Typical or Troubled?®

School Mental Health Education Program

While adolescence is a difficult time for many students, there is a real difference between "typical" youth behavior and signs of "trouble". Training teachers, administrators and coaches to recognize the difference can better their students' lives.

Mental health concerns in students are real, may be painful and, if left untreated, can have serious, life changing consequences. Early recognition, intervention and treatment of mental health concerns make a positive and lasting difference in an adolescent's life.

For more than 10 years the Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Program has equipped teachers, coaches and school personnel with the knowledge needed to recognize the warning signs of mental health concerns and what course of action to take in addressing potential issues. From 2017 - 2019 we spent our time redeveloping our curriculum and delivery model, pilot testing the new program in 2019

The Typical or Troubled?® program helps train educational staff to:

Notice. Talk. Act. (TM)
  • NOTICE Warning Signs
  • TALK About Mental Health
  • ACT Appropriately in Referring Students to Resources

The Typical or Troubled?® Program Components:

  1. Pre-Training E-Learning Module
  2. Live Skill Based Training Session
  3. Online Assessments

The Classroom Portion of the program can be brought to your local school community in two different ways:

  1. APA Certified Instructor co-delivers the program with your individual school mental health team.
  2. APA Certified Instructor trains your districts school mental health professionals in the classroom material, to deliver on their own across the district.  

They were engaging

and showed an understanding of the constraints teachers feeling dealing with mental health issues in the classroom.” – Pilot Site Staff Member

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Very positive

 and acknowledged input from all participants and made it a safe place to be honest and ask questions.” – Pilot Site Staff Member

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Very personable and approachable.

Gave me a lot to think about by putting things on a non-threatening level.” – Pilot Site Staff Member

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Very knowledgeable

of mental health and the process to develop a culture of Notice. Talk. Act. at the school.” – Pilot Site Staff Member

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It was so helpful

to not only present Notice. Talk. Act. but the instructor then had participants practice this with various scenarios.” – Pilot Site Staff Member

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Typical or Troubled?® Program Contacts

Christopher Seeley, MSW
Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives
202-559-3101
Tanya Thabjan, MPP
Program Manager, School and Justice Initiatives
202-559-3284
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