Courtney McLaughlin and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Educational and School Psychology graduate students presented at the 2018 annual conference
on Advancing School Mental Health in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 11 to 13 at the Red Rock Casino
Resort and Spa. This conference was hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The conference includes over 200 session, keynotes, specialty topics, symposia, advanced practices
skills and intensive trainings, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. The goal of the conference
is to help attendees identify strategies for effectively
implementing a full continuum of integrated school mental health approaches to support students’
academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes, identify evidence-based practices and programs in
school mental health, and identify action steps
to meaningfully partner with youth and families in school mental health.
The following are descriptions of the sessions presented by McLaughlin and the graduate students:
McLaughlin presented on mental health intervention and treatment at the Tier 3 level. Her session
discussed how social networking sites (SNS) are used to gather, share, and create content. She discussed
how they have the capacity to be a valuable tool
to inform practice, even though the field of mental health has yet to utilize this data to inform
practice. The content presented will help attendees understand to what capacity observation of SNS can help
to assess mental health and possibly implement
McLaughlin and Dana Elmquist, MEd, discussed the screening of the documentary Screenagers, an
award-winning documentary featured on the Dr. Oz Show, PBS Newshour, Today, Good Morning America,
Education Week, and the New York Times. The documentary is about adolescents spending time
online, specifically social media. Research that was conducted during the screening and current literature
on adolescent social media use and the
role and influence of the parents will be emphasized.
This presentation by McLaughlin and Adrienne Bardo, MEd, highlighted the current body of research
regarding social media use and psychological well-being, specifically in adolescents. Social media
continues to be the primary platform for engagement and
communication for young people, and it is crucial to understand how it might impact mental health, how
those with mental health issues might engage differently online, and how mental health professionals and
educators can promote healthy and safe
This poster session was presented by Elmquist, McLaughlin, and Chelshea Thompson, MEd.
This poster session was presented by Thompson and McLaughlin.