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New Podcast! Dreams, Dilemmas, and Dialogues

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School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons This product explores how school mental health leaders can and do work through crises.

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Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS)
1275 4th Street #190
Santa Rosa,
CA
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HHS Region 9
AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, FM, MP, GU, MH, PW
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The Pacific Southwest MHTTC serves the priorities of SAMHSA Region 9 states and territories, including: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. We offer a collaborative MHTTC model in order to provide training, technical assistance (TTA), and resource dissemination that supports the mental health workforce to adopt and effectively implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) across the mental health continuum of care. The Pacific Southwest MHTTC also provides TTA and resources at a national level on specialty area focused on youth and young adults of transition age.

Recent News

From the Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Jan. 03, 2024
SAMHSA’s 20th Prevention Day (SPD) takes place on Monday, January 29, 2024, in conjunction with CADCA National Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.   Join them for the largest annual national gathering dedicated to advancing the prevention of substance use and misuse. They'll celebrate the 20th anniversary […]
Oct. 16, 2023
December 5-7, 2023 | New Orleans, LA The Pacific Southwest MHTTC is pleased to announce this event, which our Center’s team and many within the MHTTC Network will be attending. We hope to see you there!   LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW!     Each year, the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health brings […]
Oct. 03, 2022
From September 15 to October 15, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino people in the United States. As we honor the achievements of Latinos—including those who identify as Afro-Latino, Black, Indigenous, and more—we invite you to check out resources developed by the PS MHTTC that may be […]

Upcoming Events

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Webinar/Virtual Training
WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2024 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. PT [Find your local time zone here] Workshop 5 of 6 in the "Trauma-Informed, In School Sessions" Workshop Series (view series page for full details) "You Can Talk to Me": A Family Guide to Support Students' Mental Health and Well-Being Trauma Informed Principle to Practice: Trustworthiness & Transparency, Collaboration & Mutuality How might we partner with parents, caregivers and families through trauma informed approaches to support the mental health and well-being of the children and teens in their lives? In 2023, Project Cal-Well (a cross-agency mental health initiative led by the California Department of Education to promote mental health awareness and wellness among California's K-12 students) designed the Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being for parents and other caregivers (available in English and Spanish), with input from families, educators, mental health professionals, and youth. By sharing tips for families on how to have conversations about social media use, mental health, anti-LGBTQ experiences, bullying and more, this guide provides parents and other caregivers with information and easy-to-use strategies to support their children’s overall well-being and mental health.   How did the guide’s authors partner with students and their families to create this guide? How might we support students and families to dig into its information and leverage this resource to partner with parents and other caretakers? Join us to explore these questions, and the guide itself, while learning from several of its authors about how the guide’s development process was trauma informed.   Participants will: (1) learn about the development and content of the guide; (2) have the opportunity to consider how to get the guide and related local resources into the hands of families; and (3) generate ideas for how to use individual sections of the guide to align with a school’s continuum of trauma-informed approaches and social, emotional, and behavioral supports.   Audience:  Educators, school site leaders, school mental health professionals, youth advocates, trauma-informed professionals, family and caregivers, family mental health advocates, technical assistance providers, and anyone interested.   Faculty Hilva Chan, MSW, is an Education Programs Consultant with the California Department of Education. Hilva has extensive experience coordinating and managing programs promoting youth resiliency and wellness both at the state and local levels, and has managed several federal grants addressing school safety, positive school climate, and student mental health. She is currently the program director for two mental health projects, Project Cal-STOP and Project Cal-Well, and oversees the statewide implementation of the California School Climate, Health and Learning Surveys.     Kenwyn Derby, MSW (she/her) is a Senior Research Associate at WestEd. Kenwyn partners with educators, policymakers, and community members at local and state levels to generate and apply evidence to improve student outcomes, with a focus on supporting the whole child, increasing family engagement, and improving school climate and culture. Her work, from coaching school teams to facilitating LEA improving networks, emphasizes equitable access and outcomes for all K–12 students and their families. She is a co-author of the Project Cal-Well Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being: Information, Tips, and Resources. Kenwyn holds master’s degrees in organizational psychology and social work. She is also a part-time practicing clinical social worker in a community-based mental health agency.     Lisa Howard, is a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) coordinator for the Del Norte County Office of Education in California. She is the county lead for the Community Schools Partnership Program, Learning Communities for School Success Program as well as the CalHOPE, Project Cal-Well, and Mental Health Awareness Training grants. With 25 years of teaching experience, adapting new resources to meet the needs of students and their families is her strength. As part of her family engagement work, Lisa adapted the Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being into a learning experience for families to increase their knowledge and access to mental health resources in schools and the community. Implementing these practices, she has found success connecting public agencies, private providers, nonprofit, tribal and community-based organizations with families in need.     Natalie Romer, Ph.D (she/her) is a Senior Program Associate in WestEd’s Resilient and Healthy Schools and Communities content area. She leads and supports state and federally funded projects that include technical assistance, research, evaluation, and training focused on developing effective and efficient systems to support the social and emotional well-being and mental health of school communities. Natalie has been supporting Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) SEA programs since 2013. She provides technical assistance to Project Cal-Well and is a co-author of the Family Guide to Supporting Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being: Information, Tips, and Resources. Natalie is also a licensed psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst.       Priming Materials   Derby, K., Romer, N., & McCullough, S. (2023). Family guide to supporting young people’s mental health and well-being: Information, tips, and resources. WestEd. Derby, K., Romer, N., & McCullough, S. (2023). Guía familiar para apoyar la salud mental y el bienestar de los jóvenes: Información, consejos y recursos. WestEd.    
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WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2024 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. PT [Find your local time zone here] Workshop 6 of 6 in the "Trauma-Informed, In School Sessions" Workshop Series (view series page for full details) The Heart Work: Equity-Centered Coaching Practices for Trauma Informed Collegiality and Collective Healing Trauma Informed Principle to Practice: Cultural Humility As systemic inequities and trauma are often intertwined, addressing their connection becomes crucial in trauma-informed school communities. Centering equity in every student interaction and adult partnership supporting the school system is essential. The capacity for the adults responsible for implementing trauma-informed practices grounded in equity is nurtured through equity-centered coaching.   In this workshop, we will explore the principles of equity-centered coaching to cultivate trauma-informed school environments. Coaching conversations, grounded in active listening, cultural humility, and psychological safety, model the equitable interactions we hope administrators have with educators and providers so that educators and providers can offer the same experience with their students.   Together, we will examine our own identities, assumptions, patterns, and beliefs - creating space for new perspectives. This self-reflection enables us to recognize how inequities and trauma manifest in our schools. As we build self-awareness about our experiences and worldviews, we become better able to perceive concerning dynamics and interrupt cycles of harm.   This workshop invites us to envision the trauma-informed and healing-centered schools we desire – places where adults possess the tools to nurture their well-being and fully empower students. We will review evidence-based tools, rationale, and resources to foster cultural humility, mitigate systemic barriers, and build trusting partnerships across the school community.     Audience:  Educators, school site leaders, school mental health professionals, youth advocates, teacher educators, school mental health graduate school educators, higher education administrators, and anyone interested in equity centered coaching in school cultures.   Faculty Melissa Smith, M.S. (she/hers) is the newest member of the Pacific Southwest MHTTC team. As a licensed collegiate and postgraduate professional, Melissa comprehends the immense influence education can have on cultivating safe, inclusive, and engaging learning spaces that amplify voices which often go unheard. As a licensed collegiate and postgraduate professional, Melissa understands education's profound impact on ability to challenge existing norms and perceptions, amplifying the voices of those from marginalized communities.   As a Change Consultant with Change Matrix, Melissa crafts transformative learning experiences that foster personal and professional growth. Her commitment extends beyond conventions as she envisions landscapes where everyone feels valued, heard, and empowered to thrive. She uses her scholarly knowledge to create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments.  Her methodology empowers people and organizations to question the status quo, utilize data-driven insights, and take tangible actions to create more equitable and inclusive environments.   A passionate professional with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Reading from Radford University, Melissa encourages us to move beyond comfort zones to dismantle systemic barriers hindering social, emotional and mental health.     Priming Materials   Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education (Equity and Social Justice in Education) (Paperback) | Phoenix Books Anchor Competencies Framework    
Webinar/Virtual Training
WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2024 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT Session 3 of 4 in the "Rooting Young Adult Mental Health Services in Culturally Sustaining Values & Practices" Series (view series main page for full details)   Uplifting Culturally Sustaining Practices in Substance Use Prevention April 24, 2024: Session 3   This session’s essential question is: How might we challenge the deficit model permeating prevention and recovery to make space for culturally sustaining perspectives and practices in the field?   Main Series Program Goals Counter the impacts of vicarious trauma and burn out by creating a safe and responsive learning community for the YYA workforce to be heard and seen in their efforts to support the holistic needs of their clientele. Build an understanding of healing centered engagement and approaches to youth development and case management that strengthens service provision for transition-aged youth. Expand our organizational and individual capacity to support young adult holistic wellness, critical consciousness development, and collective healing.     Audience All community-based organizations, institutions, and mental health professionals, including peer support specialists, therapists, psychologists, counselors, and others who support the mental health and wellness of transition-aged youth.     Meet the Co-Facilitators & Faculty   Oriana Ides, MA, APCC, PPS (she/hers) Oriana Ides is a School Mental Health Training Specialist at CARS (the Center for Applied Research Solutions) and approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across the life course from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design.   Falilah “Aisha” Bilal (she/her) Falilah “Aisha” Bilal has worked joyously for over 30 years creating innovative, relevant evidence-based strategies to transform, empower and develop individuals, systems, organizations and contemporary thought. Ms. Bilal’s work is centered in healing practices, empowering youth and families, and self-discovery.  Ms. Bilal specializes in the field of youth development, healing informed organizational development, and strategic fundraising consultation. Currently Ms. Bilal serves as the Chief of Staff for the Black Organizing Project as well as directs her own consulting company where she provides trainings, curriculum development, healing experiences, coaching, and executive leadership to local and national agencies, companies and programs. Previously, Ms. Bilal served as a Senior Trainer with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and a Radical Healer with Flourish Agenda.  She served as the Executive Director for M.I.S.S.S.E.Y. raising over 2 million dollars in funds to support sexually exploited children and young adults.   She has worked for numerous Bay Area agencies including World Trust, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Bay Area CARES Mentoring Movement, GirlSource, Office of Family, Children and Youth, City of Oakland, and the Young Women’s Freedom Center. Ms. Bilal holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.A. in Theater Arts and Child Psychology from San Francisco State University.

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This recording is from Workshop 3 of 6 in the "Trauma-Informed, In School Sessions" Workshop Series.  This video recording provides an exploration of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an evidence-based approach tailored for adults or children, particularly refugees and immigrants, with multiple traumatic experiences. Kids Narrative Exposure Therapy (KIDNET) is a therapy designed for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, especially in conflict zones. KIDNET therapy focuses on reprocessing traumatic memories by contrasting the memories with the present feelings through narration. It focuses on helping them process their traumatic memories by creating a "lifeline" and uses techniques like storytelling, art, and role-play to aid in healing and recovery.   Led by Dr. Alejandra Acuña, this workshop guided participants towards a comprehensive understanding of NET's principles and techniques, learning how to utilize storytelling to help students process and integrate traumatic memories resulting in reduced PTSD symptoms. Viewers will walk away equipped with practical strategies and insights to provide culturally responsive support to students, fostering resilience and facilitating healing within diverse educational settings (e.g., green lights, yellow lights, and red lights of NET implementation!).   Importantly, Dr. Acuña shared not only about the evidence based approach, but how the implementation of it in itself can and should be trauma-informed and culturally responsive so that students and their families experience their recovery through the trauma-informed principles of empowerment and collaboration.
Print Media
By adopting trauma-informed practices, schools can create environments that empower students, support healing, and break the cycle of bullying. This infographic illustrates the different approaches to address bullying in schools.
Print Media
On September 14th, 2023, over 60 attendees gathered to explore grief leadership, to create space for providers to process the August 8th wildfires in Lahaina, Hawai'i, and to explore how those devastating fires affected people far beyond Maui. This session was a collaboration of the School Crisis Recovery & Renewal Project (a National Child Traumatic Stress Network Category II site) and the youth and young adult specialty program of the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center    In times of crisis, coming together to make meaning of what we are each holding helps us show up for ourselves and for each other professionally. Our time together was designed to gather school crisis leaders, youth and young adult providers, and peer support professionals to explore how the Lahaina fires were experienced across multiple communities and ways to better support impacted children, youth, and young adults.   After rich discussions and collective learning and resourcing, we offer the following summary to steer our grief leadership, now and in the weeks, months, and years to come.   
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