Welcome Back! Now What?

1.5 hours running time

What do you need to consider for a successful 2021 school reopening? This webinar covers critical topics such as re-establishing campus relationships, empathy for those who may have suffered grief and loss, understanding and building resilience during this transition, and restoring the routines and practices necessary for a successful restart.

Melissa Wood, M. Ed., M. S., PPS, is currently a SELPA Coordinator for the Kern County Consortium SELPA in Bakersfield, Ca. Previously, she was the Director of Special Education and school psychologist for the Taft City School District. In addition, Melissa teaches preschool and processing assessment in the school psychology program at Fresno Pacific University as an adjunct professor. Her background includes working in districts in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield as a general education teacher, intervention specialist, school psychologist, and administrator. Melissa has extensive experience implementing mental health services to students, creating district-wide crisis response protocols, and collaborating with community agencies to facilitate support to families. She is currently the CASP President-Elect and Past-President of the Kern Association of School Psychologists (KASP) affiliate.


Susan K. Coats, Ed.D., L.E.P., is the CASP Specialist on Mental Health and Wellness, a CDE Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup member, a DHCS AB 340 Trauma Screening Advisory Workgroup Member, the mental health liaison for the school based mental health agencies, and developed the Baldwin Park U.S.D.’s K-12 mental health framework and social emotional learning programs. In 2016, she received U.S. Congressional Recognition for her work establishing the first NAMI High School Club in the East San Gabriel Valley, awarded the 2017 “Child Advocate of the Year” from CMHACY, the NASP Outstanding Advocate Award, and the 2018 “Woman of Achievement” award from the California State Legislature. In addition, she is a NAMI High School Club Advisor, a trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, PREPaRE, and the Student Mental Health Initiative


Tom Sopp is a school psychologist with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) assigned to the Family Resource Center (FRC). Tom supports school sites by assessing the site’s tiered supports, consulting with staff on adding prevention/intervention services, providing individual and group counseling services to students, modeling classroom social/emotional lessons for teachers, providing parent training, and leading professional development for school staff. In addition, he is co-chair of the Mental Wellness committee for the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP). Lastly, he is a CASP past president.



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