In this webinar, participants will learn to leverage data to identify injustice and advance equity in school mental health, with a focus on groups experiencing marginalization.
Schools are promising natural settings for service provision in the domain of youth mental health. Historically and contemporarily, schools are also frequently sites where societal inequities and oppression are replicated and perpetuated. With proper stewardship, data-based decision making within school contexts can advance equity in access and outcomes for youth. In this webinar, participants will learn to leverage data to identify injustice and advance equity in school mental health, with a focus on groups experiencing marginalization. Specifically, tangible strategies to identifying disproportionality in access and outcomes will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity to learn ways to tailor equitable data-based decision making to their settings and to communicate effectively about aligning mental health systems with socially just practices.
Miranda Zahn, PhD, NCSP
Miranda Zahn, PhD, NCSP, is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota. She conducts research, training, and technical assistance in school-based mental health services. Specifically, Miranda focuses on social justice and the role of teachers in school supports for youth mental health. In addition, Miranda is a school psychologist and school mental health provider at Nebraska’s Educational Service Unit #1, where she provides direct services to youth as well as training and systems consultation.