Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Family and School Partnership Program


The Family and School Partnership Program (FSPP) was launched in 1996 to provide postmaster's training and consultation to school social workers and other school mental health professionals. To date, the FSPP has trained over 800 SBMHP's via our Annual Summer Institutes and bi-monthly Consultation Groups. 



July 14-15, 2017

Loyola University Chicago

Water Tower Campus

Lewis Towers, Regents Hall

Moving the Field Forward: Developing the Traits of Highly Effective School Mental Health Professionals

Join us for two exciting days that will help you move your school mental health practice to the next level. Through interactive sessions, learn how to become more visible, valuable, and indispensable in your school practice--the three traits of highly effective school mental health professionals. Earn 13 CEU's for both days, or 6.5 CEU's per day. Join Dr. Michael Kelly, FSPP Director at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, along with over 20 school mental health professionals from our Professional Learning Community (PLC) Project, who will share how they became more visible, valuable, and indispensable to their schools over the 2016-2017 school year. Come to this dynamic and interactive two days, where our conference will become a community to help you extend your learning beyond the summer and into next year!



FSPP Director Dr. Michael Kelly (right), 2015 Shaffer Award Winner at the SSWAA National Conference with 2011 Shaffer Award Winner and FSPP Visiting Faculty Dr. Andy Frey (left)

In April, Dr. Kelly was awarded te Gary Lee Shaffer for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work by the School Social Work Association of America. He was the 6th recipient of this honor for outstanding social work research, and was nominated by the original honoree, Dr. Andy Frey. Along with Dr. Carol Massat of the University of Indiana-South Bend and Loyola Emeritus Professor Dr. Robert Constable, Dr. Kelly is the co-editor of the forthcoming 8th edition of School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research, to be published in fall 2015.

Based on his work on school social work practice and strength-based school mental health interventions, Dr. Kelly was invited to present his research at the 13th annual Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling, to be held this year at Brasenose College, Oxford.



Consultation Groups

The School of Social Work Family School Partnership Consultation Groups, are led by school-based mental health practitioners who meet the IDFPR requirements for LCSW or LCPC licensure.

The Groups will meet every other week from 4:30–6:30 p.m., after school hours. In order to be close to the workplace, the 2016-2017 groups will be held at three locations to be determined. The program will begin in early November 2016 and last through the end of June 2017.

The following areas will be covered in the consultation groups:

  • Strength-based assessment and practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Resilience building
  • Response to intervention (three-tiered approaches)
  • Meeting social emotional learning goals
  • Collaboration with home, school and community agencies
  • Participants can earn 36.0 CEUs or CPDU equivalent

Cost: $1800 (LUC MSW alumni are awarded a $300 scholarship). Payment plans are available. Anyone seeking a payment plan will be invoiced for remaining balance. For information about this program, please e-mail cgosselin@luc.edu or mkell17@luc.edu.


Advanced School Mental Health Practice Certificate

Advanced School Mental Health Practice Program

This post-master’s certificate program equips mental health professionals to better affect positive psychosocial development of their student clients. Primary takeaways from the program will include: fostering collaboration between schools and families, implementing strength-based interventions in schools, advocating for whole-school interventions, and becoming more data driven and evidence informed as School-Based Mental Health Practitioners (SBMHP).

Learn More