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Building Equitable Systems to Support Mental Health through MTSS:
A Virtual Summer Workshop

Calling all School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Psychologists and Support Staff:

Are you wondering how to meet the mental health needs of students, staff and families?  Join us virtually for an inspiring line up of topics focused on mental health within the MTSS framework.  

Thursday, June 23rd

11:00 EST to 6:00 EST


The day includes 2 keynotes and 3 content sessions!

All available to you virtually via the zoom platform (links provided after registration).



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Keynote Speakers

Opening session: Dr. Rebecca Pianta

11:00-12:00 EST

Cultivating Equitable Systems Through Collaboration 

 Schools are complex and interdependent communities. Transformational change cannot happen in isolation. Advocacy and collaboration are crucial skills needed to develop equitable systems. Cultivate your advocacy and collaboration skills to bring about systemic change. After attending this session, you will be able to identify the barriers and key skills needed to develop equitable systems.

Closing session: Dr. Peg Donohue

4:45-5:45 EST


Braiding Initiatives using the MTSS Framework

Our closing session focuses on bringing the day’s learning together by integrating key intervention and prevention initiatives into the three tiers.  We will discuss how to foster the adoption of SEL, Restorative practices, Student Success Planning, and Study Skills as part of your building's MTSS Plan. As we build equitable systems we hope to instill hope in our students, enhance school climate, and imagine possibilities for our students and our school communities.

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Session Titles & Descriptions
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Session 1 (1 hr 15 min)
12:15-1:30 EST

Universal Mental Health Screening: Where to Begin 

Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott

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Session 2 (1 hr 15 min)
1:45-3:00 EST

Data is More than Numbers

Dr. Natalie Edirmanasinghe

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Session 3 (1 hr 15 min)
3:15-4:30 EST

Social Healing Through Restorative Practices

Dr. Damien Sweeney

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Session 1 (1 hr 15 min)
12:15-1:30 EST

Culturally Sustaining Counseling Strategies

Dr. Bella Bikowsky

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Session 2 (1 hr 15 min)
1:45-3:00 EST

Supporting Mental Health with Equity Focused Tier 2 

Drs. Jen Betters-Bubon & Peg Donohue

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Session 3 (1 hr 15 min)
3:15-4:30 EST

Healing Centered & Trauma Informed MTSS

Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon

Session 1: MTSS & School Counseling
Session 2: Trauma Informed MTSS
Session 3: Universal Screening and MTSS
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Universal Mental Health Screening: Where to Begin

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Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott

In schools, we screen for hearing, vision, and academics… but what about mental health? Schools across the U.S. have been implementing universal mental health screening- which has only increased since the covid-19 pandemic, and the greater mental health needs in our schools. In this session. Dr. Goodman-Scott will share how to get started with screening, and how this fits within your school’s MTSS framework.

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Culturally Sustaining  Counseling Strategies

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Dr. Bella Bikowsky

Clinical counseling strategies aim to provide structure in mental health treatment -- not to be a rote, one-size-fits-all process. Bringing these evidence-based techniques into the school setting is an important part of the counselor’s work. Delivering these strategies from a culturally-sensitive lens is crucial in order to serve the needs of all learners. Dr. Bikowsky will walk through several different evidence-based clinical counseling strategies and how to embed these strategies within your Tier II and Tier III MTSS system. 

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Data is More Than Numbers


Dr. Natalie Edirmanasinghe

Schools review and collect data on academic performance, attendance, and discipline referrals. But does this give us the whole story about the systems and needs of our students? In this session, Dr. Natalie Edirmanasinghe will discuss other forms of data and collection strategies that can provide school leaders with a clearer picture of how to address the root cause of student challenges. 

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Supporting Mental Health Needs with Equity Focused Tier 2 Systems & Practices

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Drs. Jen Betters-Bubon & Peg Donohue

 School counselors and support staff are uniquely positioned to provide equity focused mental health supports for students with elevated needs using culturally responsive Tier 2 systems and practices. In this session, you will gain practical strategies to develop and fine tune your process for delivering equity focused Tier 2 supports, including data to identify students, selecting culturally sustaining evidence-based Tier 2 interventions, and making data-based decisions.

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Social Healing Through Restorative Practices


Dr. Damien Sweeney

Have you been hearing about restorative practices for a while now, and thought, That is something I need to get to and learn more about. This is your chance! Attend this session with Dr. Damien Sweeney for an introduction to restorative practices. Use real-life scenarios to help model these practices for school counselors. You won’t want to miss this trauma-informed and healing-centered approach!

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Healing Centered & Trauma Informed MTSS 


Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon

Now more than ever, schools need a plethora of interventions to address trauma experienced by students and staff. In this session, Dr. Jennifer Betters-Bubon will provide an overview of  tier 1 strategies (e.g., focus on staff wellness) and tier ⅔ evidence based and research informed interventions (e.g., Bounce Back, Trails to Wellness, SAIG groups, CICO). Leave with new ideas for creating healing systems!

Session 4: Tier 2
Registration Infomation



Full Day: 3 content sessions

& 2 keynotes: $175.00

Ask your principal or administration if there are DEI funds to cover this professional development!

If you wish to use a Purchase Order (PO), are a student, or have other registration questions contact: Jean Charette (

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