Supporting Mental Wellness

House Bill 166 was passed in July 2019 and invested $675 million to help districts and schools support their students’ academic achievement through mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring, and after-school programs. In an open letter to Ohio school superintendents, Governor Mike DeWine said that the funds “were intentionally designed to give school districts maximum flexibility” and that he hoped the funds would be “used to establish new programs and expand on existing behavioral and physical health care services in schools.”

School districts are to work with local organizations to determine community needs and resources, so they can use the state dollars to make the greatest impact on students’ lives. Each city, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school district, community school, and STEM school is to develop a plan for utilizing the student wellness and success funds it receives in coordination with a community partner such as an educational service center. Funding is available beginning October 2019.

Source: Student Wellness and Success – Ohio Department of Education, http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Student-Wellness-and-Success

HOW WE HELP

TRAINING

MYTH-BUSTING MENTAL HEALTH

Why do we embrace physical health but shrink in the shadows when the topic of mental health comes up? Let’s debunk the myths associated with mental health by addressing stigmas, breaking down barriers, and discussing what it means when referring to a healthy mind and body.

THE POWER OF POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

When it comes to student achievement, do you feel you’ve exhausted all possible resources? If you haven’t taken the time to truly get to know your students and let them know you care, you’re not using the most powerful tool — the relationship. Learn how empathy and understanding trauma enables one to forge positive relationships with students. Examine the “collective efficacy” concept and how it truly enables you to impact every student.

UNDERSTANDING POVERTY — REFLECTIONS ON PRACTICE

Some impoverished students experience struggles most of us cannot imagine. Socioeconomic and cultural differences can create unintended challenges in class. This half-day session explores the cultural differences between educators and students who live in poverty.

TRAUMA-INFORMED SOCIAL- EMOTIONAL WORKSHOP

This half-day session provides participants with a variety of resources to employ social-emotional strategies in classrooms and student groups. Such strategies are helpful when responding to students who have experienced trauma.

TACKLING THE BEHAVIOR BLUES

This half-day session is appropriate for adults who are struggling to support student behavior needs. Consultants will introduce behavior principles, understanding of antecedents, and immediately usable strategies.

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR CONTENT TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LEARNERS (USING SIOP)

Ensure curriculum is accessible by all. This two-day learning experience provides intensive instructional support grounded in research. Educators, working to support English Learners (ELs), will capture effective instructional strategies, learn how to differentiate and pace instruction, and know ways to group students and content.

FIND THE BALANCE — CREATING A HEALTHY SOCIAL- EMOTIONAL CULTURE FOR STAFF

Controlling emotions, exuding confidence, and dealing with stress can be challenging even without a classroom full of students. Add thirty to thirty-two of them, all of whom have their own social-emotional needs, and the easiest of tasks can seem daunting to complete. Avoid burn-out! Help staff members find a balance when it comes to social- emotional skills.

ONE DEGREE SHIFT

Educators play a crucial role in helping students understand and talk openly about historical and current inequities and discrimination. Making a One Degree Shift in thinking, knowledge, and understanding has the potential to make a substantial impact on understanding students, families, and colleagues. Talk, learn, listen, and share to create safe, inclusive spaces for everyone.

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA

This half-day session serves as an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, neurobiology, and the benefit of taking a systems-based approach to addressing trauma.

See our current fall 2019 sessions.


COACHING

TRAUMA-INFORMED CLASSROOM COACHING

Our trauma-certified coaches* work side-by-side with your teachers, offering social-emotional strategies that will infuse a trauma-informed culture into classrooms. These strategies help avoid potential triggers and assist in de-escalating situations.

*Hamilton County ESC trauma coaches received CTP-E (Certified Trauma Practitioner-Education) certification from The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, part of the Starr Global Learning Network (SGLN).

BUILDING CULTURAL COMPETENCE COACHING

Our One Degree Shift coaches work side-by-side with teachers, district personnel, and community members Reviewing and adapting school policies, practices, and procedures. Coaches provide practical strategies and resources, resulting in a more inclusive environment for all.


SERVICES

ATTENDANCE AND DIVERSIONARY COURT SERVICES

Students can’t learn if they aren’t in school. Are you seeking assistance with custody, residency, and homeless issues? Let us help. Attendance Services help schools uncover issues related to student truancy or excessive tardiness. Diversionary Court Services are for at- risk behaviors such as misdemeanor offenses, bullying or harassment, and disorderly conduct.

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

For some, school is exciting and fun. For others, it is a source of stress. From bullying to fitting in, from excelling in academics and athletics, to dealing with the stressors of home- life; growing up is overwhelming. Counselors help students navigate the rough waters while teaching them coping strategies.

SCHOOL NURSES/HEALTH CARE CLINICS

Nurses support the academic success of all students by helping to address existing and potential health barriers to learning. They lead a school’s mental and physical wellness initiative through program development. And, nurses provide group health education to students and families.

MENTAL WELLNESS SPECIALIST

Are you seeking a way to address non-Medicaid eligible students? A Mental Wellness Specialist is a trained psychologist, counselor, or social worker that aids school districts in the design and implementation of tiered II child-specific social skills instruction in the areas of emotion recognition, emotional regulation, appropriate peer relationships, handling anxiety and depression through healthy habits, navigating family dynamics, and increasing individual safety awareness. In addition to direct support to students, the Mental Wellness Specialist participates in school team meetings, supports families in navigating barriers to connect with outside resources and agencies, and serves as a liaison between the school and community resources.

TRAUMA-INFORMED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORTS (TISS) COHORT MEMBERSHIP

Gain access to a network of schools and districts all working to become trauma-informed by joining the TISS Cohort. Members receive four full-day professional development sessions focused on self-assessment, data analysis, embedding practices into a plan, and monitoring plan implementation. Our trauma- informed coaches guide teams throughout their work using ten customizable coaching days.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Mindy Fischer, M.Ed., CTP-E
Behavior and Mental Wellness Support Services
513.674.4296
mindy.fischer@hcesc.org

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