San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Monthly Meeting
Our Mission
To Promote Employee Assistance Programs as an effective means of enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, and to facilitate the professional identification of Chapter members and the development of quality Employee Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area
January 12, 2021
Liisa Hanninen-Danner, PhD

Topic Title:
Increasing Mental Health Awareness in a School Community
Presentation Schedule:
11:30am-12pm - Group Introductions

12pm-12:15pm - Introduction, description on the community, overview of problem and need

12:15pm-12:30pm - Plan of action, consideration of barriers, development of infrastructure to support initiative

12:30pm-12:45pm - Establishment of Mental Health Awareness Advisory Committee, development of partner network & tiered matrix of support, outcomes

1:00pm-1:20pm - Tour of Mental Health Website, additional resources and activities, 2020 evaluation findings

1:20pm-1:30pm - Q&A
Presentation Description:
Following the results of a 2015 Alameda County Health Assets & Needs Assessment, the Livermore School District embarked on a mission to increase mental health awareness in the community. Since that time advances have been made in several areas including launching a Mental Health Website, training over 300 staff and parents in Youth Mental Health First Aid, training 450 high school students in the Teen Mental Health First Aid pilot as 1 of 3 agencies selected in CA, and establishing a Partner Network with outside agencies that has resulted in a significant increase in referrals to mental health and services provided. Specific steps the Livermore School District has taken to increase mental health awareness, decrease stigma around mental health, and facilitate services and supports will be presented.
Short Bio:
As a school psychologist in the Livermore Unified School District, Dr. Hanninen-Danner coordinates the district's SAMHSA and BJA Mental Health Awareness Training grants and The Kid Connection Program, formerly part of the State Department of Mental Health's Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI). She is the Lead Instructor in the district's Teen Mental Health First Aid (TMHFA) Pilot and also provides Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings for staff and students. Dr. Hanninen-Danner is also a Lead Crisis Intervention Team Psychologist and coordinates crisis response district wide. Most recently she was a presenter at the 2020 CA Student Mental Wellness Conference.
Educational Goals:
  1. To provide an overview of the Livermore School District's Mental Health Awareness Initiative
  2. To offer a model for developing effective partnerships between school districts and outside providers

  1. Participants will describe strategies for increasing mental health awareness in school communities
  2. Participants will identify how to decrease barriers to mental health services and supports in school communities including mental health stigma, cultural factors, limited resources and consideration of systems
  3. Participants will list steps involved in developing effective partnerships between school districts and outside agencies

Books by Elaine Aron: 

  • Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • The Highly Sensitive Parent, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • The Undervalued Self, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • The Highly Sensitive Child, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person, Barrie Jaeger
  • The Highly Sensitive Person In Love, Elaine Aron, PhD
  • The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, Ted Zeff, PhD
  • The Highly Sensitive Man, Tom Falkenstein
The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs. The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances. Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Number is 57003.
CEU Requirements:
  1. Participants will join the course on time and will remain for the entire presentation. Participants will come prepared to learn and participate openly in discussion
  2. Participants will be required to submit the course evaluation form before being sent a CEU certificate. Any participant with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests at as soon as possible.
  3. Registration is required
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2021 Upcoming Presentations
February 9th - Anne Bisek, Psy.D - Working with Firefighters
March 9th - Faye Zenoff - Thriving Beyond Treatment: Helping employees transition back to work
April 13th - Erika Weaver, LCSW - Reflecting on 2020: Supporting Post Traumatic Growth
May 11th - Michael Coyle - Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Gender Transitions