Today’s high school students are subject to a multitude of stressors and suffer from an epidemic of anxiety and depression.
For Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to be effective, students need to develop a strong foundation of self awareness and self regulation before they can effectively master the interpersonal skills of SEL curriculum.
The unique challenges for teens include:
- Increased societal pressures
- High academic expectations
- Increased emotionality due to cognitive changes of this life stage
- Increased emotionality due to physiological changes of this life stage
This is the first systematic training for students to learn how to manage their emotions. Existing solutions to address mental health issues are focused on crisis intervention and don’t provide support and training until students are seriously struggling.
HAERT™ starts with a preventative Mental Wellness training program: the mental equivalent of tooth brushing and flossing. Both education and repeated practice are required for mental wellness just like dental hygiene.
These techniques and practices have mountains of clinical research and are used by the most resilient people. Navy SEALS, emergency room surgeons, and the Dalai Lama leverage these techniques.
The HAERT™ program is a scaffold or stack where later lessons build on and leverage earlier ones. It starts with a strong foundation of self-awareness and self-management, followed by interpersonal effectiveness through relationship and community building, as well as servant leadership. The SEL based curriculum also includes responsible decision making, persistence and curiosity, and professional development skills.
Research has shown that new habits for mental wellness take a combination of learning and guided practice for participants to achieve the improved wellbeing they desire. Individuals who use these skills report dramatically improved emotional management and confidence, reduced self doubt, and hope for the future.
This skills-based program was designed by Mental Wellness Professionals in conjunction with a 2017 National Teacher of the Year recipient to create a program that teachers find easy to implement and which supports their core curriculum.