"In Session" Podcast

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In Session is an education-centered podcast where we speak with changemakers working towards safe supportive learning environments within their communities, co-hosted by Annie Knowles and Claire Viscione at the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments. Our guests include state and local education agencies and their partners - all grant recipients from the Department of Education, using their funding to advance school-based mental health services, support mental health service professionals, and establish trauma recovery and prevention programs.

Please note, the contents of this podcast do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does it imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.

10/21/2022

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk to Mental Health Service Professional grant recipients and their partners about developing and maintaining successful partnerships in rural communities. Our guests include Joseph Wharff, Associate Director of the Office of Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education and State Coordinator of the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health. We also welcome Jamey Petersen, Coordinated School Health Director for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. 

10/13/2022

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk about effective partnerships with institutes of higher education. Our guests include Hennessey Lustica, PhD, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Community Schools Mental Health Director at Sodus Central School District in Sodus, New York and Mental Health School Professional grant Director. We also welcome Karen Horn, MSW, Educational Consultant for School Mental Health Professionals at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and School-Based Mental Health grant recipient.

09/29/2022

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk to Mental Health Service Professional grant recipients and their partners about what it means to partner strategically and effectively to enhance mental health services in schools. Our guests include Greg Hickey, Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Specialist with Region 15 Education Service Center in Texas, and Heather Ormiston, PhD, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology, and the Director of the School-Based Mental Health Research and Training Initiative at Indiana University Bloomington.

09/28/2022

On this episode of In Session, we talk to Stephanie Ellis, Ed.D, NCSP, a Mental Health School Professionals grant recipient, about the Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) initiative to implement a full continuum of social-emotional and mental health support at Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina. 

09/27/2022

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk about how to enhance and support behavioral health teams in schools, comparing urban and rural experiences. Our guests include Michelle Warren, Ed.D., Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) at Osage County Interlocal Cooperative (OCIC) in Oklahoma and Christine Judson, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from Chicago Public Schools in Illinois, both Mental Health School Professionals grant recipients.

08/26/2022

On this episode of In Session, we talk to Sophia Loubeau (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Grant Facilitator), a Mental Health Service Professionals grant recipient, about the Collaborative Internship for All (CIA) Program at Broward County Schools in Broward County, FL, an initiative to help expand the pipeline of high-quality, trained providers to address the shortage of mental health service professionals in schools.

08/23/2022

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk to Dr. Teri Lawler, a Trauma Recovery Demonstration Grant recipient, about Project THRIVE at the Delaware State Department of Education, a program that provides free mental health services to eligible Delaware students who would benefit from trauma-specific intervention support.

07/28/2022

On this episode of 'In Session,' we talk to Kristinne Stone, a School-Based Mental Health grant recipient, about recruitment and retention of mental health providers through the Virginia Career and Learning Center for School Mental Health Professionals at the Virginia Department of Education.

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