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/at risk of experiencing significant trauma.

Upcoming Events

Date/Time: August 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm View our Plan for the Day
Location: Online
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.
Who should attend? This is a complimentary workshop offered to educators and youth service providers in Maine. We invite school administrators, educators, school-and community-based mental health service providers, and service providers in community-based organizations, hospitals, or police departments working with youth in Maine to register.
Program Note: Members of Northern Maine Education Collaborative (NMEC) and Aroostook Community Collaborative (ACC) are encouraged to attend as their leadership wishes to use the frameworks presented in this workshop to guide efforts in the 2020-2021 school year.

Archived Events

Back to School: Opening Up with Optimism and Connection
Date/Time: July 16 @ 4:00 pm
Location: Online
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 MasonDr. Martha Staeheli, and Life is Good Playmakers Founder and Chief Playmaker Steve Gross for this conversation.In the life changing relationship business, optimism is a required, pragmatic, and evidence-based approach to overcoming adversity.
The Life is Good Playmakers take an optimism-infused approach to trauma-informed care. Steve Gross is a pioneer in utilizing playful engagement and meaningful relationships to overcome the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.
Join us for a discussion with three thought leaders 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. Caring leaders must seek to support each other in turning our tragedies into growth, recognizing the joys among the ongoing and profound difficulties, and re-establishing school communities to serve everyone, with greater justice and equity.

Visioning Onward: Appreciative Inquiry
An Essential 20 Minutes
Date/Time:  June 29, July 7 @ 4:00 pm
Location: Online
Description: Join CEI Team Members Dr. Christine Mason, Jennifer Ozgur, and Dana Asby for an Information Session to learn more about our unique blending of CEI’s 8-step iterative visioning process, based on the visioning approaches used by successful corporate giants and the wisdom of sages from varying traditions, with the principles of Appreciative Inquiry. As we re-imagine schools and learning, visioning can help you get beyond the immediate to a better future. When combined with Appreciative Inquiry, you can stimulate conversations that will connect your team with its potential.
At this information session, we will explain how we can help you, with options ranging from a one session webinar—to start you and your school/district on a positive path forward this fall—to a complete academic-year package of services that will help you and your team build hope, resiliency, and a commitment to expanding compassion through greater student and community engagement.
Click here to view the video archive and slide show from our presentation on June 29.

National Visioning Discussion: Visioning for the Future of Education
Back to School after COVID-19 – Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health
Date/Time: June 22 @ 4:00 pm
Location: Online
  • Chris Mason, Ph.D., CEI Executive Director
  • Paul Liabenow, Executive Director, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
  • Melissa Patschke, Ed.D., Principal, Upper Providence Elementary School, Royersford, PA
  • Kevin Simpson, Global Entrepreneur and Founder of the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color
  • Martha Staeheli, Ph.D., Yale Professor and Director of the New England MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative
Description: In 2020, as we shelter in place as a result of COVID-19, stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and fears about our future are high. School communities are impacted not only by fears of the contagion but also by broad, rapid shifts they are making to deliver equitable remote learning services as seamlessly as possible. In light of these concerns, the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC), as part of the School Mental Health Initiative’s Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC), has developed a national webinar to prepare district leaders, administrators, teachers, and other educators such as school psychologists, social workers, and counselors to vision with their staff and local communities as we get ready for teaching and learning in schools and homes this fall.

Trauma-Informed Yoga in Schools
Date/Time: June 16, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online

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 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.

What will schools be like next year? Visioning for the Future of Education A 3-part webinar series
Dates/Times: May 19, June 1, and June 15, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online

Access this three-part series and join the authors of Visioning Onward for inspiration, insights, exercises, and Q&A as they prepare you to vision with your schools and districts. In this time of COVID-19, visioning is a critical part of planning for our future. 
Note: You can download the presentation from each session at the above noted archive link. If you would like a copy of the Leader’s Guide distributed to attendees of these sessions, please email a request to

Courageous Conversations: A partnering tool to achieve equity in schools
Date: May 26, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Presenter: Maria E. 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 E. Restrepo-Toro, M.S., Project Manager 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.

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

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.