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⛰️ 2024 VIRTUAL MTSS SUMMIT | Get notified when registration opens >>

    Integrating MTSS and Mental Health Supports for Students

    Thursday, February 22, 2024
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    1 PM ET / 12 PM CT / 10 AM PT

    If you’re struggling with the breadth and volume of student mental health needs and want to learn practical ways to support mental health alongside academics, then this webinar is for you!


    We will review the current state of student mental health in K-12 education, including trends discussed at the NASP 2024 Annual Convention, which wraps up just before this webinar takes place. We’ll also share key resources to help you strategically and effectively support students’ mental health and well-being. 

    We will be joined by Bonnie Contreras from Presence, an innovative online therapy and evaluation provider, along with Tessa Barbazon from the Clarke County School District in Georgia, who will share their journey to integrate mental health supports into their MTSS. In particular, they’ll focus on how they use technology to support students while also empowering (and saving time for!) their Student Support Teams. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your school or district’s mental health supports and reenergize your practice!


    Note: Certificates of attendance were emailed to registered live attendees who attended 45 minutes or more of this webinar. We are unable to issue certificates of attendance to those who watch the webinar on demand (i.e., after it takes place live).

    The presenters:

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    Tessa Barbazon, Ed.S.
    Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services, Clarke County School District (GA)

    Tessa Barbazon is the Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services at the Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia. As a district leader with 19 years of experience in education, Tessa provides leadership, support, and strategic development in all areas of support services including:  social work, nursing, community and family engagement, student registration, school counseling, behavior and discipline, school psychology and MTSS. Tessa is passionate about leading professionals to ensure students thrive by addressing the whole school and whole child.  She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, two sons, and two furry dog daughters, and loves cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs and riding her Peloton as her key form of self-care.

    Bonnie Contreras, Presence

    Bonnie Contreras, Ed.S., NCSP
    Clinical Partnership Director, Presence

    Bonnie Contreras, Ed.S NCSP currently serves as the Clinical Partnership Director at Presence, a leading provider of remote assessments and teletherapy for K-12 schools. Bonnie began her career in education as an elementary school counselor, holding additional positions as a school psychologist. Joining Presence in 2019, Bonnie provides education on the implementation of tele-assessment and teletherapy services to support districts’ special education and mental health needs. She has presented at national and state conferences on remote cognitive, achievement measures and virtual counseling supports.  Bonnie has also engaged in legislative advocacy seeking increases for school-based mental health funding. 

    Bonnie received her Ed.S in School Psychology from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She holds the National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.



    Essie Sutton, Ph.D.
    Director of Learning Science, Branching Minds

    Essie Sutton is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and the Director of Learning Science at Branching Minds. Her work brings together the fields of Child Development and Education Psychology to improve learning and development for all students. Dr. Sutton is responsible for studying the impacts of the Branching Minds on students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes. She also leverages MTSS research and best practices to develop and improve the Branching Minds platform.