As a member of the 2018-2020 SMHAPP cohort (c/o Loyola University – Chicago), I was asked to develop a ‘school change project.’ I was tasked with identifying a problem that I hoped to investigate, use research and data to develop a plan, implement said plan to address the problem, and report the results and insights gained. This is what I did and what I learned.
Have you ever worked with a salesperson you really liked? Perhaps the person helped you purchase a car, computer, or home. What we like about good salespeople is that they seem to know our needs. Great salespeople “qualify” their customers. In sales terms, qualifying means taking the time to see if your product matches the needs and resources of your customer. If you are concerned with buy-in, that usually means you are selling or “offering” a resource to someone. I think the same ideas of understanding the needs and resources of your end-users will help you be more effective at establishing buy-in. The following post is from a live chat related to buy-in. I hope this discussion and resources are useful to your buy-in efforts
Another great LiveChat thanks to Krista Sodt and the other SSW who joined in. Check it out and join us on future Saturdays for more practice wisdom from our SSWNetwork colleagues. Check out Krista’s article for SSWN introducing her week of hosting on our sister social media site SSWNetwork, “Forming a Magical Implementation Team” and check the network for updates on our regular Saturday morning LiveChats, 9-10 a.m. central time. As Krista says later in the chat that follows, “Honestly, it’s walking through the project steps from what we learned at SMHAPP that has made this possible…Previously I would have had a good idea, but been lacking many of the implementation skills that make a change project possible.”
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.