3rd Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit – June 22, 2018

This event follows the Social-Emotional Learning Conference hosted by the Department of Public Instruction and is featured in the Creating Safe & Supportive Communities Summer Institute.

Event Location: Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q. Hammons Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562
Hotel Front Desk: (608) 831-2000

Attendee feedback: “Loved the keynote. I also greatly appreciated that range of breakouts to address those who are just beginning as well as refining for those of use who have been at this a while.”

“The variety and caliber of the breakout sessions was great!”

Day One – June 21, 2018

Social and Emotional Learning Conference

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team is exited to invite you to attend the Social and Emotional Learning Conference on June 21, 2018. This conference is for school staff, out of school time programs, community members and parents or anyone interested in starting or sustaining social and emotional learning in their school or district. The conference will include a keynote speaker and breakout sessions focusing on four tracks: Implementation, Assessment, State and Local Application and Out-of-School Time Programs. Join us for a Wisconsin Implementation panel of your peers as well as an exhibitors forum.

    Day Two – June 22, 2018

    3rd Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit

    Mark your calendar now and plan to join with school and mental health colleagues around the state on June 22 for the 3rd Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit.  This year’s Summit will once again feature the expertise of Elizabeth Connors, Ph.D., Director of Quality Improvement at the National Center for School Mental Health.  Breakout session topics will include universal assessment, engaging families, implicit bias, community partnerships, care coordination and more!

    About Featured Speaker Dr. Elizabeth Connors

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    Dr. Elizabeth Connors Dr. Elizabeth Connors is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and a faculty member at the national Center for School Mental Health.  Dr. Connors provides training, technical assistance, and evaluation supports to mental health agencies, schools, districts and behavioral health systems at local, state and national levels. Dr. Connors is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked as a school-based mental health clinician and supervisor in numerous Baltimore City Public Schools. She holds a Ph.D. in child-clinical/community psychology.

    Dr. Connors will speak to best practices in five key areas of school-based mental health quality; 1) multi-disciplinary teaming and collaboration, 2) needs assessment and resource mapping, 3) universal mental health screening, 4) evidence-based services and supports and 5) evidence-based implementation. Specific examples of innovation and excellence from other states will be highlighted to illustrate the possibilities. A free, web-based resource to help schools and districts assess the quality and sustainability of their multi-tiered systems of support will be provided to help teams get started. A brief introduction to Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to support rapid cycle improvement and innovation in any of the five key areas of school mental health quality will be provided.

    Keynote attendee feedback: “Elizabeth Connors is such a great presenter. She’s clear, articulate & very practical.”; Dr. Connors is amazing! All of the info she presented is relevant & useful & she shared so many great resources that I’m definitely going to use. She has provided a clear road map with lots (sic) of tools to get us there!”

    Morning Networking

    Join us bright and early for morning networking starting at 8 am! Grab a cup of coffee and your business cards and get ready to meet and greet with more than 250 colleagues from across the state who are committed to advancing school mental health services. Start your day off right–share what you know and leverage the expertise of your colleagues!

    About Breakout Sessions

    We are excited to offer a variety of breakout sessions this year designed for professionals connected with school-based mental health. For a complete list of presentations offered by these breakout presenters, please visit our resource page.

    Session Topics/Titles: Work Smarter Not Harder: Aligning Efforts and Advancing School Mental Health Quality, Motivational Interviewing + Trauma Informed Care, Making Schools Safe for Transgender and Non-Binary Students, First Things First: Creating Effective Student Assessment & Screening Practices , Partnering to Meet Youth Mental Health Needs: Schools and County Human Services Working Together, The Nuts and Bolts of System Supports for Effective School-based Mental Health Services: Setting up Shop, Social Healing, Learning, and Unlearning in the Classroom: The Understanding that Occurs Beyond Understanding, School Mental Health System Development from the Ground Up: Early/Intermediate, Motivational Interviewing + Cultural Reverence, Transforming Change Conversations Through Co-Planning with Youth and Families, Leveraging School & Community Resources to Foster Trauma Sensitive Futures, Getting Ready for Evidence-Based Practice in Schools, Partnering with Families: First Phone Call Through Referral, Services & Transitions, Trauma Sensitive Schools, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & School Integration, Expanding Behavioral Health in Schools: Development of a Collaborative Service Delivery Model, Whatever it Takes: Thinking and Acting Outside the Box to Engage Diverse Families, Cutting Edge Challenges and Horizons for School Mental Health: Intermediate & Advanced, and Referral Pathways – Best Practices in Managing Referrals for School-Based Mental Health Services and Coordinating Ongoing Services.

    Presenters include: Jonathan Grapengieser, Psy.D., Elizabeth Connors, Ph.D., James Santiago Lloyd, LMFT., Margo Camacho, Armando Hernandez, Ph.D., Jessica Springer, LCSW, Jennifer Evancy, LCSW., Elizabeth Cook, Ed.S., Greta Blancarte, M.A., CSW., Scott Caldwell, M.A., M.S., CSAC, Elizabeth Hudson, Monica Wightman, MSW, LCSW., Elizabeth Connors, Ph.D., Ben Rader, Psy.D, Aaron Pressie, MSW, CSAC, Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja, Psy.D., Alecia Corbett, MSW, APSW, Charles Bauernfeind, MSW, APSW., Lanora Heim, Ph.D., Kathi Cauley, LPC, LCSW., Jamie Ganske, Kim Henningsgard, LCSW., Mike Altekruse, Ph.D, Jen Parsons, Shelley Gregory, JD.

    Breakout session attendee feedback: “I am in the cultural minority where I work & that can cause some mistrust. This session on Cultural  Reverence taught me some ways to easily work on this.”  

    “Different teaching methods used! I also attended the first MI session. Both were amazing. I learned so much that I will be able to apply.”

    Agenda in Brief

    Full Conference Program to Print – Click Here

    8:00 AM      Breakfast and Informal Networking

    9:00 AM      Keynote – Elizabeth Connors, Center for School Mental Health

    10:30 AM    Morning Break

    10:45 AM    Breakout I

    12:00 PM    Lunch

    12:45 PM    Guided Table Discussion

    1:30 PM       Breakout II

    2:45 PM       Afternoon Break

    3:00 PM       Breakout III


    General Questions: If you have questions about the event, please contact Rachel Kruse at (608) 257-5939 or by email at

    Registration or Billing: Questions about registration or payments, including cancellations should be made to Elizabeth Pease, DPI by email or by phone (608) 267-9240