Webinars June 2 & 9, 2022: School climate as prevention: supporting student health, safety, and well-being through a positive and racially equitable school culture

Crossposted from the Washington School-Based Health Alliance.

The Washington School-Based Health Alliance and Public Health–Seattle & King County are pleased to welcome back Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D., to lead a two-part webinar series in June for the school-based health field in Washington:

School climate as prevention:  supporting student health, safety, and well-being through a positive and racially equitable school culture

The intended audience for this series is school-based health center (SBHC) providers and staff; community-based health providers working in schools; and key school partners. 

There will be two 2-hour sessions in the series, and registration is for both. The second session will build on the first, and we strongly recommend participants attend both sessions:

  1. Thursday, June 2, 2022, 11am-1pm PT
  2. Thursday, June 9, 2022, 11am-1pm PT


Session 1, June 2: 

Students spend a significant amount of time at school.  How does school culture/climate impact the health, safety and well-being of students, especially students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)?  What needs to change at a systems level for a positive and racially equitable school culture/climate?   

Learning objectives.  Participants will:

  • Understand how school culture/climate can impact the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of students, especially BIPOC students.
  • Learn how school culture/climate may be impacted by by systems-level policies and practices in the school.
  • Through a racial equity lens, be able to identify potential levers of change in school systems to advance student health, safety, and well-being. 

Session 2, June 9: 

As school-based health professionals, how can you relate and engage with colleagues and school partners to effect positive change in school culture/climate, especially for BIPOC students? 

Learning objectives.  Participants will be able to identify:

  • Where school-based health professionals could strategically engage with school partners in changing systems to improve school culture/climate, especially for BIPOC students.
  • Concrete strategies for engaging in difficult conversations with colleagues and school partners around racism and racial equity.
  • Where school-based health professionals might leverage their roles and expertise, e.g. through targeted outreach and education, to support school staff in creating positive school culture/climate and positive behavioral supports.

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy is a Clinical and Organizational Consultant at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, NY where he also serves as Director. He provides Racially Focused Trauma Informed training, executive coaching, and consultation to a diverse network of individuals and organizations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a former Professor of Family Therapy at both Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Syracuse University in New York, and has also served as the Director of Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York, NY.

He is the author of:

  • Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications
  • Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners
  • Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender
  • Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Strategies for Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence

In addition to his consultation work, Dr. Hardy is a frequent conference speaker and has also appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline NBC, PBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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