Mental Health and Resilience Webinar Series Responding to Your Prioritized Needs

For years, our members have repeatedly told us that learning how to meet the increasing mental health needs of students, staff, and community is a -- if not the -- key leadership priority.  And the unique challenges of this year’s reopening has only elevated the need.  To this end, AWSA is working in partnership with DPI to offer this series of workshops, which are designed to grow the capacity of school leaders to build resilience and mental health supports in the communities where they live and serve. 

Each webinar in the series is provided at no cost and will be recorded.  Please RSVP for any webinar of interest by clicking on the relevant session links below.

Session 1:  New Mental Health Resources from ESSER Funding

Tuesday, September 29, 1:00 - 1:30 PM | Watch the Recording Here
Description:  This session will provide an update on new mental health resources developed through ESSER set-aside funds.  Participants will learn what the new free resources are, when they will be available, and how they can be accessed. 
Presenters:  Beth Herman, Julie Incitti, Liz Krubsack (DPI)


Session 2: Building a Compassionate Staff Culture 

Monday, Oct. 12, 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Watch the Recording Here
Description: Now, more than ever, educators may be feeling burnout and compassion fatigue.  However, with the current challenges comes an opportunity for administrators to lead the work of building a compassionate school culture.  This includes strengthening individual resilience skills through important conversations about the role of expectations, boundaries, and self-care strategies, while also examining the aspects of the work environment that drive staff fatigue.  In this session, participants will explore three strategies that administrators can use to advance compassion resilience and refocus themselves and their staff on the sense of purpose that drew them to the profession.
Presenters:  Liz Krubsack, MS, LPC,  Molly Herrmann(DPI)


Session 3:  Strategies to Review School Policies & Practices Through a Trauma-Sensitive Lens

Thursday, Nov. 12, 1:00 - 2:30 PM | Register Here

Description: Anxiety is increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 30 % of Americans saying the crisis is having a “serious impact” on their mental health, according to the American Psychiatric Association.  To counter the negative psychological effects of the pandemic, schools can ensure policies and practices are trauma-sensitive to avoid re-traumatization.  Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic in differing ways and effective trauma-sensitive practices add to support for all school-community members, allowing each person to feel safe and able to perform at a higher level.  This session will focus on how to improve your system by using theReview Tool for School Policies, Protocols, Procedures & Documents:  Examination Using a Trauma-Sensitive School Lens from The TSS online learning series.  Real examples of how to do the work will be shared, so that you feel ready to implement this tool in your setting.

Presenter:  Julie Incitti, MSW, CAPSW (DPI)


Session 4: Recognize, Report, and Respond: Conducting a Systematic Bullying Investigation

Tuesday, December 8, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Register Here
Description: All 50 states and Washington D.C. have enacted legislation related to bullying and bully prevention. Unfortunately, these legislative efforts do not provide direction for conducting investigations or implementing bully prevention programming at the state, district, or school level. The foundation for any school- or district-wide bully prevention plan is the investigative process. This session will include three components. First, participants will learn how to recognize bullying, and differentiate it from other forms of peer aggression. Second, this session will provide examples of different reporting protocols that can be used by students, teachers, and parents. Finally, this session will outline an investigative protocol, where participants will be provided with a framework for conducting investigations and responding to reported bullying incidents.
Presenter: Dr. Chad Rose, Ph.D. Director, University of Missouri Bully Prevention Lab


Session 5: Strengthening Adult SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

Thursday, Jan. 7, 1:00 - 2:30 PM | Register Here
Description:  Strengthening adult SEL requires attention to staff learning, collaborating, and modeling.  In this session, participants will learn how these three actions build and strengthen adult social and emotional learning and why this is so important.  Three takeaway strategies will be shared, providing participants with immediate actions they can take to build and support adult SEL. 
Presenter:  Beth Herman (DPI)