Winthrop Works with Rock Hill Schools and NAMI to Launch a Parent Academy
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Winthrop Works with Rock Hill Schools and NAMI to Launch a Parent Academy

November 05, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Winthrop partnership evolved last year when a social work faculty member created a proactive approach for elementary schools to improve school safety and to promote positive behavior.
  • Social work faculty members are now partnering with the school district to provide professional development for staff and webinars for parents and others.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University has partnered with the Rock Hill school district and the South Carolina chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to form a Parent Academy that focuses on mental health issues.

The free sessions started in October and will be held throughout the school year. All sessions are open to the Rock Hill community.

Jessica Yang, assistant professor of social work, said the Winthrop partnership with the Rock Hill school district grew last year when she worked with the district to do an exploratory research project in the elementary schools. The project called for creating a proactive approach which schools would use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior.

As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, Yang said it became evident that there were pressing needs among students to address grief and loss related to COVID-19, the racial injustices in American society and the need for equitable school discipline practices.

In response to those needs, Yang and her colleagues, Associate Professor Monique Constance-Huggins and Instructor Sarah Hopkins, agreed to partner with the school district to provide professional development for staff and webinars for parents and others.

For the November and December webinars, tune in to the Rock Hill Schools’ YouTube channel for the live stream or visit later and watch on demand from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or the YouTube app on any Internet-enabled Smart TV. All presentations will air live from 6-7 p.m.

The first session on Oct. 21 was Navigating the Pandemic: Acknowledging the New Normal, with a Side of Grief, which Hopkins led.

Future sessions are below:

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Topic: Restorative Practice: A guide for Parents

Presenter: Jessica Yang

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Topic: Ending the Silence for Families: Youth Mental Health during COVID-19

Presenter: Judy Rauppius from the South Carolina chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Thursday, Dec. 3

Topic: Navigating the Pandemic: Looking at the Experiences of Diverse Groups

Presenter: Monique Constance-Huggins

Thursday, Dec. 8

Topic: Panel Discussion: Navigating the Pandemic

Participants: Nancy Turner, director of exceptional student education, Rock Hill Schools; Jessica Yang, Winthrop; Monique Constance-Huggins, Winthrop; Sarah Hopkins, Winthrop; and others to be confirmed. The discussion will be facilitated by Mychal Frost, director of marketing and communications, Rock Hill Schools.

For more information, contact Yang at yangj@winthrop.edu.

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