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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Oct 2, 2018

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In order to provide the help that students struggling with mental health issues so desperately need, it’s important to take a step back and explore where these mental health issues stem from and how various academic settings foster them. This is certainly a worthy topic and, along with our esteemed panel of mental health experts, we’re getting the conversation going in this episode.

We’re sharing with you the live recording of our panel discussion in its entirety from our Silent Auction fundraiser from several weeks ago. Our panel of esteemed speakers and mental health experts join us to shed light and share insight on how schools can better address the needs of students struggling with mental health issues.

To find out more about our panelists, be sure to listen to Episode 47

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Our panelists’ experiences in middle school
  • What are the primary drivers of the declining state of mental health?
  • What are the learning and academic expectations when they’re not necessarily aligned with a child’s development?
  • What does child readiness look like?
  • Is competition healthy or detrimental?
  • How does a student’s mental health affect their school experience?
  • The importance of understanding a child’s behaviors without judgment
  • Are schools supporting students in their pursuit of success or are there issues?
  • Are current disciplinary procedures helping or hurting students?
  • What is the connection between school shootings and mental health?

More about our speakers:

Dr. Jeanette Morgan

Jeanette Morgan, L.E.P. is a Licensed Educational Psychologist with 15 years of special education experience, first as a Special Education Teacher and then as a School Psychologist. She has experience working with children with autism, developmental disabilities, emotional disturbances, hearing impairments, and learning disabilities. A B.A in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. as an Education Specialist, along with her work experiences have provided a solid foundation for her assessment practices as an educational psychologist.

Dr. Koury

She shares how she started her career as a Special Education teacher following obtaining her Bachelor’s in speech therapy.

Her current work has her working with teens

The treatment that she provides is Cognitive behavioral therapy and she works closely with teens and their families.

Dr. Matthew Koury

Dr. Koury is the Founder and Director of the Mind Health Institute, Newport Beach. He is a Board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist that seamlessly merges his impressive academic credentials with a warm and engaging demeanor. Dr. Koury is committed to educating his clients and families about their treatment in order to assist them in making the best decision regarding their ongoing care.

Dr. Grace Losada

Grace holds a BA in Literature and Writing from UCSD, an MA in Marital and Family Therapy from USD, and an EdD from USC in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Psychology.  She began her career with Fusion Academy when it was still in its humble beginnings. Grace has worked with diverse populations of students in various settings for over 20 years. Most recently, Grace opened the first replication of Fusion Academy in West Los Angeles and served as Head of School for four fantastic years. She is now focused on supporting Fusionites across the country in their quest to engage students in an excellent education.

Dr. Sabrina Shuck

Dr. Shuck is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at Irvine and the Executive Director, Child Development Center, Pediatrics
School of Medicine.


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