Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times

Supporting You Supporting Students: Tools for the Challenging Times
Part 1 of 4
Thursday, April 9th | 1pm - 3pm


Welcome Address: Khieem Jackson, Deputy Superintendent of Equity and Access
California Department of Education

Opening Remarks: Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, California Surgeon General
Office of the California Surgeon General

"Telehealth Services for Students: Recent Legislative Action & Policy Update"
Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA- The Children's Partnership
This presentation will provide relevant updates and changes to Telehealth regulations and legislation, at the state and national level. This information will help guide you as you support students during this time of school closures.

Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA is President of The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization committed to giving every child, no matter their background, the resources and opportunities they need for a bright future. Under her leadership, TCP is building strong community partnerships, conducting forward-looking research, and advancing informed policy that betters the health and well-being of underserved children in California. She combines her decade of experience in health care policy and community outreach with her personal conviction that every child and family should have the opportunity and resources to pursue their dreams. Mayra began her professional career as a David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama. She completed her graduate education at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Mayra serves on the board of Social Interest Solutions and is actively involved with the Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Michigan. She is originally from El Cajon, CA, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband.

"Pupil Personnel Services Guidance for Checking-in on Students During School Closures"
Susan K. Coats, Ed.D., LEP #2836- California Association of School Psychologists
and Tom Sopp, M.A., LMFT #36146- California Association of School Psychologists

This presentation will provide PPS credentialed professionals with thoughtful guidance as their mode of communication with their students change from in-person to remote contact. It will include a “Check-In” process with students during school closures, a School Telehealth Checklist, and hyperlinked resources for further professional support.

Susan K. Coats, Ed.D., LEP is the CASP Chair on Mental Health and Crisis Consultation, a CDE Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup member, and a School Psychologist on Specialist Assignment for the Baldwin Park U.S.D.’s K-12 mental health and social-emotional learning programs. In 2016, she received U.S. Congressional Recognition for her work establishing the first NAMI High School Club in the East San Gabriel Valley and in 2018 Woman of Achievement from the California State Legislature.  

Tom Sopp, M.A., LMFT is a school psychologist with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) which is a large, culturally diverse, urban school district. Tom is assigned to the Family Resource Center (FRC), where he supports school sites by assessing the site’s tiered support services, collaborating with staff on adding intervention services, providing individual and group counseling services to students, modeling classroom social/emotional lessons for teachers, providing parent training, and leading professional development for school staff. In addition, he is the Advocacy & Leadership Committee Chair for the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP).

"Caring for the Caregivers: Cultivating a Culture of Collective Care"
Leora Wolf-Prusan, Ed.D.- Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC introduces learning points about self & collective care, supporting ourselves and each other in this time where our contexts and capacities are expanding and contracting. Resources and upcoming learning engagement opportunities-generally, related to responding to the pandemic, and specifically focused on school mental Telehealth and virtual student support services will be shared.

Leora Wolf-Prusan, Ed.D. is the Director of Partnerships & Learning at the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) where she supports the agency’s teaching and learning portfolio, serves as the Region 9 School Mental Health field director for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), in addition to many other facilitation projects. Previous roles include a national field director of a SAMHSA initiative (ReCAST), technical assistance for the Student Mental Health Program for California’s Community Colleges, CalWorks and more.  Before joining CARS, she served as the School Climate and Student Support Specialist in WestEd’s Health & Human Development Program where she provided consulting and training for numerous other clients and projects (e.g., Project AWARE, the Tennessee Department of Education’s Building Stronger Brains Train the Trainer, Kaiser Permanente THRIVE Initiative focusing on educator wellness, Cabrillo College Office of Equity focusing on equity mindedness in higher education leadership, and School Climate Transformation focusing on developing and leading Student School Climate Leadership Summits). Prior work includes serving as an educator coach and consultant in a variety of education settings (Oakland Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and other large urban LEAs) primarily focusing on college and career-going culture in urban high school contexts. She received a BA in international relations and a BA in Spanish with a minor in Social & Ethnic Relations from the University of California, Davis; a teaching credential from Mills College; and an EdD in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Who Should Attend

School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, K-12 Teachers, Site/District Administrators, School Nurses, School-Based LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, Campus Health/Wellness Center Staff, University & Community College Leadership & Counselors



Wellness Together School Mental Health welcomes a wide variety of presenters from diverse backgrounds. The views and opinions expressed by these individuals and organizations do not necessarily represent those of Wellness Together School Mental Health or the California Department of Education. Presentations and presenters are all subject to change at any time for any reason.  

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