The Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, Oklahoma [OCIC], as part of its Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration grant initiative, Project PREPARE is recruiting, training, and coaching school psychology, counseling, and social worker interns in the provision of high quality virtual and hybrid mental health services and caseload management. OCIC’s school mental health professionals have developed virtual “one-stop” school counseling centers that allow students, families and educators to learn more about their counselor and available services; refer to and request individual, group, and college and career counseling services; available community resources; and the social, emotional and behavioral being implemented in Osage.
OCIC’s school mental health services are an integral component of its ongoing efforts to develop, implement, and sustain its multi-tiered systems of supports. OCIC supports educators by engaging in virtual collaborative consultations with teachers and interventionists via use of Google Sheets and intervention results graphs. One challenge supervisors and teams face is staying organized despite being spread out across multiple school sites (and in light of COVID, virtual service delivery). When mental health professionals and trainees are supporting the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), teams need a solution for both keeping track of individual casework (i.e., consultation, intervention, and assessment cases), as well as systems-level consultation tasks.
Trello is a web-based project management application that allows your team to create “boards” in which mental professionals can organize all of these tasks in a way that best meets the needs of individual projects. One way to organize support for MTSS is to create columns for tasks to be completed, tasks in progress, and tasks completed. Individual cards for MTSS-related tasks can then be created (i.e., professional development to be prepared and delivered, screening tool systems to be rostered, fidelity assessments to be administered), checklists developed within each task/card (i.e., schools who need the support, sub-tasks), and assignments made to individual team members. As tasks move from in progress to completion, they can be moved across columns. Supervisors are able to see the progress of all the team’s tasks and follow-up as needed.
For more information, visit the OCIS website: Osage County Interlocal (ocic.k12.ok.us)