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Zanesville Campus program examines mental health issues in the classroom

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 9, 2005) -- The "Eliminating Barriers Initiative" (EBI) is a program developed with the purpose of focusing attention on mental health issues in the classroom. Through a series of workshops, educators will be introduced to the role that teachers play in assisting students with mental health issues. Participants will gain an understanding of risk factors in the classroom environment and will develop strategies that promote an accepting classroom climate.

Many students display various and significant emotional disturbances that affect their ability to succeed. If not given support, students may encounter barriers related to learning that affects them, their classmates and the school's overall performance. The intent of this program is to eliminate these "barriers to learning" by increasing understanding as well as addressing mental health issues that occur in the school environment.

One of eight states invited to participate in this unique program, Ohio is the only state to focus attention on education. The Eliminating Barriers sessions will be interactive and informational and will feature strategies for addressing classroom challenges. Professionals trained through the Eliminating Barriers Initiative will present all sessions.

An informational session for administrators will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. At this session, superintendents, principals, and guidance counselors will learn about the benefits of having teachers from their districts participate in the Eliminating Barriers program.

Two Saturday sessions for teachers will be held on Sept. 24 and Oct. 22 from 8:30-4:30 p.m. Those who attend both of these sessions will be eligible to apply for 1.5 hours of Ohio University graduate credit at $85 per credit hour. While there is no additional fee to attend the sessions, registration is required.

All sessions will be held at the Willett Pratt Training Center, Brick Church Road, Cambridge, Ohio. To register or to receive more information contact Coordinator for Professional Development for Educators at Ohio University-Zanesville Corrine Lund at (740) 588-1494 or lund@ohio.edu

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Media Contact: Corrine Lund, (740) 588-1494 or lund@ohio.edu

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