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Western Nebraska School Mental Health Conference

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT

| $25.00

This conference will be located at the Student Center.

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: Dr. Mark Sander, Psy.D., L.P. LLC

9:15 – 10:30

Director of School Mental Health, Hennepin County

TOPIC:  Developing comprehensive school mental health programs using MTSS framework

Dr. Sander is a Senior Clinical Psychologist for Hennepin County and the Director of School Mental Health for Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is a Certified Master Training on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and a Visiting Scholar at Wilder Research. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Board Member for the MN Trauma Project. Dr. Sander has published journal articles and book chapters on school mental health and has presented extensively on school mental health and ACEs and developing trauma sensitive schools at local, state and national conferences. He has a private practice is Minnetonka, MN and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Sarah and their three daughters.

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Breakout Sessions

10:45 – 11:45


Foundations in School Mental Health/Building School Mental Health: Dr. Brandy L. Clarke, PhD, LP, Mid-America MHTTC Co-Project Director, University of Nebraska Medical Center

This presentation will outline the importance of school mental health and the foundations of a comprehensive school mental health program. This presentation is sponsored by The Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), is supported by a SAMHSA funded grant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to the foundations of school mental health, this presentation will provide information about the Mid-America MHTTTC as a resource and outline how to use the MHTTC for training and technical assistance needs. At the end of the session, participants will understand the importance of and gain knowledge about comprehensive school mental health programming. They will also be able to identify what the Mid-America MHTTC is and what purpose it serves, understand the continuum of training and technical assistance offered through the Mid-America MHTTC, and identify opportunities for training in comprehensive school mental health programming.


Student Mental Health Risk and Protective Factors in Western Nebraska Schools: Mark DeKraai, Senior Research Director at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. (Bring along your schools NRPPS Report for this session)

In this session, participants will learn about the risk factors associated with student mental health including bullying, suicide ideation, substance use, and demographics, as well as how student risk factors vary by geographic area of the state. Participants will also learn about protective factors such as healthy behaviors, student attitudes, and positive student-adult relationships. Discussion will focus on how knowledge about risk and protective factors can inform mental health prevention and promotion efforts in rural schools and communities.


504 Plans: Dr. Susan Lindbold, Susan Lindblad, Ph.D. Hastings Public School Psychologist

The session will view legal parameters, eligibility requirements, and educational responsibilities.


Promoting Positive School Climate Through Podcasting & Social Media

Loni Watson, Chadron High School Counselor, 2019 Counselor of the Year


Social Emotional Development through School Counseling Programs:  Donna Hoffman, NDE- School Counseling Specialist

Description:  The ASCA National (and Nebraska) Model Framework for School Counseling Programs is essential to planning and delivering comprehensive programs to address; social emotional learning development, academic development and career development.

A PreK-12 School Counseling program is to teach knowledge, skills, and influence attitudes to be proactive and preventive to risk factors interfering with student well-being.  Social emotional learning is included in the student standards ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success and the foundation of School Counseling programs.  We will explore these and the framework to guide schools in developing effective school counseling programs.

Lunch Provided

Roundtable Afternoon Topics

12:00 – 1:30

Social Media and Youth


Brain Injury

Student Mental Health Risk and Protective Factors

Building School Mental Health

504 Plans

SEL through School Counseling Programs

Mental Health in Schools

Stress Management/Resilience in the Classroom

Hope Squads

Panel Discussion

1:45 – 2:45

More Details Coming Soon!

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 March 1st.  Late registrations cannot be assured a lunch.


March 10
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom
1000 Main Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337
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