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Supporting Student Mental Health Learning Series

Northern Lights Public Schools is pleased to announce a new learning series for families and staff focused on supporting student mental health in the classroom and at home.

The series of online sessions will be led by Dr. Caroline Buzanko, a psychologist who works with children, teens, and their families to maximize confidence and resilience. 

“Parents have told us they are interested in learning more about mental health and how to support their children, especially with anxiety and stress, and we are excited to provide them with this opportunity to connect with Dr. Buzanko,” said Board Chair Karen Packard.

The Supporting Student Mental Health Learning Series includes three sessions this spring. One of these will be for staff and two are parent-focused. Each session consists of a video that can be watched at a time that is convenient for the viewer, followed by a scheduled live question and answer session.

The first video in the series was shared with staff this week and focuses on “The art of effective behaviour management.” Dr. Buzanko will host a Q&A for staff on April 18th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

To kick off Mental Health Week, on Monday, May 6, NLPS will be hosting a live question and answer session with Dr. Buzanko on Google Meet. Parents will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance or ask them during the session.

This will be followed by the launch of the second session of the series: “Supporting children with anxiety and stress.” Parents will have two weeks to view the video and reflect on what they have learned prior to joining a question and answer session with Dr. Buzanko on May 23.

The third session will focus on “Co-regulation to promote self-regulation.” The video component will be shared with parents at the end of May, with the questions and answer session taking place on June 11. 

The Supporting Student Mental Health Learning Series is presented in partnership with Pathways of Hope, a joint initiative between NLPS and the Bonnyville Primary Care Network.

You can learn more about Dr. Buzanko at