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

Date: October 6, 2017
Location: Fresno, CA

In October 2017 the California School-Based Health Alliance and Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd presented a free, day-long event that addressed 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 included 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 explored how educators and healthcare providers can create environments that support the mental health and wellbeing of all youth and students.


  • Learned about how trauma and mental health challenges affect students’ learning, health, and development;
  • Developed a deeper understanding of how to provide integrated mental health supports in education and healthcare systems; and
  • Engaged 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.



Education and healthcare practitioners, including student support services staff, school mental health services providers, school and School Based Health Center (SBHC) nurses, and school staff in California’s Central Valley.


October 6, 2017

Fresno, CA

Contact Information
BethAnn Berliner

Supporting the Whole Child



  • Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE Center
  • Lisa Eisenberg, California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Stephanie Guinosso, California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Salina Mendoza, California School-Based Health Alliance
  • Martha Merchant, University of California, San Francisco
  • Jenn Rader, El Cerrito High School
  • Saun-Toy Trotter Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Oakland
  • Leora Wolf-Prusan, WestEd
Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central California Convening Keynote Presentation Highlights