Mental Health Strand

Keystone AEA Mental Health Committee

2016-2017 Mental Health Strand and Recertification Credit

The Mental Health Committee is excited to bring a number of educational opportunities to educators and school counselors during the 2016-2017 school year. There are a variety of opportunities that include PLC meetings, a book discussion and in-person professional development opportunities. You will find a description of these opportunities below and on the Keystone AEA Workshop Web Page. Please register online for the opportunities you are interested in on the Keystone AEA Workshop and Inservice page.

Recertification Credit (1 credit)

The committee is offering recertification credit through this strand. Participants must pick from a menu of options (see below) that total 15 clock hours. Participants must register for each session.


  • PLC Meetings - 9 hours
  • Book Discussion - 3 hours
  • ACES/Paper Tigers - 6 hours
  • Lifelines Kits - 6 hours

PLC Meetings

Please join the Keystone AEA Mental Health PLC during the 2016-2017 school year. We will be discussing the following topics:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Behavior Management With Students That Exhibit Mental Health Needs
  • Suicide and Cutting
  • Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Model
  • Self-regulation and mindfulness

School Counselors, Teachers, AEA Staff

When: Second Tuesday of the month (with the exception of May 2nd)


  • September 13 - ACES
  • October 11 - Depression and Anxiety
  • December 13 - Behavior Management
  • January 10 - Suicide and Cutting
  • February 21 (snow date)
  • April 11 - Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Model (presented by Frank Grijalva)
  • May 2 - Self-Regulation and Mindfulness (presented by Frank Grijalva)

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Link:

Workshop Number: 52148

Clock Hours: 9 hours (must participate in all 6)

Participants must participate in all 6 PLC meetings if you are seeking recertification credit. Click here to register for all 6 sessions using workshop number 52148.

Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students Book Discussion


This book combines the knowledge of the cognitive and behavioral effects of trauma, evidence-based interventions, educational best practices, and the experiences of veteran educators, Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals presents a new framework for assisting students with a history of trauma. Designed specifically for busy educators who work with traumatized students daily. For further description, click here.

Dates: October 3rd, January 17th, and April 6th

Times: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. or 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: (same for both times)

Workshop Number: (Registration deadline is September 9th)

  • 52150 is for the 2:30 p.m. time slot
  • 52173 is for the 4:00 p.m. time slot

Materials Needed: All participants must purchase their own copy of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals.

Clock Hours: 3

Note: The registration deadline is September 9th. Section 1 of the book must be read prior to the book discussion on October 3rd. Zoom meetings will be time for collaboration.

Lifelines: Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Training


Lifelines is a whole-school program that educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students on the facts about suicide and their roles in suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention.

The goals of Lifelines are to increase the likelihood that

  • members of the school community can more readily identify potentially suicidal adolescents, know how to initially respond to them, and know how to rapidly obtain help for them

  • troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions

Each school district registered will receive one copy of the Lifelines Curricula. For more information about Lifelines, click here.

Date: November 29th, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Keystone AEA in Elkader, Rooms D1 - D3

Workshop Number: 52149

Registration: Deadline is October 18th

Clock Hours: 6

Kits are provided courtesy of Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health.

The value of each kit is $550. Thank you Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health.

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ACES and Paper Tigers Video


Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Participants will learn more about ACES, and will view the movie "Paper Tigers." This movie will follow six students over the course of a school year as a new trauma-sensitive program is implemented and teachers witness the ups and downs of their student lives. Thought provoking questions/conversation will follow after this viewing.

September 9th, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Keystone AEA in Elkader, D2 and D3

Workshop Number: 52151

Registration: Deadline September 6th

Clock Hours: 6 hours