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April 14, 2021

Register Today!

for the 5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit (Virtual Event)
Wed. & Thurs, June 16-17th, 2021

It’s been a long year. Our lives have been marked by moments of courage and moments of grief. This year’s virtual summit is a chance to regroup and re-energize. Learn from awesome national experts and hear from some of our own home-grown Wisconsin school-based mental health trailblazers who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day. Over the course of our two mornings together you hear inspiring and challenging keynote addresses and then dig into workshop sessions focused on equity, access, program implementation, telehealth, lived experience, mindfulness and more.

Wed June 16 Keynote
Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R’s | Featuring: Kristin Souers and Pete Hall of Fostering Resilient Learners
 
Thurs June 17 Keynote
Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing | Featuring: Dr. Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
 

Meet our Keynote Presenters


Upcoming Coalition Events

May 3, 2021 - School Mental Health Advocacy Day
The first week of May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. Join the Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin for some targeted budget advocacy on Monday, May 3. Mark your calendar and make a plan to reach out to your legislators and share your support for the 2021-23 Coalition Policy Priorities. Interested in signing your organization on as a supporter? Sign on here or contact Kathy Markeland at kmarkeland@wafca.org.

Join Our Community of Support!
School Mental Health Committees/Workgroups: Please complete this form to learn more about the Committees/workgroups available to passionate folks who want to dig deeper and get involved!

Innovative Practices & Comprehensive Model Committee: The Innovative Practice & Comprehensive Model Committee responds to inquiries, disseminates current best practices, and communicates the school-based mental health model and best practices at engagements. The committee also recommends presenters for both the annual summit and for non-coalition events & conferences. 

Our next meeting is Friday, May 14 from 11 AM-Noon on the value of engaging Certified Parent Peer Specialists in school-based mental health programs. Joann Stephens, DHS Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery and Jessica Bigboy, WI Family Ties will talk about the process for becoming a Certified Parent Peer Specialist, how/where the role is being used in SMH around the state, how those positions are funded and the barriers to engaging more parent peer specialists in our SMH initiatives.

School Mental Health Navigators Community of Practice: Formed in 2020, the School Mental Health Navigator Community of Practice gathers monthly online (the third Thursday of each month) for an opportunity for navigators to connect on best practices, challenges, and share resources. Whether you are called a navigator or have taken on the tasks without the title, we want to learn from you and with you! (Not sure if you’re a “navigator”? Read more on our website to find out!)

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 15th from 12pm-1pm. We will have a guest speaker joining us to speak about some data-driven equity work done in Racine, Wisconsin: how they addressed referral rates that were found to be inequitable, students who “externalize” and “internalize” their mental health challenges, and how teacher education & development opportunities were used to increase equity. Please email Allyson Forseth (aforseth@wafca.org) if you want to join us!

 Share Your Expertise


It's Your Turn in the Spotlight!
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the Coalition for Expanding School Based Mental Health in Wisconsin, wants to learn more about your successes and challenges as you work to develop and grow your comprehensive school mental health program. Whether your program has been up and running for years or just getting started, your story is valuable for your colleagues and all the Wisconsin schools that haven’t yet started on their journey to initiate a comprehensive school mental health program. Please submit highlights of your program via this Google Form to be in the spotlight on the WI DPI School Mental Health website, on the Coalition’s site, and on WAFCA's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn)! The submission deadline for this spring is April 16, 2021. Please contact info@schoolmentalhealthwisconsin.org with questions!

Request for Proposals: 2021 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
Apply Now: The National Center for School Mental Health invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2021 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, to be held virtually, October 14-15, 2021! The theme of this year’s conference is School Mental Health: Moving Forward Together. The conference emphasizes a shared family-school-community agenda to bring high-quality, evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families as part of a multi-tiered system of supports. The submission deadline is midnight PT, April 21, 2021. All proposals must be submitted online.
 

Training Opportunities


Free Upcoming Opportunities Sponsored by MHTTC
More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents (April 22): This webinar helps teach parents and caregivers how to recognize the signs of depression and other mental health problems, strategies to talk with their child about mental health, and learn how to access mental health services and supports.  
Staying Connected with Students and Youth During COVID-19 (Series): This 4-part webinar series explores research on belonging and connectedness, the key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.
  • Part 1: Why Social Connection is Important for Mental Health (recording here)
  • Part 2: Maintaining Meaningful Teacher-Student Connections in the Time of COVID-19 (recording coming soon!)
  • Part 3: Tips for Keeping the "Social" in Social Emotional Learning (April 19th 2-3pm CST: register here)
  • Part 4: Cultivating Belonging in the Era of COVID-19 (May 3rd 2-3pm CST: register here)

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