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Welcome to The HUB: March Issue! This issue is chock-full of no-cost trainings, events, and funding opportunities that support student, staff, and community mental health and well-being. Make sure to check out the new grant opportunity and the upcoming youth-led conference you won’t want to miss!
Grant Opportunity for Orange County (OC) Mental Health Professionals
The Picerne Family Foundation is awarding fifteen individual grants of $10,000 to mental health and other professionals in Orange County to support their efforts, programs, and the services they provide at their organizations. The Foundation invites accomplished and motivated mental health professionals and educators to propose “the project of their dreams” - a program they feel will have a real and lasting impact for their clients or students.
Who is eligible to apply? Licensed clinical mental health professionals, licensed professionals working in mental health settings, and educators and school counselors for grades K-12 are eligible for this award. Grants are currently being awarded to professionals working in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California.
The application deadline is March 31, 2022. To learn more and/or apply, visit this site.
Don’t Miss the Youth-Led Conference: Making Wellness a Part of Every Student’s School Day
Mental health doesn’t take a break when the academic day begins. The Community Networking Project is hosting a county-wide youth-led conference - Making Wellness a Part of Every Student's School Day - on March 31, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. During this interactive conference, OC students will share easy, tangible ways for educators to incorporate wellness and social and emotional practices and activities that support student well-being inside and outside of the classroom. Students will talk candidly about how these strategies have been critical to their academic performance at school and in their lives. The conference will also feature discussions with experts and participants and a special (*stay tuned*) guest.
All students, families, educators, teachers, counselors, mental health leaders, and school staff are welcome to attend. Register for the no-cost youth-led conference here.
School-Based Mental Health Training Series
Check out these upcoming school-based mental health trainings hosted by the Orange County Department of Education’s Regional Mental Health Coordinator team. All trainings are offered at no cost from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and are meant for Orange County school-based mental health personnel:

March 9, 2022: CBT Interventions for Anxiety and Depression
This session will provide information on Cognitive Behavioral Intervention to support students experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. School-based mental health staff will learn strategies to share with educators to promote healthy classroom environments and build student resiliency. Attendees will also explore the prevalence of anxiety and depression, risk and protective factors, the impact of these conditions on learning, and how school connectedness can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Register here.
March 23, 2022: LGBTQIA+ and Mental Health
Learn effective strategies to create an inclusive and safe environment for your school’s LGBTQIA+ community. This training will cover common terms, risk factors, stages of identity development, the coming out process, behavioral interventions, and strategies to be an affirmative school mental health professional. The training will also review the latest legislation related to LGBTQIA+ students. Register here.
March 30, 2022: How to Support the Treatment of Eating Disorders
A Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Pediatric Psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders among children and adolescents will lead a presentation for school communities exploring common eating disorders, strategies for recognizing and supporting students with disordered eating in the school setting, clinical assessment goals and tools, and eating disorder services throughout Orange County. Register here.
For more information and/or questions, contact Mayu Iwatani at miwatani@ocde.us.
Wellness in the Classroom: Implementation Webinar
The Wellness in the Classroom webinar is designed to help address the wellbeing of the whole student. Hosted by the Orange County Resource Directory on March 21, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., the purpose of this webinar is to share resources and strategies for supporting students showing signs and symptoms of trauma, suicide ideation, and social or emotional distress. Self-care techniques for educators will be shared and case examples will be included. The webinar is designed for K-12 school counselors, teachers, social workers, psychologists, mental health professionals, and administrators.
Two Continuing Education Units will be offered through full participation of the webinar. Register here.
Faith and Mental Health Forum: Building Your Knowledge Base
The OC Sheriff's Interfaith Advisory Council is hosting a Faith and Mental Health Forum for local faith and mental health leaders on March 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Christ Cathedral Arboretum. The forum will feature subject matter experts speaking about mental health, local services, resources, and trainings available.
Register for the forum here.
You’re WORTH It: A Special Live Music Event
Join Connect-OC and Community Outreach Alliance for “You're WORTH IT” - a special live music event and discussion supporting mental health - on March 12, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Baha’i Center. This unique event will explore themes such as hope, resilience, and mental wellness through a panel discussion, resource fair, and musical performances.
This event is offered at no cost for OC young adults ages 16 – 24. Space is limited – register here!
Virtual Foster Youth College and Career Fair
On March 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the Orangewood Independent Living Program and Orange County Department of Education is hosting a virtual Foster Youth College and Career Fair open to current and former foster youth ages 16 and up and their Adult Supporters. Youth will choose what topics they want to pursue during the event. Topics include:

  • Interview Tips
  • College Survival Tips
  • Resume Tips
  • College Extracurriculars
The first 60 youth to register by March 7 will receive a bag full of goodies! The registration page can be found here.
Arts Workshop Through the Our Stories Program
Laguna Playhouse has launched an innovative new program - Our StoriesThis powerful initiative utilizes workshop settings led by trained teaching artists for students to tell their story through the Arts. The Arts Workshop offers students a safe space to express themselves and their feelings and emotions.
Funded by the Orange County Health Care Agency, art supplies are available at no cost for OC young adults ages 16 – 24. 2-week and 6-week sessions are available. Learn more and reserve your spot here.
The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project
The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project is a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that educators can use to teach critical mental health and coping skills. Topics include understanding feelings, relaxation skills, understanding thoughts, managing intense emotions, and mindfulness. All resources are grounded in the expertise of the Child Mind Institute, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children with mental health and learning disorders.
CALLING ALL EDUCATORS! California educators can earn up to $100 by sampling the content and providing feedback. The expected time is only 30 minutes.
To learn more about the project and sample content, click here.
Implementing Identity Support Plans for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-Binary Students
The State of California requires school districts to provide equity and access to transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary (TGNC) students at school. To ensure equity and access throughout OC school districts, the Orange County Resource Directory team has designed Identity Support Planning (IDSP) tools to help school districts support TGNC students.

The IDSP tools for schools are available as downloadable files on the OC Resource Directory website:
New Practices to Rehabilitate from the Trauma of the Pandemic
In a recent article published by Harvard Business Review, the cofounder of Neuroleadership Institute discusses how the pandemic has upended some of our most basic needs for certainty, control, and connectedness. The article offers advice and new practices to rebuild, repair, and regrow from the trauma of COVID. Read the full article here.
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The HUB is brought to you by The Reilly Group as part of the OC Health Care Agency Community Networking Project, and humble editors: Gabriela Rodriguez, Colleen Reilly, and Lyric Winik. The HUB is specially designed to serve our community and connect you to the rich array of K-12 school-based mental health events, activities, services, resources, webinars, trainings, policy and funding opportunities, and more, happening here in OC and beyond. 
 Contact the Community Networking Project at gabriela@reillygroupinc.com.
Funded by OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), Mental Health and Recovery Services, Prevention & Intervention, Mental Health Services Act/Prop. 63