September 8, 2011


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 online events hosted by the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC).

This complimentary webinar series is designed to strengthen mental health supports that address the needs of children who have experienced/art at risk of experiencing significant trauma.

Upcoming Events

A Compassionate School Approach to Children’s Mental Health: Equity, Justice, and Overcoming Disparities
May 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Presenter: Meghan Wenzel, M.S.

Description: This webinar will review current trends in children’s mental health (particularly with rural and low-income populations and students of color) and explore why youth suicide and mental illness are on the rise. We will discuss cultural, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic factors and how they impact prevention and treatment options, with recommendations for how to improve equity. We also will explore restorative justice and case studies of effective solutions.

Trauma-Informed Yoga in Schools
June 16, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Presenter: Dana Asby, M.A., M.Ed.

Description: Many schools are using yoga to effectively address the trauma and toxic stress that administrators, educators, and students experience each day. Using yoga practices rooted in neuroscience and vagal nerve research, educators can bring themselves and their students in the moment calm. Learn about how trauma-informed yoga and related mindfulness practices like breath work, mantras, visualization, and mindful awareness exercises. Leave with tools to plan a consistent practice for yourself, your staff, and your students to see the transformational change of infusing trauma-informed yoga into your school community.

Courageous Conversations: A partnering tool to achieve equity in schools
Date: Postponed

Location: Online
Presenter: Maria Restrepo-Toro, BNS, M.S.

Description: Join us for a webinar about the power of Courageous Conversations, a model for creating safe spaces for staff and students to have challenging, but necessary conversations about inequity. Maria Restrepo-Toro, M.S., Project Manger for Training and Education at Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health and Manager of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, will review the four agreements of a courageous conversation, explain how to use the courageous conversation compass, and discuss ideas for starting courageous conversations in your classrooms and schools.
E-mail to sign up for updates about this webinar. Everyone who previously registered for the webinar will receive updates as we reschedule this webinar. We will announce a new date shortly. Stay posted.

Resiliency and the Power of Generative Questions to Foster Positive Relationships
Date: Postponed

Location: Online
Presenter: Jennifer Ozgur

Description: Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. But what if those setbacks are due to strained dynamics with a student and their educational professional, or between the school and the student’s family? In this webinar, you will learn strategies to repair connections that elevate the way we interact with the children we serve and build bridges with their caregivers beyond the school setting.

E-mail to sign up for updates about this webinar. Everyone who previously registered for the webinar will receive updates as we reschedule this webinar. We will announce a new date shortly. Stay posted.

Featured Events

A Districtwide Approach to Coordinating Mindfulness Implementation: Spotlight on Montgomery County Public Schools
Date/Time: February 4, 2020, 4:00 pm
Presenter: Jeff Donald

Join us for a webinar with Jeff Donald, Mindfulness Coordinator, Montgomery County Public Schools—the largest school district in Maryland—focused on the county’s intentional turn to infusing mindfulness and implementing trauma-informed school based mental health programs. Jeff will share how within a short period of time his yoga/meditation practices have expanded from serving one school to requests for services for over 50% of Montgomery County Schools. He will also describe the program he is spearheading to train teachers to implement yoga/meditation in classrooms, as well as the impact on students. Attendees will experience guided meditations and learn pointers for implementation of yoga and mindfulness practices, with a focus on secondary schools.

Click here to review the full calendar of upcoming webinar and book study opportunities offered as a part of the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative.

View archived webinars and subscribe to CEI’s YouTube Channel.

For more information on the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative, contact CEI’s Executive Director Dr. Christine Mason.

The Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is part of the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.