2017-18 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.
Understanding and Addressing Self-Harm in Youth
Learn about self-harm among young people and why it happens.  The session will address the myths and   facts of self-harm, the signs and symptoms and ways to help a young person presenting these behaviors. Presenter: Jennifer Johnson, LCSW, California State University, Stanislaus. For materials, click here.
Preventing Adolescent Suicide: What You Need to Know
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. Presenter: Jacquelyn Rivera, LCSW, Didi Hirsch Agency.
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Gain the skills and confidence to recognize and respond to a person at risk of suicide.  This two-day interactive workshop provides practical training for specialized staff with the emphasis on suicide first aid, helping a person at risk to stay safe and linking them to further help. Two-day attendance is essential. Presented by: Didi Hirsch Agency.
April 28, 2018
This learning experience for adults is a time for self-care, reflection, and relaxation.  Manage your stress and learn practices that nurture mind-body health and happiness. Build your resilience and practice mindful awareness to be the best you can be for your personal and professional life. Presenter: Mindful Way.  


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 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