Implementing a Successful School Mental Health Program with Dr. Elene Peters (July 2023)

On this episode of “In Session,” we talk to Dr. Elene Peters, clinical psychologist and Mental Health Service Professionals grant recipient, about the mental health program at John V Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School in New York City. Dr. Peters is joined by Mental Health Counselor Jessica Levin and Mental Health Intern Nicole Bogutsky. This conversation is guided by Annie Knowles and Brianna Cunnif.

To learn more about John V Lindsay Wildcat and their Mental Health Program, read their Grantee Highlight, check out their website, and read their monthly newsletter for resources, alumni spotlights, and more.  

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Charter schools and what makes them different from other schools


Description of the Mental Health Program at JVL: what it entails, what was the driving force behind creating it, and how it has grown or expanded since its start


Partnerships with Institutes of Higher Education


Specific roles within the program


Impact of the mental health program


How they integrate mental health practices into the students’ day to day experience


Their advice for grantees looking to implement mental health programs like theirs


Takeaways and closing


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