School Mental Health Communities of Practice

Miami University's Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP) would like to offer you the opportunity to become a member of a virtual/online Community of Practice (COP) to support the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of your K-12 students.

For the 2020-2021 COPs, special emphasis will be placed on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students' mental health and well-being.

Five COPs will be available in 2020-2021:

  • K-12 Educators and Classroom Personnel
  • Building and District Administrators
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers

What Can You Expect from Your COP Membership?

Community of Practice membership includes:

  • Online/virtual forum to network and collaborate with others who work in a professional role similar to you
  • Weekly information briefs (tailored to your role) containing evidence-based and research-informed strategies to support your students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and mental well-being
  • Monthly online/virtual professional development training sessions (tailored to your role) on key social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health topics relevant to K-12 students
  • For professional development activities, contact hours will be provided to educators/administrators, and CEUs will be provided to counselors, school psychologists, and social workers
  • Opportunity to identify and triage mental health and behavioral health challenges with other professionals in your same role, and brainstorm possible solutions
  • Access to national, state, and local mental health and behavioral health resources related to the identified challenges and solutions
  • Resources to support a Comprehensive Continuum of Mental Health & Behavioral Health Supports for School-Age Youth


Communities of Practice will operate online/virtually from:

Monday, September 14th, 2020 through Friday, May 7th, 2021.

The COP experience will be flexible in terms of impact on your schedule. You can participate in forum discussions at times that are convenient for you. All resources will be made available in electronic format, and will be emailed to you and available for download in the archives. All professional development training sessions will be recorded and made available in archived format. You can choose to attend professional development training sessions live (which allows you to actively participate), or access the archived recordings at times that are convenient for you.


The cost to participate is $150, which equates to approximately $4 per week for the 34-week program.

Total cost = $150 for the 2020-2021 COP, plus Miami University's $9 processing fee.  ($159 total cost)

For more information, please contact Dr. Cricket Meehan (; (513) 529-4247).