Ship impacts local school districts through School-Based Mental Health Summit

The second annual School-Based Mental Health Summit kicked off October 30, 2019 with the help of faculty from Shippensburg University’s Counseling and College Student Personnel Department. Alongside counselors from local school districts, the Mental Health Summit emphasized the importance of maintaining relationships with students – paying particular attention to systems and trauma.

This year, the summit focused on “Building Our School Counseling Skills for Collective Impact.” In order to be successful, Ship’s Counseling and College Student Personnel Department decided to customize the agenda of the summit by sending out a needs assessment to school counselors, and then used that data to determine which areas to focus on.

Throughout the day, school counselors could engage in a variety of sessions, including a presentation on Systemic Thinking and Intervention, an intro to Youth Mental Health First Aid, and breakout sessions on Right-Brain strategies for young and older learners.

Altogether, Ship hosted 48 school counselors from 13 different school districts throughout central Pennsylvania.