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Inspired and Inclusive: Mental Wellbeing for All - 5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 8:30 AM to Thursday, June 17, 2021, 12:15 PM CST
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Free Virtual Event - June 16 & 17, 2021
(8:30 AM- 12:15 PM each day)

It’s been a long year. Our lives have been marked by moments of courage and moments of grief. This year’s virtual summit is a chance to regroup and re-energize. Learn from awesome national experts and hear from some of our own home-grown Wisconsin school-based mental health trailblazers who are making a difference in the lives of our students every day. Over the course of our two mornings together you will hear inspiring and challenging keynote addresses and then dig into workshop sessions focused on equity, access, program implementation, telehealth, lived experience, mindfulness and more.

Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R’s
Featuring: Kristin Souers and Pete Hall of Fostering Resilient Learners

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.

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

Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing
Featuring: Dr. Richard Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at 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:

  1. Participants will build knowledge and understanding of the role of mental health in learning and development of students.
  2. 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.
  3. Participants will build an understanding of how curriculum practices can lead to mental and psychological strain.
  4. Participants will build knowledge and understanding about how outside of school factors influence students’ experiences inside of school.

 Join us for a wide variety of breakout sessions on the following topics:  VIEW OR PRINT AGENDA-IN-BRIEF

  • Developing Your Compassion Resilience Toolkit
  • Partnering with Parents in School-Based Mental Health
  • Interconnected Framework for Behavior and Mental Health Needs at School
  • Referral Pathways - Navigating a Complex System
  • Equity-Centered Practice in School-Based Mental Health
  • Beam me up, Scottie! Implementing Telepsychiatry into your School-based Mental Health Program
  • Making Wraparound Supports Tighter: Where to Look for Creative Community Support 
  • Enhancing Staff Caregiver Capacity Using a Multi-tiered Approach 
  • Empowering Parents to Address Their Students' Mental Health: Information and Outreach 
  • The Nature Connection: How Nature Impacts Mental Health and Wellbeing 
  • Effective Family Engagement: A Parent’s Perspective 
  • Wellness Contagion In Schools: A Data-Driven Strategy

Continuing Education Credits

We are seeking mental health professional continuing education credit approval for this conference. Stay tuned for future updates.


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939