Creating Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth in SBHCs and Beyond
Session description: Through anti-violence and mental health frameworks, learn how to create and sustain safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ+ youth in SBHCs and beyond. We will dive into unique considerations for working with LGBTQ+ youth during the pandemic, we will unpack legacies of historical and institutional violence, and learn about what LGBTQ+ students need.
Brennon Ham, Ed.M. (pronouns: Brennon/they/she/he), Health Education Specialist/Trainer, Health Education Office, Seattle Public Schools
Breona Mendoza, M.A., LMHC (pronouns: she/her), Mental Health Counselor, Chief Sealth International High School, Teen Health Center, Neighborcare Health
Both President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona have made it clear that getting our students safely back into the classroom full time is a top priority in the first 100 days of this administration. In order to accomplish this task, we must include school district leaders, educators, parents, and students in the conversation on best practices for resuming in class instruction.
On Wednesday, March 24, the U.S. Department of Education will host a National Safe School Reopening Summit. This summit will allow education leaders, parents, and students to discuss this critical issue. Bringing these stakeholders together offers an opportunity to connect people from around the nation and share thoughts on getting our students back into schools quickly and safely.
This fully virtual summit will start at 9am PST / 12 noon EDT and feature remarks from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Cardona, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rochelle Walensky. During the summit, there will be panels of health experts, educators, and students on their various perspectives surrounding the reopening of schools.
The School-Based Health Alliance, in partnership with the Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute, presents the 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series for School-Based Health Care Professionals, starting March 16, 2021, and running through August 31, 2021. As the pandemic keeps us from our traditional convention, we will offer multiple sessions and workshops virtually over the next five months, allowing for increased participation and low-cost CE opportunities.
The Series addresses the field’s priority topics, building the sessions based on suggestions from the SBHC field. We will kick off the Series with two Listen and Learn Sessions, one on Immunizations and one on Mental Health. We will continue the educational Series through the spring and summer (see dates below.) The workshops will focus on mental health, telehealth, social determinants of health, equity, clinical practice, and advocacy.
Continuing education is made possible through the Weitzman Institute, the research, education, and innovation arm of the Community Health Center, Inc. The 2021 Spring and Summer Education Series will have up to 10 credits available.
For every session you attend and evaluate, you will receive a credit. If you attend all 10 sessions and complete your evaluations, you will get 10 credits. If you attend three sessions and complete your evaluations, you will receive three credits. If you do not need professional CEs, you may opt to receive a certificate of completion for the session(s) you attend and evaluate. The Series has a one-time fee of $50.00 for 1-10 CE or certificate of completion. There is no prorated rate for less than 10 sessions.
In support of improving patient care, this activity was planned and implemented by the School-Based Health Alliance and Community Health Center, Inc./Weitzman Institute and is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Additional CE credits are available for dentists, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers.
2021 Spring and Summer Series Dates:
Session #1: March 16
Session #2: March 30
Session #3: April 7
Session #4: April 21
Session #5: May 5
Session #6: May 19
Session #7: June 16
Session #8: June 30
Session #9: July 21
Session #10: August 4
All sessions are 60 minutes from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Cross-posting from the The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC):
Healing School Communities in the Context of Racial Violence: Where do we go from here? is a two-part learning series intended for students, families, educators and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health. Each 1.5 hour learning session will feature a moderator who will engage advocates, leaders and the school mental health workforce in a conversation that focuses on: Navigating discussions which are grounded in advancing racial equity and inclusion both in and out of school; Elevating strategies for communicating and engaging in the ongoing work to support the mental health of students and school mental health professionals which are grounded in community wisdom and build upon protective factors, both in and out of school; Developing spaces which engender opportunities for the field to improve its commitment to fostering a workforce ready, able and willing to hold racial violence as a mental health issue in a way that is founded in community strengths and wisdom while supporting and building protective factors. Learn about the speakers and access the recordings for each learning session below.
Session 1: Thursday, February 25, 2021 Register Session 2: Thursday, March 4, 2021 Register
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 11am-noon TOPIC: Case Study of Student-Led SBHC Start-Up During COVID-19
Join us for a panel of Nova High School Students, school staff and SBHC staff from Country Doctor Community Health Centers to learn about their unique student engagement in SBHC advocacy, planning and start-up during the pandemic. Nova High School is a nontraditional, social and racial justice high school in Seattle where students have been leaders in advocacy for, design and implementation of their new SBHC to serve student needs. REGISTER HERE