This month’s podcast discusses best practices for addressing mental needs and challenges in the Christian school setting.




Additional Resources: Read Cara Dixon’s post at the ACSI blog, which details steps to take now to address your students’ mental health needs.

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About the Host  

Dr. Lynn Swaner is the Director of Thought Leadership at ACSI, where she leads initiatives to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. A published scholar and conference speaker, she is the lead editor of the book PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning (forthcoming 2018), and editor of the ACSI blog. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She can be reached via email at


About the Guest

Cara Dixon

Cara Dixon has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years, currently serving as the program director for Main Line Day LLC, and a clinician, consultant, and CEO of C.J. Dixon and Associates LLC. Dixon is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Cara has spent the last several years designing counseling programs in Christian schools, drawing on her background in evidence-based practice and research. She has led trainings for staff on stress management in academic settings, as well as crisis management.  She can be reached via email at and her website is

One Comment

Mary Satchell

As a retired English teacher, I have learned that the use of drama in the classroom, (plays dealing with personal and social issues that students struggle with daily), can help students tremendously with facing and dealing with their mental health needs. Young people are awesome, creative, imaginative personalities who respond to role-playing, especially. I believe that students in both public and Christian schools experience basically the same kinds of problems, which are really symptoms of our society’s ailments, in general. Drama, especially on TV, which portrays strong families with Christian ideals can be tremendously helpful to improving the mental health of our youth.


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