13th Annual FSPP Summer Institute

Family School Partnership Program Summer Institute (FSPP)

The 13th edition of the FSSPP Summer Institute took place this past July 2018, at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus. In attendance, practitioners and researchers from IL, Florida, Utah, and Missouri. Loyola’s own PhD students, also presented their work on school social work as part of the 3-day event.

Loyola Professor School of Social Work and SMHAPP certificate Director, Michael Kelly PhD, kicked off the event and provided an overview of this year’s theme “Together We Can Do This: School Social Workers Changing Their Schools.”

Loyola FSPP Summer Institute 2018


Student Presentations

Loyola Doctoral Student and SSW Emily Shayman presented parts of her dissertation, “The ‘School Standpoint’: Understanding effects of personal experiences within school social work practice.”

Michael Flood and Megan Tracy, SSW and Loyola SMHAPP students shared their SMHAPP projects addressing their work on using data to develop SSW Criteria for services in their schools, along with PLC member and Loyola PhD Student Adriane Van Zwoll, LCSW, Social Worker at Proviso East School-Based Health Center.


Group Activities

Professor Michael Kelly introduced the Research/Practice Hack-a-Thon on developing RSASD (Referral, Screening, Assessment, and Service Delivery) criteria for SSW services. The “Hack-a-Thon” incorporated a group phase, where attendees discussed the service criteria.


Keynote Speakers

Keynote presenters had 2 sessions to describe cutting-edge tools to help school social workers deliver brief treatment to students and use data effectively to mobilize school resources, this part was taught by school mental health researchers from Washington State and Florida.


  • Efficacy of a Brief Intervention Strategy for School-Based Mental Health Clinicians. By  Dr. Elizabeth McCauley, Acting Director University of Washington Child Psychiatry, Founding Member of the SMART Center, and Developer of the BRISC (Brief Intervention for School Clinicians) & Dr. Kristy Ludwig, Clinical Psychologist and BRISC Trainer, Seattle, WA
  • Fostering a Culture of Evidence: Engaging Stakeholders in Making Evidence Informed Decisions. By Dr. Robert Lucio, Associate Professor of Social Work at St. Leo University, Tampa/St. Petersburg Area. Dr. Lucio, a former school social worker, was formerly the Director of Academic Assessment at St. Leo before leaving that position to join the Social Work Program on their faculty.

International and Nationwide Participants

Among the attendees, an Azerbaijan delegation visited to get insights on social work in schools and get access to this knowledge to benefit their country. As well as professionals and educators from different universities and institutions such as Dominican University School of Social Work Professor Leticia Villarreal Sosa; SchoolSocialWork.net author and Loyola University Chicago alumnus, Marjorie Metcalf, presented her work on Tier 1 teacher consultation. NEIU Professor Andy Brake, lead researcher of the Loyola PLC Project; University of Utah SSW Professor Tasha Seneca Keyes sharing her research on the SSW role.


Photo Credits: Professor Michael Kelly in collaboration with Jonathan Singer. 

Learn More

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