Workshop 5 of Back to School Sessions - Collaborating Within and Across our School Systems


3:00 - 4:30 p.m. PT
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Workshop 5 of 5 in the "Back to School Sessions" Workshop Series (view series page for full details)


Collaborating Within and Across our School Systems
Trauma Informed Principle to Practice: Collaboration


School mental health championship often requires and necessitates working across systems: Departments of Education and Behavioral Health. Child welfare and Juvenile Justice. School Districts and Counties. While the work is necessary, it's not always easy.


Join Leora Wolf-Prusan and Rachele Espiritu to explore bringing partners together to unpack our constructs of collaboration that requires us to be in in shared language (Are we partners? collaborators? other?). And by being in a shared language, we can navigate different expectations of how to be in relationships.


This workshop explores the Collaboration Continuum (Mashek, 2015) and how we can operationalize the continuum in our school mental health systems work. Together we will discuss how the continuum is dynamic, changing based on needs, capacities, and a program deliverable’s outcome, and the value of articulating collaboration is clearer communication of needs, expectations, and stronger relationships to move the work forward.


Audience: Anyone working across teams, divisions, partnerships, grants, agencies, or other work that requires inter and intra communication and collaboration.




Rachele EspirituRachele Espiritu, PhD (she/hers)

Rachele Espiritu is the Co-Director of the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Espiritu provides training, technical assistance, and capacity building at the local, territory, tribal, state, and national level in multiple systems, including mental health, substance use, public health, and education. She is a founding partner with Change Matrix LLC, a minority- and women-owned small business that motivates, manages and measures change to support systems that improve lives. She is a former School Board Member of Denver Public Schools (DPS), where she provided direction and leadership for Whole Child efforts and successfully passed a resolution for DPS to become a trauma-informed school district.



Leora Wolf-PrusanLeora Wolf-Prusan, EdD (she/hers)

Leora Wolf-Prusan is the School Mental Health Field Director for the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, a project of SAMHSA that provides no-cost professional development to support the school mental health workforce in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, California, Nevada, and Arizona. She also serves as the project director for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category II site, the School Crisis Recovery & Renewal project (SCRR), formerly served as the field director for a SAMHSA Now is the Time Initiative, ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), and in addition to these national grants, provides consulting and training for numerous other clients around issues related to school climate and positive youth development, educator mental health & wellness, and trauma-informed approaches to education. Leora works for the Center for Applied Research Solutions (the home of all these projects), lives in the Bay Area of California (unceded Ohlone land), and is a new parent to a brilliant little human.





Starts: Sep 20, 2023 3:00 pm
Ends: Sep 20, 2023 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
September 20, 2023
Event Type
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