School Mental Health Summit

Emerging Stronger and More Resilient: Learning from the COVID-19 Crisis

August 31 – September 1, 2021

Virtual (Online Via Zoom)


The Northeast & Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center will present
this 2- Day Virtual Conference designed for K-12 educators and staff. This conference
will highlight the voices of students and their thoughts about mental health and how
schools can best support students. Additional sessions will focus on strategies to
support student and educator wellness as we transition back to school.


There is NO COST to attend but you must register in advance.  Join us!

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About the Virtual Conference

This year the Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC is sponsoring a mental health summit titled “Emerging Stronger and More Resilient: Learning from the COVID-19 Crisis”. This timely summit will bring together some remarkable speakers to address topics that will assist you as you transition back to school this Fall. It is our intention to help you meet your student’s mental health needs while also taking care of yourselves. The virtual summit will explore topics that include trauma informed approaches, addressing grief, transitioning back to school, strengthening partnerships with families and your community, and staff self-care. Certificates of Attendance will be provided which can be utilized towards professional development hours.

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Dynamic Speakers

We have gathered together a number of remarkable professionals, practitioners and researchers from all over the country to present on timely topics related to supporting students and educators during this difficult time.

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Sessions That Inspire

We have scheduled a variety of sessions based on the critical needs you’ve told us about over the past year. Discover strategies based on evidence-based research that you can use in your face-2-face and virtual classrooms this fall and throughout the coming school year.

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Student Voice

We are especially pleased to bring to you the perspectives of youth who have experienced the challenges of the pandemic first hand. They will share with you what they’ve found helpful and what’s not been as helpful. The youth presenters will address how educators and schools can support mental health and stamp out the stigma that keeps some from seeking help.

Featured Talks & Speakers

Our powerhouse lineup of keynote speakers will inspire you with stories of dedication, resilience and growth.  Check out our full schedule. 

Ashanti Branch

Ashanti Branch


David Schonfeld

David Schonfeld, MD


Steve Mazza

Steve Mazza, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Sherri Wilson

Sherri Wilson

Family Consultant

Who We Are

The Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC serves New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, providing training, technical assistance, and resource dissemination to support and enhance the mental health workforce.

The center is located at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Health Professions, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions.

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MHTTC works with organizations and practitioners who provide mental health services to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective, evidence-based interventions.

All offerings are free.  Check out our programs, webinars and products on our website.  Subscribe to our social media for the latest news and events.

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Register Now!

Why wait to register?  It is free to attend.  Upon registering, make sure to check your inbox for more information.  

Need Help?

Check our FAQ page for common questions. If you do not see an answer to your question there, please contact Katty Rivera at

If you need technical help, such as logging on to a session, please contact Meredith Bell at Please provide your name, email address and a description of the problem you are having.