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Student Mental Health: Navigating the Legal Landscape
After living through 18 months of isolation and loss from the pandemic, along with a climate of political and social turbulence, student mental health issues are emerging at an unprecedented rate. Students are suffering academically, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. Schools are trying to come to grips with the changes and determine the best ways to help students, while bracing for increased legal action from frustrated parents.

In this webinar, we’ll help you prepare for potential legal action from parents. You’ll also learn proactive steps you can take to prevent escalation of issues so you can stay out of court. Discussion topics include:

~ Latest trends in legal action from parents
~ When to classify students suffering from mental health issues (and when not to)
~ Balancing school-based counseling interventions with parent expectations


Katherine A. Gilfillan, Partner at Schenck Price. Kate represents numerous school districts in all areas of labor and employment law, special education law, residency, teacher and student discipline, and other student matters. In addition to court-based advocacy, Kate provides in-service training and policy and practice review to assist her clients in avoiding litigation.

Robin S. Ballard, Partner at Schenck Price. Robin represents private and public school districts in all facets of special education law, including evaluations, eligibility, program development and placement determinations, dispute resolution with parents and disciplinary matters. Robin has deep expertise in mental health terminology, psychological and educational testing reports, as well as psychiatric evaluations.

Pat Hovey, M. ED, Executive Director at Thrive Alliance Group. After decades of experience as a Director of Special Services at several school districts, Pat now works with professional educators to provide school-based mental health support services and programs that strengthen schools and transform lives.

Oct 21, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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