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Mental Health and Board Games

Our favorite games will be used to explore emotional health and hallmarks of mental health challenges that we face, or that our friends and family face (such as anxiety and depression). Although these topics are serious, this class is FUN!
Teacher Kelly
11 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
45 minutes
per class
Meets once
9-11
year olds
2-6
learners per class
per learner

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Children will leave with a better vocabulary surrounding  and general understanding of depression and anticipatory anxiety. We will actually be playing Snakes and Ladders and Pie Face. I will stop the game Snakes and Ladder after a few normal rounds and I will add visuals to the game board. For, example when talking about depression the ladders on the game board will turn into snakes (I physically add a snake over top of the ladders). A fictional learner attempts to play under these conditions and becomes very discouraged. This will be a time for learners to build empathy for those who suffer depression. For Pie Face, the learners will roll the dice and thus "control" when the launch occurs. I will demonstrate the feeling of anxiety (shortness of breath, worry, wringing hands, dread etc). Then we will talk about how we can help someone, or ourselves who is very anxious. For example, asking for help, taking deep breaths etc. 
I am in the middle of my masters degree in Counselling Psychology and I hope to become a child psychologist one day soon. I have volunteered on the Sexual Assault Support and Information Line in my city for three years. In addition I have worked in a leadership capacity with children since I was sixteen years old. I am a strong believer in the learn through play philosophy. During my undergraduate degree I completed a practicum at the University of Alberta’s Child Study Centre where play and project based learning were at the centre of our approach. I have also taught parenting seminars on children and safe technology use to my community. On a personal note, I also have two of my own children who struggle with mental health. I understand how difficult these issues can be to talk about not because I have read textbooks, but because I know what it's like to live with and parent children who struggle in this way. This class is for all children, whether they struggle or not because we need to build mental health literacy and awareness whatever our circumstances. 
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will be discussing mental heath and how if affects us and those around us. I will be using the word depression both in the sense of the normal emotion and the diagnosable condition. I will use the words hopeless, discouraged and feels like giving up. I will NOT be talking about suicide or using the word suicide.

I will also be talking about anticipatory anxiety in this class. In other words the fear surrounding an upcoming real event. This class does not cover more general definitions or diagnoses surrounding anxiety. 

I outline at the beginning of class that they cannot share personal stories and I will stop any child that does start sharing true story. However there will still be a lot of engagement and participation as we play the board games, take turns and cheer each other on!

Teacher

Teacher Kelly Meaningful Fun!
11 total reviews
19 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I’m teacher Kelly and I’m a masters student in Counselling Psychology at City University of Seattle. I also love children and am a strong believer in the learn through play philosophy. During my undergraduate degree I completed a practicum... 
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