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					        Center for School Mental Health
             University of Maryland School of Medicine
             Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 12 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
 What Works in Schools: Sustaining a National Community of
     Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health
                    October 25-27, 2007

In partnership with:
The IDEA Partnership funded by the Office of Special Education
Programs (OSEP), housed at the National Association of State
Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

                       Orlando Omni Resort
                      ChampionsGate, Florida
                                  Keynote Speakers
 Al Duchnowski, PhD, University of South Florida, The Research and Training Center
for Children’s Mental Health, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Duchnowski has been with the
Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health since 1985 and currently
serves as a Deputy Director. Previously he was Director of Special Education for a
school district in Pennsylvania. He has numerous publications in professional journals
and has co-edited three books on children's mental health. He has been Principal
Investigator on several federal grants investigating issues related to children who have
emotional disabilities and their families, school reform, and evidence-based
interventions. He is one of the founders of the Federation of Families for Children's
Mental Health.

 Krista Kutash, PhD, University of South Florida, The Research and Training Center for
Children’s Mental Health, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Kutash is a Professor at University of
South Florida and a Deputy Director of the Research and Training Center for Children’s
Mental Health. She has had clinical experience as a social worker before devoting full
time to research and training. Her doctorate is in Educational Measurement and
Research, and she has earned an MBA with a specialty in economics.

LeDerick Horne, BA, spent most of his time in school believing he did not have much of
a future. A severe learning disability (LD) combined with low self-esteem led him to
doubt he would be able to go to college or pursue a meaningful career. But, in the
challenging academic environment at Middlesex County College, and with the support
offered for his disability through Project Connections, a Learning Disabilities Resource
Program at the College, LeDerick became an outstanding student, compiling a 3.75
grade point average. He transferred to New Jersey City University and graduated with
honors from NJCU in 2003. Since graduation LeDerick has become the head of his own
real estate investment company called Horne & Associates, LLC. He was appointed the
Board Chair of Project Eye-To-Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring
programs for students labeled LD/ADHD. He is also recognized across the country as an
advocate for people with disabilities. LeDerick has facilitated workshops, delivered
keynote presentations, and spoken to thousands of students, teachers, and service
providers about his experiences.

 Back by Popular Demand: Advanced Specialty Tracks!
Specialty tracks are available for those interested in gaining more intensive
training in one specialty area. Participants can choose to either attend the
                 full track or to attend select presentations.

            Below is the Guide for Advanced Specialty Tracks
           (Each seminar title is followed by the corresponding
                       specialty track abbreviation)

     Youth Involvement and Leadership (YIL)

     Education: An Essential Component of Systems of Care (ED)

     Connecting School Mental Health and Positive Behavior
       Supports (PBS)

     Learning the Language: Promoting Effective Ways for
        Interdisciplinary Collaboration (LL)

     School Mental Health and Child Welfare (CW)

     Family-School-Community Partnerships (FP)

     Improving School Mental Health for Youth with Disabilities (YD)

     Mental Health-Education Training and Workforce (MHE)

     Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and
       Dropout Prevention (JJD)

     Quality and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

                         Conference Program
                        Thursday, October 25, 2007
   All participants and speakers must check in each day at the Registration Desk.

7:30 – 8:30 AM         Registration

7:30 – 8:15 AM       Breakfast Meetings: Open to all participants!
(Pick up your continental breakfast from the Exhibit Hall and go to the meeting of
your choice.)

1. Mental Health – Education Training and Workforce (MHE)

2. Learning the Language: Promoting Effective Ways for Interdisciplinary
Collaboration (LL)

3. Education: An Essential Component of Systems of Care (ED)

4. Connecting School Mental Health and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)

5. Improving School Mental Health for Youth with Disabilities (YD)

8:30 – 9:30 AM         Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Address:       What Works in Schools? Families, Educators, and Mental
                       Health Professionals Can Make It Happen
A significant increase in school-based mental health programs has taken place recently.
However, schools still struggle in their attempt to adopt and implement practices that are
evidence-based and address a wide range of student needs. In this session, the barriers
and facilitators of this process will be reviewed. In addition, the role of families through
the implementation of youth guided, family driven services will be examined. A team
model that coordinates families, educators, and mental health professionals will be
Al Duchnowski, PhD, and Krista Kutash, PhD, Deputy Directors at the University of
South Florida, The Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, Tampa,

9:30 – 10:00 AM        Break and Exhibits

10:00 - 11:30 AM       Workshop Session I

1. It’s Time! School Staff, Students, and Parents Addressing Depression (YIL)
This overview of a three-pronged approach to schools includes staff in-service, peer-
education and career mentoring, and a parent-to-parent DVD. The program involves a

broad collaboration of university, education, mental health providers and advocates, and
schools. Program evaluation points to the effectiveness of this comprehensive approach
in middle and high schools.
Sue McKenzie, MA, National Association of Health Education Centers/In Health WI,
Milwaukee, WI

2. Social Marketing to Enhance Linkages Between Systems of Care and Education
The partnerships between education and mental health are among the most challenging
and complex. How can we foster linkages between education and systems of care? We
will learn how social marketing initiatives at the National, State and community levels
are helping to foster linkages between mental health and education.
Joyce Sebian, MSEd, Georgetown University National TA Center for Children’s Mental
Health, Washington, D.C.
Beverly Lancaster-Hyde, MA, Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign-
Vanguard Communications, Washington, D.C.
Lisa Rubenstein, MHA, SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services, Rockville, MD

3. Using PBIS to Enhance Community Mental Health Initiatives (PBS)
This presentation provides practical strategies for combining two state-of-the-art,
empirically-validated approaches to address the mental health needs of all children:
Systems of Care and Positive Behavior Supports to improve the mental health of all
Mary Magee Quinn, PhD and Jeffrey Poirier, MS, American Institutes for Research,
Washington, D.C.
Susan Stromberg, MEd, Center for Mental Health Service, Rockville, MD
Stanley Bernard, MPH, The PARK Project, Bridgeport, CT

4. The Turnaround Expansion: Transforming Schools in Crisis (PBS)
Turnaround for Children works with all members of the school community to address
student’s mental health and create conditions for learning to promote success for all
students. Turnaround is expanding its programming for next Fall to serve over 40 schools
in distressed Bronx communities.
Greg Griecius, MS, and Gary Holbert, Turnaround for Children, New York, NY

5. Avoiding Potholes in the Road: Practical Solutions for Developing
Relationships (LL)
This presentation is a dialogue about developing school mental health (SMH) programs
that embrace interdisciplinary partnerships, the use of evidence-based practices and data-
driven processes, and the development of infrastructure to support these processes.
Presenters and audience members will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
Practical action steps for advancing SMH will be discussed.
Erin Girio, MA, and Julie Sarno Owens, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Dave Tener, MBA, and Chantel Dearth, PhD, Woodland Centers, Inc, Gallopolis, OH

6. Involving Parents, Schools, and Community Organizations in Creating a System
of Care for Youth (FP)
This workshop will focus on how a model program can create a system of care for youth
by bringing parents, schools, and community agencies together to create a supportive and
nurturing environment. Participants will learn how parent and community involvement
can enhance school-based efforts to improve mental health.
Cynthia Holmes, FAST National Training and Evaluation Center, Madison, WI

7. The Learning Support Continuum (MHE)
This presentation will provide participants with key lessons learned from the
development, dissemination, and implementation of a school linkage protocol technical
assistance guide. Critical considerations in support of expanded mental health and
professional development around prevention and promotion, early intervention, and
intervention will be shared.
Dawn Anderson-Butcher, PhD, Aidyn Iachini, MA, and Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian, MSW,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Constance Dorr, PhD, Fostoria Community Schools, Fostoria, OH
Jean Snyder, MA, Freedom Elementary School, Lima, OH

8. Best Practices: The Role of Juvenile Justice and Mental Health in Safe Schools
Creating safe schools involves the special expertise of mental health and juvenile justice
providers working collaboratively. This workshop identifies the challenges to mental
health/juvenile justice partnerships, describes ways to overcome challenges, based on
learning’s from the federally funded Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) initiative, as
well as the experience of participants.
John Rosiak, MA, Social and Health Services, Ltd., Rockville, MD
Ronald Slaby, EdD, Education Development Center, Newton, MA

9. Part I: The National Assembly of School Based Health Care’s Mental Health
Program Evaluation Template (EBP)
NASBHC’s Mental Health Program Evaluation Template (MHPET) is a tool to
systematically assess and improve the quality of mental health services delivered within
school-based health centers. In this interactive session, background, information on the
tool’s development will lead into a live, on-line demonstration of the tool.
TJ Cosgrove, MSW, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle, WA
Laura Hurwitz, LCSW, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, Washington,

Part II: School-Based Mental Health Services and Providers: Capacity Building
Capacity building efforts at the state and local level are crucial in delivering school-based
mental health services. This presentation will focus on results obtained from surveys
given to professionals and families which assessed their attitudes and perceptions
regarding the availability and quality of mental health services in the schools.
Amanda Paul, BA, Andrea James, MPH, and Andrew Selders, BA, University of
Missouri, Columbia, MO

10. Evidence-Based Practices for Occupational Therapy Interventions for
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (EBP)
The American Occupational Therapy Association examined the scientific literature to
evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for young children with
autism spectrum disorder. Sensorimotor, social-cognitive, behavioral, and play based
interventions were included. Implications for occupational therapy practitioners,
educators, and mental health professionals in Head Start and community programs will
be presented.
Marian K. Scheinholtz, MS, OT/L, American Occupational Therapy Association,
Bethesda, MD
Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, Arbes Ideans, Inc., Williamsville, NY
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Division of Occupational Therapy, Ohio State
University, Powell, OH

11:30 – 12:00 PM      Exhibits and Break

12:00 – 1:00 PM      Planning and Lunch Discussion Groups
(Please pick up your lunch and attend your selected Lunch Discussion Group)

1. Mental Health – Education Training and Workforce (MHE)

2. Learning the Language: Promoting Effective Ways for Interdisciplinary
Collaboration (LL)

3. Education: An Essential Component of Systems of Care (ED)

4. Connecting School Mental Health and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)

5. Improving School Mental Health for Youth with Disabilities (YD)

6. Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention

7. Family-School-Community Partnerships (FP)

8. Youth Involvement and Leadership (YIL)

9. School Mental Health and Child Welfare (CW)

10. Quality and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

1:00 – 1:30 PM        Exhibits and Break

1:30 –2:30 PM         Paper Session I

1. Caring Across Communities: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Immigrant
and Refugee Youth (ED)
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools will discuss its work with 15 sites
around the United States who were awarded a grant in March 2007 to support school-
connected mental health services for underserved children with a focus on addressing the
special needs of immigrant and refugee youth.
Olga Acosta Price, PhD, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at The George
Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
Mark Sander, PsyD, LP, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, MN

2. Creating a Vision: Promoting Mental Health Utilizing Positive Behavior
Interventions (PBS)
The workshop will describe how a rural Missouri school used evidence-based and
prevention-driven programs, such as PBS, to meet and enhance the mental health needs
of our population.
Tim Roth, MA, BA, Carrie Thompson, MA, BA, and Francine Nichols, BS, Moberly
Public Schools #81, Moberly, MO

3. Response to Innovation: Florida’s Collaborative Problem-Solving Pilot Program
This presentation will describe the activities and outcomes of a collaborative process
undertaken by the State of Florida’s PBS and RtI projects. Information regarding the
start-up and implementation process of RtI and PBS that was gathered during a pilot
program at several schools in Florida will be shared. The pilot program was used to
establish the most effective means for carrying out a large scale implementation of an
integrated PBS and RtI process.
Jenna Pollard, MEd, Carie English, PhD, and Stephanie Martinez, EdS, Florida’s
Positive Behavior Support Project, USF, Tampa, FL

4. Interagency Collaboration Project to Reduce Residential Placements (LL)
This session will share case studies of students that have attended the Center for
Alternative Education at Ulster BOCES utilizing an interdisciplinary approach with the
Department of Social Services to reduce the number of residential placements for at-risk
Marlene Anderson-Butler, MS, CAS, Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen, NY

5. Students Behaving Badly: Responding to Students with Mental Health
Disorders (MHE)
Classroom behavioral manifestations of various mental health disorders will be
described. School personnel will learn how to minimize the exacerbation of these
behaviors and maximize helpful responses.
Myles L. Cooley, PhD, Private Practice, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

6. Progressive Professional Pre-Service and In-Service Training: Bridging the
Cultural Gap (MHE)
This presentation will merge information from North American, educationally focused
best practice research and theory, with advice from educational and other professionals
implementing school mental health programs to arrive at recommendations for pre-
service and in-service cross-sectional professional training that is geared to the education
Robert W. Burke, PhD, University of Miami at Ohio, Oxford, OH
Gloria Wells, BA, BEd, MA, Rocky View School Division, Alberta, Canada

7. The Resiliency Wheel: Fact or Fiction? (JJD)
School-based and community professionals overwhelmingly use the resiliency wheel, a
popular framework for addressing resiliency in schools and communities. However, little
empirical evidence has been presented to support its usage. The researchers will present a
study examining the efficacy of using the resiliency wheel in promoting successful
Stephen Whitney, PhD, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Karen J. Weston, PhD & Joni Williams-Splett, BA, Center for Advancement of Mental
Health Practices in Schools – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

8. PRIDE: A 28-Day Summer Program for At-Risk Students: Conceptual and
Practical Applications (EBP)
The PRIDE Summer Program was developed to provide these students with a continuum
of academic, behavioral, and social emotional protocols throughout a 28- day summer
program. Data suggests that improvements in social emotional responding were observed
for each participant; however, academic deficits proved to be more resistant to change.
Bruce P. Mortenson, PhD, Towson University, Towson, MD
Karena S. Rush, PhD, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

9. Successful or Promising Approaches to Serving the Mental Health Needs of
This session will present best practice briefs for serving gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth; discuss this population’s needs; share
appropriate culturally competent, successful or promising practice, interventions and
approaches for serving GLBTQ youth; and summarize findings from interviews with
GLBTQ youth and other members of SOCCs.
Jeffery Poirier, MS, and Mary Magee Quinn, PhD, American Institutes for Research,
Washington DC
Susan Stromberg, MEd, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA,
Rockville, MD

10. School-Based Mental Health and Social Services: Results from the School
Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) 2006 (LL)
The School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) is the largest, most
comprehensive national assessment of school health policies and programs. The study,
sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides data to

help improve school health policies and programs. Results from SHPPS 2006 will be
Nancy Brener, PhD, and Mary Vernon-Smiley, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

2:30 – 3:00 PM         Exhibits and Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM        Workshop Session II

1. Youth Summits: A Model for Leadership and Advocacy Skill Development in
Schools (YIL)
This paper session focuses on a Youth Summit Model to institute and integrate leadership
skills among students that promote, enhances, empowers and enriches school
environments. Session highlights findings from evaluation data collected during the
David B. Miller, PhD, MSW, MPH, DBM and Associates, South Euclid, OH
Marlene Boas, PhD, Sandusky City Schools Safe School Healthy Students, Sandusky,

2. Strengths in Partnership: Implementing a School Wide Comprehensive
Wellness Program (ED)
Presenters will: 1) demonstrate how to form a collaborative partnership that aligns with
the Systems of Care Approach in order to implement a comprehensive wellness program
to an entire school community; 2) demonstrate how to incorporate the concept of PBIS by
linking various theoretical models to traditional and alternative interventions that lead to
healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Evelyn Montanez, PhD, Morgan Stanley Children’s’ Hospital of New York-Presbyterian,
Cortland Manor, NY
Blanca Battino, MA, New York City Department of Education, Hoboken, NJ

3. Effective School-Wide Positive Behavioral Support Systems: Addressing the
Needs of Challenging Students (PBS)
A detailed description of an evidence-based school-wide positive behavioral support
system, Project ACHIEVE’s Positive Behavioral Self-management System (PBSS) is
presented. Implemented nationally and across Arkansas, the PBSS blueprint is described
to include behavioral applications of response to intervention and school-based mental
health services.
Howard Knoff, PhD, Arkansas Department of Education - Special Education Unit, Little
Rock, AR

4. Public Relations for Mental Health Providers: Showing Data Outcomes Related
to NCLB Mandates (LL)
Public Relations using outcome data is imperative for School Mental Health
Professional’s survival. NCLB will be detailed highlighting school district requirements.
Ideas for finding, collection, and documenting student outcome data related to NCLB
mandates will be explored from the provider’s perspective. Administrators must see how

we also enhance student achievement.
Linda Moran, ACSW, LISW, MSW, Northwest Area Education Agency, Denison, IA

5. Using Teacher and School Administrator Feedback to Improve School-Based
Mental Health Service Collaboration (LL)
This presentation will illustrate how to design, collect, analyze, and utilize
teacher/administrator feedback and satisfaction data to improve services and
collaboration between educators and school-based mental health providers. Systematic
data collection and analysis can help improve practice outcomes, and promote
sustainability of effective school-based mental health service collaborations.
Kimberly Karl, MSSA, and Julia Noveske, MA, Beech Brook, Cleveland, OH

6. Positive Educational Planning (FP)
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the Positive Educational
Planning Profile, a format for families to organize and share what they know about their
child as a unique learner. Educators can share this planning form with parents or other
team members and integrate the information into a collaborative educational planning
Mary Reed, MA, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Tampa, FL
Phyllis Guthman, BA, Hillsborough County Public Schools Parent Services, Tampa, FL

7. INCLUSION: Promoting Public School Success for Students with Complex
Mental Health and Psycho-Social Needs (YD)
The INCLUSION program builds and supports mainstream and/or adapted public school
placements for students with intensive emotional and behavioral challenges. This
presentation is designed to share the central elements of the INCLUSION program with
other professionals who are interested in replicating this comprehensive model of service
delivery in their community.
Jennifer Uttecht, PsyD, and Kristie Reed, MSW, The Baird Center for Children and
Families, Burlington, VT

8. The Road Less Traveled: Clinical Supervision (MHE)
If we want the adults who work daily with young children to be emotionally responsive,
they must feel supported themselves. This workshop shares a model of clinical
supervision used in schools with teachers, and paraprofessional which creates a parallel
process between the program’s philosophy and practice in the education and treatment of
children and its philosophy and practice regarding staff issues. Suggestions on creating
opportunities for staff anecdotal exchange through group supervision will also be
Deborah Johnson, MA, Children’s Institute, Rochester, NY

9. The Effective Practice Integration Council: Supporting Promotion of Expanded
School Mental Health through University-Community Partnerships (EBP)
This presentation will feature an overview of the history, rationale, and theoretical
framework for the establishment of the effective practice integration council, a network
of effective practice experts developed in Ohio to assist with promoting compliance with

the expectation that programs and initiatives operate according to state-of-the-art
evidence about effective practice.
Paul Flaspohler, PhD and Keith Zullig, PhD, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Kay Rietz, MA, Office of Children’s Services and Prevention, Columbus, OH
Elizabeth Tracy, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Julie Sarno Owens, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH
David L. Hussey, PhD, Kent State University, Kent, OH

10. Planning Collaboratively: Supporting the Social/Emotional/Behavioral Needs
of All Students
A Safe School/Health Students (SS/HS) technical assistance specialist and a SS/HS grant
site will discuss the challenges and successes of schools and mental health providers in
collaborative planning and implementation of an integrated system of mental health
services within the frameworks of universal, targeted, and indicated interventions.
Jennifer Kitson, EdS, National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence
Prevention, Education Development Center, Hays, KS

4:30 – 4:45 PM         Exhibits and Break

4:45 – 5:45 PM         Paper Session II

1. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Keep Creating: Working with Inner City
Youth (YIL)
The Let’s Talk About It program successfully engages inner city youth in exercising their
power through collectively creating conditions for their development. Challenges of
resisting the tendency to take control in tense moments while working with youth will be
discussed by the founder and lead practitioner of LTAI.
Barbara Silverman, LCSW, Lutheran Hospital School Health Erasmus Teen Health
Clinic, Brooklyn, NY

2. An Innovative School-Based Program for High-Risk Youth in Transition (ED)
This workshop will describe an innovative school-based transition program created to
help high-risk adolescents and their families with re-entry to school following a
psychiatric or medical hospitalization or crisis. This model significantly improves the
outcome for adolescents in crisis. These programs facilitate re-entry and maintain
students’ academic and social-emotional functioning while decreasing risk of relapse and
family stress. The workshop will inform participants about this model, including a review
of typical clinical and administrative issues faced by staff and suggestions for ways to
start up similar programs in other communities.
Henry White, MD, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline, MA
Adam Diliberto, MEd and Lindsey Slotnick, LCSW, MEd, Bridge Program, Wellsley, MA
Katherine Porter, LCSW, Brookline Resilient Youth Team, Brookline, MA

3. Facilitating Mental Health Promotion and Early Detection of At-Risk Youth (PBS)
The capacity of school based health centers and visibility of large scale screening
programs can be improved by a) conceptualizing current health promotion initiatives
within a broader health literacy framework, and b) by complementing existing school

based services with brief classroom based help-seeing workshops and on-line health
promotion resources.
Darcy Santor, PhD, Centre of Excellence and University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alexa Bagnell, MD, IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada

4. Mental and Emotional Health Curriculum Assessment (LL)
Health education is an essential part of an overall school health program. The CDC
Division of Adolescent and School Health has been developing a set of curriculum
analysis tools to help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education
curricula using consistent and appropriate criteria.
Mary Vernon Smiley, MD, MPH, and Pete Hunt, MPH, MEd, Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

5. ADHD Treatment in the Family Context: A Shift in Emphasis (FP)
We are not effective in helping families with children with ADHD. This workshop will
discuss challenges faced by families and interventions to respond to them, including
engaging and empowering families, effectively implementing evidence-based treatments,
and addressing burdens of caring. A model intervention entitled Family Empowering
ADHD Treatment will be presented.
Bruno Anthony, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Laura Anthony, PhD, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders/Children’s National
Medical Center, Rockville, MD

6. Where’s the EBP in Illinois School Social Work IEPs? The Challenge of Making
Social Work IEP Interventions More Evidence-Based (YD)
A survey of school social workers in Illinois (n=822) revealed that despite good computer
access and training in evidence-based practice (EBP), fewer than 30% said they regularly
consulted empirical evidence when offered clinical scenarios involving students in
special education. The lack of EBP resource usage is significant, especially given that
survey data indicated that Illinois school social workers are providing most of the state’s
school-based clinical services to students with disabilities. Possible reasons for this lack
of EBP implementation will be discussed.
Michael Kelly, PhD, LCSW, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work,
Chicago, IL

7. Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences: How the NCLB Law Is Negatively
Affecting Mental Health and What Schools Can Do (MHE)
The presenters contend that NCLB is not only negatively impacting schools, but also the
mental health of students. This presentation discusses a wide variety of research
supporting this argument. Also proposed is what can be done, legislatively and at the
school level, to buffer and avoid those effects.
Misty Ginicola, PhD, Yale University/Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT
Christina Saccoccio, MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

8. Connecting Education and Mental Health: Preliminary Lessons from the
Integrating Schools and Mental Health Systems Grant (MHE)
In this paper session, we will share preliminary lessons learned, the successes and
challenges, of engaging systems and building relationships between a county’s rural
school districts, community mental health center, and juvenile justice to develop
innovative policy and practices that increase children’s access to a continuum of mental
health services.
Christina Mann, MSW, and Julie Boydston, PhD, Bert Nash Community Mental Health
Center, Lawrence, KS

9. Childhood Mental Illness: An Open Dialogue with a Parent Professional (FP)
Have you ever just wanted to have the opportunity to ask pointed questions to someone
who has lived this journey? This session is an open dialogue of frank discussion about
whatever you want to know. The presenter is an RN who has lived with her own
depression while parenting two children with Bipolar Disorder.
Susan Mikolic, RN, Stepping Stones Mental Health Educational Consulting, Eastlake, OH

10. The Marathon of Sustainability: Mainstreaming Evaluation to Improve
Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)
This presentation focuses on the best practice process in capacity building for schools.
Major descriptions include empowerment evaluation principles, Results-Oriented Grant-
Making and Grant-implementation system as they relate to the Request for Proposal
process. Key features include a case example, needs/resource assessment, utilization of
technical assistance team, and continuous quality improvement.
Dana Crawford, MA, Raven E. Cuellar, BS, Paul Flaspohler, PhD, and Dawna-Cricket-
Martita Meehan, PhD, Miami University’s Center for School-Based Mental Health,
Oxford, OH
Deanna Vietze, MS, Ripley Elementary School & Brown County Community Board of
Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health, Georgetown, OH
Kathryn Keller, MPA, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

                          Friday, October 26, 2007
7:30 – 8:30 AM    Registration

7:30 - 8:15 AM       Breakfast Meetings: Open to all participants!
(Please pick up your continental breakfast from the Exhibit Hall and go to the
meeting of your choice.)

1. Connecting School Mental Health with Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention

2. Family-School-Community Partnerships (FP)

3. Youth Involvement and Leadership (YIL)

4. School Mental Health and Child Welfare (CW)

5. Quality and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

8:30 – 9:30 AM         Greetings and Introduction

Keynote Address: Beyond Classification
The psychological impact of being diagnosed with a severe learning disability in early
childhood will be discussed from the perspective of a young man who has endured the
experience, Mr. LeDerick R. Horne. His journey from grade school, high school
graduation, college graduation to entrepreneurship will be described. As a result of his
experiences, he became an advocate for persons with learning disabilities and other
special needs. This emotionally moving presentation is filled with empowering and
practical information.
LeDerick Horne, BA, Horne & Associates, LLC., Somerset, NJ

9:30 – 10:00 AM        Exhibits and Break

10:00 – 11:30 AM       Workshop Session III

1. Integrating Community Mental Health Providers into a Collaborative,
Coordinated System: Case Study and Critical Issues (PBS)
Interest in school-based mental health is at an all-time high, as is interest in PBIS. These
services often lack the coordination that would make them most effective, and can be
powerful when provided in tandem. A model for services and collaboration will be
presented, with case examples and critical issues.
Mary Kaye Polak, PsyD, The Guidance Center, Franklin, TN
Teresa Martin, MS, Safe Schools Healthy Students Program, Franklin, TN

2. Successful Collaborative Strategies in Serving Students Who Have Psychiatric
Disorders (ED)
This presentation outlines and illustrates successful methods of establishing collaborative
relationships and interagency agreements. How to develop successful collaboration
strategies with County Social Services, Juvenile Corrections and Public Health systems,
and with health plans, mental health and medical providers that result in improved
educational outcomes and reduced school district expenditures for students who have
psychiatric disorders will be discussed.
William Dikel, MD, Independent Consulting Child Psychiatrist, Minneapolis, MN

3. Creative Approaches in Fostering a Supportive Environment for Students with
Psychosocial and Mental Health Problems in Urban Schools (PBS)
Challenges in creating a positive and supportive environment for students will be
presented along with, creative strategies in fostering positive changes and decreasing
resistance. An approach based on trauma healing is used in conjunction with Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy to address the parallel process experienced by students and staff in a
school setting.
Kim Meredith, LCSW, Norma Kisaiti, MA, Ileana Helwig, MS, and Tasnim Sulaiman,
MSEd, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Philadelphia, PA

4. Child and Family Teams from the Family’s Perspectives: A Cross System
Curriculum (FP)
This workshop will focus on the development, implementation and sustainability of a
cross-agency System of Care curriculum on Child and Family Teams – a family-driven
wraparound meeting for service planning and support. This experiential curriculum was
written from the family’s perspective and is used in many child serving agencies and
specifically in school-based mental health initiatives.
Diann Irwin, MAT, MEd, Department of Public Instruction
Susan Robinson, MA, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Libby Jones, Families United, Raleigh, NC

5. School-Based Continuum of Care for Students and Families (YD)
Learn how one agency offers a school-based continuum of care, ranging from early
prevention to intensive individual and family therapy. Find out how they partner with
schools using capacity building practices, promoting nurturing home and school
environments through programs such as PIP, Teacher training, Family Resource centers,
and family conferencing.
Ruth Gammon, PhD, LCSW, David Mulig, MA, and Jenny McTackett, MSW, Edgewood
Center for Children and Families, San Francisco, CA

6. Inconspicuous Partners: Bullying and Suicide (MHE)
To some victims of bullying, suicide is the only foreseeable relief of emotional, physical
and social torment. Participants of this presentation will learn that bullying and suicide
share an indelible link; they will learn a method of assessment and specific interventions
to implement in various levels of ecology.
Susan Smith, MEd, and Butch Losey, MA, Child Focus, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

7. Minnesota’s School-Based Children’s Mental Health Training Initiative (MHE)
This workshop will provide participants with knowledge, skills and tools for providing
professional development on children’s mental health. Specifically, Understanding
Children’s Mental Health Issues and the Impact on Learning and Everyday Functioning
is a professional development program for educators, parents, and interagency partners.
Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, MA, Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville, MN
Charlene Myklebust, PsyD, Intermediate School District #28, Plymouth, MN
Sally Baas, EdS, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Daria Paul Dona, PhD, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN

8. Community Collaboration to Prevent School Dropout (JJD)
School dropout prevention is not possible without the assessment of community needs
and resources and collaboration among stakeholders. This session will review the
Partnership for Success planning model selected by a rural Appalachian community. As a
result of this process, increasing school success and decreasing substance abuse by youth
were identified as priorities by the community. A review of the implementation activities
for two evidence based dropout prevention programs (Reconnecting Youth and Check
and Connect) at the local high school will be examined. Evaluation outcomes, program
sustainability, and future plans will be discussed. Time for participants to share their
collaboration experiences and other programs/activities related to dropout prevention will
be provided.
Nina Andrews, MS, Logan Hocking Schools, Logan, OH

9. Continuous Quality Improvement- Is It Working? Strategies to Ensure Program
Effectiveness in a School-Based Mental Health Program (EBP)
This workshop will identify core indicators used to evaluate the effectiveness of a
School-Based Mental Health program. Strategies will be presented in order to assess a
program’s effectiveness based upon program goals, staff and key stakeholders feedback
including school leaders, city officials, school leaders and students and their families.
Barbara Parks, LICSW and Ana Maria Garcia-Fernandez, PsyD, Department of Mental
Health, Washington, DC

10. Part 1: Building School Mental Health Capacity of State and Local Education
This workshop will describe NASBHC’s national initiative to build capacity among State
and Local Education agencies in building effective school mental health policy and
practice. Participants will receive information and resources related to school-based
mental health capacity building efforts and best practices at the national, state, and local
Laura Hurwitz, LCSW, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, Washington,
Sharon Stephan, PhD, Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School
of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, MD

Part II: State-Pull or Local Push? How do we Best Build School Mental Health
Capacity within a State?
This interactive workshop is intended to provide participants with a format for discussing
capacity-building and the associated implications for the following: integration of state
systems (health, mental health, education, etc.); policy and legislation; funding;
meaningful family and youth participation; fidelity of initiative implementation; quality
and accountability; state and local communities of practice; and sustainability. Teams of
same-state partners are especially encouraged to attend.
Jim Koller, PhD, Karen Weston, PhD, and Ed Morris, PhD, Center for Advancement of
Mental Health Practices in Schools – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Judy Baker, MEd, State of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Bruce Horwitz, PhD, Burrell Health, Columbia, MO

11:30 – 11:45 PM       Exhibits and Break

11:45 -1:30 PM         Luncheon, Awards, and Plenary Presentation

Juanita Evans Memorial Award for Contributions in School Mental Health
This annual award is given to an individual who has significantly impacted the
advancement of school mental health policy, research, and/or practice.
Presenter: Mark Weist, PhD, Director, Center for School Mental Health, University of
Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, MD

The SAMHSA Administrator’s Award
This annual award is given to the nominee who best exemplifies Goal 4, Objective 2 of
the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report, “Improve and
expand school mental health programs.” This annual award acknowledges the work of an
outstanding school based program that advances mental health programs in schools and
promotes mental health.
Presenter: Patrick Weld, MSW, MPA, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.

Plenary Presentation: Implementation Science and School Mental Health
Presenters: Karen A. Blasé, PhD and Dean L. Fixsen, PhD, Co-Directors, National
Implementation Research Network, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute,
University of South Florida.

National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health Update

1:30 - 1:45 PM         Exhibits and Break

1:45 – 2:45 PM         Paper Session III

1. Organizational Relationships Between School Health Services and Public
School Systems (ED)
This talk will present research that used organizational theory to explore the relationship
between school health and mental health services and public school systems. Discussion

will focus on a theoretical framework that can inform the development of effective
systems for integrating mental health services into school systems and communities.
Esther Seibold, DNSc, CPNP, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA

2. 5Rs: Implementing a Community Wide Positive Behavioral Support System
Framed by three basic theoretical perspectives: communities of practice, positive
behavioral interventions and supports, and school-family community relationships, the
Castle Complex of schools and their Windward Oahu community united to provide a
system of positive behavior supports and interventions, known as the 5Rs Project. This
presentation will highlight its key components.
Nathan French, MSW, Rylan Yee, MS, and Steve Shiraki, PhD, Department of Education,
State of Hawaii, Kaneohe, HI

3. Welcome to Reality! How You Can Evaluate Your Program Even If It’s An
Evaluator’s Nightmare (EBP)
This presentation will address the evaluation of a school-based sexual harassment and
assault prevention program in less than perfect conditions. Most evaluation scenarios
occur within a set of perfect circumstances, this presentation will explore how to still
conduct an evaluation even if the program parameters prove challenging.
Joyce Dantzler, MS, Center for Health Promotion, Education and Tobacco Use
Prevention, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD
Brian Griffith, MEd, Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD
Yaphet Bryant, PhD, Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of
Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, MD

4. Enhancing School Mental Health Training: A Model of Recruitment and
Ongoing Support for Graduate Trainees (MHE)
The University of Maryland School Mental Health Program offers its graduate trainees
professional development opportunities throughout the year to enhance their clinical
skills. Trainees are provided training and group supervision experiences that offer
support, feedback, and exposure to basic clinical skills. This session will share the
agendas, handouts, and facilitation strategies for these seminars.
David Agger, MSW, Tom Sloane, MS, & Ellen Rosen, MSW, University of Maryland
School Mental Health Program, Baltimore, MD

5. Integrating Mental Health and Education: Breaking Down the Barriers (LL)
The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative has allowed Burrell Behavioral Health and
Springfield Public Schools to form a collaborative partnership to bring mental health
services into seventeen different school environments. The presentation will include the
collaborative process, evaluation data and our sustainability plan.
Susan Henderson, MS and Cheryl Johnson, MS, Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield,

6. When it Works, Why Does It Work? An Appreciative Inquiry into Successful
Family/School/Agency Partnerships (FP)
Through a study and analysis of effective collaboration between families, schools, and
agencies, the circumstances and behaviors that set the stage for success will be discussed.
Through a review of the “Families and Schools Together” project, we will identify
aspects that lead to sustainability.
Michael Paget, MEd, South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC
Katherine Pierson, MPA, South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, Columbia, SC
Diane Flashnick, AA, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of South
Carolina, Columbia, SC
Elizabeth Freeman, MSW, LISW, LMSW, South Carolina Department of Mental Health,
Columbia, SC

7. Building Bridges that Save Children: Connecting Educators, School
Administrators, and Mental Health Professionals (MHE)
Presenters will identify key facilitators and barriers to the integration of mental health
services in educational settings and share successful strategies for harnessing facilitators
and overcoming barriers.
John Shields, PhD, MSW, ETR Associates, Scotts Valley, CA

8. Targeted and Intensive Interventions at the High School Level (JJD)
This session will focus on the experiences of a large high school in implementing a PBIS
model, with an emphasis on secondary and intensive service provision to the most at risk
youth, including stories of youth using person-centered, school-to-career services.
JoAnne Malloy, MSW, and Maria Agorastou, MS, Institute on Disability/University of
New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
Kathleen Abate, MS, and Jonathan Drake, MSW, Alliance for Community Supports,
Manchester, NH

9. Multisystemic Therapy and Safe Schools Healthy Students (EBP)
Multisystemic Therapy is an intensive family and community-based treatment developed
to address multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavioral in juvenile offenders.
We will review three years of outcome data on youth referred to an MST program
operating as part of a Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative in Northeast Ohio.
Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD, Center for Innovative Practices/Case Medical School,
Cleveland Heights, OH
David Hussey, PhD, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Dolly Davis, MNO, Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Cleveland Heights/University
Heights City School District, University Heights, OH

10. Spirituality and Children's Mental Health
Spirituality may be expressed as experiencing the presence of a power, force or energy
that transcends individuals to better mental health. Two veteran school mental health
providers will discuss their own spiritual journeys and its impact on their work.
Jenni Jennings, MA, Glen Pearson, MD, Independent Consultants, Dallas, TX

2:45 – 3:00 PM         Exhibits and Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM         Paper Session IV

1. Playback Theatre Project: Service, Learning and the Experience of Possibility
Playback Theatre, a service-learning project, explores the potential of service and
learning to be a site of identity construction, deconstruction and reconstruction (Butin,
2003). Participants will learn the four methods of enactment and dramatic engagement
exercises, and outcomes of the project involving the integration of middle school and
university students.
Linda Park-Fuller, PhD, Hugh Downs School of Communications, Arizona State
University, Temple, AZ
Anne Marie Cardinal, MSW, LCSW, Medical Professional Associates of Arizona,
Phoenix, AZ

2. No Adult Left Behind: A Collaborative Approach to Implement a Continuum of
Interventions (PBS)
The phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child” is ubiquitous because there is truth to it. A
collaborative team approach is critical in implementing interventions for students with
mental health concerns. This presentation explores the team approach to utilizing positive
behavioral supports, and describes successful interventions that meet a spectrum of
student needs.
Karen Enyedy, PhD, Jason Bolten, PsyD, Phillip Levin, PhD and Amanda Bender, MA,
The Help Group, Sherman Oaks, CA

3. Current Epidemics: Students Under 21 (LL)
This session will provide information on the epidemics currently impacting students
under 21. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights
investigates complaints and enforces the civil rights of individuals discriminated while
receiving health services. Staff from OCR in Atlanta, GA will be presenting this content.
Cherrie Couch, MS, and Estruleder Anitra, MEd, JD, U.S. Department of Health &
Human Services, Atlanta, GA

4. Collective Parent Involvement: Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Under-
Represented Parents (FP)
Involving ethnically diverse parents in schooling continues to challenge educators and
social service providers alike. This presentation will discuss results from a study that
examined the sustained involvement of parents in a vulnerable elementary school.
Implications for social capital development and collective involvement will be discussed
using practice-based examples.
Tania Alameda-Lawson, PhD, California State University-Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
Michael Lawson, MS, Community Schools Solutions of California, Sacramento, CA

5. School Mental Health for Students in Special Education (YD)
This presentation will describe the collaborative efforts of a school-based mental health
program that was specifically designed to support students who were at risk for being

referred for restrictive placements. Data on outcomes, including suspension rates and
service delivery effectiveness will be provided.
Dana Cunningham, PhD, Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, MD
Nichole Hobbs, MS, Prince Georges County Public School System, Adelphi, MD

6. Creating a Healing Society: The Impact of Human Emotional Pain and
Trauma (MHE)
The pioneering Creating a Healing Society program explores the significance of
unresolved human emotional trauma as a major underlying cause of the most serious
problems facing our society (and our educational system) today.
Susan Lawrence, MD, and David Mashore, The Catalyst Foundation, Lancaster, CA

7. The Effectiveness of a Solution-Focused, Public Alternative School for Dropout
Prevention and Retrieval (JJD)
This presentation will discuss a promising research based program in preventing at-risk
youth from dropping out of high school. Results from a quasi-experimental study using a
school based solution-focused intervention will be presented. In addition, intervention
strategies and solution-focused program components will also be discussed.
Johnny Kim, PhD, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Cynthia Franklin, PhD, Cal Streeter, PhD, and Stephen Tripodi, MSSW, University of
Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

8. Using the Process: Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in School
Improvement (EBP)
Classroom teachers, school administrators, and community stakeholders are key players
in supporting the promotion of mental health in schools. This workshop will include a
review of an ASCD school improvement tool that uses a coordinated approach to school
health to increase understanding and support for classroom and school-level mental
health promotion strategies.
David Lohrmann, PhD, CHES, FASHA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Theresa Lewallen, MA, CHES, Association for Supervision and Curriculum
Development, Alexandria, VA

9. Dinosaur School: A Small Group Therapy Intervention for 4-8 Year Olds (EBP)
Dinosaur School, part of the Incredible Years curriculum developed by Dr. Carolyn
Webster-Stratton, is an evidenced based small group therapy program for children, ages
4-8, with significant behavioral issues. The focus is on positive behavioral intervention in
a play therapy format. The focus is on positive behavioral intervention in a play therapy
format. Engaging child-sized puppets assist in delivering interactive lessons.
Alicia Rodriguez, MA, Linda Wiskerchen, MSW, and Melissa Shaw, MA, Medical
Professional Associates of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

10. Providing Mental Health Information to Parents (FP)
Informing parents about mental health issues and places to turn when there is a problem
is an issue faced nationwide. This presentation will describe the development and

distribution of a parent’s guide to children’s mental health services in South Dakota.
Gregory Boris, EdD, and Susan Randall, PhD, South Dakota Voices for Children, Sioux
Falls, SD

4:00 -4:15 PM         Exhibits and Break

4:15 – 5:45 PM        Workshop Session IV

1. Maryland’s Efforts to Integrate Behavioral and Mental Health Interventions
We present Maryland’s efforts to: (1) coordinate state-wide school based interventions,
(2) integrate PBIS and school-based mental health, (3) integrate initiatives across local
school systems, and (4) use corrective actions to create an integrated set of services.
Phillip Leaf, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Susan Barnett, MS, Sheppard Pratt Health System, Towson, MD
Andrea Alexander, MS, Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD
April Lewis, MS, Office of Drug Abuse and Violence Preventions, Baltimore, MD

2. Joining Forces: The Power of Community Coalitions (LL)
This workshop outlines how a rural community initiated a multi-faceted approach to
build an effective and comprehensive system for providing mental health services for
students, including interagency coalitions, community coalition, mental health awareness
campaigns, educational initiatives, training, improving service delivery systems, and
doing so with the help of all stakeholders.
Tim Roling, MEd, EdSp, and Kelley Speaker, MEd, EdSp, Moberly Public Schools,
Moberly, MO

3. Building Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Schools, Communities and Universities
Working Together (LL)
Real-life examples illustrate the benefits and barriers to building and sustaining
interdisciplinary collaboration between schools, communities, and universities.
Information presented will include principles of effective partnerships and lessons
learned from engaging in cross-systems collaboration. Participants will have the
opportunity to identify ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration can work for them.
Jennifer Elfstrom, MA, Paul Flaspohler, PhD, Raven E. Cuellar, BS, & Melissa
Maras, MA Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs, Miami University,
Oxford, OH
Julie Owens, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH

4. Promoting Behavioral Health and Student Success: Alternate Discipline,
Student to Student Support and Specialized Programs (YD)
This workshop will discuss the creative programming used in a public school/behavioral
health agency collaboration to enhance the array of service intervention for at-risk and
identified youth within the district. Emphasis will be on specialized programming,
student to student supports, and alternative discipline.
Joan Blackburn, MSSA, and Kathleen Durkin, MSSA, Beech Brook, Pepper Pike, OH

5. Vermont’s Shared Agenda: From Relationships to Competencies for Early
Childhood and Family Mental Health (MHE)
Participants will explore issues of personnel development in early childhood and family
mental health. The history and current status of the project will be summarized.
Competencies in six domains covering four levels will be shared. A planning process for
competency assessment and integration will conclude the session.
Karen Mikkelsen, MEd, Northeast Regional Resource Center, Learning Innovations at
WestEd, Williston, VT

6. The Maryland Mental Health Collaborative Workforce Initiative (MHE)
Through a collaborative effort, Maryland has been working to assure qualified
professionals and paraprofessionals are available to serve children with mental health
needs and their families. This presentation includes data, recruitment and retention
strategies, and Maryland’s final set of field tested core competencies for mental health
pre-service and in-service training.
Vira Froehlinger, PhD, Rosemary Johnston, and Carol Ann Baglin, PhD, Maryland State
Department of Education, Baltimore, MD
Joyce Pollard, LSCW, MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD

7. Dropout Prevention Strategies: A Multitude of Possibilities (JJD)
This workshop will describe various support structures for dropout reduction and student
support. It does take a village to achieve a low dropout level for your high school.
Through many programs and highly enthusiastic instructor and parents, it can be done.
Panelists will discuss these various support structures.
Jean Anderson, BS, MA, Gene McCluskey, BS, MA, and Patty Gass, BS, MLS, Moberly
Public Schools, Moberly, OH

8. School-Based Treatment for High School Students with ADHD (EBP)
We will present school based treatment procedures for high school aged youth with
ADHD that constitute an early state of treatment development. We will share this
information with participants and facilitate discussion about revising and adding to these
procedures prior to initiating a small randomized clinical trial.
Steven Evans, PhD, Zewelanji Serpell, PhD, and Jessica Dudley, MA, James Madison
University, Harrisonburg, VA

9. A Development Model of Evidenced-Based Practices in Sandusky City
Schools (EBP)
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of successful implementation
of multiple Evidenced Based Practices as a part of Sandusky Safe Schools Healthy
Students Initiative. This EBP’s include a full complement of family strengthening
programs, ATOD prevention, and others that reflect the developmental path of children
and families.
Marlene Boas, PhD, Sandusky City Safe Schools Health Students, Sandusky, OH
David Miller, PhD, MSW, MPH, DMB and Associates, South Euclid, OH

10. Guiding Schools Towards Interdisciplinary Collaboration for School
Mental Health
Safe Schools/ Healthy Students has impacted the ways schools and communities
collaborate to provide mental health services. Participants will be introduced to a User
Guide to Implementing School Mental Health which describes practical SS/HS
approaches for information sharing, settling turf issues, funding mechanisms, setting
roles/responsibilities and creating a common language.
Deborah Haber, MA, Cheryl Vince Whitman, MBA, and Christine Blaber, MEd,
Education Development Center, Newton, MA

5:45 – 7:45 PM        Poster Session and Networking Reception

                   The Networking Reception is co-sponsored by the
                  Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Florida


5 Star Day Treatment- Utilizing Positive Behavioral Supports in a Therapeutic
Christopher Fish, BA and Nannete Cooper, MSW, Central Susquehanna Intermediate
Unit, Sunbury, PA

A Community Campaign to Reduce Stigma, Increase Awareness, and Advocate
Policy Change
Tim Roling, MED, EdSp, and Kelley Speakar, MED, EdSp, Moberly Public Schools,
Moberly, MO

A Global Approach to Assessment, Interventions, and Educational Planning for
ADHD with the Consideration of Other Co-morbid Disorders
Patricia Post, PsyD, MEd, MA, Lebanon, PA
Gregory Anderson, PhD, X-TRIA Corp, Middletown, MD

A Qualitative Examination of School Psychologists’ Provision of School-Based
Mental Health Services: Implication for Training
Shannon Suldo, PhD and Allison Friedrich, MA, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

An Evaluation of the Efficacy, Application and Feedback of an Online Mental
Health Degree Program from Program Graduates
Andrew Selders, BA and Christine Pate, MEd, Center for Advancement of Mental Health
Practices in Schools (CAMHPS), Columbia, MO

Are We Practicing What We Preach? Challenges to Using Data in Decision Making
Rochelle Fritz, BS, Angela Ledgerwood, BA, Karin Vanderzee, BA, Holli Sink, BA,
Jennifer Elfstrom, MA, and Paul Flaspohler, PhD Miami University, Oxford, OH

Challenges to Implementation of an Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention Program in
an Urban School Setting
Melanie Brown, MPH, MA, Government of District Columbia Department of Mental
Health, Washington, DC

Coping Skills and School-Based Suicide Prevention
Laura Lewis, LMSW, ACSW, City of Towanda Schools, Tonawanda, NY

Creating State and Local Strategic Plans for School-Based Mental Health Services
Diann Irwin, BA, MAT, MED, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh,
Susan Robinson, MA, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Mental
Health, Raleigh, NC
Libby Jones, Families United, Raleigh, NC
Keith Letchworth, MA, Eastern Alliance for Health Education, Raleigh, NC
Billie Guthrie, Chatham County, NC
Sheryl Ewing, New Hanover County, NC

Defending Against Bullying: The Motivation and Confidence to Take a Stand
Holli Sink, BA, Paul Flaspohler, PhD, and Patricia Kerig, PhD, Miami University,
Oxford, OH

Developing a Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Program: Pouring the
Danielle Starkey, BS, Chris Buchanan, BS, and Jason Parkin, MA, University of
Missouri-Columbia , Center for Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools
(CAMHPS), Columbia, MO

Evaluating Evidence-Based Sexual Harassment and Bullying Prevention in Two
Maryland Schools
Yaphet Bryant, PhD, Mark Weist, PhD and Yolanda Simpson, PhD Center for School
Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry,
Baltimore, MD
Joyce Dantzler, MA, CHES, Sarah Martin, MPH, and Marie Mensa-Wood, MPH,
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD

Innovative Solution for Promoting Mental Health, Social, and Academic
Adjustment for New High School Students
Matt Havens, LCSW and Ken Kabonic, LCSW, Burrell Behavioral Health,
Springfield, MO

Learning the Language of the Littlest: Early School Adjustment & Primary Project:
50 Years of Wisdom
Deborah Johnson, MA, Children’s Institute, Rochester, NY

Not Your Ordinary Behavior Support System for Your Not So Ordinary Students:
A Relationship-Based Support System for Traumatized and Attachment Impaired
Kathy Clark, MS, LPE and Patricia Allison, MEd, LPC, Greenwood School District,
Greenwood, AR

Juvenile Offenders School Reentry: Is It Possible in a Developing Country Like
Abdulai Sulemana Sofo, Kwame Ansah, BEd, Philip Amegdze, BEd, Love Mawuli-
Woname, BEd, Janet Opam, MPhil, and Banafo Patrick, BDd, School Social Work
Association of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Opening the Door: Early Resiliency Based Interventions That Work
James Cheek, EdD, LPC-S, NCC, NCSC, University of Houston- Clear Lake,
Houston, TX
Jim Polk, MA, Alief Independent School District, Houston, TX

Onsite Psychiatric Services at Urban School-Based Health Centers
Dawn Nero, PsyD and Maggie Groh, LCSW, Center for Community Health and
Education, Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and
Family Health, Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York,
Lorraine Tiezzi, MS, Center for Community Health and Education, Mailman School of
Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia
University, New York, NY
Sarabjit Singh, MD, Columbia University and Disruptive Disorders Clinic, New York
Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Parent Led Assistance Network (PLAN)
Michael Lawson, MS, Community School Solutions of California, Sacramento, CA

Prevention/Intervention Programs for Children with Disabilities
Julie Liu, MA and Meghan Sullivan, PsyD, District of Columbia Department of Mental
Health-School Mental Health Program, Washington, DC

Project Safe Passages at Granby Education Center
Elizabeth Freeman, LISW- CP/AP, LMSW and Melissa Craft, LISW-CP, LMSW, South
Carolina Department of Mental Health, Columbia, SC

Public versus Faith-Based School Programs for Prevention of Drug Use and
Enhancement of Social Skills Among Youth
Lindsay, Johannes, MS, Heather Alvarez, PhD, Erin Girio, MS, and Trevor Peterson, BS,
Ohio University Psychology Department, Athens, OH

Results of an Evidence-Based Literature Review on the Effect of Occupational
Therapy Intervention on Play, Education, Self-Care, and Social Participation for
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Occupational Therapy Division, School of
Allied Medical Professions, Powell, OH
Marian Scheinholtz, MS, OT/L, American Occupational Therapy Association, Bethesda,
Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, Arbes Ideas, Inc, Williamsville, NY

School Administrator's Opinions On Suicide Prevention Programs: A Qualitative
Jason Parkin, MA, Christina Pate, EdS, Andrew Selders, BA, and Jim Koller, PhD,
University of Missouri - Columbia , Center for Advancement of Mental Health Practices
in Schools (CAMHPS), Columbia, MO

School-Mental Health Integration: Enhancing Teachers' Abilities in Identification
and Referral of Children's Mental Health Needs
Tanya Bryant, BS, MSW Candidate, Jennifer Pitchford, MA, LCPC, Sylvia McCree-
Huntley, BSW, Sharon Stephan, PhD, and Nancy Lever, PhD, Center for School Mental
Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry,
Baltimore, MD

SchoolMentalHealth.Org: Let’s Get Practical
Aya Ghunney, BS, Tanya Bryant, BS, MSW Candidate, Mark McLaughlin, BA, and Nancy
Lever, PhD, Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of
Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, MD

Service-Learning as a Vehicle to Educate School-Based Mental Health Professionals
Felicia Wilczenski, EdD, University of Massachusetts Boston

Share and Care Program
Suzanne Silverstein, MA, ATR, Psychological Trauma Center, Los Angeles, CA

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in Schools: A 360-Degree View of SFBT
Research and Practice
Michael Kelly, PhD, LCSW, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work,
Chicago, IL
Johnny Kim, PhD, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Students’ School Connectedness and Social Support: Links to Bullying and
Universal Prevention
Jennifer Elfstrom, MA and Paul Flaspohler, PhD, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Targeted Intervention Programs for K-8 At-Risk Students: A Case Study
Ray Burke, PhD and Scott Hartman, MS Girls and Boys Town, Boys Town, NE
MaryBeth DelGaudio, BS, Geoffrey Brayton, BS, Aida Lopez, BS, and
Theresa Chawner, BS, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT

Teacher Acceptance of Multiculturalism and Diversity Within the Classroom:
Associated Demographic Characteristics and School Climate Factors
Jessica Grayson, MS and Heather Alvarez, PhD, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Tools for Success: Juvenile Justice Toolkit
Judith Storandt, JD, PhD, National Disabilities Rights Network, Washington, DC

Van Buren County, Arkansas: School-Based Mental Health Program Evaluation
Joan Simon, PhD, LP, NCSP, University of Central Arkansas and Van Buren County
School-Based Mental Health Program, Conway, AR
Ruth Fissel, LCSW, Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit,
Little Rock, AR
Deborah Swink, MSE, Van Buren County Public Schools, Clinton, AR

                        Saturday, October 27, 2007

  All Participants and Speakers must check in each day at the Registration Desk.

7:00 - 8:00 AM        Registration for Intensive Training Participants

8:00 - 12:00 PM       Intensive Training

A. Practical Adventure-Based Counseling Techniques (YIL)
This interactive session consists of a variety of Adventure-Based activities to captivate
students and/or faculty in a group setting through innovative and thought provoking
activities. Topics addressed through these activities include communication, teamwork,
problem solving, coping skills, etc. This session will provide metaphors and practical
applications for teachers, counselors, and administrators.
Angela Donn, MSW, Universal Counseling Services, Baltimore, MD
Jeffrey Mendel, BS, Board of Child Care, Baltimore, MD

B. The Critical Roles of State Agency Leadership and Local Community
Partnerships in Improving Youth Outcomes (ED)
The NH Departments of Education and Health Human Services are committed to
increasing capacity to appropriately serve all youth and to improve student access to
quality mental health services. A state and community level focus on tertiary supports in
PBIS schools links state goals with improved student outcomes.
Debra Grabill, BA, MEd, CAGS, and Virginia O’Brien Irwin, BA, Med, NH Department
of Education, Concord, NH
Joe Perry, BA, MSW, NH Department of Health and Human Services, Concord, NH
Eric Mann, BA, MSW, LCSW, NH Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and
Supports, Bedford, NH

C. Using Classroom Meetings to Promote Learning and Cooperation (PBS)
Studies indicate that classroom meetings prove beneficial to students by enhancing
interpersonal, problem-solving, and decision making skills. Using classroom meetings
can assist both regular education students and exceptional education students in gaining
valuable communication and social skills. The information presented in this workshop
will provide teachers with the basic techniques of initiating and conducting classroom
meetings through demonstration, examples, and video.
Amanda Keating, MA, University of South Florida, Division of Applied Research and
Educational Support, Tampa, FL
Matthew Welch, MA, Bishop-Eton School, Tampa, FL

D. Part I: Engaging Families in the Education of Neglected and Delinquent Youth
in Residential Care (FP)
Successful outcomes for youth placed in the juvenile justice and neglect systems can be
affected by the level of family involvement in their treatment and education. This

workshop session will address the question, “How do administrators, teachers, families,
and students overcome the major barriers to family involvement in these systems?”
Trina Osher, MA, Huff Osher Consulting, Inc., Takoma Park, MD
Joyce Burrell, PhD, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

Part II: ACT: Parents Raising Safe Children (FP)
Adults and Children Together (ACT) against violence is a national violence prevention
initiative that targets adults in the lives of children. This workshop will provide an
overview of ACT and an eight week parenting program that focuses on Raising Safe
Children. Outcome data from replicated projects will be reviewed.
Angela Sanders, PhD, Counseling Consultants, Marion, AR

E. The Impact of Emotional Intelligence on the Educational Success of Children
With a Trauma History (YD)
Emotional Intelligence (EI) has gained considerable attention in the last decade. The
impact of childhood trauma on educational performance has also risen as a primary issue.
In reviewing the impact of childhood trauma on functioning, it appears as though it
significantly impacts the development of emotional intelligence. This presentation will
provide methods for assessing emotional intelligence and childhood trauma, integrating
these concepts and providing low cost, easy to implement prevention and intervention
strategies that will use emotional intelligence to promote post traumatic growth.
Robert Hull, MA Ed, EdS, MHS, and Eric Rossen, PhD, Prince Georges County Public
School System, Prince Georges, MD
Karen J. Weston, PhD, Center for Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools –
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

F. Part I: Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disability: Enhancing the
School Experience Through Collaboration Among Clinicians, Educators, Court
Staff, and Families (YD)
The complex issues of students with AS and NLD can make school challenging. An
overview of key neurological, behavioral, and related social issues sets the stage for
clinical and educational interventions. Strategies for direct work with students and
educating, training, and supporting the family and school staff will be discussed.
Terry Landon, LICSW, Wediko Children’s Services, Boston, MA

Part II: Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Develop Optimal Programs Promoting
Social Competence for Children and Youth with Asperger’s (YD)
Children and youth with Asperger’s Syndrome face challenges to healthy social
emotional development due to the failure to develop competency with social participation
skills. This presentation provides a form to discuss and plan for optimal programs for
these children and youth that incorporate a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.
Lisa Crabtree, MS, OTR/L, Towson State University, Towson, MD

G. Preventing Depression: A Toolkit for Schools (MHE)
This training and the manual provided enable participants to implement depression
prevention for students in grades 7-12, with existing school resources. Prevention is
defined as a process of increasing awareness, resilience, and coping skills; also, to

promote early recognition and intervention in order to prevent crises from occurring.
Nadja Reilly, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Robert Anthony, MBA, Adolescent Wellness, Inc., Wellesley, MA

H. Do YOUR Services Work in Schools? Introduction to Evaluation for Service
Providers (EBP)
This workshop will provide participants with background knowledge of four major
components of outcome evaluation: (a) design, sampling, measurement, and data
analysis; (b) information on how to carry out a credible evaluation of services (or critique
existing evaluations); and (c) strategies for overcoming common challenges to outcome
evaluation in practice settings.
Natasha Bowen, PhD, MSW, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Steven Kosser, MS, Institute for Behavioral Change, Coatesville, PA

I. Creating and Sustaining an Evidence-Based School Mental Health Program in
Your School District (EBP)
Learn how to implement a school-based mental health program that is research/quality
focused and self-sustainable. This presentation will share the process of building the vital
infrastructure and support necessary to sustain and maintain your school based mental
health program. Based on the Talbot County Public School Model (Maryland)
Rob Schmidt, MA, LCPC, NCC, Talbot County Public Schools, Easton, MD
Kathy Seifert, PhD, DABPS, DAC, Eastern Shore Psychological Services, Salisbury, MD

J. Facing Youth Substance Abuse and the Meth Epidemic in our Schools
This interactive presentation explores the epidemiology, commonly used substances,
typical clinical features, and risk factors for substance use, abuse, dependence, and
related problems in youth. Coexisting psychiatric disorders and eventual adverse
consequences are considered. Assessment, treatment, and prevention strategies are
described. Additionally, specific issues about the methamphetamine epidemic are further
Dan Rifkin, MD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM


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