Region 9 School Mental Health Champions!
Welcome Winter

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” 

Dear Region 9 School Mental Health Champions, 
Welcome to 2023—we hope that many of you (and ideally all!) had a restorative break and are feeling a bit more rested and ready to lead our school systems and communities through the rest of the year.
In this quarter’s newsletter, we offer new programming, research and resources, and so much more. 

Please contact us with specific requests, feedback, or your own resources you’d like us to share with your regional colleagues: 

With deep respect, breath, and courage,
The Pacific Southwest MHTTC School Mental Health team

Interested in accessing the resources below, archived webinars, and more? Check out all of our recorded webinars, products, and more here: Pacific Southwest MHTTC School Mental Health.
The Pacific Southwest MHTTC is a SAMHSA-funded center serving American Samoa, Arizona, California, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.
Contact us for questions and comments. 
Invite your team to sign up:

New & Upcoming Programming: In the works from our center...
» Untapped Leadership: A Wellness Workshop Series for BIPOC-Identifying School Mental Health Professionals and Their Allies

PART 1: January 23
Uncovering Untapped School Mental Health Leadership - Exercising Contextual Agility to Lead Effectively

This is the main session, open to all.
PART 2: January 30, February 6, and February 13
Exploring Our Untapped School Mental Health Leadership for Our Wellness
These private community sessions are only open to those who identify as BIPOC and who came to Part 1.
See the series page for more details and to register: Untapped Leadership >  

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Our Motivational Interviewing learning will continue in summer 2023. This round, we’re continuing to partner with Dr. Kristin Dempsey and creating specific sessions for school mental health providers.

» Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Motivational Interviewing as School Mental Providers, July 24, 3-5 p.m. PT

» Developmentally Responsive Motivational Interviewing for School Based Providers, July 26, 2-5 p.m. PT

More information and registration forthcoming; do save the dates!
Archived Programming (In Case You Missed It) from our center...

» Health Equity Literacy: Exploring the CLAS Standards as a Blueprint for Education, Healthcare, and School Mental Health Systems Collaboration

How might we, as educators and healthcare professionals, impact the ongoing school mental health crisis together in a systems’ aligned approach? How might we, as educators, establish mutually beneficial partnerships with community healthcare providers and systems? How might weaving the world of health, public health, and education improve our ability to create equitable school mental health services and systems? By...learning how to integrate distinctly different systems into a more cohesive network of support through shared cultural and linguistic standards!
This three-part series aimed to increase our health equity literacy toolbox as school or systems leaders by exploring the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), a set of 15 actions steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities. This is a tool developed for public health, not originally for school mental health; we offered this series to merge tools and systems for the benefit of our school outcomes.
Check out the recordings of the sessions here: Session 1, Session 2, Session 3

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» Getting Grief Ready at Work: A Starter Kit Workshop Series

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC team is dedicated and funded to provide the mental health and school mental health workforces with evidence-based practices to support the field. To address the need for evidence-based grief support in the mental health field, we published the Fostering Grief Ready Workplaces: A Starter Kit for Mental Health and School Mental Health Leadership (March 2022) to provide essential ingredients for guiding you and your organization through the basics of supporting a grieving workforce. 
In November and December 2022, we explored how we can utilize the starter kit in our own management, supervision, leadership, and workplaces.

Part 1 covered:
  • Grief Readiness: The basics & how grief impacts our workforce
  • Self-Reflection: How grief ready am I? Is my team? Is my system?
  • Approaching grief readiness with a power analysis, cultural sensitivity, and anti-racism at work 

Part 2 explored:
  • Implementation science and grief readiness at work: the stages to navigating and confronting loss at work
  • Being a manager, supervisor, or leader in the context of loss
  • Crafting a grief readiness plan (including examining workplace culture, identifying areas to become more grief sensitive in culture, and exploring your bereavement leave policies for equitable shifts)
From the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center National Coordinating Office
Apply by Jan 24 for the 2023 Classroom WISE Technical Assistance Opportunity

The MHTTC Network and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) invite schools and school districts to apply to receive free technical assistance to help them adopt and use our educator mental health literacy training package, Classroom WISE (Well-Being Information and Strategies for Educators) during the Spring 2023 term. 
What is this?
We're inviting 20 schools and school districts across the U.S. to help us understand what types of assistance they need to adopt Classroom WISE (e.g., how many school personnel complete the online course and access the materials on our website, and how the skills and materials in Classroom WISE are used in practice).
A small leadership team from each participating school/district will receive, at no cost: an orientation webinar, a written guide about Classroom WISE, an individual facilitation meeting with Classroom WISE developers who are national school mental health experts, and an invitation to participate in two virtual community of practice sessions. All leadership teams will be asked to complete baseline and follow-up surveys. Half of the selected schools/districts will also receive a planning support session to develop an implementation plan for Classroom WISE in their school/district.
The application deadline is January 24.
Check out more information here! Classroom WISE TA Opportunity >
Learning Opportunities from the Field...

Can’t make the Institute? Check out more no-cost programming from the School Crisis Recovery & Renewal project—a SAMHSA funded initiative via the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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» Registration is now open for the Arizona School Counselors Association on February 5-7

February 19: Academy Day PreCon, Hilton Americas Houston, TX
February 20-21: In-Person Conference, Hilton Americas Houston, TX
February 23-24: Virtual Conference, online

» Join the California School Based Health Alliance in Sacramento, CA, on April 17-18 for the California School Health Conference and Advocacy DayAdvocating for Student Healing & Health

» Join the National Center for Training and Technical Assistance on Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) virtually on May 10-11 for their annual System of Care Summit (SOC Summit), Better Together: Building Systems that Care.

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» Words Matter Discussion Series (NTTAC) February 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT / 9-10 a.m. HT I No cost

» Check out the rich offerings across the MHTTC network here: MHTTC Network Training and Events Calendar
What we're reading, listening to, and learning from

» Research Articles on Educator Mental Health and Literacy

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» Updated Visualizations of Equity

In November 2022, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released new visuals, based on community input, to express the difference between equality and equity. View the new graphic.
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» New Advocacy Agenda from NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) released their updated advocacy agenda in November 2022. The themes of the call to action? “Centering Lived Experience and Learning from Youth,” “Promoting Mental Health Education,” and more.

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» Trauma-Informed Practices: A Blog

Chefalo Consulting offers us 11 Trauma-Informed Boundary Phrases to Use at Work to deepen our trauma-informed leadership.
Contact the Pacific Southwest MHTTC
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Disclaimer: The views, opinions, and content expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).