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Training Institute for School Social Work Professionals

About the Training Institute Heading link

Conference room filled with people for 2019 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 CEU/CPDUs (continuing education or professional development units).

2022 Training Institute Heading link

Dr. Kimberly H. McManama O’Brien

Understanding Youth Suicide and Taking Action

June 21, 2022 • 10:00 a.m. to Noon Central Time
2.0 CEUs/CDPUs • Registration fee: $20.00

Death by suicide has become the second-leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States (VanOrman & Jarosz, 2016). As we adjust to societal changes spurred by a global pandemic, the Ukrainian crisis and ongoing racial injustice, a reflective discussion is needed to process the impact these changes may have on the mental health of our students and the school community. This workshop examines the school-based approach to the assessment, prevention, and intervention with suicidal youth.

We invite you to join Dr. Kimberly O’Brien, our dynamic expert speaker, to identify continuing efforts to support the social and emotional health of the school community.

2021 Institute: - School Social Workers: Leaders in Trauma-Informed Practices Heading link

2021 Booster Session - Embracing the New Normal: Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students During COVID-19 Heading link

Recorded February 15, 2022

00:00:11 – Introduction by Chastity Owens, AM, LCSW
00:00:48 – Welcome by Clinical Associate Professor Annette Johnson
00:03:06 – Featured Speaker: TaMia West, MSW
01:14:41 – Q&A Session
01:24:24 – Closing remarks by Chastity Owens

Downloadable Slide Deck

Featured Speaker

TaMia West, MSW, Director of Special Education at Eyas Landing

2021 Training Institute - School Social Workers: Leaders in Trauma-Informed Practices Heading link

Recorded June 29, 2021

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

Downloadable Slide Decks

Speaker and 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

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