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Join One of 5 (Free) Online SSW PLCs This Month!

Join One of 5 (Free) Online SSW PLCs This Month!
Ms. Lisa Johnson Haire LCSW, MSW is a school social worker in Florissant, Missouri, current Loyola School Mental Health Advanced Practice (SMHAPP) certificate student, and co-leader of the upcoming “Restorative Practices in Schools PLC” starting February 28th.



Dr. Angela Zartuche, Loyola SMHAPP Certificate student and  PLC leader, “Effective Progress Monitoring & Goal Writing Tools for Busy School Mental Health Professionals,” starting in late February/early March.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a well-known tool in K-12 education, but little to date has been done to implement PLCs dedicated specifically to the needs of school mental health professionals.  That changes now, here at SSWN and our sister social media site SSWNetwork, where we are proud to announce 5 completely online PLCs that will be starting over the next few months

Since we first posted on our PLCs last week, the response has been tremendous–we hope you join us for one of these powerful learning experiences this month.  All of our PLCs will be led by school mental health professionals like you who are eager to share their expertise and to help us all learn something new and feel a little less isolated in the work we do each day in our schools. All 5 PLCs are starting this month, and here are the details of our just-announced ones, led by 2 of our Loyola School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) certificate students, Ms. Lisa Johnson Haire MSW, LCSW and Dr. Angela Zartuche PhD, MSW:

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PLC #1 (Restorative Practices in Schools) 1st Informational Meeting starts February 28th [2:30]-3:45 p.m. central time (runs through April 18th) (Co-leaders Lisa Johnson Haire & Steve Whitmore)

PLC #2 (Effective Progress Monitoring & Goal Writing Tools for Busy School Mental Health Professionals) Date and time TBD, starts by the end of February (PLC leader:  Dr. Angela Zartuche)

PLC #3 (Journal Club) Starts online February 12th 7-8 p.m. central time (Co-leaders Dr. Stephanie Ochocki & Dr. Emily Shayman UPDATE:  we have 4 slots left for this PLC)

PLC #4 (Race & Equity in K-12 Education) Starts online February 17th 6-7 p.m. central time (Co-leaders Ms. Jennifer Clark & Dr. Michael Kelly UPDATE:  we have 3 slots left for this PLC )

PLC #5 (Trauma & Self-Care PLC) Starts online February 20th [3:45]-4:45 p.m. central time (Co-leaders Ms. Ashley Denton, Ms. Angie Williams, & Ms. Tracey Parker UPDATE:  this one has filled for the semester, stay tuned for a 2nd PLC next Fall!)

To register:  e-mail Prof. Kelly at [email protected] (all PLCs will be capped at 10, so sign up quickly before this first round of PLCs fill up) We will then send you the online meeting link and additional information.

Here are the details for our still-open PLCs on Race & Equity in K-12 and our EBP Journal Club: 

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Here are the details for our filled Trauma & Self-Care PLC:

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The growth of our sites (SSWN and SSWNetwork) has been dramatic in the past year, and we are excited to enter this new phase of our work together. PLCs are fun and we can’t wait to get started–join us!

Pictured:  Mr. Steve Whitmore, SSW Consultant for Oakland County Schools & PLC co-leader



About The Author

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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