2022 Nebraska School Mental Health Conference

Join in promoting strong mental health services in our schools by attending the 2022 Nebraska School Mental Health Conference! Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with professionals, gain valuable resources and training, and receive up to 7.5 CEUs.

This year, the Nebraska School Mental Health Conference is excited to host keynote speakers Michael Bonner, Emma Benoit, Ryan Sallans, and Samantha Reaves! 

Conference Details:

June 1-2, 2022
Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, Nebraska, 68128

More information and registration link: https://thekimfoundation.org/nebraska-school-mental-health/

The Impact Hope has on Teaching and Learning

This week, Scott Butler of Project Harmony in Omaha, Nebraska speaks to the powerful role that hope plays in the learning process, both for the learner and the educator alike. The pod shares research, first-hand experiences, and practical examples of the process from which educators can begin to implement this layer of learning into the educational experiences they design.

For more on Project Harmony visit https://projectharmony.com/

The ESUs’ Impact Series: SEL and Wellness – Episode 2

In each episode of this series, we chat with educators from different ESUs across Nebraska to learn more about how they serve and support the school systems in their respective regions of the state. This conversation focuses on the topic of social-emotional learning and wellness and features Jen McNally of ESU 5, Theresa Ritta-Olson of ESU 10, and Lynne Herr of ESU 6. Each of these ESU colleagues shares insights about the work they do in support of SEL and wellness on behalf of educators and learners in their area schools.

Basic Threat Assessment Training 2021-2022

NDE School Safety and Security Image

Threat assessment and management evolved from practices used to assess and manage potential risk of violence. This K-12 school team training will help your school form or enhance the team that will focus on identifying, assessing and managing the risk/threat of violence posed by students, staff, and community members toward the school community.

Schools are encouraged to participate in the virtual training with a team of 4 or more members.

Cost savings option – a team can attends for FREE when all four of these professional roles are represented and attend together. Otherwise, cost is $100 per person.

  • school administrator
  • staff member 
  • law enforcement
  • mental health professional (school psychologist, social worker, or LMHP)

Register your team for the next virtual training here:

A Conversation on “13 Things Strong Kids Do”

Book cover for 13 Things Strong Kids Do

In this episode, international best-selling author and licensed clinical social worker, Amy Morin, joins us to share out about her new book, 13 Things Strong Kids Do. This conversation delves into Amy’s own personal backstory as the impetus driving the Why behind her work, and we explore some of the thirteen talking points in this text, making connections to an educational context.

To learn more from Amy, check out her website at https://amymorinlcsw.com/ where you can find courses, her podcast, books, and more.

For those in our network, check out he audiobook or ebook from the ESUCC PD Library here: ESUCC PD Library

Listen to the Podcast

Behind-the-Scenes of The Mind Inside, Episode 3

This week we are joined by Sally Nellson Barrett, Andy Marinkovich, and Brittany Mascio of Nebraska Public Schools who give their behind-the-scenes insights on the latest I ❤️ Public Schools film, The Mind Inside, Episode 3. This docuseries explores the landscape of mental health issues in Nebraska’s public schools, with this particular episode focusing on the North Platte Public Schools’ Brandy Buscher (Director of Student Services NPPS) and Officer Jay Johnson (School Resource Officer NPPS) in their efforts to support the students they serve.

Click here to view The Mind Inside, Episode 3: https://iloveps.org/films/the-mind-inside-episode-three

Student Mental Health in Nebraska

ESUs Providing Social and Emotional Support

Nebraska News Service, a student news website at the University of Nebraska, recently highlighted the mental health services available to Nebraska students. Featured in the podcast is McKayla LaBorde, Director of Student Services at Educational Service Unit 3, and Sarah Hamilton, one of ESU 3’s clinical social workers. Listen to the episode to hear how ESUs are meeting students’ needs for social and emotional support and services.