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Annual Report: “All In” for the Mental Health of Iowa’s Schools, Educators, Faculty, Staff, and Students
2022-2023 Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Annual Report | August 1, 2022 – September 31, 2023 Last year at this time, I was reflecting (in exhaustion) how we had spent our first year building a center while simultaneously trying to deliver on our mission to serve the entire state of Iowa. I mentioned how […]
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Grant renewal will support work to expand mental health care to Iowa children and adolescents
Increasing access to pediatric mental health services in Iowa—especially in the state’s medically underserved and rural communities—is the goal of a program led by child health experts in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and in collaboration with colleagues in the UI College of Education's Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and primary care and mental health providers around the state.
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Federal grant to bolster mental health evaluation, training, research, and innovation for schools
The University of Iowa College of Education's Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and three other universities have been awarded a four-year, $10.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch the Mental Health Evaluation, Training, Research, and Innovation Center for Schools (METRICS), a national center to scale up the school-based mental health workforce of PK-12 school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and other practitioners.
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Breaking Barriers: 100 Iowa paraeducators selected for new school mental health fellowship  
A cohort of 100 Iowa paraeducators was recently selected for a new mental health training fellowship offered by the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health. The first-ever of its kind in Iowa, the fellowship will equip paraeducators with skills in mental health literacy, relationship-building, suicide screening, immediate crisis response, and restorative practices, all of which help […]
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Here to support students who served
Chuck Xander, Iowa’s new embedded counselor focusing on Veterans and military-connected students, brings a great blend of empathy and expertise to the role because of his own military service and educational background.
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Shining Stars: Meet the 2023 Iowa School Mental Health Awardees
Today, the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, the state’s hub for school-based mental health research, training, professional development, and clinical services, announced the 2023 Iowa School Mental Health Awardees at the Iowa BEST (Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools) Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. The awards program recognizes individuals who have made significant […]
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Doctoral student Tevin Middleton receives funds to research school mental health
Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral student Tevin Middleton is working to increase the number of minority students who pursue higher education and the counselor profession by addressing mental health services in schools.
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Tips for parents: Set boundaries, lead by example when considering your child’s social media use
Gerta Bardhoshi, professor of counselor education in the University of Iowa College of Education and director of research and training in the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, shares concerns and provides suggestions for helping your kids develop healthier social media habits.

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