2021 Online - Mental Health Symposium
Moving Forward with Hope and Optimism

May 5th - May 26th


The 2021 Mental Health Symposium will again be an online event with sessions offered each Wednesday in May. This symposium is scheduled to coincide with the National Mental Health Awareness month.

We would like to thank the hundreds of attendees who made the 2020 online MHS such a successful event. We are looking forward to seeing you again this year.

Watch for additional information and links to register in March.

Guest Speakers

Susan Wollner

Sue Wollner is an Education Consultant for School Mental Health Resource and Training Center at the Mental Health Association in New York State. She taught Social Studies for 20 years at Maple Hill High School in Schodack, New York and was very involved as an advisor to several clubs and a committee member of the Child Study Team and the Shared Decision-Making Team. Sue taught Psychology courses at Maple Hill, including Introduction to Psychology for both high school and college credits and created a new elective course for students about mental health and wellness which she taught for 10 years. She also worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and editor. Sue currently lives with her family in Delmar, outside of Albany.

Lynn Kellogg & Mary Ellen Shevalier

Lynn Kellogg savored thirty years serving as a public educator at the elementary and middle school levels. In retirement, she’s shifting her attention toward creating practical, relevant professional development opportunities for practicing educators that support their efforts to help students grow and mature. An avid lover of the outdoors, Lynn enjoys hiking, photography, flight, and soaking up nature on her own, with family and friends.

Mary Ellen Shevalier loved her profession as a K-12 Art Educator for 30 years. In the middle years of her career she earned her CAS in educational administration. She designed a Project-Based-Learning course; “I Am A Citizen of the world”resulting in her co-authored book of the same name,(©2010). Semi-Retirement affords Shevalier the time to enjoy life with her husband at their home on Lake Ontario. Through her consultation services and her latest book, “Espirit, The Hope For World Peace”, (©2016) she continues to promote education as the most important institution in our country and … “the single most powerful tool to heal our society and our world.”

Jon Harper

During his 21 years in education, Jon Harper has been a classroom teacher, a math coach, and currently serves as the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. He is the author of My Bad: 24 Educators Who Messed Up, Fessed Up and Grew. Jon hosts My Bad and Teachers' Aid for the BAM Radio Network. He is also a national and international speaker. His writings have appeared in EducationalLeadership, Edutopia, Education Week, ASCD Expressand NAESP’s Principal. He lives on the eastern shore of Maryland with his wife and two children.

Amy Molloy

Ms. Molloy is a non-profit professional with over 20 years’ experience supporting organizations and coalitions involved in improving the health and wellness of families and communities. She is the Project Director, School Mental Health Resource and Training Center of the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc., as well as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at the Warren Washington Association for Mental Health in Hudson Falls, NY. She is also a member of Queensbury Union Free School District Board of Education.

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Online Sessions

Registration is now open. Please take a moment to review the sessions below.
After registering you will receive the online meeting information

Lynn Kellogg & Mary Ellen Shevalier

Start with Self
May 12, 2021 3:00 PM
Registration
It's been a tough year. How might you navigate the challenges you're facing with hope and optimism? Start With Self. At a time when the world's outside pressures deplete your energy, experienced educators MaryEllen Shevalier and Lynn Kellogg share lessons from their SLowDrip Professional Development for Educators Program. This gentle, empowering approach encourages participants to Start With Self as they engage in flexible, restorative daily practices. Let us give you a taste of job-embedded strategies that support your social-emotional health and wellbeing.

Jon Harper

Educator Strategies for Self-Care
May 19, 2021 3:00 PM
Registration
It is impossible to pour from an empty cup. While this may sound obvious, it is a simple fact that we often forget. As a result, we often experience compassion fatigue and burnout. This session is for educators who want tips and strategies for how to take better care of themselves while continuing to thrive. Participants will come away with 5 actionable strategies for relieving burnout and improving self-care.

Amy Molloy

The School Mental Health Resource and Training Center
May 26, 2021 3:00 PM
Registration
The School Mental Health Resource and Training Center was established in 2018 by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) to assist NYS schools in providing mental health education as part of the K-12 curriculum. In this session we will be joined by Director, Amy Molloy to discuss the wide array of resources available and how they can be utilized to support our students, educators, and families.

MHS 2020 Sessions

Susan Wollner

Thinking Outside the Box: Moving Forward with Hope and Optimism
May 5, 2021
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