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The 2021 School Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) conference

Supporting the Needs of the Whole Child: What Works in School Health and Wellness

June 15 - August 15 (now closed for 2021)

This year's conference is virtual, with a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions between June 15 and August 15, 2021. Cost is $75 per person, which covers continuing education credits available to counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.


Live Sessions

Click on titles to register for each live session.

S#23 A Victim Centered Approach to Human Trafficking
June 23rd, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

This training will provide a glimpse into the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force and the work they do to assist victims of sex trafficking. The trainers will provide their insight into these types of cases, calling on their more than 20 years of combined experience in sex trafficking investigations.  Participants will gain a better insight into the challenges facing those who fall victim to traffickers, specifically here in Maryland. The trainers will provide the participants with signs and indicators of potential sex trafficking situations.

  • Corporal Christopher Heid, Maryland State Police
  • Special Agent Patrick Winn, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Attendees can earn 1.0 continuing education hours for completing this session.


S#24 Botvin Life Skills Training
July 13, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (with a 30-minute break for lunch)

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Participants will learn about the program and how to participate in free training offered to Maryland schools if they are interested in becoming a trainer.

  • Pamela Dorman, MSW, LCSW-C, School Mental Health Senior Counselor
  • Jennifer Lease, MSW, LCSW-C, School Mental Health Senior Counselor

Attendees can earn 6.0 continuing education hours for completing this session.


S#25 Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach for Substance Abuse Issues
July 14, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) is an evidence-based behavioral intervention that seeks to replace environmental contingencies that have supported alcohol or drug use with pro-social behaviors.  Participants will learn the goals of A-CRA and sample some of the skill-focused procedures used in this intervention.

  • Melissa Ambrose, LCSW-C University of Maryland School of Medicine

Attendees can earn 3.0 continuing education hours for completing this session.


S#26 Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Schools
July 21, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This session will present the concept of SBIRT as a systems-change initiative. Participants will learn a new way of reconceptualizing how we understand substance use problems, how we define substance use and how we treat substance use.  The three working pieces of SBIRT will be presented and the applicability of SBIRT in school settings will be addressed. 

  • Melissa Ambrose, LCSW-C, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Attendees can earn 3.0 continuing education hours for completing this session.


S#27 Gang Awareness
July 23rd, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This training examines the impact gang culture is having on all of our children, including the relevance to bullying and cyber bullying issues.   Following an overview of the more recognized and celebrated traditional gang forms, the program focuses on the phenomenon of nontraditional and hybrid gangs that influence our adolescent and preadolescent youth.  The presentation includes research-based prevention and intervention strategies and provides gang prevention and intervention resources. 

  • Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist, United States Attorney's Office, District of MD

Attendees can earn 2.0 continuing education hours for completing this session.


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