Central Valley School Health Convenings

Upcoming Convening: Save the Date!

Through a partnership between the California School-Based Health AllianceRegional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd, and Kaiser Permanente we have set out to bring training and learning opportunities that build trauma-informed practices and student resilience for the Central Valley region.

Mark your calendars today, and don’t miss our upcoming event, Strengthening Student Resilience: Cross-Sector Approaches for Promoting Effective Trauma-Informed and Mental Health Approaches, on October 26, 2018. Registration info coming soon.

For questions please contact Salina Mendoza at smendoza@schoolhealthcenters.org.

Past Convenings

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