5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit
Inspired and Inclusive: Mental Wellbeing for All
June 16 & 17, 2021


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Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 List of Sessions (Click Session Titles for Full Description, Click Speakers for Bios)

8:30 am

Welcome

 

8:45 am

Keynote Presentation

Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R's
featuring Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

10:00 am

Workshop
Session 1

Developing Your Compassion Resilience Toolkit
by Emily Jonesberg and Hannah Maechtle

   

Partnering with Parents in School-Based Mental Health
by Andrea Turtenwald and Joann Stephens

   

Interconnected Framework for Behavior and Mental Health Needs at School
by Krystle Bacha    

11:15

Workshop
Session 2

Referral Pathways -Navigating a Complex System
by
Hollie White

   

Equity-Centered Practice in School-Based Mental Health
by Armando Hernandez

   

Beam me up, Scottie! Implementing Telepsychiatry into your School-based Mental Health Program
by Leah Featherstone

12:15 pm

Adjourn Day 1

 

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

8:30 am

Welcome

 

8:45 am

Keynote Presentation

Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing
featuring H. Richard Milner

10:00 am

Workshop Session 3

Making Wraparound Supports Tighter: Where to Look for Creative Community Support
by Sara Bowe, Tyler Miller and John Klem

   

Enhancing Staff Caregiver Capacity Using a Multi-tiered Approach
by Sara Daniel

   

Empowering Parents to Address Their Students' Mental Health: Information and Outreach
by Megan Hofschulte

11:15 am

Workshop Session 4

The Nature Connection: How Nature Impacts Mental Health and Wellbeing
by Julie Jarvis and Ashley Hegewald

   

Effective Family Engagement: A Parent’s Perspective
by
Stacey Oliphant Deal

   

Wellness Contagion In Schools: A Data-Driven Strategy
by Wendy Harris and Rachel Podoski

12:15

Adjourn Day 2

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th
                 
Wednesday Keynote Presentation - Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R's
Presenters: Kristin Souers, MA LMHC and Pete Hall

Childhood trauma is real, and it is more prevalent than we might believe, especially now. In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers and former principal Pete Hall (authors of the best-selling and award-winning Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom – ASCD, 2016 and Relationship, Responsibility and Regulation: Trauma Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners – ASCD, 2019) about the importance of incorporating trauma-invested practices into the work we do with each other, caregivers, and our youth. We know that every behavior is an expression of an unmet need. We will identify and explore what those needs are and provide staff the opportunity to reflect on how best to meet the needs of those they serve and interact with. By providing timely proactive/responsive interventions based upon the “New 3 Rs” – relationship, responsibility, and regulation – participants will be able to address their students’ unmet needs directly and immediately.

Course Objectives:
In the session, we will:
       1.    Explore our mindsets
       2.    Connect the four primary unmet needs with specific focal points for interventions
       3.    Incorporate proactive practices and responsive intervention strategies to address our students' unmet needs

WORKSHOP SESSION 1  10:00 am - 11:00 am  Wed., June 16th

Developing Your Compassion Resilience Toolkit Track: Self-Care/Compassion Resilience
Presenters: Emily Jonesberg and Hannah Maechtle, Rogers InHealth

Do you wish your school had a healthier staff culture? Is staff turn-over and staff gossip higher than you would like? In this session, participants will explore the content of the Compassion Resilience Toolkit, a free resource available to build and maintain a positive and compassionate school staff culture that minimizes burnout and leads to increased quality of care and joy in work.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Build your capacity to guide the ongoing evolution of a compassionate school community.
  • Explore leadership and staff practices that establish and maintain compassionate cultures.
  • Apply Toolkit concepts to existing initiatives and formulate recommendations for next steps in their schools.

Workshop Form and Activities: This workshop is interactive, including small and large group activities and some lecture.

Partnering with Parents in School-Based Mental Health Track: Equity & Inclusion
Presenters: Andrea Turtenwald and Joann Stephens, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health

Within a school system there are a variety of ways that parents can be involved and lead. From volunteering, serving on committees, employment of Parent Peer Specialists, or shared governance, parent voice can and should be incorporated for better outcomes for kids and families. Join this session to explore how parent panelists from across Wisconsin have partnered with school systems to support school-based mental health.

Interconnected Framework for Behavior and Mental Health Needs at School Track: Implementation
Presenter: Krystle Bacha, Stanley-Boyd School District

Main goal and learning objectives would be to increase knowledge of interconnected systems framework, find new ways to enhance multi-level systems of support for students in school, and have a small rural school show how to connect existing PBIS framework with Mental Health framework. This workshop will take the form of presentation. Activities may include responding in the chat box (if optional) and Q&A section

WORKSHOP SESSION 2  11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Wed., June 16th

Referral Pathways - Navigating a Complex System  Track: Implementation
Presenter: Hollie White, Project Coordinator, Improving Mental Health Through School and Community

We will present a way that can communities can implement and evaluate an electronic referral pathway via a Trilogy Network of Care website. Participants will understand what a referral pathway is and what it looks like, how Racine has utilized this referral pathway, a format option for a referral pathway, and how to collect referral pathway data and analytics. This workshop will be a presentation style but will provide time for feedback and questions. We will present a way that communities can implement and evaluate an electronic referral pathway via a Trilogy Network of Care website. Participants will understand what a referral pathway is and what it looks like, how Racine has utilized this referral pathway, a format option for a referral pathway, and how to collect referral pathway data and analytics. This workshop will be a presentation style but will provide time for feedback and questions.

Equity-Centered Practice in School-Based Mental Health  Track: Equity & Inclusion
Presented by: Armando Hernandez, Journey Mental Health

This workshop will consider key takeaways generated from the integration of equity and culturally responsive practices in school-based mental health programs. Participants will reflect on how to meaningfully engage with this critical best practice. The presentation—relevant to anyone interested in culturally responsive practices—will provide space for discussion and dialogue.

Beam me up, Scottie! Implementing Telepsychiatry into your School-based Mental Health Program Track: Implementation
Presented by: Leah Featherstone, Professional Services Group

The main goal of the workshop is to provide information on how to implement telepsychiatry into SBMH. The workshop will largely involve presentation and discussion on implementation, including hardware/software needs, how to make referrals, privacy concerns, prescribing, prescription problems, etc.


THURSDAY, JUNE 17th

Thursday Keynote Presentation: Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing 
Presenter: H. Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Understanding the psychological, emotional and mental health of young people and educators is essential to building school communities of success. Centering equity and diversity in curriculum practices can assist educators in building tools to identify and cultivate mental health (for educators and young people alike).  Particular attention will be focused on opportunity-centered practices that address people’s inside and outside of school experiences. Issues of race, racism, and racial justice will be framed to advance practices that confront and disrupt the strain of discrimination in relation to the psychological, emotional and mental health of students, educators, parents, families and communities. How do we build mindsets and practices that are opportunity-centered and that build psychological and mental health well-being?

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will build knowledge and understanding of the role of mental health in learning and development of students.
  • Participants will build knowledge about practices that can support them in better meeting the needs of young people and community due to various forms of trauma and traumatic experience.
  • Participants will build an understanding of how curriculum practices can lead to mental and psychological strain.
  • Participants will build knowledge and understanding about how outside of school factors influence students’ experiences inside of school.

WORKSHOP SESSION 3  10:00 am - 11:00 am Thurs., June 17th

Making Wraparound Supports Tighter: Where to Look for Creative Community Support  Track: Implementation
Presenters: Sara Bowe, CESA 10; Tyler Miller, School District of the Menomonee Area; and John Klem, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at UW-Stout

The main goal for this workshop is to provide information about unique wraparound services that are being piloted in multiple school districts (Menomonie, Bloomer, Ellsworth, Colfax, Osseo-Fairchild, Neillsville, Greenwood). Attendees will learn about possible solutions to a state-wide shortage of school-based mental health providers.  This workshop will be primarily presentation based, with an opportunity for questions/discussion with the presenters (panel based). Activities will include the ability for participants to brainstorm unique community partnerships, discuss the pros- and cons- of policy change/ integrative mental health services, ask questions about the pilot programming being presented on, and receive a take-home overview of the pilot school-based mental health program.

Learning objectives include:

  • Learn different community resources that can be infused into school mental health programming (specifically, college master level programs and CESAs).
  • Gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between the roles of and language used by pupil service staff and mental health practitioners when building mental health support into the school framework.
  • Be able to state the benefits of having community resources directly involved into the school mental health framework.
  • Discuss the disadvantages/risk associated with having community resources directly involved into the school mental health framework. Engage in discussion about state and federal policies that could benefit from change to support school-based mental health.

Enhancing Staff Caregiver Capacity Using a Multi-tiered Approach Track: Self Care/Compassion Resilience
Presenter: Sara Daniel, SaintA

Is your school staff exhausted? Stressed out? Struggling to find meaning in their work?  Now, more than ever, addressing see addressing secondary trauma and compassion fatigue as a critical part of sustaining a Trauma Informed perspective. However sometimes our effort falls short or are mismatched with staff needs leaving educators to feel more burdened rather than supported. This workshop teaches a process by which we can assess and identify a staff member need for support and respond appropriately This multi-tiered framework works in parallel to the process that we use to identify student needs. It uses a balanced approach of looking at school climate and self-care strategies. The workshop will be hands on and provide tools and strategies for practice implementation. 

Workshop Objectives:

  • Build your capacity to guide the ongoing evolution of a compassionate school community.
  • Explore leadership and staff practices that establish and maintain compassionate cultures.
  • Apply Toolkit concepts to existing initiatives and formulate recommendations for next steps in their schools.

Empowering Parents to Address Their Students' Mental Health: Information and Outreach Track: Other
Presenter: Megan Hofschulte, Milwaukee Public Schools

The purpose of this workshop is to show an example of encouraging parent involvement in their youth's mental health by exploring various methods of reaching and supporting parents. The culminating projects were based on a needs assessment survey of over 250 high school parents regarding their questions about and opinions of their students' mental health, and the type of support they would be interested in receiving in supporting their school. These results informed monthly parent newsletters, school-wide mental health information dissemination and events, and a parent workshop with speakers from the district and the community to provide parents with additional resources and information. I hope to present this information in a Powerpoint/lecture format, as well as provide artifacts of the projects as examples for others. I hope for an interactive presentation with questions and critiques from the audience to further improve their and my own understanding of the topic and enhance future projects. At the end of the presentation, I hope that participants leave with multiple ideas of how to reach parents regarding student mental health, and how to encourage their involvement in prevention and intervention efforts.

WORKSHOP SESSION 4  11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Thurs., June 16th

The Nature Connection: How Nature Impacts Mental Health and Wellbeing  Track: Other
Presenters:  Julie Jarvis and Ashley Hegewald, Field Edventures

Current research reveals that time outside and in nature has strong and far reaching benefits to mental health and wellbeing. However, as a society we are spending less and less time outside. Learn the latest research findings and hear about how schools across Wisconsin are working to overcome this trend by integrating time outside and in nature into the school day. Explore ways that you can integrate nature into the work you do with children and youth. Engage in an activity to promote your personal connection to nature.

Effective Family Engagement: A Parent’s Perspective Track: Equity and Inclusion
Presenter: Stacey Oliphant Deal, School District of Westfield

This workshop shares a mother’s unique experience as both a professional and a parent raising her son through trauma and mental health diagnoses. She will discuss the challenges encountered while navigating the complex systems of behavioral health, juvenile justice and family services. The speaker will address critical topics including: strengths-based practice, trauma-informed care, and family dynamics and engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • For attendees to increase their understanding of the potential complexity of family dynamics and challenges.
  • To increase knowledge and understanding of strengths-based practice as a cornerstone of family engagement.
  • Activities will include case-based discussion as well as conversation regarding theories and best practices.

Wellness Contagion In Schools: A Data-Driven Strategy  Track: Implementation
Presenters: Wendy Harris and Rachel Podoski, The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection’s Healthy Teen Minds Initiative

This session will focus on the implementation of Sources of Strength, an evidence-based suicide prevention and wellness program for middle and high school students. We will discuss how communities in Wisconsin, in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, are implementing Sources, and measuring its impact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the factors that influence successful implementation, including school/community readiness, creating buy-in and support, and organizational capacity
  • Continuous quality improvement to achieve fidelity
  • Identify lessons learned and considerations for sustainability
  • Measuring success with data. Workshop will be interactive to include large and small group participation.  

PRESENTER BIO INFORMATION

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th
                 
Wednesday Keynote Presentation - Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R's
Presenters: Kristin Souers, MA LMHC and Pete Hall

Kristin Souers, MA LMHC is an award-winning author of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom environment (ASCD, 2016) and many other publications and articles. She provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to thousands of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, been an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University in their Masters in Counseling Program, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.For over two decades, Kristin Souers has dedicated herself to the improvement of people’s lives. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. With a history of working in the fields of early learning, law enforcement, education, and mental health, she has been able to develop an extensive knowledge base. This, partnered with her expertise in complex trauma, the impact of violence, crisis management, counseling, and trauma-informed care, has allowed her to partner with professionals around the development of trauma-informed practices in a multitude of settings.

Pete Hall
After a teaching career that spanned preK-8 over three states, Mr. Hall served 12 years as a principal in three Title I schools: Anderson Elementary in the Washoe County (Reno, NV) School District, and Sheridan Elementary and Shaw Middle in the Spokane (WA) Public Schools. Under his leadership, Anderson ES was the only Title I school in the State of Nevada to earn “High Achieving” designation; Sheridan ES earned accolades from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for its growth and achievement; and Shaw MS earned a Career & Life Readiness Award from the State of Washington.

Mr. Hall’s written works include authoring over a dozen articles on leadership and publishing six books, The First-Year Principal (Scarecrow Education, 2004), Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: A collaborative guide for coaches and school leaders (ASCD, 2008), Lead On! Motivational lessons for school leaders (Eye On Education, 2011) Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building your capacity for success in the classroom (ASCD, 2015), Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom (ASCD, 2016), and The Principal Influence: A framework for building principals’ leadership capacity (ASCD, 2016).

For his tenacious and courageous leadership, Mr. Hall has been honored with ASCD's Outstanding Young Educator Award (2004), Nevada's Martin Luther King Jr Award (2005), and Phi Delta Kappan's Emerging Leaders Award (2009), among others. He was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Excellence in Education (in Nevada, 2005) and was selected to sit on the National Education Association’s Great Public Schools Indicators Advisory Panel (2010-2011). He holds a National Principal Mentor Certificate from NAESP and serves as a trainer and coach for NAESP’s PALS mentoring program. He also provides extensive professional development services as an ASCD Faculty member. Mr. Hall has worked as a personal consultant/mentor/motivational coach for school leaders, teachers, professional athletes, weekend golfers, stand-up comedians, firefighters, business executives, custodians, and more. A current resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he speaks and consults internationally.

WORKSHOP SESSION 1  10:00 am - 11:00 am  Wed., June 16th

Developing Your Compassion Resilience Toolkit Track: Self-Care/Compassion Resilience
Presenters: Emily Jonesberg and Hannah Maechtle, Rogers InHealth

Emily Jonesberg is the Training Coordinator with Rogers InHealth, the education and advocacy department of Rogers Behavior Health. In her role at Rogers, she leads trainings for leaders in the non-profit, education and healthcare sectors. Emily also facilitates programming for staff at Rogers Behavior Health and with parents in the community. Prior to her work at Rogers, Emily worked in a youth serving capacity for over thirteen years through various non-profits. During this time she also developed and delivered equity training for youth and adults. She has a Master of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri.

Hanna Maechtle works at Rogers Behavioral Health as an outreach and training specialist. In this role, Hanna works to promote Rogers’ clinical services in the Sheboygan community and trains community partners to implement Rogers InHealth programming, such as Compassion Resilience, Up to Me, and Safe Person. Hanna has been with Rogers for several years, first as a residential counselor and then as a behavioral specialist in the OCD and Anxiety Center children’s residential care. Hanna earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development through Lakeland University. 

Partnering with Parents in School-Based Mental Health Track: Equity & Inclusion
Presenters: Andrea Turtenwald and Joann Stephens, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health
Session Panelists:  R
achel Zwicky, Kimberlee Coronado, Shenika Moss, Michelle Uetz

Andrea Turtenwald
has served Wisconsin youth, parents and families for over ten years. Her professional experiences include youth development, child welfare case management, parent-empowerment program facilitation, and social-emotional learning program management. In 2016, Andrea earned her Master’s degree in Public Service from Marquette University. Andrea’s personal journey includes managing ADHD, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and navigating parenthood as a new mom. Andrea joined the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health in 2018, and she is honored to use her role to raise up the voices of those with lived experience.

Joann Stephens: Bio coming soon.

Interconnected Framework for Behavior and Mental Health Needs at School Track: Implementation
Presenter: Krystle Bacha, Stanley-Boyd School District

Krystle Bacha is currently a Director of Special Education and School Psychologist for the Stanley-Boyd Schol District. Mrs. Bacha joined the Stanley-Boyd School District in the fall of 2013 as the school psychologist. She earned her Specialist Degree in school psychology and Master's Degree in education from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Mrs. Bacha has previously worked in PreK-12 school districts and continues to be a resource for initiatives such as Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). She has also presented research in education and the school psychology profession at state and national conventions.

WORKSHOP SESSION 2  11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Wed., June 16th

Referral Pathways - Navigating a Complex System  Track: Implementation
Presenter: Hollie White, Project Coordinator, Improving Mental Health Through School and Community

Hollie White, APSW, MSW Hollie White has her MSW from Loyola Chicago with a focus on children and families. Hollie has worked with Professional Services Group for 6 years. She has worked with victims of domestic violence, juvenile delinquents, elementary students in a school setting, and has done therapy in a variety of settings. She has presented on a variety of topics such as Positive Youth Development, YASI - Youth Assessment and Screening Tool, and Youth Engagement.

Equity-Centered Practice in School-Based Mental Health  Track: Equity & Inclusion
Presented by: Armando Hernandez, Journey Mental Health

Dr. Armando Hernandez is a Licensed Psychologist who has close to 20 years of experience in the areas of mental health, education, and healthcare. As a trainer, supervisor, consultant, and administrator, he specializes in the areas of equity-centered practice, behavioral health consultation, and systems change. He is a national consultant in the area of integrated healthcare and has provided numerous workshops and academic courses in the areas of mental health and culturally responsive practice. Throughout his career he has worked in various community-based settings, assisting professionals and organizations in their organizational development and implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr. Hernandez is known as a dynamic and engaging speaker and trainer. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently works as the Chief Diversity Officer for Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Beam me up, Scottie! Implementing Telepsychiatry into your School-based Mental Health Program Track: Implementation
Presented by: Leah Featherstone, Professional Services Group

Leah Featherstone
is a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and the Clinical Directly of Professional Services Group. She oversees the clinical operations for PSG’s outpatient clinics as well as school-based mental health services. PSG is providing SBMH in over 85 schools in over 10 districts, and is always looking for new, innovative ways to continue to bring this service to students and districts. Dr. Featherstone and her team also provide consultation services for districts, including professional development trainings, classroom observations, and staff support groups.


THURSDAY, JUNE 17th

Thursday Keynote Presentation: Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing 
Presenter: H. Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education.  Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools.  Professor Milner is President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books. His most recent are: Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010 and 2020, Second Edition), Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and These kids are out of control: Why we must reimagine classroom management for equity (Corwin Press, 2018).  He can be reached at [email protected]

WORKSHOP SESSION 3  10:00 am - 11:00 am Thurs., June 17th

Making Wraparound Supports Tighter: Where to Look for Creative Community Support  Track: Implementation
Presenters: Sara Bowe, CESA 10; Tyler Miller, School District of the Menomonee Area; and John Klem, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at UW-Stout

Sara Bowe is currently the Mental Health Navigator for CESA 10 under a Department of Justice grant. She also owns a private counseling practice in Eau Claire. Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin. Prior to obtaining a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she taught third and fourth grade in the Eau Claire Area School District. Having background experience in education and training in mental health has afforded Sara with a unique perspective in supporting school mental health frameworks.

Tyler Miller is a current School Psychologist for the School District of the Menomonie Area. This is Tyler's 10th year as a practicing School Psychologist, all of which have occurred within the School District of the Menomonie Area. He earned his M.S. Ed. in School Psychology in 2009 and his Ed.S. in School Psychology in 2011, both from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Tyler continues to partner with local universities, outside mental health agencies, and the Dunn County Department of Human Services, in order to provide a high level of mental health care for Menomonie students. 

Dr. John Klem is currently a Professor and the Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at UW-Stout. Dr. Klem’s counseling career spans almost 30 years. He worked for over a decade in therapeutic board schools and wilderness programs throughout the county. He then earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2008 and has been a UW-Stout faculty since that time.  He is a licensed counselor in Wisconsin (LPC) and specializes in supervision, diagnosis, and client conceptualization.

Enhancing Staff Caregiver Capacity Using a Multi-tiered Approach Track: Self Care/Compassion Resilience
Presenter: Sara Daniel, SaintA

Sara Daniel, MSW, LCSW is the Vice President of Education for SaintA, an agency that is leading the way in facilitating equity, learning and healing through restoring connections that help children and families thrive. Since 1997, Sara has been facilitating transformational schoolwide change through coaching and collaboration with school leadership teams, staff professional development and student specific consultation. She specializes in supporting schools create successful outcomes for all students including those impacted by trauma and mental health challenges. Sara is currently a senior coach and consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Trauma Sensitive School Initiative and the co-author of the Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Module Series https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/trauma/modules. She has worked with countess school districts nationwide and trained thousands of school staff on the 7ei of Trauma Sensitive Schools. Sara is also certified clinician and trainer in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and the Neurosequential Model of Education (NME). She is the leader of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Interface Master Trainer Project for the state of Wisconsin, which promotes public education about ACEs and the development of self-healing communities in partnership with Laura Porter and Dr. Robert Anda.

Empowering Parents to Address Their Students' Mental Health: Information and Outreach Track: Other
Presenter: Megan Hofschulte, Milwaukee Public Schools

Megan Hofschulte I am a psychologist with Milwaukee Public Schools and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Educational Psychology M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology Program. This project was completed during my practicum experience in Milwaukee Public Schools in an effort to support the mental health needs of youth by incorporating parent voice and presence. Prior to pursuing School Psychology, I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies; Certificate: Education and Education Services) where I obtained various experience in the field working in early childhood education, Birth-to-Three parent coordination, Autism behavior therapy and respite care, and as a research assistant in Richard Davidson's Center for Healthy Minds conducting mindfulness research in schools.

WORKSHOP SESSION 4  11:15 am - 12:15 pm  Thurs., June 16th

The Nature Connection: How Nature Impacts Mental Health and Wellbeing  Track: Other
Presenters:  Julie Jarvis and Ashley Hegewald, Field Edventures

Julie Jarvis & Ashley Hegewald: FIELD Edventures is committed to engaging the rock skipping, frog catching spirit!  Field Edventures is the state coordinator for Project WET and Project WILD and holds organizational membership with Children & Nature Network, Green Schools National Network, and Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.   FIELD Edventures also serves as the state hub for the Rural Schools Collaborative.

Effective Family Engagement: A Parent’s Perspective Track: Equity and Inclusion
Presenter: Stacey Oliphant Deal, School District of Westfield

Stacey Oliphant Deal is a school social worker, Kohl Fellowship recipient, and board member of the Wisconsin School Social Worker Association. Her service to families spans over twenty-five years. In her past role as a home-based parent educator, Stacey provided in-depth, long term services to parents. In her current role as a school social worker, she specializes in partnering with parents to optimize student outcomes. Her strengths-based practice allows her to build rapport quickly with students and families. Ms. Oliphant has extensive experience in working with families with challenging dynamics and navigating multiple service systems.

Wellness Contagion In Schools: A Data-Driven Strategy 
Track: Implementation
Presenters: Wendy Harris and Rachel Podoski, The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection’s Healthy Teen Minds Initiative

Wendy Harris serves as the project coordinator of The Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection’s “Healthy Teen Minds” initiative.    Wendy is a long-time mental health advocate who is passionate about awareness and education, early intervention and supports.

Rachel Podoski
is a native of Neenah, WI. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Northeastern University and is passionate about all aspects of health, especially the importance of mental health. Currently serving as the Evaluator for the Healthy Teen Minds project, she works with partners in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties to monitor and evaluate efforts toward reducing depression and suicide among adolescents in the region.