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"Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life." -Albert Einstein

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Suicide Hotline 

1-800-273-8255; Text 741741

Link to chat line, phone number, and multiple resources for suicide prevention, loss and disaster survivors, attempt survivors, youth, veterans, Native Americans, and LGBTQ+.

Trans Lifeline


Trans suicide prevention hotline. Peer support services, material support, advocacy, education, and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals in need.

Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888; TTY:77; Text 233733

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery in every state. Be vigilant. Be informed. Link to chat line and statistics and information regarding human trafficking in West Virginia. 

Annie E. Casey and Kids Count Data

Kids Count Data Center provides regional, state, and national data on children and families. Users can select data indicators and choose their region or compare to national averages. Raw data is  available. The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) also provides a yearly downloadable Kids Count Data Book free-of-charge. West Virginia Kids Count provides a state-specific database.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Book of the Month

Recommended ages: 4-7

“Hands are not for hitting. Hands are for saying hello . . .” And for playing, creating, helping, working, learning, encouraging, taking care of oneself, and so many more good things.

This Free Spirit child behavior classic presents charming illustrations along with the encouraging message. Psychologist Martine Agassi helps young children understand that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they’re capable of positive, loving actions. Especially at an age when children are interacting more with others and starting school, they need to know that hitting is unacceptable.

Made to be read aloud, Hands Are Not for Hitting also includes a special section for adults, with ideas for things to talk about and activities to do together.

Recommended for anyone in a caring relationship with a young child; perfect for childcare, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school classrooms.

“Hands Are Not for Hitting” is a registered trademark of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, and is used with permission.

Click for Hands Are Not for Hitting purchasing information.

Click for other books addressing character education, social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and more...

Click for activities to go along with Hands Are Not for Hitting.

Click for more information about author and clinical therapist, Martine Agassi.

Previously Selected Literature

(click titles for links to resources)

Black History Month - This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson

Women's History Month - Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Arab American History Month - Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

Jewish American History Month - Across the Alley  by Richard Michelson

LGBTQ+ Pride Month - I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Independence Day -  All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 

Hispanic Heritage Month - Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull

Social Justice Resources Organized by Category

The following are links to social justice lesson plans and curriculum that span across all categories.

Click here to check out Teaching Tolerance.

Click here to check out NEA.

Click here to check out NASP.

If you know of a valuable resource, and don't see it listed, email: mailto:britaineyacooper@gmail.com.

24/7 Teen Support Lines

: Suicide and crisis support.

Teen Line: Any issues. This resource is comprised by teens supporting teens. Also a great resource for high school students needing hours in psychology.

Teen Central and TeenHelp: Hotlines by category including suicide, abuse, crisis, LGBTQ+, bullying, eating disorder, etc...

Teen Help and Support Lines for Girls: Support lines specifically for females, including safe baby resources.

The Trevor Project provides trained counselors 24/7 support for LGBTQ+ individuals via chat, text, or phone. They also have an outreach network.

Trauma and Resources for Foster and Adoptive Families

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Courtswv.gov Public and Other Resources: Follow link to resources for reporting abuse, case digest regarding laws surrounding abuse, and links to foster care information.

DHHR Centralized Intake: A how-to link and contact information for reporting suspected abuse.

DHHR Family Assistance: Emergency and disaster assistance, refugee support, CPS, and APS. 

Foster Care and Adoption: Steps on how to become a foster care provider.

Foster Closets: A list of locations of "closets" offering free basic supplies and clothing for children placed in care.

Healthy Grandfamilies WV: Information and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in West Virginia. 

Hope, Inc.: Private, non-profit agency offering shelter to domestic violence or sexual violence survivors. Employees go into the schools to work with staff and students are at-risk. They help families and individuals connect to necessary community resources. Currently serving Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Harrison, and Lewis.

Mission WV: Non-profit agency that recruits families for foster and adoptable youth. They provide life skills education and community connections for children in foster care or the adoption process. Foster and Adoption Resources are made available through Mission WV including an information guide, resource library, family stories, scholarships, awards.

MODIFY Program: Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) provides ongoing support, including education vouchers, to youths 18-20 who are transitioning out of foster care. They also provide assistance to the DHHR, foster families, and group foster care residential facilities.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Defines child trauma, outlines best treatments and practices, and connects you to valuable nation-wide resources and training.

National Runaway Safeline: Hotline for runaway children trying to find help or their way home. 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY). There is also a chat line, email, and forum. Download Runaway Poster. Download Home-free Poster.

National Youth Advocate Program: A helpful go-to for prevention/intervention, positive youth development, out-of-home placement, and reunification/permanency resources. Associated with several evidence-based programs to help at-risk youths. 

The Paper Tigers Project: Download and print handouts viewed as samples during the film. Links to ACEs research and the Amazing Brain series.

3Rs.org Rights, Respect, Responsibility: Comprehensive curriculum for sexual health, rights, and justice. 

Advocates for Youth: Civil rights resources for issues regarding sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults.

New York Public Library Book List for Child Abuse Prevention

Goodreads Memoirs of Child Abuse and Survival

Child Abuse Resources for Kids

Protect Yourself Rules Education Videos

Appalachia and West Virginia 

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

WV Able: An investment account for individuals living with disabilities. Participants save and invest without losing Medicaid or SSI. Can work alongside Special Needs Trusts.

Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinator Contact List: Various regions have Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinators. They oversee cooperative efforts to communicate and coordinate regional, state-wide, and national resources across West Virginia. They do everything from staff development to direct support for school systems and communities. If you haven't met yours, reach out. They are amazing!

Community Care School-Based Health Centers: Community Care centers offer a variety of pediatric care in the school setting. Some sites are beginning to offer school-based mental health support. Currently serving Pocahontas, Lewis/Gilmer, Upshur, and WV Wesleyn. 

Family Resource Networks: West Virginia Family Resource Networks are county-wide organizations that provide access to services and programs for families in need. Some have food pantries for families who qualify. FRNs partner with public and private organizations and are hubs for community members to collaborate with and support one another. This WVFRN directory page provides contact information for individual FRNs listed by county.

West Virginia National Youth Advocate Program: Office locations in West Virginia for NYAP, which is an all-encompassing resource hub for at-risk youth.

Parent Training and Information Center: Free support and training for families with children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Parent trainers listed by region.

Parents as Teachers: Free and voluntary home visitation program with a mission to promote optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. See contact information by state.

Proud. Strong. Resilient.: Wearewv.org is a growing (almost) state-wide community building coalition focused on helping communities take action to foster resilience in West Virginia youth. See Coordinators by County.

ReclaimWV: Resources organized by level and type of need from the standpoint of the person seeking information (self, school, friend, etc.). Resources and Links for Educators, Students, Families, and Communities is a PDF of apps and self-help, classroom lessons and evidence-based programs, information and learning, services and resources, and West Virginia resources. 

Safe-at-Home: Printable flyer for Safe-at-Home program, which is a wrap-around support program for youths at-risk of removal from home or residential placement.

Ethnicity, Race, and Heritage 

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Arab America: Information on Arab America including scholarships, news, events, and resources.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History: National events, news, speakers bureau, resource packages, news, national and local partnerships, online store, and more.

Birthright Israel: Free 10-day journey to Israel for individuals 18-32.

Black History in West Virginia: Information about influential African American individuals who were born or grew up in West Virginia.

Black Migrations Black History Month PDF: Printable resource explaining the theme of 2019 Black History Month.

Jewish American Heritage Month: 2019 Calendar of events, videos, lesson plans, and more. 

Jewish Communities in West Virginia: Events, education, grants, and contacts for Jewish culture in West Virginia.

Multicultural Affairs Committee: Promotes cultural awareness and competency within the field of school psychology.

Gender Equality 

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools Trailer: YouTube trailer about gender inclusive schools and re-defining gender roles.

EMPOWERS: Organization that creates programs drawing k-12 girls into STEM fields in West Virginia.

The Status of Women and Girls in West Virginia Report (2013): Comprehensive report documenting progress of women and girls in West Virginia and highlighting where improvement is needed.

West Virginia Girls Collaborative Project: Connections to state-wide resources encouraging girls to go into STEM fields.

West Virginia Women's Commission: Fostering the health and wellness of women and children across West Virginia. The site provides annual reports of progress.


Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Dr. Rainbow: Developed by the Covenant House in Charleston, WV, Dr. Rainbow is dedicated to connecting LGBTQ+ West Virginians with practitioners who are accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals and knowledgeable of issues specific to LGBTQ+. 

Comprehensive List of Resources: No need to totally reinvent the wheel. Here is a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ support resources, literature, legal assistance, school and community resources, and Facebook groups.

Fairness West Virginia: Active local support for LGBTQ+ youth. Natasha Stone is the Transgender Visibility Organizer and is ready to lead staff development sessions in school. Contact: mailto:natasha@fairnesswv.org

GenderSpectrum.Org: Resource defining terms and exploring issues unique to individuals who are gender non-binary.

GSA Gay Straight Alliance: Originally intended to be safe spaces for students, these student-run organizations now strive to unite LGBTQ+ and allied students to strengthen community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

Movement Advancement Project: Policy, communication, and equality maps demonstrating the movement toward acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals. Lots of info-graphics and statistics!

NRS LGBTQ+ Brochure: LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to runaway from home. They are also more likely to report sexual abuse by caretakers and sexual victimization on the streets. The attached National Runaway Safeline brochure is information on how to help.

LGBTQ+ Center at WVU: Events, safe-zone resources, and campus/community resources.

LGBTQ+ Resource Packet: Core vocabulary, inclusive language, studies minor, national resources, WVU resources, preferred name request form.

LGBTQI2-S Committee: Resources from NASP regarding support for LGBTQI2-S students in schools as well as develop competency in the field of school psychology.

PFLAG Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays: Fostering loving families and safe communities, West Virginia has two PFLAG Chapters. Find the chapter closest to you at PFLAG West Virginia.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders 

Community and National Resources

Literature and Classroom Ideas

Adolescent Suicide Assessment Protocol (ASAP): This screener provides a snapshot of level of risk of suicidal ideology/threats.

GRaCE Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment: Community approach to address trauma and substance use through recovery coaching. Several schools are piloting GRaCE implementation at the high school level. Participating students receive 3 hours of college credit, and all participants earn recovery coach certification.

Help and Hope WV: Prevention, programs, funding, rehabilitation, harm-reduction, and more...resources available throughout the state for those affected by substance use disorder. Focus on community restoration.

Help4WV: 24/7 resource, call, chat, and text line providing immediate help for West Virginians struggling with addiction or mental health.

Mental Health First Aid: Get trained in mental health crisis deescalation and learn to identify and respond to signs of mental health illness or substance use disorders in schools and communities.

Mobile Crisis Unit: 24/7 service covering multiple counties. When calls are made, visitors work with schools and families to intervene with emotional or behavioral crises. United Summit Center currently serves Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, and Upshur Counties. FMRS currently serves Raleigh County. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Year-round mental health awareness calendar with connections to resources, information, and yes, info-graphics! Also...check out the NAMI calendar of events by month: NAMI Awareness Events

National Council: More info-graphics, social media support, and 7 Super Skills to help friends.

Opportunity House: Located in Buckhannon, West Virginia, Opportunity House is a non-profit organization supporting all paths to recovery.

QuietMinds: Understanding the relationship between mental health conditions and interpersonal disorders, focuses on development of social interaction skills and improved peer and family relationships.

ReclaimWV A Toolkit for Connecting Social-Emotional and Mental Health Supports to the Opioid Epidemic: a PDF list of resources and facts about opioids and the impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 

Region4Tomorrow: Suicide prevention resource serving Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur counties. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA is a national organization with links to everything and anything relating to mental health and substance misuse. They have legal information, grant funding and information about that process, evidence-based programs, etc...

Stigma Free WV: Events, support, and resources for people affected or those working with people affected by stigma, particularly mental health and substance use but also includes racism and LGBTQ+ discrimination. Connections to inspirational TED Talks, Facebook groups, and so much more. 

Based on the survey, members voted to read Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and/or Tweak by Nic Sheff for our first Social Justice Book Study. Both books tell the same story of an adolescent's struggles with substance abuse disorder. Tweak is a journal-style chronicle of Nic's journey. Beautiful Boy is his father, David's, experience as the parent of a child battling substance misuse and suicidal tendencies. Participants may choose to read either or both books and begin posting at any time. All participants are welcome to create a new topic/question or comment on existing topics. Click "Create Topic" to post or click on a desired topic to reply to another's post. A live discussion of the books will take place during the 2019 Fall Conference.
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Social Justice Thesis and Program Evaluation Topics

Program Evaluation of PAX Good Behavior Game Implementation in West Virginia Schools

Discipline and Behavior

    • Help a school implement Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (ALSUP and Plan B) and track effects on discipline referrals/suspensions of diverse students
    • Find a school implementing PAX Good Behavior Game, and track effects on discipline referrals/suspensions of diverse students

Does Class-size Really Make a Difference?

    • Does class size make a difference? Compare student achievement and/or discipline referrals in classrooms with smaller vs. larger teacher:student ratios 

Is it better to be culture-blind or culture-aware?

    • Correlational study between amount of diversity and student characteristics of empathy
    • Implementation of various programs promoting acceptance and tolerance of diversity and correlations with characteristics of empathy
    • Classroom culture in rural vs. urban Appalachian schools

Impact of Mental Health Resources on Student Development

    • Comparison of student emotional and behavioral development of diverse students in areas within NASP recommended school psych ratios vs. those with limited support

Impact of Wrap-around Programs on Student Development

    • Wrap-around programs designed to keep students at home when possible are controversial. Work with DHHR to determine the effects of wrap-around programs on children in West Virginia.

Know of a great resource that you don't see listed on this page? What's happening in your region? 

We would love to hear about it!

Post on the School Psyched about Social Justice Facebook group

OR send resource information to mailto:britaineyacooper@gmail.com

For general questions, please contact:

Christina Hare, WVSPA President  (chare@k12.wv.us)

For questions regarding membership or finances,

please contact:

Lisa Stafford, Treasurer (lstaffor@k12.wv.us)

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