Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times

Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times

Part 3 of 4
Thursday, April 23rd | 1pm - 3pm


"Supporting Student Mental Health During COVID-19: Resources from the National Center for School Mental Health"
Sharon Hoover, Ph.D.- National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

This presentation will describe ways that educators and student support staff, including school and community behavioral health and health professionals, can support student mental health during and following the pandemic. Tools to support a multi-tiered system of mental health supports (MTSS) will be shared, including ways to support all students and those experiencing mental health concerns. Resources and ideas to promote the mental health of educators and other caring adults will also be shared.

Sharon Hoover, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH, She currently leads national efforts to support states, districts and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems ( Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services. Currently, she co-leads two large randomized trials of school mental health efforts, one focused on reducing exclusionary discipline practices by installing mental health and restorative practice approaches and one on improving school mental health services with best practices in family engagement, educator mental health literacy and culturally-responsive, modularized evidence-based clinical practices. Creating safe, supportive and resilient schools has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research, education and clinical work. Since 2004, she 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.

"Early Signs From a Child Psychiatrist Perspective"
Steven Sust, MD- Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

The presentation will cover early warning signs of child mental health problems, school based mental health teams, indications for referral, and coordination with a community’s systems of care.

Steven Sust, MD received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at George Washington University, worked as a psychiatric technician at a Virginia State Psychiatric hospital, and completed an imaging genetics research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He received his MD at the University of Virginia, then completed adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at Stanford University in the Community Track. After graduating, Dr. Sust worked in San Mateo and Santa Clara County government behavioral health settings, but has now transitioned to directly focus on his academic role as Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford's psychiatry department and Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Sust currently works to extend the accessibility of child and adolescent psychiatry through school mental health, behavioral health consultation in local primary care clinics serving the Medi-CAL population, and providing psychiatric consultation to tribal youth working with Two Feathers Native American Services in Hoopa, CA. 

"Youth Concerns, Youth Risk, and Youth Suicide Prevention During These Challenging Times"
Steven Adelsheim, MD- Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

This presentation will provide an update on some of the concerns and needs of young people raised by the allcove youth advisors and other young people during this shelter in place period. He will then describe some of the potential factors we are facing that might move some youth to a higher risk category and some ways we might identify those students. Furthermore, Dr. Adelsheim will discuss some strategies for youth suicide prevention and postvention, including addressing communication with media, during this challenging time.

Steven Adelsheim, MD is the Director of the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing  He is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works to support community behavioral health partnerships from local to international networks. Dr. Adelsheim has partnered in developing statewide and national mental health policy and systems, including those focused on school mental health, telebehavioral health, Native American behavioral health, and suicide prevention. For many years Dr. Adelsheim has been developing and implementing early detection/intervention programs for young people in school-based and primary care settings, including programs for depression, anxiety, and psychosis.  

Dr. Adelsheim currently leads the effort to bring integrated youth mental health programs to the US and is working with collaborators in Santa Clara County and the state to start the first sites in California, known as allcoveHe is also working to address the use of media to decrease stigma surrounding mental health issues. Dr. Adelsheim also co-leads Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET), the national clinical network for early psychosis programs.

Who Should Attend

School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, K-12 Teachers, Site/District Administrators, School Nurses, School-Based LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, Campus Health/Wellness Center Staff, University & Community College Leadership & Counselors



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