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Fall 2022 MTSS & Mental Health Office Hours with
Dr. John Kelly

eLuma MTSS & Mental Health Webinar Series_Fall 2022 Office Hours with Dr. John Kelly Speakers: Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, Shauna Rader Kelly, Maurice Elias, Pola Morrison

We are excited to continue our “Office Hours with Dr. John Kelly” webinar series! This Fall we have a great lineup of national education leaders and mental health experts discussing a range of MTSS & School-based mental health services.

Aug 25 – NASP Past-President, Dr. John Kelly – Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Addressing Mental Health Services in Schools: An Overview and Introduction

Sept 14 – NASP Director of Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach – Advocacy Strategies to Promote Sustained and Equitable Access to Comprehensive School Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Oct 27 – School Psychologist, Shauna Rader Kelly – What MTSS – Tier 1 is and How it Works

Nov 17 – Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Director, Maurice Elias – School-wide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Dec 14 – School Psychologist, Pola Morrison – Using Teletherapy to Bolster Student Mental Health

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About the Webinar Series

Dr. John Kelly
Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Addressing Mental Health Services in Schools: An Overview and Introduction

Aug 25, 2022

Presented by: John Kelly, PhD, NCSP

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Supporting children’s mental health is critical to their success in school and life. Mental health services for children and youth are most effective when provided as a continuum of care that integrates schools, families, and communities. This continuum of care is most commonly known as a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). The MTSS framework encompasses prevention and wellness promotion, universal screening for academic and behavioral barriers to learning, and implementing evidence-based interventions that increase in intensity based upon specific student needs.

This presentation will discuss the basic elements of a MTSS Framework, help distinguish between academic MTSS and mental/behavioral health MTSS, and the benefits of using a MTSS Framework to structure mental health supports in schools.

Dr. John Kelly is a retired school psychologist from the Commack School District, where he worked for 35 years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in the School Psychology program. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Kelly has presented at numerous national and international conferences on topics that include mental and behavioral health services for children, advocacy training for school psychologists, legislative issues related to education and children, leadership development, violence and bullying prevention, and suicide awareness. Dr. Kelly is on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) and is a Past-President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Kelly has received numerous state and national awards, including the NYS School Practitioner of the Year in 2001 and the NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 2003.

Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach
Advocacy Strategies to Promote Sustained and Equitable Access to Comprehensive School Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Sept 14, 2022 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, PhD

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Over the past few years, there has been increased attention, and unprecedented federal investments, in efforts to support increased access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services, and school mental health professionals. Most recently, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act provides billions of dollars to support the mental wellness of our students. 

This webinar will: provide an overview of current federal funding streams available to support sustained and equitable access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services; highlight key activities and initiatives supported with this funding; and review some key actions at the local, state, and federal level that are necessary to ensure sustainable school mental and behavioral health service delivery systems.

Dr. Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is currently the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Strobach consults with, advises, and collaborates with members of Congress, the Department of Education, and other key federal partners and national organizations to advance the availability of comprehensive school psychological services, promote safe schools, promote comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services, address the shortages in school psychology, and other education related issues. Dr. Strobach has developed, authored, and coauthored numerous articles and resources, including NASP’s Framework for Safe and Successful Schools and has presented nationally on issues related to school safety, school mental health, effective discipline policies, and the relationship between education policy and school practices.

Shauna Raider Kelly
What MTSS – Tier 1 is and How it Works

Oct 27 , 2022 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Shauna Rader Kelly, NCSP

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Maurice Elias
School-wide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Nov 17, 2022 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Maurice Elias

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Maurice J. Elias is a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, and co-director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, which offers certificate programs in direct instruction and school leadership relating to SEL and character development for educators and student support professionals in school and out-of-school settings. He has received the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education and the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  Prof. Elias is on the leadership teams of SEL4US and SEL4NJ.

Prof. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, social-emotional and character development, and youth purpose. Among Prof. Elias’s numerous books are The Joys & Oys of ParentingNurturing Students’ Character: Everyday Teaching Activities for Social-Emotional LearningBoost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Lessons to Build EQ Skills, ASCD’s Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades K–8, the new e-book Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and a book for young children called Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children.

Pola Morrison
Using Teletherapy to Bolster Student Mental Health

Dec 14, 2022 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Pola Morrison

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Pola Morrison has been a school psychologist for 25 years in K-12 districts across the nation and as an Accessibility Services Director in Higher Education. She has a longitudinal view of how special education supports individuals in education because she has serviced students early to adulthood. Her passion is to help innovate and collaborate with special education support services.

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This is one webinar series you won't want to miss!