School MH Best Practices 'Always and Now' Learning Series Module 2: Teaming

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About the Learning Session:

The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part training series using the National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules for States, Districts, and Schools. This resource was developed by the MHTTC Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) and aims to help states, districts and schools advance comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process for implementation.  

Module 2: Teaming reviews the definition and value of school mental health teams, as well as quality indicators and best practices to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. The session consists of a discussion with a small panel of education and mental health leaders from across the country (including a member from the National Center for School Mental Health team) who will provide an “always and now” application of the Implementation Guidance Modules and innovative ideas for implementation, considering the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on school mental health.

Access the recording of this session by clicking the blue "View Resource" button above.

  • Access presentation slides here.
  • Access our FAQ and Resources document (that includes responses to questions asked by participants during the live event) here.
  • Access the closed captioning transcript for this session here.
  • Learn more about the remaining sessions in this learning series here.

To learn more about the National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules and gain access to the COMPLETE resource, click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: As of April 2021, the MHTTC Network and National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) changed the title of the National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools to the new title 'National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance Modules for States, Districts, and Schools.'

Session Panelists:

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Saun-Toy Latifa Trotter is a healer. She is the Manager of School Based Behavioral Health programs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and a Trauma Informed Systems trainer and Coach. She brings over twenty years of experience providing behavioral health services to adolescents and families, including 14 year of practice at school based health centers. She serves on the board of the National School Based Health Alliance. Saun-Toy is committed to culturally responsive, trauma and resilience informed practices that foster individual, organizational and community wellness.


Dr. Lisa Thomas is the Assistant Director of the Devereux Center for Effective Schools. She is a nationally certified school psychologist and a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist, school psychologist, and elementary teacher. In her professional experience, Dr. Thomas has provided assessment, training, and consultation services to a variety of individuals and organizations to develop universal, targeted, and intensive behavioral and academic support systems within alternative education, behavioral health, and public school settings. She serves on Pennsylvania’s Community of Practice on School-Based Behavioral Health and is a State Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Positive Behavior Support Network.

Samantha Reaves

Dr. Sam Reaves is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Reaves’ research interests lie at the intersection of mental health and education and she often investigates how school or family factors influence student outcomes in underserved communities. As a clinical-community psychologist, she believes great prevention work can be done and realizes the importance of strengthening the systems children are nested in to promote wellbeing.

February 24, 2021
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