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Tuesday, September 8

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.

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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
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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


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 →

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
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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

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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
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12:30pm PDT

All For One and One for All, Multi-Tiered System of Support at a Community School
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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Wednesday, September 9

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.

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Vincent Pompei Ed D

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
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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


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

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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
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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.


Matthew R. Mock, PhD

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
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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.

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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
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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.

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Jenna Mendez, MA, PPS, LPCC

TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor, 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
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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.

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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
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