The School Based Mental Health Providers Coalition (consisting of Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Michigan Association of School Psychologists and Michigan School Counselor Association) and its partners have created a Return to School Mental Health Toolkit. As we still do not know how the school year will proceed, this toolkit provides school community members and stakeholders both in-person and remote learning tools and resources. Please share the Toolkit with your Association, Staff, and Network. Help us get the word out!
The Return to School Toolkit is a living resource; any changes in public health guidance recommendations will be updated to the resource as they occur.
Inside the Return to School Toolkit, you will find resources to help you follow the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap. While much of the toolkit focuses on disease prevention, it also considers the underlying long-term effects of the pandemic, including the impact of collective trauma. Specifically, it is concerned with the trauma that some children and families historically have, or are particularly primed for, due to being part of a racial minority group hit harder by COVID-19 and inadequate access to health care. Providing resources that support school communities with being trauma-informed aides districts in understanding student behavior, family engagement and how to best address concerns. The Return to School Toolkit includes several practical tools to foster resilience in students, families and staff.
Questions about this resource should be directed to Nick Jaskiw, President, Michigan Association of School Psychologists, at email@example.com.
Written by Nick Jaskiw, President, Michigan Association of School Psychologists