Schedule

School Mental Health Summit

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

August 31 – September 1, 2021 (Online)

 

The 2021 Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC School Mental Health Summit
(Virtual) brings together leaders, practitioners, researchers, and other
stakeholders in the school mental health field to share the latest research and
best practices. The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community
agenda to bring high-quality and evidence-based mental health promotion,
prevention, and intervention to students and families as part of a multi-tiered
system of supports.

 

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Day 1 – Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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9:00 am – 10:00 am ET

Virtual - Zoom

Youth with You: Mental Health Through the Eyes of Teens

By Sabih Hasan, Jasmin Langomas and Siddharth Vecham

REGISTER Link for presentation:  https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5SZY3SrcQlaw_NPkjxc9WQ

In this session, we invite 3 rising seniors to discuss their perspectives on mental health in schools,  what is helpful and areas where improvement is needed. The youth will touch on stigma, suicide and how youth are handling the challenges of this past year.

 

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10:00 am – 11:15 am ET

Virtual - Zoom

Trauma-Informed Approaches for School Mental Health Providers

By Berre Burch, Ph.D.

REGISTER Link for presentation:  https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sLlWANhST5KeRLrS7t30xg

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented loss and disruption in the lives of children and youth. As schools plan for the upcoming school year, it will be critical to implement social-emotional programming and mental health supports that address the widespread impact. This session will include a review of system-level approaches to trauma-informed care in schools and will offer practical strategies and guidance to school mental health providers who want to deliver trauma-informed and healing-centered practices in their work with students.

 

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11:30 pm – 12:45 pm ET

Virtual - Zoom

Comprehensive School Mental Health: Addressing Elevated Stress to Trauma in Schools

By Imad Zaheer, Ph.D

REGISTER Link for presentation:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_e32zTqq1RE63uatKn7hjUw

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in overall stress and general mental health challenges. In addition, the pandemic has been associated with an increased range of traumatizing influences on children and youth, including elevated stress, separation from family and friends, observing stress and anxiety in others, elevated abuse and neglect, and bereavement issues related to lost loved ones. This training will focus on how trauma from a variety of backgrounds can be addressed by transforming school mental health through Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and using a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework to create a continuum of supports. Specifically, the training will cover what schools can do at the universal level (tier 1) for all students and adults in the building, including strong positive school climate and social emotional learning programs along with trauma related strategies such as the 4 R’s of trauma informed approaches (Realize, Recognize, Respond and Resist re-traumatization) and Psychological First Aid (PFA). Following universal strategies, more targeted strategies at the secondary level (tier 2) and tertiary level (tier 3) will be provided, focused on cognitive behavioral strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).

 

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1:15 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Virtual - Zoom

Taking Off the Mask:  Showing Up as Your Authentic Self

By Ashanti Branch, M.Ed.

REGISTER Link for Presentation:  https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CyjIWyGQTGu5FBNEEB1abQ

UnMASKing Healthy Relationships is a highly experiential workshop that creates a safe space for individuals and teams to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. Studies show the lack of mental health services for many communities are based on long standing stigma of being associated with having any Mental Health Challenges. Fear of being associated will cause people to forego support in order to protect a mask of I’m Fine, I’m Good, or I’m OK.

Our work in Ever Forward recognizes that each person has a set of shared human needs – for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at work, school, and life we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement – and ultimately more powerful results.

Through presentation, hands-on activities, and film this workshop will introduce participants to the world of wellness support groups through our work with young men. Far too often urban youth have to navigate the complex world of school, home, and the streets by themselves. Issues like fitting in, self-esteem, trauma, loss, body image, and the pressures of life often keep youth from realizing their full potential inside and outside of school.

This workshop will empower participants to create more inclusive spaces at work and in their personal lives.

 

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2:45 pm – 3:45 pm ET

Virtual - Zoom

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Champions Pave the Way! Elevating Teacher Leaders to Support Sustainable SEL

By Paige Miller, 3rd-grade teacher
Meredith Gray, 2nd-grade teacher
Kathleen Hooban, 1st-grade teacher

Kristy Ritvalsky, MPH
Sr. Training and Consultation Specialist

REGISTER link for presentation:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RUgYr77hSg6nijub56Vt8A

Social and emotional learning has the ability to create safe and supportive learning environments where young people and adults can thrive. Learn the foundations of SEL, approaches for successful implementation, and one school’s SEL journey. Teacher leaders will discuss aligning SEL within the MTSS framework, elevating student and family voice, and lessons learned through development. Understand what you can do to leverage SEL for a lasting impact in your school!

 

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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9:00 am - 10:15 am ET

Virtual - Zoom

The Secret Sauce for Building Successful Home School Partnerships

By Sherri Wilson

REGISTER Link for presentation:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DP_GgL5jQ9e-tDXJ_s_ODg

According to Dr. Karen Mapp, “Parent participation is the leading predictor that supports students’ academic success, regardless of family race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or cultural background.” Research has consistently demonstrated that when families are engaged children benefit. In spite of the research, we continue to struggle with building and sustaining effective family-school partnerships because stakeholders have not had the opportunity to develop the capacity to partner effectively. This session will review best practices that provide opportunities for educators to effectively engage with all families and create opportunities for families to develop their ability to support their children’s learning and development. Attendees will learn how to build social capital for families and move from implementing activities where some “families just show up” to events that build the capacity of families to support their children’s education!

 

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10:30 am - 11:45 pm ET

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New Resources!  Classroom Wise and Self-Regulation and Positive Outcomes With Emotion Regulation: The Power Program

Classroom Wise
By Jessica Gonzalez, MSW

Self-Regulation and Positive Outcomes With Emotion Regulation: The Power Program
By Jen Francisco, M.Ed.
Laura E. Rutherford, Ph.D
Brittany Zakszeski, Ph.D

 

REGISTER link for presentation:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sLdNf-kFQ-GjwGiXIpjhtw

This session will present two new resources available through the MHTTC. Additional training and consultation to implement these products will be available throughout the year.

Classroom WISE
Classroom WISE is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students with mental health concerns in the classroom.

Tier 2 Product
Tier 2 Product is a transdiagnostic intervention program designed to address various mental and behavioral health needs of middle and high school students. This six-session program is focused on promoting adolescents’ emotion regulation and is intended to be implemented with small groups of students at Tier 2 within a multi-tiered system of mental and behavioral health supports.

 

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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm ET

Virtual - Zoom

Teaching Through Transitions:  Back to School and Back to Basics

By Steve Mazza, Ph.D.

REGISTER link for presentation:  https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KLGbSudzSKeET40Nyhz3CQ

Transitioning back to school is often difficult for children and adolescents, but this September will likely present more challenges than usual. The pandemic has left many students socially, emotionally, and academically less equipped to return to the classroom, so it is imperative that educators have the essential tools to ensure a smooth transition. Using analogies, humor, and experiential exercises, Dr. Steve Mazza will teach the core principles of human psychology as they relate to teacher-student relationships, classroom dynamics, and the re-opening of schools this fall.

 

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1:45 pm - 3:00 pm ET

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Helping My Grieving Student:  When COVID Loss Comes Into the School

By David Schonfeld MD, FAAP

REGISTER link for presentation:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r1wIFqt2QLyWTlFqdQ8d2g

Helping the grieving student: when COVID loss returns to school: This session will provide practical advice on how to support grieving students in any context. A range of topics will be covered, including what not to stay to a grieving student, considerations related to grief across different cultures, identifying and addressing guilt, appropriate academic accommodations, and managing grief triggers. The unique challenges of supporting grieving students during the current pandemic, as well as free resources for addressing these challenges from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, will be shared. Time will be devoted to questions and discussion.

 

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