2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference

Come together to advocate for the mental wellness of California's students, families, and educators.

2020 Keynote Speakers

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, California Surgeon General

An award-winning physician, researcher, and advocate dedicated to changing the way our society responds to one of the most serious, expensive and widespread public health crises of our time: childhood trauma.

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Steven C. Hayes

Developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and his book, Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life was featured in Time Magazine and has been ranked the #1 best-selling self-help book in the US.

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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).

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Isaiah Pickens, Ph.D.

Licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in counseling and educational services for individuals and organizations. Dr. Pickens is currently 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).

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Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D.

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.

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Stephen Sroka, Ph.D.

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.

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Mark Collin, M.A., LMFT

Mark is the founder of The Toolbox Project. The Toolbox Project began to emerge in 1993 while Mark was serving as a school counselor for disadvantaged children. Since then, Mark has worked in and with schools for over 26 years developing Toolbox, a comprehensive social and emotional learning curricula and program now serving over 265,000 children, 12,000 teachers, their families and communities worldwide. The strength/asset based common language of the 12 Tools and strategies of Toolbox is rooted in resilience, self-knowledge, self-awareness, non-violence, and empathy for self and others. Mark has received awards and much praise for this work. To name a few: In 2013, Mark received an ‘official’ endorsement of The Toolbox Project from the XIVth Dalai Lama. He was a 2017 Finalist in the Jefferson Awards.

Mark has been teaching, studying, and practicing in the field of humanistic, Jungian, and transpersonal psychology for forty years. He did graduate work at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. He received a master’s degree in Eastern and Western Contemplative and Developmental Sciences. Along with developing Toolbox, Mark also practices as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA.

Wellness Together School Mental Health in Partnership with the California Department of Education

Read the Invitation Letter from Tony Thurmond,
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Sept. 8-10, 2020 NOW A LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT!

Join educators, school administrators, policy-makers, and school mental health professionals from all over the country for a three day virtual experience to gain knowledge of evidence-based interventions, network with colleagues and celebrate common goals.

Expanded Conference Schedule Below

Attendees Will Learn To:

Use practical skills from the state's 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 and 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

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

Like us, many of you were excited to hear from Sir Ken as one of the keynote speakers for the 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference. It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D. He died peacefully Friday, August 21, 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. On behalf of the Wellness Together team, we send our deepest condolences to Sir Ken's family, friends, and colleagues around the world.

We are grateful for Sir Ken's innovative work advocating for all students to thrive. For more information on Sir Ken's legacy, click below:

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Have Conference Questions?

Click here to access the 2020 CASMWC Frequently Asked Questions

The California Student Mental Wellness Conference welcomes a wide variety of presenters and sponsors 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.