Supporting School Mental Health in the Wake of COVID-19: A Virtual Conference

Supporting School Mental Health in the Wake of COVID-19: A Virtual Conference

 

The transition back to school this year will be unlike any before. The pandemic has been challenging for students and educators. We want to help you meet your students’ mental health needs, while also taking care of yourselves. We’re happy you’ve chosen to join us to learn more about these critical topics. 

This conference is made available through the Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). 


CEUs and CTLE Credit Information

For New York CTLE Credits: Fill out Section 1 of this certificate and email schools@mhanys.org with CTLE_August 19 and 20 in the subject line. Your attendance will be confirmed via Zoom attendance records. A completed certificate will be returned to you. Please allow time for certificates to be processed.

The sessions are not pre-approved for CEUs, except for CTLE hours. Certificates of attendance and all materials are available to you below, which allows you to submit for CEUs on your own. 

If you participated in more than 50% of any of the sessions below, you have earned a certificate of attendance. Due to the high volume of participants, each certificate below is blank allowing you to insert your name, on your honor. 


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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Session 1: 9:00 am - 10:00 am ET

Welcome and Mental Health: Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Ann Murphy, Ph.D., CPRP | Amy Molloy, MSW, M.Ed. | Caroline Shea

Directors of the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC and the MHANYS will provide a brief welcome and orientation to the conference. Our keynote speaker will share her perspective as a 2020 high school graduate and the sister of a student living with a mental health condition. She has learned some tips and tricks that are more personal and less clinical, but are none the less very important to keep in mind as we focus on student mental health.


Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides | Certificate of Completion Survey Link


Session 2: 10:15 am - 11:30 am ET

SEL Techniques and Tools for Adults and Students: The Foundation for Successful Learning, Remote, or In-Person

Liz Warner | Erica Brentan, M.Ed. | Patricia Heindel, Ph.D.

As educators' attention turns toward preparing for reopening schools in the fall, it is critical that the priority be on providing social-emotional and mental health supports for all staff, students, and families. The presenters will share tools and resources for increasing adult and student social-emotional competencies and for creating learning environments that promote a sense of belonging and safety.

* This session has been pre-approved by MHANYS for New York State CTLE credits
 

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides | Handouts | Certificate of Completion | Survey Link

 

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Session 3: Noon - 1:15 pm ET

When School Starts Back: Helping Students Cope with Crisis and Loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic

David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

This session provides practical advice on how to help students understand and cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic and how to support grieving students. Participants will be introduced to free online professional developmental materials from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. Together, we will consider how to best support students during this evolving pandemic.
 

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides Certificate of Completion Survey Link

 

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Session 4: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Supporting Student Mental Health Through Uncertain Times

Amy Molloy, MSW. M.Ed. | Sue Wollner, MPA

Worry and stress about COVID-19 and social injustice are likely to have an impact on student mental health and learning as we return to school. Learn how a whole-school approach can support student wellness during uncertain times with a focus on resiliency and connectedness. 

* This session has been pre-approved by MHANYS for New York State CTLE credits


Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides Certificate of Completion Survey Link

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

 

Session 1: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Power of Resilience-Based, Trauma-Sensitive, Strength Focused Communication in Working with Youth

Ken Ginsburg, MD, MS.Ed.

This talk will introduce the essentials of delivering strength-based, trauma-sensitive care and offer strategies to apply these principles. It will focus on the power of well-boundaried loving human connection in healing, restoring a positive sense of self, and giving control back to youth; and discuss the imperative of creating safe, secure, and sustained adult relationships for young people.
 

Webinar Recording (Part 1)Webinar Recording (Part 2) Webinar Recording (Part 3) Presentation Slides | Handouts Certificate of Completion Survey Link


Session 2: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

A Mindfulness Approach to Educator Wellness: Developing Acceptance Skills and Strengthen Commitment to Act

Imad Zaheer, Ph.D.

Todd Whitaker said, "the best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." This is even more true today with COVID-19, racial unrest and uncertainty and fear as we go back into the new school year. This presentation will help provide mindfulness strategies based on Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) to help develop more flexibility in the face of stress and commit to taking action towards what matters to you.

* This session has been pre-approved by MHANYS for New York State CTLE credits
 

Webinar Recording | Presentation Slides | Handouts | ACT Matrix Activity Certificate of Completion Survey Link