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Summer Academy Session Descriptions

Tuesday August 23, 2022

Mental Health Education Law: Understanding, Accountability, and Implementation (CTLE)
This session will provide an overview of the requirements of the NYS Education Law mandating that all K-12 students receive mental health education as part of their health instruction. We will review current findings of success, discuss how to close gaps in implementation, and share best practices.

Mental Health Curriculum Evaluation (CTLE)
We will walk through the current mental health education curriculum and instruction being implemented in schools and begin to discuss and evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction. Using an assessment tool, participants will evaluate their curriculum and develop a plan for expanding instruction in age- and developmentally-appropriate ways.

Taking Care of Yourself is No Longer Optional
For the past two years schools and communities have become increasingly aware of the importance of addressing and supporting the mental health needs of students. What often gets overlooked is the emotional and physical toll experienced by those in educational leadership and administration. In this session you will explore strategies that are designed to help foster resilience, self-compassion and good mental health habits.

Wednesday August 24, 2022

Beyond “Wellness Wednesdays”: Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of School Staff (CTLE)
School administrators are not only responsible for the mental health education of students, but also for the mental health and wellness of their staff. This session will focus on supporting teachers and staff, and we will address changes that can be implemented to enhance the climate and culture of your school.

Exploring Community Partnerships and School-Based Clinics
This panel discussion will feature representatives from organizations who have partnered with school districts to create School-Based behavioral health clinics. We will discuss the challenges, the benefits, and the process of creating these partnerships.

Panelists to include: Office of Mental Health representative; Vera Feuer, Northwell Health; Kristin Lamparello, PhD, Director of PPS and Middle School Special Education, Oceanside Public Schools; MHANYS affiliate representatives

Engaging Families in the Mental Health Education Conversation
Let’s talk about how to engage families in supporting youth mental health and wellness. This panel will discuss how schools can connect to their families and communities and work together to address youth mental health challenges and difficult topics.

Panelists to include: Dr.Robert Rotunda, NYSSCA; Lissa Zukoff, NYS PTA Family Engagement Coordinator

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