Rooting Young Adult Mental Health Services in Culturally Sustaining Values & Practices, Session 1

3:00pm - February 28, 2024 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: February 28, 2024


3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PT

Session 1 of 4 in the "Rooting Young Adult Mental Health Services in Culturally Sustaining Values & Practices" Series (view series main page for full details)


Trauma-Informed Care Meets Healing-Centered Care

February 28, 2024: Part 1, Opening Session


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, trauma-informed counseling incorporates three key elements:


1. Realizes trauma’s prevalence

2. Recognizes how a traumatic event impacts a person involved with the system, organization, or program

3. Responds by putting knowledge into practice


Healing-centered care allows us to dig deeper. Join YYA co-leads Oriana Ides and Evelyn Clark as they lay the groundwork and explore how healing-centered care may be integrated to the practices of YYA-serving organizations.  


Program Goals 

  1. 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. 
  2. Build an understanding of healing centered engagement and approaches to youth development and case management that strengthens service provision for transition-aged youth.
  3. Expand our organizational and individual capacity to support young adult holistic wellness, critical consciousness development, and collective healing.


Priming Materials



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.


Co-Facilitators & Faculty 


Evelyn Clark, CPC (she/hers)

Evelyn Clark is a Mexican-Native American woman specializing in Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, leadership development, and peer support. She has 15 years of experience serving young people and their families impacted by systems of care. Evelyn is a Certified Peer Counselor, a Justice-Impacted Professional, and a National Consultant. She has dedicated her career to dismantling racism within Youth and Family serving systems. She is a proud recipient of the 2019 Peer Alternatives Youth and Young Adult Leadership Award and the 2023 Peer-O-Award for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Social Justice. Evelyn’s mission is to end racial and ethnic disparities within care systems and create leadership opportunities for the BIPOC workforce.



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.