Focus Area for the Mountain Plains MHTTC

Educators are often the first line of support in addressing mental health needs for students. They recognize the impact mental health has on learning and achievement.In response, the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has developed training, technical assistance, and resources to support school-based mental health. The MHTTC team continues to develop online resource guides and toolkits as well as curricula and self-paced trainings to assist school professionals in understanding and implementing core concepts of best practices in school mental health. The Mountain Plains MHTTC team members are also available for technical assistance and in person or distance training on topics and issues most relevant to your school, district, or state.

Primary Goals of the School-Based Mental Health Program Include:

  • Provide training and technical assistance on implementation of evidence based mental health services, supports, and programs in schools and districts.

  • Build capacity and create learning communities among educators.

  • Provide resources and support for schools, districts, and teachers to address trauma and incorporate trauma responsive practices in the classroom.

  • Integrate mental health into teacher preparation so teachers are prepared to support all students.


Upcoming Trainings



W.A.I.T. What Am I Thinking? Getting to the “Root” of the Problem!

DESCRIPTION: Our perceptions determine our reality! Have you ever wondered why people do the things



Session 2 of Rising Practices & Policies Revisited - Uplifting Supports, Strengths, and Healing for…

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2023 Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT



Creating Supportive Spaces for Gender and Sexually Diverse Youth

SERIES DESCRIPTION The Central East MHTTC in collaboration with the National Center for School



School Mental Health Provider Learning Community

School mental health providers can strengthen their skills and grow their network through the Mid



School-Based Mental Health Screening - Part 3: How Do We Continue? Organization and Sustainability…

SERIES DESCRIPTION: Universal mental health screening is gaining recognition as an effective way to



Session 3 of Rising Practices & Policies Revisited - Working with Youth and Families Experiencing…

MONDAY, JULY 10, 2023 Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT



Youth Mental Health First Aid TOT

This YMHFA Instructor training is a skills-based course that teaches caring professionals and



Workshop 1 of MI in July: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Motivational Interviewing as School…

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2023 3:00pm - 5:00pm PT [Find your local time zone here] Workshop 1 of 2 in the



Workshop 2 of MI in July: Developmentally Responsive Motivational Interviewing for School Based…

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2023 3:00pm - 5:00pm PT [Find your local time zone here] Workshop 2 of 2 in the



Check & Connect - Preparation & Implementation Training

Check & Connect's Preparation & Implementation Training provides administrators and leadership teams



Session 4 of Rising Practices & Policies Revisited - Mental Health & Student Mental Health…

MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2023 Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT

Products & Resources


Welcome to HealtheKnowledge, a free online learning & low-cost continuing education for health and behavioral health professionals. You can enroll in either of the following ongoing courses throughout the Mountain Plains MHTTC:






Classroom WISE is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators and school staff in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students experiencing adversity and distress.


In addition to a free online course on mental health literacy for educators and school staff, a video library and resource collection are also available!

















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Aimed at being used as a companion training for Classroom WISE, the Central East MHTTC and National Center for School Mental Health have created Cultural Inclusiveness and Equity (CIE) WISE. 


In CIE WISE, K-12 educators and school staff learn how inequities in education impact student mental health and how implicit bias influences our perceptions and responses. Educators and school staff are also equipped with culturally inclusive and equitable strategies to promote student well-being and support students experiencing adversity, distress, and mental health concerns in the classroom.











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Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth

The purpose of this document is to provide tools for K-12 educators, administrators, and mental health treatment providers to better address the learning and behavioral health needs of Indigenous youth in a holistic manner. 





Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools

This guide provides resources specific to addressing the unique mental health training and technical assistance needs of schools serving rural and remote communities. 








School Mental Health Toolkit

This toolkit is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in both rural and urban schools.



Trauma Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit: Version Two, National Edition 

The Trauma Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit is designed to guide users to develop a plan and to organize efforts to meet evidence-based practice standards in creating trauma responsive schools. The toolkit integrates knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices. 

Products & Resources


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To view resources about the global COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected school mental health, please click here


Please reach out to us at [email protected] to inquire about additional resources regarding school-based mental health and other mental health topics. 



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