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School Social Work Association of America
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National Conference in San Diego
March 20 - 23, 2013

Workshops Addressing Mental Health

We are extremely pleased to have as our Opening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Michael Pritchard. In his presentation “T.E.A.M. Together, Everyone and Anyone Matters”, Michael teaches that collaboration and connectivity are the soul of building community. Michael will incorporate humor in addressing such issues as frustration, anger, active listening, conflict resolution, fighting indifference and apathy, bouncing back from burnout, and reclaiming our dedication.

We are also honored to have as our Closing Keynoter Speaker, Dr. Marleen Wong, Clinical Professor & Associate Dean at the University of Southern California, who has been recognized by the White House as one of the "pre-eminent experts in school crisis and [trauma] recovery" and the "architect of school-safety programs" by the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Wong has developed mental health recovery programs and crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel and Asia for the past 30 years.  She will be presenting on "Trauma Informed Schools:  The Role of School Social Work" .

Other workshop sessions addressing Mental Health include:

Pre B Working with "Tough Kids" Transforming the Difficult Child
Pre-F Rating Scales to Facilitate Student Mental Health Assessment & Outcome Management

A1 Mental Health Screening: Tier II & Tier III Assessment
A3 Developmental Play Groups for At-Risk Kindergartners
A4 Therapeutic Program Model: What Works & Why
A9 Evidence Based Practice in Treating Trauma in Schools

B19 & C29 Crisis Bereavement Group Intervention Guidelines for School Social Workers
C23 Play Therapy for Adolescents with Developmental Delays

D31 Identity & Trauma in the Gang Context
D32 Compassion Fatigue: Giving Up or Giving Out
D34 The Mental Well-Being of Undocumented Youth: Effective Services and Solutions
D36 When Mental Illness Comes to School
D37 Strategies to Teach Social Skills & Self Regulation

E41 Creating a Trauma Sensitive School
E47 Implementing a Strength Based Approach With Students & Families
E50 & F60 Autism, Aspergers & the Culture of Neurodiversity

F51 Psychological First Aid
F54 Preventing Sexual Risk Behaviors
F55 Stop Stress From Killing Our Youth
F57 Social Skills Stars Program

G65 Consulting with Teachers Regarding Trauma Exposed Youth
G67 The Relaxation Response: EBP for Assisting Anxious or Angry Children and Adolescents
G70 An Evidence Based Early Intervention Program for Kindergartners

Other Keynote Speakers include Myrna Mandlawitz, Esq. Government Relations, School Social Work Association of America “A School Social Worker, A Representative, and a Senator Walk into a School:…Don’t Let the Joke Be on Us!” Hear the latest exciting advocacy efforts on our behalf as well as legislative issues impacting school social workers.

To view complete brochure information on this topic and more, please visit our website at:

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