Training Institute for School Social Work Professionals
About the Training Institute
First developed in 2009, the Training Institute for School Social Work Professionals has provided additional training to practicing school social workers, keeping them abreast of new innovations and introducing practitioners to evidence-informed approaches to enhance the quality of services they provide to elementary and high school students.
Since its inception, the Training Institute has engaged hundreds of practitioners and has advanced the knowledge and skills of participants in areas including social and emotional learning, positive youth development, critical service learning, response to intervention and the use of technology. The Institute has also broadened its focus beyond school social workers to include other school-based practitioners, mental health professionals and community partners, all working toward the goal of improving outcomes for youth in our public schools.
Attendees can receive as many as 6.5 CEUs (continuing education units).
The 2021 Training Institute
School Social Workers: Leaders in Trauma-Informed Practices
The 2021 Training Institute for School Social Work Professionals was hosted on June 29, 2021, with a focus on enabling school social workers to lead the implementation of trauma-informed practice in their school, with emphasis on elevating student voices as part of the conversation.
The Need for this Training Institute
The trauma endured through recent events has demonstrated the need for school social workers and educators to emphasize trauma-informed practices in schools. Now is the time to have these crucial conversations. As culturally responsive leaders, school social workers are uniquely positioned to help youth address equity issues in a developmentally appropriate way. Such skills complement youth’s desires to contribute to decision-making processes that impact their lives.
School social workers have a pivotal role in proactively promoting positive youth development and introducing skills that develop youth voice. We invite you to join a dynamic group of school-based professionals to foster ideas for trauma-informed care in your own practice. Our esteemed opening speaker and expert panelists will elevate the voices of practitioners, parents and students, while supplying strategies for providing leadership in preparing educators to address the social and emotional needs of students.
Video: School Social Workers: Leaders in Trauma-Informed Practices
NOTE: Once you begin playing the video, hover your mouse over the red video timeline to see different segments of the community dialogue (outlined below).
0:00 – Welcome and Introductions
9:34 – Opening Presentation: “Trauma Informed…And Then What?” by Caryn Curry, LCSW
43:00 – Presentation from Educator Panelist: “Culturally Responsive Leadership” by Giesela Grumbach, PhD, MSW, PEL
57:02 – Remarks from Student Panelist Deanna Jackson
1:07:36 – Remarks from Parent Panelist Celia Colón
1:24:44 – Q&A with Panelists
- Opening Speaker: Caryn Curry, LCSW, Social Worker and Mental Health Consultant for Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience
- Panel Moderator: Otima Doyle,MSW, MHS, PhD, Associate Professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work
- Educator Panelist: Giesela Grumbach, PhD, MSW, PEL, Associate Professor at Governors State University
- Student Panelist: Deanna Jackson, rising junior at Al Raby High School
- Parent Panelist: Celia Colón, CEO/Founder of Giving Others Dreams
Downloadable Slide Decks from The Institute
2020 Booster Session: Expanding Equity: Addressing Racism in Our Work
Online booster session for the 2020 Institute, hosted January 26, 2021.
Recent events in the United States have demonstrated the need for school social workers and educators to address equity and race. Now is the time for us to have these difficult conversations. To change our paradigm, an introspective dialogue is needed on how best to engage in discourse on race, structural inequalities, oppression, and the invisibility of privilege.
2020 Speaker and Workshops
Opening Speaker: Sharon A. Hoover, PhD
Sharon A. Hoover, PhD
Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health, and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Creating safe, supportive and resilient schools has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research, education and clinical work, and she currently leads national efforts to support states, districts, and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems. Since 2004, Dr. Hoover has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools, to train school district and school leaders, educators and support staff in multi-tiered systems of support for psychological trauma. She has trained school and community behavioral health staff and educators in districts across the United States, as well as internationally.
Dr. Hoover addressed the re-entry of students and staff through a trauma-informed lens. There was a specific focus on social justice and supporting youth of color and other marginalized students and families. She addressed the role of educators and mental health practitioners as they work to support students and their families in navigating this complex time.
Workshop Sessions (Session A and B)
To tackle the critical mental health issues school staff will face, they will need to work collaboratively to cultivate the healing, empathy, resiliency, and collective resolve required to ensure student’s academic success. Workshop participants were given a choice of two workgroups: elementary school (session A) and high school (session B). Each workgroup highlighted tools, strategies, and resources that will be useful when coping with the trauma effects of these widespread public health crises.