The Blueprint for School Mental Health Support

June 4, 2024

Episode 322

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Dr. Sharon Hoover discusses the importance of prioritizing the mental health and well-being of students in schools, and how multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) provide a framework that supports the “whole child”.    
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Audio mixing by Concentus Media, Inc., Temple, Texas.


MCEC Global Training Summit Pre-Summit Professional Development

Don’t miss our four pre-summit sessions focusing on Mental Health and Well-being, Monday, July 29, 2024:

  • Promoting Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems for Military-Connected Students
  • Mental Health Risk Factors and Suicide Prevention for Military Families
  • Improving School Climate to Promote the Mental Health of Military-Connected Youth
  • Pioneering Progress: Exploring Promising Practices of the DoDEA Grant Program for Military-Connected School Communities

National Center for School Mental Health

National Center for Safe Supportive Schools

School Health and Performance Evaluation System


Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Hoover is Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH, and Director of the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools (NCS, She leads national efforts to support states, districts, and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems (see

Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services. Creating safe, supportive, and resilient schools has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research, education, and clinical work. She has worked for two decades, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education, and the World Health Organization to train state and community education and behavioral health leaders and professionals in multi-tiered systems of support for mental health and psychological trauma. Dr. Hoover is a co-developer and international trainer for two widely used, evidence-based school interventions, the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG).

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