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Monday, March 23 & Tuesday, March 24

Wellness Together, in partnership with the California Department of Education, welcomes you to the 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference as we work together to advocate for the mental wellness of California's students, families, and educators. Join over 1,200 educators, school administrators, policy-makers, and school mental health professionals for two days of networking with colleagues, gaining knowledge of evidence-based interventions, and celebrating common goals.


2020 Keynote Speakers

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Sir Ken Robinson

March 24, 2020: Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.
An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. The 10th-anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.
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Julie Lythcott-Haims

March 23, 2020: Julie Lythcott-Haims, MFA, JD
The author of the New York Times bestselling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017), Julie Lythcott-Haims is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives. How to Raise an Adult and her TED talk How to Raise Successful Kids- without Over-Parenting emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students.

She received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience, and toward the end of her tenure as dean she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult has been published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 with over four million views, and counting, as well as a sequel which will be out in 2020.

In a different vein, the memoir Real American details Julie’s personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The child of an African American father and a white British mother, Julie shows how microaggressions in addition to blunt-force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Julie’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.” Julie Lythcott-Haims received her bachelor's degree at Stanford University, her law degree at Harvard Law School, and her MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of thirty years, their two teenagers, and her mother.
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Elisha Smith Arrillaga

March 24, 2020: Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D.
Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and supporting the high achievement of all California students, with a particular focus on underserved students of color, low-income students, and English learners. Dr. Smith Arrillaga leads the organization’s work centering education as a key racial and economic justice issue and has extensive expertise in leading initiatives using multiple strategies for impacting state policy – leveraging direct action, research, media, and policymaker engagement. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in and partnering with education and workforce policy, research, and advocacy organizations, including the Career Ladders Project, First 5 LA, College Bound, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research, and high schools and community colleges across the state of California.

Raised in a family with deep roots in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Smith Arrillaga comes from a long line of educators and has taught at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Her teaching experience focused on subjects including statistics, writing and research methods, and community-based participatory research. Her approach to research design and policy development is grounded in a firm commitment to actionable, student and community-centered research and engagement.

Dr. Smith Arrillaga has presented in numerous national and state venues on the topic of creating educational opportunities for all students and is a current member of the California Advisory Task Force on Alternative Schools. She was also selected in the inaugural cohort of the California Education Policy Fellowship, a program that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California. She has also authored dozens of publications, including a chapter on alternative schools in a forthcoming book from the Stanford University John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Dr. Smith Arrillaga holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton, an M.S. in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Smith College. She is the proud mother of a rising kindergartener.
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Steven C. Hayes

March 23, 2020: Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.
A Foundation Professor with the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Psychology Department within the Behavior Analysis program, Steven C. Hayes is the author of 45 books and over 625 scientific articles. His book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life was featured in Time Magazine and several other major media outlets and has been ranked the #1 best-selling self-help book in the United States. Dr. Hayes' new book, A Liberated Mind, has been recently released to wide acclaim. Dr. Hayes developed Relational Frame Theory, and then, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or “ACT” a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods to help many in a wide range of areas. Dr. Hayes has received several national awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the APA, of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He has also served on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. Google Scholar ranks Dr. Hayes as among the most cited scholars in all areas of study in the world.

Register Here:



$50 off student discount is available. Contact Wellness Together at conference@wellnesstogether.org for 2020 conference information.

2020 Conference Venue: Anaheim Convention Center

800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802

Rooms at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel (adjacent to conference venue) are reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees, starting at $129/night + tax.
Group Code: WEL

Click here or call (877) 776-4932 to make your reservation.

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Attendees of the 2020 CASMWC will learn to:

- Use practical skills from the states leading voices in student mental health


- Promote mental wellness for students and educators


- 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
Campus Health Center Staff
Education Specialists
Discipline Technicians
Classified & Support Staff
School Resource Officers
University & Community
College Counselors
College Faculty

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March 24th Lunchtime
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Stephen Sroka

Dr. Sroka is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and has worked in schools worldwide for over 30 years, delivering cutting edge information and skills in an entertaining, motivating, and inspirational presentation that lets theory translate into practice. For more, visit drstephensroka.com.

Conference Schedule

Monday, March 23rd
7:30am - 5:30pm
7:30 Venue Opens - Exhibits & Registration
8:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Keynote Session 1
10:00 -11:00 Breakout Session 1
11:15 - 12:30 Off-Site Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 Exhibits and Networking
12:45 - 2:00 Keynote Session 2
2:15 - 3:15 Breakout Session 2
3:30 - 4:10 Breakout Session 3
4:20 - 5:00 Breakout Session 4
5:00 - 5:30 Exhibits and Networking

Tuesday, March 24th
7:30am - 5:30pm
7:30 Venue Opens - Exhibits
8:30 - 9:45 Morning Keynote Session 1
10:00 - 11:00 Breakout Session 1
11:15 - 12:15 Breakout Session 2
12:30 - 1:45 Luncheon & Keynote Session 2 (Lunch Provided)
2:00 - 3:00 Breakout Session 3
3:15 - 3:55 Breakout Session 4
4:05 - 4:45 Breakout Session 5
4:45 - 5:30 Exhibits and Networking


THANK YOU!
2019 California Student Mental Wellness Conference Sponsors

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Breakout Schedule Coming Soon!


Use of Likeness
By attending the 2019 California Student Mental Wellness Conference, you acknowledge and agree to grant Wellness Together Inc. the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness at the conference in any media now available or hereafter developed and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise globally to disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval or payment from you. This grant to Wellness Together includes, but is not limited to, the right to edit such media, the right to use the media alone or together with other information, and the right to allow others to use or disseminate the media. If registering for a third party, I agree to inform them of the "Use of Likeness" Policy prior to the event.
Limited Availability 
Tickets to the California Student Mental Wellness Conference have sold out in previous years and the event is projected to reach capacity again this year. Space is limited. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure availability. We look forward to seeing you!
Cancellation Policy
Many conference-related fees are paid by the event organizer in advance, therefore refunds will only be processed within five (5) business days after registration date until February 21, 2020. Refunds will not be processed after February 21, 2020.


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.