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Teaching Educators About Child Behavioral Health (TEACH) Program

The TEACH Program is a joint effort between the Mississippi Department of Education and Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at Children’s Hospital at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). 

The overall goal of the TEACH Program is to improve the behavioral health of Mississippi’s students. We aim to accomplish this goal by 1) increasing the capacity and confidence of educators to identify and manage common behavioral problems in the classroom setting by offering ECHO sessions with topics such as those listed below and 2) providing therapy services to students in need within the school setting.  

ECHO topics include: 

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Trauma & Abuse
  • Community Violence
  • Bullying
  • Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom
  • Gender, Race, & Identity
  • Educator Wellbeing 

How ECHO works 

TEACH ECHO is hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Each session is interactive and includes a short didactic presentation followed by a case presentation in which experts and peers can offer recommendations for assisting in behavioral improvement strategies.  The sessions are held every Wednesday from 3:00 PM—4:00 PM. Eligible participants will include Mississippi Department of Education faculty and staff. 

Meet the TEACH ECHO Team 

  • Susan Buttross, MD, FAAP – Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician 
  • David Elkin, PhD, ABPP – Child Clinical Psychologist 
  • Courtney Walker, PhD – Child Clinical Psychologist 
  • Dustin Sarver, PhD – Child Clinical Psychologist 
  • Gabrielle Banks, PhD – Child Clinical Psychologist
  • Steven Stafford, LPC-S – Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Shelbi Bradley, LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Sara Withrow, FNP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Sarah Downey – Project Manager
  • Bradley Welch – Program Coordinator