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Tuesday, January 22
 

7:30am

Exhibits/Registration
Tuesday January 22, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

8:30am

Keynote 1: Toward Educational Justice: Breaking Down Barriers to Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for John B. King Jr., JD, EdD

John B. King Jr., JD, EdD

President and CEO, Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Education, The Education Trust
Dr. John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served as the U.S. Secretary of Education as a member of President Barack... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Begin with Pieces: Inspiring Adolescents with Mental Illness Through Creative Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will discuss how Wabi,(侘 simplicity, quietude) and Sabi (寂, partina of age and loneliness), the Japanese aesthetic concepts, have served as the source of inspiration for developing the Creative Writing & Origami program for the Acute Psychiatric Unit for Children & Adolescents at Mayo Clinic. Wabi Sabi holds that beauty exists in things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  This principle promotes finding beauty in unconventional spaces, such as the broken, damaged, and the aged. In this presentation, we will discuss 1) our study, which examined how adolescents expressed interest and engagement through creative activities based on Wabi Sabi and, 2) the creative culture that resulted through the unique collaboration between a professional writer-educator, undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Rochester, and nursing staff at the Acute Psychiatric Unit for Children & Adolescents at Mayo Clinic.


 

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Houston

Rebecca Houston

Creative Writing Facilitator and Research Assistant, University of Minnesota Rochester
I am currently facilitating creative writing sessions in the Acute Care Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for Children & Adolescents at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN. My team and I currently are researching the effectiveness of creative writing curriculum and engagement for participants... Read More →
avatar for Yuko Taniguchi, MFA

Yuko Taniguchi, MFA

Writer, Faculty, University of Minnesota
I am currently developing practices that promote engagement, compassion, and inspiration for adolescent patients in the Acute Care Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for Children & Adolescents at Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, MN. Self-discovery as an artist, who focuses on their creative work... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

FOCUS (Focusing on Children Under Stress)
Limited Capacity seats available

Research shows the prolonged exposure to violence and trauma can seriously undermine a child’s ability to learn, meet behavioral expectations and have healthy relationships.Experiencing a traumatic experience can have immediate effects on a child and often times we have no idea a child has been involved in an incident. FOCUS is a communication system designed to notify schools when a student is exposed to a traumatic incident. FOCUS supports children exposed to violence or trauma through improved communication and collaboration between first responders including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical responders, schools and community resources.

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Bauman

Vicki Bauman

Prevention Director III, Stanislaus County Office of Education
Vicki graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication. Her current title is Director III of the Prevention Programs Department. She has direction over an organizational unit involving 29 professionals... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Helping Teens Become Smarter Than Their Smartphones
Limited Capacity filling up

The WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and WHY of wise posting in an insecure world. In a world where 89% of teenagers have a smartphone and 97% have access to social media, how can we help young people think before they post? In this workshop we'll talk about four conversations we need to have with today's teens and tweens:
  • The friends you're friending
  • The pics you're posting
  • The screen time you're absorbing
  • The affirmation you're seeking


Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee

President, The Source for Parents
Jonathan McKee is author of over twenty books including THE TEENS GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA & MOBILE DEVICES, and IF I HAD A PARENTING DO OVER. Jonathan has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide.



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Learning About Learned Helplessness
Limited Capacity seats available

Learned helplessness is a multi-dimensional construct that can manifest early. In this session, participants will explore manifestations of learned helplessness in the classroom and its postulated antecedents. Practical strategies will be shared that can help address learned helplessness. This is a highly interactive session!

Speakers
avatar for Ginna Myers, PhD

Ginna Myers, PhD

Director of C, I, PD and SA, Eureka Union School District
I have 20 years of teaching experience in the Philippines and the US, with a credential in Chemistry, Biology and Health. I have a PhD in Psychology and am currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Professional Development, and Student Assessment.



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

LGBTQ+ Community and Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

The objectives of this presentation include:
-Increase understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.
-Review current mental health challenges and disparities within the LGBTQ+ community.
-Explore ways to provide identity affirming support to the LGBTQ+ community.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Henry, MA

Rachel Henry, MA

Outreach and Training Institute Director, Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Rachel Henry, MA (she/her/hers) is the Outreach and Training Institute Director at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Rachel holds a Masters of Arts in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Most recently... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Mental Health Awareness in Schools: How to Run Effective Peer Counseling and Mental Health Awareness Club
Limited Capacity seats available

Mental Health Awareness on the High School and Middle School Campus. How to run an effective Peer Counseling Program and Mental Health Awareness Club.

Speakers
avatar for Roisin LeRoy, MS, PPS

Roisin LeRoy, MS, PPS

School Counselor, Whitney High School
Roisin LeRoy has over 20 years of School Counseling experience in both private and public schools.Roisin has been a School Counselor, Peer Counseling Moderator and Mental Health Awareness Club Moderator at Whitney High School In Rocklin CA since 2006.



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Professional Well-Being is Organizational Well-Being
Limited Capacity filling up

Cultivating a resilient organization and optimal performance goes beyond retreats and one-off workshops. It starts with a shared commitment that becomes reality through daily interactions and practices. We must discard the ineffective practice of relying on a few optimistic people to carry the emotional climate of many. If we aren’t mindful of our own capacity levels—we may be causing harm where we intended to help.

Deepen your understanding and develop resilient practices to support the healthy functioning of your organization. Learn engagement strategies and tools to take your team and organization from barely surviving to thriving. Topics we will address are: 1) tough conversations that open doors and build bridges; 2) effective meetings that work for everyone; and 3) tapping into compassion as your organization’s superpower. Investing in staff capacity is what fuels organizational + program excellence and paves the way to positively influence student success.

Speakers
avatar for Erin A. Browder

Erin A. Browder

Instructional Coach, Consultant, Ed.D. Candidate, Erin Browder, LLC.
Erin Browder is a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant. She specializes in safe and connected climates for professionals and those they serve (e.g. students, residents). She is a leader in training teachers and school personnel on trauma-informed practices, self-care... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

State of the State - Counseling in California Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

While more California school districts are hiring counselors than ever before, there are still growing concerns regarding insufficient school-based mental health services, including counselors addressing discipline, safety, chronic attendance, marginalized youth, trauma response and suicide prevention. Several state and national organizations have recently released reports calling for more counselors and mental health programs in schools. Participants will recognize recent significant political developments regarding school-based mental health services and they will consider the need for continued grassroots efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Loretta Whitson, EdD

Loretta Whitson, EdD

Executive Director, The CA Association of School Counselors Inc
Dr. Loretta Whitson is the Executive Director for the California Association of School Counselors and has devoted her life’s work to advancing the school counseling profession in California.  She works closely with state leaders, legislators and journalists, clarifying complex... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Those Kids Aren't "Those Kids" - They're Our Kids: Current Efforts To Keep All Kids In School & Thriving - Confronting Education’s Dilemma Around Post-Election Anxiety in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This breakout session will review how School Climate and Pupil Engagement have been impacted by post-presidential election hate incidents/civic discourse challenges in K-12 schools nationally, and California specifically. In addition, the presentation will highlight current efforts in education and the community to confront the increase in hate incidents/bullying as a result of post-presidential election language and policies that have increased hate incidents/bullying. Participants will acquire practical strategies and the requirements of new legislation for ensuring that all kids are engaged, feel safe and are successful in school.

Speakers
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Terri Villa-McDowell, JD

Senior Human Relations Consultant, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission
Terri is a social justice and educational equity advocate working in issues affecting children, youth and women.  She has spent the past 12 years in education, mediating special education disputes between families and the district, and implementing a model Multi-Tiered System of... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Using a Systems Approach to Provide Effective Interventions for At-Risk Youth in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will identify ways to utilize a systems approach to provide creative interventions and improve outcomes for at-risk students and their families with an emphasis on the school setting. Attendees can expect to learn 4 practical ways to apply systems theory within a school setting to greatly improve outcomes for vulnerable students including impoverished, minority, and foster youth.

Speakers
avatar for Teresse Lewis, LCSW, PPS

Teresse Lewis, LCSW, PPS

School Social Worker, Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Teresse Lewis is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Empowerment Center, a Non- Profit Organization in Temecula, California created to provide education and interventions to at-risk youth and families. Teresse is a wife and mom of 3 beautiful boys. She earned her M.S.W from... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Using Data to Strengthen Your School-Based Mental Health Program
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will teach participants the ins and outs of using data to in school-based mental health programs. Participants will learn 5 tools that can be used to track mental health, Participants will identify 10 types of data that can be collected, Participants will learn how to use data to appeal to stakeholders.

Speakers
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Sabrina Emigh

Sabrina holds a Multiple Subject K-12 teacher credential. She has over 30 years of teaching experience spanning elementary through alternative education. She currently teaches math at Vicente High School in Martinez, CA.
avatar for Amy Specter, MA, MFT, PPS

Amy Specter, MA, MFT, PPS

Mental Health Counselor, Vicente and Briones High Schools
I am licensed marriage and family therapist and credentialed school counselor who is passionate about school-based mental health. I love boxing, playing uno and hiking.



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Using the Creative Arts in School-Based Prevention, Intervention, and Counseling
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will address the concept of using creative and expressive arts in a school-based environment. We will present a survey of strategies using the artistic medium and discuss the therapeutic value that increases the ability of young persons to communicate, express a variety of issues, develop an identity and, ultimately, contribute to the greater community.

The goals of this presentation will be to demonstrate creative art activity as a means to promote reflection on identity and provide a educational basis for such creative endeavors. Participants will receive a survey of practical strategies that encourage students to communicate with one another, express themselves in relation to a variety of socio-emotional issues, develop an independent identity and, ultimately, contribute to the greater community.

Speakers
avatar for Tim McHargue, EdD

Tim McHargue, EdD

Director, Disability Services, Folsom Lake College
Dr. Timothy McHargue is trained as a counselor and school psychologist, and currently directs a program for students with disabilities at Folsom Lake College. His research interests include the social and political development of adolescents and young adults, as well as the study... Read More →
avatar for Lynnette Diem, MA

Lynnette Diem, MA

Lynnette Diem is both an artist and an art educator having received her BA and MA in Art from California State University at Northridge. She has taught art for 34 years at both primary and secondary levels. Ten of those years were spent teaching at Jakarta International School in... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

12:45pm

Keynote 2: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life for Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Amen, MD

Daniel Amen, MD

Founder,10-time New York Times Bestselling Author, The Amen Clinics
Daniel Amen, MD has been called “The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America” by The Washington Post. He is a 10-time New York Times Bestselling Author, the founder of The Amen Clinics, a double board-certified psychiatrist, and an international speaker. The Amen Clinics have the... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

10 Ways to Incorporate Reflective Practice Into Your Faculty Meetings
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will gain an understanding of how incorporating reflective practice into faculty meetings helps to reduce teacher stress and increase teacher capacity. Each participant will acquire practical skills in facilitating reflective practice including 10 recipes to get them started. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in reflective practice activities during the training for hands on learning. Presenters will provide data from the programs they are currently working with as evidence of the impact of reflective practice in schools.

Speakers
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Deborah Holmes, LCSW

Chief Program Officer, CALM
avatar for Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

Program Manager School Based Services, Child Abuse Listening Mediation
Jennifer has over 20 years experience working with young children and families. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as the Program Manager of CALM's School Based Services overseeing mental health consultation and therapy services to 23 preschools and 9 elementary... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Academic Demands and the Health of Children: New Directions
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will overview original research and offer practical advisement and tools as related to academic demands and elementary aged students' social, physical, and emotional health. Those in attendance will learn: 1) an overview of the effect of homework on academic success and students’ social and emotional health and sleep, 2) suggestions to support students’ social-emotional health, and 3) guidance on how to use newly devised surveys in order to develop evidence-based policies based on the needs in their individual schools. Practical tools and handouts will be offered.

Speakers
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McKenzie Courtney, EdS

Certified School Psychologist
Ms. Courtney is a graduate of the EdS program in School Psychology from Sacramento State and is currently working as a school psychologist.  She continues to participate in research surrounding the emotional health of children as it relates to the academic demands they face in the... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Holland, PhD

Melissa Holland, PhD

Associate Faculty and Clinical Psychologist, California State University, Sacramento
Melissa L. Holland, PhD, is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and has a private practice specializing in work with children, adolescents, and their families. She is both a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

AVP - Alternatives to Violence Project
Limited Capacity seats available

We would like to introduce AVP workshops as a group experiential process. Our objective is to support and connect students while learning verbal and emotional life skills.. We use affirmation, cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution activities to build community and resolve inner and outer conflict.  The workshops are designed to be fun, using interactive exercises and games to examine ways people respond to situations where injustice, frustration, anger and fear can lead to aggressive words and actions.  We practice tools which increase connection and good will.  And, we will share how AVP is being utilized at Silver Springs H.S.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Brodie, MA, PPS, LMFT

Terry Brodie, MA, PPS, LMFT

School Counselor, Silver Springs H.S.
I have been using AVP at Silver Springs, an alternative high school in Grass Valley for the past 5 years. With 25 years experience in the school district, and after using a long list of programs, this is the most effective process I have found to support our students. I am also... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Change What You See: The Nurtured Heart Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

NHA is a transformative relationship- and resilience-based method which identifies and grows the amazing qualities present in each child. NHA enhances and gives heartfelt substance to PBIS, Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices, and Growth Mindsets. Most often used in classrooms and family settings, NHA is also effective in adult relationships. This overview will teach the concept of Inner Wealth™, the 3 Stands of the Nurtured Heart Approach, introduction to NHA recognition techniques, and resources for further information.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lindstrom, MA, PPS

Scott Lindstrom, MA, PPS

School Psychologist, NHA Advanced Trainer, Trauma Response and Recovery Coordinator, Butte County Office of Education, CASP
Scott Lindstrom is a school psychologist who spent his career building effective, sustainable, multi-tiered student support programs in Chico Unified School District. He has trained thousands of program staff across California in program development, SEL, and program-specific skills... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Healing Trauma, Building Reslience in our Students, Families, and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, participants will develop an understanding of how a student's unique history and experiences impact their learning/behaviors/relationships, learn strategies for relationship-building with students who have experienced trauma, practice classroom strategies that build trust and address student mental health needs at different MTSS tiers, and consider the impact that their relationships have on a student's ability to develop resilience and demonstrate strengths and positive values in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Wolfe Reilly, LCSW, PPSC

Ashley Wolfe Reilly, LCSW, PPSC

Social Emotional Counselor, 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 →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Hiphop Scholastics: Healing Ourselves, Our Schools, and Our Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive workshop seeks to challenge and leverage the experience of educators by examining the social purposes of schooling and providing theoretical and practical methods of transforming schools and outcomes for students and families using culturally and linguistically relevant, trauma-informed strategies for healing, inclusion, and Hip Hop. Participants will explore mindfulness and the use of HipHop based counter story telling and narrative development through participatory/interactive workshop activities and demonstrations.

Speakers
avatar for Itoco Garcia, EdD

Itoco Garcia, EdD

Co-Executive Director HipHop Scholastics, HipHop Scholastics
Dr. Garcia has been a transformative professional educator for 18 years in some of the most challenged schools in the Bay Area, and has dedicated his life and career to achieving educational equity for all students traditionally failed by our public school system. He spent 12years... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Implementing School-Wide Mental Health and Behavioral Risk Screening
Limited Capacity filling up

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 screening at a middle school in Orange County, CA that resulted in discovery of multiple students in crisis that were not on school’s radar. Learning objectives: benefits of school-wide screening, available instruments, how to implement, getting parents onboard, servicing large numbers of students in need.


Speakers
avatar for Martin Eaton, PhD

Martin Eaton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Well Street Psychological Group
A clinical psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working with children and families, I've long held a vision of increasing access to mental health screening tools and reducing the 8 to 10-year lag between presenting symptoms and treatment. While serving on the Mental Health... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Recent and Proposed Mental Health Legislation
Limited Capacity seats available

We will discuss recently approved and proposed California and National Mental Health Legislation and their impact on school districts and students.

Speakers
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Gordon Doughty

National Public Policy Council Member, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Gordon has been a volunteer Board Member with the Greater San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for the past 11 years and served as its Board Chair from 2011 to 2014. In 2015, Gordon was also recognized as AFSP’s Public Policy Field Advocate... Read More →
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Monica Nepomucemo

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


Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Start the Work: Addressing the Trauma of African-American Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learner Outcomes:
-Understanding racial trauma and it's impact on the black community
-The Pushback:  "Mental healthcare is for white people!  We don't do that!"
-Our suspension data tells it all
-Let's talk race and the history you do not know
-Identifying "Real" Work in Empathy for African American Students
-Getting it Done: Enough About What We Didn't Do...Let's get started! Real solutions for real problems

Speakers
avatar for Mechale Murphy, MEd

Mechale Murphy, MEd

Principal, Elk Grove USD
Mechale Murphy is a principal in one of California's largest and most diverse school districts. Her expertise is creating equitable learning spaces geared toward increasing educational equity. Mechale focuses on using practical solutions for supporting students and in developing... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

The Connection Practice: A Self-Empowerment Skill for At-Risk Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

The Connection Practice is a scientifically-based, social-emotional skill proven to resolve conflicts peacefully as it efficiently moves students from being reactive to being resourceful. Rita Marie Johnson will demonstrate new Connection Practice magnetic boards and biofeedback software that take social-emotional learning to a new level.  No one combines empathy and insight like those who use this practice, which received the Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, chosen from 79 projects in 32 countries. Documentation of 50,000 students who have learned it is an underestimate as teachers continue to offer it to new students.

Many schools are overwhelmed with the needs of at-risk students.  When the Connection Practice is integrated into schools and considered as important as reading, writing and math, the number of at-risk students will decrease radically because they will have learned how to manage their inner lives. Here are two examples of students using the Connection Practice: Teacher uses the Connection Practice boards
https://vimeo.com/303564198

Guidance counselor uses the Connection Practice boards
 https://youtu.be/AOgefD41s0c


 
 



 


Speakers
avatar for Rita Marie Johnson

Rita Marie Johnson

Rasur Foundation International
Rita Marie Johnson created a social-emotional learning method, the Connection Practice, that has been taught to over 50,000 adults and children. She wrote Completely Connected: Uniting Our Empathy and Insight for Extraordinary Results, which received a Nautilus Book Award in Psychology... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:15pm

Understanding Our LGBTQ+ Youth: Educating Our Educators
Speakers
avatar for Summer D. Gomez, MSW

Summer D. Gomez, MSW

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Summer Davidson Gomez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supervised in the Intensive Services department at Penny Lane Centers for 5 years. She is now coordinates Penny Lane’s Embracing Identity program, where she is helping to meet the needs of LGBTQI2-S Transitional Age... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

3 Secrets to Living Your Best Life as a Mental Health Professional
Limited Capacity seats available

What choices do leaders make when their quest for excellence in service competes head-on with self-care? Join a discussion that will challenge the very definition of what it means to serve and will allow participants to re-imagine their approach to working as agents of change. Participants will leave with a set of strategies to reduce stress, experience more joy, be a more present leader, and truly live their best lives.

Speakers
avatar for Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, PhD

Taisha Caldwell-Harvey, PhD

Mental Health Policy Analyst, University of California Office of the President
Dr. Caldwell-Harvey received a BA from Spelman College, and a MA and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In addition to operating her own private practice, she serves as the Mental Health Policy Analyst for the University of California Office... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Building Embrace The Mind: A Mental Wellness Initiative for ICEF Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will explore the process of developing an all-school mental health promotion program, called Embrace The Mind: A Mental Wellness Initiative for ICEF Public Schools. Participants will learn how to create a theory of change in order to guide program development, and acquire strategies to engage students, teachers, and families around mental health education.

Speakers
avatar for Tiana Woolridge

Tiana Woolridge

Wellness Consultant, Inner City Education Foundation
I am a graduate student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a medical student at the UCSF School of Medicine (graduating in 2020 with both a MD and MPH). Talk to me about toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, and innovation in healthcare!



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Creating Cohesive, Equitable, and Stakeholder-Driven School Mental Health Referral Pathways
Limited Capacity seats available

In this dynamic, hands-on workshop we investigate how school mental health referral pathways improve coordination and collaboration both within schools, between school and other youth-serving agencies. Participants will gain tools to assess their readiness for implementation, key strategies and principles to build effective SMHRPs such as how to define roles and responsibilities for partnerships, information sharing procedures, and how to make intervention decisions collaboratively through a youth-engaged and equity lens.

Speakers
avatar for Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD

Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD

Director of Teaching & Learning, Center for Applied Research Solutions
Leora Wolf-Prusan is the Director of Partnerships & Learning at the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) where she supports the agency’s teaching and learning portfolio, serves as the Region 9 (Pacific Islands, HI, CA, NV, & AZ)'s Mental Health Technology Center's School... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Integration of Health & Wellness as a Tier I Intervention Through Public / Private Partnership
Limited Capacity seats available

Addressing the Impact of Stress and Trauma: Through public / private partnership, Ravenswood City School District, Pure Edge, Inc. and Stanford University integrated a Tier I mindfulness based health and wellness program districtwide, preK-8th grade, to mitigate against the negative impact of stress and trauma. Participants will gain an understanding of initial findings of the longitudinal academic and neurobiological study and engage in interactive mindfulness session based on the program.

Speakers
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Gloria M. Hernández-Goff, EdD

Superintendent, Ravenswood City Schools
Dr. Gloria M. Hernández-Goff serves as superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, California where she has led the implementation of STEAM, Balanced Literacy and integration of social emotional support systems through health and wellness programs, district-wide... Read More →
avatar for Chi Kim, MEd

Chi Kim, MEd

CEO, Pure Edge, Inc.
Chi Kim is the CEO of Pure Edge, Inc. a private operating foundation. Pure Edge, Inc. provides direct service to school districts to support the implementation of mindfulness to support educator self care and health and wellness of K-12 learners. Curriculum is free to any school or... Read More →
avatar for John Rettger, PhD

John Rettger, PhD

Director of Mindfulness Early Life Stress & Pediatric Anxiety Program Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
John Rettger, PhD is a clinical psychologist and certified yoga teacher. Dr. Rettger is actively engaged in clinical research investigating mindfulness and yoga-based intervention for youth wellness. He directs the Mindfulness Program in the Stanford University Early Life Stress Research... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Keeping You Together During Racially Charged Times: Self Care Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Racially, these are trying times that weigh on our hearts, minds, and spirits. Incident after incident, constant social media, witnessing the pain, anguish, loss of life and managing personal fears can be overwhelming. In this workshop, participants will identify self-care strategies to mitigate the stress and trauma of racial tension. Participants will be given self-care strategies to practice and share. Participants will also develop strategies that work personally for them.

Speakers
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Yvonne Evans, MS

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Yvonne Evans is an Education Programs Consultant with the Coordinated Student Support Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) where she oversees Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Independent Studies, Alternative Schools of Choice, Magnet Schools, and is a Youth... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

LGBTQ+ Community and Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

The objectives of this presentation include:
-Increase understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.
-Review current mental health challenges and disparities within the LGBTQ+ community.
-Explore ways to provide identity affirming support to the LGBTQ+ community.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Henry, MA

Rachel Henry, MA

Outreach and Training Institute Director, Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Rachel Henry, MA (she/her/hers) is the Outreach and Training Institute Director at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Rachel holds a Masters of Arts in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Most recently... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Making Everyone Happy: How to Build School Mental Health Coalitions that Benefit All Partners
Limited Capacity seats available

Students, administrators, and teachers each have a vested interest in promoting mental health on their school campuses. School's can more effectively prevent student suicides by creating collaborative coalitions for student mental health. Participants will be given evidence-based tools and methods to build such coalitions, as well as prevent obstacles which might otherwise impede them. Participants will also gain new insight into each of these distinct campus communities.

Speakers
avatar for Brian McInerney

Brian McInerney

Graduate Student, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
I am a second-year MPH candidate at UCLA studying behavioral healthcare, board member of Green Ribbon Club, a student run 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to destigmatizing mental health, and a Public Health Advocacy Fellow at Health Net where I work on primary prevention programs for... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

NAMI On Campus High School Clubs
Limited Capacity seats available

NAMI CA will discuss the statewide effort titled "NAMI On Campus High School Clubs" (NCHS) to support and empower high school students and school staff around mental health awareness and stigma reduction. NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) Clubs are student-led groups on high school campuses, where students can talk openly about mental health and wellness, learn ways to support friends or family members who have a mental illness, and educate others on campus about mental health and wellness. The learning objectives for this workshop will include: 1. Workshop attendees will learn about the NAMI On Campus Program and how to implement it in their district. 2. Workshop attendees will learn ideas to engage high schools students at the local level and better support them.

Speakers
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Serena Durand

Family Programs Coordinator, NAMI
Serena Durand is the Family Programs Coordinators at NAMI CA. She oversees major programs such as Family to Family, Family Support Groups and Ending the Silence Program.
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Zuleima Flores-Abid

Programs Manager, NAMI California



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Neurophysiological Impact of Complex Trauma in the Classroom: Implications for Structure, Pedagogy, and Content
Limited Capacity filling up

This presentation will provide an overview of how complex trauma/ACES affects the anatomy and functioning of the brain, the ANS, and sensorimotor systems and how these effects manifest themselves in students across school-related domains, including learning, affect, behavior, and relationships. Examples of approaches to learning and classroom management as well as extracurricular or play-based activities that are neurophysiologically and trauma informed will be presented.

Objectives:
1. To be able to define complex trauma and understand the scope of the problem.
2. To identify some neurophysiological impacts of complex trauma as they relate to the school setting.
3. To understand some learning and behavioral difficulties through a trauma-related neurophysiological lens
4. To learn techniques that accommodate and even target neurophysiological effects of trauma.

Speakers
avatar for Stefanie F. Smith, PhD

Stefanie F. Smith, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer, Hanna Boys Center
Stefanie F. Smith, Ph.D., is Chief Clinical Officer at Hanna Boys Center, a trauma-informed therapeutic boys’ school. Just prior, Dr. Smith served as Program Director and Associate Professor at CSPP at Alliant International University while maintaining a private practice as a licensed... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E. -- Strategies for Strengthening Our Well-Being
Limited Capacity filling up

In this inspirational and highly engaging session, participants will learn research-based practices from the fields of Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and strengthen focus, performance, and physical and psychological health. Participants will learn simple strategies to fortify their own resilience and well-being, and that can also be easily integrated into classrooms and staff rooms to boost wellness of staff and students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joelle Hood

Dr. Joelle Hood

Consultant, Joelle Hood, LLC and Thriving YOUniversity
Dr. Joelle Hood brings over 25 years of educational and leadership experience to her clients. As a former "Teacher of the Year" and "Principal of the Year", Joelle brings passion, energy, and expertise to helping all humans thrive. In addition to her doctorate degree in Organizational... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

The Red Chicken in the Room: Innovative Approaches to Addressing Mental Health in the School Setting
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide an overview of Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS), within one of the largest K-8th school districts in California. The presenters will illustrate how a school-based Behavioral Health program identifies, assesses, and serves their students. Participants will acquire practical skills and strategies to address severe mental health issues in the school setting. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify students with mental health needs in the classroom setting
2. Participants will acquire practical skills and strategies to address severe mental health issues in the school setting
3. Learn innovative and effective ways to collaborate with community providers, parents, and school staff/personnel.

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 →
avatar for Marcial Monzon, LCSW

Marcial Monzon, LCSW

Marcial Monzon, LCSW, has over 10 years of experience as a social work practitioner ranging from Wraparound services to forensic interviewing. He has served as ProACT (Professional Assault Crisis Training) trainer and a Boys Town Classroom Management instructor. Currently, Marcial... Read More →
avatar for Judith Brannon, EdM, LMFT, PPS

Judith Brannon, EdM, LMFT, PPS

Bakersfield City School District
Judith Brannon is passionate about instilling hope and evoking positive change. She has dedicated the last decade to serving children and families in several capacities. She has written grants and created programs to support youth, bridge gaps in education, and raise awareness of... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:30pm

Trauma Informed Care for a District, School-Wide, and Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview:
This presentation will cover Trauma and its impact on brain development, achievement, attendance and social relationships. This workshop will discuss best practices in creating Trauma-Informed Districts, Trauma-Informed Schools as well as Trauma-Informed Classrooms. Attendants will leave with general knowledge in building a district wide program all the way to managing trauma within the classroom.
Learning Objectives:
1. To learn the physiological factors involved in trauma.
2. To learn trauma's direct impact on student achievement, attendance and social relationships.
3. To learn best practices in developing trauma-informed districts, schools and classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for April Jones, MS

April Jones, MS

District Marriage and Family Therapist, Hemet Unified School District



Tuesday January 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

California Students Direct Change Through Filmmaking: An Innovative Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Program for Middle School Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest engages students to learn about the topics of suicide prevention & mental health in an innovative way: a film contest. This year’s program challenges middle school students to create films that show what it’s like to “walk in the shoes” of someone else experiencing a mental health challenge. Films help students develop compassion for challenges others may be facing & show what actions can be taken to help.

1) Participants will summarize the Directing Change Program and Film Contest’s objectives of engaging students in an innovative way as change agents and creating peer to peer films to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
2) Participants will acquire practical skills to adapt the Directing Change Program and Film Contest to meet the needs of their students and address mental health and suicide prevention on campuses and in communities.
3) Participants will apply safe messaging for suicide prevention and mental health guidelines, through a “mock” Directing Change lesson plan activity.

Speakers
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Jana Sczersputowski, MPH

Director, Directing Change Program and Film Contest
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Devin Saragosa-Harris, MPH

Program Manager, Directing Change
Devin holds a master's in public health from UCLA with a concentration in Community Health Sciences and a specialization in Health Education and Health Promotion. She studied behavioral neuroscience as an undergrad at UCLA and is especially interested in working on mental health from... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Creating a Mindful School: Whole School Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on the process of creating a "Mindful School." There is no one-size-fits-all whole-school implementation plan or model. Every school is different and has its own unique needs, opportunities, and challenges. In this session, we will share our approach, offerings, and resources and talk about the general state of mindfulness in education and how it relates to school culture and Social Emotional Learning. We'll have an engaged session of practice, share best practices in teaching mindfulness to children and teens, and present our model for Whole School Implementation. Participants will leave the session with a greater understanding of mindfulness in education and of the steps they can take in transforming their school into a Mindful School.

Speakers
avatar for Kory O'Rourke

Kory O'Rourke

Training Program Coordinator, Mindful Schools
Kory O’Rourke has been a public high school teacher and school leader for over a decade.  She believes that mindfulness is an essential tool for building equity in our schools and our communities. She uses her personal practice to support the work she does with students, teachers... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Emotional Disturbance: Deconstructing a Definition
Limited Capacity seats available

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


Speakers
avatar for Dena McManis, PsyD

Dena McManis, PsyD

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



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve the Understanding about Mental Health, Reduce Stigma, and Enhance Help-Seeking in Secondary Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

We will demonstrate how evidence-based mental health literacy and early identification approaches have improve the understanding of mental health and mental disorders, decreased stigma, enhanced help-seeking efficacy, and improved the quality of referral among students and educators alike in secondary schools.
Participants will be able to be exposed to these resources that have been adapted and evaluated in different countries. They will learn how they can apply these resources in their school settings.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

Provincial Coordinator, Mental Health Literacy Project, Alberta Health Services
About this learning opportunity: This full day session provides training in mental health knowledge, identification, and support, and strategies for working with students, health providers, parents, and families. Participants train with a provincial mental health service provide... Read More →
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Stan Kutcher, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
Dr. Kutcher is the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, an academic endowed chair for knowledge translation in youth mental health. He is a renowned expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, and policy and has been... Read More →
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Yifeng Wei, PhD

Assistant Professor



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

How to Help Students Learn to Fail...What?
Limited Capacity filling up

During the last two decades as a child/adolescent/adult psychiatrist, I've had the opportunity to educate children, parents, and teachers concerning the topic of anxiety. Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health concern faced by today's children and adolescents. Not learning how to appropriately tolerate failure leaves kids vulnerable to anxiety. It leads to meltdowns when the inevitable failure does occur...and perhaps even more important, it can cause kids to give up on trying new things. There is a growing realization among teachers and other professionals that kids increasingly need help learning how to fail. Only through some successful trial and error can children become resilient adults.
In this Interactive presentation, one dozen best practice tips for building confident students will be addressed. These tips can be used in the classroom the very next day and begin to build self worth in students to help them feel that they can handle what comes their way as they navigate both sinking and swimming.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Trowbridge, MD

Melanie Trowbridge, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, William Jessup University
Dr. Trowbridge has practiced in the Psychiatry field since completing her medical residency (1997). This included Board Certification by the ABPN. She has operated a private psychiatric practice in the Sacramento area serving adults, adolescents, and children in various capacities... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Keep Calm & Carry On: Strategies for Supporting School Staff with Management of Those in Distress
Limited Capacity seats available

Objectives: Identify phrases and activities that may be used to assist students or others experiencing acute and chronic anxiety or emotional distress – particularly in the school office. Participants will learn and practice behaviors and voice modulation and vocabulary to help ease intense emotions and bring about calmness. Participants will also learn strategies to teach others which they can use to manage future negative emotions.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Jarvis, MSN, RN

Karen Jarvis, MSN, RN

School Nurse, Loomis Union School District
In chronological order I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, nurse, mother, school nurse, new grandma! and always a friend. I loved being a nurse in ER and ICU until I become a PTA President. Following an intense car crash I learned about brain injury, dealing with depression and anxiety... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Making the Mental Health Dream A Reality
Limited Capacity seats available

How an urban school district proactively developed a multi-tiered system of Mental Health and Wellness prevention and Intervention supports.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Bomentre

Rose Bomentre

Director of Student Wellness & Support Services, San Bernardino City Unified School District
Rose Bomentre has been in education for 27 years with experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. She has worked in Los Angeles County for 19 years and in San Bernardino County for 8 years. She is currently the Director of Student Wellness & Support Services in the Student... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

No Stigma No Barriers: A Transition Aged Youth (TAY) Board Working to End Stigma
Limited Capacity seats available

The group will learn about No Stigma No Barriers (NSNB) project and goals. Participants will learn how NSNB supports a youth led process that encourages leadership development and community building. We will discuss how the narrative surrounding mental health impacts transition aged youth and identify ways to encourage conversation and education about mental health and wellness.

Speakers
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Joy Anderson

No Stigma No Barriers, California Youth Connection



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Our Pyramid Scheme: Why a Multi-tiered SYSTEM of Support Must Provide an Integrated Approach to Attendance, Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will (1) learn about why a Multi-tiered SYSTEM of Support must provide an integrated approach to attendance, behavioral interventions and supports, and mental health.
(2) learn how each of these integrated elements area addressed in Tier 1 Prevention,
Tier 2 Early Identification and Response, and Tier 3 Intensive Interventions; (3) Learn about team approaches, including Student Support Teams and School Attendance Review Boards that integrate all of these elements. As time allows, participants will discuss in small groups amongst themselves how to implement MTSS Pyramid Schemes.

Speakers
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David Kopperud

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
David Kopperud is statewide program lead in the Educational Options, Student Support andAmerican Indian Education Office of the California Department of Education (CDE) for schoolcounseling services and child welfare attendance issues and procedures. He is Chair of the StateSchool... Read More →
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Dan Sackheim

Educational Options Consultant, California Department of Education
Dan Sackheim is statewide program lead for the California Department of Education for several types of public schools and programs for at-risk/at-promise students and serves on a dozen related state boards, interagency workgroups, and boards of professional organizations including... Read More →


Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Social Emotional Learning, Universal Screener, Self-Regulation Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you want to identify & reduce the barriers students may have that limit their ability to access self-regulation & self-control?  Come hear our story!
Specific Tier 1/Tier 2 strategies for Social Emotional Learning/Regulation
Sycamore’s Sensory room - PALZs ROOM
Screener tools & how to use to support Behavior RTI
Videos and examples of our Tier 2 Sensory room routines

Speakers
avatar for Kim Bryant, MFT

Kim Bryant, MFT

Special Education Director, Redding School District
Kim has worked in the Redding School District for 27 years in the capacity as the Director of Special Education, School Psychologist, Middle School Counselor and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist.  Most recently, her focus and passion has been developing district-wide academic and... Read More →
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Susanna Winstead

Principal, Redding School District / Sycamore Elementary School
Susanna Winstead is currently a TK-5th grade principal at Sycamore Elementary School of a traditional & dual immersion (Spanish/English) program in Redding, Ca. Mrs. Winstead has been an administrator at the Elementary & Middle School levels for 12 years. She began teaching in... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:20pm

Telling our Story: Parenting While Black
Limited Capacity seats available

We believe in the impact of telling stories for education, empowerment, compassion, inspiration and change.  We are black parents committed to building the capacity of educators through storytelling, building an equity mindset and community engagement. We believe parent voice builds empathy and understanding for the realities and trauma our kids are facing as well as their families. During this workshop you will learn:
  • Our story of being black parents and the urgency of now
  • Understand the history of exclusion
  • How to create inclusive and collaborative family relationships


Speakers
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Kandace Forrester, PhD, LEP

Dr. Forrester earned her doctorate in Education at the University of California, Berkeley where her research focused on racial and gender inequities in education, the psychosocial and academic impacts of perceived discrimination, and alternatives to punitive discipline practices... Read More →
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Carmen Perkins, MBA

Co-Founder, PROJECT EDQUITY
Carmen Perkins, MBA is the Co-Founder of PROJECT EDQUITY, a consortium of consultants, trainers, and facilitator experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Carmen is an innovative thinker working with schools and organizations to implement strategies that operationalize DEI and... Read More →



Tuesday January 22, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
 
Wednesday, January 23
 

7:30am

Exhibits/Registration
Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

8:30am

Keynote 3: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Invisible Wounds of Child Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Marleen Wong, PhD, LCSW

Marleen Wong, PhD, LCSW

Senior Vice Dean and Clinical Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Marleen Wong, Ph.D., LCSW is the Senior Vice Dean and clinical professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, serving as Director of Field Education, overseeing the field placements of all Master of Social Work students studying at five academic centers, including... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Community 360: Leveraging Student, Parent, and Community Support to Improve Academic Outcomes and Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

The Las Virgenes Unified School District launched our Community 360 Initiative in the Fall of 2017. The initiative has multiple strategic actions across three main areas: redefining instructional priorities, robust parent outreach and education, and community resourcing and collaboration. To date, we've had tremendous impact with this effort that could be easily implemented in other districts.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Gleason

Ryan Gleason

Director of Education and Leadership, Las Virgenes Unified School District
Ryan Gleason has a decade of experience as an educational administrator in California. Having worked as a change leader at the site, county, and district office levels throughout southern California, he offers a unique perspective about preparing the whole-child for college, career... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Dollars and Cents: Public Funding to Sustain School-Based Mental Health Services
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating sustainable, comprehensive, multi-tiered school mental health programs is far from easy and made even more difficult by all the various available funding streams. Participants will learn about the many different federal, state, and local funding sources that can be braided together to create full continuums of mental health services in schools. This workshop will equip participants with strategies on how to access funding streams and engage new partnerships to bring mental health resources onto schools.

Speakers
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 January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

How Are The Children?
Limited Capacity seats available

We will review the results of the study completed recently by the CA Behavioral Health Planning Council on the current status of youth and transitional aged youth in the mental health system and discuss the conclusions and recommendations from the study.
Participants will become familiar with data sets that address the mental health issues for youth and transition aged youth.
Participants will identify mental health issues identified in the youth/transitional aged youth population in CA and discuss recommendations for addressing those issues.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Morris Wilson, MA

Susan Morris Wilson, MA

Member, CA Behavioral Health Planning Council
One of my goals is to focus my work on developing safe and health communities for children and youth. Over the past many years I have worked as the Executive Director of First 5 Siskiyou, the ED of the Health Improvement Partnership and the ED of Youth Options Shasta. I have worked... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

How to Build a Campus-Wide Mental Health Movement
Limited Capacity filling up

Mental health problems are a leading national impediment to academic success among college students. In order to foster a campus community which empowers students to prioritize mental health, we need to create accessible, safe and student-centric resources available 24 hours a day. This presentation will offer low-cost/high return on investment strategies, evidence-informed practices, and a public health approach to fostering skills regarding help seeking behavior and promoting student mental well-being.
Learning objective 1: Participants will be able to identify two strategies to address mental well-being using a public health approach.
Learning objective 2: Participants will acquire the skills to apply a socioecological lens in order to prioritize policy and institutional practices in addressing the mental health needs of their community.

Speakers
avatar for Emilia Aguirre, MPH, CHES

Emilia Aguirre, MPH, CHES

Mental Well-Being, Health Promotion Specialist, University of California, Davis
Emilia Aguirre works at UC Davis as the Mental Well-Being Health Promotion Specialist. Her focus is to foster a health-promoting campus environment that enables students to succeed academically and achieve life-long mental well-being.



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Implementing a Three-Component Model to Expand Student Mental Health Awareness and Services: The Project Cal-Well Initiative
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will describe Project Cal-Well’s three-component approach to addressing student mental health and wellness for California’s K–12 students. Funded by SAMHSA and led by the California Department of Education, Project Cal-Well implements programs statewide and in partnership with ABC Unified School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, and San Diego County Office of Education. Participants will learn how to use our model to improve school climate for school-wide prevention, increased access to school-based mental health services, and enhanced community collaboration. Replication strategies, including funding options, lessons learned, and newly developed resources will be shared.

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Heather Nemour, MA

Heather Nemour, MA

Project Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education
Ms. Nemour is a Project Specialist for the San Diego County Office of Education, Student Support Services: Student Wellness & Positive School Climate. She provides coaching, technical assistance and support to the 42 school districts. She is a certified trainer in Youth and Adult... Read More →
avatar for Mara Madrigal-Weiss, MEd, MA

Mara Madrigal-Weiss, MEd, MA

Director, Wellness and Student Achievement, San Diego County Office of Education
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Hilva Chan, MSW

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Hilva Chan, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education. Hilva directs several federal grants addressing school safety, positive school climate, and student mental health awareness. She is currently the program director for Project Cal-Well... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Improving Teacher Retention by Addressing Teachers’ Compassion Fatigue
Limited Capacity seats available

Education research helps to improve professional practice in education and inform education policy. This research addresses educational equity in order to improve the quality of education all California students receive by supporting educators. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the results of research aimed at understanding how we manifest a future in which the urban teacher shortage in California no longer exists via the exploration of  compassion fatigue and the teaching profession. Participants will ponder together what implications this research has for the teaching profession, policies to address the teacher shortage and for improving teacher retention. Participants will also be asked to consider what they could do to address teachers' compassion fatigue.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquelyn Ollison, MEd

Jacquelyn Ollison, MEd

Education Administrator, California Department of Education
Jacquelyn Ollison serves as Education Administrator to the Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glen Price, at the California Department of Education (CDE). A committed educator, she has extensive education experience as both a teacher and administrator. She has served... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Lawndale Elementary School District & University of Southern California Collaboration: An Innovative Trauma Informed School District
Limited Capacity seats available

Objective One:
To gain knowledge on how a community-university partnership can impact organizations and communities.
Objective Two:
To gain insight on innovative ways to influence established systems such as schools and districts in changing the infrastructure for service delivery and school climate.
Objective Three:
To demonstrate the use of MSW interns in developing stable and sustainable programs and its benefit to increasing the quality of Social Work training programs.

Speakers
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Jorge Arroyo

Director of Student Support Services, Lawndale Elementary School District
 
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Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD, PPSC, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor; Assistant Dean, Field Education; Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness, University of Southern California
Suh Chen Hsiao, MSW, PPSC, LCSW, a USC MSW alumna received her MSW and her second Master Degrees in Education from California State University of Dominguez Hills with her Administrative Credential in 2006. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate of USC Price School of Public Policy... Read More →
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Vivien Villaverde, MS SW, PPSC, LCSW

Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education; Department of Children, Youth and Families
avatar for Maria Ruelas, EdD, MSW, PPSC

Maria Ruelas, EdD, MSW, PPSC

District Social Worker, Lawndale Elementary School District
Maria Ruelas, Ed.D, MSW, ACSW, PPSC has served as the District Social Worker for Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) for the past six years. In this role, she has taken leadership, with the support of the Director of Student Support Services to modify district infrastructure... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Lesson One: An Award-Winning and Evidence-Based Guide for Adults and Children to Help Prevent Violence and Promote Social and Academic Success
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we stop the violence? This experiential evidence-based workshop will demonstrate an essential missing ingredient to stopping the violence plaguing our schools. Participants will learn how to:

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

• equip children with skills such as connectedness, self control, and self confidence to help stop school violence

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

Speakers
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Jon Oliver, MEd

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



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

The Brain Can Change
Limited Capacity filling up

The "Brain can Change" is an essential message that all students should hear, understand, and use to help them develop and grow big beautiful brains! Come an hear our story about how we have set up our school system to address the needs of the ever changing brain and how our school systems has addressed students of trauma. Participants will walk away with practical real-life applications of how they can set up systems at their school sites that are tailored to the developing brain of an adolescent and also support the development of relationships and mindfullness. Additionally participants will acquire practical skills and knowledge regarding setting up a school system that creates grit, perseverance, and self-regulation with students and staff alike. Students often feel that they are stuck in failure and through setting up a school system where brain research is shared, systems are created with the adolescent brain in mind, and working to create students that are self-regulated learners, we have seen huge growth, change, and success with our students. The "Brain can Change" and I am excited to share my journey and story of our students and school with you.

Speakers
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Pauline Leavitt, MS

Principal, Olive Peirce Middle School
I have had the pleasure of working in education for over twenty years and serving as an administrator for twelve years. Currently, I am the leader of a fully functioning "Professional Learning Community" and proud to say that my school is a state and national, "Schools to Watch... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

Using Survey Data to Reveal Disparities and Promote Wellness
Limited Capacity seats available

Student surveys offer valuable insights into the experiences and behaviors of our students, especially around safety, mental health and substance abuse. However, standard reports lack detail around comorbidity and disparities. In this session, participants will: gather ideas for detailed student survey analyses, explore ways to visualize and share data with stakeholders, and discuss how MTSS teams can leverage their findings to inform an equitable approach to student mental wellness.

Speakers
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Stephan Lambert

Prevention Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
Stephan Lambert is the Prevention Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education. He has eleven years of experience in substance abuse prevention, positive youth development, developmental asset building and community organizing. In his role at OCDE, he supports schools... Read More →
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David Rochman, MA, MSW

Program Specialist, Orange County Department of Education
David Rochman, MA Education, MSW, MPA, drochman@ocde.us, 714-966-4043. David Rochman is a Program Specialist in the Evaluation And Data Center at the Orange County Department of Education. He has served as lead evaluator for several federal and state-funded grants and education service... Read More →
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Mayu Iwatani, MSW, PPS

Coordinator of Student Services and Counseling Services, Orange County Department of Education
Mayu Iwatani is the Coordinator of Student Services and Counseling Services at the Orange County Department of Education.  Mayu has 17 years of combined experience as a School Social Worker, School Counselor, Student Services Administrator, Homeless/Foster Youth Liaison, and Foster... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

10:00am

When the Jokes Aren’t Funny: Helping Students to Process Offensive Comments
Limited Capacity full

Participants will acquire practical skills to identify microaggressions.
Participants will learn about long term impact of microaggressions on students.

Students who represent minoritized groups may encounter uncomfortable situations when they experience other students making offensive comments disguised as jokes about a group in which they belong. Overtime this seemingly “harmless” jabs can cause serious long term negative consequences including heightened anxiety and depression. These comments are called microaggressions. This workshop will help practitioners unpack the various behaviors associated with microaggressions and understand ways to help students cope after experiencing microaggressions.

Speakers
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Stephanie Caine, PhD

Counselor, Renew Counseling and Consulting
I have been a school counselor for 13 years in a high school setting. I have also worked with elementary aged children. I am a certified school counselor and licensed professional counselor. I also worked for 4 years as a diversity practitioner in independent schools. I worked as... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Addressing the Hidden Mental Health Epidemic and Creating a New Path Toward Wellness in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on school-based best practices that increases awareness of the risk factors associated with mental illness and solutions that address the negative impacts when mental health needs are not met. Participants will acquire practical knowledge on (1) designing, implementing, and evaluating school-based PEI programs; and (2) treatment that can change a child’s trajectory from severe mental illness to wellness and full participation in school and community life.

Speakers
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Cindy Beck

HOSA State Advisor, California Department of Education
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Gustavo Loera, EdD

Lead Researcher, California HOSA: Future Health Professionals
Dr. Gustavo Loera received his doctorate in education from the University of Southern California (USC). His work and research centers on identifying unmet mental health needs and associated risk and protective factors to better understand and reduce mental health disparities in underserved... Read More →
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Ignacio Hernandez

Educator, Los Altos High School
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Tony Peña

Educator, Washington Union High School
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Jackie Valadez

Educator, Southwest High School
Advisor, Southwest High School HOSA: Future Health Professionals



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Charting our Journey to MTSS - One School's Journey from Discovery to Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Coastal Academy, a TK-8 school, is in the 3rd year of implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that integrates Response to Intervention (RTI), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positive Beahvioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in one cohesive system to support all students. Using a systems approach and a tiered system, our school will share why we implemented this system, how we did it, the challenges and success we encountered, and the results and impact. 

We are a part of the Californiat Statewide Scaling Up MTSS (CA SUMS) Grant and will share our real life experience and success. Learn how to use PBIS to address academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs to close the achievement gap for students. Attendees will leave the breakout with real examples, templates, and practical next steps. 

Speakers
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Jennifer Meehan, MA

Counselor, The Classical Academies
Jennifer Meehan was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1985. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communications in 2007. From there, she went on to pursue her Masters of Arts in Educational and Clinical Counseling from Azusa... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Legally Speaking: What You Need to Know About Addressing Students' Mental Health at School
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools face an increase in students with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues. Participants will learn essential steps to ensure students with mental health impairments are provided the supports to which they are legally entitled. We will discuss when to initiate a referral for special education, how to evaluate students, how to develop legally-defensible mental health goals, and what services and supports may be necessary, including residential placements.

Speakers
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Heather Edwards, JD

Partner, Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP
Heather Edwards is an attorney who specializes in providing legal counsel to school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, and SELPAs throughout the state. Ms. Edwards’ practice areas include special education, human resources/personnel, collective bargaining and... Read More →
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Eric Stevens, JD

Partner, Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP
Eric Stevens advises public employers throughout California on wide-ranging issues.  Mr. Stevens assists school districts, county offices of education, SELPAs, and charter schools with their unique needs, including credentialing, pupil discipline, special education, and labor and... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Preparing and Supporting Millennial Educators for Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

All educators have a similar desire running through them: to champion academic and personal success in our students both in and out of the classroom. Millennial educators come to us with this same desire but are equip with a different set of skills and experiences. They seek meaningful collaboration, are highly proficient in their digital literacy, and want to feel valued in their professional work. Come learn how to support our beginning educators in avoiding compassion fatigue. Let’s ensure their success in the profession and their students’ success in the classroom.

Speakers
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Ashley Wenter, MEd

Credential Programs Coordinator, Las Virgenes Unified
Ashley Wenter has 10 years of experience in education. She began her career as a middle school English teacher in the greater Los Angeles area and has since taught various English courses to students in grades 6-12. After 6 incredible years teaching high school, she accepted a position... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Restorative Approaches to Building Positive School Climate
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be able to identify, understand, and apply restorative practices to school settings to better support all students and students with mental health concerns. Participants will learn to use mental health supports to leverage discipline concerns in the classroom or school wide context.

Speakers
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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.



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Staff Wellness: Cultivating Daily Wellness & Resiliency
Limited Capacity seats available

Before educators can support student’s wellbeing, they must first prioritize their own wellness. When educators feel better and regulate their emotions, they can avoid power struggles and provide an emotionally supportive culture.

Participants will learn:
· Strategies to identify and cope with stress
· Skills to regulate emotions and responses
· Approaches to build supportive relationships with students
Current research on staff wellness and student learning


Speakers
avatar for Mara Madrigal-Weiss, MEd, MA

Mara Madrigal-Weiss, MEd, MA

Director, Wellness and Student Achievement, San Diego County Office of Education
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Heather Nemour, MA

Project Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education
Ms. Nemour is a Project Specialist for the San Diego County Office of Education, Student Support Services: Student Wellness & Positive School Climate. She provides coaching, technical assistance and support to the 42 school districts. She is a certified trainer in Youth and Adult... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Suicide Prevention in Adults and Adolescents
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will develop an understanding of:
- the risk factors and warning signs of suicide
- how to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts
- what the resources are in local communities and nationally
- ways to address a suicidal person and get them appropriate support
- the current suicide statistics for the state of California

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Oakes, MS, LMFT, PPS

Jessica Oakes, MS, LMFT, PPS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Hemet Unified School District
Since beginning her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Jessica Oakes, LMFT has focused on connecting with and supporting adolescents, especially those most at-risk and those with disabilities. In her current position as the MFT at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, CA, she has... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

The Role of Mental Health Services Act in Student Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

A brief of what is the Mental Health Services Act, what are the various components, how funds, programs and services in the MHSA can be used for student mental health and how to collaborate with local county behavioral health as stakeholders representing students to develop services for students.
Will understand MHSA and its role in student mental health.
How to partner with local county behavioral health to plan for use of MHSA funds for student mental health programs.

Speakers
avatar for Ahmad Bahrami, MBA

Ahmad Bahrami, MBA

Division Manager-Public Behavioral Health, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health
Ahmad Bahrami is the Division Manager of Public Behavioral Health for Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health. He is responsible for the county's Mental Health Services Act, Suicide Prevention, Cultural Competency/Health Equity and Community Engagement and Outreach. Ahmad has... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Tools to Help Students of Color Survive: Who May Feel Like a Fly in a Bowl of Milk. Alone.
Limited Capacity seats available

Students of color feel overwhelmed, hopeless, struggle with mental health issues, micro-aggressions, racism and feel academically and emotionally unprepared. They don’t seek help compared to white students. When they aren’t supported their hopes and dreams are dashed. Some feel like a fly in a bowl of milk. Alone. They give up. They drop out. Learn how to empower, react and help students who feel isolated in your school community.

Speakers
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Susan Toler Carr, PE,GRMS

Director of College and Career Counseling, Justin Carr Wants World Peace Foundation
Susan Toler Carr P.E. has a Certificate in College and Career Counseling from UC San Diego. She is also Certified Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, and Certified for Youth and Adult Mental Health First AideShe earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

Tumultuous Teens: Online Peer Support as a Zero Barrier Entry Point
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenter 1: Emma Bruhlman-Senecal, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Hopelab
Hopelab is a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. In 2018, Hopelab co-sponsored a national survey of over 1,300 teens and young adults: Digital Health Practices, Social Media Use, and Mental Well-Being Among Teens and Young Adults in the U.S.
Session participants will gain insights and takeaways on teen social media behaviors, preferences, and mental health needs.

Presenter 2: Helena Plater-Zyberk, Co-Founder, 
Supportiv “The Support Network”
Peer support has been proven as effective as therapy, sometimes more so, in numerous research studies. Supportiv is an online peer-to-peer support forum with live moderation, available 24/7 on any topic. The service is completely free for all teens thanks to grant sponsorship. On Supportiv, a user is matched in real-time for live topic-specifc discussions among small groups of peers experiencing similar relationship, family, or academic stress, anxiousness, sadness, or loneliness. The teen is instantly surrounded with peers who understand exactly what they’re going through. Trained moderators lead and guide the support group conversation, keeping the environment safe, troll-free, and helpful. 
Session participants will learn how to make Supportiv available, free of charge, for teens in their school or district.
 


Speakers
avatar for Helena Plater-Zyberk, MBA

Helena Plater-Zyberk, MBA

Co-Founder, Supportiv
Helena Plater-Zyberk was inspired to co-create Supportiv ("The Support Network") as a way to rebuild community and repair the social fabric through instant peer support. She sees globally scalable peer support as a truly consumer-centric solution to challenging issues like loneliness... Read More →
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Emma Bruehlman-Senecal, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Hopelab
Dr. Emma Bruehlman-Senecal is a senior research associate at Hopelab, a social innovation lab focused on designing science-based technologies to improve the health and well-being of teens and young adults. Emma integrates a human-centered design approach with rigorous mixed research... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

11:15am

When the Jokes Aren’t Funny: Helping Students to Process Offensive Comments
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will acquire practical skills to identify microaggressions.
Participants will learn about long term impact of microaggressions on students.

Students who represent minoritized groups may encounter uncomfortable situations when they experience other students making offensive comments disguised as jokes about a group in which they belong. Overtime this seemingly “harmless” jabs can cause serious long term negative consequences including heightened anxiety and depression. These comments are called microaggressions. This workshop will help practitioners unpack the various behaviors associated with microaggressions and understand ways to help students cope after experiencing microaggressions.

Speakers
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Stephanie Caine, PhD

Counselor, Renew Counseling and Consulting
I have been a school counselor for 13 years in a high school setting. I have also worked with elementary aged children. I am a certified school counselor and licensed professional counselor. I also worked for 4 years as a diversity practitioner in independent schools. I worked as... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

12:30pm

Keynote 4 & On-Site Luncheon: The Youth Mental Health Imperative: Expanding School/Community Partnerships for Early Access to Mental Health Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent data show we are failing to meet the mental health needs of our youth as rates of untreated depression and suicide rise. There is an urgent national call for the expansion of school mental health supports.  At the same time, a public mental health continuum of care is needed across the US more than ever before.  Australia, Canada, and Ireland have all taken steps to build innovative models linking schools to community mental health supports.  California is on the brink of leading the US into this new era of youth mental health support and our schools are critical partners.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Adelsheim, MD

Steven Adelsheim, MD

Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, Stanford University School of Medicine
Steven Adelsheim, MD is the Director of the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works to support community behavioral health partnerships locally, regionally, at the state level... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

A Panel Discussion: Mental Health and Behavior Multi-Tiered System of Supports
Limited Capacity seats available

The Azusa USD and one of its partnering agencies, McKinley Children's Center, will present strategies for creating a collaborative model that aligns resources, interventions and a means for students, parents and staff to efficiently access these services.

In addition to the socio-emotional and behavioral services already provided by the District, McKinley Children’s Center provides additional mental health services across the District. The model presents a school-based clinician "embedded" in each school, working closely with students, families, and school staff, providing weekly individual and/or family therapy. In addition to clinicians, the treatment team also can also include other mental health team members such as Therapeutic Behavioral Services coaches, case managers, parent partners, and psychiatrists. McKinley Children’s Center also provides parents and school staff with workshops, presentations on the topics of suicide awareness and prevention, trauma, self harm prevention, and depression in youth. Each topic is geared to raise mental health awareness in the community as well as better inform and equip teachers in the classroom.

Speakers
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Veronica del Rio-Barreras, EdD

Behavioral Specialist, Azusa USD
Dr. del Rio-Barreras has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. She has worked with pre-school through Adult Transition Program-age students for the last 17 years. She provides behavioral support for all District students while also providing for the psycho-educational needs of students... Read More →
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Jackie Girgis, LCSW

Program Director of School-Based Program and Practicum, Mckinley Children's Center
Ms. Girgis is an LCSW. She has been fully committed to the  development  and continuous expansion of McKinley Children's Center's mental health program to ensure that the children and families in the schools  and community have access to the support services they need... Read More →
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Ira Kruskol, LCSW

Senior Vice President of Programs, McKinley Children's Center
Mr. Kruskol is an LCSW who oversees the mental health, residential treatment, Foster Family and Adoptions and Non-public School Programs at McKinley Children's Center.  He has collaborated with the District in piloting and expanding the school based services program in the Azusa... Read More →
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Jamaica Murphy, LCSW

Mental Health Specialist, Azusa USD
Ms. Murphy is an LCSW with an MSW and an MA in Education. She primarily supports the mental health needs of students within the Special Education Department, but also helps to coordinate the the multi-tiered levels of social and emotional supports and services for students distri... Read More →
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Garry Creel, MA

Child Welfare and Attendance, Azusa USD
Mr. Creel has an MA in Educational Counseling. He has worked in public education as a teacher, counselor and his current position for 23 years. As the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, Mr. Creel coordinates and supervises the K-12 student support services programs in the area... Read More →
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Erin Kremer, MEd, PPS

Director Special Education, Azusa Unified School District


Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

ACES, Behavior, and Us
Limited Capacity seats available

Creative Behavior Systems teaches Trauma Informed is not only ACES Science but an awareness of the high prevalence of physiological and neurological changes to our brains and bodies when adverse impacts have affected our wiring, creating behavioral communicative dysfunction through relationships and thus, systems. Focusing on what can be done to rewire, build and increase resilience individually and systematically not only for our students and families but for our staff. Teaching the basics of behavior and how trauma impacts communicative cycles which then inadvertently reinforce or increase undesired behavior, the importance of creating environments which allow value, acknowledgment and a sense of presence to instill the antidotes to trauma being a sense of belonging in combination with the philosophies from positive behavior, restorative practices all in a connecting and collaborative trauma informed manner.

Speakers

Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Building Bridges: Lessons Learned in School and Community Behavioral Health Integration to Build a Continuum of Services and Supports for Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide an overview of building collaboration between schools, school districts, county behavioral health, and community providers to increase access and quality of mental health services in the schools. We will feature several California Counties who have integrated services and supports across sectors and systems, and their lessons learned.
Learning Objectives: 1) Be able to identify the barriers and challenges to integrating mental health services across systems (e.g., education, county behavioral health). 2) Be able to identify best practices in school-community integration.

Speakers
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Anna Naify

Consulting Psychologist, MHSOAC


Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Compassion Fatigue: Acknowledging the Importance of Vicarious Trauma in Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

As the teaching profession evolves and as teachers are in shorter supply, it is essential that we prepare teachers with the tools to understand how vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue can impact mental health and longevity as an educator. Come learn about the phases of compassion fatigue, how it manifests in education professions, and strategies that you can employ to support self-care in your district.

Speakers
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Ryan Gleason

Director of Education and Leadership, Las Virgenes Unified School District
Ryan Gleason has a decade of experience as an educational administrator in California. Having worked as a change leader at the site, county, and district office levels throughout southern California, he offers a unique perspective about preparing the whole-child for college, career... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Creating and Sustaining Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Support in a Large Urban School District
Limited Capacity seats available

Suicide prevention is an important factor for school staff to consider in a tiered system of support that focuses on student well-being and safety. Participants will learn the background and methodology that Garden Grove Unified utilized to address concerns with suicide prevention. Participants will walk away with practical ideas they can use in their schools or organizations to further their comprehensive suicide prevention plans that include a brief training for school staff, crisis mental health card, a data collection method for suicide intervention in schools, and more.

Speakers
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Jeff Layland

School Psychologist, Project Cal-Well Manager, Garden Grove Unified School District
Jeff Layland is a school psychologist on special assignment with Garden Grove Unified School District as the Project Cal-Well Grant Manager. He helps to support many of GGUSD's social emotional learning initiatives such as school based mental health, suicide prevention, Positive Behavior... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Data-Informed Care: The Importance of Using Universal Screeners in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, we hope to discuss a unique way of using data informed care in order to address the needs of all students. During this time, participants will learn about implementing universal screeners school-wide to identify climate data as well assess student needs. Although universal screeners are non-diagnostic, this information can help identify students not exhibiting symptoms in the classroom. Universal Screeners can be utilized as a tool for schools to implement interventions on areas of need.

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Ashley Blum, LCSW

Student Support Specialist, Laguna Beach USD


Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice for ALL Students
Limited Capacity filling up

How do we teach our students to engage in emotionally intelligent behavior? In this presentation, participants will recognize their role in helping students develop emotionally intelligent behavior; participants will acquire a practical understanding of the power of emotions as the true drivers of behavior; participants will acquire a practical understanding of how to help students refocus and regain their emotional intelligence.

Speakers
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Randhir Bains, EdD, MA

Special Education Administrator, The Accelerated Schools
Born and raised in the United Kingdom to immigrant parents, Dr. Bains and his family emigrated to the United States in 1987. Educated in the Central Valley, CA., he has invested the past 23 years of his career in positions of educational leadership serving students with disabilities... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

School-Based Wellness Centers: How to Make it Happen at Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide theoretical and data driven rationale for the value and importance of school-based wellness centers and then provide attendees with practical information on how to create or improve existing wellness centers at their schools.  Dr. Crovetti, who assumed clinical leadership over her district's fledgling wellness center in 2011, will take attendees through the history of her district's wellness center, including discussion of building stakeholder support, budget and fundraising, the model of tiered service delivery, supervision and training of staff, consent to treatment and confidentiality issues under FERPA and HIPAA, improving collaboration between mental health and other school staff, record keeping, and reducing stigma.  Each year the PUSD Wellness Center receives multiple requests from administrators and counselors from other school districts in the greater Bay Area who are seeking guidance in creating their own Wellness Centers.  While Dr. Crovetti and her staff enjoy meeting with individual school district reprentatives, she is even more  excited to have this opportunity to share  information  and guidance in a group workshop!



Speakers
avatar for Maedeh Golshirazi, MA

Maedeh Golshirazi, MA

Pre-doctoral Intern / Ph.D Student, Piedmont Unified School District / UC Berkeley
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Alisa Crovetti, PhD

Clinical Supervisor and Training Director/Clinical Faculty, Piedmont Unified School District/UC Berkeley
I am a California certificated school psychologist since 1995 and licensed psychologist since 2003 with over 20 years experience working in culturally and economically diverse educational settings. I currently serve a variety of roles in a variety of settings: 1) Clinical Supervisor... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Success of a Senior Peer Mentor program
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will understand the need for a senior/freshman on boarding program.
Participants will be given the structure for creating a peer mentor program.
Participants will be given the training needed to successfully start a senior peer mentor program at their schools.

Speakers
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Tammy Shpall

Dean of Student Support Services, de Toledo High School
Tammy Shpall has been teaching history for 30 years. During that time she has served as the 9th grade dean and dean of student support services. As 9th grade dean Ms. Shpall oversees the social, emotional and academic well being of the students communicating with teachers, students... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

The Well-Balanced Student
Limited Capacity seats available

In a high-stakes, high-pressure culture, parent and school expectations may have unintentional but damaging effects on students. Increasing demands on students may lead to unhealthy stress, disengagement, or debilitating physical and mental health symptoms. Participants will: 1) learn the latest research on student health and well-being and 2) explore research-based strategies to promote student wellness, engagement with learning, and an overall healthier school climate.

Speakers
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Margaret Dunlap, MA

Director, School Program, Challenge Success/Stanford University
Margaret Dunlap, M.A. is the School Program Director for Challenge Success. She manages the School Program, sharing research-based best practices and support to Challenge Success schools. Margaret has held various roles in education leadership, teaching, and program management within... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will use typical classroom challenges to facilitate the understanding of Trauma in regulation and relationships in academic success. The concepts can be used by anyone involved in the education of young children, especially those with a history of adverse childhood experiences. Participants will be able to: describe how regulation impacts both teaching, and learning; and, explain the importance of a trauma-informed approach in the classroom.

Speakers
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Dara Pfeiffer, LEP, PPS

School Psychologist, Roseville City School District
Dara Pfeiffer is a School Psychologist for the Roseville City School District in Roseville, CA. She is a Mentor with The ChildTrauma Academy and Senior NMT/NME Liaison. Utilizing her strong experience as a trainer, Dara has presented the concepts of the Neurosequential Model in Therapeutics... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

2:00pm

Understanding the Role Executive Function Plays in the Social and Emotional Health of Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Mental health challenges impact students in many ways. The relationship of poor executive function and social emotional challenges will be addressed. Presenters will highlight the role of executive function in three areas: working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control which allow students to manage their thoughts, actions, and emotions in order to function with success in the classroom. Strategies to improve students’ executive function skills will be described.
Participants will be able to identify the key issues surrounding Executive Function
Participants will be able to give examples of best strategies to implement in the class

Speakers
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Rachael Gonzales, EdD

Professor, California State University Sacramento
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Devan Adair, MA

Inclusion Specialist



Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

#ThatsNotLove: Join One Love & Learn About Relationship Violence Prevention Curriculum for Your Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the One Love Foundation and learn how you can bring their relationship violence prevention education back to your school, organization, & district. During this session, you will not only have a chance to watch some of our award-winning content but also learn just how easy it is to customize and implement. Still not sold? Our resources and tools come at no charge to you and your staff!
One Love Background and Reach: 

Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, One Love’s mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to lead the movement for change around relationship norms in their communities. Since the launch of their educational campaign in 2015, One Love has become the national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships. The One Love team and a base of nearly 20,000 volunteer workshop facilitators have brought One Love’s best-in-class content and one-of-a-kind conversations to more than 500,000 young people. In a world where healthy relationships matter now more than ever, come join our session or visit www.joinonelove.org to learn more! 
Preview some of the One Love Content:
One Love Testimonials:
  • “My son has been in an unhealthy relationship for the last two years. My sister and I have tried talking to him about it constantly, but it wasn’t until he went through the One Love Workshop that he was finally able to find his voice and break up with his girlfriend.” -High School Mom
  • “To be part of an organization that empowers both women and men to make healthy decisions regarding their own relationships is an incredibly humbling experience!” -College Student
  • “The Escalation Workshop is applicable not only to dating relationships but to friendships as well. My students are still referencing tidbits that they learned last month in the One Love Presentation.” -High School Teacher
 

Speakers
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Megan Gray

West Coast Engagement Coordinator, One Love Foundation
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be in an abusive relationship in his or her lifetime? We are never too young (or old) to learn about healthy relationships. In fact, we need everyone to participate in this conversation to create real change. Our preventative... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Addressing the Mental Health and Social Emotional Needs of All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Stress levels are rising in schools for students, staff, and families. This workshop features one agency’s efforts in partnering with districts to address the increased need for mental health and supportive services for everyone through comprehensive services. Participants will acquire awareness of the role of positive mental health in learning and how to approach school communities with a focus on destigmatizing mental health issues while advancing SEL skills.

Speakers
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Daniela Velasquez, LMFT

Therapist and SEL Facilitator, Resilience Consultation Program
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Tracy Lyons, LMFT

Program Manager, Resilience Consultation Program, Acknowledge Alliance
Tracy Lyons is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. As Program Manager of the Resilience Consultation Program at Acknowledge Alliance, she oversees services and supports program staff at 15... Read More →
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Sarah Kremer, MA, LPCC

Director, Resilience Consultation Program, Acknowledge Alliance
Sarah Kremer is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. She has a Master’s in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently in the art therapy Ph.D. program at NDNU. As Director of the Resilience Consultation Program... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Building a Trauma-Informed Positive School Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Building a positive school culture on any campus first starts with building relationships. This is not a program to change school culture- but rather an investment of time, effort and energy in implementing a systematic approach to building a school culture of safety (physically, emotionally, and socially). As the principal of a continuation school, let me share with you how we have manged to create the most supportive and positive school culture with the most at-risk kids.
Participants will be introduced to ACEs and the effect that trauma has on the learning brain. Participants will understand that school culture is the result of a targeted, intentional approach to building relationships and gaining trust. Participants should expect to walk away with some immediate "take aways" to include simple practices that can be utilized immediately on their school campus.Expect to participate in a dynamic conversation as well work together as professionals to build up our school cultures! 

Speakers
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Jen Cates

Principal, Yuba City Unified School District
Currently in my fifth year as the Principal of Albert Powell High School, a 2018 recognized California Model Continuation School by CDE. I have spent over two decades in education- ranging from classroom teacher, assistant principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Programs Director and... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Educator Wellness - Establishing a Self-Care First Aid Kit
Limited Capacity seats available

Healthy teachers make for healthy classrooms. With much focus and research on student health and wellness, it is time that we focus on the leader of the classroom to model health and wellness for their students. If a disaster happens on a plane, how are we instructed to put on the oxygen mask? The adult first, then the child, because if the adult becomes unconscious, then no one is able to support the child. This session will focus on retention of teachers by getting through survival mode, achieving work-life balance and constructing an educator Self-Care First Aid Kit.

Participants will develop a First Aid Kit to assist in Self-Care
Participants will experience a variety of strategies to support a healthy working environment.

Speakers
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Nathan Herzog, PhD

Dean, Scool of Education, William Jessup University
Dr. Herzog is the Dean of the School of Education at William Jessup University located in Rocklin, California. He has more than 20 years of experience as an educator and administrator in a the San Francisco bay area and greater Sacramento region. Dr. Herzog is passionate about... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Extents & Practices of Psychosocial Family Centers (PFCs); to Endorse the Psychosocial Need After Army Public School (APS) Massacre in Peshawar Pakistan
Limited Capacity seats available

The primary objective was to endorse the psychosocial need of direct and indirect victims of Army Public School (APS) massacre occurred in Peshawar Pakistan. The secondary goal was to establish psychosocial family centres and to standardize the practices of PFCs. Moreover, to analyze and improve the impacts of these practices on psychosical teams working in these PFCs.

Speakers
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Sadaf Ahmed, PhD

Advance Educational Institute & Research Center
Dr. Sadaf Ahmed received her Masters in Physiology with specialization in Neurophysiology leading upto her Ph.D with her interest in Neurosciences and Psychophysiology. She is Pakistan’s pioneer to introduce Psychophysiology in various institute and mental health sector, Dr. Sadaf... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
318 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Free Services to Protect Students (From Themselves and Others)
Limited Capacity seats available

In every school there are kids in distress that need some extra direction from caring adults. Come learn about free technology available to help you identify and prioritize the 5% most in need of support real time.  Students will learn how your school can automatically scan Google and Office 365 accounts to identify the following in images, text, and video
- Cyberbullying
- Self Harm
- Gun Violence Threats
- Human Trafficking
- Drugs/Alcohol

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thee

Lisa Thee

Vice President, Bark
Lisa is a tech industry leader with expertise in child safety. She is passionate about bringing leading-edge technology to protect vulnerable populations while helping parents to keep their kids safe in the digital age. She leads artificial intelligence teams to address the most pressing... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Hidden in Plain Sight: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- With One in Twenty Students Affected, a Training on Accommodations for FASD in Our Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, its cause, and its symptoms. Participants will learn the behavioral symptoms that may be reflective of brain or central nervous system damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Participants will learn the differences among FASD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental disabilities. Participants will be provided with information about where to screen and how to test for FASD. Finally, participants will be taught practical accommodations and be provided with additional resources to support the students affected by FASD in their schools.

Speakers
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Annette Kunzman, MBA

Treasurer, FASD Network of Southern California
My passion concerning student mental wellness is increasing awareness and knowledge about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), which affects an estimated one in 20 Californians, and an estimated one in three to one-half of foster children in the state. Chances are most teachers... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Meeting the Needs of Immigrant Students: Implementing the FUERTE Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

In San Francisco, as part of a response to this humanitarian crisis, a multidisciplinary task force was convened to develop ways to better support these children. Dr. Heyman Oo and her colleagues conducted a number of stakeholder focus groups involving youth, families, teachers and behavioral health providers and developed the innovative concept of school-based group intervention focusing on navigating family reunification and developing resiliency for unaccompanied minors from Central America. This program was named FUERTE: Family Reunification and Resiliency Training. FUERTE is an adaptive, trauma-informed curriculum comprised of 5 hour-long modules that help normalize the stressors related to immigration, family reunification and also build resiliency skills in a safe school setting. Based on the ARC (Attachment, Regulation & Competency) model for trauma treatment, the curriculum utilizes a wide range of evidence based therapy modalities like art therapy, mindfulness, trauma narrative therapy, and psychoeducation to help youth process their journeys and rebuild sense of self and community. The curriculum thematic weeks center around promoting stabilizing rituals and routines, normalizing stressors, building emotional attunement and self-regulation.

This presentation will overview the partnership developed between Marin Community Clinics and Novato USD to address Novato's need for supports for immigrant students with the FUERTE curriculum; as well as an overview of the curriculum.

Speakers
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Karin Jinbo, MA, PPS

Coordinator of Mental Health, Santa Ana Unified School District
Karin is a credentialed School Psychologist and educator with over 20 years of experience in Special Education. Karin earned her BS in Special Education and MA in Education with emphasis in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Connecticut. She went on to earn a MA in... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of ALL Students
Limited Capacity seats available

This breakout session will examine different scenarios for students in need of social-emotional supports and how to use specific data points to develop appropriate Tier I and Tier II services. Participants will learn about viable support models for secondary schools that address identified behaviors, trauma, and family dynamics, as well as the development of a systematic approach for referring students.

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Esther Izquierdo-Hemmen

Executive Director, Mending Matters
Esther Izquierdo-Hemmen is the Executive Director of Mending Matters, a San-Diego based non-profit organization that offers social-emotional support services for students. Mending Matters' work focuses on youth build positive connections in their communities, advocating for themselves... Read More →
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Nicole DeWitt, MEd

Principal, Scripps Ranch High School, SDUSD
Nicole DeWitt has been in education since 2002 and has served as a classroom teacher, AVID instructor, English Learner Coordinator, and intervention developer prior to becoming a site administrator. Helping students achieve their academic goals while addressing their language, economic... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

The Wellness Together Model for School Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

One in five students suffers from a mental health condition that may impact behavior, attendance, and student learning. California school districts have one of the highest student to counselor ratios in the nation. Learn how the Wellness Together Model for School Mental Health works with your school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers to provide evidence-based and cost-effective clinical mental health services on school campuses across California through innovative partnerships with graduate programs and major universities.

Speakers
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Jeremiah Aja, MA, MDiv, APCC

Assistant Director, Wellness Together, Nonprofit School Mental Health
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Marlon Morgan, MA, LPCC, PPSC

Executive Director, Wellness Together, Nonprofit School Mental Health
Marlon is the Founder and Executive Director of the California-based nonprofit Wellness Together. He began his career as a school counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, creating and implementing student support programs to identify and provide services for target... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Today's Foster Youth: How to Create a Comprehensive Foster Youth Support Program on Your Campus
Limited Capacity seats available

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
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Jenna Mendez, MA, PPS, LPCC

TK-12 Foster Youth Counselor, Corona-Norco Unified School District
Jenna Mendez has been a School Counselor for 12 years at Elementary and High School 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 on her campus. Currently, she is the CNUSD TK-12... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3:15pm

Trauma-Informed Dynamic Mindfulness: Building Stress Resilience, Emotion Regulation, and Empathy
Limited Capacity seats available

Trauma and PTSD are endemic in students that are challenged with emotion regulation and school engagement. This presentation will discuss the impacts of chronic stress and trauma on brain and behavior, and present Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind), an optimal intervention validated by the latest research in neuroscience, trauma, and somatic psychology. Participants will also engage in a brief DMind practice, and feel its power and potential for themselves.

Speakers
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Yvonne Evans, MS

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Yvonne Evans is an Education Programs Consultant with the Coordinated Student Support Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) where she oversees Juvenile Court and Community Schools, Independent Studies, Alternative Schools of Choice, Magnet Schools, and is a Youth... Read More →
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Bidyut Bose, PhD

Founder & Executive Director, Niroga Institute
I am the Founder and Executive Director of a 14-year-old non-profit called Niroga Institute, that brings trauma-informed mindfulness programs to hundreds of K-12, special ed and alt ed schools every year, in CA and beyond. | | Happy to discuss how mindfulness can enhance student... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Building Collaborative Partnerships to Support Mental Health Resilience for Teens
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to build and foster collaborative relationships between students, school districts, community-based organizations, and funders in order to offer a school-based mental health and wellness program at no cost to students. By defining the problem and sharing a vision for solutions, coordinating efforts in a cohesive manner, and tracking progress for continuous improvement, a collective effort can have a tremendous positive impact on the wellness of a school community.

Speakers
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Jeni Olsen

Executive Director, Teens Connect
Jeni Olsen is an inspiring thought leader, visionary, and changemaker. She is a passionate advocate for youth mental health, resiliency, and empowerment. As an executive director, speaker, and writer, Jeni is often sought out for her in-depth expertise around teens and her forward-thinking... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
303 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Building Momentum for School-Based Family Counseling
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will demonstrate the value, benefits, and process of incorporating school-based family counseling into the multi-tiered support system already in place. Participants will learn the benefits of in-school family counseling vs. outside providers, how individual and overall academic achievement can be improved, and how the school can become a center for community well-being.


<a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-n-qB9n3TCOUZp0IF8TDZUGab6cVI1ZZz2L9rjdxt1E/edit?usp=sharing">Presentation link</a>

Speakers
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Cynthia Bremer

Graduate Practicum Student
I am a graduate student working to complete my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Humboldt State University. I have been working with my supervisor, Eileen Klima, to provide school-based mental health counseling for students at Arcata High School. We are currently working... Read More →
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Eileen Klima, MA, PPS

Student Assistance Counselor, Northern Humboldt Union School District
I work as a Student Assistance Counselor at Arcata High School, Six Rivers Charter High School and Pacific Coast Alternative High School. I have worked in schools for twenty five years. I am credentialed as a school psychologist, school counselor and licensed as a Marriage Family... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
301 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Free Services to Protect Students (From Themselves and Others)
Limited Capacity seats available

In every school there are kids in distress that need some extra direction from caring adults. Come learn about free technology available to help you identify and prioritize the 5% most in need of support real time.  Students will learn how your school can automatically scan Google and Office 365 accounts to identify the following in images, text, and video
- Cyberbullying 
- Self Harm 
- Gun Violence Threats 
- Human Trafficking 
- Drugs/Alcohol

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thee

Lisa Thee

Vice President, Bark
Lisa is a tech industry leader with expertise in child safety. She is passionate about bringing leading-edge technology to protect vulnerable populations while helping parents to keep their kids safe in the digital age. She leads artificial intelligence teams to address the most pressing... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
306 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

How Parents Instill Learning Discipline Among Tech-Savvy Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Based upon over ten years of research about the impact of cyber connectivity on youth and families, this presentation clarifies the role of the parent in the education of their child. Participants will learn:

• Why parents of tech-savvy youth need help to be advocates for learning
• Insights to engage tech-savvy youth as learning executives
• How to create house rules that instill self-discipline and regulate the use of technology




Speakers
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Joanna Jullien

Founder and CEO, Core Connectivity
Joanna Jullien is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
315 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Innovation in Mental Health for Boys and Men of Color
Limited Capacity seats available

This discussion will focus on innovation in mental health for boys and men of color with emphasis on creating innovative solutions in mental health programming, interventions, clinical solutions, communications, and technology. We will also highlight successful regional and national campaigns and initiatives to extract best practices and solutions toward meeting the mental health needs of this population. Participants will learn about storytelling, media, virtual reality, and new approaches for best outcomes.

Speakers
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Michael Houston, LCSW, DD

CEO, Treatment and Training Consultants
Dr. Michael Houston has over 14 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides real life tools and effective strategies in coping with behavioral and life issues. He brings a collaborative effort to understanding problems and conflicts, using evidence and strength-based... Read More →
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Jaymes Hines

President, Hines Media Group
An expert on innovation, content, new media, and technology, including for critically acclaimed Director Spike Lee's Oscar nominated documentary "4 Little Girls", Jaymes has served with other industry professionals as a member of various arts, entertainment and technology advisory... Read More →
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Kristene Smith

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 January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

It's Your Social Life: Social Media’s Impact on Anxiety and Body Image
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that in our lifespan, on average, we spend 5 years and 4 months on our social media platforms? And this number is growing daily! Social media is here to stay, so we need to be able to support our students, helping them to be responsible and mindful social media users. Fear, pressure, lack of sleep, and physical illness can all be barriers to your student’s ability to be present in the classroom and achieve academic success—these also happen to be triggers and symptoms of social media anxiety. In this presentation we will discuss social media anxiety, identifying the potential triggers and symptoms and the effects that they have. We will talk about how to create healthy boundaries around social media use and the value of human to human connection. We will also review the positive impacts that social media has and how we can continue to benefit from it but with balance. And finally, we will explore how you can take this information to your students, helping them to build awareness, take control, create boundaries and become more responsible and mindful social media users.

Speakers
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Shannon Braasch, MA

Clinical Outreach Specialist, Reasons Eating Disorder Center
Hello everyone! My name is Shannon, I am a Masters level clinician, Clinical Outreach Specialist and licensed Body Positive Facilitator at Reasons Eating Disorder Center. I bring 13 years of combined healthcare and eating disorders experience, and am passionate about helping people... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
304 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Let’s Get Organized: How one District Adopted a Wellness Program (MTSS) Model and Served More Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how NVUSD created a Wellness Program (a team based MTSS process) to increase health and social emotional supports to of middle school students with minimal extra staff. You will learn how to conduct a universal screen, and plan and monitor tiered interventions for students.
Objective 1
Have an increased understanding of the NVUSD Wellness Program model and how it’s used to integrate MTSS/PBIS/Restorative Practices at Middle School sites.

Objective 2
Understand how Universal Screening and referral systems as well as intervention strategies and supports are organized, coordinated and progress monitored thru a team-based Wellness Program model.

Objective 3
Learn how to create a Wellness Model at your school without huge investments in extra staff.

Speakers
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Mike Mansuy

Director of Student Services
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Kristin Nelson, MSW, MPH

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



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
302 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

The Business of Mental Health Advocacy and the Scholarship of Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Vibe Festival of Wellness is a mainstream music festival with reach throughout Southern California providing participants with the opportunity to interact with the eight domains of wellness (social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, occupational, financial), a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration community initiative. This event directly decreases stigma and discrimination by contextualizing mental health as just one of many domains needing our time and attention for optimal health.

Participant will be able to list SAMHSA’s eight domains of wellness and consider their role in supporting student health.

Participant will be able to identify strategies for engaging multiple student systems in support of social emotional learning process.

Participant will be able to discuss strategies for moving forward in their own community/school project collaborations with special attention given to the intersections of mental health and academic success.


Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
319 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Tools to Help Students of Color Survive: Who May Feel Like a Fly in a Bowl of Milk. Alone.
Limited Capacity seats available

Students of color feel overwhelmed, hopeless, struggle with mental health issues, micro-aggressions, racism and feel academically and emotionally unprepared. They don’t seek help compared to white students. When they aren’t supported their hopes and dreams are dashed. Some feel like a fly in a bowl of milk. Alone. They give up. They drop out. Learn how to empower, react and help students who feel isolated in your school community.

Speakers
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Susan Toler Carr, PE,GRMS

Director of College and Career Counseling, Justin Carr Wants World Peace Foundation
Susan Toler Carr P.E. has a Certificate in College and Career Counseling from UC San Diego. She is also Certified Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, and Certified for Youth and Adult Mental Health First AideShe earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
317 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Trauma-Informed Yoga Breath and Postures: In Training, Teaching, and Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Speakers
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Christine Tippett, LCSW, LMFT

Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor, Mission Possible, University of San Francisco
This presenter, an ongoing member of the Student Mental Health Policy Work Group, has been a clinician, an educator, a clinical consultant and a clinical supervisor in the Sacramento community since the mid 1970's. She began teaching within the graduate Marriage and Family Therapy... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
305 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4:05pm

Understanding Our LGBTQ+ Youth: Educating Our Educators
Speakers
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Summer D. Gomez, MSW

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
Summer Davidson Gomez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supervised in the Intensive Services department at Penny Lane Centers for 5 years. She is now coordinates Penny Lane’s Embracing Identity program, where she is helping to meet the needs of LGBTQI2-S Transitional Age... Read More →



Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:05pm - 4:45pm
316 Sacramento Convention Center 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814