Callie DeVriendt is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has her Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been working in the mental health field for the past 18 years and in education systems for the past 13 years. She currently serves as the district Mental Health and Social, Emotional, Behavioral Multi-Tiered System of Supports Coordinator for Duluth Public Schools and oversees the Project AWARE mental health efforts for the district. She previously held several other positions across the district to include the Social, Emotional, Behavioral MTSS Coordinator at Lincoln Park Middle School, the Mental Health Partnership Coordinator for Duluth Public School District, and was a School Social Worker. Prior to working for Duluth Public Schools, Callie held a variety of positions in the mental health field. She was a therapist, supervisor, and mental health case manager for several years, working in a variety of non-profit settings including a homeless and at-risk youth drop-in center, a day treatment/residential program, an intensive in-home family therapy program, and a youth shelter. Callie also has specialty training as a trauma therapist and family therapist.
Callie’s current position has provided her with the opportunity to focus on her passion in creating more trauma-responsive, culturally responsive, and equitable schools that can better meet the needs of the youth and families they serve. She has experience with developing, strategically implementing, and providing tiered interventions for students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Callie has completed extensive work in MTSS, PBIS, social-emotional learning, trauma-responsive practices, and restorative practices.
Callie is a trainer in our local community and has provided training to her current school district as well as around the state at conferences. Callie has spent much of her career training others on trauma-responsive practices and how to develop school systems that are trauma responsive. In addition, she is a trainer in restorative practices through the International Institute for Restorative Practices and has received extensive training from local experts Mickelson Consulting as well as world-renowned experts Kay Pranis and Margaret Thorsborne. Callie is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor and provides training on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and mental health crisis intervention.
Building and strengthening relationships in the school community is essential for creating a positive learning environment and resolving issues as they arise.
During this 2-hour training, you will learn about the fundamentals essential for engaging your school community (students, parents, staff, and community members) in restorative practices. You will learn about the restorative practices continuum of supports, the difference between proactive and responsive restorative practices, and how to engage in conversations that foster accountability. We will discuss what it means to live restoratively and how restorative practices are more than just a skill, but also a way of being.
You will have the opportunity to not only learn about restorative practices but to also practice some of these skills during our time together.