Marlon Morgan, M.A., LPCC, PPS, Executive Director of Wellness Together.

At Core Connectivity, we believe that every human being has been granted a spirit of power and love and sound mind, and that this power must be defended one heart and mind, one family and one community at a time. To that end, cyber connectivity has created a power crisis for youth and families that can be addressed through culture at home, school and in the public square, which is software for hearts and minds. So we are so honored to be participating as a resource at the first statewide educator conference on student mental health organized by Wellness Together in Rocklin, California, which promotes a culture to understand the role of adults in the lives of tech-savvy students and address the very real issues youth and families face today that impact learning. Educators, health care professionals and parents are encouraged to attend for a modest fee of $50. Below are more details about the event and how to register.

Wellness Together, in partnership with the California Department of Education, is hosting an all-day Conference at William Jessup University on April 17, 2017. Join us for this professional development opportunity and hear from the state’s leading voices in student mental wellness including presenters from Brown University, UC Davis, USC School of Social Work, CSU Sacramento, the Beck Institute and many others.

Conference attendees will include K-12 Educators, Higher Education Faculty, School Counselors, Mental Health Service Providers, Support Staff and all individuals interested in promoting student mental wellness. This is an exciting opportunity for the community to come together and work on creating a positive school climate and promoting student mental wellness.

Conference Overview: This one day conference will offer over 30 breakout sessions, a legislative update on student mental health, a welcome address, and two keynote speakers. You can find a complete list of the presenters here: http://www.wellnesstogether.org/conference-presenters. Breakout topics will feature evidence-based interventions including:

  • Trauma Informed Practices in Schools (TIPS)
  • Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ Students
  • Suicide Intervention, Prevention, and Postvention
  • School Based Mental Health: Using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Child Sex Trafficking
  • Supporting Immigrant Youth -Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) with Children and Adolescents in School Settings
  • Mindfulness in an Educational Setting

Conference Mission: Wellness Together, in partnership with the California Department of Education, established the California Student Mental Wellness Conference to equip and inspire educators to ensure student mental wellness and create a positive school climate. With every new academic challenge they present, all educators have the opportunity to advocate for students and ensure they are receiving the social-emotional learning supports necessary for academic achievement.

Background: With an average of one school counselor for every 854 students, California provides fewer educational counseling services than any other state (www.kidsdata.org, 2016). The typical school counselor in California serves nearly twice the national average number of students (1:491, ASCA, 2014) and nearly four times the caseload recommended by the American School Counseling Association (1:250). Placer and Sacramento counties have counselor to student ratios that are even higher than the California average, at 1:894 and 1:1108, respectively (www.kidsdata.org, 2016). This lack of professional mental health services may leave teachers and administrators managing an overwhelming number of emotional and behavioral challenges. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study indicating as many as 1 in 5 students across the US exhibit signs of a mental health disorder. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that 1 in 10 children and adolescents in the United States suffer from serious emotional and mental disorders that cause significant functional impairment in their day-to-day lives at home, in school, and with peers (NAMI, 2016). The American Association of Suicidality 2014 National Data Report on Suicide indicates suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with suicide as the 2nd leading cause of death for youth 15-24 years of age. Approximately 14 youths complete suicide daily, equating to 1 death every 93 minutes.

Conference objectives: Attendees will learn to use practical skills from the state’s leading voices in student mental health, promote student mental wellness, create a positive school climate, and reduce social-emotional barriers to increase student learning. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at the Wellness Together conference page.

Wellness Together is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a clear vision of increasing access to quality mental health services to every student in California. This organization has responded to the state’s educational counseling crisis by equipping school districts to offer high quality, cost effective counseling, and support services to students on school campuses through partnerships with universities and graduate programs

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About:  We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).

Joanna Jullien, Founder & CEO of Core Connectivity
Photo by: Victoria Hatch

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and Examiner.com.