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
C-TLC Listening Session: Trauma-Conscious Leadership for School Administrators
Date/Time: Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Description: In this hour we will discuss what principals need to do for their schools right now to address the trauma of the last year and looking ahead. We will focus on the preparation, planning and practice needed to ensure teachers and principals are better prepared to address and advocate for the social-emotional and mental health needs of everyone in the school community.
Let’s start the healing by decoding what we’ve learned about the power and drawbacks of remote learning, the resources needed to improve school leadership, and how to mitigate the impact of the past year with appropriate social-emotional and mental health supports. We will look at how school staff at the Pre-K-12 grade levels can embed interventions to prioritize mental health support. And most importantly, how this prioritization might impact educational and leadership preparation programs.
Facilitator: Martha Staehli, PhD, Director, New England MHTTC, School Mental Health Initiative, Instructor, Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Jill Flanders, Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Kathleen Sciarappa, EdD, Board of Directors, International Mentoring Association Member, New England MHTTC Advisory Team
Description: The MHTTC Network is hosting an 8-part learning series using the National School Mental Health Best Practices: Implementation Guidance for States, Districts, and Schools. The Implementation Guidance 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, 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
Past session details and recordings can be found here.
CEI HeartMind Webinar: Self-Care, Mindfulness, and Confidence: What is the relationship between confidence and self-care?
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ Noon EDT
Description: Spend an hour with Kahlil Kuykendall, a gender economist and mindfulness self-care instructor, who will explore the connection between taking care of ourselves and increasing our self confidence as she describes her work and guides us in some simple self-care breathing and meditation routines.
Kahlil Kuykendall is a Mindfulness Instructor and Youth Development Program Consultant with more than twenty years of experience in increasing the capacity of women and youth-serving organizations to develop and deliver high-quality programs and educational enrichment activities. Her areas of expertise include education, youth development, arts and culture, project-based learning, child development, holistic wellness, mental health, and career exploration. Kahlil is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and holds a master’s degree in economics with an emphasis on gender and international development.
An archive of this session and the presentation slides will be available on 4/9/2021.
C-TLC Listening Session: Family Compassionate Conversations: Compassion Fatigue & Burnout
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT
Description: Join us for a conversation about your successes and struggles dealing with compassion fatigue and burnout. Learn tips and strategies to keep your stress from taking over and how to give these tools to our family members, and experience a brief mindfulness practice you can share with anyone in your life.
This is an opportunity for you to come with questions about discussing mental health and well-being with your partner, children, parents, and other family members, as well as a place to share positive and negative experiences around this topic.
This series will continue each month, with the following topics:
- Fostering Connection
- Community Wellness
- Addressing School Related Trauma
- Sleep Hygiene
CEI HeartMind Webinar: Next Generation Conversation: Compassion and Community for a Better Future
Date/Time: Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m. EDT
Description: Join us for an interview session with this dynamic mother-and-daughter duo and get a glimpse at what matters most to our young people. Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy, CEI’s Associate Director of Heart Centered Learning, will interview her daughter, Julia Murphy, an undergraduate student at Providence College in Rhode Island.
At CEI, we recognize that it is important to listen to and learn from our youth. This presentation is part of a “Listening Tour” we initiated in 2020 and presents the voice of a student leader dedicated to making a difference.
Learn about the activism that this mother and daughter team have engaged in during this pandemic and hear Julia’s perspective on the future of education and the role of compassion in uplifting peers and others in our local communities.
C-TLC Listening Session: Children’s Mobile Crisis Team Model: Lessons Learned for Successful Implementation
Date/Time: Thursday, March 10, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.
Description: Join us for this listening session with Meeta Gandhi, LCSW-R about the year 1 in the program development and implementation of NYC’s first Children’s Mobile Crisis Team. We will discuss program efficacy, stakeholder use, and lessons learned. This will be informed by her role as Director of the Children’s Mobile Crisis Team with an NYC program.
C-TLC Listening Session: It Takes a Village: Optimizing Systems for Optimal Child Well-Being
Date/Time: Thursday February 11, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.
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.
C-TLC Listening Session: 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.
For more information on the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative, contact the C-TLC’s Education Coordinator Dana Asby.