Advanced School Mental Health Certificate
The learning goals for the ASMHPP are:
- To help School Based Mental Health Practioners (SBMHP) further assist student clients in succeeding academically by teaching SBMHP evidence-informed methods to foster positive psychosocial development of their students.
- To enhance the overall sense of well being in school communities by strengthening SBMHP collaborations between students, families, faculty and communities, including the delivery of effective interventions across all three tiers of the RTI and PBIS models.
- To train SBMHP to implement strength-based interventions in their practice, specifically interventions rooted in solution-focused brief therapy models and some of the ongoing solution-focused research being carried out at the FSPP.
- To reshape school practice by training school based mental health professionals to provide more systemic, whole school interventions and more efficiently meet students’ needs.
- To provide a cutting-edge program for school based mental health professionals to learn how to become more data-driven and evidence-informed in their school mental health practice.
Length of Program. The program begins in the Spring semester (January) and can be completed in 2 years full time, or students can complete courses at their own pace, as long as the program is completed within 5 years from the start date.
Curriculum. This program consists of 15 credit hours, including two synchronous courses and two required asynchronous online courses, and one hybrid elective class (combining online learning and a weekend Education Immersion experience) in Advanced School Mental Health Practice.
Application Instructions - Due December 1st
Post Masters Professional Educator License- School Social Worker Endorsement (PEL)
This program is for graduates with an M.S.W. degree from an accredited School of Social Work who are seeking the required courses and field placement for licensure as a school social worker in Illinois.
- Master degree in Social Work from an accredited program
- Pass all four sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)(formerly known as Basic Skills Exam)
Note: Students may substitute a composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 or a composite (mathematical and critical reading) SAT score of 1030 for the TAP test within 10 years.
The ISBE Form 73-60 must be submitted to the Student Services Office in the School of Social Work via fax (312) 915-7090 or delivered to 111 E. Pearson St, Chicago IL 60611 Room 850 in order to obtain substitution authorization.
- Application materials due by March 1st
- Successful completion of 14 credits (2 required classes and one externship)
- Pass the ISBE Content Area Test for school social work (ISBE #184) before the start of the 2nd semester of the externship. Official test results with a passing test score is due to the School of Social Work Student Services Office, 111 E. Pearson St. Room 850 by January 1 in order to continue the externship.
- Required Course Work
- Enroll in SOWK 609 Social Work Practice in Schools (Fall only)
- Enroll in CIEP 401 Exceptional Child (Summer prior to externship or Spring)
- Classes may be completed online or in the classroom
- Student must receive a grade of “C” or better in each class
- Externship Requirements
- Enroll in SWFI 640 for fall (4 credits)
- Enroll in SWFI 641 for spring (4 credits)
- Externships must be completed in an Illinois public school for an academic year (August to June) for a minimum of 500 hours (2 or 3 days per week)
- Students generally arrange their own externship in an Illinois public school, however referral assistance may be obtained from the second level internship coordinator
- Required Meetings
- Students must attend one meeting per semester at Loyola with their assigned field liaison