Rooting Young Adult Mental Health Services in Culturally Sustaining Values & Practices, Session 4

3:00pm - May 22, 2024 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 29, 2024

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2024

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

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



 Honoring and Supporting Peer Support in Healing-Centered Approaches

May 22, 2024: Session 4


This session’s essential question is: How might organizations truly value, uplift, and support the wisdom and skill of those with lived experience? Join us as we explore peer support in healing-centered engagement. 

The learning objectives include: 

  • How YYA serving organizations can implement peer support providers, and uplift lived experience professionals
  • Learn about the power and benefits of peer support in a young person's life
  • Ways to implement peer support in young people's treatment plan as a way to promote employment opportunities and belonging 
  • How to create youth leadership programming and youth voice initiatives 


Main Series 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.




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.