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Western Nebraska School Mental Health Conference

March 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MST

This conference will be located at the Student Center at Chadron State College.

Target Audience – School Counselors, Administrators, teachers, college students, youth mental health providers, parents, all those who work with youth.

Objective:  Support school counselors and those who work with youth in the areas of social emotional learning and mental health issues.


Professional Development certificates available on request.

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Sadin

TOPIC:  The Science of Happiness

Melissa Sadin is a lifelong educator and adoptive parent of a traumatized child. She has served in public school education for many years as a special education teacher, a building administrator, as the Vice President of her local School Board, and most recently, as a director of special education. Her research has been published and focuses on the needs of teachers regarding trauma-informed classrooms. She is a published author and has produced numerous webinars on the topic of children with attachment trauma in the public schools. She was recently recognized as a PIONEER in creating trauma-informed schools. She also works as an education consultant and provides professional development to schools and municipal service providers. Her well know Trauma Guide Series now includes her two latest books, “School Leaders’ Guide to Trauma” and “Trauma-informed Teaching Strategies that are Good for All”. All of her books are available for purchase on her website, www.traumasensitive.com.

Breakout Sessions

  • SEL Universal Screener – How we do it!
  • Staff Self-Regulation
  • Youth Drug/Alcohol Addiction Treatment Options
  • Trauma Informed Classrooms
  • Creating a Culture of Well-Being Utilizing the ARC Framework: Things to Consider for Supporting   the Resilience of Rural Educators
  • Career Pathways Advancement Project
  • Engaging Families and Communities and Building Partnerships

Conversational Lunch Break

Self-Care Break

Panel Discussion

Why is it the schools job to provide SEL curriculum and mental health services?

Closing/Door Prizes


  • Nebraska Healthy Schools Program
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • Nebraska Total Care
  • Panhandle Public Health Department
  • Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Ducks and Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources, LLC
To host an information/vendor booth or further information please contact: thaynes@esu13.org.

HOSTED BY:  Chadron Public Schools AWARE Grant and Chadron State College Counseling Department.

This project, jointly undertaken by the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Behavioral Health, is made possible through Nebraska’s AWARE-SEA Grant (Number 1H795MO80960-01) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Priority Deadline is February 15th.  Late registrations cannot be assured a lunch.

Register Here


Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom
1000 Main Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337
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