-- Mental Health in Schools Topics


The following sessions will support the Mental Health in Schools strand of content*:
Culturally Relevant Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Mental Health
Enrique Espinoza, Ed.D., School Counselor, Garden Grove Unified School District
As schools continue to address the heightened mental health needs of students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing attention on racial inequity, there is a continued need for school counselors to provide adequate systems of support for their students. This webinar will discuss the current mental health state of youth in K-12 schools, including the continuous impact of racism on the mental health of Black, Indigenous, students of color. Participants of this workshop will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of current mental health trends among adolescents and strategies to implement culturally relevant multi-tiered interventions.
Supporting Wellness and Inclusion Through the Implementation of School-Based Peer Mentoring Programs
Dr. Joshua Berger, Director of the Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership, Brentwood School
In this interactive session attendees will learn about the benefits of one-to-one and group peer mentoring programs to support wellness and inclusion initiatives. They will also experience sample training activities and receive best practices outlining essential elements required for successful program implementation. By the end of the presentation attendees will have helpful tools to bolster mental health, equity and inclusion, and positive youth development within their respective communities.
“The Cutting Challenge: America’s Self-Injury Epidemic”
Marisa Gaines, School Counselor, Day Creek Intermediate School
The goal of this session is to address the topic of self-injury among students. Attendee’s can expect to receive information about the statistical and emerging trends that are perpetuating youth self-injury, what self-harm is, warning signs, the typical course that self-harm takes, self-harm versus suicide, and much more pertinent information that will improve school counselors awareness. The information presented should serve as a guide to assist school counselors by providing background knowledge and preparedness to consult with students and their families about this complex trend among students that is becoming more prevalent at an alarming rate. Participants will also learn about how the social media platform has been involved in encouraging youth to accept and replicate self-harm “challenges.”
Wellness Education Lab: Free Online Mental Health Platform for Your Students, Staff, & Parents/Guardians
Jeremiah Aja, Director of Partnerships, Wellness Together School Mental Health
Learn about the FREE online mental health training for your students (13+), site staff, and parents/guardians (English & Spanish available). This breakout session provides a full overview of the research-based, 60-90 minute asynchronous training for immediate use in schools, homes, and communities. The Wellness Education Lab is a platform providing culturally-responsive and practical mental health training created by trusted clinicians, in partnership with the California Department of Education.
Empowering Ourselves and Our Students: School-based Suicide Prevention and Intervention Strategies
Aubrey Uresti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, San José State University; Suzy Thomas, Ph.D., Professor, Saint Mary's College of California
Suicide is a mental health issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds. The scope of practice of school counselors includes suicide prevention and intervention through education, screening, and support. Come to this session to learn or revisit basic principles of suicide assessment, understand warning signs and underlying issues related to suicidal ideation, gain tools to support students and families, incorporate self-care, discover resources, and practice intervention strategies.
Seven Narrative Counseling Techniques to Support Youth in Schools
Catherine Griffith, Associate Professor, University of San Diego
Come learn about school-based narrative counseling, an effective, strengths-focused approach in working with diverse young people to navigate life’s problems while honoring the unique expertise of their own lived experience. Through interactive activities and experiential role-play, participants will develop a practical understanding of how to use narrative counseling’s most popular and effective evidence-based techniques. Beginner or more seasoned, all practitioner levels are welcome!

More to come!

 *Subject to change.