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During the 2022-23 academic year, the School Mental Health Collaborative will be hosting a series of colloquia showcasing current research projects and providing resources and strategies that school mental health practitioners and researchers can apply in their own work. These sessions are open by request to the public. 

See the below list for session details!

The Resilience Education Program: A Tier 2 Intervention for Internalizing Concerns

Thursday, October 6th, 2022, 4 p.m. EST

Drs. Katie Eklund, Stephen Kilgus, and Andy Garbacz (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This session will present information on the Resilience Education Program, a Tier 2 brief intervention designed to support students with early signs of internalizing behavioral concerns. Participants will gain access to intervention materials that focus on skill instruction around coping and problem-solving skills, parent skills instruction, and reinforcement of these skills in school and at home. Participants will receive guidance on making cultural adaptations to REP lessons and procedures to increase their relevance to historically marginalized students.

Increasing Middle School Students Happiness using the Well-Being Promotion Program

Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 4 p.m. EST

Drs. Shannon Suldo (University of South Florida) and Sarah Fefer (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

The science of happiness sheds light on how to foster life satisfaction through positive activities that evoke positive feelings about one’s past, present, and future, and strengthening relationships.  This presentation will describe a school-based positive psychology intervention- the Well-Being Promotion Program- that builds students’ skills in positive activities and relationships to increase life satisfaction and happiness. Practical strategies and implementation processes are highlighted.

Evidence-based class-wide strategies to promote students’ behavioral health

Thursday, March 9th, 2023, 4 p.m. EST

Dr. Evan Dart, Ph.D. (University of South Florida) 

This session will review practical, evidence-based strategies that can be used to promote students’ behavioral health at the class-wide level. Class-wide behavioral interventions are prized for their efficiency and flexibility across a range of contexts and applications. Attendees will learn about a variety of group contingency interventions and other class-wide strategies with an emphasis on implementation, adaptation, common roadblocks, and proposed solutions.

Supporting Educator Wellbeing through an Adaptive Systems Approach

Thursday, April 6th, 2023, 4 p.m. EST

Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse, Ph.D. (University of South Florida)

Teacher stress has contributed to turnover, poor instructional practices, and lower wellbeing. This presentation will address current research on the context for educator stress and well-being. A systemic approach, that is both universal and adaptable, will be discussed. Practical strategies and implementation processes will be highlighted.  

For a Zoom invite to all Colloquia please contact Greg Zorko at zorko@wisc.edu