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St. James-Assiniboia School Division
Great Schools for Growing and Learning
Education Support Services

​​​​​​​​Educational Support Services (E.S.S.) provides clinical support services to children, youth, parents and teachers in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.  Our professional team includes: Speech/Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Reading Clinicans, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and a Behaviour Intervention Team. ​

Objectives of Educational Support Services

  • To meet the needs of children in the learning process
  • To provide intervention on an individual, family and small group basis
  • To assist in the early identification of children with special needs, and social, emotional, learning and communicating concerns
  • To assist teaching staff and parents to provide an environment which enhances learning
  • To provide workshops and in-servicing for school staff, other professionals, and parents with respect to children's learning, social and emotional difficulties
  • To foster interagency cooperation and partnerships with community-based services

Safe Schools

​An Introduction to 2SLGBTQIA+ Gender and Sexual Diverse Youth

Presented by: E.S.S.

November 25th 

Recent statistics show that up to 15% of youth in Canadian schools identity as a sexual minority or gender non-conforming. Studies also show that these youth are vulnerable to isolation, ostracization, and psychosocial stress from the impacts of homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia. 

This 1.5 hour awareness and questions and answers workshop is designed as an introductory session that will introduce human sexuality concepts and principles that create an affirming environment for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. Topics include the use of affirming language, health and wellbeing, youth resilience and responses to disclosure. 

Facilitator: Dr. Reece Malone – Diversity Essentials

Dr. Reece Malone is the CEO and founder Diversity Essentials. For 20 years, he has delivered training and policy consultation to service providers in education, healthcare and social service sectors and has been consulted by local, national and international organizations including the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and The Canadian Human Rights Commission. Dr. Malone authored the Canadian Human Rights National Roundtable on Gender Identity and Gender Expression that helped lead to the inclusion of Gender Identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and changes to the Canadian Criminal Code.

He is the author of ShoutOut Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia a resource dedicated to sexual and gender diverse youth. Since publication, it has been distributed to over 100,000 youth across Canada. 

Dr. Malone also holds a private practice in Winnipeg serving individuals and families and is an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University Seattle - Couple and Family Therapy Department. 

​Coping in Covid

Presented by: E.S.S.

December 14th – Early Years
December 15th – Middle & Senior Years

Mental health challenges are no longer something somebody else struggles with anymore, it's something we're all struggling with now. Fear, worry, stress, feelings of uncertainty and loss of control have become common during the pandemic. Coping skills are tools that can help us tolerate ordeal more effectively with stress, negative thoughts, and feelings and promote mental wellness. In this session, evidence-based coping tools and tips will be presented that can help our children, adolescents, and adults as well.

​Resiliency in a Post-Covid World

Presented by: E.S.S.

April 20th – Early Years
December 15th – Middle & Senior Years

​Resiliency is a central concept in mental health promotion. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity and adapt well to changes in our life. We can become resilient by developing ways to think and behave that help us cope and adapt to challenging situations successfully, such as a pandemic and the return to a 'new' normal in a post-Covid world. In this session, evidence-based strategies that can be deployed by Early, Middle, and Senior Years school staff will be presented in order to encourage the development of resiliency skills leading to better mental health for all.​