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SMH Curriculum 'Always and Now' Learning Series Module 1: Foundations of Comprehensive School Mental Health

10:00am - February 9, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Collaborating TTC: Global MHTTC Central East MHTTC MHTTC Network Coordinating Office
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2021
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About the Learning Session:

The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part training series using the National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools. The Curriculum was developed by the MHTTC Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). It is intended to help states, districts and schools advance comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process for implementation.

Module 1: Foundations of Comprehensive School Mental Health provides an overview of the National School Mental Health Curriculum as well as the definition and core features of comprehensive school mental health.

  • Each session in the series includes a pre-session video, live panel session, and post-session regional breakout.
  • Access the pre-session video for Module 1: Foundations of Comprehensive School Mental Health HERE. Please watch the video PRIOR to the live session. The purpose of watching the pre-session video is to familiarize yourself with the Curriculum material for Module 1.
  • Live sessions consist of a discussion with a small panel of education and mental health leaders from across the country (including a member from the National Center for School Mental Health team) who will provide an “always and now” application of the Curriculum and innovative ideas for implementation, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on school mental health.
  • The post-session Regional Breakout sessions are intended for participants to have an informal discussion regarding content from the live session, contextualized for their specific region. Access to the Regional Breakout sessions will be provided to all participants during the live sessions.

To learn more about the National School Mental Health Curriculum and gain access to the COMPLETE curriculum, click HERE.

Session Panelists:


Headshot for piaPia Escudero a mental health leader and social work professional with over 30 years of experience in mental health and health programs for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. As Executive Director of the Student Health and Human Services (SHHS) Division, she directs the services of over 2000 school mental health and health professionals including social workers, nurses, pediatricians, child psychiatrists, human relations and restorative practices experts, wellness programs and positive behavior intervention and supports district wide. Her expertise includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality interventions that promote resiliency, healing, and lifelong health.


headshot for danaDr. Dana Milakovic is a mental health and trauma specialist with experience in school mental health, community mental health, pediatric neuropsychology, school administration, and school psychology.  In her current role, she is focused on strengthening schools by applying neuropsychological research to mental health integration in schools, trauma-sensitive schools, school climate, substance use disorders, and improving mental health services for children across Pennsylvania. Prior to her work at PDE, Dr. Milakovic spent over 19 years working on behalf of children with special needs as a community mental health evaluator, school psychologist, and administrator.


headshot for sharonDr. Sharon Hoover is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health. She currently leads NCSMH efforts to support states, districts and schools in the adoption of national performance standards for quality and sustainability of comprehensive school mental health systems. Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services.



headshot for nancyDr. Nancy Lever is a clinical psychologist with extensive clinical, research, policy, and training experience related to advancing comprehensive school mental health systems. Dr. Lever has over 20 years of experience providing and leading school mental health services and programming efforts at the local, state, and national levels. She serves as the executive director of the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program, and co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health, wherein she is working at local, state, and national levels to advance research, training, policy, and practice in school behavioral health.