Upcoming Webinar: The Rise in Behavioral and Mental Health Needs Among Students

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens partners with PresenceLearning to share strategies schools can use to support students’ mental health and behavioral needs during free webinar on March 5th

NEW YORK, February 11, 2020 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, relaunches its acclaimed webinar series with clinical psychologist and industry leader Dr. Isaiah Pickens who will provide practical advice and effective strategies for schools as they look to support the mental health and behavioral needs of students. The free webinar, “The Rise of Behavioral and Mental Health Needs Among Students,” takes place on Thursday, March 5 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

“Educating the whole child is an important, but often challenging, endeavor for schools,” said Dr. Pickens. “For students to truly be successful, it is important that schools support the mental well-being in addition to the academic needs of students. The upcoming webinar with PresenceLearning will delve into this timely topic and provide educators and administrators with valuable strategies related to mental health services that they can implement in their own schools.”

In this webinar, Dr. Pickens will outline a framework for supporting school-based mental health services. He’ll discuss how schools can use targeted approaches, implementation science, and effective strategic planning to address the social and emotional learning needs of their students with the goal of helping school and district leaders reconcile what they want to do for students with what they can do.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from our school partners that they care deeply about supporting the mental health and wellness of their students, and that they need practical, actionable advice on how to create programs and services that will have an impact. Dr. Pickens is a leader in his space and we found his perspective so valuable that we are excited to share it in this forum,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

To attend the upcoming webinar, register now.

Dr. Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist, an avid speaker, and the founder of iOpening Enterprises, a mental health and wellness education company that helps schools adapt classroom practices that ensure trauma-informed approaches are employed for all students. His evidence-informed programs and trainings are specifically designed to translate the science of mental health and wellness into practical tools for educators. Dr. Pickens received the Early Career Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association and the Black Enterprise BE Modern Man Award for his contributions to the field of psychology.

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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