SEBH researcher/author to present in Sioux City at end of September

SIOUX CITY, IA (Sept. 3, 2021)—Dr. Stephen Kilgus will present on social-emotional-behavioral health topics in the educational setting on Sept. 28 and 29 at the Sioux City Convention Center. Dr. Kilgus is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Education. 

Universal Screening & Tier 1 Supports

Attendees will learn the “basics” of universal screening, including the procedures through which screenings will be completed. Information will also be provided on how schools can train and support teachers to collect screening data. Attendees will learn how screening data can be integrated with other data sources to inform the selection of appropriate classroom- and student-level strategies.

Who:  Tier 1 teams

When:  Sept. 28, 2021, 8:30-3:30 (Lunch 11:30-12:30 on your own.)

Where:  Sioux City Convention Center, 2nd Floor

Register here for Tier 1 teams!


Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH) Assessment & Intervention at Tier 2 

Attendees will learn about a range of Tier 2 intervention strategies. Particular attention will be given to the Resilience Education Program (REP), an intervention for students at risk for internalizing concerns. A series of function-based Tier 2 interventions will be reviewed, along with brief assessments that will be used to inform the application of these strategies. Attendees will learn about a decision-making process that can be used to sequence and inform intervention implementation.

Who:  Tier 2 teams

When:  Sept. 29, 2021, 8:30-3:30 (Lunch 11:30-12:30 on your own.)

Where: Sioux City Convention Center, 2nd Floor

Register here for Tier 2 teams!

*We care very much that these events are physically and emotionally safe for all. Attendees will be socially distanced at their tables. We also ask that you wear a mask, if you are able. Thank you for your cooperation!

According to the university's website, Dr. Kilgus’ research is in the area of school mental health. His primary research line relates to social-emotional and behavioral assessment. His work has resulted in the development of evidence-based assessment procedures, as well as the validation of tools for universal screening, problem analysis, and progress monitoring. He has authored and contributed to the development of a number of assessments, including Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS) and Direct Behavior Ratings (DBRs). He currently serves as a principal investigator on a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) regarding the validation of the Intervention Selection Profile (ISP): a suite of tools intended to inform the selection and modification of Tier 2 targeted interventions. Dr. Kilgus’ second research line pertains to the development and evaluation of Tier 2 targeted interventions. Multiple studies have examined Check In/Check Out (CICO), an intervention for students with social behavioral concerns. Dr. Kilgus is also a co-author of the Resilience Education Program (REP), a brief intervention for students at-risk for internalizing concerns (e.g., depression and anxiety).


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