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Loyola’s SMHAPP Certificate: Helping SSW Be More Visible, Valuable, & Vital

Loyola’s SMHAPP Certificate: Helping SSW Be More Visible, Valuable, & Vital

Editor’s Note: Starting this week, we are going to feature at SSWN the work of school mental health professionals who are completing the Loyola School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) certificate. The 15-credit, 99% online 2-year certificate is designed to help SSW and other school mental health professionals find the community and learn the advanced skills they need to become social-emotional leaders in their schools, using the most evidence-informed and data-driven tools available to enhance their practice. Applications are now open for our Fall 2019 cohort, and more information is here. In the meantime, I’m re-posting an article from my LinkedIn page describing the rationale and details of the program, as well as linking to a recording on our YouTube channel of an information session we did last year (all the bottom-line details like app deadline, tuition, course descriptions, etc. start at about the 24-minute mark…). Stay tuned at this space for lots more great content from our current SMHAPP student cohorts as they show how they are becoming more visible, valuable, and vital in their schools.

“I completed this program and it was so fantastic. I learned so much. It provided me with the knowledge and skills that I needed to go deeper with my work. Seriously, it was the best professional decision I’ve made. Also, you can complete this program remotely. No need to live in Chicago. That’s just a bonus.” Dianna Phelps, MA, MTSS Coordinator, Philadelphia
Public Schools

Our SMHAPP Information Session is below. Any additional questions:

Dr. Michael Kelly
[email protected]

About The Author

Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is 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 65 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, and the Associate Editor of the Advances in School Mental Health Promotion Journal. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of School Mental Health Journal, School Social Work Journal, and Children & Schools. 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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