Weekly Wrap-Up
December 18, 2020

During this holiday season, MHAC wishes you and your family wellness.

Please note that the Weekly Wrap-Up will be taking a break and will resume on January 8, 2021.


Holiday Travel During a Pandemic
Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.
If you are considering traveling for the winter holidays, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand.

San Diego Starts Program to Aid Firefighters' Mental Health
The San Diego Fire Department has introduced a program that pairs service dogs and chaplains with firefighters to provide emotional support for work-related trauma.
The program is the first of its kind in the U.S., the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

Meet the Chicagoan Making Therapy as Normal as 
Ordering a Cup of Coffee

While making a name for himself as a rapper and performer on the South Side of Chicago, Chris LeMark was also fighting his own invisible battle with severe depression. After getting the help he needed, he came to audiences with a new purpose: to normalize therapy and mental health conversations. His organization, Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health, is shattering stigmas surrounding mental health care, with a specific focus on Black and Brown communities.

Public Comment: Draft ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed 
Network of Care Roadmap
On December 14, 2020, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in partnership with the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG), released for public comment the draft ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap, which is designed to further expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative.
The Roadmap will serve as a guide for health care providers, social service agencies, and community-based organizations by providing practical steps to help grow cross-sector networks of care that support children, adults, and families in effectively mitigating the impact of ACEs and toxic stress.

Virtual Event

Integrative Community Therapy
Integrative Community Therapy  (ICT, also known as Terapia Comunit├íria Integrativa or TCI) is a unique large group dialogic therapeutic modality that requires only short-term training, can accommodate groups from 15-200 people, and can be performed successfully in an online format. ICT was created by psychiatrist/anthropologist Dr. Adalberto Barreto in response to an increased need for meaningful community-based mental health services in the extremely low-income neighborhoods (also known as favelas) of Fortaleza, Brazil. This modality is based on a five-step participatory structure that elicits therapeutic community conversation and knowledge-sharing in groups of 15 or more.

Thursday, January 7, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Improving Telehealth Engagement
Turning Telehealth into Hell-a Health
Feature Event
Develop and enhance your ability to engage via telehealth! This training will teach front-line providers skill sets and tips drawn from Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Harm Reduction designed to establish rapport and a compassionate connection.  Whenever the pandemic ends, it's clear that telehealth will continue to be an important tool in the provider' tool-kit. What lessons have been learned during these challenging times? Will the virus inspire us?


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