The Center for Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools (BHELS)

Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools

Partnering to create more just, healthy, and productive learning environments.

We provide school districts, leaders, and educators with a holistic, integrated set of programs, professional learning opportunities, and behavioral and mental health resources designed to foster healthy school climates. We view challenges through a psychology-informed lens—enabling us to identify root causes, and provide high-impact solutions.

What's in a name?

We work with you to create equitable, emotionally healthy, and safe learning and working environments. Our name represents our core areas of commitment.

Behavioral Health

Students' emotional wellbeing is critical to their development and academic success.  Based on a wealth of clinical expertise from research and practice, our systemic consultation and programming support student mental health and the promotion of a healthy school climate for students, educators, and administrators.


Our work is centered on a high impact, solutions-based approach to achieve the goals of equity and inclusivity.  We are intentional and purposeful in our programming and work to equip leaders and educators with the tools to create sustainable, positive change.


Programs build leadership capacity at the classroom, school, and district levels through systemic development of climate and culture, equity, teamwork, and instructional practices. Leadership licensure, degree, and certificate programs are offered for aspiring superintendents, principals, and educators.

Freedman K-12 Consulting Services

Fostering equity, leadership, and emotional wellbeing.

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BHELS Academic Degrees and Licensure Programs

Providing school leaders with skills for an evolving workforce.

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Like you, we envision a system where all students have access to trained educators who believe in them; where all educators work in schools with strong cultures that believe inspired learning is attainable for all; where efforts are aligned and consistent with goals and values; where teachers and leaders are reflective learners who collaborate to achieve better results for students; and where all adults and students embrace a focus on continuous improvement. Let's work together to make this vision a reality.

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