CNSMH's World Café Roundtables

An Opportunity to Increase Research, Scholarship and Collaboration Across Carolina Network Membership

Purpose: For Carolina Network members to identify and collect ideas as well as highlight potential partnerships to extend the Carolina Network’s ongoing collaborations across research, scholarship, grant writing and/or service.
Participation: We invite Carolina Network meeting attendees to engage in a World Café Roundtable exercise where presenters share their research ideas or initiatives, ongoing scholarship, upcoming grant proposals, and/or seek intellectual feedback.  Although the format depends on the number of presenters interested, likely the activity will involve 5-10 minute roundtable presentations and 20-35 minutes for group discussion.  All Carolina Network attendees will then have time to rotate to other roundtables based on interests for future collaborations.
Interested in Presenting? Please email Melissa George,, or Kurt Michael,, with your interest to participate.  When responding, please answer the following questions:

  1. What do you plan to talk about? (What questions do you want to pursue?)
  2. What do you hope stems from your presentation? (e.g., ongoing Carolina Network collaboration, scholarship productivity, grant writing partners, intellectual feedback).
  3. What do you hope to gain from participating (e.g., refine research topic, identify and recruit potential collaboration partners)?

Please have your responses to Melissa or Kurt by Monday, May 16th.

Thank you!
Carolina Network for School Mental Health


August CNSMH Meeting Announced

Here is what we know so far:

  • The next meeting of the Carolina Network for School Mental Health will be hosted jointly by: Jackson Psychological, Smoky Mountain Mental Health and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  • The actual meetings will be held in Sylva, North Carolina at Smoky Mountain Mental Health beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 31st and continuing on Friday, August 1st at 9:00 am.
  • Continuing tradition, there will be an informal dinner/get together, on Thursday evening.
  • The theme will be "Connecting Schools and School Personnel with Mental Health Providers." Invitations are currently being sent

The hotel information can be found by clicking here. Please reserve your room quickly - the hotel is holding 25 rooms under the code name "Carolina Network." It is prime vacation time for that particular area of the mountains. The Cherokee Casino is close by and there are many very popular vacation attractions.



ASC Center on pace to double number of students served

Ashe County High School’s Assessment Support and Counseling Center is on pace to serve double the number of students it did in 2012/13, according to data released by the program on Jan. 13.

“In terms of service delivery hours, we’re actually seeing almost as many individual cases up through December as we saw all of last year,” ASC Founder Dr. Kurt Michael told the Ashe County Board of Education Monday night.

In 2013, the center treated 47 individual cases, according to Michael.

“So far this year we’ve seen 41,” Michael said. “In terms of crisis service, we saw a total of 20 students and so far this year’s we’ve seen 22 individual cases. In terms of what we’re delivering if these numbers hold true, we’ll be doubling what we did last year, assuming the same patterns continue through the rest of the academic year.”

See the full article here.


Graduate students compete in 3-Minute Research competition

BOONE—Graduate student Alex Kirk can tell you about his research on adolescent suicide in three minutes flat. He did just that at the Fall 3-Minute Research competition on Dec. 3 at Appalachian State University sponsored by the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. And he got the judges’ attention.

Kirk, a second-year clinical psychology graduate student, won with a unanimous vote from the judges. His three-minute presentation focused on strategies for reducing the incidence of teen suicide in rural school districts. Kirk is a graduate student researcher in the Graduate Research Associates Mentoring (GRAM) program. His mentor is Kurt Michael.

See the full article here.


January 2014 CNSMH Meeting

Our upcoming meeting is January 9th and 10th in Myrtle Beach, SC, hosted by the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health and the USC School Mental Health team.

The theme of this meeting is “Making it Work: Strengthening Collaboration across Mental Health and Education

We will be meeting a day and a half: Thursday, January 9th 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, and Friday, January 10th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Spring Maid Beach Resort & Conference Center (Hotel details below).

Meeting Details:

Thursday’s meeting will focus on Advancing PBIS and SMH connections across the Carolinas (afternoon refreshments provided).

An informal gathering will follow at Damon's Grill Myrtle Beach Oceanfront (2985 South Ocean  Blvd.)

Friday’s meeting agenda will be circulated soon (breakfast/lunch will be provided), and include a number of exciting presentations and roundtable discussions!  

Hotel Details:

We have arranged a discounted rate for oceanfront rooms with double-beds for $40 + tax at the Spring Maid Resort (where the meeting is located).

Spring Maid Beach Resort & Conference Center 

3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

(843) 315-7100



If you are interested in attending, please email Kelly Monahan ( - we hope to have a finalized list of attendees by Friday December 20.