School Mental Health Professionals Series Open to New Participants

Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
Publication Date: Jan 12, 2021

School Mental Health Professionals Series Open to New Participants

January 12, 2021 - The School Mental Health Professionals learning series began in May 2020 to address the pressing needs of mental health professionals as the education system transitioned, and continues to adapt, to new remote learning challenges. Attendees from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 8 (ND, SD, MT, UT, WY, and CO) met twice a month from May to June and again from October to December 2020.


Each session began with a presentation from an expert on topics identified and prioritized by the group, including: trauma informed practices at home, behavior management for remote classrooms, supporting students with special needs, distance learning strategies for students with disabilities, culturally responsive school mental health supports, crisis planning, telehealth engagement, and family resources.


After the short presentation with time for questions and answers, one member presented a case study to the group. Cases studies were anonymous and protected the privacy of the student while allowing the presenter to learn and benefit from the vast experience and expertise of other group members. This tele-mentoring model helps professionals learn new techniques and strategies by sharing information that exists collectively within the group.


Several attendees expressed their appreciation for the series, highlighting the ability to receive free, relevant, high-quality professional development without needing to leave their office or home. One school counselor said, “I have met professionals from multiple states who I continue to talk to when I have questions or need advice. I look forward to the topics covered and recommend these events to others who work in education.”


The winter session begins February 1, 2021, and the group is open to new participants. Through the winter and spring, the group will meet once a month. Each member is expected to present a case study to benefit their own professional development and the group’s collective learning.


If you are interested in joining the new session, which will start on February 1st and meets one Monday a month from 9:00-10:00 am MT (10:00-11:00 am CT), please contact Stefanie Winfield