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Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) 201 - When School Mental Health is Integrated Within an MTSS - What's Different
ISF enhances multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) by integrating student mental health and wellness into the existing structures. It engages a broader range of partners, involves a wider scope of data, and expands interventions to address mental health.
This webinar will be led by Susan Barrett, contributing author for the ISF Fact Sheet series. She will be joined by school district and system-based ISF practitioners from the Northwest and Pacific Southwest regions, Tawni Barlow (Washington State) and Natalie Sedano (California). Presenters will share their ISF implementation challenges, celebrations, and lessons learned or learning.
Learning Objectives - Participants will:
- Learn how to establish an integrated ISF leadership team
- Understand the foundational steps to establish ISF at the school or district level
- Define the process of evaluating potential evidence-based practices for inclusion in schools
- Discuss implementation challenges, solutions, and innovations with ISF practitioners
Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) 101 - An Introduction
The interconnected systems framework (ISF) is a strategy to align all social-emotional-behavioral interventions through one system at the state or regional, district, and school level. ISF builds on the success of social service platforms and provides specific steps for integration and alignment to create healthier schools. This webinar will kick-off the ISF learning series with a look at how we can effectively implement and lead ISF installation. Presented by Susan Barrett, MA, and facilitated by the school mental health leads of the Northwest MHTTC (Kelcey Schmitz) and the Pacific Southwest MHTTC (Leora Wolf-Prusan).
Learning Objectives. Participants will:
- Understand ISF and its positive impact on schools
- Discuss strategies to align PBIS/MTSS and student mental health
- Identify appropriate community-level partners
- Learn initial steps for implementing the ISF approach
Presenter Bio Susan Barrett, MA, is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and certification in Special Education, having served as a teacher, administrator and coordinator with Sheppard Pratt Health System since 1993. Mrs. Barrett serves as an Implementer Partner with the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)'s National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
Low Barrier Access to Mental Health Services for Youth and Young Adults: What Works with What We’ve Got
This webinar explores low-barrier services for young adults of transition age experiencing or at risk for behavioral health challenges. Presenters discuss how low-barrier services can improve engagement and will identify strategies for integrating low-barrier policies and practices into organizational standards. Throughout the discussion, presenters provide examples of promising approaches that have been adopted by local communities, including the development of drop-in centers and peer-to-peer programs.
- Define low-barrier access in the context of behavioral health services.
- Explore the links between access to services and engagement in behavioral health treatment for young adults of transition age.
- Identify examples of model low-barrier access programs.
- Learn best practices and practical strategies for integrating low-barrier services into agencies serving young adults.
When There is One School Counselor: Strategies to Reach All Students Nevertheless
The workload for a school counselor in a traditional role can be overwhelming, and students in need of mental or emotional support may be inadvertently overlooked. This webinar describes how shifting from a traditional counseling approach to a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) benefits both students and staff members who provide mental and/or behavioral support services. Strategies discussed include using data to identify students in need of support, expanding the effectiveness of the continuum of interventions, and thinking “out of the box” to engage non-traditional MTSS team members.
The Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education) Coordinators from two rural school districts in northern Nevada share how an MTSS has transformed their districts and positively impacted the lives of students.
Participants learn key strategies from two rural school districts who built a Multi-Tiered System of Support from the ground up. Successes, lessons learned, and the challenges that two Project AWARE grantees have experienced while implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support will benefit all participants who join!
- Identify school and community resources that can be used to provide preventative and early intervention services
- Understand the enhanced continuum of interventions in a multi-tiered and multi-dimensional system of support
- Understand how to target interventions and monitor progress using data
Building a Diverse Workforce from the Ground Up
Expanding workforce diversity is a critical strategy to support improved access to health and health care for communities of color. To support this work, the PS MHTTC created a self-assessment tool to help mental health organizations explore their implementation of workforce diversity strategies: Assessing Workforce Diversity: A Tool for Mental Health Organizations on the Path to Health Equity.
This workshop explores each of the tool's six key domains to build workforce diversity:
- Leadership and Governance
- Orientation, Onboarding, and Ongoing Training
- Retention and Professional Development
- Partnership and Community Goals
This workshop outlines the purpose of these areas in strengthening workforce diversity and explore the different issues that require attention.
Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Competence: Leading From Where You Are
All health service systems are undergoing fundamental changes in order to embrace the diversity of populations in the U.S. today. Many health systems continue to grapple with the numerous challenges of implementing systemic change to respond effectively to the multiple needs of diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Organizations working together as part of a broader system often do not know where to start the work of integrating cultural and linguistic competence. To do this work, organizations first need to come to a common understanding of culture and cultural competence and adopt a systemic framework for its integration into services and supports.
This presentation provides a conceptual framework for cultural competence in health. Participants not only define and identify the framework and underlying principles of cultural competence, they begin to explore how these principles will influence their roles and functions.
- Identify the components of a conceptual framework for cultural competence.
- Differentiate characteristics of culturally competent organizations and systems.
- Describe the implications for cultural competence in services and support systems.
- Determine steps to provide leadership in becoming more culturally and linguistically competent.
Trauma-Informed Suicide Prevention for Educators: Stories, Science, and Strategies
Mental Health and Student Learning Outcomes Webinar Series #2
Join nationally recognized suicide prevention advocates Leah Harris and Kelechi Ubozoh in exploring what a trauma-informed suicide prevention approach for educators might look like. This webinar begins with the perspective of a young person with lived experience of suicidal thoughts. Presenters identify common myths and misconceptions about students and suicide, and explore the vital importance of including students as partners in suicide prevention efforts. Examples of promising student-led initiatives, including peer-to-peer programs and school awareness campaigns, are provided.
- Identify several myths or stereotypes about suicide and students
- Explore a framework for understanding suicide prevention through a trauma-informed and healing-centered lens
- Understand the links between trauma, toxic stress, and suicide and the latest findings in neuroscience that cite connectedness as a vital protective factor
- Describe the central values of trauma-informed practice and how to apply them to suicide prevention efforts in educational settings
- Name examples of model student-led suicide prevention programs and campaigns
Mental Health Literacy & Student Learning Outcomes Webinar 1: An Introduction
Are you a school instructional leader who wants to learn about school mental health, or a mental health provider who wants to learn about the contexts of schools and student learning outcomes? Often, the conversations between educators and mental health providers are siloed and separated. This archived webinar bridges the conversation so that both perspectives can learn from one another to better support the students they serve.
In this recording, you’ll learn more about:
- Common mental health issues among students and their potential effects on learning outcomes
- The relationship between socio-emotional development, student learning, and academic success
- An introduction to mental health in the classroom and school, including barriers to help-seeking and provision
- How to enhance our role as supportive adults for students with mental health and emotional challenges and strengths
Creating Trauma-Informed School Policies: A Practice Forum for School and Mental Health Leadership
Want to figure out how to create and develop policies that contribute to trauma-informed school environments? Tasked with ensuring trauma-informed work is sustainable and scalable at your school, district office, agency, department, or organization? During this session, we'll explore the four choice points leaders face; tips for successful policy development and implementation; and examples of current policy at the local, district, state, and federal levels from which you can choose and use for your own work. Additional resources include: Creating Trauma-Informed Policies: A Practice Guide for School & Mental Health Leadership: Guide and Infographic. Watch on YouTube.
Community-Defined Evidence: Culturally-Appropriate Approach- Meeting MH Needs of Diverse Populations
This pre-recorded webinar session celebrates culture and communities, and explores community programs and practices that work and are helping people. The session explores how we collectively approach the concept of evidence, effectiveness of practices, and the role of communities in achieving positive outcomes for individuals experiencing mental health conditions. This discussion is intended for clinicians, mental health program providers, evaluators, and others. Watch on YouTube.