Trauma in Our Schools: Strategies for Making Our Schools More Trauma-Informed

The California School-Based Health Alliance is proud to announce Trauma in our Schools: Strategies for Making Our Schools More Trauma Informed learning series for educators, clinicians, school-based health providers, and other professionals working with young people in the Central Valley.

We are proud to bring this series in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and are committed to bringing more information and resources to the Central Valley. If you have any questions please contact Salina Mendoza Project Director, Mental Health at

March 29, 2018 Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
April 26, 2018 A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with Youth
August 31, 2018 Effective Management of Vicarious Trauma: Self Care Tools for Educators and Service Providers
TBA Two Opportunities for Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
October 26, 2018


Central Valley Convening: Registration now open!

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

Workshops include:

  • Consulting with Educators around Trauma – a Workshop for Mental Health Clinicians
  • Teaching to the Human Core


Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

Trainer: Stephanie Guinosso, Phd, ETR

Trauma has a profound impact on the academic and health outcomes for young people in our care. This requires all staff working within a system of care to create safe and supportive environments–no matter what their role. The goal of this training is to build the capacity of staff to create a trauma-informed system of care that fosters wellness and resilience for all young people receiving care. This training is designed for all school and school-based health center staff, including medical providers, office staff and other key partners. Participants who attend this training will be able to:

  • Describe the basic neurological functions of the developing adolescent brain;
  • Identify adaptive responses of young people who have experienced trauma;
  • Describe why it is difficult for young people to think and learn when triggered; and
  • Implement a personal grounding practice and create a co-regulating clinic environment that supports young people experiencing trauma.
  • Seating is limited

A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with Youth

Trainer: Sam Himelstein, PhD

Mindfulness is the practice of non-reactive awareness to present moment experience. Among the many benefits include decreased stress and higher psychological well-being. In this workshop, you’ll learn the necessary mindful awareness skills to cultivate balance while working in fast-paced and intense environments. Further, you’ll learn how to teach such skills to the youth you work with. You can expect to walk away with concrete mindful awareness skills to apply to your life personally and professionally for self-care purposes, and to the lives of the young people you work with in Oakland from a trauma-informed lens.

  • Seating is limited

Effective Management of Vicarious Trauma: Self Care Tools for Educators and Service Providers

A provider’s risk for vicarious trauma increases when they feel committed or responsible to help the children and families they support. Vicarious trauma is a normal and natural part of working with a trauma-impacted population. However, if not effectively managed, it can permanently transform and negatively impact quality of work and life. Participants in this training will increase their understanding of vicarious trauma and its impact and learn practical and effective vicarious trauma management tools. By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the signs and symptoms associated with vicarious trauma;
  2. Identify the potential impact of vicarious trauma on work performance and quality of life;
  3. Identify factors that increase an individual’s vulnerability for vicarious trauma impact.
  4. Develop effective strategies for vicarious trauma management.
  • Seating is limited

Consulting with Educators around Trauma – a Workshop for Mental Health Clinicians

This workshop will build the capacity of school-based clinical staff to consult with educators regarding behavioral management of young people who may be affected by trauma.  Participants will review the six guiding principles of trauma-informed schools and discuss strategies to align trauma-informed mental health consultation with these principles. Clinical case managers and clinicians at school-based health centers /schools in the Central Valley are invited to attend.

  • Seating is limited
  • Registration is open  

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Trainers: Salina Mendoza, Molly Pilloton

This course will be divided in two days on a one full day training, TBA

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

  • Seating is limited
  • Registration TBA

Bring Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to Your Schools

To request Youth Mental Health First Aid training at your school, please fill out this survey, or contact Salina Mendoza at or 559-940-0157 to schedule a training.