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Wellness Together, in partnership with the California Department of Education, welcomes you to the second annual California Student Mental Wellness Conference. Join more than 700 educators and mental health service providers for this two-day event. Hear from the leading voices in student mental wellness as we work together to promote student mental wellness and improve school climate across the state.



Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed and four-time New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. Dr. Siegel will deliver a live and interactive video keynote presentation on February 28th. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. His books include “Mindsight,” “Brainstorm,” “The Developing Mind,” “The Mindful Brain,” “The Mindful Therapist,” “Parenting From the Inside Out,” and “The Whole-Brain Child.” He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes “Healing Trauma,” “The Power of Emotion,” and “Trauma and the Body.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Learn more about Dr. Siegel.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is an internationally acclaimed and four-time New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. Dr. Siegel will deliver a live and interactive video keynote presentation on February 28th. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.
His books include “Mindsight,” “Brainstorm,” “The Developing Mind,” “The Mindful Brain,” “The Mindful Therapist,” “Parenting From the Inside Out,” and “The Whole-Brain Child.” He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes “Healing Trauma,” “The Power of Emotion,” and “Trauma and the Body.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Learn more about Dr. Siegel.

Attendees of the 2018 CA SMWC will learn to:

-Use practical skills from the states leading voices in student mental health
-Promote student mental wellness
-Create a positive school climate
-Address social-emotional barriers to increase student learning

Who should attend?

K-12 Teachers and Site/District Administrators
School Counselors, School Psychologists
School Social Workers, School Nurses
School-Based LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs
Education Specialists
Classified & Support Staff
School Resource Officers
University & Community College Faculty

College Counselors & Campus Health Center Staff

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., is a widely published professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Twenge will deliver a live in-person keynote presentation on March 1st. Her most recent bestselling book is "iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us". Her research has been covered in Time, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post. She has also been featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning, and National Public Radio. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters. Learn more about Dr. Twenge.

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., is a widely published professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Twenge will deliver a live in-person keynote presentation on March 1st. Her most recent bestselling book is "iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us".
Her research has been covered in Time, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post. She has also been featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning, and National Public Radio. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters. Learn more about Dr. Twenge.

Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), the coordinating site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In this role, he is responsible for supporting diverse national, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative efforts to make child and family service systems more trauma-informed. Dr. Pickens will deliver a live in-person Plenary Session on March 1st. Dr. Pickens works to promote the identification, referral and appropriate support for culturally diverse children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma. He developed the Bridge Trauma-Informed Culturally-Responsive (TICR) Program, a professional development workshop for educators that provides a practical toolkit for managing youth traumatic stress responses in the school setting. As a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine and the Bellevue Hospital Center in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Pickens developed trauma-screening procedures for the Administration for Children Services of New York City and specialized in the treatment of juvenile offenders who were experiencing psychological trauma. Dr. Pickens is a regular contributor to several national media outlets including Psychology Today, MSNBC, WNYC, and the Huffington Post. Learn more about Dr. Pickens.

Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director of the Service Systems Program at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), the coordinating site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In this role, he is responsible for supporting diverse national, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative efforts to make child and family service systems more trauma-informed. Dr. Pickens will deliver a live in-person Plenary Session on March 1st.
Dr. Pickens works to promote the identification, referral and appropriate support for culturally diverse children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma. He developed the Bridge Trauma-Informed Culturally-Responsive (TICR) Program, a professional development workshop for educators that provides a practical toolkit for managing youth traumatic stress responses in the school setting.
As a faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine and the Bellevue Hospital Center in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Pickens developed trauma-screening procedures for the Administration for Children Services of New York City and specialized in the treatment of juvenile offenders who were experiencing psychological trauma.
Dr. Pickens is a regular contributor to several national media outlets including Psychology Today, MSNBC, WNYC, and the Huffington Post. Learn more about Dr. Pickens.

Watch a 30-second video to learn more about the 2018 Conference.


Wednesday, February 28th
8:00am - 5:30pm

8:00 Campus Opens - Exhibits & Registration
9:00-10:00 Welcome and Keynote
10:15-11:15 Breakout Session 1
11:30-12:30 Breakout Session 2
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Exhibits and Networking
2:15-3:15 Breakout Session 3
3:30-4:30 Breakout Session 4
4:30-5:30 Exhibits and Networking

Thursday, March 1
8:00am - 5:00pm

8:00 Campus Opens - Exhibits
9:00-10:00 Keynote
10:15-11:15 Breakout Session 1
11:30-12:30 Breakout Session 2
12:45-1:45 Awards Luncheon
2:00-3:00 Breakout Session 3
3:15-4:15 Breakout Session 4
4:30-5:00 Closing Session

Conference Location:
2121 University Avenue, Rocklin, CA 95765

Travel & Hotel

Southwest and Jet Blue airlines offer direct flights to Sacramento International Airport (SMF).


25% off student discount is available. Contact Jeremiah Aja, Coordinator of Education Services, at jeremiah@wellnesstogether.org for 2018 conference information.



The California Student Mental Wellness Conference welcomes a wide variety of sponsors and presenters from diverse backgrounds. The views and opinions expressed by these organizations and individuals do not necessarily represent those of Wellness Together or the California Department of Education. Proposed presentations are all subject to change.