Co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health visits Omaha for day of consultations, keynote

Publication Date: Feb 03, 2020


Editors' Note: This story ran in our February newsletter, published Feb. 3.



The co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH), Dr. Nancy Lever, spent a cold and snowy January day in Omaha providing consultation to programs of higher education and recording a keynote address that was shared online with educational leaders.


Dr. Lever visited on Jan. 22 to serve as the keynote speaker for the Annual Board of Education dinner hosted at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But the dinner was canceled after snow and frigid temperatures blanketed the region.


That didn't stop Dr. Lever and Dr. Brandy Clarke, Mid-America MHTTC project director, from spending the day with area university graduate programs looking to develop training curricula in school mental health programming. Drs. Lever and Clarke met with faculty from the Munroe-Meyer Institute's psychology internship training program, as well as interdisciplinary faculty in education and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha to discuss how they may build training programs for graduate students to address regional workforce needs in school mental health.


And while the Annual Board of Education dinner was canceled, Dr. Lever was able to film her keynote address anyway, making her speech and slides accessible online.


In 2018, the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office worked closely with the NCSMH to develop the National School Mental Health Curriculum, which our trainers teach in many schools and districts and schools in HHS Region 7. Our partnership with NCSMH continues to flourish by way of co-hosted webinars, workshops, TA sessions and other events.