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Tuesday, September 8
 

8:30am PDT

Keynote I: Restoring Wholeness: Healing, Justice, and Wellness After Crisis
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

CEO and Founder, iOpening Enterprises
Isaiah Pickens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling and educational services for individuals and organizations. Dr. Pickens is currently Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am PDT

10:00am PDT

Using Trauma-Informed Principles to Infuse Self-Care into Schools
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

CEO and Founder, iOpening Enterprises
Isaiah Pickens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling and educational services for individuals and organizations. Dr. Pickens is currently Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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10:00am PDT

Utilizing Collective Impact to Transform Student Mental Health
Complex social problems require multifaceted solutions. Learn how Beach Cities Health District serves as the backbone organization and utilizes a collective impact approach to address higher levels of substance use, suicidal ideation and anxiety in local youth. Through a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities and continuous communication, 8,000 residents have been engaged in the Beach Cities Partnership for Youth coalition of students, parents, providers, schools and policymakers.

Participants will:
- Learn how to engage and educate the parent population
- Acquire practical skills to activate the student voice in addressing mental health
- Establish foundation to deliver high-quality social-emotional curricula in schools
- Learn how to engage local mental health providers in school-based solutions

Speakers
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Ali Steward, MPH

Director of Youth Services, Beach Cities Health District
Ali Steward, MPH, is currently the Director of Youth Services at Beach Cities Health District, a preventive health agency that has served the communities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach since 1955. Steward oversees 15 programs that increase physical activity, improve... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Community Engagement
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10:00am PDT

Help the Unseen Queen: Black Girls Who Face Unique Struggles in Education
K-12 black girls don’t disobey more or commit more serious violations, yet they get harsher penalties than white girls. Black females are the most represented group in higher education, yet they still face unique struggles—feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and academically and emotionally unprepared. They don’t seek help compared to their white counterparts. Learn non-therapeutic tools. Promote and support the social, emotional, and economic development of black females in your community.

Speakers
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Susan Toler Carr, PE,GRMS

Director of College & Career Counseling, Justin Carr Wants World Peace Foundation
Susan Toler Carr, PE is a UC San Diego certified College & Career Counselor, Director of College & Career Counseling for Justin Carr Wants World Peace Foundation, has Certifications in Grief Recovery Method® & Mental Health First Aid®. She has a BS in Civil Engineering & Certificate... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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10:00am PDT

Mental Health Best Practices: Supporting Undocumented Students and Students from Mixed-Status Families
Learning Objectives:
By attending this presentation, attendees will:
• Gain an understanding of the Undocumented Student and the mixed status families communities, as well as terminology commonly used
• Acquire knowledge tailored to supporting undocumented students’ mental health
• Hear about two best practices being Utilized in our program: individual therapy and UndocuTalks (group sessions)
• Gain knowledge of the collaboration between Wellness Together School Based Therapy program and the Sierra College Undocumented Student Center

Speakers
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Marisela Hernandez

Coordinator Undocumented Student Center, Sierra College
Marisela Hernandez is the Undocumented Student Center Coordinator at Sierra College. Marisela currently serves as the Co-Chair for the California Undocumented Higher Education Coalition - Campus Resources workgroup. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Chico in Communications... Read More →
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Maria C. Gallardo, MS, PPS

Program Specialist II: Bilingual Support, Mental Health Specialist III, Wellness Together


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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10:00am PDT

Leader Well-Being is Orgainzational Well-Being
Everyday, leaders are faced with circumstances that lead them to question their sense of humanity, while asking people to do more with less. Limited resources, crisis management, and increasing work demands feel burdensome and never-ending. Being a problem solver has its perks, but you still can't "figure" this one out. Days seem longer and more people need you now than ever.

The critical needs that inform our work with students and communities requires more cohesive and aligned approaches. How impactful is our external work when we are operating from fragment silos? In this shifting climate, how do you prioritize a safe + supportive climate for those you serve? In this session, participants will: 1) Unpack different aspects of the term "safety" and learn strategies to build it; 2) Explore individual factors that contribute to their sense of fatigue and persistent challenges and strengthening their capacity to lead and serve from a resilient and resourceful place

Speakers
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Erin Browder

Erin Browder, Consultant, West Ed
Erin Browder is a State Technical Assistance Specialist at WestEd. She specializes in building safe and supportive workplaces through leadership development, trauma-informed schools, professional well-being, adult learning, organizational development, and capacity building. She serves... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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10:00am PDT

Not So Safe - Vaping Prevention for Educators
This workshop will explore different types of nicotine-based and cannabis-based vaping devices, the key health risks for youth according to research, strategies for engaging youth in vaping education, and relevant policies and regulations. Participants will learn to: Identify vaping devices and their ingredients, communicate the risks of vaping with students and parents, and access curricula and resources to share with their school communities.

Speakers
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Paulina Degortari

Program Specialist, Tobacco Prevention, OCDOE


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:00am PDT

Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Strategies to Build Resilience in Every Student
Resilience is something we’re all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life.
1. Participants will know how to build a belief in students that they can change
their circumstances, no matter how hopeless.
2. Participants will gain strategies to transform pain and adversity into fuel.
3. Participants will recognize and know how to utilize the resources for
resilience that exist around them.
4. Participants will be able to cite 10 specific tools that will help build resilience
in youth.

Speakers
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Bruce Bushnell, M Ed

VP Trainer and Keynote Speaker, WhyTry Organization
For 26 years, Bruce Bushnell has centered his career around promoting youth success. This career began as a high school counselor, where Bruce devoted his time and expertise as a member of the Executive High School Relations Board, His honors and awards include Utah Counselor of the... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:00am PDT

Why Experiential Mental Health Interventions are Critical for Today's Teenager
Participants will learn of the differences between didactic and experiential learning related to mental health education. They will also learn about the latest research and trends related to teen mental health and critical intervention points. Participants will also learn how para pros are able to deliver effective mental health education that has real world effects on reduction of negative symptoms, while increasing student capacity for self-care and supports.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan G. Beale, MA

Ryan G. Beale, MA

CEO/Founder/Coauthor, Prepare U Mental Health Curriculum
Ryan G. Beale is the Founder and Coauthor of the Prepare U Mental Health Curriculum, the 1st ever Evidence-Supported Experiential Mental Health Curriculum for grades 8-12.  He is also the founder of the Therapy Live, designated as The Official Practice Management Platform of The... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:00am PDT

Project Cal-Well Success: Three Component Model to Expand Student Mental Health Awareness and Services
Funded by SAMHSA and led by the California Department of Education, Project Cal-Well implemented programs statewide and in partnership with three LEAs in Southern California from 2014-2019 to improve student mental health and wellness. School-wide interventions reached 70,000 students annually, increased staffing resulted in more students receiving counseling services on campus, and community collaborations let to increased referrals to outside providers for students in need of more intensive interventions. Moreover, Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings reached nearly 6,000 adults, who were then able to recognize and refer students in need of help. As a result of this combination of services, student report in the California Healthy Kids Survey of school connectedness increased and suicide ideation decreased by the end of the grant. This workshop will share our journey, describe lessons learned, and provide resources for replication.


1. Explain successful school-wide strategies to improve school climate and student well-being.

2. Describe specific strategies to increase students’ and school staff’s awareness of mental health and expand access to mental health services.

3. Receive statewide resources and local tips in replicating this model to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Hilva Chan

Hilva Chan

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Hilva Chan, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education. Hilva has extensive experience coordinating and managing programs promoting youth resiliency and wellness both at the state and local levels, and has managed several federal grants addressing... Read More →
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Sara Geierstanger, MPH

Evaluator, University of California, San Francisco
Sara Geierstanger, MPH is an Evaluator with the School Health Services Research and Evaluation Team at the University of California, San Francisco. For over two decades she has conducted evaluation research on a variety of community health topics, focusing on school-based health centers... Read More →
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Kendall Fujioka

School Social Work, School Mental Health, Child Welfare & Attendance, Consultant
Kendall Fujioka, MSW, PPSC is a school social worker with more than five years of experience in school mental health and child welfare & attendance. Kendall is an upcoming law student with the University of Washington School of Law with plans to earn a Juris Doctorate in public service... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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10:00am PDT

Intensive: Secondary Traumatic Stress: Creating a Plan for Staff Wellness
In our collective mission to provide the best education possible to all students, teachers serve not only as educators, but as de facto social service workers, caring for all students they encounter every day. They are front line triage workers. We need to understand the impact on teachers of working with youth experiencing trauma and plan for the well-being of educators from that understanding. Participants in this session will be able to identify risk factors and common symptoms of STS. They will gain an awareness of strategies to mitigate negative impacts of STS. Participants will have an understanding of the steps needed to address STS and to support teacher wellness.

Speakers
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Stacey Shaw, Ed D (ABD)

Executive Director & Principal, Lewis and Clark College & North Wasco County School District
Stacey Shaw is the currently executive director/principal of a charter high school in Oregon and is completing her Doctorate of Education with a focus on social justice and equity at Lewis and Clark College. Her research is focused on secondary traumatic stress in public school teachers... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

10:00am PDT

Resourcing for Resilience: The Critical Importance of School Employee Wellness
This workshop will focus on how our individual responses to stress, in both personal and professional settings, impact relationships. Participants will reflect upon their own routines for wellness and explore strategies that contribute to the collective’s wellbeing. Everyone will walk away with next-day strategies to address the challenges and triumphs of working in a school environment.

Speakers
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Lauren Hertelendy

CORE Director, LA Education Partnership
Lauren is the CORE Director at Los Angeles Education Partnership. Her work focuses primarily on supporting district and school leadership teams in developing and implementing policies that facilitate the well-being of staff and students, and improve school climate and overall academic... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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10:00am PDT

Intensive: Building Networks of Safety for California Students and Staff through Online Suicide Prevention Training
This presentation will detail the partnership between the California Department of Education, San Diego County Office of Education and LivingWorks to provide online suicide prevention training to students and staff in California schools statewide. Participants will learn about LivingWorks Start, the 90-minute online training available statewide. Participants will acquire information about how to access the training and how to promote Start school and/or district wide. And, participants will better understand the importance of suicide and integrated suicide prevention training in schools and communities in California.

Speakers
avatar for Jarrod Hindman, MS

Jarrod Hindman, MS

Vice President, Community Development, LivingWorks
Jarrod Hindman, M.S., is a strong proponent of community and public health and deeply committed to the field of suicide prevention. As Vice President of Community Development, he develops and implements LivingWorks’ community-based approach to suicide prevention and facilitates... Read More →
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Kathleen Snyder

Living Works



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

10:00am PDT

Intensive: Move from Awareness to Practice: Resilience to Inner Wealth
As we support students and staff who are dealing with primary and secondary trauma, it is imperative that we go beyond basic knowledge of ACEs and trauma to implement strategies that build resilience and positive engagement. The Nurtured Heart Approach® is a moment-by-moment practice that helps adults develop Inner Wealth in children. It is specifically designed to work around the barriers in place for many students, helping adults and students identify the sparks of greatness in every individual, while growing positive behaviors within clear boundaries. NHA enhances other approaches, including PBIS/MTSS, Growth Mindsets, mindfulness, and Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices. Attendees will learn:
1. The concept of Inner Wealth™
2. The 3 StandsTM of the NHA: Absolutely No, Absolutely Yes, Absolutely Clear
3. Recognition techniques central to developing Inner Wealth
4. “Resets” as consequences in Stand 3I

Speakers
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Scott Lindstrom

Owner/Advanced Trainer/Coach, It's All Relationships
Scott Lindstrom is a school psychologist, Nurtured Heart Approach® Advanced Trainer/Inner Wealth Mentor/Coach, whose NHA work has deeply enhanced his professional practices around trauma and resilience, PBIS/MTSS, as well as his own relationships and resilience. As Student Support... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

10:00am PDT

Intensive: Monitoring Students' Complete Mental Wellness: Results from the California Student Wellness Study
Results of the UCSB California Student Wellness Study (120,000 Grades 7-12 students) is presented with an emphasis on the status of students’ affective, psychological, and social well-being. Examples highlight innovative schools that are already conducting universal screening/monitoring in support of student’s flourishing development. Objectives: (1)Recall three ways that SEHS-S responses are associated with positive student development. (2) Identify how the SEHS-S complements current school-based mental wellness activities.

Speakers
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Michael J. Furlong

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
Mike is past Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Research in the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Education Research Association and a member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology. As the... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

11:00am PDT

Supporting Transgender Youth and Their Families
Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on supporting transgender/non-binary youth and their family, this session will give you the tools and resources you need to more deeply understand issues around gender, and use this knowledge to support and empower our youth. Leave with powerful, practical strategies that work.Participants who attend this session will be able to:
• Understand gender identity
• Understand current CA state laws around gender identity, and how they affect our youth
• Identify what effective policy looks like in schools/districts
• Incorporate best practices that support transgender and non-binary youth in their schools, homes and communities
• Apply leadership principles that create safe and inclusive environments

Speakers
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Kathie Moehlig

Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services
Kathie Moehlig is the Executive Director of San Diego-based TransFamily Support Services, and a leading authority on supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families. A tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, she was named “Woman of the Year” by California Assemblyperson... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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11:00am PDT

Putting the Pieces Together: The Pivotal Role of the Administrator in Student Mental Health
The role of the site administrator can help and support mental health programs and situations or complicate them. This presentation reviews the tiers of a comprehensive mental health program and the role of the site administrator. Participants will walk away with tangible ideas on how to educate administrators on mental health, gain support, and build a comprehensive and defendable mental health program in their District.

Speakers
avatar for Linsey Gotanda

Linsey Gotanda

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified
Dr. Linsey Gotanda currently serves as the Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Her work supports district wide instruction, student programs, curriculum, professional development, student services and special education... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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11:00am PDT

Until All Of Us Are Well: Honoring the Inner Lives of People Who Work In Schools
Based on current research we know that relationships with caring adults are instrumental in helping children heal from trauma. And yet, how often do we focus on the well-being of the caring adults who work in schools? We firmly believe that healthy and whole adults are the best intervention for student success. In our session, participants will deepen their understanding of the complex social-emotional experience of educators, learn tools and strategies for monitoring and resourcing stress in their personal lives and school environments., and explore ways that people who work in schools might advocate to make staff wellness a priority.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Fernandez, MA

Judith Fernandez, MA

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Meaning Makers Collective
Judith Fernandez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based educator, facilitator, and coach. She recently worked as a resilience and trauma-informed practice coach for a national initiative on school employee well-being. Judee began her work in school wellness as a consultant for First Generation... Read More →
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Michelle Kurta

Co-Founder, Meaning Makers Collective
Hi! I am here with my co-founder, Judee Fernandez, representing Meaning Makers Collective. We work with schools and organizations to create cultures of healing and justice. I am passionate about the possibilities for meaning, healing, and transformation that are generated when people... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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11:00am PDT

How to Utilize Pupil Personnel Services Professionals to Address Behaviors, School Climate, and Absenteeism
School administrators may not be aware they have the experts in mental and physical, school climate, and learning already working to make their schools excel.  Give a counselor a behaviorally challenged student and see what can happen.  Take a school psychologist out of a testing-assessing-IEP meeting mode and see what new school climate ideas take shape.  School nurses and credentialed social workers work to address chronic absenteeism.  Empower these innovators, as these pupil personnel services professionals know how to work together to create environments that allow all students to feel safe at school, to learn, and to become tomorrow's leaders.

Speakers
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Steven France

Director, Acalanes Union High School District
My career began as a high school English and Student Leadership teacher at College Park High School. I advanced my career, serving as Vice Principal, Associate Principal, Coordinator, and now Director. Within ACSA, I have served at the local level, Region VI Secretary and President... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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11:00am PDT

Mindfulness in the Classroom - For Students by Students
How to create a program whereby students receive Mindfulness lessons in their classrooms presented by trained students. Students will acquire the ability to understand the history, science, and growing benefit of a mindful practice. Those participating will be able to track their progress toward living a mindful lifestyle. Tier II and Tier III students will be able to self-identify triggers and initiate methods to mitigate the effects of trauma. Valley High school's campus has experienced a drop in suspension rates with violence at a near all time low as the Mindfulness program expands.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Ortiz, MA, PPS

Gregory Ortiz, MA, PPS

Wellness Counselor, Elk Grove Unified School District/Valley High School
Greg Ortiz has been a counselor at Valley High School, a Title 1/100% free or reduced lunch high school, for the last 25 years. Last year, in response to our growing social-emotional needs, Ortiz was tasked with creating and overseeing "The Wellness Center" on campus providing a variety... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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11:00am PDT

Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism
Optimism is a mental attitude that fosters the belief that successful outcomes are possible. It is a critical antidote to the paralysis in thinking called learned helplessness. In this workshop, participants will explore the construct of realistic optimism, and why hope is a critical strategy. Strategies for teaching realistic optimism in schools and classrooms will be shared. This is an interactive workshop with real classroom scenarios discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Ginna Myers, PhD

Ginna Myers, PhD

Director of C, I, PD and Student Assessments, Eureka Union School District
Ginna Myers has >20 years of education experience, with a decade spent teaching in the Philippines and 8 years in the United States. She holds a National Board Certification in Science. She is currently the Director of Curriculum, Professional Development, and Student Assessments... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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11:00am PDT

Unpacking Anxiety During Chaotic Times
Learning Objectives:
 Identify the most common types of anxiety disorders among youth, the
signs, symptoms and risk factors
 Understanding the complexities of anxiety during the pandemic
 Learn best practice strategies and resources to support our students in
navigating anxiety

Description: Pre-Covid19, anxiety disorders will have affected one in four youth over their lifetime. It is the most prevalent mental health disorder among children and adolescents today. As the world deals with a global pandemic, anxiety has increased. Of the 11,000 11 to 17-year-olds who took a screening on Mental Health America website, 83% screened positive or at-risk for anxiety. This session will unpack the layers of anxiety our youth are currently experiencing and provide easily accessible coping strategies and tools to address anxiety.

Speakers
avatar for Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Executive Director, San Diego County Office of Education
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Executive Director of Student Wellness and School Culture for the San Diego County Office of Education. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as Commissioner on the Mental Health Services and Oversight Commission as designee of the State Superintendent of... Read More →
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Heather Nemour, M.A.

Program Specialist: Student Wellness & School Culture, San Diego County Office of Education
Heather Nemour is a Program Specialist: Student Wellness & Positive School Climate for the San Diego County Office of Education’s Student Support Services. Ms. Nemour supports the districts and schools across the county and state in suicide prevention, student and staff mental health... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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12:00pm PDT

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Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

The Expected and Unexpected Lessons from the Camp Fire
As the 2018 Camp Fire wiped out the towns of Paradise and Concow, educators evacuated well over 3,000 students to safety. At some schools, 90% of students AND staff lost their homes, neighborhoods, and daily ways of life. The impacts of trauma and loss remain pervasive and deep. Although the presenters had over 70 combined years working in schools, new lessons continue to unfold. In this workshop we will review our multi-tiered approach to disaster response, roles of disaster agencies, and unique lessons for large scale disasters in educational settings (think: leave the intensive trauma training on the shelf).

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Roy Applegate

Co-Coordinator Trauma Response and Recovery, Butte County Office of Education
Roy Applegate, Ed.D., is Co-Coordinator of Trauma Response and Recovery for Butte County Office of Education, leading the school-based mental health responses for student and staff in response to the 2018 Camp Fire. He has spent 45 years in public education at K-12 and university... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  Community Engagement
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12:30pm PDT

All For One and One for All, Multi-Tiered System of Support at a Community School
Speakers
avatar for Brandan Aldridge

Brandan Aldridge

Senior Community School Coordinator, Los Angeles Education Partnership / Washington Prep High School
BrandAn Aldridge was born and raised in Inglewood, California, less than 3 miles from Washington Preparatory High School, where his mother and many of his family members are alumni. BrandAn brings a unique blend of innate passion with his educational background which includes Human... Read More →
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Estephania Vazquez, MPA

Sr. Community School Coordinator, Los Angeles Education Partnership
Estephania is a grassroots leader and a first-generation college graduate that has focused all her efforts in building stronger families and communities in Southern California initiatives. She identifies herself as a lifelong learner, an indigenist womyn of color, who immigrated from... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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12:30pm PDT

Preparing for Difficult Days: Administrative Protocols for Responding to Loss in Schools
There are few things more challenging than dealing with the loss of a student or staff member in your school district; especially when you aren’t prepared to do so. While the loss of life is something every student, parent, educator, and community member hopes we won’t have to face during the school-age years; the reality is that a majority of students will experience the loss of a fellow student or staff member while they are in school. This workshop will help provide educators, parents, and community advocates with resources and information to help establish or improve administrative protocols and district-wide policies for responding to loss in schools. This workshop represents some of the lessons learned during the past decade of school-based suicide prevention work.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will gain an understanding of how to go about developing a comprehensive district-wide suicide prevention plan, including intervention and postvention efforts

2. Participants will develop an awareness of how to involve various stakeholders in school-based loss response efforts

3. Participants will be provided with examples of communication templates; including staff, student, parent, and community messaging

4. Participants will learn about research-based approaches to messaging and memorialization; and how to practically implement this guidance

Speakers
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Ben Dhillon

Director, Social Emotional Wellness, Visalia Unified School District
Ben has worked in education since 2002 and currently serves as the Director of Social Emotional Wellness in the Equity & Student Services Department at Visalia Unified School District. He's worked in both the K-12 and University settings; serving as an after-school program leader... Read More →
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Noah Whitaker

Director, Suicide Prevention Task Force
Noah has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than fifteen years, and they have five children. Just soak that in and imagine the pandemic homeschooling fun. He is a passionate advocate for community-based suicide prevention and has worked in the mental health field... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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12:30pm PDT

Multi-Tiered System of Support for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention
Suicide is currently the 2nd leading cause of death among youths and young adults 10-24 years of age. Bringing attention to this ever-important issue, in 2016 Assembly Bill 2246 was signed into law in California requiring districts to adopt a Suicide Prevention Policy. Being prepared with a well-defined plan for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention is critical. Learn about one district's multi-tiered system of support and walk away with practical strategies to address this issue. After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) Understand suicide prevention awareness strategies.
2) Understand how to screen for students who may be at-risk.
3) Identify how to assess and intervene with those at-risk.
4) Explain postvention supports after a suicide.

Speakers
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Rebecca Pianta, Ed.D.

Coordinator, Counseling and Student Support, Capistrano Unified School District
Rebecca has dedicated her career to supporting students, parents, school counselors and other educators, by serving in various roles over the years, including a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high schools; administrator; and adjunct professor. Currently, Rebecca is the... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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12:30pm PDT

Increasing Mental Health Awareness In School Communities
Participants will acquire strategies for increasing mental health awareness in school communities.  With consideration of barriers including mental health stigma, cultural factors, and limited resources, participants will learn about developing an informative, user friendly webpage; educating staff, students and parents about mental health; and developing referral pathways with outside agencies.  Ideas for supporting mental health awareness during both distance learning and on campus instruction will be provided.    

Speakers
avatar for Liisa Hanninen-Danner, PhD

Liisa Hanninen-Danner, PhD

Psychologist on Special Assignment for Mental Health and SEL, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
As a Psychologist on Special Assignment in the Livermore Unified School District, Dr. Hanninen-Danner oversees Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning.  She coordinates the district's SAMHSA and BJA Mental Health Awareness Training grants and The Kid Connection Program, formerly... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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12:30pm PDT

Social-Emotional Supports in Natomas: Where We've Been and Where We Are Going
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Anthony Da Marto

Director, Natomas Unified School District



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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12:30pm PDT

Intensive: Trauma-Informed Leadership to Support Student and Staff Wellbeing (For Site Administrators and District Leadership)
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

CEO and Founder, iOpening Enterprises
Isaiah Pickens, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling and educational services for individuals and organizations. Dr. Pickens is currently Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Intensive: Creating a Mindful School: Whole School Implementation
We believe it is possible for all children to learn in school environments that inspire greater awareness, focused attention, and action based on kindness and compassion. Join us as we share how we are guiding and connecting educators on a journey to transform schools from the inside out.

Our approach is unique in that we start with the educator. We train our graduates not only to teach mindfulness to their students, but to embody mindfulness themselves. We offer educators practical skills for self-care, facilitation, and connecting with youth, providing simple, effective mindfulness practices that can be integrated into the school day and adapted for diverse environments.

We will present our model for Whole School Implementation, share best practices in teaching mindfulness to children and teens, and talk about the general state of mindfulness in education and how it relates to school culture and Social Emotional Learning. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of mindfulness in education and of the steps they can take in transforming their school into a Mindful School.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Sweet

Megan Sweet

Director of Training, Mindful Schools
Megan Sweet is an experienced Network Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in Educational Consulting, Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, and Curriculum Development. She is also a strong entrepreneurship... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Intensive: Adapting the National School MH Curricula for Your Students **PRE-REGISTER BELOW**
In order to attend this workshop with limited capacity, please REGISTER HERE: MHTTC Pre-Registration

Click here for the three (3) handouts to have handy for our learning together.

Speakers
avatar for Leora Wolf-Prusan

Leora Wolf-Prusan

School Mental Health Lead, SAMHSA Pacific MHTTC
Leora Wolf-Prusan is the Director of Partnerships & Learning at the Center for AppliedResearch Solutions (CARS) where she supports the agency’s teaching and learning portfolio, serves as the Region 9 School Mental Health field director for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Intensive: What I Wish My Parents Knew: Engaging K6-12 Students and Parents with Suicide Prevention
The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages students to learn about the topics of suicide prevention & mental health in an innovative way: a film contest. The program also engages parents and the entire community through What I Wish My Parents Knew events by providing parents with knowledge and skills around mental health-related topics, hand-picked by youth. Films help students develop compassion for challenges others may be facing & show what actions can be taken to help, while parents are engaged in learning events to promote mental health and reduce risk of suicide. 
 
1)    Participants will summarize the Directing Change Program and Film Contest’s objectives of engaging students in an innovative way as change agents and creating peer to peer films to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
2)    Participants will acquire practical skills to adapt the Directing Change Program and Film Contest to meet the needs of their students, parents, & address mental health and suicide prevention on campuses and in communities.  
3)     Participants will apply warning signs and suicide prevention messaging learned through a “mock” “What I Wish My Parents Knew” workshop activity.
4) Participants will apply delivering age-appropriate mental health lessons

Speakers
avatar for Stan Collins

Stan Collins

Suicide Prevention Specialist, Directing Change Program and Film Contest
Stan has worked in the suicide prevention field for two decades since losing a friend to suicide in high school, utilizing his experience to support and develop strategies to create system level change around suicide prevention. He currently works as a consultant in the field of suicide... Read More →
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Jana Sczersputowski, MPH

Executive Director, Directing Change Program and Film Contest, Inc
Jana Sczersputowski, MPH, Executive Director of the Directing Change Program and Film Contest, Inc has over 15 years of experience in program development, and implementing county and statewide, community and school-based youth engagement campaigns.  She created the Directing Change... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Intensive: NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) Club
This workshop will focus on our school based program, NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) which is a student-led program that provides a safe space on school campus where students and teachers can openly talk about mental health. In addition, there will be an NCHS club who will share there experience and how the school climate has changed. The three learning objectives are to (1) Educate and increase awareness about mental health and wellness, (2) Be supportive of students who are living with mental illness and (3) Create an inclusive, safe and supportive school environment.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Brand

Angela Brand

Vice President of Strategic Engagement, NAMI California


Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

The 3 Legs of Mental Health Support
Leg 1: Teachers - Site and District level support strategies for Faculty & Staff
A stressed teacher is a stressed class. Positive systems to build community of support within your school addressing adult stress, anxiety and depression.
Leg 2: Parents - PTA & beyond
Engagement strategies to generate the highest parent involvement to address the rising anxiety, depression and suicide ideation rates.
Leg 3: Students - Amplifying their Voice
Students want to be a part of the solution. Methods and means to give them a voice in addressing anxiety, depression and suicide ideation.

Speakers
avatar for Gail Miller

Gail Miller

President & Co-founder, BeingwellCA
When one of her daughters was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of twelve, the experience of navigating the mental health care system inspired Ms. Miller to share their story with others. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental illness in the African American community... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Cultural Competency in Student Support Roles
Participants will learn the definition of cultural competency and the ways in which it impacts students. Simple instructions are given to why and how professionals can impact their school community by acknowledging the bias we all have and the ways in which it guides our teaching, counseling, and support given to students.

Speakers
avatar for Emily McKenzie, LMHC

Emily McKenzie, LMHC

School Counselor, Holy Names Academy
Emily McKenzie, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in WA state. She currently works as a school counselor and co-chairs the school's Diversity Committee. A mother of 3, Emily also sits on the Board of Trustee's at Giddens School in Seattle.



Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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1:30pm PDT

Supporting Mental and Behavioral Health of Youth with Chronic Health Conditions
Participants will gain an understanding of potential implications for mental/behavioral health supports for students with chronic health conditions, and gain insight on practical approaches toward coordination of services and the practice of health coaching within a school nurse’s role.
Presenter will provide data on the prevalence of mental/behavioral health issues in youth with chronic health conditions as evidence for the need for increased awareness and multi-tiered support for this population.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Miller, MSN, RN

Monica Miller, MSN, RN

Coordinator of Health Services, Fremont Unified School District
As an experienced school nurse, Monica finds great passion in serving the health, wellness, and safety needs of students, staff, and families. From providing direct clinical care and case management, to assisting with trauma care training and teaching mindfulness and yoga, she enjoys... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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1:30pm PDT

"Brain XP: System of H.O.P.E." Teens Helping Teens Change the Language of Mental Health
The Brain XP Presentation takes teachers/administrators the System of H.O.P.E. and creates a realistic picture of how their students may be feeling. It will give an understanding & insight to the battles teens face every day & contains a segment called “I wish they knew…” which tackles the fear of communication head on. Participants will be able to:
1. communicate using different terminology that can internalize HOPE.
2. incorporate an inventory of TEEN Coping Skills.
3. identify significant positive traits that many young people possess to empower them.
4. to understand the internal concerns of the teenage mind.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Marie Frey

Christine Marie Frey

Founder, Brain XP
Christine Marie Frey is the International Award-Winning Author of Brain XP: Living with Mental Illness, A Young Teenager's Perspective, the 1st Mental Health Book written by a teenager. Christine started showing signs of anxiety, depression & psychosis at age 12. Her isolation led... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Act to Heal: Performance and Art Sessions with Youth of Karachi-Pakistan
With building mental health threats to the wellbeing of youth in Pakistan that results in rising aggressive, self-harming and depressive behaviors we tried to follow Pablo Picasso who said “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Project Act to heal organized creative activities like writing, theatre, painting and music to help improve mental health issues and release stress among young populace of Karachi. We used these sessions as a powerful tool to enhance positive attitudes, relieving stress, reducing aggression and improve cognitive health.
The session will help Participants
• To familiarize with the value of inculcating art therapy in healing for wellbeing of youth.
• To learn about creative activities that can help to improve brain and body responses towards everyday life stressors.
• It will help educators from less resourceful places to know how we can heal students in less resources with healthier outcomes

Speakers
avatar for Sadaf Ahmed, PhD

Sadaf Ahmed, PhD

Dr., UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI
Dr. Sadaf Ahmed, Pakistan’s a PhD in Psychophysiology, currently serving as Asst. Professor at Department of Physiology, University of Karachi. She has been also leading as chief executive officer at Advance Educational Institute & Research center (AEIRC) since 10 years... Read More →
avatar for Faiza Ahmed

Faiza Ahmed

Social Scientist, Advance Educational Institute & Research Centre (AEIRC)
A Social Scientist and youth leader with work on mental health, social issues and gender equality. She is pursuing her Masters from Greenwich University Karachi, Pakistan to continue her career in performing arts and theater as therapies for mental health issues.
avatar for Shamoon Noushad, MPhil

Shamoon Noushad, MPhil

MD, ADVANCE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE & RESEARCH CENTRE (AEIRC)
I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in Public Health with emphasis on Stress as a mental health concern and working for a project funded by Higher Education Commission Pakistan as Research Associate at Psychophysiology Research Lab, University of Karachi. I have earned my M.Phil in public... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Emotional Disturbance: Deconstructing a Definition
The special education eligibility category of Emotional Disturbance has always been elusive. The definition is vague and misunderstood by many, including the school psychologists that assess for it. Administrators can frequently become frustrated when students do not meet ED eligibility criteria which is often the gateway to more intensive mental health and educational interventions. After attending this presentation, participants will have a clear understanding of the Emotional Disturbance definition and learn to identify children who should be referred for an evaluation. Participants will also learn to differentiate between social maladjustment and emotional disturbance.

Speakers
avatar for Dena McManis, PsyD

Dena McManis, PsyD

Psychologist/ Mental Health Coordinator, Piedmont Unified School District
Dr. Dena McManis, PsyD, is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and a Credentialed School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in the education and mental health field. She has spent the last 15 years in the school system primarily assessing and counseling students... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Trauma Informed Breath and Postures in Training, Teaching, and Practice
Anxiety is one of the most frequently encountered complaints and symptom pictures heard by therapists, as well as those who come in contact with students and persons in high stress positions. In addition, trauma survivors report that when they participate in relaxation classes or exercises, they sometimes get retriggered or restimulated rather than being relaxed. Participants will be shown, and be given the opportunity to try, different breathing practices and postures that calm, neutralize and energize rather than retrigger or retraumatize.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Tippett,  LCSW, LMFT

Christine Tippett, LCSW, LMFT

LCSW, LMFT, Mission Possible - Clinical Supervisor; Wellness Together- Clinical Supervisor; University of San Francisco, Sacramento
I began my training and experience in Community Mental Health in 1970, the same year I began practicing yoga. I became licensed in 1979/80, and have been seeing clients publicly and privately since then. I began teaching students to become therapists, and have been doing this since... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Practical Reflective Practice
Learn practical strategies to incorporate reflective practice into faculty, SST and other professional meetings. Come away with tools you can use to bring reflection to your meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

School Based Services Program Manager, CALM Santa Barbara
Jennifer Mundy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. She oversees Mental Health Consultation and School Based Therapy in 25 preschools and 12 elementary schools where she focuses on creating trauma responsive classrooms. Jennifer is a former preschool... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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2:30pm PDT

Helping Teens with Screens
In a world where 89% of teenagers have a smartphone and 97% are on social media, we're seeing an unprecedented spike in depression, anxiety and teen suicide...and almost every mental health expert cites smartphones and social media as key factors. So how can caring adults avoid overreaction and initiate interaction about these key issues?

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

Author, President of The Source for Youth Ministry
Jonathan McKee is the author of over 20 books including The Teen's Guide to Social Media and The Bullying Breakthrough. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide and provides free resources on TheSource4Parents.com


Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Mental Health Strong: Relationships
• Understand how mental illness affects the relationship
• Hear real-life stories of struggles and strategies to overcome
• Break the relationship cycle that destroys connection
• Learn tools to help avoid burn out from relationship struggles
• Obtain 8 steps to walking resiliently alongside with a mental health condition
• Understand practical resources to keep yourself healthy and thrive in your relationship

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ramachandran, MHA

Erin Ramachandran, MHA

Mental Health Strong in Relationships, Mental Health Strong
Erin Ramachandran is a published author of Mental Health Strong, A Christian’s Guide to Walking Resiliently alongside Your Spouse with a Mental Health Condition. Erin holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration and is a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Tilly's Life Center Presents - I Am Peaceful...
I Am Peaceful
Learning to Identify and Manage Stress

In this interactive workshop participants will be guided through easy to use activities that will help them discover daily stressors, and explore how emotional and physical stress may be negatively impacting their lives. Participants will be lead through a series of stress reducing techniques called "Take 5", these tools can easily be implemented into a daily routine, or used when feeling the effects of stress.
Workshop Objectives
• Identify daily stressors
• Identify the impact of physical and emotional stress
• Create a stress reduction action plan
• Participants are guided through a beginners meditation that introduces them to basic relaxation, breathing and visualization techniques



Speakers
avatar for Beth LaVallee

Beth LaVallee

Training Manager, Tillys Life Center
Beth is currently the Training Manager and Lead Facilitator for Tilly’s Life Center (TLC). Beth has always had an affinity to help people change their lives. She has been educating and inspiring the fitness industry for over 30 years. As the former Education Director for a California... Read More →
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Chris French

Program Manager, Tilly's Life Center
Chris French has worked with thousands of elementary, middle, and high school youth for over 20 years. Along with directing summer camps and after school programs, his endeavors include creating character development programs for schools and youth based companies.


Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Trauma Informed Care: Strategies to Assist Children Who Have Been Exposed to Trauma
This presentation focuses on viewing behavioral challenges through a new lens and sharing strategies about how to best assist children in both the short-term moment and in the long term. Participants will create definitions of trauma, adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress. Participants will walk away with a variety of specific tools that can be used with children and shared with families.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kinkel

Jennifer Kinkel

Faculty, Child Development and Educational Studies, Fullerton College
Jenn Kinkel has been working with children and families in early care and education programs for the last 24 years. She currently works with students exploring the field of child development and educational studies at Fullerton College. She earned a B.A. from the University of California... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Using the Family Resource Center Model to Promote Mental Wellness at School Sites
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has established Family Resource Centers (FRC) to provide social/emotional/behavioral health related support to students within identified schools.
• Participants will gain understanding of the Family Resource Center model and the social/emotional/behavioral health services provided to students and parents.
• Participants will learn how the Family Resource Center model promotes a positive school climate, which promotes mental wellness for all students.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Sopp

Tom Sopp

School Psychologist, Long Beach Unified School District
Tom Sopp is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child therapist and school psychologist. He has served in the role of school psychologist for the last 20 years and currently is a practicing school psychologist with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), a large culturally diverse... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Beyond the Mandate: Suicide Prevention and Intervention on a School Campus
While recent mandates require school districts to adopt suicide prevention policies, the current rise in suicide rates amongst teens has brought issues regarding mental health and support to the forefront of issues in education. This session will assist participants in understanding the school team's role in suicide prevention and intervention. Participants will review a protocol for conducting risk assessments and determining appropriate steps in working with the student and family.

Speakers
avatar for Trista Ramirez

Trista Ramirez

Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Support, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Dr. Ramirez has worked in Palos Verdes Unified School District for over 20 years. She has served as a school counselor, Associate Principal and Principal, prior to her current position. Her dissertation research focused on mental health of students and she is passionate about all... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Developing a School Crisis Response Model
The presentation will provide information on developing and implementing a crisis response model for schools. Participants will gain knowledge on evidence based approaches to risk assessment, risk determination, and risk intervention. Participants will identify components of a school crisis response model. Be able to identify evidence based practice guidelines for conducting a risk assessment and how to develop an individualized school crisis intervention/school safety plan.

Speakers
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Carolyn Kleinsmith BSN, RN, PHN

Credentialed School Nurse, Santa Maria Bonita School District
I graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983. I have been practicing as a Registered Nurse for 36 years. I received a school nurse credential in 2003 from California State University, Fresno and have been practicing as a school... Read More →
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Feliciano Aguilar

School Psychologist, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Feliciano obtained his B.A. in Psychology and minors in Spanish as well as Chicano/a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then attended California State University, Northridge for his M.S. in Counseling and PPS credentials in School Psychology. Feliciano’s interest... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Trauma Informed Districts, Schools, and Classrooms
This presentation will cover Trauma and its impact on brain development, achievement, attendance and social relationships. This workshop will discuss best practices in creating Trauma-Informed Districts, Trauma-Informed Schools as well as Trauma-Informed Classrooms. Attendants will leave with general knowledge in building a district wide program all the way to managing trauma within the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for April Jones

April Jones

District Marriage and Family Therapist, Hemet Unified
April is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing in the Mental Health field since 2007. She is currently the District Marriage and Family Therapist for Hemet Unified School District. April oversees the Tier 2 and 3 supports, is a trainer of Restorative Practices... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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Wednesday, September 9
 

8:30am PDT

Keynote II: How to Raise an Adult
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Lythcott-Haims, JD

Julie Lythcott-Haims, JD

The author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017), Julie Lythcott-Haims is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am PDT

9:30am PDT

Keynote III: Making Space for Equity and Wellness
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Re-envisioning Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Report Brief can be found at:
https://edtrust.org/social-emotional-and-academic-development-through-an-equity-lens/

Speakers
avatar for Elisha Smith Arrillaga, PhD

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, PhD

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and supporting the high achievement of all California students, with a particular focus on underserved students of color... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PDT

10:45am PDT

Be the Spark! Healing Communities Through Connection
This session will briefly review ACEs science, and then primarily focus on sharing strategies from the field for applying ACEs science through community building. Presenters will discuss how interrupting the cross generational transmission of ACEs results in healthier children, families and communities. Schools cannot do this work alone, it is essential that work in partnership with communities so all families can thrive.

ACEs Connection resources, including the ACES's in Education site, are designed to support local leaders as they develop a deeper understanding of strategies for accelerating their local ACEs initiative. In this session, special emphasis will be placed on strategies for starting and growing geographic and interest based communities. This session will appeal to all educators, family and support personnel, as well as community based organizations seeking to join the work of building resilient communities.

Speakers
avatar for Lara Kain, MPA

Lara Kain, MPA

Southern California Community Facilitator, ACEsConnection
As the Southern California community facilitator for ACEs Connection, Lara brings her deep understanding of the importance of schools as community drivers for change. Lara is an experienced educator and consultant who speaks nationally on implementing trauma-informed practices in... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Community Engagement
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10:45am PDT

Responding to the Demands of 21st Century through the University and Community Partnership
To illustrate the strategies used in creating big scale partnerships for training and capacity-building. The university developed large scale partnerships with community agencies to elevate the MSW training program and create access to university resources for community capacity-building.
To provide specific examples of further University-community collaborations to further enhance capacity-building leading to an expansive micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice exposure to MSW graduate student for better workforce development.

Speakers
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Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD, MSW, LPCC

Associate Professor & Associate Director, University of Southern California
Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD, MSW, PPSC, LCSW, a USC MSW alumna of 1990 and a former field instructor, is currently the Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director, Field Education at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She received her second Master degree in Education from... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Community Engagement
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10:45am PDT

Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Students
Only 32% of LGBTQ students in California always feel safe in their classroom and only 27% feel comfortable talking to their school counselor about their LGBTQ identity. A lack of cultural competency and fear of pushback often result in hesitancy around LGBTQ inclusion efforts. Participants will leave with a stronger understanding of LGBTQ identities, of our legal obligations and several best practices that create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Vincent Pompei

Dr. Vincent Pompei

Director, Youth Well-Being Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Dr. Vincent Pompei is a former educator and sought out expert on the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ+ youth in K-12 schools. He directs the Well-Being Program and the annual Time to THRIVE conference for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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10:45am PDT

The Role of Behavioral Health Providers in Promoting the Wellbeing of Immigrant Families and their Children
The presentation will provide an overview of timely research findings, followed by a panel conversation on the partnership between these groups and strategies for behavioral health providers to engage.

This presentation will present original research findings from two reports: Healthy Mind, Healthy Future, a project of The Children's Partnership and the California Immigrant Policy Center, and Accessing Mental Health in the Shadows: How Immigrants in California Struggle to Get Needed Care, a project of The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.
Efforts have already begun to take place to address the challenges that will be discussed. These include the following:
1) A statewide policy change, AB 699 - Safe School for Immigrant Students, that requires school districts to make policy and administrative changes to ensure students, regardless of immigration status, are safe from immigration enforcement while on campus. Model Policies include providing training on the dangers of bullying due to immigrant status for staff and students.
2) Two statewide policy changes, Health4All Kids and Health4All Young Adults, that expands eligibility for full-scope health coverage through Medi-Cal that includes mental and behavioral health care.
3) Los Angeles Anti-Hate Campaign - Increased bullying reports, along with increased reports of hate acts and hate crimes resulted in a three-prong campaign to educate residents on what bullying/hate violence is, a marketing campaign to deter bullying/hate violence, and building community capacity to respond the hate violence. The campaign was a result of a motion made by the LA County Board of Supervisors.
4) CDE Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup – This workgroup serves as the State Superintendent’s policymaking body for promotion of California’s students mental and emotional wellbeing. The group is comprised of mental health experts. Policies have included supporting mandatory suicide prevention legislation; mental health training for educators; and including accountability for providing student mental health supports through school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan Annual Reports. Participants will learn:
1) How Immigration Policy Impacts Mental Health and review of research
2) Overview of Impact of Federal Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric on Children and Families
a) Overview of TCP HMHF Findings
b) Overview of CPEHN County Analysis
3) Recommendations for moving forward
a) Strengthen Community Safety to Ensure Children, Youth, and Families Feel Secure and Supported in their Communities
b) Role of schools and early learning centers
c) Role of county leadership


Speakers
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Terri Villa-McDowell, JD

The Role of Behavioral Health Providers in Promoting the Wellbeing of Immigrant Families and their Children, Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging & Community Services/Commission on Human Relations
Terri Villa-McDowell is Senior Human Relations Consultant with the Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services/Commission on Human Relations. She is currently working on a L.A. County Anti-Hate Campaign to protect vulnerable communities against political hate... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT

10:45am PDT

Understanding and Supporting our LGBTQ+ Youth: Educating our Educators
In order to keep up with changing laws and educate students about the LGBTQ+ community, educators need an understanding and familiarity with the LGBTQ+ culture. This presentation familiarizes participants with the different aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity. We examine the Transgender Experience and the importance of honoring self-definition. Finally, we examine the California Education Code and identify ways to make your space a safe space for all students.b

Speakers
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Summer D. Gomez, LCSW

Founder, Reach OUT Consulting LLC
Summer Davidson Gomez is the founder of Reach OUT Consulting LLC. Summer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10+ years of experience working with the LGBTQ+ Community. She is an experienced therapist, speaker and trainer focused on increasing empathy and understanding of the... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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10:45am PDT

GritX: Digital Therapeutics to Increase Student Resiliency & Wellness
This presentation will offer school teachers, counselors, and administrators the opportunity to learn about GritX.org and the new GritX mobile apps from the UCSF team that built it. Participants will learn how to use GritX as a tool to improve student resiliency and well-being with GritX’s innovative digital learning platform and evidence-base mental health content and skills.

Speakers

Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:45am PDT

A Place to Belong: Creating Supportive School Culture and Climate for Adolescents with Emotional Challenges
There is an overwhelming need for feasible, grounded, and effective approaches to address the emotional needs of vulnerable youth developing with significant social-emotional and environmental stressors (e.g., economic stress, histories of trauma, immigrant populations, LGBTQ and racially marginalized youth). Traumatic life experiences often disorient an individual by distorting perceptions of the world and creating a profound sense of unsafety. This session will examine the impact of students’ life experiences on their behavior and provide evidence-based strategies to help educators, policy-makers, and community leaders promote more supportive academic environments that help youth manage stress and be emotionally available for learning. Additionally, this session will provide a holistic orientation and discussion of community and school mental health that expands perspectives from a clinically focused model to include focuses on school climate and trauma-informed classrooms as important variables in the microsystems and mesosystems of Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological System’s Theory of youth development. Participants will acquire practical skills for 1) Identifying common emotional challenges associated with life stressors, 2) Identifying common obstacles within school culture for supporting students in need and solutions, and 3) Providing practical strategies providing supportive school and classroom environments.

Speakers
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Kendrea C. Hart, MS, PhD

School Psychologist, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Kendrea C. Hart is an experienced school psychologist and child advocate with two decades of success in promoting programs and policies to strengthen ecological protective factors for children. Dr. Hart has worked with and advocated for children in a variety of settings including... Read More →
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Rachel Livingston

Rachel Livingston served as a principal, college counselor, and teacher in the Los Angeles area for the past two decades, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has extensive experience using data analysis and trauma-informed practices to support underrepresented students... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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10:45am PDT

Making Equity and Mental Health Actionable in Education
The Equitable Child Framework (ECF) was created to assist educators nationally and internationally seeking to develop or refine a comprehensive system to meet the needs of all their students through the lens of equity. ECF is rooted in social ecological model (SEM) and the various interventions and approaches to the strategies are also rooted in empirical evidence from neuroscience, biology, psychology, and educational best practices. A trapezoid is used to symbolize the ECF. The ECF intentionally separates the academic, behavioral, and SEL domains and provides framework in each domain and tier that is rooted evidence based educational techniques and wellness research. Participants will acquire practical skills and strategies to create more equitable approaches in an educational setting. Participants will explore strategies and best practices that can be replicated.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Felipe Mercado, Ed.D, MSW

Dr. Felipe Mercado, Ed.D, MSW

Principal, Washington Unified School District/Wise Souls
Dr. Felipe Mercado has served education in various roles over the last decade such as principal, deputy principal, vice-principal, college professor, counselor, and social worker. He is the founder of Wise Souls. Felipe has earned a Master’s in Social Work and a Doctorate in Education... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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10:45am PDT

Mental Health Literacy and Student Learning Outcomes: Merging Silos, Systems, and Synchronizing our Language for Student Wellness
Are you a school [instructional] leader who wants to learn about school mental health, or a mental health provider who wants to learn about the contexts of schools and student learning outcomes? Often, the conversations between educators and mental health providers are siloed and separated. This session provides a platform to bridge the conversation so that both perspectives can learn from one another to better support the students they serve. Together we will explore common mental health issues among students (k-16) and their potential effects on learning outcomes; the relationship between socio-emotional development, student learning, and academic success; an introduction to mental health in the classroom and school, including barriers to help-seeking and provision; and how to enhance our role as supportive adults for students with mental health and emotional challenges and strengths.

Speakers
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Leora Wolf-Prusan

School Mental Health Lead, SAMHSA Pacific MHTTC
Leora Wolf-Prusan is the Director of Partnerships & Learning at the Center for AppliedResearch Solutions (CARS) where she supports the agency’s teaching and learning portfolio, serves as the Region 9 School Mental Health field director for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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11:45am PDT

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Wednesday September 9, 2020 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Online

12:15pm PDT

Keynote IV: Modern Minds for this Modern World: Why Our Students are Suffering and What to do About it
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Recommended Podcasts:
  • With Scott Barry Kaufman on the Psychology Podcast (click here)
  • With Eric Zimmer on the The One You Feed Podcast (click here)
  • With Alex Gokce and Katherine King on the Noble Mind Podcast (click here)


Speakers
avatar for Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Steven C. Hayes, PhD

A Foundation Professor with the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Psychology Department within the Behavior Analysis program, Steven C. Hayes is the author of 45 books and over 625 scientific articles. His book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life was featured in Time Magazine... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Cultural Responsiveness, Humility, and Social Justice in the Training of School Practitioners
Now more than ever, we must continue to increase school mental health therapists’ understanding of cultural humility and social justice in order to support their effectiveness as practitioners in a diverse, multi-cultural world. This remains so even in the context of current tumultuous times. By understanding the role of culture as it shapes the school mental health practitioner’s own perceptions, this presentation offers attendees an opportunity to increase their awareness of their own cultural views and social justice. Such clarity about one’s own culture-informed reality, combined with a genuine curiosity and openness to the experience of others, enables a practitioner to more accurately and empathically understand the emotional lives, values, rituals, family structure, traditions, spiritual precepts and aspirations of clients from different, as well as similar, cultural backgrounds. The presentation underlines commitments for practitioners in schools examining racial, class, cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual identity issues, etc. within the context of institutionalized racism, sexism, and economic inequality, exploring the psychological impact of privilege and oppression and reasserting social justice. As a result of this presentation, the attendee will be able to understand culturally responsive therapeutic approaches via a stance of cultural humility. The dynamic, engaging presentation will provide examples of readings and discussions, film presentations, experiential exercises, experiences in the field, and interpersonal dialogues among attendees.

As a result of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Speak with greater awareness about their own culturally contextualized perceptions, assumptions and experiences, including the effects of privilege and oppression and the need for social justice to increase equity in schools;
2. Become more aware and familiar with other racial/cultural groups from which they were previously less aware, learning from the experience and articulating it;
3. Utilize empathic listening, open-ended questions, genuine interest and authentic curiosity in building a better understanding of the cultural realities and life experiences of those they work with in schools from different and similar cultures;
4. Honestly and open-heartedly discuss the historical and current realities of privilege and oppression, with members of the dominant culture and with members of oppressed groups, demonstrating an understanding of the psychological consequences of both privilege and oppression in the context of current times;
5. Appreciate knowledge of traditional healing modalities and spiritual practice of one non-dominant culture, and be able to discuss possible ways these practices can be integrated into the modern practice of psychotherapy in school contexts;
6. Apply the knowledge acquired from the presentation for more effectively working with students in schools with various cultural backgrounds.
7. Articulate an understanding cultural humility and social justice as they relate to cross-cultural issues for school children, adolescents and families in therapy.

As noted above, this dynamic, multi-modal presentation will include reading audience engagement, film clip presentations, experiential exercises, and interpersonal discussions of issues between and among attendees. The issues and subject matter of this presentation encompasses a range of topics with emotional responses. The intention is to create an environment conducive to sharing experiences and ideas. Respect and accountability are two essential qualities in creating such an environment. Collective learning agreements will be reviewed supporting the learning process.



Speakers
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Matthew R.

Professor of Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Matthew R. Mock, Ph.D. has led dynamic courses, workshops and presentations on the relevance of social justice, community mental health, cultural competence, ethnicity and multiculturalism in psychotherapy locally, throughout California, nationally and internationally. He is currently... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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1:30pm PDT

Taking Off The Mask - unMASKing Healthy Relationships
Through presentation, hands-on activities, and film this workshop will introduce participants to the world of gender support groups, using The Ever Forward Club and the #MillionMaskMovement as tools to building connections with students. 

This session models a safe, virtual space for individuals and small groups to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue.  As schools prepare to reopen, each person has a set of shared human needs - for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection.  By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at school online or onsite, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement - and ultimately more powerful results. You will leave this session with a simple, straightforward tool to help start courageous conversations about the social-emotional well-being of your community.

Participants will learn about the #MillionMaskMovement which has been working with people all over the world to explore the masks we wear. Participants will receive our free digital resources to use with their students, colleagues, and community to help them self- reflect and build deeper connections to themselves, their teams, and the youth they work with.



Speakers
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Ashanti Branch

Creator & Executive Director, Ever Forward - Siempre Adelante
Ashanti Branch works to change how students, especially young men of color, interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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1:30pm PDT

Today's Foster Youth: How to Create a Comprehensive Foster Youth Support Program on Your Campus
Foster youth are often the “invisible” underserved population. Participants will learn how to create a comprehensive academic and social/emotional program serving the needs of today’s foster youth. The presentation will include academic supports, on-campus programs, mentorships, district and community outreach, career readiness, resources, and how to build meaningful relationships for this at-risk population. Financial limitations and options, and how to continue growing the program will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Mendez, MA, PPS, LPCC

Jenna Mendez, MA, PPS, LPCC

TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor/Liaison, Corona-Norco Unified School District
Jenna Mendez has been a School Counselor for 14 years at several levels doing both guidance and crisis intervention. In that role, she worked with the foster youth and has helped to create the All-Star Foster Youth program. Currently, she is the Corona-Norco Unified School District... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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1:30pm PDT

A Leader's Guide to Fostering Mental Wellness and Building School Community Cultures of Connection Part 1
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, a study forms the UCL Institute of Education revealed that one in 20 teachers suffers with a mental illness that has lasted or is likely to last more than a year. COVID-19 has only exasperated those figures. Our teachers are feeling stress, anxiety, and fear. Consequently, it is incumbent upon school leaders to check-in and support their staff.  It is time to begin investing in our staff as human beings and not just as employees. Participants will learn to conduct staff wellness checks, implement workplace stigma reduction practices, and will receive concrete examples to build school community cultures of connection.

Speakers
MN

Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant, Mental Health Services Program, California Department of Education
Monica Nepomuceno has worked as an Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education overseeing the Mental Health Services Program since 2009. She is the Co-Chair for the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup and is also the Project Cal-Well Youth Mental Health... Read More →
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Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Executive Director, San Diego County Office of Education
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Executive Director of Student Wellness and School Culture for the San Diego County Office of Education. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as Commissioner on the Mental Health Services and Oversight Commission as designee of the State Superintendent of... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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1:30pm PDT

An In-depth Look at UCSF’s GritX as a Tool for Student Mental Health and Wellness
Participants will learn how to use GritX as a tool to improve student resiliency and well-being with GritX’s innovative digital learning platform and evidence-based mental health skills. This session will offer school staff an in-depth examination of each tool provided by the GritX website and mobile apps including the research behind the evidence-based mental wellness content, brief explanation of the technology, and use with students in real-life scenarios.  

Speakers
avatar for Michael Godoy

Michael Godoy

Program Director, UCSF
Michael Godoy; Program Director of Telemedicine and Scalable Therapeutics at UCSF's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Michael.godoy@ucsf.edu; Michael Godoy is the Program Director for Telemedicine and Scalable Therapeutics at UCSF’s Young Adult and Family Center... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

How to Help Students Take Charge of Their Sense of Belonging
This talk unpacks adolescents’ experience in seeking and sustaining a sense of belonging. This interactive session will help participants unpack the nuances of “where do I belong” from a student’s point of view. Participants will learn about the constructs of sense of belonging informed by the research and how to equip students with the essential skills to take charge of their psychological sense of belonging.

Speakers
JW

Jenny Woo M.Ed, MBA, PhD Candidate

Researcher, Founder/CEO, UCI; Mind Brain Emotion
Jenny Woo is a Harvard-trained educator, TEDx speaker, and Founder/CEO of Mind Brain Emotion. She dedicates her career to helping people realize their potentials from classrooms to boardrooms. She has worked with children and families as a school administrator, with college students... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Inclusive Practices for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Educators must have the knowledge and practical tools to recognize and intervene appropriately in situations where mental health may be of concern for students.

Participants will acquire an understanding of the needs associated with working with students who have emotional and behavioral disorders

Participants will learn the importance of mental health practices and behavioral management within inclusive education

Participants will gain a deeper appreciation for their role in students’ lives.

Speakers
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Brittany Auernig, MA, Ed D (ABD)

Doctoral Student/Executive Director, Northcentral University, Specialized Education Services, Inc.
I am currently the Executive Director for Specialized Education Services, Inc. where I am responsible for the state compliance of eleven non-public schools in California. I am also a doctoral student at Northcentral University completing my dissertation. My research focuses on students... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Tier 1 Supports in Elementary: The Role of the School Counselor
Have you ever wondered what elementary school counselors can do for ALL students? In this session, participants will understand the role of an elementary school counseling and the benefits of social emotional core instruction. Participants will walk away with examples of lesson units to implement in elementary (K-6), school-wide activities that boost school morale and social emotional wellness, and also how to utilize a needs assessment to identify the needs of the school to tailor Tier 1 implementation.

Speakers
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Amy Dauble-Madigan, M Ed

Elementary School Counselor, Culver City Unified School District
Amy Dauble-Madigan, M.Ed, PPS, NCC is an elementary school counselor in Culver City Unified School District and a part-time instructor at California State University, Long Beach. She is passionate about the role school counseling programs can play in students' lives encompassing social-emotional... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Creating Holistic Trauma-Responsive Schools: Taking a Systems Thinking Approach to Change
The journey to becoming a truly trauma-responsive environment requires deep cultural and systems transformation. There is no checklist or program, this is hard messy work! It requires a paradigm shift in the way we think about school culture and climate, discipline, teaching and learning, staff professional development, budgeting, policy, and so much more. Join me for this dynamic workshop that explores the 'how' of creating trauma-responsive schools through a systems thinking lens. We will identify tangible strategies to make your schools and classrooms trauma-responsive and resiliency focused. This session will focus topics such as 'drivers and barriers to change', 'using a trauma-informed framework to evaluate policy', 'Increasing psychological safety for ALL in the building', 'effective trauma-informed team development', 'how to sustain the momentum', and more. Protective factors that foster resiliency for both students and adults can be cultivated at the school level. Schools that have implemented trauma-informed practices have had significant declines in student illness, absenteeism, and suspension rates. Learn more about this unique model focusing on a holistic approach which addresses the head and the heart in equal measure.

Participants will gain insight into the essential knowledge and skills needed to shepherd their school through holistic trauma-informed change
Participants will gain specific strategies to make their schools and classrooms trauma-responsive and resiliency focused
Participants will learn the most common barriers to cultural change and strategies to overcome them

Speakers
avatar for Lara Kain, MPA

Lara Kain, MPA

Southern California Community Facilitator, ACEsConnection
As the Southern California community facilitator for ACEs Connection, Lara brings her deep understanding of the importance of schools as community drivers for change. Lara is an experienced educator and consultant who speaks nationally on implementing trauma-informed practices in... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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1:30pm PDT

Promoting Self Regulation and Resilience in School: Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning
Participants will learn evidence based techniques for helping students enhance attentional control, understand their emotions, and increase self-regulation. Promoting these skills will fosters resilience and positive change in students and help them thrive and adapt to the academic and behavioral demands of school and other settings.

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Kowalski, Ph.D.

Kurt Kowalski, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology, California State University San Bernardino and Center for Teacher Innovation, Riverside County Office of Education
Dr. Kowalski is a Professor of Educational Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches psychological foundations in the teacher and counselor preparation programs. His research includes children’s cognitive and social emotional functioning, educational... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

What Killed My Brothers?: How The Latinx, Chicanx, Indigenous and/or Immigrant Communities Are Seeking to Expand Their Vision Regarding the Stigma of Mental Health
Participants will identify the stigma of mental illness in different communities of color. Participants will learn the science and data behind stigma and how it hurts our communities. Participants will learn the general warning signs of a person who is suffering from a mental illness. Participants will learn how, when and where to seek help.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Zaragoza-Bilow, MEd

Annette Zaragoza-Bilow, MEd

Creator/Founder of Alternative Healing LA and Casa de Ama, Alternative Healing LA and Casa de Ama
An educator, activist and artist for the past 20 years, Annette is a first generation American born daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador that wants everyone to know that they can never be too broken to be loved. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education with... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Cultural Responsiveness
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2:30pm PDT

A Leader's Guide to Fostering Mental Wellness and Building School Community Cultures of Connection Part 2
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, a study forms the UCL Institute of Education revealed that one in 20 teachers suffers with a mental illness that has lasted or is likely to last more than a year. COVID-19 has only exasperated those figures. Our teachers are feeling stress, anxiety, and fear. Consequently, it is incumbent upon school leaders to check-in and support their staff.  It is time to begin investing in our staff as human beings and not just as employees. Participants will learn to conduct staff wellness checks, implement workplace stigma reduction practices, and will receive concrete examples to build school community cultures of connection.


Speakers
MN

Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant, Mental Health Services Program, California Department of Education
Monica Nepomuceno has worked as an Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education overseeing the Mental Health Services Program since 2009. She is the Co-Chair for the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup and is also the Project Cal-Well Youth Mental Health... Read More →
avatar for Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Mara Madrigal-Weiss

Executive Director, San Diego County Office of Education
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Executive Director of Student Wellness and School Culture for the San Diego County Office of Education. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as Commissioner on the Mental Health Services and Oversight Commission as designee of the State Superintendent of... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Ahhhh! Pause and Reset with a Mindfulness Practice Session
Mindfulness practice is now found everywhere - in schools, corporations, jails and even in Congress. However, many of us don't really understand what mindfulness is and how the practices can help those in the helping professions cultivate greater balance and compassion so we can continue our important work without becoming depleted. This workshop will introduce mindfulness as a tool for educational professionals to practice self-care and to sustain their positive intentions and passions, thereby promoting professional sustainability which in turn, works to support all students. It is not a session that will teach participants to teach mindfulness to their students or clients. Instead, it will cover basic mindfulness practices, and if time, a discussion of how mindfulness can help cultivate wise emotional responses. Most importantly, the session will include plenty of time to practice and experience mindfulness.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Ambrose, MSW, LPCC, PPS

Melissa Ambrose, MSW, LPCC, PPS

Wellness Coordinator, Jefferson Union High School District, Jefferson Union High School District
Melissa Ambrose, LCSW/PPS, is the Wellness Coordinator for Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City. Prior to this position, she was a teacher and Wellness Counselor at Oceana High School in Pacifica for over 20 years. Melissa is passionate about the practice of mindfulness... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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2:30pm PDT

Burnout AF (And Frustrated): How to Restore Balance in Spite of Varying Work/Life Demands
Working in the helping profession as an educator, administrator, clerk/secretary, or mental health professional, puts one at the forefront of dealing with high levels of stress and trauma in the workplace. The rise of violence in our schools and neighborhoods has people keenly aware of their surroundings. How do you manage to be present in all situations and still be able to function after your shift is over and you return home? After giving of yourself all throughout the day, do you take time to fill your cup? This workshop will allow participants to understand how workplace stress and trauma affects individuals. Participants will also learn how to identify symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Participants will also acquire skills, self-care strategies, to mitigate these symptoms.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Brannon, Phd (ABD), LMFT, PPS

Judith Brannon, Phd (ABD), LMFT, PPS

Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Health Therapist, Bakersfield City School District
Judith Brannon is passionate about instilling hope and evoking positive change in others. She has dedicated over a decade to serving children and families in several capacities. She has written grants and created programs to support youth, bridge gaps in education, and raise awareness... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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2:30pm PDT

Community 360 Counseling Center - A Teir I Intervention
The Community 360 Counseling Center is a Student Assistance Program that supports students and families. Students receive mandatory referrals for suspendible offenses. Also, students can be referred through the Student Study Team process for social-emotional needs such as anxiety, depression, school refusal or other stressors. Participants will learn how a Tier II Support can also support Site Counseling and Administration. Discussion of the Brriim Brief Risk Reduction Interview and Intervention Model as a tool for integrating the family into an activated system of support as well and site staff. Participants will learn about Tier II as a bridge back to Tier I or as a process to help identify which students need to move to Tier III in a systematic process.
This program was partially funded by Prop 56 funds as well as Low-Performing Block Grant money.

Speakers
avatar for Ramona White, LMFT, PPS

Ramona White, LMFT, PPS

Wellness Counselor, Las Virgenes Unified School District
As a Credentialed School Counselor, Administrator and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have the unique opportunity to put these diverse roles together in order to support the Community 360 Counseling Center.  Las Virgenes Unified School District in Calabasas opened the Community... Read More →
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Nicole Schackelman MA, AMFT, PPS

Community 360 Counselor, Las Virgenes Unified School District
Nicole is a counselor at the Community 360 Counseling Center located within the Las Virgenes Unified School District.  Nicole provides counseling to students grades T-K through 12, working with both students and their families. Nicole is currently an Associate Marriage and Family... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

The Way Forward
The Way Forward is an experiential presentation where attendees will learn, practice and participate in exercises to create change in their lives immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Kai Koerber, Parkland Activist

Kai Koerber, Parkland Activist

Mindfulness Project Researcher @ Pinterest, UC Berkeley Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health
KAI KOERBERFounder, Societal Reform Corporation 501(c)(3)Parkland Activist, Mental Health ActivistUC BERKELEY Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Student Mental HealthMindfulness Project Researcher @ PINTERESTUC Berkeley 23’Kai was born in the Bronx, NY, on February 24, 2001. He... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Unconditional Education: Developing and Resourcing Trauma Informed Systems
In this session, school leaders and staff will be guided through the process of applying trauma informed principals to support staff wellness as well as toward transforming the entire school-wide system to create a more responsive learning environment for all. Participants will have time to complete a self-assessment of their school environment as well as a resource map that will help them to develop a plan for funding this work.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Detterman, MA

Robin Detterman, MA

Executive Director of School Partnerships, Seneca Family of Agenices
Robin Detterman serves as Seneca’s Executive Director of School Partnerships and oversees the implementation of Unconditional Education and other school support programs in district and charter schools across the state of California. Prior to this work she was a Special Education... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Creating a Wellness Center on Your Campus
Participants will learn how a wellness center can be realized on their campus
Participants will be hear what the specific challenges were and how they were handled
Participants will be able to interact with presenter(s) regarding the making of the center
Information specific to the Hart District Wellness Initiative will be shared from the idea phase through the reality phase.

Speakers
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Nancy Phillips, MSW

School Social Worker--Wellness Center Coordinator, William S. Hart Union HSD
Nancy Phillips has been an advocate for children for over 30 years as a therapist, a teacher, and a school social worker. Currently, Phillips is coordinating The Wildcat Wellness Center on a high school campus. After five years of school social work for the District, Phillips has... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Growing a Culture of Kindness
In this engaging and informative session participants will dive into the critical topic of school culture and climate. You will learn the difference between these two inter-related topics, how to identify the various aspects of your school culture, and how to measure your climate. You will be provided with ready to use strategies on how to communicate, educate, demonstrate, and evaluate your school's CORE Values and overall culture. In the second half of the presentation you will gain practical processes and tools for integrating Social Emotional Learning into your school culture.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson

Assistant Principal, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
I have been a middle school administrator for 14 years with a total of 23 years in education. I have created and implemented at three different schools a character development program as well as Social Emotional curriculum to accompany, it based off of CASEL's five competencies. One... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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Thursday, September 10
 

8:30am PDT

Welcome Address: Finding Hope in Our Response to Uncertainty
Speakers
avatar for Marlon Morgan, M.A., LPCC, PPSC

Marlon Morgan, M.A., LPCC, PPSC

Founder and Executive Director, Wellness Together
Marlon Morgan is the Founder and Executive Director of the California nonprofit Wellness Together. He began his career as a school counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, creating and implementing student support programs to identify and serve target subgroups in... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am PDT
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8:30am PDT

Keynote V: Breaking the Intergenerational Cycle of Adversity
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

California Surgeon General
An award-winning physician, researcher, and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma. Dr. Burke Harris was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am PDT

9:30am PDT

Keynote VI: The Toolbox Project presents: A Discovery of Children’s Innate Capacity for Conscious Intelligence.
Speakers
avatar for Mark Collin

Mark Collin

Author/Founder, ToolboxProject™


Thursday September 10, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PDT

10:45am PDT

Addressing Staff/Stakeholder Mental Health in a Stressed System
As awareness of and focus on student wellness continues to grow in the educational system so does the need for educator mental health support. This session will focus on increasing the staff/stakeholder social and emotional supports essential to creating a culture that values mental health for every individual.

Participants will:

1. Experience wellness activities applicable for both staff and students
2. Discuss staff/stakeholder wellness as a system priority
3. Review current research to inform tiered wellness intervention systems
4. Identify at least one wellness strategy for implementation

Speakers
avatar for Clara Finneran

Clara Finneran

Assistant Superintendent, LVUSD
avatar for Kathleen O’Connell MA, AMFT, PPS

Kathleen O’Connell MA, AMFT, PPS

Dean of Student Safety and Wellness, Community 360 Counseling Center Counselor, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Las Virgenes Unified School District
Kathleen O’Connell has spent the last decade working in the TK-12 educational system providing mental health services and tiered interventions system support. Bringing experience and education from both clinical and educational settings, she has worked at both site and district... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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10:45am PDT

Cultivating Educators’ Resilience and Well Being with Stress Management and Mindfulness
Educators can learn to be resilient, calm, and present for their students and colleagues. Learn about an MHSA-funded project that provides stress management and mindfulness practice training so that teachers can embody the social and emotional skills they want to teach their students. The session will highlight the research-based curriculum, the training model, and selected stress-reduction practices. Learn about a control study measuring the impact of training on perceived stress, burnout, global health, and mindful awareness.
Participants will: 1) learn effective practices for training and supporting educators’ well-being and high performance and 2) practice stress–reduction and mindfulness practices.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Vezzuto

Lucy Vezzuto

Consultant/Trainer, L. A. Vezzuto, PhD and Associates
Lucy A. Vezzuto, PhD, is a Fulbright Scholar in Education and formerly a Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at the Orange County Dept. of Education.  Currently, she provides training and technical assistance for youth-serving professionals... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Educator & Staff Wellness
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10:45am PDT

Effectiveness of Peer Based Programs for Youth
We know that when teens are struggling, they are more likely to turn to their peers than the adults in their lives. How can students help reduce stigma around mental health in order to promote school connectedness and encourage peers to reach out for help? In this workshop, we will:

1. Explore the unique qualities of adolescents that can be channeled into peer support.

2. The factors necessary for a successful peer support program.

3. Examples of successful peer support programs.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Carlson, MScPH

Michelle Carlson, MScPH

Executive Director, Teen Line
Michelle Carlson, MScPH is the Executive Director for Teen Line, a Los Angeles based non-profit providing peer education and support for teens through an international youth peer hotline, peer support app, online peer forums, and community outreach programs. She has held various positions... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:45am PDT

You Don't Snooze, You Lose: Adolescent Sleep Loss and Early School Start Times
Chronic insufficient sleep among teens is a public health epidemic. Sleep loss among teens is strongly linked with a host of negative outcomes ranging from poorer academic performance to poorer mental health, including increased risk of suicidality, and poorer physical health, including increased risk of obesity and athletic injuries. Several decades of research demonstrates that the conflict between early school start times and adolescents’ sleep-wake biology is a major factor contributing to the epidemic of insufficient sleep among teens. School districts and policymakers across the United States are beginning to understand and address the need for teenagers to get more sleep, including landmark legislation in California that mandates healthy school start times for secondary students across the state. This presentation will focus on the science of adolescent sleep, the consequences of teen sleep loss, and the benefits of later school start times for adolescents as a backdrop for understanding California’s Healthy School Start Times Law.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Troxel, PhD

Wendy Troxel, PhD

Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
Dr. Wendy Troxel is an internationally recognized expert on sleep. In addition to being a highly-cited author in top-tier medical journals, Troxel’s work has been widely cited by the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and the BBC. Troxel’s TED talk... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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10:45am PDT

A Case Study of Establishing Mental Health Referral and Service System in a School District
It is a case study of how a district-wide mental health referral and service infrastructure was built over 3 years and what lessons have been learned. The goal for this initiative was to ensure that all students in our district have access to mental health support regardless of their economic or insurance status. The MH system includes therapeutic counseling, risk assessment for suicide and staff support/development.

Speakers
avatar for Cara Lee, MS

Cara Lee, MS

District Student and Family Services Specialist, Norwalk-La Mirada USD
Cara Lee has been a public educator for 18 years and is experienced in district-wide implementation of various K-12 programs including a 3-year counseling grant project that served as a launch pad to establish an equitable mental health services infrastructure. She continues the... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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10:45am PDT

A Song for You: The Crucial Roles of School Counselors in Suicide Prevention and School Mental Health
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among youth today. Recent legislation mandated that all public schools take action. Attendees who are willing to dig deep, and possibly get a bit emotional, will learn about the school counselor’s leading role in implementing suicide prevention programs and crisis response services, by exploring current research and best practices. Participants will also gain helpful resources for providing training on suicide prevention.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Loren Dittmar

Dr. Loren Dittmar

Professional School Counselor & Adjunct Professor & CASC Director of Emerging Leaders, Simi Valley High School & California Association of School Counselors
Dr. Loren Dittmar brings over two decades of professional experience, ranging from business to clinical mental health services to school counseling and university teaching. Loren's deep passion for the service he provides to students exudes in his presentations through his engaging... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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10:45am PDT

Mental Health Matters and it Matters in School; Creating Effective Systems to Support Elementary School Student Needs
Schools have the capacity to be change agents in the accessibility of youth mental health services. Research has shown that one in five youth will need support with mental health, but, only about half of these students receive treatment. One way to overcome these barriers is through School-Based Mental Health Support. There is a growing body of research that supports the social-emotional benefits of having school-based mental health supports within schools. Schools with good mental health care have seen reduced office referrals and suspensions alongside encouraging increases in grade performance.
While it’s ideal to be able to provide these supports within schools, there continues to be barriers within schools to provide access to care, especially at the Elementary level. A few common barriers include: weak general education counseling supports, schools that will only provide counseling as an IEP service, a lack of resources/personnel, and low administrator support. In this presentation I plan to showcase the development and implementation of a micro-system of mental health services that has been successful within our schools that can serve all students, within a resource-limited context. Through action-research data collection, this “Wellness Center” system has proven to be effective. In addition, participants will walk away with resources for themselves and teachers, ideas of how to support all student mental health wellbeing, and have opportunities to collaborate with one another.

Speakers
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Cathryn Magielnicki, MA, MA, Ed S

School Psychologist, High Tech High Charter Schools
Cathryn has been working within the field of Education since 2009 in various roles: Teacher, Creative Arts Therapist, Researcher, and School Psychologist.She has degrees in Creative Arts Therapy (Russell Sage College), Child Development and School Psychology from Tufts University... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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11:45am PDT

Break and Networking **See details below
Please take this time to explore all Conference Sponsor material located either within the exclusive Conference App or conveniently located in your Wellness Box.

Thursday September 10, 2020 11:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Online

12:15pm PDT

Keynote VII: The Power of One and the Power of Many
To attend this Keynote Session, use your personal Conference access link that was sent to the email address associated with your 2020 CASMWC ticket registration. This link is unique to you, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Sroka, PhD

Stephen Sroka, PhD

Dr. Sroka is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and has worked in schools worldwide for over 30 years, delivering cutting edge information and skills in an entertaining, motivating, and inspirational presentation that lets theory... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Partnerships that Drive Positive Impact for Youth and Families
Join members of the California Alliance to hear examples from community-based organizations partnerships to serve tier 2 and 3 students. From services on the school site all the way to residential care, learn how these partner agencies work to serve students and prevent entry into higher levels of care or stabilize and return youth to their community setting.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Mole

Danielle Mole

Senior Policy Advocate and Grassroots Program Coordinator, California Alliance of Child and Family Services
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Sandra Portasio

Chief Program Officer, East Bay Agency for Children
Sandra Portasio  serves as the Chief Program Officer at East Bay Agency For Children in Oakland, CA. Throughout her career, she worked to address the impact of poverty, to foster equity and she led and contributed alongside others towards developing healthy communities. Sandra is... Read More →
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Daniel Petrie

Chief Executive Officer, Mountain Valley Child and Family Services
I am the CEO at Mountain Valley Child and Family Services and Mountain Valley Academy.  I started in this agency in 1987 as a child care worker in the psychiatric sub acute program in Sacramento while attending college.  I graduated from California State University with a B.A. and... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

The Toolbox Project
Speakers
avatar for Mark Collin

Mark Collin

Author/Founder, ToolboxProject™


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Building a Parent Network to Support Parents, Students, and Schools
Thank you for joining us!  Today we will discuss
- How the Parent Network Evolved
- How it works
- Benefits
At approximately 2:00, we will break into small facilitated group discussion for 15 minutes. We invite you to turn on your camera and actively participate, though it is fine to simply listen in.
The last 15 minutes will be an interactive Q&A.

You will learn
- Why 60% of parents of 6th-12th graders join these parent-led discussion groups
- How the monthly meetings function to support parents
- How the organization sponsors parent education in the community
- How leaders work together with school administrators to support student wellness
- Key elements of training facilitators, including access to our facilitator-training curriculum
- How to start a similar parent network in your school or community

Thanks so much!



Speakers
avatar for Sarah Pearson, MD

Sarah Pearson, MD

Pediatrician & past President, Piedmont Board of Education, Piedmont Unified School District
As a pediatrician, parent volunteer and member of the Board of Education, I've worked on policies and programs to support student mental health in our schools and community. I helped start the Wellness Center at Piedmont High, I'm a long-time facilitator for the Piedmont Parents... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Community Engagement
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1:30pm PDT

A Brain-Based Approach to Neurobehavioral Disabilities
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce concepts and provide a framework for application of Into Action’s brain-based approach to neurobehavioral disabilities.
The goal is to establish a common language for parents, professionals, and community partners, a shared understanding of behaviors from a brain-based perspective, and how to work with individuals affected by neurobehavioral conditions.
Participants will understand three concepts:
1) A conceptual framework establishing neurobehavioral disabilities as a brain- based physical condition.
2) The Neurobehavioral Screen with definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary behavioral symptoms.
3) The application using the Functional Neurobehavioral Assessment in daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Iacobacci

Shannon Iacobacci

Secretary of FASD Network of Southern California, Parent Coach of Circle of Hope Consulting Services, Certified Facilita, FASD Network of Southern California, FASCETS, Circle of Hope Consulting Services
Shannon is the founder of FASD Strong in Southern California, offering education, support, advocacy, trainings and coaching. She is passionate about a strengths based approach to FASD and neurodiversity, helping parents and professionals find tools and starter strategies in working... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Resilience Strategies to Address Mental Health and Social Emotional Needs of the School Community
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kremer, PhD, LPCC, ATR-BC

Sarah Kremer, PhD, LPCC, ATR-BC

Research and Education Manager, Acknowledge Alliance
Sarah Kremer is currently Research and Education Manager and former Director of the Resilience Consultation Program at Acknowledge Alliance, where she oversees services provided to 20+ schools and organizations across San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to advance prevention-focused... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

Understanding the ACE Science: The Impact on Pediatric Mental Health and Implications in the Classroom
This presentation provides information about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, along with neurobiology that explains why ACEs impact students mental health, and what we can do to dramatically improve health, learning and resilience for this and future generations. Past attendees noted an increased understanding of ACEs Neuroscience and Resilience and said they were very likely to incorporate this newfound knowledge into actions for themselves, their classrooms, and community.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lorry Leigh Belhumeur

Dr. Lorry Leigh Belhumeur

CEO, Western Youth Services
Dr. Leigh Belhumeur is a licensed psychologist, serving as CEO at Western Youth Services (WYS). Under her leadership, WYS has evolved into the innovative organization that operates today. WYS annually provides integrated Mental Health Services to over 50,000 clients both directly... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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1:30pm PDT

We Hear YouTH: Social-Emotional Programs that Blend Student Voices with School Data
This presentation will examine different scenarios for students in need of social-emotional supports and how to use specific data points to develop appropriate Tier I and Tier II services. Participants will learn about viable options for social-emotional support models for secondary schools, as well as the development of a systematic approach for referring students.

Speakers
avatar for Esther Izquierdo-Hemmen, MSW

Esther Izquierdo-Hemmen, MSW

Executive Director, Mending Matters
Esther Izquierdo-Hemmen is the Executive Director and co-founder of Mending Matters, a San Diego based non-profit organization that offers mental health and support services on middle and high school campuses. Esther and her team create and implement individualized, relevant, student-centered... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Understanding and Protecting Transgender Students
Speakers
avatar for Paul Frisina

Paul Frisina

Director of Special Education, Sulphur Springs Union SD
Special Education Student health services Transgender issues



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

Making Meaning of Our Wellness Together Experience
Conferences can be a lot of sit and get, moving from inspiring session to inspiring session and trying to soak it all up and it can be overwhelming!

This yea the Meaning Making Collective is hosting processing and dialogue circles at the end of every day.

What struck you? What did someone say that you are still thinking about? Was there something that activated you? Made you curious?

Join us to make meaning of our Wellness Together experience so that we can have the time to exhale, reflect, connect, integrate, and experience this conference with...wellness!

Speakers
avatar for Judith Fernandez, MA

Judith Fernandez, MA

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Meaning Makers Collective
Judith Fernandez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based educator, facilitator, and coach. She recently worked as a resilience and trauma-informed practice coach for a national initiative on school employee well-being. Judee began her work in school wellness as a consultant for First Generation... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Kurta

Michelle Kurta

Co-Founder, Meaning Makers Collective
Hi! I am here with my co-founder, Judee Fernandez, representing Meaning Makers Collective. We work with schools and organizations to create cultures of healing and justice. I am passionate about the possibilities for meaning, healing, and transformation that are generated when people... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

5 Minutes a Day Keeps the Stress Away: Quick Tools and Tips to Incorperate Mindfulness and Essential Oils in the Classroom and Beyond!
Mindfulness and essential oils are hot topics, because they work! Our students are faced with constant stress and anxiety. With the lack of resilience and coping skills of today’s youth it is more important than ever to teach them proactive skills to deal with these daily stressors. Participants will leave with the knowledge to immediately implement these easy-to-use practical coping techniques in the classroom and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Grumbine, MS, PPS

Kristina Grumbine, MS, PPS

School Counselor
Kristina Grumbine has been a school counselor at Arcadia Unified School District since 2007. She has worked with 6th-12th grade students in a variety of populations within the traditional and nontraditional school setting. She has a passion for essential oils and how they benefit... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Perez, MS, PPS

Stephanie Perez, MS, PPS

School Counselor, Arcadia Unified School District



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellness
Participants will understand the importance of social and emotional development and resiliency and its impact on lifelong mental health and wellness. Participants will learn how implementing the Pyramid Model practices in the early learning classrooms will support a positive trajectory for all children.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Avzaradel

Sandy Avzaradel

Content and Training Specialist, Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative
Sandy is the Program Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellness Program where a county-wide effort is being initiated by the Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative to work alongside preschool professionals to support social and emotional development and effectively... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Elevate Mental Wellness Skills Equal To Algebra & Essay Writing
A school wide/district wide system to daily develop mental wellness/self development skills PreK through Grade 12. Participants will acquire knowledge and practical skills to use in the classroom to improve student engagement/conduct/academic achievement, build relationships, and develop mental wellness skills. Participants will leave with easy to use and powerful curriculum for dozens of 5 to 20 minute quick write/classroom discussion lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gray, MS

Michael Gray, MS

CARE Center Counselor/Health Science CTE Teacher, Long Beach Polytechnic High School
37th year as an educatorCurrently: CARE Center Counselor and Health Science CTE Teacher at Long Beach Poly HSPresentation Topic: The Revolutionary Classroom & Team Stronger 2getherMission: Elevate Mental Wellness & Emotional Intelligence Skills Equal To AcademicsRecent: *2020-21... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Lesson One: An Award-Winning and Evidence-Based Guide for Adults and Children to Help Promote Social and Academic Success During These Unprecedented Times
This experiential evidence-based workshop will demonstrate
essential missing ingredients to help stop the dysfunction and violence
plaguing our schools and society. Participants will learn how to:

• promote a healthy school climate that integrates home, school, and community

• equip children with skills such as connectedness, self-control, and self
confidence

• create an ecosystem that will seamlessly integrate social skills and
academic subjects


Speakers
avatar for Jon Oliver, MEd

Jon Oliver, MEd

Executive Director of Non Profit Lesson One, Lesson One
Jon Oliver is a nationally recognized educator, presenter and Executive Director and founder of non-profit Lesson One. His book,
Simon & Schuster’s Lesson One: The ABCs of Life has been recommended by Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund. Jon was invited to the
White... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Understanding the Role of the School Social Worker
The role of school social work (SSW) is a powerful tool when addressing challenges and barriers for students dealing with social and emotional issues in education. The primary goal of the workshop is for participants to acquire understanding of the role of SSW and learn strategies to use this role effectively to build structures within education that will address social and emotional challenges, as well as, advance academic progress.

Speakers
avatar for Tyra Torian, MSW, LCSW

Tyra Torian, MSW, LCSW

District Wellness Coordinator/School Social Work, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Tyra Torian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience providing mental health services as a direct clinician, program coordinator and clinical supervisor. After time in community mental health, Ms. Torian expanded into the education setting to help bring awareness... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  Intervention Strategies
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2:30pm PDT

Embedding Universal Mental Health Screening in PBIS-Driven Wellness Schools
Speakers
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Meredith Webb, MA

Clinical Services Supervisor, Solano County Office of Education
Meredith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, providing clinical supervision in Solano County, California. She specializes in providing culturally competent supervision to school based clinicians. Additionally, her areas of interest include addressing experiences of trauma... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Health, Wellness, and Safety 101 for Administrators
How to prepare administrators for health, wellness, and safety issues. Learn how to implement a community school model for increasing resources on campus.

Speakers
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Rose Bomentre, Ed D

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Baldy View ROP
29th year in education, teacher/school counselor/ administrator/ LMU visiting assistant professor/ director of student wellness / presently Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services


Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Scaling up Wellness Programs to MTSS: How one District Adopted a Wellness Program Model, Served More Students, and Created the Foundation for MTSS Roll Out District Wide
Learn how NVUSD created a Wellness Program (a team based MTSS process) to increase health and social emotional supports to of middle school students with minimal extra staff. You will learn how to conduct a universal screen, and plan and monitor tiered interventions for students.

Objective 1
Have an increased understanding of the NVUSD Wellness Program model and how it’s used to integrate MTSS district wide.

Objective 2
Understand how Universal Screening and referral systems as well as intervention strategies and supports are organized, coordinated and progress monitored thru a team-based Wellness Program model. And how this lays the foundation for systematic MTSS district wide.

Objective 3
Learn how to create a Wellness Model and MTSS structure at your school site.



Speakers
avatar for Kristin Nelson, LCSW, MPH

Kristin Nelson, LCSW, MPH

Student Engagement Manager, Napa Valley Unified School
Kristin Nelson is a Student Engagement Manager for the Wellness Program Initiative at Napa Valley Unified School District. Kristin holds a Master in Social Welfare and Master in Public Health degrees from UC Berkeley. Using an MTSS/PBIS framework, Kristin has over 10 years of experience... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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2:30pm PDT

Triangulated Data and Well-Being Screening
School-based screening must be brief, web-based, and minimize false positives. A model that triangulates data sets is a critical step towards stemming the alarming increase in youth distress. Screening is itself an effective MTSS Tier 1 intervention by increasing mental health literacy. Effective screening flags youth before they need more intensive Tier 2 or 3 services and aggregates data to inform the effectiveness of all MTSS interventions.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Madaus, MSW

Matthew Madaus, MSW

CEO of Child and Youth Well-being, Obviate, Obviate Inc.
Matthew Madaus is a LCSW with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held multiple executive-level positions in child-serving non-profits in California and Massachusetts, with expertise in complex trauma and child welfare. Mr. Madaus has developed numerous... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
  School & District-Wide Initiatives
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