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About Erin Halligan-Avery

Erin Halligan-Avery, PhD is the owner of ConcernCenter, Inc., a software platform that allows students to enter something they are concerned about and receive a prioritized list of support resources. Erin is also a former case manager who developed a CARE Network at a University in New York State. The CARE Network helps identify students of concern and get them connected to appropriate on- or off-campus resources.
24 03/2020

Connecting During COVID-19

By |2020-03-29T20:52:57+00:00March 24th, 2020|College/University|1 Comment

The need to recognize and support students of concern didn’t simply stop when Coronavirus affected college campuses. In fact, for many, the number of student’s needing support increased while options for supporting them, decreased. Now that almost every institute of higher education in the country has gone to virtual instruction and remote ways of connecting and supporting students, Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) leaders and Case Managers have taken on a new task—identifying creative ways to check in on the students [...]

27 08/2019

Some K-12 Districts are Ready to Identify Students of Concern, Others Are Not… Yet

By |2020-03-29T22:00:14+00:00August 27th, 2019|K12|3 Comments

The date was April 16, 2007. I think it was a Monday. I know it was a day that changed the landscape of student support on college campuses, forever. On this day an undergraduate student opened fire, shot, and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others on the campus of Virginia Tech. The nation was stunned. If this could happen on a college campus—where smart and capable students were focusing on bettering themselves and their futures—it could happen anywhere. In [...]

18 07/2019

Mental Health Classes in Public Schools – The Ripple Effect

By |2019-07-18T19:29:08+00:00July 18th, 2019|K12|2 Comments

Can you see me? I’m standing in my kitchen with a half-eaten pear in one hand, my mouth full, and the other hand ‘air-pumping’ up and down in celebration of the great news: Florida will now require mental health classes in public schools. Florida students (joining their peers from New York, Texas and Virginia) in grades 6-12 will now be required to take courses that help them identify: The signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, How to get help [...]