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TRAILS: A Collaborative Model to Meet the Mental Health Needs of All Students
August 12, 2021


The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) is working to make effective mental health services accessible to all students with school-based solutions that are cost-effective and sustainable. Through training and ongoing support, TRAILS partners with schools to implement school-appropriate mental health programs grounded in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness practices -- techniques proven to promote students’ social and emotional competencies and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Topics to be discussed include:

● Brief program history

● Multi-tiered approach to reach all students

● The TRAILS sustainability model: training + resources + support

● TRAILS replication and national scaling




  • Participants will learn how TRAILS programming can foster mental health awareness for all students, improve equity in mental health and healthcare access, and help schools more efficiently identify needing additional support and connect them to appropriate services.



E KoschmannElizabeth Koschmann, PhD, is a faculty member in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and the Director of TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) – a program that works to implement evidence-based mental health practices to K-12 schools.

Elizabeth’s research is focused on identification of ways to improve community access to effective mental health care, particularly by training school professionals in best practices.

Elizabeth’s area of clinical expertise is in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in children and adolescents using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices.

She has worked extensively as a trainer and consultant for a variety of academic and community-based audiences, including providers working primarily with youth in foster care; and is a lead investigator on a number of state and federal research grants evaluating mental health implementation models.