Wediko clinicians recently presented on Wediko’s school and community-based work at the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, held in San Diego, CA.
The theme of the conference was Shape the Future of School Mental Health: Advancing Quality and Sustainability. Clinicians from Wediko’s Boston and New York City offices led sessions, sharing best practice approaches and our research on effectiveness.
Social emotional learning and trauma-informed care program evaluation
Wediko NY clinicians outlined a multi-site mixed methods school based mental health program evaluation in three New York City public schools. Discussion focused on how data was used to guide clinical interventions by school-based staff in real-time during the different evaluation phases to support social and emotional learning and resiliency. Our clinicians spoke about how front-line staff can use research data to direct school-based mental health interventions.
Program adaptation and implementation for elementary school students
Christopher Reiger, Ph.D., a consultant in Wediko’s School-Based Program, presented alongside several contributing researchers. They discussed the implications of two recent studies that provide initial evidence that engaging students in the development and implementation of interventions is beneficial. While engagement of childhood opinion leaders as collaborators in evidence-based programming is by no means a panacea to childhood problems in schools, it may strengthen implementation and acceptability of programs. Further research on this is necessary, as is replication of their studies with larger and diverse samples.
Adult caregiver consultation as school-based therapist
In another session, Wediko School-Based Program clinicians discussed strategies for developing a shared understanding and treatment plan among adult caregivers. Wediko provided a framework, based on attachment and trauma theory, for improving caregiver’s ability to carry out interventions. The session included a discussion of common obstacles to collaboration and practice recommendations.