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Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Tier II & III Interventions

Thursdays | March 28, April 4, April 11 | 9-10am

Hosted By: EDC


Tier II is oftentimes the "forgotten tier." As such, it often requires more intentional planning and greater collaboration between classroom teachers and counselors. Tier III, while more commonly understood, can oftentimes be challenging to coordinate given the scarcity of counselors in school buildings and their large caseloads. In this session, we will discuss the purpose of Tier II and III supports in the context of an MTSS approach to SEL/mental and behavioral health supports. We will then facilitate the sharing of effective Tier II and III selection and implementation practices among participants, as well as EDC content experts. This PLC is designed for educators, SISPs, school and district-level administrators.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Support Tier II Interventions: CBT for Individuals and Groups

Mondays | April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, June 3 | 2-3:15pm

Hosted By: Thriving Minds


Our students' mental health needs have never been more prevalent. To ensure we are best prepared to support them effectively, we must look to evidence-based practices that address the specific areas where our students are struggling the most. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to the delivery of counseling services that is the gold-standard approach for addressing anxiety, depression, and trauma, concerns that have extremely high prevalence rates among our youth. Participants will be provided foundational professional development to understand the cognitive model, learn how to deliver CBT to individuals and in groups, employ specific CBT techniques, and design interventions that are purposeful, goal-oriented, and sensitive to change over time. Practical resources to support the application of techniques and organization of sessions will be offered as well. Our goal is to support participants in understanding what CBT is, why it is such an important and effective intervention in the school setting, and how to effectively embed this approach into your work with students. This PLC is most applicable for school mental health staff (school counselors, adjustment counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists) and administrators who support school mental health staff. Individuals and teams are both welcome. Participants are expected to attend and participate in all sessions.

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