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

Date: October 26, 2018
Location: Fresno, CA

This Central Valley convening, hosted by the California School-Based Health Alliance, Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd, and Kaiser Permanente, invited Central Valley health, mental health, and education practitioners to explore collaborative approaches for supporting and strengthening student resilience. The event included a keynote presentation on how to build individual and community resilience and an interactive closing activity that addressed how adults can foster supportive and caring relationships in classrooms and when working with kids individually.


  • Gained insights into the impacts of trauma on children ages 0-18 and how resilience-building practices can support trauma-impacted youth;
  • Learned about ways to address trauma using cross-sector approaches that include schools, healthcare providers, families, community members, and students themselves; and
  • Left with ideas to implement locally to build individual and community resilience.

The event was the second annual convening in response to feedback generated through the Central Valley Rural Education and Health Alliance on topics of interest for supporting students and families in California's Central Valley.



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 26, 2018

Fresno, CA

Contact Information

BethAnn Berliner,

Trauma-Informed Practices (Supporting the Whole Child)

Central Valley Rural Education and Health Alliance


  • Paula Adair, Tulare City School District
  • Michel’le Bailey, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board
  • Miriam Cardenas-Aleman, Kings Canyon Unified School District
  • Rebeca Cerna, REL West at WestEd
  • Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Young and Healthy
  • Marc Ediger, Reedley Police Department
  • Jose Garza, Reedley Police Department
  • Rebecca Gudeman, National Center for Youth Law
  • Roni Habib, EQ Schools
  • Jake Harder, Reedley Peace Building Initiative
  • Sam Himelstein, Center for Adolescent Studies
  • Tricia Leslie, Tulare City School District
  • Martha Merchant, University of California, San Francisco
  • Jenn Rader, El Cerrito High School
  • Carlos Rizo, Kings Canyon Unified School District
  • Irma Rosa Viera, California School-Based Health Alliance Youth Board
  • Melissa Santodonato, WestEd
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