Building a Comprehensive School Mental Health System

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Paul Hyry-Dermith, Ed.D, Sharon Goldstein, LICSW
Heads of School, Principals, Student Services Professionals / School Counselors / School Psychologists, Teachers
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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT

The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework has helped Jewish day schools in Massachusetts and beyond develop comprehensive systems of support integrating Social-Emotional Learning, Academic support and mental health interventions at the universal, supplemental, and intensive levels in order to promote success for all.

In this engaging session, experts from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education introduce the MTSS framework and lead you through an initial asset and gap analysis of your own schools’ infrastructure, supports, and interventions. This will enable school decision makers, learning specialists, counselors to discuss possible next steps toward comprehensive systems development in your school.

As a result of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework as it applies to Social-Emotional Learning and mental health infrastructure, supports, and interventions in schools
  • Map examples of specific SEL and mental health interventions onto each tier of the framework
  • Apply the MTSS framework to your own context and use it as a tool to conduct an asset and gap analysis of your own school



Sharon Goldstein
Goldstein, LICSW

Sharon has worked at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education as the Director of the Day School program since 2009, overseeing partnerships and services in the Boston area Jewish day schools. Sharon previously worked as the Director of Early Childhood Services at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, where she managed programs in early intervention, therapeutic childcare, and the development of an early childhood system of care and Jewish Child Care Association in New York, a foster care and adoption agency. Sharon received Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Paul Hyry-Dermith
Hyry-Dermith, Ed.D

Paul is Director of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health’s BRYT program, which helps schools develop intensive interventions for young people who have fallen behind academically in association with a mental health disruption. Paul is a former school principal and assistant superintendent in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with additional experience in adult and family learning, public health, community organizing, and college instruction.