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2017 Annual Conference in Advancing School Mental Health-Washington, DC

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The 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

Conference theme: Promoting Student Mental Health and Positive School Climate

October 19th-21st, 2017

Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD 20745

Hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration) and the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health

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 featured nine specialty tracks, including six practice group topics, as well as the three tiers of mental health services. 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 1,200 people attended this conference including clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals.


Conference Presentations


Thursday October 19th, 2017

Conference Session 1

1.1 Stand Together: A Social Change, Peer-to-Peer Model to Stop Stigma by Promoting Positive Change in Schools

1.2 Make It Work: Identifying and Implementing Effective Universal Prevention Strategies

1.3 Youth-Led Health Promotion Initiatives: Utilizing Youth Voice in Implementing Health Promotion Efforts at Stamford Public Schools

1.4 Increasing Student and Family Success Through Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

1.6 Adapting the Incredible Years Dina Dinosaur Small Group Program for School Implementation: Promoting Self-Regulation Skills

1.7 Diagnostic, Treatment, and Educational Considerations that Ensure Success for Emotionally Disabled Students

1.8 Implementing PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) In Schools: Lessons Learned

1.9 Telepsychiatry and School Mental Health in Maryland – The Future is Now!

1.10 The Road Less Traveled: Embracing the Whole Child in a School Setting

1.11 Welcoming Newcomers: Responding to Trauma, Acculturation, and Reunification in Recent Immigrant Youth

Additional Resource(s): Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Children

1.12 Everything’s Bigger But Not Necessarily Better in Texas: Advocating for Transformational School Mental Health Public Policy

1.13 Bridging Research, Practice, Policy, and Philanthropy to Build the Capacity of School-Based Mental Health Initiatives


Conference Session 2

2.1 Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Using Embedded Strategies Throughout the Day

2.2 Alignment of District Initiatives To Promote a Multi-Tiered System for Complete Mental Health

2.3 Utilizing MindUp Curriculum and Multi-Disciplinary Team Members: Implementation of Universal School Climate and Mental Wellness

Additional Resource(s): Utilizing MindUp Curriculum Handout

2.4 Smart Source: An Assessment of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Colorado’s Schools

2.6 Enhancing Educator Engagement in School Mental Health Care Through Digital Simulation Professional Development

2.7 Surviving or Thriving: Educator Coping and Change Following a Traumatic School Experience

2.8 The Role of Nonacademic Supports and Services in Dropout Recovery Settings: Lessons Learned from the Early College Academy

2.9 Penguin March to the COOL Zone (Children Overcoming Obstacles and Limits): Integrating a MH Team in a Primary School

2.10 It Takes a Village: Establishing Leadership Teams for Comprehensive School Climate Interventions

2.11 Classroom Consultation: Bridging the Implementation Gap Between Climate Goals and Actual Change in Teacher Practices

Additional Resource(s): Action PlanSchool Service Planning  Feedback FormHexagon Tool, and Positive Classroom Climate Look-For Tool

2.13 Building State and Local Capacity to Support Sustainability of School Mental Health


Lunch Learning Sessions

LL 1 Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Schools and Communities

LL 3 Cultural Responsiveness and Equity

LL 6 School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System Overview and Demonstration

LL 13 School Mental Health National Quality Initiative


Conference Session 3

3.1 District-Wide Mental Health Screening: Using Data to Promote Early Identification and Quality Services

3.2 Beyond the Traditional Health Classroom: Enhancing Student Ability to Manage Stress Through a Mindfulness-Based CBT Program

3.3 Early Findings from a Newly-Developed Computerized School Mental Health Screening System

3.4 Successes and Barriers in Implementing PAX Good Behavior Game in Three Ohio Counties

3.6 Youth and Family Safety & Effective Responses to Bullying

3.7 Therapists’ Technique Intentions for School-Age Youth: Do they Vary by Presenting Problem and Align with the Evidence Base?

3.8 Building it from the Ground Up: Creating a Comprehensive School Mental Health System

3.9 From the Outside/In: Creating a School Mental Health Consultant Model to Build Capacity in 900 NYC Schools

3.10 ISF Lessons Learned: Pennsylvania Safe Schools and Healthy Students State and Local Implementation

3.11 CONNECTing Youth: An Integrated Approach to Implementing Mental Health Education and Youth-Led Awareness Activities 

3.12 The Every Student Succeeds Act: Policy and Practice Implications for School Mental Health Services

3.13 Learning From Our History to Enhance Our Future in a Changing World


Conference Session 4

4.1 How Trauma-Informed Are We? A Tool for Measuring Extent of Trauma-Informed Care

4.3 Educator Mental Health Literacy to Scale: From Theory to Practice

4.5 Stronger Together: Advocating for School Mental Health Services

4.6 Best Practices for Developing a Community Schools Model for Student and Family Wellness

4.7 Using Virtual Student Role-Play Simulations to Support Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts in Indian Country

Additional Resource(s): Build the Skills to Support Tribal Youth Handout 

4.8 Seneca Family of Agencies’s Collaborative Model: An Innovative Alternative to Restrictive Special Education Settings

Additional Resource(s): Model OverviewServices Overview, and School-wide SE Screener

4.9 Utilization of School Mental Health Services by Adolescents in the U.S., 2012-2015

4.11 $100,000 Pyramid: Blending PBIS, SMH, and RTI

4.12 Supporting Student Success: School-Based Health Centers and School-Based Mental Health Services – A Winning Partnership

4.13 Building Alliances in Mental Health: Pilot Collaboration Between Teachers College, Columbia University and NYC Public Schools 


Advanced Practice Sessions

APS 2 Using Data to Understand the Effectiveness of Evidence-Based School-Based Mental Health on Students and School Climate (SYMPOSIUM)

APS 3 SELF in Schools: Problem Solving Through the Sanctuary Model

APS 4 Promoting School Connectedness Among High School Students in Stressful, Accelerated Curricula

APS 5 Supporting Mental Health Needs in the Classroom: Recognizing, Supporting, and Providing Effective Instruction for Students with Mental Health Needs in the Classroom

APS 6 A Different Kind of Nut: Using the ACORN Psychotherapy Outcome Measurement System in School Mental Health

Additional Resource(s): ACORN Outcome System

APS 8 Implementation Strategies to Support Adoption and Sustainment of Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Practices

APS 9 Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools: Mental Health Agency Supporting Trauma-Informed Schools

APS 10 Best Practices of a School-Based Behavioral Health Model

APS 11 Wellness Centers: A Coordinated Model to Support Students' Physical and Emotional Health and Well-Being in TUHSD High Schools

APS 12 Exploring Implicit Bias and Healing

APS 13 Strategic Financing for Multi-Tiered School Mental Health Services


Friday October 20th, 2017

Keynote Address

Mindfulness in Schools - Tamar Mendelson

Conference Session 5

5.1 Is an Emotional Health Checkup to Reduce Student Stress a Fit for Your School?

5.3 Promoting School Safety Through an Emotional and Behavioral Health Crisis Response and Prevention Model: Research Findings

5.5 Creating Suicide Safety in New York City Schools

5.7 Recommendations for Successfully Establishing University-School Partnerships and Evaluating School-Based Mental Health Programs

5.8 Scaling Up and Sustainability Efforts of BRISC in Ontario: An Ongoing Learning Journey

5.9 Promoting Student Mental Health and Preventing Youth Violence Using the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Comprehensive Framework

5.10 Know Thy Neighbor: Creating a Statewide Approach to Family and Youth Engagement in the “Live Free or Die” State

5.11 A Bronx Tale: A Social-Emotional Health Model for Working with Urban Middle School Students

5.13 Measure and Improve Your School's Trauma Responsiveness – Introducing a Free, Online Trauma-Responsive School Self-Assessment 


Conference Session 6

6.1 Transforming How SEL is Taught: The Marriage of Academic Instruction with Social Emotional Learning

6.2 The Lighthouse Curricula: Depression and Suicide Awareness for High School Students

6.3 Classroom-Based Mental Health Services for Adolescents with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs: A Tiered Framework

CS 6.4 Improving Coping, Emotional Literacy and Academic Behaviors - The Mental

6.7 Implementing a High-Quality Comprehensive School Mental Health System Strategies from Participating in the CSMH CoIIN

6.9 Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a Successful Preschool and Mental Health Center Partnership!

6.12 “School Counselors Should Be the Change They Want Us to Be”: Examining Culturally Responsive School Behavioral Health Services

6.13 A Tale of Two Portlands: Implementing Comprehensive School Suicide Protocols in Oregon and Maine 


Conference Session 7

7.1 Project HI AWARE and School Climate Transformation Hawaii: Shift Happens!

7.2 Using Game-Based Role-Play Simulation to Reduce Stigma and Increase Student Self Confidence about Seeking Mental Health Support

7.3 Safe Classrooms, Resilient Kids: Trauma-Responsive Practices

7.4 ABC's of Averting Burnout by Understanding SELF, ACES, and Microagression

7.5 Honest, Open, Proud High School (HOP-HS): Helping Youth Develop Strategic Disclosure Decision Making Skills for Mental Health

7.6 A Tier 2 Intervention Plan for Internalizing Difficulties Within an Urban MTSS Framework

7.7 Using Crisis Response Services to Develop Family Engagement and Improve Mental Health Service Access with Students

7.8 Living with Ambiguity: Supporting Young People Experiencing Non-Death Loss and Its Effects on Mental Health

7.9 Strategies for Progress Monitoring and Evaluating Systems Change in Schools

7.12 A Health Center and School Mental Health Partnership Serving an Immigrant Population Through a Braided Funding Approach

7.13 Mental Health in a School Setting 


Conference Session 8

8.2 Teaching Teachers to Respond to Trauma in the Classroom: First Steps in Creating a Trauma-Informed School Culture

8.3 An Evidence-Based Prevention and Early Intervention Researched-Informed Program for Young Children in Schools

8.5 Expanding Tier 2 Mental Health Services: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Counseling Model

8.6 The Hotel California – Students Can Check In But Never Leave: Exiting Students with Data Decision Rules/Progress Monitoring

8.7 Getting to Wide-Scale Adoption of Quality, Comprehensive Mental Health in the U.S.: Discussion of the Initial Recommendations of the Expert Panel on School Mental Health

Additional Resource(s): Review of State of School Mental Health Briefing and Prioritized Strategies to Scale-Up Comprehensive School Mental Health Worksheet

8.8 Optimizing Academic Outcomes of High-Achieving High School Freshmen via a Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Mental Health

8.9 Improving Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students with Internalizing Emotional/Behavioral Patterns

8.10 Integrating School-Based Behavioral Health Services Using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

8.11 Engaging Families... Have You Done Your Homework? 

Additional Resource(s): ‌Engaging Families Handout

8.12 Integrating Evidence-Based Common Elements and Classroom Wisdom to Encourage Uptake of Everyday Mental Health Practices

8.13 Reflections on Trauma-Informed Transformation: 18 Years Later


Conference Session 9

9.1 Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Campaign: A School-Based Prevention Program to Change School Mental Health Climate

9.2 Self-Regulation in the Classroom Using Sensory Strategies

9.4 Protecting Against Lifetime Psychiatric Disorders Through Nurturing Classroom Environments: The PAX Good Behavior Game

9.5 At the Front of the Line: Creating a Movement for Trauma-Informed School Communities in the First State

‌Additional Resource(s): Compassionate Schools Start-Up Guide

9.6 Social Goals of Adolescents with ADHD: What They Are, How They Differ from Peers Without ADHD, and Where Do We Go from Here?

9.7 How “Tweeting,” “Hashtagging,” and “Liking” Informs Mental Health Professionals

9.8 Youth Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools

9.10 Using CoIIN to Promote Behavioral Health and School-Community Collaboration in Rural, Suburban, and Urban School Districts

9.11 Scaling Up Trauma-Informed Policing Practices in Indian Country with Help from the Virtual Tribe

Additional Resource(s): Trauma-Informed Policing Practices Handout

9.12 Tuning into Critical Voices: Using Youth Participatory Action Research to Prepare Effective Urban Educators

9.13 Learning the Dance! Understand the Elements to Support SMH from a Community Mental Health Center Perspective



SYM 1 School Climate and Mental Health in Middle and High School Students: Evidence from Project AWARE in West Virginia

SYM 2 Using IT to Enhance Trauma-Informed School Services: Lessons from the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

SYM 3 Is it Working? The Use of Change-Sensitive Measures to Evaluate School-Based Models of Behavioral Support

SYM 4 Using Data to Improve Fidelity of Implementation of a Tier 3 Intervention: RENEW in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania

SYM 5 Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Children’s Happiness: A Multicomponent Classwide Positive Psychology Intervention (WORKSHOP)

SYM 6 What We Can Learn About Promoting School Mental Health from the World's Biggest Programs

SYM 9 Healthy Adults and Healthy Kids: Integrating a Multi-Systemic, Trauma-Informed Model of Psychological Care in Schools

SYM 10 Lessons Learned from an Addressing Disparities Trial of School-Based Executive Function Treatments in ASD and ADHD

SYM 11 Experiences of the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE)

SYM 12 A Multi-State Examination of Accomodations for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Needs

SYM 13 Start-Up Costs and Innovative Strategies for Funding Evidence-Based School Mental Health Programs

Saturday October 21st, 2017

Intensive Training Sessions

IT 3 Mental Health Literacy and Schoolwide Approaches to Promote Academic and Social Success and Well-Being in Elementary Schools

IT 6 Boston Public Schools Initiative for Psychosis Screening and Awareness: Establishing a Protocol for Assessment and Consultation

IT 7 Unstuck and On Target

IT 9 RENEW: School-to-Career Transition Planning for Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

Additional Resource(s): Implementation Checklist

IT 11 Good Play/Bad Play: Drama Therapy with Put-At-Risk Youth Handouts

IT 12 Acquiring the Skills: Building a Sustainable, Cohesive Positive School Climate from Your Local School and Community Programs

Additional Resource(s): CHHCS Action Guide



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