Responding to COVID-19 | School Mental Health Resources

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Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on students and their families, educators and the school mental health workforce, as well as the school mental health system. 

Here we highlight MHTTC products and resources specific to school mental health that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises. A compilation of school mental health resources from other reputable organizations is also available below.

MHTTC Upcoming Events:



computerSchool Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

All sessions take place at 2pm PT / 5pm ET


May 27 >Register   June 10 >Register  June 24 >Register   

July 8 >Register     July 22 Register  August 5 > Register






girlSupporting Grieving Students: How to Be Both Grief-Sensitive and Trauma-Informed | Pacific Southwest MHTTC


May 28, 3pm PT / 6pm ET > Register





dbt imageStudent Life Skills to Survive & Thrive During COVID-19 & Beyond: 16-Lesson DBT STEPS-A Online Lessons | Northwest MHTTC

Live stream on Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 16, 2020 from 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET.


Next session: May 28. To learn more, click here.





smh series stock photoMaking a Good Connection: Engaging Students and Families in School Tele-Mental Health | MHTTC Network

All 1-hour webinar sessions take place on Fridays at 10am PT / 1pm ET


May 29: Enhancing Family-School Partnerships Through Tele-Mental Health > Register 

June 5: Strategies for Addressing Trauma, Crises and Grief Through Tele-Mental Health > Register




male on rockWhat will school be like next year? Visioning for the Future of Education, a 3-part Webinar Series | New England MHTTC

All sessions take place at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.


June 1, and June 15 > Register





handsSelf-Compassion for Professionals in Education (K-12) Series | South Southwest MHTTC

All sessions take place at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.


June 2 > Register

June 9 > Register





rocksEducator Wellness Series | Northwest MHTTC

All sessions take place at 1pm PT / 4pm ET. 


June 3: Cultivating a Practice of Gratitude and Appreciation in Your School Community > Register




woman at computerThe School Leader Series | Northwest MHTTC

Final session: 

June 4, 1-2:30PM PT / 4-5:30PM ET: Discussion: LIVE Q & A with series presenters and guest school leaders > Register





dbt imageDBT STEPS-A Q&A Sessions with Jim and Lizz Mazza | Northwest MHTTC

Q&A Session: June 16, 10am PT / 1pm ET > Register








handsStarting a New School Year: Sustaining Recovery from a School Crisis During Periods of Transition | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

August 4, 3pm PT / 6pm ET > Register






MHTTC Products and Resources:


Be Our Lunch Date? A "Think Tank" Time: A Gathering of School Mental Health Practitioners to Surface School Mental Teleheath Needs and Resources Northwest MHTTC & Pacific Southwest MHTTC

For the past couple of months the Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions have been engaged in learning about the Interconnected Systems Framework - a structure and process to integrate PBIS and school mental health within school systems. This systems work is just as important now, as schools explore how to best provide school mental health, telehealth, and virtual student supports. This  "think tank" workshop served to identify the needs we are noticing; the resources in our field that can support those needs; and ways we can develop tools and supports to fill the gaps. 

Campus Mental Health: How Do We Come Back to the New Normal? | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In this virtual session, offered by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, presenters discussed what coming back to the “new normal” looks like for college students’ as they return to their respective campuses. It is anticipated that many students’ will have experienced some trauma, if not just the shock of being dispersed from campus to the actual trauma of personal or familial illness. This model is very akin to campus responsiveness post suicide or traumatic event (e.g. shootings) and presenters will discuss how campuses can effectively support the return of students, providing both a place for recovery and education.

Changing the Conversation about Mental Health to Support College Students During a Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC

This virtual session, offered by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, focused on the emergent pandemic and the impact it is having on college students’ mental health and well-being. As students are required to abruptly transition from a campus-based learning/teaching model to a technology-based teaching/learning model, the need for mental health support is even more important. Topics covered included ways we can successfully support students’ mental health needs remotely; coping strategies for adapting to a new normal; and techniques for supporting social connectedness during a time of social distancing and educational disconnect.

DBT STEPS-A Q&A Sessions with Jim and Lizz MazzaNorthwest MHTTC

Have you been watching the Mazza's live or online videos as they support their kids and your kids in developing DBT, otherwise known as, critical life skills? Join us for 1-hour, interactive Q&A sessions with Doctors Jim & Lizz Mazza about their online, live-streamed 16-lesson DBT STEPS-A curriculum to teach the basics of emotional regulation and specific skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness—essential skills at any time, but even more critical during COVID-19.

Educator Self-Care and Thriving During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

With the current public health crisis, we are facing a new way of engaging and teaching our students. While some of us may have been doing some assignments remotely in the past this new platform and the current social distancing orders have created a whole new set of stressors on our educators, their students, and families. Hosted by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC, this webinar provided some helpful hints to help us all survive and thrive during this time while simultaneously taking care for ourselves, our students, and their families. 

Educator Wellness SeriesNorthwest MHTTC

The Northwest MHTTC, in Partnership with WellEducator & the Northwest PBIS Network, bring you the Educator Wellness Series! This Educator Wellness Series is designed for you, the educator, to take a break from what can feel like an overwhelming hustle to prepare, deliver, and support your students and focus on your own wellbeing. We believe EVERY educator is doing the best they can, and there is always room for growth and development. We designed this 4 Session Series to support you in tapping into your resiliency skills, increasing your self-compassion, creating self-care routines, building a practice of gratitude and appreciation and celebrating - even those small successes - to support your wellbeing. We know you are showing up for your students, that’s what you do! It’s time to take a time out just for you! 

Fostering Resilience: Responding to the Needs of School-Age Children | South Southwest MHTTC

This brief discusses how educators, school-based mental health providers, and school-age children and families can foster resilience during pandemic-related disruption.

LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention for Parents and Caregivers | Northwest MHTTC

The Northwest MHTTC partnered with Forefront Suicide Prevention & the University of Washington SMART Center to bring the LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Caregivers directly to you in your own home, free of charge. Developed by Forefront, the five simple and effective Forefront Suicide Prevention LEARN® steps empower individuals to help others move in the direction of hope, recovery, and survival. 

Making a Good Connection: Engaging Students and Families in School Tele-Mental Health | MHTTC Network

Making a Good Connection: Engaging Students and Families in School Tele-Mental Health is a three-part webinar series geared toward providers who are making the transition from in-person to telehealth services. Session content will focus on practical strategies and equity concerns related to engaging children, adolescents and families using distance technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions upon registration, enabling our Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists to shape their content to meet your needs.

  • Session 1: Best Practices for Student Engagement Through Tele-Mental Health (Recording coming soon!)

Mental Health Resources for K-12 Educators During COVID-19 | Mountain Plains MHTTC

In response to the recent pandemic (COVID-19), several national organizations and associations have shared and promoted resources to assist K-12 educators. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults play a critical role in helping children make sense of what they hear and making sure that it is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety and fear. Developed by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, this product compiles all recent toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics that have been developed by reputable sources to assist educators during this time.

Planning for School Crises During School CrisisPacific Southwest MHTTC

During this webinar, Dr. Stephen Brock guides participants through key school crisis preparedness actions. He also provides an overview of the third edition of PREPaRE, a curriculum that contains current research and strategies for integrated school safety and crisis prevention, planning, response, and recovery efforts. He also discusses how to adjust school crisis response plans to accommodate the reality of a global pandemic. Yesmina Luchsinger shares her crisis planning and response lessons learned as a state leader, including the development and dissemination process of the Pandemic Preparedness Guide the state released in March 2020.

Providing Telehealth Services and Instruction to Students and Clients with a Focus on those with Developmental Disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum | Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC

The focus of this webinar is to provide the support and information that teachers, supervisors, BCBAs, therapists and other professionals supporting youth during Co VID 19 have been seeking. The challenges that Co VID 19 poses to clients and students will be discussed. Strategies for reaching and supporting clients via telehealth platforms and teaching students through the virtual classroom will be identified and discussed. The main focus will be on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and autism during this difficult time. Individuals across the Autism Spectrum have specific needs and profiles that will be discussed and the supports and strategies needed to address their specific strengths and weaknesses will be explored.

Psychological First Aid – Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach | Northwest MHTTC

This training was specifically designed as a five-step crisis response strategy based on communication skills that educators and school staff use every day. Although initially introduced in response to targeted school violence, such as school shootings and other acts of violence on a school campus, the goals of Psychological First Aid for Schools – Listen Protect Connect/Model and Teach have relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic which has seriously disrupted the daily lives over children and adults all over the world. The closure of schools and businesses adds to the health risks faced by all which contribute to the stresses that students and adults face under orders of physical distancing, stay at home directives or quarantine conditions. Given the levels of internet and web connectivity for students, being at home doesn’t have to mean being cut off from teachers, school support staff, classmates and friends.

School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays Series | Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Educators and school mental health leadership are resilient, creative, and tenacious, but they need support to be able to provide support. In this period of stress and uncertainty, now is the time to gather and resource one another. In collaboration with the Meaning Makers Collective, the Pacific Southwest offered three School Mental Health Wellness Wednesdays. Each Wellness Wednesday is a 60-minute virtual session for the school mental health workforce to connect, reflect, and support each other.

Self-Compassion for Professionals in Education (K-12) Series | South Southwest MHTTC

Whether you’re a counselor, teacher, or social worker, serving children is hard. You’re taking care of everyone, and often feel exhausted. This series of 12 self-compassion sessions teach you how to care for yourself in the moment that you most need it. Research has shown that those who are more self-compassionate experience less stress, anxiety, and depression, are more resilient, and better able to deal with emotional challenges. Drawn from the internationally-acclaimed Mindful Self-Compassion program, which was created by Dr. Kristin Neff (educational psychologist at University of Texas, Austin) and Dr. Chris Germer, (clinical psychologist, Harvard University), the sessions will be comprised of didactic presentations, guided practices, and discussions which will offer specific tools that you can use to give yourself the support you deserve.

  • Session 1 (Recording coming soon!)
  • Session 2 (Recording coming soon!)

Social Emotional Learning at Home: Remote Learning Options | Great Lakes MHTTC

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (2003), the goal of a social emotional learning (SEL) program is to foster the development of five emotional and behavioral competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.  We are all learning to navigate remote learning and education from afar. Luckily there are several reputable, evidence-informed resources available to help educators and families promote social and emotional well-being in their students outside the classroom. The Great Lakes MHTTC School-based Supplement has compiled a list of SEL resources, lesson plans, activities, games, and tip sheets to get you started on your SEL at home journey. 

Supporting Student Resilience: Strategies for Teachers During School Closures | South Southwest MHTTC

This infographic outlines the opportunities for educators and other school staff to support student resilience during the pandemic. The product provides a graphic depiction of strategies that school staff can use to promote coping and resilience. It serves as a companion to a brief report that can be found here.

Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays: Telehealth with Children and AdolescentsMid-America MHTTC, Mountain Plains MHTTC, and Mid-America ATTC

Mindy Chadwell, Ph.D., LP, BCBA; Erika Franta, Ph.D., LP; Jennifer Cox, LSW; and JK Costello, MD, MPH, discuss their experience working with children and adolescents via telehealth.

  • FAQ Document (This resource includes answers to the most frequently asked questions during the Telehealth for Children and Adolescents TLC Tuesday session).

Telehealth Toolbox for School Personnel | Mid-America MHTTC

The Telehealth Toolbox for School Personnel is a practical and concise guide to incorporating telehealth into your routine as a provider working with students. 

In addition to a handy, overarching guide entitled Getting Started, the toolbox contains handouts on each of the following topics:

The entire toolbox is available for download on the web page.

Tips for Educators: Supporting Parents During this Pandemic | Mountain Plains MHTTC

The current pandemic requires rapid and complex changes to the way children and adults learn and live.This virtual session, offered by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, aims to provide strategies for educators to use in supporting parents as they transition to a new and uncertain role in providing daily instruction for their children.Dr. Tami DeCoteau will bring her extensive knowledge and experience working with children, families, and school personnel to explore how educators can support parents in this difficult time.

The School Leader Series | Northwest MHTTC

This webinar series is focused on the role of the school leader in creating and maintaining a positive climate and culture virtually during the global pandemic and in the building upon the return to school. We know these are challenging times and want to provide information you can use immediately and to use for the plans to return to school as part of your MTSS framework. 

Tools for Educators During a Public Health Crisis | Northeast and Carribean MHTTC

Educators have been asked to fill many roles during this public health crisis. They have had to adjust to new learning environments, provide emotional support to students, maintain communication with parents, take care of themselves and their families, among other responsibilities. At the same time, they are experiencing the anxiety and worry about the public health crisis along with the rest of the community. These tools were developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC to help.

What will school be like next year? Visioning for the Future of Education, a 3-part Webinar Series | New England MHTTC

Join the authors of Visioning Onward for inspiration, insights, exercises, and Q&A to prepare you to vision with your schools and districts. In this time of COVID-19, visioning is a critical part of planning for our future. Learn about visioning by examining the work of Starbucks, Amazon, and other corporate giants. Participants will receive a study guide to take our virtual approach back to your schools and districts to conduct your own visioning sessions. We will guide you through our 8-step iterative visioning approach, explaining the importance of visioning for success in business and in education, and helping you plan for visioning with your staff and local communities. We do this with an eye towards the neurobiology of trauma and ways to foster self-care and the well-being of staff and students that are signature components of the Center for Educational Improvement’s (CEI) Heart Centered Learning® approach to social emotional learning and mindfulness.

  • Session 1 (Recording coming soon!)

Other School Mental Health Resources from Reputable Organizations: 


For Children and Parents

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children About Coronavirus

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Tips for Parents While School’s Out

Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at University of Maryland: Coping with COVID-19 as a Family


For Educators and School Mental Health Professionals 

American School Counselors Association: Planning for Virtual/Distance School Counseling During an Emergency Shutdown

California School-Based Health Alliance: School Telehealth Webinar Series | May 14, 19, 21, 27

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Mental Health Association in New York State School Mental Health Resource and Training Center: Maintaining Mental Health in Schools During Social Distancing:An MTSS approach 

National Association of School Psychologists: Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism | Tips for Teachers and O: er Educators

National Association of School Psychologists: Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics| Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professionals

National Association of School Psychologists: Responding to COVID-19 | Brief Action Steps for School Crisis Response Teams

National Association of School Psychologists: When One Door Closes and Another Opens: School Psychologists Providing Telehealth Services

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: COVID-10 Pandemic Resources

National Center for School Mental Health: COVID-19 Resources

SAMHSA: COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs

Thriving Schools: Resources for Schools and Families Impacted by COVID-19



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