Understanding Factors Influencing Educators Perceived Ability Supporting Student Mental Health

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider educator factors that influence perceived skill and knowledge regarding mental health.
  2. learn methods to evaluate educators’ perspectives following training.
  3. understand more about youth mental health first aid (Y-MHFA) training


As student mental health gains priority in schools, some districts are training staff to better assist students with their mental health needs. This presentation examines educator factors that influence perceived knowledge and skill to support their students with mental health needs. Educators' perceptions of their ability to assist students with mental health needs following youth mental health first aid will be discussed.



Chelsea Salvatore, University of South Florida
Rachael E. Hite, University of South Florida
Alexis M. Sanchez, University of South Florida


Nathaniel von der Embse, PhD


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