• The Mind-Body Connection
    A Workshop for Building and Sustaining Resilience
    10:30-12:30 OR 1:30-3:30 on Friday, March 25, 2016 

    This workshop will introduce an understanding of the Mind-Body connection and teach practical applications of techniques for self care. Mind-Body techniques can also be used with both children and adolescents including those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences or are suffering from PTSD. Participants will learn basic science and concepts of the Mind- Body connection as well as several empowering practical tools and easy to learn and teach skills.


    • Understand key elements in childhood vulnerability relating to stress and trauma
    • Understand some of the new neuroscience discoveries in brain development as it relates to the mind body connection and trauma
    • Better understand how stress and trauma impacts school success. How it contributes to social problems, impulse control and self esteem. How stress management is a key component of preventive mental health and personal well being as well as a key in self care for anyone working in stressful environments.

    This workshop will be presented by:
    Lora Matz, MS, LICSW, integrative clinical psychotherapist and professional clinical education specialist & Julie Kilpatrick, BSN, PHN, Public Health Nurse for Washington County/MN Department of Public Health and Environment

    Register on PDExpress - OCCR (R): Building and Sustaining Resilience: The Mind-Body Connection


    Beyond Courage: Leading for Gender Inclusion 

    This training course will help deepen understanding of the affects of gender-bias on all learners. Principals, assistant principals, and other educational program leaders will develop their understanding of their role as school leaders in the implementation of the Gender Inclusion Policy. Participants will will practice utilizing the tools available to them to support transgender and gender non-conforming students through supported practice with scenarios. Direct connections to the implementation of Teacher Development and Evaluation are included in this session.

    Offered on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This session is at 360 Colborne Ave., Room F. As a note, the session on Monday, Feb. 22 was cancelled due to low enrollment.

    Register on PDExpress.


    Handling Crisis Situations

    This course will prepare participants in crisis planning and teaching how to react in a crisis situation by calmly addressing the safety needs of students and staff. Strategies to control emotional response, body, voice, environment and message during a crisis will be explored. Recognizing signs of student distress and how to intervene safely will also be covered and additional resources provided. This will meet the teacher re-licensing requirement for Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies.

    Register on PDExpress under the following Course Title and Description: PBIS (R): Handling Crisis Situations [PBIS320-PBIS320]

    Then follow link to e-course:  tinyurl.com/SPPS-Handling-Crisis


    Youth Mental Health First Aid:

    Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is for adults who regularly interact with young people. This eight hour course will teach you how to help adolescents (age 12-18) struggling with mental health or addiction. 

    The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

    Topics include:

    • anxiety
    • depression
    • substance use
    • disorders in which psychosis may occur
    • disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and 
    • eating disorders

    Saint Paul Public Schools has received a federal grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. This grant provides hourly payments to staff during training and substitute teachers. Paraprofessionals will be paid for eight hours of training if they attend on a non-duty day. For licensed staff, this training will meet re-licensure requirements for “Early Warning Signs.” Substitute teachers are available by selecting the "Project Aware" budget code from the drop down list in AESOP.

    Register on PDExpress under the following Course Title and Description: OA/MLR (U): Youth Mental Health First Aid [OAYMHFA-15-16Spring.A]


    Designing & Supporting Effective Interventions

    Two sessions of Designing & Supporting Effective Interventions will be offered on Feb. 26. This course is for SAT Team members and other staff who develop and implement education interventions for students. It will give an overview of how to use the four-step problem solving model to design and support effective interventions for both elementary and secondary students.

    Register on PDExpress under the following Course Title and Description: OCCR/MLR (R): Designing and Supporting Effective Interventions [SCS301-16winterA] (R).