Central Valley School Health Convenings

Join the California School-Based Health Alliance and the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd on October 10, 2019 for a free, daylong convening to explore the impacts of trauma on youth development, focusing on building authentic relationships with children and youth and individual and community resilience.

This event is designed for Central Valley educators and health, mental health, and other student support practitioners and will showcase promising practices from state and regional schools and health centers.

Full schedule and workshop details to come.

Past Convenings

Strengthening Student Resilience: Cross-Sector Approaches for Promoting Effective Trauma-Informed and Mental Health Practices

The California School-Based Health Alliance, the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL West) at WestEd, and Kaiser Permanente are pleased to invite you to a free, day-long convening for Central Valley health, mental health, and education practitioners.

Join us on October 26, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center for an exciting day of presentations and workshops with a focus on practical strategies to:

  • Implement resilience-building practices that support youth and communities
  • Build the capacity of clinicians to consult with educators around trauma
  • Implement mindfulness-based interventions for student healing
  • Engage youth voice and experiences to improve services and programs

We’re excited to announce the opening keynote presentation from Mary Donnelly-Crocker of Young & Healthy Pasadena discussing how to build individual and community resilience and an interactive closing activity from Roni Habib of EQ Schools on fostering caring relationships and collective wellbeing!


8:30am – 9:00am Light Breakfast & Registration
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome Remarks
9:15am – 10:30am Keynote Speaker: Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Young and Healthy Pasadena
10:30am – 10:45am Break/Transition
10:45am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session 1

Now You See Us: A Youth-Led Workshop

*Note: this session will have a limited capacity of 25. It will be repeated during the afternoon breakout sessions.

  • Michel’le Bailey, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board
  • Irma Rosa Viera, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board

Sharing Student Health and Education Information: Why Information Sharing is Important and How to Apply HIPAA, FERPA, & Other Confidentiality Law

  • Rebecca Gudeman, National Center for Youth Law

Brave Spaces: Talking with Teachers About Race, Power, and School Culture

  • Jenn Rader, James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School

Restoring Justice: Working to Create Wholeness and Peace through Accountability and Healing

  • Chief Joe Garza, Reedley Police Department
  • Lt. Marc Ediger, Reedley Police Department
  • Jake Harder, Reedley Peace Building Initiative
  • Carlos Rizo, Kings Canyon Unified School District
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Buffet
1:00pm – 2:15pm
Breakout Session 2

Now You See Us: A Youth-Led Workshop

*Note: this session will have a limited capacity of 25.

  • Michel’le Bailey, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Board
  • Irma Rosa Viera, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Board

Using Mindfulness to Promote Resiliency in Ourselves and the Youth We Work With

  • Sam Himelstein, Center for Adolescent Studies, Inc

Strengthening School Culture by Fostering Youth Voice

  • Paula Adair, Tulare City School District
  • Rebeca Cerna, REL West at WestEd
  • Tricia Leslie, Tulare City School District

Trauma Informed Mental Health Consultation

  • Martha Merchant, University of California, San Francisco Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) Program

Trauma-Informed Considerations and Strategies for Adults Working with Young Children

  • Melissa Santodenato, California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break/Transition
2:30pm – 3:30pm Closing Keynote: Teaching to the Human Core, presented by Roni Habib, EQ Schools
3:30pm – 4:00pm Concluding Remarks


Understanding School Mental Health Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central Valley Convening

Friday, October 6, 2017
Fresno, CA
Light breakfast and lunch provided. Free parking available on-site.

The California School-Based Health Alliance and Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd are pleased to present a free, day-long event that will address how schools and clinics can work together to address the needs of children or youth who are experiencing mental health challenges, including those who are impacted by trauma. The convening will include presentations and workshops to ground participants in the science of how mental health impacts student learning, health, and development, and what works in classrooms and clinics to help them succeed. Breakout sessions will explore how educators and healthcare providers can create environments that support the mental health and well-being of all youth and students.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about how trauma and mental health challenges affect students’ learning, health, and development;
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how to provide integrated mental health supports in education and healthcare systems; and
  • Engage in discussion with colleagues about multiple strategies for supporting mental health work in schools and school-based health centers, including how to leverage funding opportunities, build collaborative support teams, provide integrated mental health services, and practice self-care


8:30 am Light Breakfast & Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Student Speaker
9:15 am Keynote Session: Supporting Health and Learning through Trauma-Informed Practices

  • Martha Merchant, PhD, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Martha Merchant, PhD, is a national expert on trauma and a licensed psychologist and is currently a consultant with the University of California, San Francisco Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS) program in several school-based projects. As such, she provides training, consultation, and support for adult members of the students’ caregiving system -teachers, school staff and parents/families – to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments.

11:15 am Breakout Session 1 – topics will include:

  • School-Based Strategies for Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Clinic-Based Strategies for Providing Mental Health Supports
  • The Intersections of Race and Trauma
  • Funding to Sustain School-Based Mental Health Services
  • Self-Care for Professionals in the Context of Trauma-Informed Environments
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Breakout Session 2

Morning sessions will be repeated

2:45 pm Break & Transition to Closing Activity
3:00 pm Interactive Closing Activity