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2016 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-San Diego, CA

21st Annual Conference in San Diego, CA

The 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health was held September 29-October 1, 2016 in San Diego, California. The conference was hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH; funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration) and the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health. The theme of the conference was Shape the Future of School Mental Health: Advancing Quality and Sustainability. The conference featured twelve specialty tracks, including ten practice group topics and two special topic areas on funding and sustainability in school mental health and technology and e-mental health in schools.

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. Approximately 1200 people attended this conference including clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals.

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21st Annual Conference Program Booklet

Conference Presentation Standards and Professional Conduct Policy


PreConference Meetings:


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and School Mental Health: Implications for Schools, Districts and States

Intensive Preconference Meeting
Hosted by the Center for School Mental Health and American Institutes for Research
September 28, 2016, San Diego, CA

ESSA PreConference Agenda
ESSA Welcome and Objectives
ESSA Comprehensive Overview
ESSA and Implications for School Mental Health
ESSA and School Climate Measures
ESSA - SMH Census-Performance Measures - SHAPE system
ESSA Public Law
ESSA Resources Handout


National Community of Practice on School Behavioral Health Annual Conference Meeting
September 28, 2016, San Diego, CA

CoP PreConference Agenda
CoP PreConference Meeting


School Mental Health Research Summit
Hosted by the Center for School Mental Health and the Center for Intervention Research in Schools
September 28-29, 2016, San Diego, CA

Research Summit Agenda


Conference Presentations:


Thursday September 29th, 2016

 Keynote Address:

The Evolution and Revolution of Shaping School Mental Health Quality - Mark D. Weist, PhD

Conference Session 1

1.1 Stitching it Together: Approaches to Coordinating Behavioral Health and Physical Health Care for Youth 

1.3 It Takes a Village: Community and Family Involvement in PBIS as a Protective Factor for High School Students

1.4 The School Based Clinician's Role: Being the Building Social Emotional Leader

1.5 Transforming the Future for Young Adults with Mental Health Needs: Improving Services and Outcomes for Youth in Transition

1.6 Promoting Quality and Effective School Based Programming with Ongoing Family Engagement Efforts

1.7 Enhancing School Culture to Implement Evidence Based Trauma-Informed Practices: Lessons from Stamford Public Schools

1.8 The Adaptation of the MD-Smart Choices Youth Gambling Prevention Program for Implementation with Culturally Diverse Youth

1.9 The Mental Health Initiative in Methuen, MA: Advancing the Quality and Sustainability of the Methuen Mental Health System

1.10 Opening Eyes: How Schools and Communities Can Partner to Reduce Disparities and Disproportionalities Using the Disparities Impact Statement

1.12 Mental Health Literacy by Design: a Website With and For Teachers to Support Mental Health at Work and School

1.13 The Kids Are Alright- Engaging Youth in Their Own Lives!


Conference Session 2

2.2 You're Doing What? Enhancing Mental Health Services at 130 Community Schools in 6 Months. Ready, Set, Go!

2.3 Pre-School Mental Health: Addressing the Needs of Future Students in Early Learning Environments

2.3 Additional Resource

2.4 From Tears to Tiers: Making the Marriage Work Between PBIS and School Mental Health

2.6 It's Gonna Be HUGE! Investing in School Mental Health Systems Change

2.7 Positive Alternatives for Student Success- A Program for Students in need of Mental Health Intervention

2.7 Additional Resource - Emporia Mission Statement Criteria for PASS

2.7 Additional Resource -Emporia Referral Process for PASS-FlowChart

2.7 Additional Resource -Emporia PASS Documentation Form

2.7 Additional Resource -Emporia PASS Referral Form (Kdg-5th Grade)

2.9 Supporting grieving students: a new resource for school professionals from the Coalition to Support Grieving Students

2.10 Bridging practice and research: A multi-site social emotional learning and trauma-informed care program evaluation 

2.11 STRATEGIES & TOOLS TO EMBRACE PREVENTION W/ UPSTREAM PROGRAMS (STEP UP): Preventing Suicide through Social-Emotional Learning

2.12 Scaling Up School Mental Health Services to the State Level: Sustainability Resources from A-Z

2.13 Identifying Influential Elementary School Students for Engagement in Evidence-Based Program Adaptation and Implementation


Conference Session 3

3.1 Sanctuary and Staff: Transforming the Culture of a Classroom

3.3 An evidence based approach to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral (SBIRT) for Substance Use in Schools: You Play a Critical Role

3.5 Race Matters: Personal and Communal Strategies for Addressing Systemic Racism

3.1.6 Engaging Families in School Mental Health: Using Empowerment and Social Capital to Level the Engagement Playing Field

3.8 A Strengths-based Approach to Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Children: Gaining an Understanding of FLIP IT! Program Through Acquiring Skills and Following a Program Evaluation

3.9 The Building Blocks of Mental Health Support in an Urban Public School: Laying strong foundations to support the mental health of students with emotional support needs.

3.1.10 A New Approach to Disseminating a Trauma-Informed Evidence Based Practice in School Mental Health: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma In Schools

3.1.11 Building Capacity and Sustainability: Pennsylvania's Interconnected Systems Framework

3.2.11 Utilizing PBIS to Scale up Mental Health Services in California's Schools

3.2.12 Using Implementation Science to Create and Sustain Cross-Agency Collaboration

3.1.13 Child-centered play therapy for academic achievement: Evolution and application of evidence-based practice

3.2.13 Play Therapy in Schools, A Collaborative Partnership, Moving Towards Evidence-Based Practices


Conference Session 4

4.4 Tele-practice Technologies and Protocols: Providing Assessment, Consultation and Training Services within a Positive Behavioral Support Framework

4.7 Building a System of Care Across the Developmental Life Span to Support Collaboration and Quality

4.8 Psychiatric Disorders from the School's Perspective: Seeing Your Patients Through Their Eyes 

4.8 Additional Resource

4.9 Understanding Improving and Deteriorating Therapeutic Alliance in Youth and Family Therapy

4.10 Conceptualizing Race and Diversity through a Storytelling: A Social Emotional Learning Approach

4.10 Additional Resource

4.12 Depression Awareness, Stigma Reduction and Increasing Help-Seeking in Middle School Youth: A Community/School Program Partnership

4.13 From Acorn to Oak: One State's Quest for Sustainability Using Technology and Social Media


 Advanced Practice Sessions

AS 1 Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Future Students through Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

AS 1 Additional Resource

AS 5 Deconstructing the School Based Mental Health Service Delivery Model: A Systemic Approach to Comprehensive Social Emotional Learning 

AS 6 Supporting Teachers' Use of Evidence-Based Classroom Management Strategies: Preparing School Mental Health Professionals for Collaborative Consultation

AS 8 Developing Incredible Years and Crisis Response as a model to promote parental involvement with elementary student's mental health care

AS 9 Increasing Middle School Students' Happiness: A Multi-Component Positive Psychology Intervention Involving Youth and Parents

AS 11 Exploration of Diversity and Cultural Competence

AS 13 Technology in School Mental Health Assessment: Using DBR Connect in Screening and Progress Monitoring



Friday September 30th, 2016

 Keynote Address:

School Climate and School Mental Health - Catherine Bradshaw, PhD

Conference Session 5

5.2 Realities: Ideas that have become successful collaborations with schools and other stakeholders

5.4 A telemental health pilot in an urban setting

5.5 Intensive Intervention for Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties in School Settings: Approaches at Elementary, Middle, and High School

5.6 Enriching PBIS to Address Complete Mental Health: Leadership, Teaming, and Systems Coaching

5.6 Additional Resource

5.7 Braiding Together Schools & Community Mental Health: Building a System of Care from the Ground Up

5.10 (Part 1) The Importance University-School Partnerships: Integrating Student, Teacher, and Parent Voice into Evidence-Based Practices

5.10 (Part 2)

5.10 (Part 3)

5.11 Using Evidence-Informed Practice Methods to Foster the Academic Success of Academically At-Risk African American Female Adolescents

5.11 Additional Resource - Bibliography

5.11 Additional Resource - Handout

5.12 Practices and Processes for Allocating School Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars 

5.13 Best practices in youth engagement in school communities and state agencies. Assess your current level of engagement and learn strategies for garnering more meaningful youth engagement and positive adult-youth partnerships


Conference Session 6

6.2 Taking Care of Our Own: Crisis Preparedness and Response in Schools 

6.3 Advancing School Mental Health through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

6.4 Adopting a Unified MTSS in a Large School System: Successes and Lessons from Baltimore County

6.6 Supporting Data Based Decision Making to Build an Effective Multi-Tiered Model for Complete Mental Health in Schools

6.6 Additional Resource - Florida AWARE

6.7 RENEW: Building Resiliency for Transition Age Youth with Emotional and Behavior Challenges

6.13 Youth Empowerment as a Framework to Engage Young People in Creating School & Community Change 


Conference Session 7

7.1 Mental Health Collaborative: A Multi-disciplinary and Comprehensive Approach to Improve School Mental Health


7.5 From Planning to Implementation: Developing a School Based Behavioral Health Model Toolkit for developing a School Based Behavioral Health Model (From Planning to Implementation)

7.7 Empowering students to support their self-regulation through the incorporation of classroom sensory strategies

7.9 BRISC in Ontario

7.11 Supporting Diverse Classrooms, One Mindfulness Lesson at a Time

7.12 24,878 Students and Counting

7.13 You Can Go to College: How to build a successful plan!


Conference Session 8

8.1 Boosting student well-being, academic success, and professional sustainability utilizing a 3-tiered approach that integrates social emotional learning and the Common Core State Standards

8.2 Implementing a Common Intervention for Transition Age Youth: A School Board-Community Mental Health Collaboration

8.3 Teaching Social Skills through Sport: The LiFEsport Curricular Model

8.5 Family- and Youth-Driven Wraparound. New Hampshire's System of Care Project

8.7 Assessing, Teaching and Treating the Delinquent, Mentally Ill Student

8.7 Additional Resource - Evidence-Based Teaching

8.8 Unconditional Education: Infusing Social Emotional Data into School Practice and Evaluation Design

8.8 Additonal Resource - Sample Report

8.8 Additional Resource - Classwide SES sample

8.8 Additional Resource - Classwide SES sample - COST Referral Form ASCEND

8.9 Adult Caregiver Consultation as a School-Based Therapist

8.12 Alternative payment model to meet the needs of stakeholders in a community & school-based behavioral health service

8.13 Empowering Youth through School Community Partnerships


Conference Session 9

9.1 Intensive Support Team - central-office system of support for students with mental and behavioral health needs

9.4 Lawndale Elementary School District & University of Southern California Collaborative Model: Integrating Trauma-Informed Services with the District-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation

9.5 A Pre-K-12 School-Community Health Hub to Promote Healthy Students and Families

9.7 Addressing Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors in Youth with Emotional Impairments

9.9 Be Here, Behave, & Perform: Increasing Consistency Among School Staff to Support Student Mental Health 

9.12 Connecting the dots: An online Behavioral Health Referral System



S 3 Synchronicity in Systems Integration: Nevada's Vision for Safe and Respectful Learning Environments

S 4 Linking SMH Professional Development to PBS: Developing Innovative Professional Learning Communities in the Real World of Schools

S 5 Building Systems That Support School Mental Health Includes Everyone - Collaborating with state and local leaders to build policy, infrastructure and systems

S 7 Outcomes from an Efficacy Trial of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools Intervention

S 8 Closing in on Disproportionality in Discipline Through Partnership and Professional Development

S 10 Suicide Postvention to Prevention: Best practices in an interdisciplinary approach to support students and staff

S 13 Sources of Strength: An Evidence-Based Upstream Suicide Prevention Program



Saturday October 1st, 2016

Intensive Training Sessions

IT 1 Building a mental health service delivery model one data piece at a time: Introducing Boston's MTSS Tier I Tool kit

IT 4 Integrating School Mental Health and PBIS: Action Planning Companion Guide to the Tiered Fidelity Inventory

IT 7 Building Trauma-Informed Schools: A Systemic Approach

IT 10 Becoming an Ally for Youth: Tools for Achieving Equitable School Climate Improvement Driven by Youth-Voice


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