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Tuesday, September 8

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.


Paulina Degortari

Program Specialist, Tobacco Prevention, OCDOE

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


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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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 →

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

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Scott Lindstrom, MA, PPS

Co-Coordinator, Trauma Response and Recovery; NHA Advanced Trainer, Butte County Office of Eduation
Scott Lindstrom is Co-Coordinator of Trauma Response and Recovery for Butte County Office of Education, and Advanced Trainer/Mentor for the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA). He served 30+ years as psychologist and student support coordinator in Chico USD developing a comprehensive multi-tiered... Read More →

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

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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.


Angela Brand

Vice President of Strategic Development, 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.

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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 →
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Graham Wiseman

CEO & Co-founder, BeingwellCA, NAMI Contra Costa
Raffle Password: ImpactGraham is the son of a UN diplomat who grew up in 7 countries on 5 different continents. He has also visited over a dozen more nations which allows him to speak from a unique global social perspective. Graham spent 25 years in the corporate world working with clients such as: University of California, SF Giants and Centers for Medicare / Medicaid, New York. As a trusted advisor to Five San Francisco Police Chiefs, he built a reputation for tackling complex issues and delivering... Read More →

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

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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
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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

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Sadaf Ahmed, PhD

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 →
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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.
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Shamoon Noushad, MPhil

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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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?

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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 →

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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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Wednesday, September 9

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.


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

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

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Jenny Woo M Ed, MBA

Researcher, Founder/CEO, UC Irvine School of Education; Mind Brain Parenting
A Harvard-trained educator, Jenny dedicates her research and career to helping people realize their potentials from classrooms to boardrooms. She has worked in adult development as a human capital consultant and executive coach; in emerging adulthood development as an MBA career coach... Read More →

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


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
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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.

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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
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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.

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Ramona White, LMFT, PPS

Counselor-Community 360 Counseling Center, 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 →

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.

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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
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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.

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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
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Thursday, September 10

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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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1:30pm PDT

Resilience Strategies to Address Mental Health and Social Emotional Needs of the School Community
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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 →
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Stephanie Perez

School Counselor, Arcadia Unified School District

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

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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
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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.

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Michael Gray, MS

CARE Center Counselor/Health Science CTE Teacher, Long Beach Polytechnic High School
35 years as an educator Currently: CARE Center Counselor and Health Science CTE Teacher at Long Beach Poly HS Elevate Mental Wellness Skills Equal To Academics Previously: High School Head Counselor at Poly and the alternative high school Educational Partnership High School Middle... Read More →

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

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

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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
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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.

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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
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