Best Practices to Support Student Mental and Social Emotional Learning

Friday, January 31, 2020
, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Best Practices to Support Student Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning
Fran Kuehn, LICSW

In this workshop, participants will be exposed to the concept of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and specific ways in which SEL objectives are being incorporated into school systems.

Models of intervention that are district and school wide, classroom and small group focused and individual interventions will be discussed and practiced within the workshop.

Special attention will be paid to how professionals can incorporate best practices in their particular setting. This workshop will also instruct participants in interventions used to improve distress tolerance without resorting to substance use.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the objectives of SEL and the core skill areas.
  • Describe how to use evidence-based clinical intervention practices (DBT, CBT, Stress Resilience) to teach skills in small group and individual settings.
  • Describe brief treatments for anxiety and depression
  • Describe how to create a classroom culture that supports SEL.
  • Describe effective models of SEL interventions in various school settings
  • Describe how to create a SEL model in your setting.

Fran Kuehn, LICSW, has been a School Social Worker for the Brookline Public Schools for 18 years. He has focused his efforts on treating the school as a system, noting that Teachers are People too, and the environment of a school is a function of the relationship between adults and students. Mr. Keuhn has led teams of educators in delivering Mindful Stress Resilience curricula to students throughout the school, with a focus on training educators to develop and embody their own stress resilience practice. Fran also led a self-contained therapeutic special education program for several years.

Mr. Keuhn is a Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is a Senior Instructor on the faculty of Simmons University Graduate School of Social Work. He presents on a variety of topics related to School Mental Health, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, SEL, alternatives to traditional student discipline practices including Restorative Justice and school culture.

Mr. Keuhn has a private therapy practice in Newton, MA where he applies principles of Cognitive Therapy in his work with adolescents and adults and provides consultation and supervision services to schools

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