December 5, 2019 - World Mental Health Day Summit: Inclusion -  A selection of Presenters, Community Members, Interagency Partners and ICBHS Experts

Imperial County annually celebrates World Mental Health Day with a series of informative workshops, recovery based entertainment, and community-specific information during a day-long event at Imperial Valley College. Join the Let’s Talk About It! hosts as we speak to presenters, guests, and other community members about including diverse mental health supportive practices in our lifestyles.
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December 12, 2019 - Young Love: Concerns and Mental Health Issues In Adolescent Romance - Andrea Platero, APCC Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Youth and Young Adult Services.

Adolescence contains a number of life challenges, including the beginnings of romantic relationships. With youth and young adult therapist Andrea Platero, we examine the modern context of young love, including social media, consider common concerns and share helpful strategies in supporting the young ones through their first romantic relationships.
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December 19, 2019 - The Ever Forward Club - Ashanti Branch, M.Ed. Founder/Executive Director The Ever Forward Club

“If we don’t initiate the young men, they will burn down the village”-African Proverb. Our Nation’s young men of color are getting disciplined in school, dropping out, and facing unemployment and involvement in the criminal justice system at disproportionately high rates. Club mentors create a safe space for young men to come together weekly in circles to have fun, enjoy food and engage in the process of removing the mask of masculinity; peeling off the layers of pain, frustration, fear, sadness and disappointment. Though this work, the young men start to show up with greater passion and purpose, which provides them with a clearer life direction.
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December 26, 2019 - Season of Gratitude - Juan J. Flores, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Behavioral Health Manager Youth and Young Adults Services.

Inour hectic lives, with all of our responsibilities and commitments, quiet reflection of gratitude can be easily misplaced. The winter season, full of holidays for some, offers us a chance to reconnect to the mental health benefit of realizing we have so much to be thankful for, followed up by demonstrating that gratitude to the world so that the spirit of gratitude is as infectious as a winter cold, but as healthy as a warm bowl of chicken soup for the soul.
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January 2, 2020 – Coping Cat Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders - Phillip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP Professor of Psychology Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Disorders Clinic Temple University.

Anxiety is a growing source of concern for our children and youth. Over 30% of youth report anxiety-related problems in their lives affecting school, friends, family and their self-regard. Coping Cat is an evidenced-based therapy model employed by Imperial County Behavioral Health to solve anxiety problems in youth. Join us as the developer of Coping cat, Dr. Phillip Kendall, describes how and why Coping Cat works.
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November 7, 2019 - Children and Adolescent Clinic Overview - Jose Lepe Behavioral Health Manager Children and Adolescents Services

1in 4 children suffers from treatable mental health conditions every day in our community. These conditions affect grades, self-esteem, social relationships and can affect lifetime outcomes if not treated. Let’s introduce the community to Imperia County Behavioral Health’s Children and Adolescent Services. Walk with us through a virtual tour, as pur guide Behavioral Health Manager, Jose Lepe seeks to share the ease, comfort and care of accessing behavioral health support for our children.
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November 14, 2019 – Smart phones: Have They Taken over Your Youth’s Life? - Jonathan Fonseca Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker Psychiatric Social Worker Youth and Young Adults Brawley Anxiety and Depression/MHSA FSP

According to the Pew Institute 75% of teens and 95% of young adults send text messages, with the average being 60 text messages per day. Smart-phones ownership in teenagers is over 95%. 45% of U.S. teens describe their online time through smart-phones as nearly constant. Most subscribe to a variety of social media platforms. Join us as we discuss possible mental health consequences of smart-phone use.
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November 21, 2019 - Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) - Joaquin Zambrano Program Supervisor Adult Services ICBHS-Brawley

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment strategy that seeks to decrease recidivism among juvenile and adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning. It’s step-by-step approach combines elements from a variety of psychological traditions to progressively address self-esteem, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.
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November 28, 2019 - Soar Above Stigma - Jackie Valadez SHS HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Advisor Simran Singh SHS HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Mental Health Project Leader

Imagine a high school where youth who were experiencing suffering due to symptoms of mental health problems didn't have to hide or minimize. Imagine there was open acceptance and support. Soar Above Stigma, a mental health wellness campaign at Southwest High School have taken on this challenge with their Healthcare Professional students playing a significant role in reducing mental health stigma on campus.
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