Communicating about School Mental Health: A New Graphic Tool for School Mental Health Providers & Staff

Intended Audience 

This session is designed for SEA and LEA team members who want to gain an understanding of proven school mental health communication practices. It is ideal for those with a role in developing communication content about school mental health for school or district staff and partners. 

Learning Objectives 

Participants who join this session will be able to: 

  • Understand key principles for communicating about school mental health. 
  • Access a new graphic tool designed to illustrate school mental health resources available to school mental health providers and staff across contexts.  
  • Strategically integrate graphic tools to support communication about school mental health. 

Session overview 

Why aren’t our providers on the same page about school mental health supports and services? Do we have clear, consistent strategies to communicate with school mental health providers and staff about a spectrum of supports in each school? This topical learning forum is dedicated to building capacity for teams to develop a shared understanding and shared language about resources and strategies that school mental health providers and staff can use to support student wellness. In addition to reviewing key principals about how to clearly communicate about school mental health to different audiences, this session will provide an overview of a new graphic tool for school mental health providers and staff. This session will also include an example from a school district that has leveraged this tool to facilitate communication among their school mental health teams. Participants will have access to the graphic tool post-event to facilitate a shared understanding for your team and school mental health providers/staff about where they show up in the landscape of student wellness.  


Christina Borbely PhD [“borbay”], is a developmental psychologist (Columbia University, 2004) in Aptos, CA. She is coordinator of professional development for Santa Cruz County California Behavioral Health Services and leads her own consulting firm specialized in translating research science into developmentally relevant and culturally competent practices. She strives to support thriving youth in healthy families within safe communities based on connecting evidence of what works to the people and systems serving them (e.g., teachers, social workers, administrators, or volunteers)Her work provides direct training and expertise to public and private sector agencies, and administrations, as well as disseminates curricula, research resources, and reports to the field. With an emphasis on real world application of behavioral and mental health sciences, Dr. Borbely is a committed partner on a spectrum of projects. She is Project Director for the Comprehensive School Mental Health State Policy Academy and recently served as a senior advisor on school mental health to SAMHSA’s Southeast MHTTC. Her prior roles include leadership of state and federal infrastructure and policy initiatives, such as SAMHSA’s Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and SAMHSA’s mental health and violence prevention initiatives (Project AWARE, Healthy Transitions, and ReCAST). These professional experiences are a conduit for her passion working with communities to promote the wellbeing of children and youth 


Starts: Jun 25, 2024 12:00 pm
Ends: Jun 25, 2024 1:30 pm
Registration Deadline
June 25, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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