Mental Health and Well-being Professional Development Day

Mental Health and Well-being Professional Development Day
Posted on 09/09/2020

On September 1st, the Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) held its Mental Health and Well-being Professional Development Day.

We were very excited to welcome our valued partners who commonly enter our schools to provide mental health services to our students and families.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board wants to extend our many thanks and gratitude to the North West Local Health Integration Network Home and Community Care Mental Health and Addictions Nurses, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, North of Superior Counselling Programs, and the SNCDSB Positive Behaviour Support Workers who presented their pathways to ensure our the entire system hears the same message.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board also wishes to extend our thanks to our school staff, system support team, and everyone who has been working together tirelessly to ensure our students return to school this September is safe and promotes positive mental health, wellbeing, and a strong sense of belonging in our schools. We are in this together and here to support you in your efforts.

Positive Behaviour Support Workers

Positive Behaviour Support Workers (PBSW) work directly within the schools. PBSWs provide research-based strategies to change and decrease students' problem behaviour.

Within our Superior North Catholic District School Board schools our Positive Behaviour Support Workers:

  • Focus on building positive relationships with staff and students
  • Promote positive learning environments to optimize student success
  • Differentiate instruction to make learning engaging, meaningful and effective for all students
  • Supports the implementation and facilitation of social-emotional learning/programming ( Zones, Second Step, MH and wellness for Catholic schools resources etc.) throughout the board.
  • Offers support in setting clear behavioural expectations
  • Seek and implement positive reinforcement programs
  • Collect and use data on student behaviours to make decisions and measure effectiveness
  • Collaborate with teams in planning and monitoring
  • Facilitates the creation and implementation of Student Success Plans

Our team of staff are always here to support you. You can access support by:

  • Contact the Principal/Teacher at your child's school
  • Tracy Bryson, Mental Health Lead - [email protected] or 807-228-3368 (call or text if needed)
  • Ophelia Amonsah for Nipigon, Red Rock and Schreiber - [email protected]
  • Mikayla Dawson for Geraldton, Longlac and Nakina - [email protected]

Our Partners

North West Local Health Integration Network Home and Community Care:

  • Supports students K-12
  • Identify and respond to MH and Addiction issues early
  • Often only MH provider (community dependent)
  • Assist with referrals and access to other providers – (i.e. Psychiatry consults, counselling)
  • Suicide risk screening
  • Medication monitoring and management
  • Safety planning
  • Return to school support post hospitalization
  • Resource for educators and parents

Who is eligible?

  • Children and youth with a mental health or addiction issue:
  • Has a valid Ontario Health card
  • Enrolled in Provincially funded school
  • Provide consent for us to participate in their care

For more information visit their website

North of Superior Counselling Programs

North of Superior Counselling Programs (NOSP) is a leading provider of community-based Mental Health and Addictions services across the lifespan.

NOSP services across the lifespan.

Child/Youth Services 0-17

  • Access Network Partner
  • Brief Services
  • Counselling/Therapy
  • Targeted Prevention
  • Intensive Services
  • Developmental Community Support Services/ Case Coordination
  • Referrals to Specialized Services
  • Call-in/Walk-in and Virtual Services

Adult Services 18+

  • Mental Health Counselling & Case Management
  • Substance Related Case Management & Counselling Support
  • Rental Supplement Program (Housing) / Support Program
  • Referrals to Specialized Services
  • Senior Volunteer in Service Friendly Visiting Program
  • Call-in/Walk-in and Virtual Services

Contact NOSP or visit their website

Toll Free Number for the District: 1-877-895-6677

Crisis Response Hotline 1-888-269-3100

Access Network 1-855-486-5037


Mental Health Services Provided:

  • Assist children to engage in prosocial and culturally safe community activities, cope with health concerns and substance misuse
  • Serving Thunder Bay and the District
  • Services in Psychiatry, Psychology, Tele-Mental Health, Family Consultation, Community/Program Consultation, Clinical Education Sessions
  • Walk-in services at some locations
  • Autism Screening
    • Helps determine the need for Autism Diagnostic Assessment
    • Diagnostic Assessment includes a comprehensive view of a child's development in various areas.


Contact the Access Network at 1-855-486-5037 or access the Online Referral at

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