Session 4 of Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce - Mental Health & Student Mental Health Workforce: The Woes & Wonders of Recruitment & Retention

3:00pm - August 8, 2022 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: August 8, 2022


Main Session: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PT
Optional Discussion: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. PT
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Session 4 of 4 in the "Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce: Region 9’s Spring & Summer Learning Series" (view series page for full details)


At this moment, we are experiencing a huge rise in need for mental health services in our communities and schools, and at the same time, experiencing a large attrition rate of providers.

Join us for a discussion with pre-service and in-service mental health and school mental health leaders to discuss how to address the supply and demand gap: challenges, rising practices and policies, and questions to hold.


In this session, we explore:

  • What are the disparities between what the field needs and what trained professionals are able to provide?
  • What are innovative ways pre-service and in-service graduate school programs are creating, incentivizing, credentialing, and certifying?
  • How might we onboard and retain a new wave of providers in the context of new funding?




Katie DockweilerKatie (Katherine) Dockweiler, Ed.D., NCSP

Dr. Katie Dockweiler is a school psychologist and policy researcher who serves as a leader at the state and national levels. She is a member of the Nevada State Board of Education, of the Leadership Assembly for the National Association of School Psychologists, and serves on many state level committees guiding policy relative to school-based mental health. Dr. Dockweiler designed the ARTERY Pipeline Framework for School Psychologists and is the Director of the School-Based Mental Health grant at Nevada State College. She is also the co-founder of Healthy Minds, Safe Schools, a school violence and risk prevention program and has authored two books.



Deborah SonDeborah Son, MSW

Deborah Son is the Executive Director with the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter. Ms. Son has over 10 years of experience as an activist and leader in the fields of systems change, advocacy, and community engagement. Her work spans across various fields including trauma-informed care, anti-violence, children and family services, and public and behavioral health. She has dedicated much of her career to bringing various service platforms together in collaboration toward meaningful achievements in social justice. In previous work, she was a national trainer in domestic violence homicide prevention, spearheaded the growth and integration of medical-legal partnerships throughout public health care systems, and has facilitated leadership development opportunities for individuals across the state of California raising the capacity of individuals and networks who represent the communities they serve. She is a proud social worker residing in Solano County with her family, and commits her energies to lifting up the voices of those most impacted to engage them at the decision-making table around social change in California and beyond.


Dr. Emily HernandezEmily Hernandez, Ed.D., LMFT

Dr. Emily Hernandez brings over 20 years of experience working in public education and mental health.  Her professional background includes working directly with schools, families, and communities including child welfare and attendance, counseling, K-12, administration, clinical mental health, employee assistance services in education, and counselor preparation/education. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with areas of expertise in working with children, couples and families, educators, victims of violence, trauma, and crisis counseling. As a leader in the field, she has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and has authored a variety of scholarly work. She has participated in leadership organizational decision making through board and advisory memberships and has served by advocating for the need for mental health services in education in various capacities. She brings a unique lens to working with educators and school systems understanding the importance of bridging the gap towards more access to mental health in prevention and intervention in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling from Cal State University, Los Angeles, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership focusing on educational psychology from USC.


William ParhamWilliam D. Parham, Ph.D., ABPP 

William D. Parham, PH.D., ABPP is a Professor in the Counseling Program at Loyola Marymount University. He has served as Interim Associate Dean of Faculty, Chair of the Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology and Program Director of the Counseling Program and President of the LMU Faculty Senate. Dr. Parham, aka ‘Dr. P.’, has devoted his professional career to teaching, training, clinical, administrative, and organizational consultation venues. He is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association where he also is recognized as a Fellow in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology). In addition, Dr. Parham serves currently as the inaugural Director of the Mental Health and Wellness Program of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), a position he has held since 2018. He is a member of the mental health and wellness task force of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and a member of an international think tank on the mental health and wellness of athletes. For most of his professional career, Dr. Parham has focused on working with athletes across organizations. He also has worked with performance artists in drama, theatre and music. Much of his current work focuses on trauma, an unfortunate personal experience of far too many people. Dr. Parham’s emphasis on personal empowerment, discovering and cultivating innate talents and looking for hidden opportunities in every situation are trademark foci. He is widely known through his scholarship and conversations with domestic and international audiences for his work on the interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity, trauma, and health psychology.



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