Special Education Teachers’ Mental Health After Reopening Schools During COVID-19


The aim of the present study was twofold: (a) explore special educators’ mental health after reopening schools amidst the pandemic, and (b) identify the psychological services that they might need. A total of 10 special education teachers represented the sample of the present study: three of which from middle schools, four of which from elementary schools, and three of which from high schools in Indianapolis. This sample was selected using the maximal variation sampling technique. One-on-one, semi-structured interviews were carried out with the research participants. Thematic analysis of the research participants’ responses generated four, a priori themes: moderate levels of stress, lack of mental health check-ins from school leaders, provision of psychological services for teachers, and preferred psychological services. A personalized approach to mental health has been recommended in an attempt to safeguard special education teachers’ mental health after reopening schools during Covid-19.

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Gelan Ahmed, Indiana University Bloomington, United States

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Conference: PCE2023
Stream: Counselling

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