Emerging Leaders in Mental Health: Practice Community



Apply for the 2023 Pacific Southwest MHTTC

Emerging Leaders in Mental Health:

Practice Community


Calling all emerging leaders in the mental health field! Join the Emerging Leaders in Mental Health: Practice Community with peers from Region 9 (Pacific Southwest) to gain skills in:

  • Identifying internal strengths
  • Leading in times of change and distress
  • Creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture
  • Distinguishing types of conflict engagement
  • Establishing shared leadership and collaborative teams


We invite emerging leaders, including mental health practitioners in the Pacific Southwest region, to apply for a six-session Leadership Practice series that will run from late April to mid-June 2023. Following the main series, participants will engage in small-group sessions in mid-June to present a Leadership Action Plan.




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The Emerging Leaders in Mental Health: Practice Community provides participants in the mental health field a deeper understanding of effective and adaptive leadership, a framework for navigating working relationships or projects. Emerging leaders will learn from peers in the Pacific Southwest region as they gain leadership skills in: identifying internal strengths; leading in times of change and distress; creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture; distinguishing types of conflict engagement; and establishing adaptive leadership, shared leadership, and collaborative teams.


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  • The community is intended for emerging leaders who are mental health practitioners and mental wellness advocates who are employed at community- and state-level mental health organizations, educational entities, and other organizations that advocate for mental wellness.
  • Emerging leaders can be defined as those who are in mid-level positions at their organization; have been working in the mental health field for at least five years; and are managing projects, staff, or external partner relationships.
  • Participants must work within the Pacific Southwest Region, which includes AZ, CA, HI, NV, and the Pacific Island Jurisdictions.


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  • Your application is due by 5:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
  • We will notify the 2023 cohort on Monday, April 17.
  • We will ask that 2023 cohort invitees confirm their acceptance by Thursday, April 20.
  • The first cohort class starts on Thursday, April 27.


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Six Leadership Practice Community Sessions: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. PT, from April - June (view your time zone).


  • Session I: Exploring Yourself as a Cultural Leader | Thursday, April 27
  • Session II: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Leadership | Thursday, May 4 
  • Session III: Centering Equity in Adaptive Leadership Principles and Tasks | Thursday, May 11 
  • Session IV: Applying Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to a Change Management Process | Thursday, May 18 
  • Session V: Leading in Times of Stress | Thursday, May 25 
  • Session VI:Leading Collectively: Shared Leadership and Diversity within Organizations | Thursday, June 1


One Small Group Session to present your Leadership Action Plan. Participants will select from one of the following dates, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. PT (view your time zone):

  • Wednesday, June 21
  • Thursday, June 22
  • Thursday, June 27


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If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form: 2023 Leaders Practice Community Application. We ask that you include permission and commitment of your supervisory personnel in your application to ensure that you can participate fully in the program. Our PS MHTTC Team will review applications to select a cohort of 50 participants who bring unique experiences and diverse backgrounds to the discussions and peer learning. If you are not selected for the 2023 cohort, we hope to stay connected about future opportunities!


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Contact PS MHTTC Project Coordinator Ida Kostianis at ikostianis AT cars-rp DOT org with any questions or concerns. Let's learn and practice our leadership together!



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