An important aspect of this professional development should include how to respond if a student approaches an adult for help. In addition, a coordinated approach through a single provider can further the adoption of a shared vocabulary across the entire school community, an important aspect of a high-quality Tier 1 program.
New article from IJSSW: “Quantitative data from Likert-scale items suggested that respondents felt generally underprepared for practice upon entering the field. This lack of preparation was felt generally and in regard to four areas of school-specific practice: knowledge of education policy, knowledge of special education, knowledge of school-based assessments and knowledge of school-based interventions.”
Great to hear what people are doing to help get their schools ready to “re-open” and to make sure that SEL and trauma-informed approaches are big parts of that work. Ms. Laura Smail, Lead Social Worker, Tactical Assessment Team U-46 (IL) joined the chat and shared some of her work helping her district anticipate and plan for the SEL and trauma-informed needs of her schools when they re-open. Big thanks to Laura for joining in, and the rest of the group for another lively LunchTime LiveChat.
This was the first of our special LunchTime LiveChats During the COVID-19 Crisis, with SMHAPP student and SSW Liaison for Clark County (NV) Tonya Hernandez stepping in as my co-host. We discussed her recent webinar on SSWNetwork, “Providing School Mental Health Supports Online: Loyola SMHAPP Students Taking The Lead,” which as of this writing has been viewed on our SSWN YouTube channel over 4,300 times. We will be having our LunchTime LiveChats over on our SSWNetwork from 11-Noon Monday, Wed., & Friday until the crisis is over. Hope to see you on a future chat!
Along with teaching at Loyola, I am also the Director of the online School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) as well as the Family and School Partnership Program (FSPP). To date, the FSPP has provided advanced training CEUs to over 1,500 school mental health professionals. including our 15th Annual Summer Institute this July 16th & 17th. We’ll have lots more to tell you about the special stuff we have planned for our 15th year, including the speakers, registration links etc. by the end of February, but for now, save the dates to join us in beautiful downtown Chicago at our Water Tower Campus this July!
As a school psychologist and a 2nd year student in the School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program at Loyola, I am in the midst of a school change project in my small rural school district. The project I’m steeped in is to build teacher capacity to implement a tier I social and emotional curriculum in our 4 year old kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. Professional development and on-going training is a big part of the success of this project. As we train our staff to teach the SEL curriculum to our students, we can’t neglect to acknowledge that to teach SEL to students, we as adults must be competent in our own social and emotional awareness and abilities. If we engage our staff in ongoing adult social and emotional learning, we will hopefully foster a supportive environment not only for students, but for staff as well.