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1 Day Workshops

The Whole Student: Emotional Needs and Strategies to Address Them, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


As the pandemic continues on, issues relating to child and adolescent mental health are more evident than ever. Social emotional struggles often have an impact on children’s ability to learn. Students with social emotional struggles may resort to counterproductive coping strategies such as task avoidance, shut downs, meltdowns, and being the class clown. This seminar focuses on exploring emotional presentations such as anxiety and depression, understanding presenting issues that disrupt class performance, and examining how this looks “in vivo” in the classroom. Through hands-on tools and multimedia, participants will collaborate and explore ways to create structured and supportive classroom environments that set all students up for success.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define anxiety, depression, stress, worry, and mental health needs with which students may present
  • Identify and discuss the prevalence of social-emotional needs of students, especially those with learning disabilities
  • Label 5 student behaviors indicative of social emotional struggles at school
  • Construct classroom routines with students with social-emotional needs
  • Identify strategies for teaching and oral communication with students to help them manage their social emotional needs and regulate themselves in class
  • Describe tools and tips to help students with mental health needs to be more successful in the classroom, including meditation, feelings thermometers, and self check-ins


This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.


Materials will be provided on-site.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 20, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Laura Polvinen, LICSW

Laura is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Landmark School since 2015. Prior to Landmark and during her tenure there, Laura has worked with children and families with needs ranging from trauma, chronic illness, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, ADHD and learning disabilities. In her role as the counseling department head at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, she works closely with both elementary and middle school students, and their caregivers. Laura develops curricula for and facilitates groups for students on the topics of: identity development, antiracism, bullying prevention, LGBTQIA+ populations, drug and alcohol awareness, comprehensive sexuality education, and understanding their Language Based Learning Disability. Laura holds a Masters in Social Work from Wheelock College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University.

About the Instructor

Christine Vander Werf, LICSW

Christine is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Landmark School since 2016. During her employment at Landmark School, Christine has worked as a counselor at both the Elementary Middle School and at the High School. During her career, Christine has worked with adults, children and families with needs that have included housing insecurity, chronic illness (HIV/AIDS), substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and learning disabilities.As a counselor at Landmark High School, Christine supports students in navigating challenges ranging from identity development to health, relationships, and understanding their learning differences. Christine works collaboratively with students, their caregivers, Landmark support teams, and outpatient providers.Christine has a Master’s in Social Work from Wheelock College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College.

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