Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

When: Wednesday, February 2 - 1:00 PM

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

This workshop will help you recognize red flags for potential mental health concerns, identify and reframe challenging behaviors in youth, and work with parents and youth to understand the connection between mental health and behaviors and how it all impacts a student's education.  Now more than ever, students are experiencing high rates of social isolation, depression, and anxiety.  Students with underlying mental health needs are at even greater risk.  We’ll discuss steps you can take to empower families to successfully advocate for their child's needs in school to ensure students receive individualized and appropriate accommodations and services.


About the Presenter:

Jen Schwartz is the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Youth Advocacy for the Long Island Advocacy Center (LIAC) and has been working with families and students with disabilities for 13 years.  As an educational advocate, she mostly works with families of youth who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System to assist them in obtaining the appropriate services to be successful in school.  She co-wrote a youth-centered training curriculum and facilitated groups for teenagers with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties focusing on self-awareness, communication skills, and self-advocacy skills.


Review the previous webinars in the Education Matters series here!

Other events in this series:

Wed, Feb 9 2022

Bullying and Emotional Vulnerability (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

Location: Zoom


This webinar will review New York State regulations related to bullying, what rights families have in the process, how schools are required to respond, and how to work with families to make sure that their children are safe.

Wed, Mar 2 2022

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

Location: Zoom


This workshop will explore the nature of a child’s behavior and when a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) should be requested. We will describe the process by which a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) are developed, share tools and strategies to support student success, and provide tips to support students and parents to actively participate in the process of developing these plans.