But now to the main event: here is the transcript of another great LiveChat we had over at our sister site SSWNetwork, led this time by Loyola SMHAPP students Kenya Butts and Patrick Wolf with lots of great input from an expert on SSW and restorative practices from Turkey, Professor Ozan Selcuk.
Does Restorative Justice (RJ) work? Or better yet, to the extent that RJ does work in K-12 schools, how would we even know? Is it because the program that is offered at our professional development day claims to be “evidence-based,” or because we know that it is? And even more directly, how would we figure out if something is evidence-based, and where would we start in looking for that evidence? These are the questions I asked the 4th cohort of the Loyola School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) students. As part of the “EBP in School Mental Health”hey were asked to examine these questions around RJ and school violence prevention programs, and to create a Research Brief (RB) that described the evidence for a study that looked at RJ. Several of the students also wrote short descriptions of what they found, why they chose that specific article, and what they learned from the SMHAPP EBP class. What follows are their RBs, and some selected references from the articles they drew from.
My name is Krista Sodt and I am a school social worker at a PK-4 elementary school near Seattle. I am in my 3rd year working in this position. I am also in my final year of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) certificate at Loyola. Through that program I have reflected on, and continued to refine my practice. I have evaluated our current programming through an evidence-informed lens, and identified opportunities for improvement. I would like to share with you one effort that I am leading, to transform Tier One behavioral support in my building. First, I’ll share where I began.
I’m thrilled to move into Week #2 of our SMHAPP SSWNetwork Takeover with Kenya Butts and Patrick Wolf, 2 Illinois SSW and members of the 4th SMHAPP cohort, talking about the EBP and the on-the-ground realities of Restorative Justice (RJ) in K-12 schools . Just as in Week #1, we will end the week over at SSWNetwork with a LiveChat from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. central time where we come together to discuss what we learned over the past week. Here in their own words is what they’re going to be doing this week in this “SMHAPP SSWNetwork Takeover,” along with some further biographical information about these two mighty school clinicians.
This year on SSWN (and our sister social media platform SSWNetwork) we’re going to delve into a complicated and we believe necessary conversation about trauma-informed care (TIC), racial inequity, and evidence-based practice (EBP). These three concepts, themselves worthy of extensive study and exploration, are coming together in dynamic and powerful ways as school clinicians, researchers, and K-12 schools reckon with how to do trauma-informed care in school contexts.
I am concerned that this most recent exposure to climate-related disasters combined with education sector silence (or worse) about climate neglect may shake my students’ sense of safety in the world and their optimism about the future. Please help us reframe the context by which students experience these disasters.