2017-18 Professional Development Trainings


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Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively 

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 ​


Preparing for Policy Change: A Suicide Prevention Forum

March 1, 2017

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.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)

March 17, 2017

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.


Eliminating Barriers to Learning: Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues

March 28, 2017


All school staff can learn about how to eliminate barriers to learning by understanding and addressing mental health issues in a school environment. This training covers early identification of student mental health issues, risk factors, reducing stigma, supportive classroom and school-site strategies, and referral resources. To learn more about this training, click here.  


Preventing Adolescent Suicide: What You Need to Know

A​pril 4, 2017

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.


Developing Your Suicide Prevention Policy: Working with the Experts

May 2, 2017

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. Provided in partnership  with the Directing Change Program, Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide suicide prevention efforts funded in part by Orange County Health Care Agency.





Thinking Outside the Box: Changing Student Behavior  Sept. 22, 2016  powerpoint.png

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. Topics include: Supporting the brain and the role of executive function, Understanding genetic, environmental, cultural and familial influences on a child’s behavior, dealing with challenging behaviors, empowering children to manage their emotions, and promoting resiliency in children.​


Enhancing School-Community Partnerships for Students' Emotional Well-Being Oct. 18, 2016

​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. ​


Responding to Students Who Have Experienced Early Adversity    Nov. 2, 2016

Adverse childhood experiences (such as abuse, family violence, substance abuse, poverty, 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, and what you can do to set your students on a path toward healing and more positive outcomes in school and life. ​


2​015 - 2016 Professional Development Trainings​ ​

Enhancing the Well-Being of the Early Childhood Community through Mindfulness powerpoint.pngFor slides click here.    

Thinking outside the Box: Changing Student Behavior  


P​reventing Adolescent Suicide: What You Need to Know  
Parents and Teachers as Allies: Recognizing Early Onset Mental Illness in Children & Adolescents

Understanding and Responding to Students' Adverse Childhood Experiences in School  powerpoint.png For slides click here

Eliminating Barriers to Learning: Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues
The Mindful Teacher: Cultivating Emotional Resilience    powerpoint.png For slides click here.
Understanding and Addressing Self-Harm    ​powerpoint.pngFor slides click here
The Trauma-informed Educator: Responding to Youth Who Have Experienced Early Adversity   powerpoint.pngSlides click here 
A Culturally-Competent Approach to Becoming a Trauma-Responsive School ​powerpoint.pngSlides click here  Additional Handouts





Train School Staff to Support Student Mental Health

Eliminating Barriers to Learning: Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues (EBL) is a school staff training that addresses these topics: ​
  • signs and symptoms of student mental health issues
  • risk and protective factors
  • supportive classroom & school-wide strategies to support students' mental health
  • local referral resources for students and their families.

This training helps staff to 'become a bridge' for students and families to get help.

Find a local Orange County trainer in your school district.



​O​ther Trainings Upon Request ​​(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