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Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice certificate and Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, co-Chair of the Society for Social Work & Research SSW Special Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School Social Work, and Associate Editor of School Mental Health. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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    What a great topic! This is so important in our work with families and understanding all that they may be going through.

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      Thank you!

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    Hey Gabriella,

    Offering support to families of student’s with special needs can look a variety of ways for different people. I’m sure many of us have “our way” to demonstrate being of support to parents who have children with special needs.

    This article does raise my awareness of some of the unique challenges that the families of my students face. We can do better in being more intentional with how we prepare to offer service to them.

    Thanks for sharing, I look forward to attending your chat session!

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      Thank you!

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    Hi,

    Parents who have children with disabilities deal with situations that are unique to them. Thanks for sharing your Parenting Program experience!

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      Hi Laura! Thank you!

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