, Dagmar Devine, Hamza Islam, Jenny Guild, Liz Warwick, Malena Mokhovikova, Mehakpreet Kaur, Ubc Student Health Wellbeing Staff

Feel the Stress

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Working individually or in groups, students explore the concept of stress (compression) through physical experience and math. They discover why it hurts more to poke themselves with mechanical pencil lead than with an eraser. Then they prove why this is so by using the basic equation for stress and applying the concepts to real engineering problems.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Jeffrey Mitchell