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  • 05/05/2022 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is from Julie Incitti, SSW Consultant, DPI:

    National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. This is an opportunity to change the perceptions around mental health.

    Some resources for you (If this list feels overwhelming, just pick ONE to open and consider – maybe the first  ?):

    (Resources are not endorsed by DPI and are for your consideration only.)

    • DIY Tools for Mental Health (Don’t forget that YOU (and OTHER ADULTS) need to start with yourself!) – Mental Health America
      • Find apps, worksheets, and other tools to improve your mental health on your own.
    • Mental Health Topics – Child Mind
      • Boost your mental health literacy with Child Mind Institute’s Topics and Parenting Guides, covering such areas as ADHD, Anxiety, Behavior Problems, Depression, Diagnosis Eating Disorders, Suicide, Healthy Development, and so on.
    • Healthy Minds Thriving Kids – Child Mind
      • A series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills. The project was born of an innovative partnership between the state of California and the Child Mind Institute.
    • “Meet Little Monster” Coloring & Activity Book -NAMI
      • To help foster dialogue between children and the safe adults in their lives, as well as provide children a tool for helping express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way, NAMI offers “Meet Little Monster,” a mental health coloring and activity book, available for download at no-cost in both English and Spanish.
    • How Teachers Can Empower Students Who Are Experiencing Trauma – Edutopia
      • This quick read explains, “While we cannot solve problems in a student’s life, we can give them back their power and ensure that they consistently feel seen and heard within the walls of our classroom in order to give them space to process and communicate their emotions in safer, more productive ways… One of the easiest and most powerful tools that you have to make a student feel seen and heard is your language.”
    • Activities Guide: Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence – Harvard Center on the Developing Child
      • Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide, describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
    • LGBTQ+ Resources for School Mental Health Providers and School Personnel -  Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity
      • Use the resources to stay up to date with the most accurate and affirming language and approaches to supporting LGBTQ+ clients.
    • Implicit Bias Module Series – Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
      • A free video series from leading experts on implicit bias. Dig in to better understand how implicit bias plays into academic achievement, school discipline, and other topics.
    • A Trauma-Informed Resource for Strengthening Family-School Partnerships – NCTSN
      • Helps schools assess what level of partnering currently exists within their school community, areas that require enhancement, and strategies for implementing these enhancements. This tool is for administrators and staff to drive further conversation about family-school partnerships. It builds on the NCTSN Trauma-Informed Schools Framework and is aligned with SAMHSA’s 6 Principles of Trauma-Informed Care.

  • 04/20/2022 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominate the 2022 School Social Worker of the Year!

    Nominate a colleague whom you feel is deserving of the 2022 SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARD!  This is a wonderful  chance to recognize, honor, and celebrate a school social worker who is making a difference in our communities. 

    To nominate a school social worker, please use the nomination form found here.  In your submission, you will need to share how the nominee is exceptional in 2 of the 4 areas on the Wisconsin School Social Worker Evaluation Framework.  Read about past recipients in the awards section on our website.  Deadline for submissions: June 1st, 2022

  • 04/20/2022 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Request for Proposals for WSSWA’s Annual Conference November 10-12th now open

    It’s time to start planning for our annual WSSWA conference taking place November 10-11th, 2022. The theme of the November 2022 conference is Supporting Mental Health in Schools Through a Continuum of Supports. We are excited to share that our conference will return to the newly remodeled Heidel House in Green Lake.

    Our members are invaluable sources of information and education for our profession. If you are interested in sharing your expertise and leading a workshop at our conference, please submit your proposal here. Proposals are due by August 1st, 2022.

  • 02/26/2022 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Article from the UW Madison School of Social Work:

    School workers play a vital role in the lives of American school children. A new book, The Art of Becoming Indispensable: What School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice, by Oxford University Press is designed to help the new school social worker adapt to and thrive within the school context.

    Two field faculty associates: Katie Larsen-Klodd, MSSW and Jenny Braunginn, MSSW, CISW co-authored a chapter, entitled, “Self-Care and Self-Advocacy: Keeping Cool While Increasing Engagement.” The chapter, “explores the art and necessity of self-care for the school social workers and provides basic information about workplace stress, tools for quality-of-life assessment, and strategies to build immediate and long-term self-care routines,” according to the publisher.

    The book, divided into four sections: The Host Environment; The Macro School Social Worker; Integration and Intervention; and School Social Worker Sustainability, offers insights for new social workers to become proficient professionals in school settings.

    The book was recently selected by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) for a 2022 Book Award and will be recognized at their national conference in April. Jenny Braunginn will also present the chapter at the conference. Her travel was funded thanks to the Rosemarie Carbino Fund at the school.

    Jenny Braunginn

    Katie Larsen-Klodd

  • 02/20/2022 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Tourette Association will be hosting The Tourette Connect Conference on Saturday April 2, 2022 from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM at the Best Western Park Hotel at 22 S. Carroll St, Madison, WI 53703 (virtual option to attend will be coming soon!)

    This is a one-day free program that all are welcome to attend. Childcare is available for all children with family members attending the conference. Lunch is not provided at this event.

    To see more, check out the flier here: TS_Conference_Flyer-3.pdf

    Register here: Online Registration Form

  • 02/06/2022 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced on January 31st the appointment of Trisha Kilpin to lead the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS). A former Wisconsin teacher of the year, Kilpin comes to DOJ with over 30 years of experience as a School Social Worker in Greendale, Wisconsin.

    “Trisha Kilpin has decades of experience in Wisconsin schools, including experience training on and implementing school safety programming. We’re excited to welcome her to lead DOJ’s Office of School Safety, where she’ll be helping to keep schools across the state safe,” said AG Kaul. “The Office of School Safety has had many successes over the last four years due in no small part to the vision, leadership, and expertise of the office’s current director, Kristen Devitt. Thank you to Director Devitt for her years of work making Wisconsin schools safer.”

    As a Greendale School District Social Worker, Trisha Kilpin has been a committed advocate for comprehensive school safety, serving as a leader on district crisis and safety teams. She also frequently served as an instructor for others outside her district regarding how to keep their schools safe, in her role as an instructor for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE courses and as a leader in threat assessment model practices. In her former roles, Kilpin was a frequent contributor to OSS initiatives, serving on a work team to develop the Wisconsin Threat Assessment Protocol and on the Crisis Incident Response Team Advisory Committee. Kilpin balances preventative work by also consulting and leading trainings in Greendale Schools and across Wisconsin on best practices in response and recovery.

    Read the full press release here.

  • 11/01/2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    Future Quest Island-Explorations is a free online game-based curriculum that promotes college and career awareness, SEL, and self-concept for 3rd to 5thgraders. Program developers are currently enrolling schools in a study to test its effectiveness and get recommendations for program improvements. Participants receive early access to the game, coaching on using it in the classroom, and a gift card. Interested? Fill out this form to learn more. 

  • 08/26/2021 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Understanding the Differences: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competence Assessment and Social, Emotional, and Behavioral (SEB) Screening and Assessment Document (scroll down on the linked page to find this resource)

    This document is intended to assist school professionals in differentiating between Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Assessment, Universal Social, Emotional, and Behavioral (SEB) screening, and more targeted SEB assessment. This document provides some basic information relating to screening and assessment, with a selection of additional resources linked at the end to support the comprehensive planning necessary to implement effective practices.


    Don’t forget other resources from my team on implementing comprehensive school mental health including:

  • 08/12/2021 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    New School Social Work Resource Sharing Sessions - DPI

    This is an opportunity geared towards individuals new or fairly new, to the field of school social work - all school social workers are welcome. Drop in to chat about resources available through DPI, ask practice questions, and get support from the state’s school social work consultant and special guests. General session topics are provided, however discussions may stray from the topic. This is not a training and does not supplant coursework from a university program, but instead it is another place to ask questions and learn about state and national resources. 

    These sessions are drop-in and no registration is needed. Visit this page to find links for the virtual sessions and more information.

    Cost: Free

    Time: 11:30-12:30 pm

    Dates and Starting Topics:

    • Thurs., Aug 26 - NASW Standards, SSWAA Practice Model, State and National Associations 
    • Wed. Sept. 22 - Pupil Records, Sharing Information, and HIPAA v FERPA
    • Wed. Oct. 20 - Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems Framework, MLSS, PBIS, risk assessment
    • Tues. Nov 23 - Special Education, EBD, Related Services, social histories
    • Wed. Dec. 15 - Attendance/Truancy
    • Wed. Jan 19 - ESSA - Supporting students in Out-of-Home Care & working with child welfare, Cultural Responsiveness, LGBTQ+
    • Thurs. Feb. 17 - Trauma Sensitive Schools, Social and Emotional Learning, Self Care & Compassion
    • Wed. March 16 -Understanding the roles of School Counselors and School Psychologists
    • Wed. April 20 - Reducing and Responding to Sexual Violence, Title IX, Child Abuse, protective behaviors, anti-human trafficking

  • 05/18/2021 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Center for Resilient Schools (WCRS) is collaborating virtually with district and school teams. Our unique location within the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center allows us to help teams navigate the many high-quality resources available across the state and nationally. The center supports teams to bring comprehensive school mental health and trauma sensitive, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to full-scale implementation. Coaching is a relationship and through a partnership with WCRS we can support your team with reflection, growth, and refining structures and practices to shape beliefs and culture toward the vision in your school or district for optimal student outcomes. Our center in collaboration with districts and schools builds on the strengths inherent in your system to take it from good to great! 

    This FREE resource is open to all public, private, charter, and tribal schools in the state of Wisconsin. For additional information please visit our website. If interested in exploring a partnership with the WCRS, please fill out this Inquiry Form.

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