Eight Complete Plug and Play Lesson Plans
Including Videos, Discussion Prompts and Activities
- Understanding Mental Health
- Mastering the Mind
- Nurturing Agency and Authority
- Cultivating Connectedness and Mattering
- Making Peace with Yourself
- Navigating the Modern World
- Building Healthy Relationships
- Committing to Self-Care Practices
- Mental Health Theory
- Needs of Adolescents
- Neurobiology of Emotional Problems
- Navigating Sensitive Conversations
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Your Students' New Needs
Parents, educators, providers, and the young people themselves are reporting a worsening trend of depressive and anxious mental health symptoms in adolescents and a rise in the risks that come with them, like self-harm, suicide, racism, violence, anxiety, and depression.
At the same time, educators, who feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to help, are suffering from the burnout of dealing with these seemingly insurmountable problems.
The COMPASS (Connected, Open, Motivated, Powerful, Active, & Self-Sustaining) Curriculum is designed to address both of these!
- Using time already dedicated to mental health education––Health Class––COMPASS employs the evidence-based psychological framework of Wise Interventions, to deliver a low-cost, accessible program that improves students' mental and emotional health.
- It also includes a teacher training component to give dedicated educators the skills and resources they need to make a difference.
via Health teachers in many school districts in the United States curate their own lesson plans. However, information gathered from focus groups revealed that this content mainly follows traditional and medical understandings of mental health supporting a pathological discourse. The increasing mental health problems of our young people are created in the context of our modern world, so this medical model is unhelpful in changing the tide. COMPASS on the other hand explains the problem and what to do about it.
Researchers have uncovered correlations between the increase in symptomology and three social contexts: screen time, COVID-19, and discrimination. Theorists believe these three contexts affect emotional wellness because they disrupt connectedness, mattering, agency, and authority. COMPASS reconnects students with these.
Wise Interventions are brief, psychoeducational approaches to improving mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression delivered in nonclinical settings (via the work of Gregory Walton).