April 9, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Mental Health - Collett Ashurst, RN Registered Nurse Public Health Department County of Imperial
We are currently experiencing a global pandemic event caused by a communicable novel (new) virus. COVID-19 has already demonstrated its effect on our daily lives, our routines, and even our mental health. One of the best coping tools for anxiety is information discernment. Gathering information, verifying the accuracy of the information, and then specific planning to manage the information is an effective anxiety reduction strategy. We have invited Imperial County Public Health Registered Nurse Collett Ashurst, RN to discuss all things COVID-19. How it is spread, what symptoms are experienced, how to suppress the spread, and how to manage life and stress levels in the midst of an infectious disease outbreak. Join us and learn the best ways to proceed in the days ahead of us all. 
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April 16, 2020 - Moral Reconation Therapy in Jail Groups - Dominic R. Vallejo Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician CESS/Community Engagement Supportive Services Imperial County Jail Liaison for Mental Health Services in the Community.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment approach that seeks to decrease recidivism, or the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, among juvenile and adult offenders by increasing moral reasoning. Imperial County Behavioral Health has teamed with Imperial County Sheriff’s Department to offer MRT at the county jail with the goal of reducing recidivism and offeringa recovery outcome forlocal community members who have been incarcerated.
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April 23, 2020 - The Whole-Brain Child: Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind  - Dan Siegel, MD Psychiatrist and Author Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No, it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!  Daniel J. Siegel, neuro-psychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mind-sight, explains the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.
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April 30, 2020 - Evidence-Based Practices in Children Services: Coping Cat for Anxiety - Lillian Vera, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Coping Cat is an evidence based practice in children with anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Imperial County Behavioral Health Children’s Services uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to treat anxiety disorders in children and young adolescents between the ages of 8 to 14.
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March 5, 2020 - Exploring the Links Between Nutrition and Mental Health - Dalia Rodriguez Owner Fitness Oasis Health Club & Spa.

Nutrition is a very important aspect of our everyday life, yet often overlooked as a building block, not only of physical health, but mental health as well. Proper nutrition practices fuel our bodies and minds with healthy vital nutrients so they may function efficiently throughout the day. Join Dalia Rodriguez, owner of Fitness Oasis, as she describes healthy nutrition habits, the process of commitment, financial considerations and how healthy nutrition supports mental health. 
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March 12, 2020 - Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training (ASIST) - Sylvia Bazan, AMFT Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Behavioral Health Manager Community Engagement Supportive Services (CESS).

This workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over one million caregivers have participated in this two-day, highly interactive, practical and practice-oriented workshop. Behavioral Health has utilized ASIST training for suicide intervention for over 20 years. Now available to schools and community members, ASIST contributes to our suicide safer community. 
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March 19, 2020 - Too Good for Drugs - Perla Varela Community Service Worker Substance Used Disorder (SUD) Youth and Young Adult Services Michelle Villarreal Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Transitional Engagement and Supportive Services (TESS).

Too Good for Drugs is an evidenced-based substance use prevention program that is structured to guide young people to make healthy choices and achieve success. This program’s curriculum helps students cultivate positive outcomes through the development of the following skills: goal setting, decision making, conflict resolution, effective communication, social and emotional competency. 
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March 26, 2020 - Mental Health First Aid - Patricia Arevalo-Caro Program Supervisor Center for Clinical Training Staff Development Outreach & Engagement

The Mental Health First Aid training is an interactive training that introduces participants, 16 years of age and over, to risk factors and warnings signs of mental health problems. This training builds understanding of mental health problems impact and outlines common treatments. Mental Health First Aid training is available to the public on a regular basis, offered free of charge as a community service by Imperial County Behavioral Health Services.
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April 2, 2020 - The Mental Health Support of Pet Ownership - Devon Apodaca Executive Director Humane Society of Imperial County

The multiple mental health benefits of owning a dog or cat have been demonstrated by many scientific studies. Animals help bring joy, a sense of companionship and responsibility. Join Devon Apodaca, the Executive Director of the Imperial County Humane Society as we discuss the mental health support of pet ownership.
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