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Partners & Services

Over the years, the EMSB has engaged in a broad range of partnerships with a variety of institutions and individuals for the purpose of addressing mental health concerns as well as enhancing the skill level of its professionals, teachers, and administrative staff in this domain.  You will find below a non-exhaustive list of examples of many of these initiatives as well as some specific in-house programs:




OUR PARTNERS

HOSPITALS

Jewish General Hospital (JGH)
The EMSB has had a long-standing relationship of over 40 years with the Child Psychiatry Department of the Jewish General Hospital (7 EMSB teachers currently work there) which has provided our Board as well as other school boards with intense day-treatment and family therapy services for students with psychiatric problems. 


Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH)
The EMSB has had a similar relationship with the Montreal Children’s Hospital (4 EMSB teachers currently work there) which has also provided day-treatment, in-patient, and short-term consultation for students in the EMSB and other school boards with psychiatric problems.

AMI-QUÉBEC (www.amiquebec.org)

AMI-Québec has provided school-based prevention programs and, as well, has organized workshops for EMSB staff.  The focus has been on promoting the mental health of students via the provision of workshops for teachers, professionals, and parents as well as class-based presentations with an emphasis on the understanding of mental illness and   strengthening of resilience skills.  Additional programs include ″Friends for Life″ and ″Fun Friends″ which help students cope with feelings of anxiety, worry, and depression through the application of cognitive-behavioural principles and the building of emotional resilience. This program aims to reduce the incidence of serious psychological disorders, emotional distress, and impairment in social functioning by teaching children how to cope with and manage anxiety, both now and in later life. Teachers play an integral role in this program.

THE HERZL TEENAGE HEALTH UNIT (JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL)

The EMSB has had an affiliation with the Herzl Teenage Health Unit of the Jewish General Hospital for over 25 years.  Services have included out-patient services via referral from our own staff and school-based visits by resident physicians wherein classroom discussions have focused on anxiety, depression, suicide, drugs, alcohol use, reproductive health, etc.

UNIVERSITIES

On-going affiliation with McGill and Concordia have included research projects, internships, workshops, seminars, with a focus on mental health issues.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRES

Since 2003, the EMSB has collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Recreation, and Sport, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Santé Publique Montreal, ten Health and Social Service Centers (CSSS) in Montreal connected with our schools, as well as various local community organizations with the goal of offering services, programs and resources for students with respect to the issue of mental health.


Each of the ten CSSS working in collaboration with the existing personnel and services in their respective schools offers first-line basic services in mental health to students as follows:

    • Mental Health Team for Youth (medical doctor, social workers, psychologists, psychoéducateur, éducateur spécialisé) which works collaboratively with school personnel, parents and students to determine the best type of treatment or intervention.  This process includes evaluation and recommended interventions as well as monitoring of the referred dossier. 
    • A unique approach to basic first, second and third line services (e.g. CSSS Ahuntsic Montreal North - Equipe Intervention Jeunesse (EIJ); St. Laurent New Bordeaux Cartierville (Cossel Pediatric Centre). The EMSB has had the experience of collaborating with a wide variety of these organizations which is an advantage in our service to other school boards.

Local organizations provide complementary educational services for the prevention of stress, anxiety, suicide and mental illness and the promotion of mental health.  Examples of these organizations and programs include:

    • Mental Illness Foundation – Partners for Life Program for high school students (prevention of teen depression and suicide);
    • Agence Ometz –Kids Can Program – awareness of ″soft drugs″ and co-morbidity with stress and anxiety.  Focus on the protective factors to prevent addiction and the promotion of healthy choices and stress reduction;
    • Canadian Mental Health Association – prevention and promotion programs for mental health to be used in school settings;
    • Friends for Mental Health Association for families and friends of people with a mental illness, along with awareness programs for schools.
BATSHAW YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTRES

A relationship of long duration has existed between Batshaw Youth and Family Centres and the EMSB with respect to students with serious family issues and psychiatric problems resulting in the servicing of many students from both the EMSB and other school boards in many of our schools. 

ZIPPY'S FRIENDS

Zippy’s Friends is an early intervention, evidence- based,  mental health program that aims to develop children’s coping and social skills. The program is facilitated by cycle 1 teachers who have received training to deliver the program in the classroom.
Ten  of our elementary schools have adopted this program:  Coronation, Dalkeith, Dante, Edward Murphy, General Vanier, Hampstead, Pierre De Coubertin,  Pierre Elliot Trudeau, St. Monica, St. Raphael.    

CLINICAL SUPERVISION / CASE DISCUSSIONS

Clinical supervision/case discussions have been incorporated in the form of organized sessions throughout the course of a year with the following individuals:


Currently there are monthly round table case consultations with psychiatrists, a CLSC nurse, psychiatry interns, principals and the guidance counselors from our outreach schools. The guidance counselors present students with particular mental health concerns so that the psychiatrists can offer their recommendations regarding interventions as well as increase the knowledge base of our counselors. Following the consultation, the psychiatrist could assist in referring the students to their local CSSS as well as conduct follow-up service as needed.



OUR SERVICES

PROJECT HARBOUR

Project Harbour is a Student Services Department school-based support service (in existence for over 15 years), comprised of 5 staff members, whose main purpose is to assist teachers who encounter students who are difficult to manage within the classroom setting.  Many of these students demonstrate behaviour difficulties which often reflect some degree of emotional disturbance (e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.).

Our team members will spend up to three weeks or more in a class with a view to observing the students in question, modeling recommended behaviour management practices, and examining underlying or overt mental health concerns, etc. The team members will also provide teachers with recommendations, resources, tips, and techniques to help them work with children with such needs. The team will gradually remove their support as teachers become more skilled and able to work with the students on their own. 

THE TRAUMATIC EVENTS SUPPORT TEAM

The Traumatic Events Support Team (TEST), initiated in 1992 as the first board-based Trauma Team in Quebec, has enabled the EMSB to provide immediate professional support to a school faced with the death of a student, staff member or parent.  The Student Services Department has an experienced, knowledgeable, and highly skilled team of professionals (all trained via in-service, certificate programs, etc.) who have addressed trauma issues (including PTSD) in both EMSB and non-EMSB schools.