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Supporting, Affirming and Validating Students: A Train the Trainer Webinar

A webinar for MHLs/Managers supporting the PD of Student Support Staff and/or Guidance educators, focused on emotional validation.

School Mental Health Ontario is pleased to offer a webinar for Mental Health Leaders and Managers and Leaders of Student Support Staff focused on emotional validation, an approach to support students when they are experiencing intense emotions. This webinar will provide an overview of the approach, along with implementation and delivery considerations for boards to provide the training to Student Support Staff. (e.g., Child and Youth Workers, Graduation Coaches) and/or Guidance Educators, who are well positioned to use validation as a tool to support students and develop authentic relationships.

This is a repeat session that was originally offered on March 20, 2024.

Link for more information: Listen, Believe & Act: Support for students who have been disproportionately impacted in schools  

For questions about this learning opportunity, please reach out to Camila Gonzalez at

Audience: Managers of Student Support Staff, Mental health leaders

Language: The presentation will be delivered in English. Materials and breakout rooms (if applicable) will be available in French.

The link to the zoom meeting will be emailed shortly before the training date.

For questions or assistance with registration or day of event support, contact Sherry Sim, Event Manager at 1-866-655-8548 or email:

For more information or to register, contact your school board’s mental health leader.