Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Mental Health Regional Forum for School Nurse & School Counselor Teams

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Learning Services
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; School Counselors; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster)

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) School Health Services office is among several organizations who receive funding from the Arkansas Children's Hospital's Natural Wonders Partnership Council (NWPC) to support transformative community initiatives.


As a result of the this funding, DESE is hosting two regional Mental Health Forums exclusively for nurses and counselors serving in Arkansas public schools. 

Participants will be trained in trauma informed practices and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE).  The forum will consist of presentations along with team building exercises that will allow each team to return to their district with a uniform mission to serve children.


 Districts may register one team consisting of the school nurse and school counselor for the regional forum closest to your area.  Participation is limited, vacant slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Details for each regional forum and registration information is provided below:


Mental Health Forum #1: Western Region

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location:      Guy Fenter Educational Service Cooperative

3010 AR-22, Branch, AR 72928

Registration link:



Mental Health Forum #2: Eastern Region

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location:      Crowley’s Ridge Educational Service Cooperative

1606 Pine Grove Lane, Harrisburg, AR 72432

Registration link:


For questions concerning the regional Mental Health Forum events, please contact the following DESE School Health Services staff:


Cheria McDonald, RN,

State School Nurse Consultant,


Dr. Betsy Kindall,

Arkansas AWARE State Project Coordinator,


Charis Mian, LPC,

School Based Mental Health Services Coordinator,


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