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2015 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health - New Orleans, LA

The 20th Annual conference was held November 5-7, 2015 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference was hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH; funded by the Health and Resources Services Administration) and the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education). The theme of the conference was Getting Jazzed about School Mental Health -- Celebrating 20 Years of Advancing School Mental Health. The conference featured thirteen specialty tracks, including special topic areas on funding and sustainability in school mental health and school substance use services.

The annual conference offered speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.  The conference emphasized a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families. Over 950 individuals attended this conference including clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals. 

20th Annual conference booklet


 Dr. Steven Evans' Keynote Bringing Research and Practice Together to Improve Student Outcomes .


Conference Session 1

1.1 Leading From the Middle to Integrate Services and the Role of School Employed Personnel in Prevention and Intervention Services

1.3 RENEW in Pennsylvania

1.4 Taking PBIS A Step Further: Utilizing Social Skills Curriculum

1.7 Bridging Clinics and Classrooms: Creating Trauma Informed Educational Communities

1.8 Building State-Level Capacity to Support Student Mental Health Services

1.9 The Clinical-Behavioral Spectrum

1.12 Measuring the Impact of Systems Change: Connecting Data on Service Providers to Student Outcomes


Conference Session 2

2.4 - Schools and Early Intervention for Students with Mental Health Problems

2.3 Building Blocks of Collaboration Between Schools and Community Mental Health Providers: Success and Challenges

2.8 - The Role of the School-Based Clinician in a 3-Tiered Model of Support

2.10 The Squeaky Wheel Dilemma: Examining the Disproportionate Focus on Externalizing Problems in Children's Mental Health

2.11 Creating a Safe Learning Environment for LGBTQ Students: A School Counselor's Responsibility


Conference Session 3

3.1 Removing Barriers: Unique collaboration formed to assist students in achieving mental wellness 

3.2 How County Government Effectively Helps With Resources In Schools

3.3 It Takes a Village: Substance Abuse Screening for Adolescents SBIRT in SBHCs

3.4 Accessing Services for Youth with Emotional Disturbances During and After High School: Family Efforts and Perspectives

3.5 Interconnected Systems Framework Tools to Help with Implementation

3.6 Behavioral Health Matters: Policy, Program, and Practice-Level Changes Supporting College and Career Readiness in Kentucky

3.7 Strategies for Integration and Engagement of Families in Philadelphia School Based Programs

3.8 United States and Canada Teacher Accreditation Standards and Preparation Curriculums on Student Mental Health: A Comparative Case Study

3.13 Strategies in Addressing Program Evaluation Challenges for a District-Wide Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model


Conference Session 4

4.1 Developing Tiered Supports for High School Academic Achievement through Collaboration 

4.4 School Counselors Can Jazz Up Their School Through Evidence-Informed PBS Practice

4.5 Improving School Performance: An Important Goal of System of Care Involvement

4.7 Psychiatric Aspects of Student Violence

4.9 Students' Mental Health Needs Beyond High School: How School Mental Health S

4.10 Friend2Friend: Online Learning Experience for High School Students

4.11 A Strategic Financing Approach to Sustain School-Associated Mental Health Services

4.12 Daily Report Cards in Schools


 Conference Session 5

5.1 A Three Tiered Approach to Family Engagement in School-Based Behavioral Health 

5.2 Partner Build Grow: A 4-Pronged Strategy for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches in Schools

5.4 A Pound of Prevention: Schools and Health Centers Joining Forces Toward Elementary School-Wide Social Emotional Learning

5.5 Collaborative Reform: Respectfully Engaging Families and Communities in School Discipline Advocacy

5.6 Spring Branch ISD's System of Care 

5.9 Sanctuary in Schools: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practice in Schools

5.11 Assessment in Action: Screening Considerations in School Mental Health


Conference Session 6

6.2 - Youth Mental Health First Aid: A Strategy for Scaling-Up Supports for

6.4 Implementation of the Incredible Years: Teacher and Child Components in a Title I Elementary School

6.5 Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS): A trauma-informed approach aimed at ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

6.6 - Jazzing Up Safe Schools/Healthy Students: Scaling-Up the State Program to

6.9 - Chicago Public Schools Boldly Brings SEL to Scale District-Wide

6.12 Promoting Mental Well-Being Among First Nations Students Through Culturally Relevant Mentoring Programs

6.13 - Connecting Families, Youth Voice & Schools: 10 Practical Strategies


Conference Session 7

7.1 Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model

7.2 The Teenhope Project: Exploring A Collaborative Effort Between Mental Health Providers And The School

7.3 From The Clinic To The Classroom: Adapting CBT For Class-Wide Implementation

7.5 School Linked Services: A Collaborative Approach to Student Mental Health

7.7 School-and Teacher-Level Factors Associated with Teachers’ Acceptability and Implementation of Tier 2 Classroom Interventions

7.8 TST in Schools: An Adaptation of Trauma Systems Therapy in a Public School Setting

7.11 Youth Are The Future:Lessons Learned From Youth Leadership Training To Improve School Culture & Climate

7.13 Collaborative Strategies For Building School Mental Health


Conference Session 8

8.1 The Evolution of a Successful School-Based Mental Health Model

8.4 Mentoring RENEWed: Using Peer to Peer Supports to Engage Youth who are at Risk for Disengagement from and Dropping Out of School

8.5 Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans with Mental Health in Mind

8.7 SBIRT: It's Not Just for Substance Use Any More

8.8 The School Based Family Navigator Partnerships: Families Helping Families Inspire Positive Change at Home, in School, and the Community

8.9 Balancing Physical and Psychological Safety in Schools

8.10 Getting Jazzed About Creating Safe, Supportive, and Healthy Schools for LGBTQ Students

8.12 The Politics of Partnership: Mental Health in a School Based Health System

8.13 Canyons School District's Community Schools Initiative: Linking School Improvement and PBIS


Paper Sessions 

PS 1.2 Unconditional Education: How the infusion of trauma-informed practice enhances PBIS

PS 1.3 Weaving the Thread: The Integration of School Mental Health and Restorative Practices

PS 1.5 Challenges and Changes with a Gambling Prevention Program for Urban Schools

PS 1.6 Jazzing up your crisis team: a comprehensive multi-tiered crisis management and intervention model

PS 1.7 Telepsychiatry as a Key Component of School-Mental Health for Youth Classified with Serious Emotional Disturbance

PS 1.10 Systematic, explicit, intentional: Scaling up effective practices in school mental health

PS 1.11 Culturally Informed School-Based Mental Health: A 23 Year Archive and Perspective on Honoring the Lives of African American Elementary Students and Families in Saint Paul Public Schools

PS 2.1 Enhancing Collaborative Relationships between Schools, Partner Agencies, & Families

PS 2.2 Some Secrets Should be Shared: Engaging the Entire School Community in Implementing Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Programming

PS 2.3 Lessons Learned: Implementation of Restorative Practices

PS 2.7 From Research to Practice: CBT Intervention in Elementary School Settings with Students Experiencing Anxiety

PS 2.8 Trauma-Informed Schools: A Universal Approach to Trauma Intervention

PS 2.9 Research and Evaluation @ Wediko NY

PS 2.10 Quality Indicators to Monitor Implementation of a Community and School Based Behavioral Health Program

PS 2.13 Unconditional Education: How the infusion of trauma-informed practice enhances PBIS


Advanced Practice Sessions

AP1 From Policy to Practice and Beyond: A systematic school-based approach to meeting the needs of substance using youth

AP4 Project Experience Hope!Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Using Restorative Practices and Evidence-Based Group Therapy to Address Academic and Behavioral Impacts of Complex Trauma and PTSD

AP5 Understanding Your Role in Early Intervention: Effective Community-Based Mental Health Awareness Programs

AP7 It Takes A Village: Collaborating With Schools to Provide Psychiatry to Treat Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD

AP8 Fostering Complete Mental Health: Evidence-Based Practices To Improve Students' Subjective Well-Being

AP9 Using the NSSI Assessment Tool to Guide Treatment & Monitor Progress


S1 - Collaborative Planning and Implementation of School-Based Mental Health

S2 Applications of Participatory Action Research to Promote Evidence-based Practice and Change in Schools

S4 Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

S5 - Medications in School Mental Health: When All You Have is a Hammer,

S6 - Yoga Off the Mat: Quality and Evidence-Informed Yoga-Based Self-Regulation

S7 - Advances in Assessment: The Use of Change Sensitive Measures in

S8.1 - Screening in Practice: Investigating the Stability of Social-Emotional

S8.2 - Rater Non-Independence: A Methodological Problem in Universal Risk

S8.3 - Planned Missing Designs: A Methodological Approach to Balancing the Time,

S9 Practice to Research Partnerships to Support the Use of Evidence-Based Assessment in Schools

S11 Implementing and Evaluating an Evidence-Based Approach for Early Childhood Mental Health Interventions in Schools

S12 - Healthy School Mental Health Transformation: A Dynamic Culturally

S13 - Sharing Our Journey: West Virginia's Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH)


Intensive Training Sessions

IT-1 Behavioral Data Aligned with Tiered Interventions

IT-3 The Tip of the Tier: Data-Based Individualization to Support Students with the Most Intensive Needs in School Settings

IT-6 21st Century School Social Work: Using a New National SEL Framework to Align Interventions with Common Core

IT-7 Break Free from Depression

IT-8 How to Develop and Implement Interventions that Promote Mental Health Literacy and Foster Academic and Social Achievement in Urban Elementary Schools



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