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Mental Health Issues in the K-5 Classroom: Practical Strategies for Helping Young Students Succeed at School

Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S
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As the leader of a K-5 classroom, you know more about your students throughout the year than anyone in the building (and sometimes even the parents). Your careful eye is crucial to the academic, social, and emotional development of your students – and you know when something is “off.”

Students who are struggling with mental health issues are often first identified through their behavior, which, while developmentally appropriate, makes it hard to know how to respond effectively.

Join child/adolescent behavioral expert and former educator Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S, for this compelling one-day live webcast that will transform your perception of and response to emotional and behavior problems in your classroom, including:

  • Tantrums and meltdowns
  • Impulsivity
  • Running out of the room
  • Perfectionism and rigidity
  • Suicidal ideation and behavior
  • Sensory issues
  • Refusal to do work
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Disrupting others
  • Irritability, lashing out, aggressive behavior
  • Overt self-harm (head banging, hitting self)
  • School avoidance

Don’t miss this unique training that’s sure to have you furiously writing down notes, ideas, and plans to transform your approach with the students who need you the most. Sign up today!



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.


This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 5.0 clock hours in length.

Illinois Educators


5.0 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours have been made available through Quincy University. Those requesting ISBE PD Clock Hours will need to complete additional steps in order to receive the ISBE “Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form. Instructions will be made available the day of the webcast under the “Materials” tab.


After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation you will also need to complete the ISBE required “Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, Etc.” form found on the “materials” tab. Please mail this completed form and $20 enrollment fee (if not already paid with, and in addition, to your registration fee) to PESI, Inc., CE Department, PO Box 1000, Eau Claire, WI 54702-1000, along with your name, the full title of the webcast, and date of live broadcast.

Indiana Educators

5.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance at this seminar per the Indiana Department of Education standards. 

Montana Educators

This program is offered for 5.0 Renewal Units. PESI, Inc. is an Approved Renewal Unit Provider with the Montana Office of Public Instruction. 

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel

5.0 Actual Professional Development Hours. MEDS-PDN, powered by PESI, Inc. is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept of Education.

New York Educators

PESI, Inc. is an approved sponsor of CTLE with the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives. Provider #23567. This activity will qualify for 5.0 Approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hour(s), in the area of Pedagogy. Hours are based on full attendance. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.

Texas Educators

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a CPE Provider #500-981 for Texas Educators by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBED). This course qualifies for 5.0 CPE clock hours. 

Arizona Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE credit is available. This course consists of 5.0 continuing education clock hours for Arizona OTs and OTAs. The Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (R4-43-203) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to occupational therapy that are approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 5.0 continuing education credits.

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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 5.0 contact hours or 0.5 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

School Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 5.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

School Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 5.0 General continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 5.0 hours of live continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 5.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This course qualifies for 5.0 continuing education credits. 

Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists

Approved for 5.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 305 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S's Profile

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Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S, is a long-time educator and mental health clinician who has over 19 years serving students with a wide variety of academic and mental health needs. In her most recent role as a school-based mental health clinician, she provided therapy and support services for K-5 students with differing clinical issues including depression, anxiety, social skills, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition to this, Ms. Catron also served as a consultant for and collaborator with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff members. Drawing on her experience as a teacher, school counselor, and mental health clinician, Ms. Catron provided insightful guidance to develop and implement effective classroom-based strategies that facilitate improved behavioral and academic performance for students with a variety of needs including giftedness, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Cheryl is licensed as both a Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Ohio and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor through The Association for Play Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education and her Master of Education degree in School Counseling & Professional Counseling from Ohio University.

She and her husband have recently founded a nonprofit organization, Foothold International, that serves indigenous communities in Kenya, East Africa. Ms. Catron is collaborating with the local government to develop community mental health response systems as well as trauma sensitivity to their outreach programs. She provides mental health training to teachers, health workers, and law enforcement personnel.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cheryl Catron has an employment relationship with The Counseling Source. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cheryl Catron has a family member who was diagnosed with juvenile bipolar disorder.

Additional Info

Program Information


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Differentiate between developmentally appropriate behavior and that which may be in response to a mental health condition.
  2. Apply de-escalation strategies with students who are behaving in an oppositional manner.
  3. Implement school-based strategies to effectively respond to behavioral issues that arise from mental health conditions.
  4. Develop skills to identify signs of anxiety and/or depression in young students.
  5. Apply the knowledge gained from the ACEs study to recognize and respond to students who may be experiencing traumatic stress.
  6. Utilize effective communication skills for discussing risk of suicide with students, staff, and parents.


K-5 Students with Mental Health Issues
  • When you know something’s going on, but you don’t know what it is
  • Characteristics of at-risk students
  • Why children are not small adults
  • How skill deficits from mental health issues create behavioral difficulties
  • The difference between “can’t” and “won’t”
  • How maladaptive behavior serves as protection for the child
  • Common myths and limitations about diagnoses
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • What adults should never say (but usually do)
  • How behavior reveals a need
  • Are you (unintentionally) rewarding misbehavior?
  • Kids who don’t feel bad
  • Arguing with a defiant child – who is that about?
  • De-escalation strategies that work
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • The unique needs of children with ADHD
  • More than a behavior problem: the neurobiology of ADHD
  • How to increase confidence and leadership skills in kids with ADHD
  • Decrease disruptions and impulsive behavior
  • Improve transitions, social skills, and self-regulation
  • ADHD medications: What do teachers need to know?
  • What we know about kids who worry too much
  • School anxiety – types, characteristics
  • What to do about separation anxiety
  • The perfectionistic student
  • Drawing out the anxious student in a safe way
Depression & Mood Dysregulation
  • How depression shows up in young children
  • Helping students overcome helplessness
  • When is it more than moodiness?
  • Helping depressed kids change their inner self-talk
Trauma and Other Significant Life Events
  • What the ACEs study has taught us about trauma
  • The fight, flight, or freeze response in the classroom
  • How to recognize and respond to traumatic stress
  • What if you don’t know the child’s history?
  • Incorporating trauma-informed practices into your day
Suicide, Self-Harm, and Bullying
  • How we talk about suicide is important
  • Head banging, hitting, scratching, and other “self-punishment”
  • Helping ostracized children feel connected
  • Why traditional discipline doesn’t work for bullies
  • Making your classroom an emotionally safe space
Other School-Based Considerations
  • Collaborating with student support staff and outside clinicians
  • Working with non-cooperative/reluctant parents
  • Identifying your own triggers, choosing your battles
  • Discipline – IDEA, special education consideration
  • Screen time in the classroom – why reward systems don’t work
  • Limitations of research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • K-5 Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists
  • Instructional Specialists and Coaches
  • School Occupational Therapists
  • School Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Staff
  • Behavior Intervention Specialists
  • Instructional Assistants/Paraprofessionals
  • Administrators Serving Grades K-5



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