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What is School Mental Health?

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School mental health services and supports are an effective means of addressing the mental health needs of children and improving the learning environment. Comprehensive school mental services help educators prevent and respond to crises while fostering a school climate that supports teaching and learning. Highlighting stories of success and recovery helps reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

We can improve student outcomes through social and emotional supports by building positive relationships and increasing school engagement to help concentrate on learning. Families are critical in their children’s education and school staff must be able to address mental health needs. Partnerships between schools, youth, families, and mental health providers can result in improved academic outcomes. 


School Mental Health Community of Practice (CoP) Recordings

Community of Practice Confirmed Sessions 2020

Past presentations will be posted once available. Due to the amount of time this process is taking, we encourage you to join live when possible. Please see the Student Services/Prevention & Wellness COVID webpage for Zoom links to the confirmed sessions. 

All Sessions are 9 - 10:30 AM




October 15, 2020

  No meeting. Please join us instead for Building a Multi-Tiered System of Support: Foundations for Bully Prevention October 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM – find more information about this webinar here

October 29, 2020

  No meeting. Please join us instead for Building a Multi-Tiered System of Support: Foundations for Bully Prevention October 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM – find more information about this webinar here


Previous CoP Webinars 





May 14, 2020


Title: Promoting SEL Virtually
July 9, 2020

Dr. Katie Eklund, PhD

University of Madison - WI

Title: Providing Effective Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health: The Role of Screening

Description: Screening data can be used to better inform schools about where to focus resources for children who demonstrate social-emotional and behavioral concerns. This session will provide an overview of screening measures, ethical and legal considerations, and procedural considerations during COVID-19 and when students return to school. Participants will learn how to use a decision-making framework to connect screening data to interventions for all students, including racially and ethnically diverse youth.

July 23, 2020 Dr. Elizabeth Connors, PhD

Title: Data-Driven Approaches to Support Student Mental Health in 20-21

Description: This virtual presentation and discussion is designed to help school systems plan how to collect and use data to inform their multi-tiered system of student mental health supports. Strategies and practical tools to assess current stressors and mental health needs will be discussed, as well as considerations for planning ahead to use data throughout 2020-21 to ensure a system that is data-driven and responsive to changes in real-time

August 6, 2020

Urban Assembly -

Brandon Frame and · Joshua Bobrow

Title: Organizing Your Community Around Social-Emotional Learning to Meet this Moment

August 20, 2020 Pat Conner, CASEL

Title: Reunite, Renew, Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Returning to

September 3, 2020 Celeste Malone

Title: Multi-Level Interventions to Reduce Disproportionality

Description: Schools have the responsibility to promote equitable outcomes for all students; however, national and local data demonstrate persistent racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in special education identification and the use of exclusionary discipline practices. In this workshop, participants will discuss the root causes of disproportionality and identify individual and school-wide strategies to promote equitable outcomes for all students.

September 17, 2020 Dr. Markeda Newall

Title: Culturally-Responsive Problem-Solving

Description: The purpose of this session will be to define culturally-responsive problem-solving in the context of school-based decision-making. Specifically, attendees will learn two strategies to help reduce bias and increase equity in the problem-solving process.

October 1, 2020 Presenter: Prof. Michael Kelly
Title: Managing Our School-based Practice In Unprecedented Times: Setting Boundaries That Work For Ourselves And Our Schools
Description: In this interactive session, Prof. Michael Kelly of Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work will discuss meaningful and effective boundaries around pupil service work roles. Starting at the local policy level, we need to consider how these policies fit within a Code of Ethics, and then what to do if they do not. We will discuss boundary setting in terms of a new way of working in this unprecedented time. We will also look at our ethical responsibility to self-care and how this relates to maintaining good boundaries.

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For questions about this information, contact Tim Peerenboom (608) 266-1999