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Resources for counsellors and teachers about psychology, mental health issues, and violence

Books from Your ATA Library

Un-Silencing Youth Trauma

Although there are guidelines for trauma-sensitive approaches, few are culturally responsive. And it is now critical that educators consider the traumatic impacts of a dual pandemic (covid-19 and racism) on children and their education. This timely book thus serves to inform and inspire transformative healing and empowerment among traumatized children and youth in pandemic/post-pandemic school and after-school settings.

We Need to Talk about Parents

Working and communicating with parents is a fundamental part of being a teacher, and there are many interpersonal situations that you will be required to respond to in the classroom including difficulties at home, loss, abuse and special educational needs.

It's OK That You're Not OK

In It's OK That You're Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy.

The Grieving Student

Drawing on both empirical research and extensive professional experience, the authors have enhanced this edition with up-to-date information on grief in the context of school crisis and trauma, suicide loss, social media, and other timely topics. School staff will get real-world tips, strategies, vignettes, and activities to help them skillfully support students as they cope with grief and work their way back to full participation in academic and social life.

Supporting Difficult Transitions

The international contributors to Supporting Difficult Transitions discuss examples of transitions that are problematic for children, young people and their carers.

The orchid and the dandelion

Boyce writes of his pathfinding research working with troubled children for almost four decades, and explores his major discovery that reveals how genetic make-up and environment shape behavior. He writes that certain variant genes can increase susceptibility to depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and antisocial, sociopathic, or violent behaviors. But rather than seeing this "risk" gene as a liability, Boyce shows that while these "bad" genes can create problems, they can also, in the right setting and the right environment, result in children who far exceed their peers.

Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth

This book responds to that need by setting out clear advice and support on working with transgender and non-binary youth with regard to their identity, mental health, personal and family life and their medical and social transition as well as offering additional resources and reading lists.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Handbook for Schools

This book lays out an intuitive and practical approach to mental health and wellbeing that any school can adopt to transform their mental health support for students.

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