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).
Opening session: Dr. Rebecca Pianta
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
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.
Session Titles & Descriptions
Universal Mental Health Screening: Where to Begin
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.
Culturally Sustaining Counseling Strategies
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.
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.
Supporting Mental Health Needs with Equity Focused Tier 2 Systems & Practices
Dr. Jake Olsen
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.
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!
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!
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) or have other registration questions contact: Jean Charette (firstname.lastname@example.org)