ADVOCATING FOR BTS - OUTREACH TO FUTURE EDUCATORS
Approaching local Colleges and Universities is another way to enter the classroom. We have found professors and students to be very enthusiastic about BTS and a receptive audience. Reaching the next generation of educators will promote mental illness education in the schools of the future
Following are suggestions for reaching out to undergraduate and graduate students of education, social work, school psychology, guidance counselors and school nurses.
1. Call local College and University professors and/or heads of the following departments and set up a meeting:
- School of Education
- Health Education
- School Psychologists
- School Guidance Counselors
- School of Social Work
- School Nurses
2. Bring the lesson plans and explain about NAMI and our program.
3. Whenever possible leave extra brochures for the department to distribute.
4. Suggest introducing BTS as a guest speaker at a faculty meeting and/or in the classroom. (Refer to BTS Toolkit p.24, Breaking the Silence Presentation).
- If invited to present to a class, suggest the class purchases BTS in preparation for your presentation. Most of the students will be able to use the teaching packets as they student teach and become professionals
5. When presenting, include an actual lesson. Demonstrating BTS is a powerful motivator. If there is time, consider bringing a speaker (consumer or parent) who can put a human face on mental illness.
6. Leave time for questions and answers. Hand out brochures, NAMI pamphlets, and any other tools. Encourage ordering the lesson plans on line at www.btslessonplans.org.