Research shows that students who do not feel safe and supported at school, home and in their community have trouble learning. On Tuesday, April 9, at the Conference Center at Mercer, the NJSBA will host its first School Mental Health Conference. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with continental breakfast and registration starting at 8:30 a.m. This program offers 4 Board Member Academy credits.

Mental health and student service professionals will address effective preventive and supportive measures, as well as interventions for risky behaviors, expressions of depression, and responses to thoughts of self-harm. This program will also cover processes, best practices, policies, and procedures to help create schools that contribute to the emotional well-being of all students.

The day will include expert presentations on mindfulness, tragic loss response, social-emotional learning, cooperative discipline, and more.

Cost/Registration Information The cost is $99 per person, and the program offers 4 Board Member Academy credits. Registration of school board members and other district staff that have been reported to the NJSBA through the completion of the district census form should be completed online, but only by the school business administrator, who must attach a scanned copy of the purchase order with the registration.

Non-Member Registration Additional district staff members and parents are welcome to register online through Eventbrite using a credit card. (Staff should check with their district’s school business administrator about the local district policy regarding reimbursement.)

Who should attend? School board members, business administrators, superintendents, curriculum directors, and all district staff members who play a role in student success, including teachers and parents.

For questions regarding this program, please email the NJSBA Training Department.