Promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of our children and youth has never been more critical. In this timely conversation, National Association of School Psychologists members Drs. John P. Kelly, Melissa Reeves, and Dan Florell look at what it takes to ensure student wellness in school. These experts from the National Association of School Psychologists discuss the importance of effective school-based mental health services and how they contribute to school safety and fewer barriers to learning. Topics addressed include:
- engaging parents in efforts to improve school climate and school safety
- the continuum of school-based mental health services and supports
- bullying prevention and intervention efforts
- reducing barriers and the stigma associated with mental health issues
- what parents can do to help establish safe and welcoming school environments
Dan Florell, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School Psychology Program at Eastern Kentucky University and runs a private practice. He has a PhD in School Psychology from Illinois State University. Dr. Florell is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist. His main research focus is on cyberbullying and how technology impacts adolescent development. He has written journal articles and book chapters on these topics and has presented at various national and state conventions. Dr. Florell also has created a weekly YouTube channel called School Mental Health Minute that highlights recent research in regards to child and adolescent development for parents and educators.
Melissa A. Reeves, PhD, is a school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, and licensed professional counselor. She is co-author of the NASP PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention & Intervention Curriculum and previously worked for the Cherry Creek School District (CO) as a school psychologist and district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. Currently she is a lecturer at Winthrop University (SC). In addition to responding to various crises over the years, she travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, and the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement. Dr. Reeves has: testified in front of the U.S. Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Disaster and Recovery; co-authored three books; and contributed to numerous newspaper, journal articles, and book chapters. Dr. Reeves is two-time recipient of the NASP Presidential Award and NASP Crisis Management Interest Group Award for Excellence.
John P. Kelly, PhD, received his masters in School Psychology in 1985 and completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra in 1988. He has been employed by the Commack School District as a school psychologist since 1986 and has run his own private practice since 1989. Dr. Kelly is on the Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists and serves as the Government and Professional Relations Committee Chair of the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Kelly has been involved in school-based anti-violence initiatives for more than fifteen years, has authored numerous articles on anti-bullying efforts, and has been a leader in the implementation of social and emotional learning concepts in the classroom. He was recognized as the NYS School Psychologist of the Year in 2001 and the NASP School Psychologist of the Year in 2003.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents approximately 25,000 school psychologists in the United States and abroad. NASP empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior, and mental health.