Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Family & 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 16-17, 2020

Loyola University Chicago



Join professors Michael Kelly (co-editor SSW.net) and Jonathan Singer (The Social Work Podcast), Ms. Robin Cogan NCSN (Creator of the "Relentless School Nurse" blog) and School Mental Health Advanced Practice Program (SMHAPP) students for 2 invigorating and exciting virtual days that will help you move your school mental health practice to the next level as we all prepare to help our schools re-open in the Fall in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.. Through interactive sessions, you’ll share your favorite effective interventions and learn what others are doing that works in their schools, and create tools to take back to your schools next fall in the form of infographics, podcasts, and videos. Everyone will leave with tools and strategies and a plan for implementation. Come to this dynamic and interactive 2 days, held via Zoom, where as always 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.


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).

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