4 SEL Courses to Promote Mental Health and Wellness This New Year
4 SEL Courses to Promote Mental Health and Wellness This New Year
Internal and external stressors and their impact on students have illuminated the need for comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL). Take advantage of the fresh start a new year brings by implementing SEL on your campus and district to promote mental health and wellness for all students.
BASE Education is a powerful tool at the heart of supporting the whole learner, with engaging, evidence-based, and CASEL-designated SEL courses rooted in mental health and wellness principles and underscored by clinical research.
Take a look at four of our favorite courses for grades 1-5 and grades 6-12 created to help your students understand themselves and learn how to regulate their emotions and behaviors, develop relationship skills and social awareness, and practice critical decision-making to plan for their futures in 2022 and beyond.
4 Courses for Grades 1-5
Beginning at the elementary level with our grades 1–5 learners’ developmental and social-emotional needs in mind, BASE Education’s video-based courses deliver learning using student voice through short videos and teacher-guided group learning, prioritizing opportunities for reflection, skill building, and planning. They are accompanied by in-depth educator guides. With the following four courses, we can refocus students to the knowledge and perspectives that will enable them to participate positively in the school community and excel academically.
Who Am I?
We begin with self-awareness to ground students in an understanding of their strengths and limitations with confidence and purpose. In this course, students will get to know themselves better. They begin a process of forward-thinking as they shape who they are and who they want to become. As we change and grow, we also get to know ourselves more by deciding what is important to us. Students will learn how to appreciate what makes them different and how to appreciate the differences in others around them.
We continue with skills to help students maintain supportive relationships and contribute to a school climate where students and educators feel respected, supported, and engaged. This course defines healthy communication as listening to others to hear what they have to say. It is when we speak about what is on our mind in a respectful way. Following this course, your students will know why it’s important to use healthy communication, and they will learn the fundamentals for getting started. Students will learn about the impact of their words. They will learn to recognize why and how to use different messages, what tone of voice indicates, and how to listen attentively and with respect.
We then progress to self-management so that our students can understand and manage their emotions, leading to improved abilities to manage stress and develop self-discipline and self-motivation. This course defines self-regulation as being able to stay in control over our emotions or regulating the way we show our feelings in ways that are acceptable, that are safe, and that do not hurt oneself or others. When we regulate, or control and balance our behavior, we can have calmer lives with healthy relationships; we can reach our goals and we can learn things more easily. Through this lesson, students will explore how to balance their feelings.
We finish by looking to the future and understanding how to incrementally get to where you want to be. In this course, students will begin to learn about setting goals and understand that they can guide their own growth with determination and effort. Students will explore setting the right goals for themselves and achieving them, even when it’s difficult. Students will walk away with guidance on how to set strategic, measurable, and realistic goals with an action plan and time limit in developmentally appropriate ways.
4 Courses for Grades 6-12
Built with the social-emotional needs of our grades 6–12 students in mind, BASE Education’s interactive courses use evidence-based practices to connect with students by building rapport and leveraging a strengths-based approach. We have highlighted four developmentally appropriate interactive courses with the same goal of refocusing students on the knowledge and perspectives that will enable them to participate positively in the school community and excel academically.
Vision of Self
As with the video courses, we begin the interactive course selection by grounding students in self-awareness so they can understand their strengths and limitations with confidence and purpose. Students will learn how their experiences shape their vision of themselves. They will learn how to identify both healthy and unhealthy perspectives and understand the impact those perspectives can have. Students will also learn how to implement healthy viewpoints and how to explore barriers to success, gaining tools to help them grow and overcome challenges.
We continue with skills to help students maintain supportive relationships and contribute to a school climate where students and educators feel respected, supported, and engaged. This course defines healthy communication, discusses the importance of communicating well, and teaches the different types of communication, such as verbal, nonverbal, body language, and tone. The course explores barriers to success, provides tools to overcome challenges, and discusses ways to implement more effective approaches and review a plan for the future.
We then move to identifying and managing personal stressors so that students learn to respond to stress in healthy ways. This course will help students understand the definition of stress and learn how it manifests itself in their minds, bodies, and actions. It will also help them understand the importance of normalizing stress as a part of life and prepare them to adapt and diffuse the tension. Students will create a personalized plan for controlling and managing stressful events for successful coping and healthy thriving.
We finish by looking to the future and understanding how to incrementally get to where you want to be This course defines what it means to have goals and highlights the benefit of being focused. It helps students create a vision for themselves and discusses strategies to stay on task. Additionally, it encourages students to explore barriers to success and provides tools to overcome challenges.
Students benefit from a strong, clear, and consistent SEL foundation, and the courses in this post are a great way for them to get started. To learn more about BASE Education and the courses available, check out our BASE Education webpage and course list.