Indiana School Mental Health Initiative

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

  • Where is the best place to improve the social, emotional, and mental health of as many people as we possibly could? Answer: Our schools.
  • Stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that feel safe, feel connection, and can manage emotions.
  • Resilient school staff and students lead to resilient and thriving families, and communities.

Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., ISMHI Director
Christy Gauss, M.S.W., ISMHI Facilitator
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Events Dates:
Feb. 27 2019

Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit

Indiana’s Educating the
Whole Child Summit

Social • Emotional • Academic

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February 27-28, 2019
Monroe County Convention Center
 Bloomington, Indiana

Sponsored by:
Indiana Department of Education (IDOE)
Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA)
and Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI)
at Indiana University – Bloomington

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Workshop Overview

In collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA), the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI) at Indiana University is honored to host Indiana’s first Educating the Whole Child Summit. The Summit will be held from 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 through 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Avenue in Bloomington, Indiana. Registration opens and box lunches are available beginning at 10:00.

The Call to Address the Whole Child: Answering the “Why:”

Simply stated, stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that feel safe, can emotionally regulate, and feel connection and a sense of purpose.  However, due to the fact that these indicators either go unrecognized or there is a lack of knowledge about their effects on learning and behavior, children and youth experiencing adversity and high levels of stress are often identified or mislabeled as having behavior, discipline, and/or learning issues in a school setting.   By building the capacity of our schools to address the social, emotional, physical, and mental health of our students we not only improve academic outcomes, we also preventatively address issues such as bullying, suicide prevention, school violence, substance use prevention, poor health outcomes later in life, mental health, workforce, suspensions/expulsions, disproportionality, and the school to prison pipeline.

Purpose of the Summit:

The purpose of Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit will be to share learnings and progress from across Indiana on how districts and their community partners are building the capacity to address the development of the whole child (e.g., social, emotional, physical, cognitive) within existing school frameworks and improvement plans.  As important as the “how” is, the summit will also clearly address the “why,” as stated above, and the importance of doing so to change belief systems about behavior and learning.   District teams will develop a plan for continued collaboration and learning with other districts from across the state and will receive technical assistance to support their goals and plans from national, state, and district expertise also participating in the meetings.  District teams will be given time to reflect and plan next steps.  Unlike a conference, the ultimate goal of this Summit will be to build a Community of Practice.  To this end, attendees will all hear from the same presenters and panelists at the same time, have opportunities to attend breakouts specific to their level of development and need, be encouraged to network with one another, and leave with actionable steps as a district team.


  • Leave with an understanding of the importance of effectively implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), as well as how to develop this comprehensive framework that allows for integration of work across systems, departments, and initiatives. A framework that accomplishes the goal of maximizing students’ social, emotional, and academic outcomes by truly educating THE WHOLE CHILD.
  • Collective Learning: Diverse district teams will come together to hear new information and identify next actionable steps at the same time they develop a vision for larger system change.
  • Opportunities for school district personnel and their community partners to connect with one another and expert resources/technical assistance.
  • Learn about state collaborative efforts to address the whole child.

Speakers Include:

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tyrone Marinez-Black, Policy and Practice Specialist for the Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Dr. Elizabeth Connors, Director of Quality Improvement at the National Center for School Mental Health (CSMH), University of Maryland

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Summit Schedule

The Summit will be held from 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 through 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Avenue in Bloomington, Indiana. Registration opens and box lunches are available beginning at 10:00. Complete schedule will be available soon.

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance for 15 instructional hours will be available at no charge and can be used for:

  • Professional Growth Plan points.
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency Continuing Education credits for speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants licensing requirements.
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency for Category I Continuing Education hours for Social Workers (LSW), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Addiction Counselors and Clinical Addiction Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and Clinical Addiction Counselors licensing requirements.
  • Type II BCBA credits

How to Register

The Summit is structured for district teams but will be meaningful as well for one or two district people. As the Indiana Department of Education strives to support districts in addressing the Whole Child, they are providing the funds for two people from each Title IV district to attend one administrator and one school-based personnel, up to 200 people. Registration codes will be provided for these free registrations by DOE. Each team will look different, but the following are suggested members of a district team:

  • Person most responsible within district for overseeing SEL/Mental Health
  • An administrator
  • Teacher
  • Key school-based community mental health provider
  • Student Services Personnel

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions has also provided funding to send the one person from each Community Mental Health Center who is in a key leadership role furthering school-based work for their Center. Registration codes will be provided for these free registrations by DMHA.

For all others, we have tiered costs to help districts/agencies to send additional team members as follows:

  • Cost for 1 is $200.
  • If you bring 4 or more, the cost is $175 per person.
  • If you bring 3, the cost is $185 per person.
  • If you bring 2, the cost is $190 per person.

Costs include all meals, conference materials and all other costs associated with the Summit. Hotel and parking costs not included.

Those paying can do so using a credit card or purchase order. If you plan to attend as a group at the discounted rates, it will be important to register as a group. All registrations are handled by IU Conferences. You will receive an email acknowledgement of payment—that email is your confirmation and receipt. Please keep it for your records and reimbursement purposes.

To register, go to:

This is a summit and not a traditional conference. As such our hope is that districts will come as planning teams. Your team will have time to work on a district plan. To facilitate this and to make sure that we cover the state, we are asking that districts register no more than 10 people.

All registrations are final. No money will be refunded.


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Bloomington. We have negotiated a special rate of $109.00 per night + tax. Wireless internet is free.

Hyatt Place Bloomington
217 West Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 339-5950


In order to secure a hotel room at the Hyatt Place, contact the hotel directly or reserve your room on-line through the group booking link below. When phoning for your reservation, you must identify that you will be attending Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit in order to obtain a room at the discounted rate.

Special group booking link: Book your stay at the Hyatt Place Bloomington for Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit     (

Phone reservations: (812) 339-5950 or (888) 591-1234
Reservation cut- off date: February 5, 2019
Parking: $10 per night in the hotel garage, or you can take advantage of our free parking at the Monroe Convention Center. The Hyatt is a pleasant 5 minute walk from the Convention Center. There are many hotel options in Bloomington. Some hotels are located within walking distance; some are a short drive from the Monroe Convention Center. Check out the Visit Bloomington web site for additional lodging options (


The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you have questions about accessibility, or have a request for alternative formats or other accommodations, please contact Cathy Pratt, or (812) 855-6508 with your request at least three weeks in advance of the event.

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Information

If you are interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the conference, please email Dr. Cathy Pratt at or view here:

Contact Us

If you have questions about the workshop content, please contact Cathy Pratt, or (812) 855-6508.

Registration payment questions should be directed to IU Conferences at (800) 933-9330 or to Melissa,

For any other questions, contact Julia Hillenburg, or (812) 855-6508.

10:00 am - 05:30 pm
Bloomington, IN
various tiers of cost
Apr. 15 2019

Unstuck and On Target: Improving Executive Function, On-Task and Flexible Behavior in Elementary School Age Children

Presenter: Lauren Kenworthy, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Indiana Resource Center for Autism and
Indiana School Mental Health Initiative at
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University – Bloomington

In Collaboration with Avon Community Schools

April 15, 2019 – Avon, Indiana

Workshop Overview

This presentation is for professionals and parents who work with children with autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury and other disorders linked to executive dysfunction. Executive Function problems are common in children and cause academic, social and adaptive problems. I will introduce you to tools you can use today that help you identify when a child is having trouble with EF, so that you can better distinguish a “can’t” from a “won’t” and therefore intervene more effectively.  I will describe the Unstuck and On Target intervention, which is a cognitive-behavioral school and home-based intervention program targeting flexibility, goal-setting and planning. I will provide demonstrations and video models of key skills. Finally, I will report on the results of our recent randomized, controlled trials of Unstuck that found improvements in classroom behaviors, such as: following directions, transitioning easily and engaging socially.

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08:00 am - 03:30 pm
Avon, IN

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