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Professional Development Training Tools & Resources

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Through insights gathered from school social workers, psychologists, and guidance counselors who participated in the 2024 Needs Assessment Survey, we heard that most participants felt the professional development and training topics offered did not fully address the knowledge and skills needed for their role. They indicated that they would benefit from more training in 1) Supporting Specific Student Populations, 2) Strategies to Address Cultural/Language Barriers, 3) Trauma-Informed and Evidence-Based Practices, and 4) Ethics. Links to resources in these focus areas have been included below, in addition to Other Helpful Resources.

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Other Helpful Resources

Safe2Help Illinois

  • Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website, and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program will also help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others.


​West40 Training, Tools, and Resources


Understanding and Implementing Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Supporting Specific Student Populations

What We Heard: Students who identify as LGBTQ+, with autism, or who are living with family members with mental health and/or substance use challenges.

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All Hands In

Strategies to Address Cultural/Language Barriers

What We Heard: Identifying strategies to overcome cultural and language barriers that hinder effective support for students and families in the district with a specific focus on  Hispanic/Latino families and refugees.

Trauma-Informed & Evidence-Based Practices

What We Heard: Reflective Practice, CBITS, Crisis Intervention, BIP, YMHFA)

Trauma-Informed & Evidence-Based Practices Resources

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