Meditation is a simple, beneficial technique used in peer support to help combat the effects of experiencing traumatic or stress situations. The meditation practice helps to insight peace within that improves both mental and physical wellness. In this course, we will describe the practice of meditation and discuss allowing the mind to wander to identify mental wellness. We will explore the two parts of meditation: the calmness of mind and the sharpness of mind. We will talk through the benefits of practicing meditation and walk through how to meditate. Lastly, we will instruct you on an exercise to control your mind by engaging your five senses.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that affects thousands of people daily. PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event and symptoms can appear immediately after exposure or sometimes much later. In this course, we will start by taking a look back at the history of post-traumatic stress disorder. Then, we will describe the techniques for preventing PTSD, the tips for identifying signs and symptoms of PTSD, and the treatment options. We will discuss the most common symptoms of PTSD and show you how to recognize these symptoms. Lastly, we will explore the different forms of treatment for PTSD including therapy and medications.
In order to adequately meet the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, professionals need to understand the characteristics of this disorder and how to properly implement assessment tools. Our Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders course aims to provide school-based professionals with practical information for identifying, assessing, and intervening with school-age children on the autism spectrum. Throughout this course we will examine challenges, evidence-based practices, and applications of evidence-based interventions within the school setting.