This panel featured a conversation between Dr. Germán Cadenas, assistant professor at Lehigh’s Counseling Psychology program, Delia Heneghan, Director of Education - India at SannamS4, Bhavvna Jolly, Senior Progam Officer for EducationUSA, United States-India Educational Foundation, Shikha Vij, Career & College Counsellor at Step by Step School, Noida and Sameer Arora - Vice Principal at Legacy School, Bangalore.
Dr. George DuPaul, a child psychologist affiliated with the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the American Psychology Association Interdivisional Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, agrees that finding creative ways to engage students can be effective in uncovering underlying issues.
The 30 million children currently out of a traditional educational environment will hopefully return to classrooms in the fall. So the question lingers: Are schools ready for the mental health issues that may accompany them? There are two main challenges for practitioners: how they can address students' needs now, and how they can prepare for new mental health concerns come September. "When students return to school, daily life and classes will be far from normal," says George DuPaul, professor of school psychology.