Strengthening Mental Health Supports
Is your school trauma-informed? Are you/your colleagues looking for mental health resources to better support your students? Join the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) for a series of complimentary online events designed to strengthen mental health supports that address the needs of children who have experienced/at risk of experiencing significant trauma.
Upcoming C-TLC Events
Helping Families Navigate Child Therapy
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Description: Join us for this listening session with Ruth Ettenberg Freeman, LCSW about helping families navigate child therapy and helping clinicians understand how to communicate more effectively with families. The strategies Ruth will provide have been informed by her 30+ years as a parenting educator and as a clinician in private practice.
Ruth is the founder of Peace at Home Parenting Solutions, co-founder of the CT Parenting Education Network and lead author on University of Connecticut parenting curriculum, “Building Family Futures.” This session is ideal for families and mental health providers, but all educators will gain useful knowledge. Upon registration, stay posted for opportunities to submit a question and/or comment to our speaker for discussion during this session.
It Takes a Village: Optimizing Systems for Optimal Child Well-Being
Date/Time: Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Description: How well are our child-serving systems addressing the unmet basic, health, and education needs of children? What are some of the challenges? What are some of the opportunities?
Join Ann Smith, JD, MBA, Executive Director of AFCAMP – Advocacy for Children for a listening session to answer these questions, and explore ways to meet the needs of children and families more effectively and efficiently.
Description: The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part learning series using the National School Mental Health Curriculum Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools. The Curriculum was developed by the MHTTC Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). It is intended to help states, districts and schools advance comprehensive school mental health and engage in a planning process for implementation.
Date/Time: All 60-minute sessions are scheduled to be hosted as live events on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Each session will be immediately followed by a 30-minute Regional Breakout Session.
- Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Module 1: Foundations of School Mental Health
- Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Module 2: Teaming
- Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Module 3: Needs Assessment and Resource Mapping
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Module 4: Screening
- Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Module 5: Mental Health Promotion for All (Tier 1)
- Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Module 6: Early Intervention and Treatment (Tiers 2 and 3)
- Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Module 7: Funding and Sustainability
- Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Module 8: Impact
The C-TLC has some exciting events planned for 2021, including:
- Mobile Crisis Teams and Family Engagement Listening Session with Meeta Gandhi in March.
Stay tuned to this page for more information.
CEI HeartMind Connections Three Part Webinar Series:
Practical tips to guide your school/district through the trauma, stress, and injustice of 2020
Join Dr. Christine Mason and Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy in three research-based seminars to learn about experiencing joy and healing through mindful self-care. Whether students are learning in classrooms, online, or in a hybrid model, our approach can accelerate healing and success in 2021.
Session One: Simplify the Path Forward: Mindfulness, Self-Care, and the Five Cs
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Description: In January 2021, schools have a chance to fine-tune their approaches to remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction.
- In 20 minutes, Drs. Mason and Rivers Murphy will lead you through three exercises to help you prepare for synchronous and asynchronous instruction for next year.
- We will help you design a calendar for your own self-care, create routines to help students focus and thrive, and increase your own mindfulness and our collective efficacy.
Session Two: Leadership: Teach, Learn, Lead
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Description: Designed for school principals, assistant principals, district leaders, curriculum supervisors, and others in educational leadership positions. This session includes critical insights for leaders with a range of expertise and experience. We include ideas for those just beginning to examine mindfulness, as well as leaders who have been actively implementing mindfulness, trauma-informed, and SEL programs.
- Drs. Mason and Rivers Murphy will preview HeartMind opportunities for your schools and districts to consider in 2021 and provide an overview of planned book studies and other experiential activities to help alleviate stress, increase functional coping and resiliency, further equity, and advance focus, attention, higher order thinking, and academic skills.
- This session will also include a brief survey opportunity to help you map out a plan to improve the well-being, confidence, and success of students, families, and staff.
Session Three: The Mindful Package
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Description: The good that is generated by one teacher or one school implementing compassionate practices that alleviate trauma and strengthen student agency and metacognition is multiplied many times over as promising research-based practiced are implemented by Core Learning Teams within schools and districts, and across states and regions.
- Drs. Mason and Rivers Murphy will present our model for using Core Learning Teams.
- We will provide a template for a national model to scale up sustainable practices that are built on understanding neurobiology, neuroplasticity, and enhancing executive functioning.
- We will also show you our plan for connecting hearts and minds, giving you a glimpse into the resources that are available when you join CEI’s HeartMind Community.
Each webinar in this series is scheduled as a 20-minute session designed to help you prepare for 2021. We orient leaders to mindfulness and present an overview of our program based on five years of research in schools.
The Future of Education: Equity, Justice, and Racial Justice
Date: Wednesday November 18, 2020
Description: During the pandemic, educators have faced innumerable challenges. Lack of access to technology, families living in poverty, and families with parents who are “essential workers” and more vulnerable to COVID-19 all contribute to ongoing inequities. Join Dr. Yvette Jackson, Dr. Rachel Santa, Ann R. Smith, JD, MBA, and Dr. Christine Mason as they share their insights, discuss innovative programs and recommendations, and vision for equity and inclusion in schools in 2021. You will leave with practical ideas and resources to help alleviate stress and create a brighter future, even in the midst of all we are handling today.
An Inclusive Introduction to S-CCATE: Three Part Webinar Series
Dates: August 27, September 8, September 17, 2020
Description: Join us for a three part series that introduces and explores S-CCATE (the School Compassionate Culture Analytical Tool for Educators). This series consists of the following webinars:
- Addressing Trauma, Justice, and Equity this Fall
- S-CCATE: An Essential 20 Minutes
- Strengthen Your School’s Response to Trauma, COVID-19
School and Community-based Trauma-skilled Practices Supporting Youth: The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative’s Compassionate School Mental Health Model
A virtual workshop for educators and youth service providers in Maine
Date: August 25, 2020
Description: Join us for a one-day virtual workshop to help your community to alleviate trauma, toxic stress, and mental health challenges for youth and those who work with them. Understanding how to cultivate a compassionate school community, using mindfulness practices and community-based visioning to address trauma, will help schools and their communities return to school this fall with tools to overcome the mental health challenges presented by COVID-19 and amid widespread collaborative support to end racial inequity and injustice across the globe.
Back to School: Opening Up with Optimism and Connection
Date/Time: July 16, 2020
Description: As schools prepare to return to learning—in the classroom and virtually, they can help create a sense of safety that supports staff and student mental health by cultivating a culture of joy and forming positive connections in the school community. Join leaders from the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center’s Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC), Dr. Christine Mason, Dr. Martha Staeheli, and Life is Good Playmakers Founder and Chief Playmaker Steve Gross for this conversation as they share how their work in the fields of education, recovery-oriented care, and trauma recovery overlap to provide practical strategies to school staff and community members who care deeply about addressing the trauma that will be prevalent this fall.
Click here to review the full calendar of upcoming webinar and book study opportunities offered as a part of the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative.
For more information on the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative, contact the C-TLC’s Education Coordinator Dana Asby.