June 14, 1:30-2pm (CDT)
Adam L. Saenz, PhD, Psychologist and CEO of The Applied EQ Group
Beyond Behavior Management: Why Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Is Essential to Our Return to the Classroom
There will always be a need in schools for stick-and-carrot approaches to behavior management. The pandemic has shown us these behavioral approaches are not effective interventions for students and adults experiencing anxiety and depression in the wake of this historic disruption. By increasing self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills, effective SEL programs create positive change much deeper than behavior modification programs. Students who practice SEL enjoy better mental health outcomes, build healthier relationships, and experience higher academic achievement. Adults who practice SEL are more personally and professionally sustainable, and they become living interventions for the students they serve.