Comprehensive School Mental Health Academy

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Overview: Meeting the rising mental health needs of school communities is an increasing challenge for education leaders. The Comprehensive School Mental Health Academy is designed to grow capacity in Wisconsin’s School Mental Health Framework and engage in continuous quality improvement.

: The overall goal is to assess the quality of your school mental health system components and use improvement cycles to make effective changes. This academy will equip leaders with easy-to-access resources, tools, and application examples so that relevant, local action can be thoughtfully implemented and monitored.

: Local implementation teams will be expected to complete the School Mental Health Quality Assessment (SMH-QA) and engage in ongoing Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles throughout the academy.

If you are interested in improving mental health systems in your school community, then consider participating in the Comprehensive School Mental Health Academy. Please see the link for more Academy details and expectations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop foundational knowledge in components of the Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework: Building and Sustaining a Comprehensive System.

  2. Learn how to engage in mental health system assessment and implement continuous improvement cycles.

  3. Leverage systems work to improve outcomes in existing mental health programming.

Leading Objectives

  1. Develop a shared vision for mental health and effectively communicate this to all stakeholders.

  2. Conduct a mental health system needs assessment and identify gaps and entry points for improvement.

  3. Develop a shared plan for implementing a comprehensive school mental health system.

  4. Confidently select and implement tools available for systems improvement.


This academy is designed for district-level teams of 6-10 staff (10 member maximum), with commitment from one school in the district that will carry out monthly improvement cycles. Teams must include a district-level director (student services, special education), an administrator of the participating school, and pupil services staff. Teams could also include the district administrator, teachers, and other district-level leaders, and community mental health partners. Please note that this academy may be limited to the first eighteen teams registered. 

Virtual Coaching Support:

In addition to the three, full-day, in-person sessions, academy participants will also receive ongoing coaching and support through the following virtual learning sessions, which will also be recorded for ease of access:

  • September 12, 2023 (1:00 - 2:00 PM)
  • November 21, 2023 (1:00 - 2:00 PM)
  • December 19, 2023 (1:00 - 2:00 PM)
  • January 16, 2024 (1:00-2:00 PM)
  • February 20, 2024 (1:00-2:00 PM)
  • March 19, 2024 (1:00 - 2:00 PM)
  • May 21, 2024 (1:00 - 2:00 PM)

Cost and Registration:

  • $455 for WCASS and/or AWSA Members
  • $605 for Non-Members

Academy Facilitators:

Members of the DPI School Mental Health Team with coordination support from Gail Anderson (WCASS) and Joe Schroeder (AWSA).

In-Person Dates and Location:

October 16-17, 2023
Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Road, WI Dells
Block expires on: 9/15/23
Leader #999963
April 16, 2024
Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Road, WI Dells
Block expires on: 3/16/24
Leader #991214

Other Information:

Event cancellation or Postponement
AWSA reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other acts of God. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the reschedule event dates. In the unlikely event of cancellation of an event, including inclement weather, the liability of AWSA is limited to the return of paid registration fees minus actual expenses. Cancellations of travel reservations and hotel reservations made directly with the hotel are the responsibility of the attendee.

Academy Cancellation Policy
A full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 3 calendar days prior to the start of the academy. Following that date, there will be no refund of fees. *

Dietary Disclaimer
AWSA makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and basic food allergies. AWSA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at an AWSA event.

For questions about accessibility or to request special assistance during the event, please contact Kathy Gilbertson at [email protected]. Three weeks advance notice is required to allow us to provide seamless access. If you need to cancel the special request this must be done at least 3 working days prior to the start of the event. See registration cancellation policy on the event’s web page for how to cancel your conference registration.

*Refund fees retained by AWSA pay for your food guarantees, a/v equipment, meeting room rental and any hotel attritions caused by the cancellation.

Questions? For questions on registration, payment, or general information please call the AWSA offices at 608-241-0300.