​​​​​​​​​​​2019-20 Professional Development Trainings

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On-going Trainings
Restorative Practices are a continuum of research-based informal and formal strategies to develop community in schools where adults do things WITH youth rather than TO or FOR them. As a prevention and intervention approach to discipline, restorative practices provide an alternative to suspension and can integrate into a school’s multi-tiered system of behavioral supports. Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices Day 2: Using Circles Effectively.

Social and emotional skills are essential for student success.  Differentiated trainings support a systemic approach to enhance the social and emotional competence of both educators and students.  Presenter: Wendy Baron, Co-Founder and former Chief Office, Social Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center; Faculty, 1440 Multiversity; and Instructor, 
Reduce behavioral outbursts and help kids grow their skills of self-awareness and self-management.  Learn about the Zones of Regulation tools that address the sensory and emotional regulatory needs of your students. Presenters: Kristen Henry, Special Education Coordinator, Newport Mesa USD and Deija Johnson, Social, Emotional & Behavioral Suupport Education Specialist, Santa Ana USD. 
Adverse childhood experiences touch the lives of many of our students, affecting their health, learning, and behavior.  Learn about childhood stressors, signs and symptoms of trauma, and ways to intervene and respond to students within a multi-tiered system of support.   Presenters: Pamela Kahn, Coordinator, Health & Wellness, and Lucy Vezzuto, PhD, Coordinator, Student Mental Health & Social-Emotional Learning. 

Understanding Anxiety in Children and Adolescents ​
Learn the basics of the most common youth mental health disorder - anxiety. This session includes differences between problematic and normal anxiety, developmental signs and symptoms, and other psychiatric conditions and factors that may maintain or worsen anxiety.  Evidence-based treatment of childhood anxiety will also be presented with a specific focus on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Presented by:  Dr. Monica Wu, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES)​

Explore the mind-body benfits of mindful self-compassion and what it is and isn't. Reflect on your own state of self-compassion and experience several self-compassion practices. Walk away with resources to learn more.

(with training handouts) 

Adverse childhood experiences (such as abuse, family violence, substance abuse, mental illness, separation from a parent)  have been strongly associated with difficulty learning, physical and mental health problems, and an increased likelihood of suicide, substance abuse, and incarceration. Learn how such experiences impact the developing child, the signs and symptoms you may see in the classroom, and what you can do to set your students on a path toward healing and more positive outcomes in school and in life. Presenter: Holly A. Magana, Ph. D, Psychologist, Trainer and Consultant. For materials, click here. For references, click here.


All school staff can benefit from learning about children with challenging behaviors and how to help them manage their emotions. Learn what is perpetuating the behavior and ways to build resilience. For materials, click here.
Learn about the mobile crisis team that responds to psychiatric emergency calls throughout Orange County. CYBH/CAT will provide an overview of the services they offer, the welfare/institution codes and laws pertinent to crisis assessment of minors, when and how to make a referral to CYBH/CAT, and red flags and warning signs of high risk behaviors. You will also learn what to expect when CAT arrives, how an assessment is competed, and the potential outcomes of a crisis assessment. For materials, click here.
This forum will introduce the new suicide prevention policy for school districts and provide guidance on what school district policy and protocols should include. Our panel discussion will highlight what Orange County districts are already doing. Local agencies will present on their resources and how they support schools to meet student needs and policy requirements. For District office personnel, school counselors and psychologists, SARB/CWA Teams, student support services, and site administrators. For materials, click here.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)​
Mindfulness involves paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and can be cultivated through both formal and informal mindfulness practices. This training is for youth-serving professionals interested in supporting stressed adolescents to find relief and clarity by teaching them how to shift their thinking away from impulsive, thoughtless, and judgmental ways of reacting to life. Learn how to teach teens to build on the resources they already have inside. Presenter: Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT; Founder and Director of Stressed Teens.
Learn about the nature of suicide among youth, risk factors, and warning signs. Learn what to do, what to say, and where to go for resources for suicide prevention and postvention. For resources and materials, click here.
This is a hands-on workshop where you will work on your policy and create a postvention plan. Consult with the experts to align your district's current suicide prevention policy. Learn a comprehensive approach to the spectrum of school-based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.  Meets the state requirement that the policy be developed in consultation with community stakeholders and suicide prevention experts. For resources and materials, click here.  

​T​here is something to be said for schools that integrate community-based programs to meet students' mental health needs. This training focuses on how to get these partnerships started, what to expect, policies to consider, and how to work together to attain the common goal of getting more students linked to mental health support services. ​ For materials, click here
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Email for Description of These Additional Trainings ​​(fee-based)

  • Well-Balanced Professional: Resilient and Relaxed (stress prevention and management for adults)
  • Developing Self-Management Skills in Young Children
  • Students, Stress, and Learning
  • How to Integrate Stress Management & Emotional Regulation Practices into Your Classroom
  • Resilient Mindful Learner: Stress Management for Educators and Their Students 

 Contact: Lucy A. Vezzuto, Ph.D.