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ODL 261: Effective Practices in the School Setting for Helping Professionals Symposium

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Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


A child spends the second largest amount of time in school, right behind sleep. Therefore, it is imperative that schools are able to serve the whole child while they are there. This course will focus on how school social workers and other professionals can collaborate with school staff to make sure the whole child is being served. This course addresses student anxiety and strategies to make comprehensive changes,  examines some of the most used interventions and why many of these may often do more harm than good. This course will highlight alternative and more effective strategies. Participants will walk away with outlines for both parent and educator book studies. This course also focuses on attendance. There is a discussion about causes of poor attendance and addressing barriers for students and their families. Innovative interventions will be discussed, and participants will leave with new ideas. Lastly, there is a discussion about what restorative practices are, how to implement them, and the importance of implementing restorative practices in the school setting. 

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Identify effective and ineffective strategies for working through anxiety
  • Explain how your levels of anxiety and responses to anxiety affect your students
  • Name three causes of poor attendance
  • Give examples of attendance interventions
  • Describe how restorative practices are beneficial in the school setting


Dr. Cindy Murphy, PhD, LPC, ACS, NCC, NCSC, Online School Counseling Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Dr. Murphy received her MEd in community agency counseling, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-Georgia), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Certified School Counselor (Georgia), and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Over the past 29 years, Dr. Murphy has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including private practice, community agencies, and schools. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, adjustment issues, school issues, transitions to college, and trauma. Her research interests include anxiety treatment for children and adolescents, equity in the college admissions process, and school crisis response. Currently, she is a full time online faculty member at Grand Canyon University and a part-time lecturer at the University of Georgia in the Department of Counseling and Human Development.

LeAnne Hale, MSW, Ed.S., CPT, School Social Worker, Oconee County Schools

LeAnne received her MSW and Ed.S. in School Social Work from the University of Georgia.  Over the last 24 years, she has served primarily as a K-12 school social worker but also served for seven years as an elementary school counselor.  In these roles, LeAnne has served students from ages five to 20 years and their families to remove barriers to education due to multiple issues: mental health of students and parents, food insecurity, homelessness, poverty, and learning difficulties.  Her current interests include helping students, caregivers, and faculty learn to normalize and manage anxiety in order to live fulfilling lives. As a Certified Personal Trainer, LeAnne is also passionate about education related to how overall health and wellness, both physical and emotional, are linked together, and how adequate sleep, movement, good nutrition, and strong social relationships contribute to good mental health across the lifespan.

Ashley Bell, M.Ed., and School Counselor

Ashley Bell, M.Ed. and school counselor, is the face behind Mrs. Bell, The Crafty Counselor. She is a Florida-based elementary school counselor and social-emotional curriculum designer who loves travel, going to the beach, and all things SEL and emotional regulation. Ashley has been a counselor for almost a decade and is passionate about creating resources that leave a lasting impact on children. She specializes in behavior management and helping children learn to self-regulate their emotions. Ashley loves implementing crafty interventions that teach practical skills that, once mastered, can change the course of a child’s life. Learn more about Ashley and her counseling programs at mrsbellthecraftycounselor.com

Nick Swanson, LMSW, School Social Worker and Adjunct Professor

Nick Swanson, LMSW, is a school social worker for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, based out of Bettendorf, Iowa. He has been a school social worker, serving schools for over ten years. Prior to his work in schools, he was a mental health professional at a residential facility for at-risk youth. He is an adjunct professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Nick’s focus in schools includes building systems to support social-emotional behavioral needs of students, providing direct services to students and families, and evaluating and supporting students within special education. His work has included great attention on improving practices and policies within districts, and increasing therapeutic supports in schools.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 6 Ethics CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 6 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 6 Ethics Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 6 Contact Hours
6 Ethics Hours or 6 Contact Hours*
NBCC ACEP – 6 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 6 Contact Hours

* Some states do not require/accept ethics hours for counselors, for those cases contact hours will be awarded.

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.