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2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-Las Vegas, NV

2018 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV

Conference theme: School Mental Health - A Sure Bet for Student Success!  

October 11th-13th, 2018

Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135

Hosted by the National 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 the opportunity 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 the conference including clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals.

Review the 2018 Annual Conference Program Booklet‌ for a full list of sessions. 

Conference Presentations:

Thursday October 11th, 2018

Keynote Presentation 

Keynote: How Mental Health and Wellness

Conference Session 1

CS 1.01: CBITS: Addressing Barriers to Implementation of a School-based Group Treatment for Trauma

CS 1.02: Customization in Implementing School-Based Programming: An Adaptive Decision-Making Process for Mental Health Consultation

CS 1.03: Educating Secondary Students on Depression and Suicide Using an Evidencebased Universal Approach: Signs of Suicide

CS 1.04: Eliminating Barriers to School Mental Health

CS 1.05: From Crib to Kinder: Building State and Local Capacity for Early INtervention - An Urban, Rural and Frontier Perspective

CS 1.06: Implementing a Three-Tier Model to Expand Student Mental Health Awareness and Services: The Project Cal-Well Initiative

CS 1.07: Implementing Restorative Practices within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports

CS 1.08: Lights, Camera, Action: Engaging Families and Community with a Mental Wellness Film Series

Million Miles for Mental Health

CS 1.09: Not their Crime but Still Their Sentence: Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents

CS 1.11: Reclaiming Lives: A Tier 3 Intervention for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Additional Resource(s): 40 Developmental Assets Handout

CS 1.12: The Masks of Manipulation

Additional Resource(s): The Masks of Manipulation Handout

CS 1.13: Tools for Schools! Practical Tools for Initiating Student Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives in Schools

Additional Resource(s): NH Student Wellness Tool Kit HandoutWellness and Framework OverviewMTSS Evaluation and Outcomes

CS 1.14: Using Consultation to Strengthen Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Systems and Strategies in School Communities

CS 1.15: What does “Recovery” Entail? Stories from One Dropout Recovery School Context to Improve School Climate

CS 1.16: Wisconsin's Approach to Trauma Sensitive Schools

Additional Resource(s): TSS Handout and TSS Info Graphic

Conference Session 2

CS 2.01: ACT To Save a Life: Engaging your School Community in Implementing a Universal, Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Program

CS 2.02: BRYT and Bridge Programs: A Growing Movement for School-Based Student Mental Health Support

CS 2.03: Working Together to Promote Everyday Mental Health at School

Additional Resource(s): School Strategy HandoutWorking Together to Promote Everyday Mental Health at School Handout,
Strategic Pillars Handout, and The Promise of School Mental Health Handout

CS 2.05: Creating Trauma Sensitive Environments in a Large Urban District

CS 2.06: Engaging Families in School-Based Student Mental Health Support: The BRYT Story

CS 2.07: Fostering Professional Resilience and Social Emotional Wellness

CS 2.08: From the Ground Up: Building School-Community Partnerships to Serve Students and Families

CS 2.09: Healthy Mind, Healthy Future: Identifying The Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in Immigrant Families Resources

Healthy Mind, Healthy FutureGuide to Safe and Welcoming Schools

CS 2.11: Increasing Mental Health Supports through Community Partnerships

Additional Resource(s): Support Through Community Partnerships Resources

CS 2.12: Riding the Wave from Insights to Implementation: Key Leadership Strategies to Build a Sustainable School-Based Social Emotional Learning

Additional Resource(s): Social Emotional Support Handout

CS 2.13 MASMHC Info Sheet Handout

Additonal Resource(s): Needs Assessment Results Handout

CS 2.14: The Power of Peers: Peer-Driven Depression Awareness Resources for Middle & High School Communities

Additional Resource(s): Erika's Light House Postcard

CS 2.16: Three Lane Highway: Aligning Academic, Behavior, and Mental Wellness Drivers to Guide an MTSS Framework

Additional Resource(s): Implementation DriversSelection of Evidence-Based PracticesData Summary SheetHandoutsVTSS Data HighlightsData Driven Decision Making

Conference Session 3

CS 3.03: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Research Informed Treatment In a Multi-tiered System of Mental Health Support

CS 3.04: Betting on the Emotional Health of Our Students

CS 3.05: Finding the Bridge: A Collaboration between County Government and Education

Additional Resource(s): Finding the Bridge Handout

CS 3.06: From Start to Finish: Supporting a Holistic School Mental Health Program as a Community Partner

CS 3.07: Implementation of CLAS Standards in Education-New Hampshire Experience

Additional Resource(s): CLAS Standards Handout and Enhanced National CLAS Standards Handout

CS 3.08: Integrating a Tiered Mental Health Framework with Universal Screening in an Urban School District

Additional Resourec(s): SMHC Presentation Handout

CS 3.09: Go Slow to Go Fast: Training and Coaching for Tier 3

CS 3.10: Roadmap for Creating Zero Suicide Schools

CS 3.12: Staying in School (based): Increasing Retention for School-Based Therapists

CS 3.15: Using School Climate Data to Promote Mental Health Handout

Conference Session 4

CS 4.02: Behavioral Health Team Collaborative Case Studies 3 District Dissemination

CS 4.04_Data Shouldn’t Be a Four Letter Word_Building Capacity to Use Data

CS 4.06: Families and Schools Together (FAST) in Rural Nebraska

CS 4.07: From Paper to Practice: Actualizing a Vision for Regional Integration of School & Community Student Behavioral Health

Additional Resource(s): Five Year Impact Report HandoutPISD Linear Representation Handout and Enhanced PBIS Model Handout

CS 4.08: Implementation of Telehealth in School Based Clinics

CS 4.12: Saving Lives & Giving Hope – Collaborative Suicide Prevention Efforts

CS 4.14: Striving Toward Academics, Respect, Responsibility and Safety (STARRS) Model Program for Schools

CS 4.15: The Whole Is Greater Than Any of Its Parts: Increasing Sustainability Through Multi-Agency Partnerships for Behavioral Health

CS 4.16: Youth and Families as Effective Partners in MTSS Implementation

Conference Session 5

CS 5.05: Creating a Trauma-Informed School District

CS 5.07: Developing a School Behavioral Health Program in a Rural Community

Additional Resource(s): CLAS Standards in Education HandoutConversations on Culture and Diversity Brochure and PDSA Worksheet

CS 5.08: Developing Positive Behavioral Programming for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Additional Resource(s): Developing Positive Behavioral Support PPT Handout and Problem Behavior Pathway Handout

CS 5.10: New Britain Transitional Center – A Model School for Success with the SED Student – We’re a Small School Making a BIG Difference

CS 5.11: Project HI AWARE: Expanding Tier 2 Interventions to Match the Need of the Student

CS 5.12: Ready, Set, Integrate: Is Your Team Ready to Integrate Mental Wellness into Your PBIS Framework?

Additional Resource(s): Ready Set Integrate Handout

CS 5.13: Taking MTSS to Heart: Start With The WHY

Conference Session 6

CS 6.02: How a Small Program Can Have a Large Impact: McLean School Nurse Project

CS 6.04: Ensuring Classroom Management Practices Are Trauma-Informed

Additional Resource(s): Example of Module 5 Activity HandoutModule 5 Activity Handout and Trauma Aligned Classroom Management Practices Handout

CS 6.07: LGBTQI, Mental Health, and Creating a Safe Zone in the School Setting

Additional Resource(s): Coming Out Safe Zone Project Handout,  Vocabulary Extravaganza Handout and The Genderbread Person Handout

CS 6.09: Reducing Variance of Pro-Social Skills Teaching for Students Needing Individualized Supports

Additional Resource(s): Integrating LPS PPT Handout

CS 6.12: The Bermuda Triangle: Navigating Teams to Stay on Course in Tier 2

Additional Resource(s): Intervention Fidelity ChecklistData Decision Rules TemplateDecision SheetTargeted Interventions Reference Guide


CS 6.14: Triple Layer Chess: Mindset and Strategies for Sustaining and Growing School Mental Health Programs

CS 6.16: What Leaders Need to Know About Building Mental Health Services in Schools

Additional Resource(s): Evidence Based Intervention Handout and SRSS Handout

Friday October 12th, 2018

Keynote Presentation

Keynote: Strategies to advance Equity

Conference Session 7

CS 7.01: All Together Now: Clinical Classroom Consultancy in a Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Partnership

CS 7.03: It Is Possible! A Strategy to Taking a “Whole School” Approach with SMH Initiatives as a Mental Health Center

CS 7.04: Implementation of a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Targeting

CS 7.05: Implementing an Interconnected Systems Framework, The Project About School Safety

CS 7.06: Importance of Student’s Perceived Value and its Effects on Learning

CS 7.08: School Based Health Alliance Handout

CS 7.10: School Linked Services: Community-School-Family Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes

CS 7.11: School Mental Health and the Expert Witness – A Primer for Mental Health and Education Professionals

Additional Resource(s): School Mental Health and the Expert Witness PPT Handout

CS 7.16: Using the Race-Based Disparities in Stress & Sleep Model to Identify Elements of Effective School Mental Health Programming

Conference Session 8

CS 8.02: Elementary School Wellness Centers: A Tier 1 Trauma-Informed Intervention

CS 8.03: Engaging High School Teachers in Connecting Students to Mental Health Care Using an Online Prof. Development Simulation

CS 8.04: Filling Your Funding Pond to Support Multi-Tiered School Mental Health Services

Additional Resource(s): Strategic Financing Worksheets for School MH Services PPT Handout

CS 8.05: Healing through School-Based Trauma-Informed Best Practices: Two Case Studies with Students of Color in California

CS 8.06: Enhancing School Safety by Working Effectively with All School Personnel

Additional Resource(s): Preventing and Minimizing Human Trafficking of Youth Handout and Enhancing School Safety Handout

CS 8.07: PBIS in Nevada: Weaving School Climate, Bully Prevention, and School Mental Health Supports within a Single Framework

Additional Resource(s): Teaching Social Emotional Competencies within a PBIS Framework Handout and Tiered Fidelity Inventory Handout

CS 8.09: Rural School Mental Health: What School Leaders Ought to Know

CS 8.11: Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG): An Evidence-Informed Intervention to Support Refugee and Immigrant Students

Additional Resource(s): STRONG Summary Report Handout

CS 8.12: Suicide Prevention Across Multiple Tiers

Advanced Practice Workshop

APS 01: A Dual-Factor Approach to Assessing Psychological Wellness in MTSS Resources

ASMH Dual Factor Approach

APS 02: Addressing Self-Harm Disorders in Schools

Additional Resource(s): Addressing Self Harm Disorders in Schools Handout and Structured Guide for Team Assessment of Self Harming Youth Handout

APS 03: Addressing Student Mental Health Needs through Analysis of Systems and Services – Getting Your District into SHAPE Resources:

SHAPE Quality and Sustainability Indicators Cheat Sheet

What is the SHAPE System

Developing a SHAPE Team

Profile for School Districts

Quality Assessment Tool for School Districts

Sustainability Assessment Tool for Schools

Strategic Action Planning

Strategic Action Planning Part 1

Strategic Action Planning Part 2

Strategic Action Planning Part 3

PDSA Worksheet

APS 04: Advancing Local Solutions: Understanding Health, Education and Community Context to Promote Student Success Resources:

Harrisonburg Case Study

Action Guide

CHHCS Vancouver Case Study

CHHCS NJ Case Study

APS 05: Building Staff-Wide Compassion Resilience for the Complex Challenges of Youth Mental Health – A Toolkit

APS 08: 5 Ways To Be Kind Handout

Additional Resource(s): RAK Calendar Handout and Kindness Bingo Handout

APS 09: Don't Leave it to Chance: Tailoring Specific Trauma Interventions to Fit Your Classroom

Additional Resource(s): Small Group Work Handout and Maria HandoutDaily Practices Handout

 APS 13: Promoting Educators’ Well-Being to Foster a Caring School Community

Additional Resourcce(s): Daily Practices Handout

APS 14: Seven State’s Successful Strategies to Support Sustainability of School Mental Health Programs

Additional Resource(s): Innovation That Works Handout and Expand School Mental Health Services at the State Level Handout

APS 15: Trauma-Informed Must be Race-Informed: Culturally Affirming Practices to Partner with Students, Families, & Communities

Additional Resource(s): Resilience Quiz Handout

APS 16: You Can’t Do It Alone: Ohio County Schools’ Community and School Collaboration on Mental Health

Additional Resource(s): You Can Do It Alone Handout

Conference Session 9

CS 9.02_Behavior Goes Where Reinforcement Flows_Using Reinforcement at a System

CS 9.04: Collaborative School-Based Mental Health Services on a Shoestring Budget with a Focus on Creativity and Grace

Additional Resource(s): School Based Wellness Services Flyer

CS 9.05: Development and Three Year Pilot of an Evidence-Informed Mental Health Promotion Program for LGBT2Q+ Youth

Additional Resource(s): Promising Practices Handout and Research Snapshot Handout

CS 9.06: Early Warning System: What is it, Who is it, and How it Helps Students Succeed in Schools

Additional Resource(s): Leveraging Technology Handout

CS 9.09: Leveraging Technology to Help Support Students’ Mental Health Needs: Of Course There’s an App for That!

Additional Resource(s): There is an App for that!

CS 9.14: Strategies to Support Students with Anxiety in the Classroom

Additional Resource(s): Antecedent Interventions to Reduce Anxiety HandoutAnxiety Info Graphic HandoutAnxiety Poem

CS 9.15: Trauma-Informed Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Additional Resource(s): Echo Arrow Handout

CS 9.16: Youth Spirituality, Religiosity, and Mental Health: Implications for School Mental Health Providers


SYM 04: Critical Components of Planning and Practice Toward Creating Trauma-Informed Schools

Let Your Data Do the Talking

SYM 12: Three Perspectives on Establishing Sustainable School-Community Partnerships through Effective Collaborations

SYM 16: Training Staff in Evidence-Based Practices to Create Trauma Informed Schools

Saturday October 13th, 2018

Intensive Training Sessions

IT 04: Creating Connection as the Sure Bet Against Bullying

IT 06: Gender Inclusivity, Beyond the Bathroom

Additional Resource(s): Annotated Book-list of Children's Books HandoutGender Inclusive Schools Toolkit HandoutGender Communication Plan Handout, and Gender Support Plan Handout

IT 10: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga + Mindfulness to Build Student Self-Regulation and Resilience

Additional Resource(s): Focus 5 HandoutMindfulness Practices for School Staff Handout and Take 5 Breathing Handout

IT 11: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas – Don’t Tell Our Secrets: Understanding Behavior of Children Dealing with Family Violence Part 1

P‌art One: IT 11: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas – Don’t Tell Our Secrets: Understanding Behavior of Children Dealing with Family Violence

Part Two: IT 11: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas – Don’t Tell Our Secrets: Understanding Behavior of Children Dealing with Family Violence

Part Three: IT 11: What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas – Don’t Tell Our Secrets: Understanding Behavior of Children Dealing with Family Violence


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