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Wednesday, September 8
 

8:30am PDT

Welcome Address: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Wednesday September 8, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT

8:35am PDT

Keynote Session I: Dr. Pedro Noguera
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Dr. Pedro Noguera Presentation Resources

Wednesday September 8, 2021 8:35am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Create Your Masterpiece: Helping Families Achieve Wellness
What if families had the skills to foster resiliency, and the tools to challenge adversity?

The Create Your Masterpiece program is a series of family workshops to promote mental health strategies, improve communication skills, and develop healthy coping skills to face adversity.
Participants will acquire content for workshops to provide families information and practical applications on:
ACEs and trauma informed practices
Resiliency and Protective Factors
Mindfulness/Self Care

Masterpiece Slides
Trauma-Sensitive Family Slides



Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am 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

Jenna Mendez

TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor/Liaison, Corona-Norco Unified
Jenna Mendez has been a School Counselor for 15 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 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Crying Out Loud
HOW TO CREATE TRUST IN THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT POST PANDEMIC/SOCIAL UNREST

Join this fast-paced, energetic program that brings: Listening, Observation, Visualization and Essentials (Tools) to life as we tackle unprecedented school stress, anxiety & depression rates.

Gail Miller (Mental Health Advocate and National Speaker) & Graham Wiseman (Mental Health Advocate and Youth Suicide Prevention Speaker) address the critical need to involve parents in school mental health policies and programs.

Participants will develop inclusive & effective mental health supports for the school environment using the “Trusted Adult” model.

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 →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am 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 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Introducing Classroom WISE Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators
Classroom WISE is a FREE 3-part training package that assists K-12 educators in supporting the mental health of students in the classroom. Developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health, this package offers evidence-based strategies and skills to engage and support students with mental health concerns in the classroom.

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 →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Adapting the Dual-Factor Model for Universal School-Based Mental Health Screening: Bridging the Research to Practice Divide
This presentation reviews the Dual-Factor (distress and well-being continua) Mental Health model, drawing on California Student Wellness Study information. A modified 3 x 3 dual-factor approach is proposed using a sample of more than 8,000 California adolescents. Examples of schools using a dual-factor approach for universal mental health screening in schools will be shared. A bonus will be updated information about how California students’ social well-being changed from 2018 to 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Michael J. Furlong

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 →


Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Everyone, Everywhere Adjusting to the Return from COVID-19
This presentation will focus on the massive undertaking of supporting the transition back to full in-person learning in a "transitionalCOVID-19 era" of life.

- Participants will explore the magnitude of mental health and wellness implications of the transition back to in-person learning on students, colleagues, administrators, and families
- Participants will connect the experiences of humans to potential clinical considerations (including diagnoses that are increasing during the transitional COVID era)
- Participants will consider intervention and support options to help the greater community with these transitions at all MTSS tiers

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Wolfe Reilly, LCSW, PPSC

Ashley Wolfe Reilly, LCSW, PPSC

Mental Health Therapist 3, Aspire Public Schools
Ashley started her career as a therapist when she saw two words on a job posting: Unconditional Care. The words deeply resonated with her, and her career at Seneca Family of Agencies began. She became a Residential Counselor in a locked facility working with adolescents and fell in... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Championing Resilient Mental Health for All in Challenging Times
Butte County has been impacted by major community challenges over the past 4 year – first the Camp Fire that destroyed communities and schools, then COVID and yet another fire destroying a small community and school. What have we learned moving through and beyond these challenges? Hear about the work Butte County Office of Education has done in collaboration with community partners near and far.
Participants will: understand the long-term impacts of community-wide trauma, and how our county is working with community partners, schools and our youth to understand and address the needs of all.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Hanni

Sheri Hanni

Coordinator, Butte County Office of Education
Sheri Hanni, MSW, PPS, has worked with Butte County Office of Education for 25+ years serving multiple roles related to attendance and student support. Her current areas of focus include attendance, mental wellness, suicide prevention and engagement integration.  She provides support... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

The Power of Story: Using Narrative to Build Resilience in the wake COVID
Resilience is not an innate or fixed condition, but a learned set of skills that families, schools and communities can help children develop. As students return to in-person learning after COVID, educators and counselors can provide resources and experiences for students to build positive adaptive skills.
* Participants will understand the physical and psychological process that occur when a child experiences adversity.
* They will develop skills and strategies for helping to buffer the impact of stress and lead to resilience.
* Participants will understand the unique power of story and narrative skills as a resilience-building mechanism for children.

Speakers
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Amanda Lowell PhD

Psychology, Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine
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Karen Baicker

Director of Community Affairs, Scholastic


Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Trauma-Informed Skills for Educators & Supporting Educator Resilience
Trauma-Informed Skills for Educators (TISE):
An overview of the Trauma-informed Skills for Educator. TISE is designed to enhance educators’ knowledge about trauma and its impact on students, as well as enhance educators’ ability to engage with youth who have been exposed to trauma. The overview will share key knowledge and information about trauma, the neurological impact of trauma on students, signs and symptoms of trauma, and describes how trauma can manifest in the classroom and impact student learning. Additionally, the preview of concrete strategies to help educators support students in a more trauma-responsive way will be shared. It will include fostering a trauma-sensitive classroom climate, communicating with students about trauma, de-escalating disruptive incidents; and fostering trauma responsiveness throughout the school community.

Speakers
avatar for Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW

Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education Department of Children, Youth and Families, University of Southern California


Wednesday September 8, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Mind Out Loud Student Reps: Student Mental Health Advocacy Panel
Founded in 2020, Mind Out Loud is a student-led mental health movement sponsored by Wellness Together School Mental Health, the San Diego County Office of Education, and the California Department of Education. Mind Out Loud is led by our Student Reps, a group of high school students who work towards raising mental health awareness, ending stigma, educating peers about suicide prevention, and advocating for the mental health and wellness of students. Hear from our 2021 Mind Out Loud Student Reps about their perspective on student mental health, the major barriers to mental wellness faced by their generation, and what they would like educators and supporting adults to know.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Gomez

Maya Gomez

Student Rep, Mind Out Loud
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Christine Lee

Student Rep, Mind Out Loud
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Crystal Widado

Student Rep, Mind Out Loud
avatar for Gillian Flowers

Gillian Flowers

Program Coordinator, Wellness Together


Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Brother Be Well—Wellness for Boys and Men of Color
Brother Be Well—Wellness for Boys and Men of Color—blends awareness, media, and technology to address health inequities in target populations (BMOC ages 13+). Through culturally-appropriate multimedia, clinical supports, and a peer-driven private community, this Promising Practice supports schools with mental health education for males of color. Attendees will learn how BMOC interpret historical trauma, what supports they need, and how to develop cultural broker connections to support students.

Speakers
avatar for Mental Health California

Mental Health California

Founder & CEO, Mental Health California
Kristene Smith is an award-winning author and communications executive with over twenty years’ experience in brand strategy as owner of an award-winning communications consultancy, which has largely focused on mental health during the past eight years. She has led successful campaigns... Read More →


Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Lead with Your Humanity - An Innovative and Compassionate Approach
Bring JOY and CONNECTION into LEARNING and COMMUNITY. Recently, we have all gone through collective crisis. All students and adults want to be seen and heard. Join this experiential workshop to learn human-centered strategies: creative practice, mindfulness, and restorative circles. These strategies can occur simultaneously, and in alignment with instruction. Bring your own humanity!

Speakers
avatar for Gracie Hough

Gracie Hough

Gracie Hough is the Coordinator of English Learners Support Services at the San Mateo County Office of Education. As an educator of 15 years, student voice and expression is at the core of Gracie’s work. Blending knowledge of English Language Development with Arts education, Gracie... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Holdt

Michelle Holdt

Arts & Restorative Learning Coordinator, San Mateo County Office Of Education
Michelle Holdt is the Arts and Restorative Learning Coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. She is an arts integration specialist with a strong commitment to leading an arts-rich life and making the arts and creativity available for all children. For 25+ years, she... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Stop Sitting on Your Brain
We will discuss how sitting and sedentary behavior influences our physiology. Participants will learn the effects of sitting on their body and mind. Participants will be further informed on habits that would help counter these detrimental changes. This is geared toward improving desk posture and environment without increased need for more exercise.

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Zavalin

Stefan Zavalin

Founder, Love to Move
Stefan Zavalin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a passion for movement and health. After a few years working in the physical therapy world, Dr. Zavalin started a consulting business, Love to Move, to help office workers reduce sitting time. The vision: change the American work... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Creating a Trauma Informed School Program
This workshop will provide an introduction to understanding the effects adverse childhood events have on learning and steps to take in order to create a trauma-aware environment. Educators have long understood the stages of child development and have linked learning goals and strategies to this understanding. What we haven't known until recently is how adverse childhood experiences affect brain development. We now know that chemicals released during periods of extreme distress disrupt early brain development and compromise the functioning of the nervous and immune systems. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, one out of every 4 children attending any given school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. By becoming trauma-sensitive, we can guide schools to becoming a caring and safe environment where all children are able to learn.

Speakers
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Vance Linholm

Principal, Sparrow Academy


Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.


Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

How to Utilize a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Training Model for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a School Setting
School professionals are asked to provide mental health services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an evidence-based model called Model Me® that focuses on social skills development, and participants will learn how to implement the curriculum in diverse school settings for children with ASD. Participants will also be provided with an introduction to ASD and how it affects children of color.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesN8XKiQ3SnJEk8taxbcKj9EzgfiLTCBSDgQC-al_WS7DLZA/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSes_xUwxe80zTZ3NBayUvj1VWqYhVJd8DevxaJ-U1Ph91nuXQ/viewform​​​

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14mdZ7_lumWpaH24rF1wuX1q74M0PTbLS/view?usp=sharing​​​


Speakers
avatar for Christina (Tina) Paddock

Christina (Tina) Paddock

Clinical Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
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Debra

Clinical Associate Professor



Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Improvisation to Benefit Mental Health
Mental wellness is not a solo issue because nobody lives in isolation. Having the ability to connect positively with others is one way to feel good about yourself. For some students, however, making positive connections can be challenging. Improvisation can help students find ways to make meaningful connections using humor and role play. Teachers can learn how to incorporate improv techniques into lessons to help students learn how to interact.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Langin

Jason Langin

Teacher / Performer, Haverford Middle School
Jason Langin has been a middle school educator for 18 years. After careers in marketing and fundraising, Langin turned to teaching to pursue his passion for working with teens. He received his undergraduate degree in Communications at Villanova University and later earned his Master’s... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Leading with Mindful Presence
Participants will learn: the 'what' and 'why' of mindfulness and how it can impact one's ability to guide and influence others; experience mindful awareness practice; and cultivate deeper mindful listening skills in support of others using the HEAR practice.

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 →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

12:00pm PDT

Break & Networking
Wednesday September 8, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Keynote Session II: Dr. Jean Twenge
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Wednesday September 8, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of First Generation College Students
First-generation college students (FGCS) experience the same challenges as non-first-generation students (NFGCS), but they also face their own unique stressors such as a lack of academic preparation, absence of support from family and friends, and difficult cultural transitions. A combination of these factors may put them at higher risk for mental health problems, lower retention rates, and lower graduation rates. The goal of this presentation to inform the Student Support Personal and give practical skills to apply to their program.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Hulya Odabas, PPS, EDD

Dr. Hulya Odabas, PPS, EDD

Director of Education, Study Smart Tutors
Hulya works as a Director of Education with the Study Smart Tutors after working as a high school teacher and school counselor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling with a PPS credential from Concordia University Irvine... Read More →


Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Burnout Proof Your Life
Individuals are burning out at alarming rates. People feel constant demand to deliver, so they're either burning out or they're leaving their jobs, due to high stress and burnout. With COVID-19, this is becoming more prevalent and amplified, due to all the demands from working from home (WFH). During this talk, you will learn about the best techniques you can use to immediately reduce the stress and burnout you're facing at work and at home.

The audience will learn how to:

- Recognize burnout signs within your teams and yourself, so you can understand who in your organization is burned out
- Understand how to recognize how you became burned out in the first place
- Implement burnout prevention techniques that go beyond taking a 2-week vacation

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4XgXW5h2kwv1_mDNKHrc0B2tRw4d4tuMCXoOcCUH58epQ3g/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoPBxxttXcikE8s76MS9FNscm55q9km4BjDN8ABt4KAACLtA/viewform

Course Information - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mLF_tDu5A-sP2BJZELvHwRFUD2fLKGnm/view?usp=sharing



Speakers
avatar for Michael Levitt

Michael Levitt

Chief Burnout Officer, Breakfast Leadership, Inc
Michael Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout media firm. He is an in-person and Certified Virtual Speaker, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of the new book BURNOUT... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Building a Coalition for School Well-Being
How do we prepare for the start of a school-year like no other?
Meet the partner organizations from SEL4CA, Headspace, MindUP, and Beyond Differences, behind the Coalition for School Well-Being, launched in January 2021, with the support of the California State Superintendent, to address Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Mindfulness, and Mental Health.
Session Learning Objectives:
• What is Transformative SEL? The Intersection of SEL and Equity
• 4 Critical Actions for Reopening Schools and 7 Jobs Your District Needs to Hire
• Addressing the Impacts of Social Isolation
• The Brain Science behind Mindfulness



Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Building Partnerships for Student Mental Health - California’s NEW Student Mental Health Implementation Guide
The California Student Mental Health Implementation Guide is a robust resource intended to support local education agencies (LEAs) and county & community mental health providers as they seek to partner to deliver comprehensive, high-quality school mental health services. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the guide, strategies for how to access and utilize the library of resources in the guide, and take a deep dive into 2-3 topics covered in the guide, such as funding, staffing, liability, and/or coordination.

Speakers
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Jessica Dyer, LCSW

Behavioral Health Project Director, CSHA
avatar for Lisa Eisenberg, MSW, MPP

Lisa Eisenberg, MSW, MPP

Policy Director, California School-Based Health Alliance
Lisa Eisenberg is the Policy Director at the California School-Based Health Alliance, the statewide organization leading the movement to put healthcare in schools. She is responsible for planning and leading CSHA’s policy agenda and advocating for legislative change to support school-based... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Creating a Culture of Wellness: How to Utilize Physical Education as a Wellness Vehicle in K-12 Schools
Quality physical education that intentionally incorporates inclusive Social Emotional Learning and mental health has the potential to create a comprehensive culture of school wellness. Participants will identify ways to utilize physical activity to increase engagement and school connectedness. Participants will learn how to integrate SEL Core Competencies into physical education. Participants will develop a plan to implement physical activity opportunities that improve the physical, mental, and social emotional health of students.

Speakers
avatar for Allyson Reeds, MA

Allyson Reeds, MA

Coordinator, Health & Physical Education, Orange County Department of Education
Hello! I'm so excited to be here to share my passion for health and wellness. I am the Health & Physical Education Coordinator with the Orange County Department of Education. I am deeply passionate about supporting the needs of all students and educators and advocate for health and... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Using Student-Led Clubs to Improve School Climate and Build Student Connectedness
Come join the California Department of Education and Sandy Hook Promise to see how you can use student-led SAVE Promise Clubs to improve school climate and student connectedness at your secondary school. You will receive information on how to sign up for free student trainings, receive ongoing club supports, apply for a club stipend; and pick up back-to-school tips to start your school year with SEL student engagement strategies.

Learning objectives:
- Participants will receive information on empowering students to improve school climate
- Participants will receive back-to-school tips to jump-start the school year.

Speakers
avatar for Ilana Israel Samuels

Ilana Israel Samuels

West Region Director, Sandy Hook Promise
Ilana Israel Samuels holds a Master degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Chapman University. She has worked in the field of education for her entire career, in early childhood development, teacher education, college admissions and outreach. At Fortune School of Education... Read More →
avatar for Dion Chavis

Dion Chavis

Project Manager, Sandy Hook Promise
Dion is a community leader who has worked tirelessly to close the achievement gap and increase awareness about important issues like responsible parenting, mental health awareness and closing the achievement gap for African American students.  Dion has made it his life's mission... Read More →
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 →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Student Conflicts and the Power of Peer Mediation
Peer Mediation empowers students to solve problems. It is a Restorative Justice tool because when students mediate conflicts there are fewer student discipline referrals, including suspensions. Peer Mediation holds communities accountable and uses modeling to repair and strengthen relationships. Participants will learn to build a team of Peer Mediators, including identifying and training mediators. Participants will assess current school culture and the potential role of Peer Mediation in student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Damon

Lindsay Damon

Middle School Social Worker, Capital City Public Charter School
Lindsay Damon is a Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Washington DC Public schools for over 10 years. She focuses on Middle School students and their unique developmental needs including trauma recovery, self management and restorative justice.


Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Supporting Educator Resilience & Psychological First Aid
Supporting Educator Resilience (SER):
An overview of the SER curriculum will be shared. SER aims to: (1) increase the awareness of STS and its impacts; (2) bring attention to conditions that can precipitate STS; (3) provide reflection opportunities to understand one's own self-regulation as we prepare for the work ahead, and (4) explore opportunities to build resilience to help ameliorate the negative impacts of STS.

Speakers
avatar for Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW

Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education Department of Children, Youth and Families, University of Southern California


Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

NAMI On-Campus
Speakers
avatar for Angela Brand

Angela Brand

Vice President of Strategic Engagement, NAMI California


Wednesday September 8, 2021 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Intergenerational Trauma and Historical Injustices: Student Wellness through Education, Training and Cultural Strategies for Therapeutic Healing
CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevDgfYs2Nslc4PX4VO8WwW5g33TvtzjTEO40f5Ypy411blFg/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJZk-M_VXaAAhZK4WCMeB7HTLzMC9rPCkQ27tf6c9wybOZ3Q/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nGYlIf0xS4DbJjMju12wig90s2nBtPVa/view?usp=sharing


The promotion of culturally responsive practices must include the self-of-the-therapist’s experiences and understanding of cultural humility – truly bearing witness - to address historical trauma. How might this be best done through training of practitioners and involving communities who have been traumatized? How to best teach “cultural humility” as related to approaches for healing historical trauma? Best strategies, including cultural healing practices, will be replicated through training and by presenters. Community, school and university contexts will be discussed.

The experience of trauma and loss, sometimes repeated or intergenerational, are often concerns of many cultural communities and families. During the past 2020 year, racial and social inequity with layers of a pandemic, were made all the more apparent. Advances for families, such as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) screening in California, screens for significant sources of stress. Yet at the same time, ACE does not measure stressors that are critical to address including racism, poverty or multiple forms of community inequity, inhumanity or violence.

Intergenerational trauma and the transmission of family stories and narratives serve to further exasperate or protect personal and familial knowledge. Awareness of how this operates increases awareness towards healing. Events during the past year – specific and generally – speaks to repeated cycles of loss and trauma among communities. Trauma-informed services must be included in evidence-based and promising practices in public child welfare. Training and the use of cultural historical narratives must include best practices.

Therapists in the community including family therapists are in key roles to intervene providing culturally sensitive outreach, competent services and engage in therapeutic healing processes. Sometimes therapists themselves may have experienced loss and be aware of trauma within their own ancestral background. How do these experiences inform them for their additionally attuned clinical work with families? This, among other critical stances of the therapist – will be shown.

There may be times where trauma may be known but fade in the histories of families. Events during the life course may reawaken some losses or echoes of past traumas. This may be even more when the trauma experiences are not fully known or addressed to peaceful resolution. As often a dynamic of perpetuating silence, survivors or witnesses of trauma were often encouraged to resist recovering or retelling their stories of strife, warfare, colonization, and abuse to younger generations as a means of survival. Though the reasons for are likely complex and not fully understood, halting the transmission of painful narratives may have held the intention of paving avenues for younger generations to experience greater success without having to endure or hold onto the traumas of previous generations. But denial and silencing may serve to internalize pain, halt recovery and impede sources of resilience. In 2025, California will have a mandated Ethnic Studies requirement in high schools and community colleges. This will enhance needs to effectively address racial trauma.

Additional Note:

Forgetting history, including those of last year that literally and figuratively took our breathing away - may mean we are destined to repeat it. In the very context in which we live, there are reminders of historical trauma. The past year has shown us the devastating impact of the pandemic of Covid-19 but also racism and social inequality. This is a powerful opportunity to learn in current context past events that should never be forgotten. The presenter has used teaching future therapists, in local contexts, history including traumas in local cultural communities. Re-living some of these histories hearing directly from racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistically diverse children and families is deeply informative as well as essential for transformation. This will be demonstrated during this presentation with voices of diverse community members, consumers and students.

*The presenter may draw upon his recent chapter: “The Psychology of Inequities: The Visibility of Asian Americans Rising Up, Speaking Out” (“Being Seen and Being Heard for Greater Equity”), Publication Pending: Summer 2021.

Some families, such as those living in urban neighborhoods experience an inordinate amount of trauma and losses. Isolated communities in more rural areas are often neglected. Mixed immigration status families encounter loss, trauma and uncertainty. Immigrants, refugees and those displaced face a myriad of transitions that may be types of loss. A good deal of research has focused on the experiences of adolescents in these families, finding correlations between exposure to pervasive trauma and loss, and a multitude of negative outcomes. Family therapists are better equipped to support these families when they understand experiences common to parents as well as children as well self-of-the-therapist reactions. According to parents, pervasive trauma and loss disrupts a sense of individual and family wholeness across generations. When pervasive loss is combined additionally with social oppression or marginalization, parents believe children to be at risk of making despairing meaning from their experiences and abandoning healthy ambitions for their lives. The research suggests that parents respond to the loss – sometimes repeated - in the lives of their children by focusing on reaffirming family wholeness, encouraging their children to release their pain, and generating meaning that sustains hope.

This presentation will help participants enhance clinical work with multicultural communities in multiple ways. First, participants understand how their own experience of loss as exemplified by the presenter informs their clinical work. This includes the past year, 2020. Second, attendees will gain insight into what it is like to work with children and their parents in context through loss and trauma through dynamic narratives first-hand accounts. Third, the self-of-the-therapist in working effectively focusing on culturally diverse families will be discussed. Fourth, the workshop will generate ideas for facilitating therapeutic healing including types of rituals with cultural humility to support families in working through trauma and loss. Fifth, the workshop will offer a framework for facilitating strength-based conversations with parents and children about grief. This framework includes ways of inviting cultural themes of ethnicity, gender, social class, immigration status, sexual orientation and faith into these resilience-identifying and strength-based therapeutic strategies.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1) identify systemic sources attempting to minimize inequities during the past year also echoing past traumas;
2) Describe how providers’ learning and understanding via cultural humility of loss and trauma informs their clinical work;
3) List cultural competence training kills and cultural humility stance necessary to work with diverse families impacted by social and health inequities;
4) Describe

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 8, 2021 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Partnering with Community Based Mental Health Providers for Intensive Behavioral Health Services in Schools
We will provide an overview of partnerships with community based organizations to provide intensive mental health interventions to your most vulnerable students. Presenters will share about examples of school partnerships and provide a basic overview of Medi-Cal billing options that exist to leverage federal funding.

Speakers
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Danielle Marie Mole

Senior Policy Advocate, Calfiornia Alliance of Child and Family Services



Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique
In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of what EFT is and how it effects the brain. They will learn what emotional healing is and how it effects the body. Participants will be able to learn where the meridians are and how to tap on them. Participants will be able to practice these new skills with others in breakout rooms.

Speakers
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Crystal Clune, AMFT, CEFT Master

Mental Health Professional, Auburn Union School District
I am currently a School based Mental Health Clinician for Auburn Union School District. I work with Students ranging in disabilities from Autism, other Health impairment and my favorite, emotional Disturbance. I enjoy running social/emotional groups and being in the classroom with... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Attitudes and Beliefs: the foundation for effective technology integration
Attitudes and beliefs are the foundation for effective technology integration. Participants will consider the way attitudes and beliefs have impacted their decision making process. Next, participants will consider ways attitudes and beliefs have impacted the way they view and seek to integrate technology into the classroom. Lastly, we will consider how this applies to the school setting and students.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Downing

Matthew Downing

Technology Integration Specialist, Upper Darby School District, PA
Interested in the way technology transforms the learning process for teachers and students.  Most concerned with deeper level issues - such as - trust, attitudes, and beliefs.  Technology integration should spend more time discussing one's attitudes and beliefs structure as opposed... Read More →


Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Strategies to Build Resilience in Every Student
Resilience is something we’re all born with – from the homeless person on the street to the Harvard business grad. Most of us – including many of our schools’ struggling students – just haven’t learned how to access what’s already inside of them. In this presentation, participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience and the 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.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Moore

Christian Moore

Consultant, Why Try
Christian Moore is an internationally-renowned speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for youth. He is the author of The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action. He was a commencement speaker in the School of Education at John Hopkins University... Read More →


Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Wild for Wellness: Creating & Implementing a Virtual Student Wellness Summit
One school day was designated for 2,000+ students and staff in the district to put into practice the fundamentals of taking care of their physical and mental health. In this session, we will share the planning and outcomes of our district’s first annual Virtual Wellness Summit. You will receive access to our website along with the templates that were utilized in the planning stages.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ary, MS, PPS

Jennifer Ary, MS, PPS

Counselor, Dana Middle School
NM

Nancy Martin, MA, PPS

Counselor, Arcadia Unified School District
avatar for Stephanie Perez, MS, PPS

Stephanie Perez, MS, PPS

School Counselor, Arcadia Unified School District



Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Mental Health Recovery from Serious Mental Illness
The writer will share research from the Veterans Administration from the Compensated Work Therapy model and evidence-based program for the recovery to working life's for Veterans medically labeled with Bipolar and Schizophrenia. Participants will learn how recovery from serious mental illness and wellness is possible and apply this evidence to their practices and settings. Counselors and those in training or other interested persons in recovery from mental illness will see evidence of how seriously mentally ill persons can adjust and return to working life's. These research findings are a fit for the Counseling Holistic Model as the profession first developed in the 1950's and enhance our return to our original Recovery model from mental illness that is apart from the prevalent medical model in the field today.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdsKpH3YkNlYxbeAYXKSbdcon7hGbBPLdCen868uF1u9zfcCw/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4K_G5J2da7TdeRSfR-a6k3zE7IcO47puQGGv5kl4xVNHANA/viewform​​​

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16f0XKzzO2HeBjXghLgXS1SXSrJdVUseN/view?usp=sharing

Speakers

Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Supporting Students to Support Themselves: Trauma-Informed Techniques that Support Self-Regulation
Teaching students social-emotional skills is recognized as a critical life skill. Self-regulation is the ability to manage one’s emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation; this includes being able to resist highly emotional reactions to upsetting events and to calm oneself down when upset. Attendants of this presentation will learn tools to help facilitate self-regulation that can be implemented in any classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Nelarie Romo

Nelarie Romo

Director of Student Services, Escalon Unified



Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Wellness Activities for Improved Physical, Mental, and Social-Emotional Health
During this time of uncertainty and elevated stress, it is more important than ever for educators to tend to their health and wellbeing. This session will focus on providing participants with opportunities to deepen and practice self-care and wellness strategies. Participants will engage in a variety of easy to employ strategies that may be helpful in sustaining positive, healthy, learning environments where students and adults thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Delia Estrada, Ph.D.

Delia Estrada, Ph.D.

Admin Coor, LAUSD
AALA Representative, Los Angeles Unified School District, Local Options Oversight Committee
avatar for Lee Lee Chou

Lee Lee Chou

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
avatar for April Ramos

April Ramos

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
avatar for Angie Woo

Angie Woo

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
avatar for Kery Jackson

Kery Jackson

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
avatar for Mark Duncan

Mark Duncan

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
avatar for Marco Nava

Marco Nava

Administrator, Human Resources, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. Marco A. Nava has served school communities in diverse educational settings in Los Angeles. In his various roles, he has worked collaboratively with others, fostered partnerships and leveraged resources that support student learning. Dr. Nava has provided leadership development... Read More →



Wednesday September 8, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, September 9
 

8:30am PDT

Welcome Remarks: Linda Darling-Hammond
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Thursday September 9, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Zoom

9:00am PDT

Keynote Session III: Tristan Harris & Randy Fernando
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Thursday September 9, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Keynote Session III: Dr. Dan Siegel
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Thursday September 9, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT

11:00am PDT

Collaborative Communities for Student Mental Health
As the student mental health crisis continues to intensify as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic it is increasingly important for educators to utilize all available resources for their students. Come learn how the Park City School District in Utah created collaborative partnerships with nonprofits, city leadership, law enforcement, and families to address mental health needs in our district.

To review the presentation: ​Collaborative Comms for Student Mental Health​​​

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Gildea

Dr. Jill Gildea

Superintendent, Park City School District
Have served as a Superintendent of Schools across 3 different states for the past 15 years.


Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Responsiveness in Schools via Inclusion of Cultures and Ethnicities Systemically: From ‘Just Us’ to Diversity and Justice*
“Responsiveness in Schools via Inclusion of Cultures and Ethnicities Systemically:
From ‘Just Us’ to Diversity and Justice”*:

Presenter:
Matthew R. Mock, PhD
Professor of Psychology
John F. Kennedy School of Psychology
National University

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnIpqVvm4lHeNYDKfbM2TPu3yZ0wYT1Nes__I99_yy_2rJiA/viewform

Roster/Quiz -https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1trI7wAckp2l3Jk9qFSs4Ago6vVbzB00dN5NC1BEJMD5_2Q/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1alzM-aFSSACmeeLU1aBPy8E86ZRfbgsg/view?usp=sharing

Presentation and Workshop Description:

We must continuously increase school personnel 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 is readily evident, all the more so, in the context of current times of layered challenges. Schools, K-12 and colleges are prime settings for social, relational and mental wellness. On March 18, 2021, in California, took historic action with an ethnic studies requirement in high schools. This provides a key opportunity to uplift narratives and histories of marginalized communities. With increased educational opportunities, comes social and relational challenge, including addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. While addressing the California State Board of Education, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta stated “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said racism is a sickness, and we have become the healers.” She closed her remarks with “Si se puede!” The inclusion of multicultural education must be at all levels.

*Rather than “Just US” (i.e. those privileged via colonization and White supremacy in the U.S.) there must be acknowledgement of social “Justice” for all, or Just I.C.E. (Inclusive of all Cultures and Ethnicities). We must keep Hope alive by always “Serving Community Needs”.

Through 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. Individual commitments are essential for systematic and systemic innovative change. Clarity about one’s own culture-informed reality, combined with a genuine curiosity and openness to the experience of others, enables school personnel and practitioners, within educational systems, 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. This 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.

This presentation will first address the significance of the adoption of the 2021 Ethnic Studies requirement for California education, and its key relationship to student health and wellness. Using this as a timely foundation, there will be dynamic and engaging teaching and learning via audience participation.

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 of their role in including other and all 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 wellness education in school contexts;
6. Apply the knowledge acquired from the presentation for more effectively working with students in schools with various cultural backgrounds, inclusive of all cultural and ethnic communities (i.e. moving from “Just Us” to “Justice” for all i.e. inclusive of all ethnicities and cultures).
7. Articulate an understanding cultural humility and social justice as they relate to cross-cultural issues for school children, adolescents and families in wellness activities and therapeutic relationships.

As noted above, this dynamic, multi-modal presentation may include brief readings, film clip presentations, audience engagement via experiential learning, and interpersonal discussions of issues between and among attendees. The issues and subject matter of this presentation encompasses a range of topics with intellectual but also 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 engaging and dynamic learning process.

Brief Biographical Statement:

Matthew R. Mock, Ph.D., has led dynamic courses, workshops and presentations on the relevance of social justice, community mental health, cultural responsiveness, ethnicity and multiculturalism in psychotherapy throughout California, nationally and internationally. He is currently a Professor of Psychology with John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. Prior to this, he was Director of Family, Youth, Children and Multicultural Services for Berkeley Mental Health for over 20 years. While there he led initiatives establishing school-based mental health services in Berkeley. For several years he then worked throughout the State of California as the Director of the Center for Multicultural Development with the California Institute for Mental Health addressing disparities throughout all 58 counties. He has had a longstanding private clinical practice in Berkeley providing services to children, couples, adults and families, as well as consultation to organizations. Dr. Mock is third generation Chinese-American, passionately committed to community mental health concerns, competent and responsive services with diverse communities, as well as social justice policies and practices, throughout his career. He has received numerous awards from professional organizations, guilds and programs including the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and CAMFT. Most recently, in 2019, Dr. Mock was bestowed the Distinguished Contributio

Speakers
MR

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 →


Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Re-Building Staff Collective Efficacy to Serve Students
When the adults thrive on a campus, so do the students. All educators will be charged with re-establishing a school community that will provide a safe and predictable learning environment for all students. However, the educator will need to rebuild their level of collective efficacy post pandemic. Participants will gain an awareness of (1) the value of collective efficacy and (2) how it serves as a protective factor against burnout. Also, (3) the participants will obtain skills to support the development of collective efficacy.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Vivian Rodriguez-Eads

Dr. Vivian Rodriguez-Eads

Educational Psychologist/Program Administrator, Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program/Los Nietos School District
Dr. Vivian Rodriguez-Eads has served youth in the greater Los Angeles area for over twenty years as a school psychologist and program administrator. Dr. Rodriguez-Eads worked as a school psychologist in Long Beach Unified School District supporting schools in BIPOC communities. She... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Be Incident Ready: The Implementation of Crisis Response Protocols, Teams, and Preparation to Address Critical Incidence and Support Impacted School Communities
Speakers
MI

Mayu Iwatani

Manager of Mental Health and Wellness Care Coordination, Orange County Department of Education
Mayu Iwatani has 20 years combined experience in School Social Work, School Counseling, Student Services, Foster Care and Mental Health and Wellness in the educational field. She started her career as a School Social Worker in a district in Orange County, California, and since has... Read More →
ML

Mark Lawrenz

Division Manager, Orange County Health Care Agency


Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am 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 strategies for developing an informative, user-friendly mental health website; educating staff, students and parents about mental health protective factors and challenges; and developing referral pathways with outside agencies. Strategies for supporting student mental health post-pandemic will be emphasized.

Speakers
avatar for Roxanna Pittman, M.S., NCSP

Roxanna Pittman, M.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
As a Bilingual School Psychologist in the Livermore Unified School District, Mrs. Pittman is the district's lead instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.  She trains Spanish Speaking parents in Youth Mental Health First Aid and facilitates parent education webinars in Spani... Read More →
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 →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Maximizing Resources, Mental Health Academy
Mental Health intern Academy provides districts additional resources, increases student engagement and connectiveness with no cost to the district office.

Speakers
DI

Dr. Ilin Magran

Glendale USD



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

What is School Crisis Recovery & Renewal?
What is school crisis recovery and renewal, and what could it be? Join us for a dynamic workshop exploring the social and emotional climate of the school community and Herman’s recovery model (1992) and create connections with how the model’s components (safety, remembrance & mourning, and reconnection to life. We discuss how to lead for recovery during a response (like a pandemic), and ways to center student and educator voice in guiding our recovery and renewal efforts.

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 →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Youth in Crisis: Connecting the School and Community to meet Student Mental Health Needs
Fresno Unified School District identified a need to enhance efforts to reach vulnerable students in the district who receive multiple and frequent levels of intervention related to suicidal crisis on campus and in the community. Participants will acquire information regarding how this need was identified, the role that has been developed to facilitate the closing of gaps for identified students and families in need, and practical ideas on how to begin to close communication and service gaps in your own school district and community.

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Arii

Abigail Arii

Social Emotional Manager II, Fresno Unified School District
avatar for Buffy Bowers-Woods

Buffy Bowers-Woods

Clinical School Social Worker, Fresno Unified
I am a Clinical School Social Worker with Fresno Unified School District. I am currently working as the clinician for a new service within our district, FUSD Connect, that intentionally focuses on providing services to students who received multiple assessments and interventions on... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Change What You See: Creating Healing Relationships with the Nurtured Heart Approach®
Speakers
avatar for Scott Lindstrom

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 →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Choose Hope: Reclaiming the Possibilities in Education through Communities of Belonging
Hopelessness is one of the leading predictor of suicide. As a system, it is our moral imperative to encourage learners to aspire to increase their hope and combat hopelessness while increasing success and fulfillment through communities of belonging. In this session, participants will:
*Engage in reflective and courageous conversations around equitable practices that
promote hope for all students
*Make an actionable leadership commitment to take the next step towards promoting hope
for all students

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kathrine Morillo-Shone

Dr. Kathrine Morillo-Shone

Director, Pomona Unified School District
Dr. Kathrine Morillo-Shone is currently the Director of Equity and Professional Learning under the Educational Services Division in  the Pomona Unified School District (PUSD). She has 24 years of educational experience as a residential counselor, teacher leader, and site  and district... Read More →


Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Redesigning and Systematizing Parent Engagement
Systematizing parenting engagement involving all stakeholders
How do we take lessons learned from the pandemic to build back a stronger program?
Parent Project across the District and Site level
Vision of the program
Data driven needs assessment
PCL project and workshops
SEL during the pandemic
Funding
Sustainability of the program
Barriers
LCAP/ ELAC/ DELAC/ parent groups data to inform the family engagement
Participants will take away ideas to begin or refine the processes of parent engagement in order to meet the social emotional needs.


Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Z-Cares Foundation: Providing Hope for Todays Youth
Having a conversation about mental health is hard, but with every conversation, we can address stigma, break down barriers and help those closest to us when they need it most. The easiest way to support someone struggling with a mental health challenge is to reach out and let them know you are there for them.

Utilizing evidence-based interactive guides, z talks provide youth and adults with a platform to share their voices and raise awareness around mental health. We are all in this together, collectively we can end the stigma.

Z talks is an interactive session allowing participants to discuss mental health challenges and develop an action plan for those in need.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Nimmo

Samantha Nimmo

Co-Founder, Z-Cares Foundation
Samantha Nimmo is a student-athlete at Whittier College, majoring in Psychology. Along with her parents, Samantha is the Co-Founder of Z-Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging meaningful conversations about youth mental health. Z-Cares was created after... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

12:00pm PDT

Break & Networking
Thursday September 9, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Keynote IV: Dr. Marc Brackett
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Thursday September 9, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Mind Out Loud Student Reps: Student Mental Health Advocacy Panel
Founded in 2020, Mind Out Loud is a student-led mental health movement sponsored by Wellness Together School Mental Health, the San Diego County Office of Education, and the California Department of Education. Mind Out Loud is lead by our Student Reps, a group of high school students who work towards raising mental health awareness, ending stigma, educating peers about suicide prevention, and advocating for the mental health and wellness of students. Hear from our 2021 Mind Out Loud Student Reps about their perspective on student mental health, the major barriers to mental wellness faced by their generation, and what they would like educators and supporting adults to know.

Speakers
avatar for Maya Gomez

Maya Gomez

Student Rep, Mind Out Loud
CW

Crystal Widado

Student Rep, Mind Out Loud
avatar for Gillian Flowers

Gillian Flowers

Program Coordinator, Wellness Together


Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

The Power of Pausing
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.

Participants will acquire mindfulness skills and ideas to create a personal practice
Participants will learn how pausing and mindfulness can build resilience for both staff and students

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Ambrose

Melissa Ambrose

Wellness Coordinator, 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 →


Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Breaking Down the Silos: How one county office partnered with districts and county behavioral health to strengthen Mental Health Services and Systems.
This presentation will explore how through an MHSSA grant, a local county of education office was able to create a regional mental health coordination program to build partnerships between school districts and a county health care agency in order to leverage resources and provide services along a continuum of care. Participants will learn about the importance of utilizing data collection and resource mapping to inform district, staff, and student needs.

Speakers
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Dr. Francis Dizon, Ph.D.

Director, Student Services, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
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Tina Rocha, MSW

Regional Mental Health Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
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Mayu Iwatani

Manager of Mental Health and Wellness Care Coordination, Orange County Department of Education
Mayu Iwatani has 20 years combined experience in School Social Work, School Counseling, Student Services, Foster Care and Mental Health and Wellness in the educational field. She started her career as a School Social Worker in a district in Orange County, California, and since has... Read More →
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Alva Alvarez

Regional Mental Health Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education



Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Farm in the City
Participants will learn about a "Farm in the City" school. They will hear stories of challenge and success in implementation related to student behavior, community cohesion, and student development. In addition, acquire skills and editable handouts to submit proposals for school gardens, chicken coops, student outdoor jobs, and alternative grounds maintenance.

Speakers
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Marissa Carrol

Principal, The Notre Dame School



Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Integrating Mental Health Into Schools
What happens when your school system can't effectively access mental heath services for students? This presentation will review the process of developing a mental health clinic model to integrate into schools. Participants will walk through the considerations for how to integrate mental health systems into the fabric of educational settings. This will describe how we have planned and deployed our model and also how other districts can prepare for this work in their own communities.

Speakers
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Joseph Leykam

Mental Health Program Manager, Corvallis School District



Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

ZOOM, SEL, and Student Engagement
Learn how to create a positive, inclusive, growth-mindset classroom environment whether online or in person. You'll be given the resources to nurture students' social-emotional growth while engaging them in their learning, and you'll leave ready to apply the strategies to your classroom learning environment.

Speakers
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Lisa Moe

4th Grade Teacher, Chino Valley Unified
Lisa Moe teaches 4th Grade in Chino Valley Unified School District and is known on Social Media as @MissMoeTeaches. Recently, she was named the 2020 Edwin Carr recipient in Educational Technology through California State University, Fullerton and the 2021 IACUE Blended and Online... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Emotional Intelligence for School and Career Success
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is important for achieving psychological well-being, cognitive and social functioning, and academic performance. Participants will gain practical takeaways on how to help students build and apply EQ in everyday contexts. Participants will get a taste of how a six-week EQ program for HS and college students improved students’ skills in assessing, expressing, regulating and coping with emotions, their sense of belonging, and positive outlook during the pandemic.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAfcIVEeLaLRgxkO-kaZ1KwI7xprW3XEA25-iyzAf5mvf0Rw/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG6Cvkn7A1gLi4X2olZZVvLtlLf27byMUSAlV0jOylMUNMYQ/viewform

Course Information - ​https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t6Hmyfv9qCrBc_qx2KR9Fi49liSUSjWK/view?usp=sharing​​​

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Woo, M.Ed., MBA, PhD Candidate

Jenny Woo, M.Ed., MBA, PhD Candidate

Researcher, Founder/CEO, UCI, Mind Brain Emotion
Jenny Woo is 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 →



Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Post Pandemic SEL Support
This pandemic has heightened the national focus on mental health and how we must show up for our youth during these challenging times. In this session, one team of mental health professionals will share their story on how the pandemic impacted the students in Lennox School District, and how the district mental health team created and designed new supports and resources for a 6 week SEL focus when students returned to campus in April, 2021. In addition, as the 21-22 school year is ahead, this panel will discuss the ways in which they will increase support, teacher professional development, and a multi-tiered support system that will focus on the impact of trauma on learning, and how all staff can support students with positive strategies and tools for support.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Cummins Polk, MSW, PPSC

Emily Cummins Polk, MSW, PPSC

Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, Lennox School District/Juntos Wellness
Emily Cummins Polk has been a practicing social worker in Lennox School District for 20 years providing school-based services to children and families as well as professional development to teachers and staff members in the district. Responding to the community’s need for more comprehensive... Read More →


Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

The Role of Fine Arts in Student Mental Health
This session will offer insight to the role fine arts programs and integration can benefit the overall emotional and developmental health of students. Through an interactive heuristic approach between the participants and presenter, these guided interactions will provide practical knowledge of how fine arts can effectively regulate emotions, promote cognitive agility, increase self-awareness, increase educational intrinsic value, and how to incorporate these benefits into their programs.

Speakers
avatar for James Robinson

James Robinson

Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Music, Limestone University
James Robinson, II received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina, where he currently serves as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Instrumental Music. Previously, he taught 2nd through 5th grade general music... Read More →


Thursday September 9, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Restoring Community In Our Schools Post-Pandemic
As a result of the pandemic, our typical approach to schooling was completely upended. It is also clear that many of the inequities that already existed were exacerbated and more obvious than in times past. Even with herculean efforts by many school leaders, the pandemic left our school communities in need of both care and intentional plans to reimagine how we serve our students and staff.

The goal of this workshop is to equip leaders, as they reopen schools and seek to create a sense of normalcy, with practical strategies that create inclusive school communities. It is critical to engage our students, staff, and families in this process to reach this goal. It is also imperative to provide leaders with a foundation in communication and conflict management skills to add to their existing toolkit as navigating various dynamics is inevitable post-pandemic. It should also be noted that many of the themes highlighted in this workshop will be universal concepts that can be applied to all areas of their leadership.

In this workshop, participants will:
Learn the conflict management process (highlighting the Conflict Resolution Cycle that includes identifying the People, Problem You are Trying to Address, Creating Conditions for Safe Dialogue with Stakeholders, and Creative Problem Solving)

Learn powerful active listening strategies (Including- paraphrasing, sustained dialogue, reframing language because words matter, and fact-finding v.feeling finding)

Learn strategies for building inclusive school communities (with an emphasis on restorative practices-including mindful moments, RJ circles with all stakeholders, effective meetings, and, decision-making protocols)

Speakers
avatar for Shamar Edwards

Shamar Edwards

Educational Leadership Consultant, Restorative School Leadership



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

WellSpace - The Journey of Building Student Wellness Centers in a Collaborative Partnership between A County Office of Education and Hospital.
In this session, participants will learn about the partnership between Orange County Department of Education and CHOC Children’s Hospital and their journey to bring WellSpaces (Student Wellness Centers) throughout Orange County. With the “moon shot” to have a WellSpace in every school in Orange County, the team will share the process involved from start to finish, lessons learned, barriers overcome, and the science behind the value of WellSpaces to respond to current needs. In addition to learning about the process of building a Student Wellness Center, participants will walk away with template forms and documents used for our WellSpace planning and execution to support implementation for any future Student Wellness Centers.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Shepardson

Susan Shepardson

Program Specialist, Orange County Department of Education
Susan has over 35 years of broad-range experience in the field of child development with extensive experience in training and teaching adults. She holds a B.S. degree in Social Science from Chapman University and a M.S. degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne... Read More →
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Mayu Iwatani

Manager of Mental Health and Wellness Care Coordination, Orange County Department of Education
Mayu Iwatani has 20 years combined experience in School Social Work, School Counseling, Student Services, Foster Care and Mental Health and Wellness in the educational field. She started her career as a School Social Worker in a district in Orange County, California, and since has... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Supporting the Mental Health of Black Female Students: Addressing the Suicide Crisis Among African American Female Students
This workshop focuses on ways school professionals can support the mental health of African American female students. Specifically participants will learn about the unique experiences and risk factors that impact the mental health and wellbeing of African American female students, highlighting the increasing suicide rates, primary and secondary outcome statistics. Participants will learn how to advocate, empower and support the mental health and wellbeing of African American female students.

Speakers

Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

LGBTQIA +Youth 101: Fostering Safe and Inclusive Spaces For LGBTQIA+ Youth
A workshop dedicated to fostering safer and inclusive environments for LBTQIA+ youth. The purpose of this crash course is to help staff and educators gain tools, skills, and knowledge around LGBTQIA+ youth which in turn better serves their LGBTQIA+ students unique needs and fosters safer spaces. Objectives for the presentation include: (1) understanding the important terminology in the LGBTQIA+ community and the most frequent terms used by youth, (2) gaining knowledge around LGBTQIA+ history and where we are in today in regards to LGBITQA+ youth rights, recognizing the importance of pronouns and chosen name usage, Utilizing the power of storytelling to foster safe and inclusive interactions with LGBTQIA+ youth, and implement other tools and skills to create and foster safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Toups

Jacob Toups

Founder & ED, Rainbow Labs
Jacob Toups has over 13 years in the nonprofit industry. In his early career he worked with the State Department and International Development firms on their Middle East projects centered around governance/democracy. In 2011, he left Washington D.C. to start a new iteration of his... Read More →
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Luis Vasquez

Co-Founder, Rainbow Labs
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Jake Rostovsky

CEO, QueerWorks
Jake Rostovsky is a licensed psychotherapist, Point Foundation alumni, noted advocate and consultant. Openly transgender since he was thirteen — Jake uses his personal experience and professional background as a mental health clinician to educate and facilitate deep and meaningful... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Teacher Well-being: A Priority and Practice
Well-being is a practice, much like teaching, that requires individuals and communities to continually prioritize and recommit. After the enormous challenges teachers faced professionally and personally during this year of pandemic teaching, this is more important than ever. In this workshop, participants will explore current research and data from the Challenge Success Faculty & Staff Survey that looks at school climate, engagement, belonging, stress, and workload to identify opportunities and practical strategies for both individuals and the school to improve faculty and staff well-being.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Easley

Laura Easley

School Program Manager, Challenge Success
Laura Easley, M.Ed., is a School Program Manager for Challenge Success, where she works with school and communities on student well-being and engagement with learning. She has worked in Chicago Public Schools, New York City’s public schools, Boston Public Schools, Denver Public... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

How to Proactively Develop a Crisis Response Team During a Global Pandemic
After participating in this session, attendees should be able to…
1) Explain the Parallel Process and how supporting staff wellness can improve social-emotional development for students.
2) Identify three strategies to provide crisis response support to school staff in times of need.
3) Examine potential facilitators within their organization to create a multi-disciplinary crisis response team.
4) Summarize the three primary outcomes reported by participants after attending crisis response events and receiving social-emotional resources.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-NTkDSus93EGDdrIOOHrst_kkc1AGzMUQwxFmYKh61aXoBQ/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNfa-4py6KQVSyJ7BFN-ATxculd58GObKEPh9gowqt4DvR3w/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jToPL5xvdOHrFI4xMqThDSJDlD_1ot5W/view?usp=sharing​​​

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Gomez, LCSW, PPSC

Stephanie Gomez, LCSW, PPSC

Coordinator of Staff & Family Support, Sacramento County Office of Education
Stephanie Gomez is a LCSW with the Sacramento County Office of Education. As Coordinator of Staff & Family Support, she provides Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Reflective Supervision with the Infant Development Program, Inclusive Preschool Program, School Psychologists... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Mental health Resources for Catholic and Private Schools
Roman Catholic and other religious schools are in a unique position to address the wellness of young people through a focus on the whole person, including spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects. This session will explore specific resources for Catholic and religious school teachers and leaders to support mental health and wellbeing including: ready-to-teach curriculum on mental health literacy designed for Catholic schools, QPR for faith leaders, and LivingWorks Faith Gatekeeper training. In addition, tips and information about how private school leaders can access publicly-funded secular resources such as Mental Health First Aid will be shared. Participants will walk away with tangible tools to support mental health in private schools.

Speakers
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Chris Miller

De La Salle High School



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

SEL Goes Online: How one middle school shifted practices to connect from a distance
When in-person learning wasn't an option, the team at El Dorado Middle School found ways to shift our practices and create opportunities for mindfulness, community, and wellness. Join us to learn how we incorporated scheduled and drop-in support from trained staff as well as an Advisory curriculum where we reinforced mindfulness strategies, school culture, and inspiring stories. Participants will learn key elements of social-emotional learning and self-regulation that made a difference for our students.

Speakers
avatar for Megan O'Malley

Megan O'Malley

Vice Principal, El Dorado Middle School
Megan O'Malley has experience as a teacher and administrator working in a range of school settings: specialized mental health program, alternative education, charter, and traditional public schools. With a lens developed from Special Education work, she believes in effective and sustainable... Read More →



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Trauma-informed Digital SEL Programs: Your Students' Bridge to Mental Health
Speakers
avatar for Jessica Berlinski

Jessica Berlinski

Director K-12 Education, Ripple Effects
Ripple Effects is a proven effective set of digital programs for students in Pre-K through grade 12 for SEL, behavioral and mental health. It is a comprehensive, trauma-informed approach to SEL instruction effectively used across all three MTSS tiers. Ripple Effects is the only digital... Read More →


Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

The Developmental Approach to Applying CBT with Youth from Pre-K through 12th grade
Kids move from pre-operational, through concrete operational, to symbolic thinking as they develop. Participants will learn how to adapt interventions to their students/clients viewpoints to facilitate healing and growth.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJWEBJdq2nLipJVUcKlcYEgWeHJcXnfmBdRxfcyII1YOU6dw/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfldZMAaZ4AXo_WeGxfEWY0dt_IyQXL932tTjO_pcSLgY0IiA/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kn-ywFgDKj8NEpXl9wA5Jm1OZc4uLYPo/view?usp=sharing


Speakers
avatar for Christine L. Tippett, LCSW, LMFT

Christine L. Tippett, LCSW, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor, Wellness Together
I am a non medical psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who has been working in community mental health and with a private practice for decades, helping kids and families grow through pain toward healthier, happier lives.  I utilize a humanize a humanistic systems framework both... Read More →
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Miranda Dinkins

Mental Health Specialist II, Wellness Together, Inc



Thursday September 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom
 
Friday, September 10
 

8:30am PDT

Welcome Remarks: Dr. Daniel Lee
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Friday September 10, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am PDT
Zoom

8:30am PDT

Keynote Session V: Angie Thomas
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Friday September 10, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

DACA: In the Shadows but Not Out of Sight
Speakers
avatar for Gustavo Garcia-Rojas

Gustavo Garcia-Rojas

Program Specialist: Bilingual Programs, Wellness Together, Inc.
Gustavo Garcia-Rojas is an Associate Marriage Family Therapist currently working with Wellness Together School of Mental Health and in the Private Sector for HearYou. Gustavo, a first generation and DACA recipient was able to earn his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Pyschology at the... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Team Stronger 2gether (Staff, Students, Families, Community Grow Together Through Elevating Mental Wellness Skills Equal To Academics)
Participants will:
*learn how to teach, and leave with dozens of, easy lessons that help entire school gain mental wellness skills.
*gain understanding of why elevating mental wellness skills equal to academics benefits school and community culture AND how to make it happen.
*gain knowledge of how to structure Team Stronger 2gether using community elders (based on Zimbabwe Friendship Bench Project) together with school peer counselors and unite community.

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 →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Making Connections: Effective Strategies to Engage African American Caregivers to Enhance the Wellness of their Emotionally Impaired Child. .
Participants will gain practical skills to form consistent and collaborative relationships with African American caregivers of children with emotional impairments who attend urban alternative school settings. They will learn of experiences of alternative school setting engagement of African American caregivers of emotionally impaired children and connect how their engagement strategies with the caregiver can impact a child's social and emotional well-being.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Terry-Green Ph.D.

Regina Terry-Green Ph.D.

Guidance Advisor
I have been a special education counselor since 1997.  As a special education counselor I work with students who are identified as having an emotional impairment which qualifies them to receive their instruction via an IEP. I utilize tier 1, 2 and 3 restorative justice methods as... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Promoting Inclusive School Cultures around Mental Health
Erika's Lighthouse will present its programs that promote inclusive school cultures around mental health based on its four primary pillars: Classroom Education for grades 4-12, Teen Empowerment Clubs and activities to break down stigma, Family Engagement resources, and School Staff training and development. Participants will learn how to tailor a depression education program and how to gain access to the free materials.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Kubert, LCSW

Peggy Kubert, LCSW

Senior Director of Education, Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression
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Ilana Sherman

Director of Education, Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression
Erika's Lighthouse is promoting inclusive school cultures through mental health education. We offer a suite of programs designed to allow educators to empower teens with an introduction to mental health, depression-literacy, help-seeking and what it takes to promote good mental health... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

School-Wide Mental Health Screening
Implementing school-wide mental health and behavioral risk screening is a proactive solution for school safety and student success. Discussion of process and results from recent school-wide screenings in Orange County, CA that resulted in the discovery of multiple students in crisis that were not on school’s radar. Learning objectives: benefits of school-wide screening, how to implement, how to service large numbers of students in need.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Adela Cruz, LCSW

Dr. Adela Cruz, LCSW

Coordinator, School Mental Health, Anaheim Union High School District
Dr. Adela Cruz is currently the Coordinator of School Mental Health, Homeless Education, and Foster Care Program for the Anaheim Union High School District. Adela is a licensed clinical social worker and has earned a doctorate in Social Work, focused on Organizational Leadership... Read More →
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Sandra Brookhart

Heads Up Checkup
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Dr. Martin Eaton

Founder/CEO, Heads Up Checkup, Inc.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with kids and teens. Former professor at USC and former classroom teacher. Founder and CEO of Well Family, a private practice psychological services provider and certified NPA. Passionate about early identification... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

The Power of Play In Schools and Communities
Research affirms the developmental necessity of unstructured play in the lives of children for physical and social-emotional development, creativity, problem-solving, communication, risk-taking and resilience. The pandemic offered further proof of the urgent need for play as a cornerstone of children's wellness. In this session, participants will understand how unstructured play connects to their schools' wellness and trauma-informed practices, and will come away with a toolkit for how to implement Play Days in their communities.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Bedley

Scott Bedley

Teacher, Irvine Unified, Plaza Vista K-8
Scott is a 5th-grade teacher, author, speaker. He was selected Orange County TOY, California TOY Finalist, & OC CUE Outstanding Educator. He's a founding member of Skype's Master Teachers and was highlighted in Microsoft's Super Bowl ad. He co-created Global School Play Day www.globalschoolplayday.com... Read More →
avatar for Eric Saibel

Eric Saibel

Co-Founder, Global School Play Day
Co-founded Global School Play Day (#GSPD) in 2015 with Scott and Tim Bedley to address the need for more unstructured play in the lives of all children; in 2020, over a 1/2 million kids participated worldwide in 75 nations. Interested in adaptive leadership, cultivating positive school... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Launching Adolescents into Adulthood with Social Emotional Learning
Dr. Eve Goldstein and Danielle Matthew, LMFT, two experts in adolescent mental health, guide educators and clinicians toward a successful recovery post the onset of COVID-19.
This presentation provides its audience with a sense of direction and knowledge to help adolescents with COVID-19 trauma. Presentation topics will include:
Adolescent Development, Post-Traumatic Growth, Social-Emotional Learning, Launching Into Adulthood, Easily Implementable Tools

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezg7cV7ZdzKDpF2Rb0NgKbCbvo_WXbcFAWdzrggdxvDc00VA/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUQKf72KOX0s7kVTLKXNjluxZApIAFyf1AW80dkqHqJzXuKw/viewform​​​

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pS5Ch9ojnjVSf2sMgH4IVJKqQO8HOEIV/view?usp=sharing​​​


Speakers
avatar for Danielle Matthew

Danielle Matthew

LMFT, The Empowerment Space
Danielle Matthew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who treats bully victims andtheir families and educates schools, medical professionals and the community about the bullyingepidemic. With over 20 years of experience, Danielle authored Amazon Parenting Best-Seller... Read More →
avatar for Eve Goldstein

Eve Goldstein

Director, Calabasas Child and Adolescent Psychology
Dr. Eve Goldstein is a clinical psychologist and learning disabilities specialist who has devoted more than 20 years to helping children, teens, and their families develop the educational and social-emotional skills necessary to feel confident across home, school, and social settings... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Peer to Peer Prevention Approaches
Participants will learn about the benefits of peer-to-peer approaches for youth mental health, specifically for high school students.
Participants will learn about resources and programs available to them.

Speakers
avatar for Leanne Loughran

Leanne Loughran

Program Director, Bring Change to Mind (BC2M)
Leanne Loughran, MPH, is the Program Director for the Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) high school initiative. With a background in Community Engagement and Youth Development, she graduated from the University of San Francisco with her Masters in Public Health in 2014. Mrs Loughran has... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

10:00am PDT

Understanding the ACEs Science: The Impact on Students' Mental Health and Implications in the Classroom. Hope and help that helps.
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 →



Friday September 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Helping Students Live Without Using Drugs: NA's Free Community Resource
Using real-life experiences, we will demonstrate how the 12-Step program of Narcotics Anonymous can help students live drug-free. Participants will acquire an understanding of NA's history and methods (and how they work), what NA can and cannot provide, and how participants can refer students to program meetings anywhere in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Heather B, Kareem K, Lee M & Alexandra W

Heather B, Kareem K, Lee M & Alexandra W

Southern California Region, Narcotics Anonymous
We are four professionals who have broken the chains of drug addiction through the twelve-step program Narcotics Anonymous.In our session you will learn how our program has helped drug addicts for 68 years and, more to the point, how young people are learning to live drug-free at... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Using the Family Resource Center Model to Promote Wellness & Mental Health at School Sites
Family Resource Centers provide individual and group counseling to students experiencing anxiety, depression, demonstrating disruptive behavior and/or trauma-related behavior. Parents receive workshops, training, and referrals to community agencies. Responding to the pandemic, the FRC delivered telecounseling services and provided social/emotional resources to teachers.
• Participants will gain an understanding of the delivery of mental wellness and health services via the Family Resource Center Model.
• This presentation will show related outcome data.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Kubicek, M.S.

Stephanie Kubicek, M.S.

School Counselor, Long Beach Unified School District for the Family Resource Centers
Stephanie Kubicek is a School Counselor for the Long Beach Unified School District for the Family Resource Centers, who most recently received a certification by the California Association of School Counselors in Solution Focused Counseling and School Climate Specialist. Throughout... Read More →
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 →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Bringing Gender and Racial Equity to Social-Emotional Learning
Participants will understand the connection between social-emotional learning, leadership, and bias.
Participants will understand how bias impacts the experiences of Black and Latinx girls in school.
Participants will leave with activities and lessons to implement healing-centered approaches in their work with youth.

Using data from our recent research, the Ready to Lead report, we'll examine how social-emotional learning programs that should be supporting our students' mental health and wellness can lead to negative outcomes when we don't use an equity lens. How can we shift our social-emotional learning practices to acknowledge and interrupt social toxicities like racism and sexism and move towards healing-centered engagement?

Speakers
avatar for Catherine MacDonald Burns

Catherine MacDonald Burns

Training Consultant, Girls Leadership
Catherine believes in education for liberation. As the National Training Director at Girls Leadership, she led the Power Lab initiative to design culturally responsive, trauma-informed social-emotional learning curriculum that centered the needs of our most marginalized girlx. She... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Historical Trauma of Families in Communities: Strategies for Cultural Healing
Intergenerational trauma and the transmission of family stories and narratives serve to further exasperate or protect personal and familial knowledge. Awareness of how this operates increases awareness towards healing. Events during the past year – specific and generally – speaks to repeated cycles of loss and trauma among communities. Trauma-informed services must be included in evidence-based and promising practices in public child welfare. Training and the use of cultural historical narratives must include best practices.

Biographical Statements:

Raquel Morris, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor for Monterey County Behavioral Health. She is Native American (mostly Choctaw from her Paternal side, but also Navajo, Southern Paiute, and Yahi tribes on her Maternal side). She was born and raised in California to teen parents. Raquel was raised in the Central Valley of California where there are high rates of poverty, gangs, substance abuse, crime, and teen pregnancy. From high school, Raquel went straight to UC Santa Cruz, she was the first in her family to earn her BA in Psychology and minor in Education. She then pursued her Master’s in Social Work at CSU Stanislaus while working with Children and Family. Due to her upbringing and the disparities she has seen first-hand in her family, peers, and community, she is a strong advocate for social justice and health equity. Raquel enjoys bringing in trauma informed care, client-centered approaches, and cultural humility in her work as Supervisor. Raquel has a love of learning and teaching. She integrates her education training into her clinical work by providing trainings to address all learning styles. She is the Clinical Lead for Motivational Interviewing with Monterey County Behavioral Health and has collaborated with trainer, Kristen Dempsey, LCSW, as well as a few other colleagues to build and teach a curriculum to help staff deepen their knowledge of Motivational Interviewing. Raquel enjoys facilitating a learning environment that provokes reflection, understanding, and ideas of how to make advances to address inequity, stigma, and disparities in systems. 


CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHqethOnOmsgr9NIxGN3o-gqIoJA-BnDK86aCn6DQxWQOe_Q/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdShkg9mOoiWYbUskwzt4k4swARd9ZyeeiAvvLQgPq0J4XYqA/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P7dHPCqIqdFyH15g-fe7AGKN5elxpDf9/view?usp=sharing

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 →
avatar for Raquel Morris, LCSW

Raquel Morris, LCSW

Unit Supervisor, Monterey County Behavioral Health
Raquel Morris, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor for Monterey County Behavioral Health. She is Native American (mostly Choctaw from her Paternal side, but also Navajo, Southern Paiute, and Yahi tribes on her Maternal side... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

What's it like? Mental health as a first-generation college queer Latine student
Speakers
avatar for Cyn Gomez

Cyn Gomez

DEI Director, Tangible Movement


Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Won’t You be My Neighbor? Why BIPOC Students Need Communities of Care
BIPOC students feel academically and emotionally unprepared, overwhelmed, hopeless, and
struggle with microaggressions and racism. Some educators are often untrained to deal with their culture, ethnicity, or race issues. Learn strategies that will help them reflect upon, explore, and improve their mental health within their peer groups and communities of care. Incorporate tools that stimulate conversations about mental illness, reduce stigma and strengthens interpersonal relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Toler Carr, PE,GRMS

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 →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Moving Beyond Self-Care to Instilling a Culture of Wellness: Considerations for Leaders
The social, emotional, and physical health of teachers is a shared responsibility and a critical element of student learning.  The toll of the pandemic is being felt at all levels in education.  School staff are experiencing increased burnout, stress, anxiety and fear of returning to school.  Given these turbulent times, education leaders must prioritize staff wellness by cultivating healthy management practices.   This workshop will share leadership strategies for fostering staff resilience and building a trauma informed school culture. 


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 →
avatar for Heather Nemour, M.A.

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 →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Practical Reflective Practice
Reflective Practice has been shown to reduce teacher stress and increase ability to respond to students and families more effectively. But what is reflective practice and how do we begin to implement this in our teaching teams and schools. Join therapist and teacher, Jennifer Mundy to learn simple steps to follow, specific strategies and exercises you can follow as you begin on the path of reflection.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAwMtEUVvk61bLt1XPAKPFkwXD5h0NiAJmFqNfVrGNSqzQAA/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDY_PCvUx6viQydl6l_aw_xF087ZpVASiAcW31pGJfoOHNCA/viewform

Course Information - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wyZcZEEJPQJiKzK1hC4JoF_TgUQOGubZ/view?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mundy

Jennifer Mundy

Mental Health Clinician, Conejo Valley Unified School District
Jennifer Mundy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Clinical Supervisor, and Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist (IFECMHS). Jennifer oversees the Wellness Centers at the CVUSD High Schools. Jennifer provides reflective practice, reflective supervision... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Mindfulness Makes Everything Else Possible
An engaging orientation to the science behind mindfulness, some experiences with mindfulness practices and a description of how mindfulness was implemented in one school district will all be shared in this presentation. Participants will leave with an exposure to the benefits of mindfulness practices for both adults and students, insight into a few key mindfulness practices, and ideas about how to implement a mindfulness initiative in one’s own youth-serving organization.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Velez

Valerie Velez

Owner, Insight Idyllwild
Valerie Velez was the Health Education Program Specialist for her local school district almost 30 years. For the past several years in that position, she provided mindfulness training and practice sessions for administrators, teachers and support staff at all grade levels throughout... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Suicide Prevention Tools for Educators and Families
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Yet, parents and schools can be protective factors in preventing youth suicide. This session will share two tools, Hope Squad and ParentGuidance.org, that our district has utilized to support students and parents as they face evolving and increasing mental health challenges, especially as we move forward from the pandemic.

Speakers
avatar for Tobin Novasio

Tobin Novasio

Superintendent, Lockwood Schools



Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

11:00am PDT

Digital-First Social and Emotional Learning: Democratizing Access to Mental Wellness and Personal Growth
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 →


Friday September 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Zoom

12:00pm PDT

Break & Networking
Friday September 10, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Keynote Session VI: Dr. Dan Amen
Keynote Sessions Attendees receive a personal link via email to access keynote sessions. This link is unique to each attendee, please do not share as access is granted to only one device at a time. The email subject: "Your Conference Keynote Access Link - 2021 SMWC".

**Keynote sessions will NOT be available following the live presentation. Using your Personal Access Link is the only way to view and participate in keynote sessions.**

Friday September 10, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Frontline Perspectives on Children's Mental Health: Understanding the Pediatrician's Role in Supporting Student Mental Health
Understanding the extremes of under-addressed mental health issues as seen by frontline pediatricians is an important step in improving student mental wellness. A student's pediatrician can be an incredible source for mental health support, from providing mental health screenings to prescribing psychiatric medication and following up mental health issues. By the end of this presentation, participants will acquire practical skills to effectively connect with pediatricians in order to uplift student wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sarah Bourne

Dr. Sarah Bourne

Dr. Sarah Bourne is a resident physician in the University of California, San Francisco Department of Pediatrics. Prior to her medical career, she was an elementary school teacher and taught several subjects to first and third grade students, including emotional literacy. A graduate... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tiana Woolridge

Dr. Tiana Woolridge

Dr. Tiana Woolridge is a resident physician in the University of California, San Francisco Department of Pediatrics. She is also a founder of Embrace the Mind, a school-based mental wellness program with a threefold mission: to provide education on mental health, to reduce stigma... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Black Students Matter- How Microaggressions, Microinsults, and Microinvalidations Negatively Impact the Mental Wellness of Black Students
This presentation will help school employees recognize the ABC's (Automatic thoughts, Behaviors, and Comments) that negatively impact the mental wellness and academic success of Black students and identify 3 ways to help foster their mental wellness and academic success.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri K. Parker, DSW, LCSW

Sheri K. Parker, DSW, LCSW

Counseling Therapist-Supervisor, Val Verde Unified School District
Dr. Parker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. Her current work is focused on inclusion, equal access, and mental wellness for historically marginalized populations. Sheri has experience in the development... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Destress with Dance!
Join Psypher to learn how to listen to the different ways that your body responds to stress, and we’ll lead some fun and easy dance exercises to help you find ways to cope! Walk away with knowledge about how our nervous systems respond to stress and some Hip Hop grooves that we can use to engage or calm down our nerves when we need it.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Diep

Matthew Diep

Executive Director, Psypher
Psypher blends community-based research and emerging technology to develop youth centered wellness programming that embraces the expressive arts! Join us to challenge the status quo of mental health and wellness education by using creative outlets that center the needs of youth (ages... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Solving Puzzles & Straddling the Divide how to be an educator in 2021
Solving Puzzles & Straddling the Divide; how to be an educator in 2021.
From a Gestalt theory perspective I will address the mental and physical role we can play in becoming more effective leaders in education.
Learning Objectives:
1- Skills for becoming a better detective
2- Encouragement to ask for help when needed
3- Evidence that compassion is the wonder drug
4- Resources for personal growth

Speakers
avatar for Emily Catlett

Emily Catlett

Counselor, Upper Darby High School
Experienced Secondary School and Post Secondary Community College Counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Crisis Intervention, Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice, Child Development, and Growth Mindset. Strong education... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Toolbox Project: Tools for Learning--Tools for Life
Toolbox Project—a research-based, K-6, human development/social emotional learning (SEL) program—builds and strengthens children’s innate capacity for resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for self and others.

Participants will:
• learn the research, “common language'' and, "practices" of the 12 tools that already exist inside of everyone;
• understand how Toolbox Project naturally honors diversity and promotes equity and inclusion;
• be supported in supporting children and oneself in navigating the complexities of everyday life.


CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXLbUHJWTmywIlZswNO4EhepO44_hsMDNWAPiwYGEdUeGt7A/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScISZup-M_dwpjSGS4QgDYdtorui2DMiQkQaoSWpqE9B_-2Uw/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10vZV9zbUc5mJQV49UOcyDXO4niwYKyZ5/view?usp=sharing​​​

Speakers
avatar for Mark Collin

Mark Collin

Author/Founder, ToolboxProject™
ST

Sara Truebridge, Ed.D.

Founder, Educating The New Humanity
Sara Truebridge, Ed. D., Founder of Educating The New Humanity, is a consultant, researcher, TED Talk presenter, educator, and author specializing in resilience, combining her experience and expertise in research, policy, and practice to promote success and equity for all. Sara collaborates... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Cultivating Organizational Resilience for a Healthy School Climate
Participants will understand how their personal responses to uncertain times in the global community - COVID-19 and racism - impact their wellbeing, their leadership behaviors, and the climate of a school community. In this session participants will deepen their understanding of the concepts of trauma and resilience in relationship to a healthy school environment. They will also reflect on the current state of our school climate and explore strategies that promote collective well-being during the pandemic.

Speakers
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Kristen Buczek

21CSLA Project Manager, Los Angeles Education Partnership



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Calm Down Kits: Tools for Supporting Young Children in Managing Strong Emotions
Considering the impact the past year has had on students, supporting emotional regulation is imperative. Children’s ability to manage strong emotions is foundational to the development of self-regulation skills, building resiliency, and nurturing mental health and well-being. As educators, we can help provide children with the competencies and skills to handle their emotions in appropriate ways. This session will provide participants with practical strategies focusing on teaching students 0-8 years of age the skills necessary to manage strong emotions.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Bedard

Carly Bedard

Program Specialist, OCDE
Carly Bedard M.A.Ed has over 20 years experience in the field of education. She formerly taught as an early childhood teacher, and served as a program director for eight years. Carly has provided training and coaching to Orange County district and school teams for the past six years... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Developing Stress Resilient Student Leaders During a Pandemic
Preliminary findings from a doctoral dissertation research study conducted at faith-based universities during the COVID-19 pandemic used grounded theory to generate a leadership stress resilience model that explains (a) why and how undergraduate leaders experience stress, (b) the effect of stress, and (c) how student leaders cope with stress, (b) the role faith plays. The resulting model can help developing student leaders map and forecast their stress.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dave Heitman

Dr. Dave Heitman

Leadership Faculty, WILLIAM JESSUP UNIVERSITY
Dr. Dave Heitman is originally from California and has studied and worked in over 25 countries, most recently as a pastor and educator for seven years in New Zealand. In addition to ministry, Dave has worked in faith-based higher education since 2001, completing an Ed.D. in Innovation... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

1:30pm PDT

Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Resilience in the Classroom
Blending research, personal experience, and practical strategies, this session will explore the potential for mindfulness to enhance mental health and resilience in young adults. Participants will build tools that can be applied across academic and well-being courses at the high school and university level. This includes techniques for enhancing awareness, active listening and engagement, processing experiences, and working with emotions such as stress and anxiety.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9WlWVIN1Nyv3ulSi5Eyx-3nPwKUahIqDdmNc0zQ90vb3vkw/viewform

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdATLOuivtOH3LJN2J5tGi5ay3EEi1GdB5iYa_Y4jKDe-8ifA/viewform

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18PVDWI5WoGRQmFQIrKbPN4T8s1w-8WL7/view?usp=sharing​​​

Speakers
avatar for Linda Yaron Weston

Linda Yaron Weston

Educator, University of Southern California
Linda Yaron Weston is the author of Mindfulness for Young Adults: Tools to Thrive in School and Life. She teaches at the University of Southern California, where she developed their undergraduate mindfulness course. A National Board Certified Teacher with almost twenty years of experience... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

The New World - Virtual Learning, Mental Health and Human Trafficking
Virtual Learning, Mental Health and Human Trafficking: How they collide and what to do.
Attendees will be able to learn what current trends to be aware of for youth who may be experiencing trafficking or at high risk for trafficking situations.
Attendees will also be able to walk away with knowledge and resources to help youth who may be vulnerable to traffickers and/or have experienced some form of exploitation.

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrt8R4lxC1tWRoUfe20IIgS0qx8LbkAV8NJFLGMmNX1PmUeA/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTTSfJLPA88pB9VgEAPEAC97LxDjBz8cbLZ6DdUmb-GSsr8Q/viewform​​​

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AUMBJzS1onbD25lI4jOQhfWVZywLFxcl/view?usp=sharing​​​


Speakers
avatar for Alicia Zayas, LCSW

Alicia Zayas, LCSW

Behavioral Health Therapist, Bakersfield City School Dist.
Alicia Zayas, LCSW, has over 10 years of experience in the anti-trafficking movement, mental health field and child welfare services. She received the 2016 Diamond Award for Young Leadership from the Global Center for Women and Justice and the 2017 Young Alumni Award from Vanguard... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Healing Centered Engagement
Moving schools and educators from Trauma Informed Practices to Healing Centered Engagement

Speakers
avatar for Edith Jordan-McCormick, MEd

Edith Jordan-McCormick, MEd

Principal, Vista High School, West Contra Costa Unified School District
People can talk to me about mental health in schools, full service community schools, RTI, PBIS, parenting, life, funny jokes, being a school administrator, and anything for the good of the order.


Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

The Neurobiology of Restorative Justice
Emerging brain research is leaning more towards the notion of relationship building and right brain epigenetic social experiences as the vector for high-risk youth development and optimal social-emotional adjustment. As restorative practitioners, it is critical to explore and understand how compromised right brain locomotion’s hinders an individual from experiencing and developing empathy and optimally moving towards healing harm and emotional complexity. The information in this presentation will explore the importance of working under a right brain restorative framing, primarily when working with high-risk youth populations and how the use of data to track is essential to build a sustaining restorative system. Current mental health statistics and incarceration data are indicating that the level of recidivism is prevalent among individuals who could not fully process a crisis or conflict. The same population is acquiring suspensions, expulsions or getting arrested for related offenses, which reveals the lack of insight obtained by our education and criminal justice systems.

IDENTIFY and ANALYZE emotional domains that contribute towards repair/
restoration and social emotional learning.
EXAMINE right brain restorative practices and related domains in-order
to develop a restorative approach of care

Speakers

Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Am I Invisible? Things All Educators Need To Know
This will be an interactive session with Murphy Lynne, Author of "Am I Invisible - Things I Wish Teachers Knew" and her mother/educator Shelley Jonas. You don't have to be familiar with the book to leave with a new perspective in how to identify students who are struggling in your classrooms from mental illness issues, spectrum issues and much more. Participants will leave with a birds eye view of how these students function and feel in their schools and classrooms Kdg - High School. But most of all, educators will leave with an understanding of small changes they can make immediately to show big impact such as specifics of how to build relationships with those hard to reach students, how to adjust to these student needs within your classroom walls and throughout the day in your school, and how to communicate with the students themselves and their parents. This session is real and raw and participants will leave re-energized in their efforts to make sure no student is INVISIBLE!

Speakers
avatar for Murphy Lynne

Murphy Lynne

My name is Murphy Lynne I am 23 years old, after I graduated high school in 2017 I wrote a book documenting my journey through school on the autism spectrum called "Am I Invisible? Things I Wish Teachers Knew". I wrote this book for teachers to do better, parents to understand and... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Alabama State Department of Education: Role of the Mental Health Service Coordinator
Participants will learn about the Mental Health Service Coordinator role within local education agencies. Learning objectives will include:
Defining MHSC Role & History of Position
Discussion of Requirements as Identified by the State
Intervention & Awareness
Multi-disciplinary Inside the School & Family Engagement
School-based Collaborations & Community Networking

Speakers
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Laura Browder, EdS, LPC-S

Mental Health Services Coordinator, Cherokee County BOE
avatar for Kristen Fargason, LMSW

Kristen Fargason, LMSW

Family Engagement Specialist/Elementary Homeless Liaison, Calhoun County Board of Education
avatar for Andrea Zavitz

Andrea Zavitz

Mental Health Services Coordinator, LPC, LMHC, NCC, Dothan City Schools
Andrea Zavitz began counseling in 2009 in Tampa, FL. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and a National Certified Counselor.  Andrea Zavitz has a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling and Masters of Business... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

How to Disconnect From Your Screens to Reconnect with Yourself: The Impacts of COVID-19 On Digital Technology Use and Mental Health
Screens are ubiquitous in the modern world, and have been made all the more necessary in the past year. While digital technology has allowed us to stay connected, continue learning through remote education and stay in touch with friends and family, there is a dark side to this tech revolution. Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on digital technology use and the impacts on mental health and wellbeing, participants will examine both their own screen habits, as well as their students. Gaining tangible, transferable tools, participants will acquire skills in order to support students in exploring their personal relationship with screens and the positive and negative impacts in their lives. Finally, attendees will walk away with the confidence to disconnect from screens, reconnect with themselves, and support their students as we navigate a post-pandemic reality and the gifts, and challenges this presents in all our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Marks

Laurel Marks

Therapist/ Client Coach, Wonder
I grew up in the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada mountains  After earning a Bachelors in literature, creative writing and dance from UC Santa Cruz, I embarked on a career of service and teaching. I volunteered in Nepal and India, worked as a naturalist throughout California (I even got... Read More →



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

School-Based Health Centers 101: A comprehensive approach to adolescent care
School-based health centers (SBHCs) increase adolescent utilization of age-appropriate, preventive health care services in order to reduce health care disparities and increase educational success. They are a unique way to increase
This workshop is designed for school leaders interested in opening school-based health centers or wellness centers. Learn about planning stages, partnership building, needs assessments, SBHC principles, consent/confidentiality, establishing MOUs, and best practices of school integration and building a community of care.

Speakers
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Sierra Lau

Project Director, California School-Based Health Alliance
avatar for Amy Ranger

Amy Ranger

Director of Programs, California School-Based Health Alliance



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Mindfulness in the Classroom
How can educators use the practice of mindfulness in the classroom in today's world? Beth Marks uses the idea of mindfulness in the classroom everyday to prepare students to learn, remain focused and entertain the valuable idea that their feelings and issues can be recognized and dealt with through the practice of meditation to give the best chance at success within the classroom. Sample mediations will be used, practical applications of mindfulness will be shared and participants will be able to practice mindfulness in both the roles of the teacher and student. Mediations for various issues will be addressed!

Speakers
avatar for Beth Marks

Beth Marks

Teacher
I have been a teacher for over ten years and truly believe in the power of mindfulness and meditation within the classroom for both teachers and students.  I am on the path for writing and publishing a guide for mediation within the classroom for teachers and students that is an... Read More →


Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

There’s an app for that! How smartphone apps can help support college student mental health and wellness.
This session will introduce mental health apps as a tool to support college student wellness. Presenters will review the clinical burden of mental health issues among students, review the effectiveness of mental health apps, and discuss parameters that can be used when selecting apps. Participants will learn:
- Aspects used to evaluate mental health apps
- Specific apps targeted for students
- Skills for integrating apps into school and practice settings

CEU LINKS: To qualify for CEU course credit you must complete BOTH -

Evaluation -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyESi-sQgbCugnLJ8KWiQnyOWmFs9r7dkfsHlXtMdZcQanag/viewform​​​

Roster/Quiz -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedMEjhOqi2ZHtnxFyoBwKodhOO4GxMCsSYdPpKrvDNPTH_Eg/viewform​​​

Course Information -
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p0G47expi91BHGHaLRjegy2mL971jMsn/view?usp=sharing​​​

Speakers
avatar for Martha Neary

Martha Neary

Program Director, One Mind PsyberGuide, University of California, Irvine
I'm Martha Neary and I'm the Program Director of One Mind PsyberGuide at University of California, Irvine. We are a non-profit organization providing advice and guidance to those interested in using technology to support their mental health and wellness.I received my Bachelor's in... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Schueller

Stephen Schueller

Associate Professor of Psychological Science, University of California, Irvine; One Mind PsyberGuide



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom

2:30pm PDT

Youth-led Mental Health Campaigns Promoting Healthy Social Media Use & Cultural Literacy
Discover how peer-focused, youth-led initiatives can support middle-high school student mental health. Highlighting their #goodforMEdia campaign, youth will discuss social media impacts and strategies to minimize harm. They will also share preliminary outcomes of surveys illuminating how culture/race/ethnicity impact mental health help-seeking. Participants will learn how youth-driven projects can be incorporated into mental health or media literacy curricula and media’s role on youth mental health at the intersection of culture/race/ethnicity.

Speakers
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Vicki Harrison

Program Director, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing
www.goodformedia.orgwww.allcove.org



Friday September 10, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Zoom