Tuesday, August 1, 2023

9:00am-10:30am EDT

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CEU Information

  • 1.0 CEUs for WV LPC
  • 1.0 CEUs for Addictions
  • 1.0 CEUs for WV Social Work (pending)

Bridge to Success: Improving Transitions Between Schools & Intensive Services

Please join us to learn about best practices for improving the outcomes of students who have received intensive services by facilitating successful transitions between schools and service providers.

The Bridge to Success Guide was created by the Project AWARE WV team in collaboration with health care providers and educators throughout the state of West Virginia to assist families, caregivers, and schools in supporting the needs of WV students. This guide was formulated with the understanding that during a time when a child is struggling with mental health needs, parents/caregivers, and health care providers must work together to ensure access to supportive resources and strategies that are essential to healing.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about best practices for successful transitions between schools and intensive services.
  • Participants will understand the roles of FERPA and HIPAA in protecting privacy while enabling effective communication between schools and intensive service providers.
  • Participants will be able to identify three available resources related to continuation of care.

Our Panel

Deborah Spears has twenty-five years teaching experience in West Virginia, eight of those years being in the West Virginia Schools of Diversion and Transition (WVSDT). She now works for WVSDT as an Education Recovery Specialist (ERS). Deb holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and health Education from Alderson Broaddus University, a master's degree in special education from West Virginia University and a certification in Leadership Studies (Administration) from Marshall University. Deb is also a certified Trauma and Resilience Specialist in Education.

Bridget Bailey, PhD, LICSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry at West Virginia University. She holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University College of Social Work and is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker under the West Virginia Board of Social Work Licensure. Dr. Bailey has ten years of clinical experience in the field of mental health (inpatient, outpatient, community-based, and school-based) and specializes in the use of evidence-based psychotherapy for youth and adults with mood disorders, complex trauma and at high risk of suicide. 

Kelly Duffield is proud to be the Project Aware Coordinator for Clay County Schools. Kelly has been a School Psychologist for 10 years and is passionate about supporting school teams in innovative efforts to strengthen relationships between students, staff, and families. Most recently, Kelly served on the PBIS team at Clay County High School which was the first high school in WV to earn “Tier 1 Model PBIS school” status through the development of a “homegrown curriculum” which ties together real-world skills, mental health, and school expectations (i.e. the heart and soul of what it means to be a “Panther”.) 

Brittany Gould is a thirteen-year educator with the West Virginia Schools of Diversion and Transition, serving in that time as a Special Education/Option Pathway Teacher and her current role as an Education Recovery Specialist. Prior to working for the West Virginia Schools of Diversion and Transition, Brittany has worked as a Social Studies/Special Education teacher, lead teacher and Network Administrator at Pressley Ridge Laurel Park, and as a Response to Intervention Specialist. Brittany holds a master’s degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education from Fairmont State University and earned a post-master’s certificate in Educational Leadership from Marshall University. Brittany is also a Certified Trauma and Resilience Practitioner. 

Amy Knicely, MA., is the State Educational Agency (SEA) Coordinator for Project AWARE, a grant-funded initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).  She has 14 years of classroom and administrative experience with WV schools and the WV Department of Education.   Amy holds a School Principalship certification from Marshall University; an MA., in Curriculum & Instruction from Ohio Valley University; a BA., in Elementary Education from Kean University; and an AA., as an Education Practitioner from Middlesex County College.