Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Available, AODA Grants, Restorative Practices, More Trainings Added
February 2017 Updates
This month's newsletter is also available:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Available

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through Project AWARE grant funds can offer a limited number of YMHFA trainings at no cost to Wisconsin schools, organizations, and communities. You may be placed on a waiting list for the next grant year if the maximum number of trainings has been met. YMHFA is an 8 hour course, read more here.
Responses will automatically be submitted to Christine Kleiman, Training Coordinator. Once the Inquiry Form is received, Christine will send the host site contact person a MOU, assign trainers and get the Hosting Kit sent out. The trainers will contact you with more information. This process could take up to 6 weeks. Pick your training date 6 weeks out from date of this inquiry.   Questions can be directed to Christine Kleiman, Training Coordinator, .
AODA Grant Writing Time

Need funding for your AODA Program? The DPI will be holding an AODA grant competition in the spring of 2017. 
  • Awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000/year for each of the two year period, depending on the size of the district.
  • This grant appropriates funds for the development or expansion of a district wide, K-12 comprehensive program for the prevention of and intervention in alcohol and other drug abuse.
  • A school district may propose to utilize multiple strategies in a comprehensive manner to develop this program.
Some grantwriting workshop dates are still available:
For more information on AODA Grants: A grantwriting webinar will be archived soon on the above website.   Applications are due to DPI by April 21, 2017.
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference Registration Available

April 18 Preconference
April 19 Conference
Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide

Kalahari, Wisconsin Dells

Read More about conference details.
Why Support Mental Health in Schools?
From the Wisconsin DPI 
Why is this so important? Listen to students, practitioners, and educators in Hortonville, a small community much like many in Wisconsin. Hortonville's experiences and extensive collaboration around this issue are instructive and inspiring.

Restorative Practices
submitted by Christine Kleiman, Eastern Regional Coordinator

In Wisconsin, public education is taking a real hard look at how we view students behavior, that is our own beliefs, using the philosophy "children will do well if the want to" vs. "children will do well if they can", (Dr. Ross Greene). Along with taking a look at our philosophy of children's behavior is how we handle behavior, specifically discipline. For too long we have been punishment based or Zero Tolerance addicted, finally realizing we are spinning
 our wheels, we are losing the battle of changing behaviors.
Many of us in education are looking for a better way to engage our students in taking on the responsibility of their behaviors. We are starting to have conversations with students that lead to them repairing the harm, taking ownership and learning from their experiences.
This is a challenging mindset; not to punish, not to do things to students. To this end, let's ask; what would your school look like if it embraces the restorative philosophy and successfully implements and maintains for 3 to 5 years.
Looks like, feels like, sounds like-restorative:
  • The attitude of learning and behavior from both teachers and leaners is unfailingly positive.
  • Difficult moments are regarded as educational opportunities
  • The school values are clearly defined for adult, students and parent in terms of expected behaviors and are taught, known and modelled by all adults.
  • There is an understanding of the need to restore relationships in the aftermath of conflict.
  • Attention is paid to the quality of the relationships between learners as well as between teacher and learner, in recognition of the need for an optimal environment for learning-a sense of safety and belonging.
  • Behavior of learners is not seen as a separate issue to be managed outside the curriculum. Regular class meetings are held to develop social and emotional competencies, self-regulation and whole-class responsibility for the climate in the classroom. Students are explicitly taught the skills required to participate in restorative processes.
  • Everyone's voice is important, not just the voice of adults within the school community. There is more listening, and less telling.
  • Leaders have had intensive training in the range of restorative practices-they understand the philosophy and processes from the inside out. Restorative process becomes the default approach to problem-solving and leaders lead by example with this approach.
  • Staff conflict is acknowledged and acted on with a restorative approach, with all adults having a clear understanding of the need to model what we want from young people. We must be prepared to use the same approach for the issues that arise for us.
This is just a sample of a long list of cultural changes we would experience when implementing a restorative way to dealing with behavior in our schools. This small excerpt comes from the book Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities, by Margaret Thorsborne and Peta Blood.

WISH Center Workshops

Prefer a Calendar View--See our  Training Calender

PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (Open to all school and community partners)

Workshop 1: Focus on Crisis Planning
Workshop 2: Focus on Crisis Intervention/Recovery*
Wellness and Mindfulness as School Based Interventions
Helping Students Through Trauma & Loss
Keeping Kids Safe: Internet Safety & Emerging Drug Trends
Online Courses*
Just In Time: Strategies to Support Resiliency and Address Trauma Among Youth
 School-Based Suicide Prevention (New Curriculum)
*Graduate Credit Available for a fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants. We are working on flyers and registration for some events. Please forward to a friend.
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