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Education and Mental Health Summit: Joining Together to Create Resilient Schools
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Category: Town Hall

Education and Mental Health Summit: Joining Together to Create Resilient Schools

Thursday, July 14, 2022, on Zoom from 12:00 PM EST - 5:00 PM EST

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Please note: Continuing education for educators and clinicians is pending approval for selected workshops.

Join us for this year's virtual Education and Mental Health Summit: Joining Together to Create Resilient Schools where psychologists, current and future teachers, counselors, and school administrators will gather to share current research and best practices related to current mental health issues, and discuss current initiatives in education. Discussion and workshops this year will target the emerging education and mental health needs of faculty and students in schools.

12:00 - 12:15 Welcome and Introduction

12:15 - 1:15 Panel Discussion and Questions

Assessing the developmental, social, and cognitive delays resulting from at homeschooling during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderator: Vanessa Lamoretti

Panelists: Dr. Alison Fowler

About the Panelist:

Dr. Allison Fowler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Spalding University in the School of Professional Psychology and the Director of the Undergraduate Program. Dr. Fowler earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Louisville. Dr. Fowler's research centers around achievement motivation, conceptual change, and learning.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Break

1:30 - 2:30 Breakout Session 1

The Practical Use of Neuropsychology in the School System: Spotting the issues, understanding assessment, and remediating deficits, 1 CE

 Presented by Dr. Hannah Kersting Richardson

Participants will explore ways to identify common neuropsychological symptoms in pediatric/adolescent school-aged children and will gain an introductory understanding of the utility of a neuropsychological assessment. They will also identify different evidence-based support strategies for children, family, and classroom providers that best assist with neuropsychological findings. Skill level: Beginning

Workshop Objectives:

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe at an introductory level, the purpose of neuropsychological assessment in the differential diagnosis of school-aged persons.
  • Gain awareness of evidence-based accommodations/recommendations for school-aged persons from a neurodevelopmental/neuropsychological perspective. 
  • Be familiar with traditional signs/symptoms regarding the presence of potential neurodevelopmental/neuropsychological issues.

 About the Presenter: 

Dr. Hannah Kersting Richardson is a Neuropsychologist with a wide range of experience working with neurologically compromised individuals throughout their lifespan. She is a Louisville native and a graduate from Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology Program. Following graduate school, she received neuropsychological-specific internship training at the third largest Veteran’s Affair Medical Center in the country, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. To continue her career, she received advanced training through a fellowship in neurology, neurosciences, and rehabilitation at the University of Toledo Medical Center. As a recipient of the Women in Neuropsychology Award, Dr. Richardson aims to provide mentoring and clinical experiences to promote well-rounded training in clinical neuropsychology.

The Role of School Leaders and Teachers in Cultivating a Trauma-Informed School Climate

Presented by Dr. Antonio Garcia

Participants will explore the ingredients that are necessary for schools to implement and sustain trauma-informed practices (TIPs). After reviewing the impact of the Trauma-Informed Practices for Educators and School Personnel (TIPE) learning collaborative, they will be able to identify what additional resources and/or tools they need to fully implement TIPs in school settings.  Finally, participants will gain a deeper appreciation for the role that school leaders play in enhancing knowledge of TIPs and creating and sustaining trauma-sensitive school systems.

About the Presenter:

 Antonio Garcia, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, and a Faculty Associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. His research is guided by his experiences as a former CPS Worker and Supervisor in Washington State. Having broad inter-disciplinary training in Psychology, Social Work, and Services Research, he is committed to using research evidence to inform the development and implementation of culturally relevant, evidence-based interventions for children and families involved in child-serving systems of care. He relies on their lived experiences and input from agency providers to develop or tailor engagement strategies and services.

Part 1) Developmental Trauma Disorder: Why PTSD in Children Looks Like ADHD; Part 2)…..And What to Do About It, 2 CE

Presented by DeDe Wohlfarth, Ph.D.

Please note: These workshops are sequential; people should attend part one if they want to attend part two.

Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) is a proposed diagnostic category with hopes of better capturing the complex symptoms in children exposed to Type II traumas. These children often end up with diagnoses not reflective of their traumatic histories, including ADHD, ODD, or Bipolar Disorder. This practical yet research-based workshop will outline the scope of this problem, deepen your knowledge of DTD, and provide some therapeutic tools to help intervene with these children. Skill Level: Intermediate

Workshop Objectives:

  • Deepen participants' already solid understanding of ADHD symptoms. (Workshop is intermediate level, so we assume you are quite familiar with this disorder). 
  • Introduce participants to key symptoms of Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) and compare symptom pictures of children with DTD and ADHD. 
  • Provide participants with some practical interventions for DTD and explore how you might consider using some of these interventions in educational and therapeutic settings.

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Wohlfarth earned her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, master’s degree from Ball State University, and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in 1998. DeDe is a full professor at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and the Director of the Child, Adolescent and Family Emphasis Area. She is also a practicing clinical psychologist in Indiana and Kentucky who specializes in treating children and families who are affected by intergenerational poverty, abuse and neglect, and trauma. Of central importance to her work is trying to practice from a cultural humility framework, approaching people from a space of genuine curiosity instead of pathologizing people perceived as "other."

 2:30 PM - 2:40 PM Break

 2:40 PM - 3:45 PM Breakout Session 2

Developmental Trauma Disorder: What to Do About It PART 2, 2 CE (continued)

Presented by DeDe Wohlfarth

Click here to read more about this workshop's description and objectives.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM  Breakout Session 3

Implications of 2022 Legislative Session on Mental Health and Education

Presenters: Sheila Schuster, PhD, Dr. Steven Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP HSP, Lisa Willner, Ph.D.,
Moderator: Vanessa Lamoretti

Panel members will answer questions about the bills passed this legislative session and how they will play out in schools and for mental health providers. Discussion will include the passing of anti-CRT bills and how teachers can navigate this legislation; what does this mean? What can be taught? And what does the legislation really say? Discussion will also cover the Mental Health Excused absences bill that was passed; panel members will discuss the legislation itself as well as how we can expect it to play out in a school setting.

 How to Implement Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools: What Every Administrator Should Know

Presented by Bounce Coalition's Joe Bargione, PhD (trainer) and Beverly Winsch, PhD (evaluator)

The Bounce Coalition has worked with school districts by providing trauma-informed training and implementation supports throughout Kentucky for the past eight years. Participants in this session will learn a systemic approach to transforming schools that leads to utilization of trauma-informed practices. Topics will cover community engagement, training, data tracking, and discipline policies.  

About the Presenters: 

Beverly J. Winsch, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville. She has over 30 years of experience in research and program evaluation. She served as the lead evaluator of federal and state-funded programs and as a key writer for large-scale evaluation proposals during her 15-year tenure with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, KY. Dr. Winsch also served on Kentucky Department of Education accreditation and review teams.  Since its inception, she has served as the lead evaluator of the Bounce program which provides trauma-informed training to schools and organizations.  

Joseph L. Bargione, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. Dr. Bargione was the lead psychologist for 25 years with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. In this position, he was responsible for facilitating the creation of a trauma-informed, multi-tiered framework the district used to support students, staff, and families exposed to trauma. Dr. Bargione has presented at the state, regional, and national levels on trauma, crisis intervention, youth mental health first aid, and suicide prevention. Dr. Bargione was awarded the Schuster Advocacy Award from the Kentucky Psychology Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.  

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Participant Feedback

Registration Fees:

Registration is free but required.


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 CE Credits/Attendance


KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

Social Workers & Art Therapists:
KPA is an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists. (Provider #1004)

Pastoral Counselors: 
KPA is approved to offer Continuing Education to Pastoral Counselors as stated in 201 KAR 38:070, Section 3(1)(b) as an approved KBEP provider.