October 7, 2021- The World Mental Health Day Summit: The Value of Lived Experience - 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 the local value of collective community behavioral health support.
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October 14, 2021 - Supporting the Mental Health Needs of the LGBTQ Community - Poshi Walker LGBTQ Program Director Cal Voices Cultural Broke

Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBTQ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Cal Voices is an organization advocating for rights and better health care for the LGBTQ community. Join us as Poshi Walker, further discusses the mental needs of the LGBTQ community and the resources that are available.
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October 21, 2021 - Mental Health on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention - Judith R. Klein-Pritchard Director of Legal Services WomanHaven A Center for Family Solutions

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The connection between sexual assault and lifelong mental health concerns related to trauma is unfortunately too common, as is the frequency of sexual assault. Join us as we shine light into the truths and consequences of sexual assault with longtime show friend and regular guest, Womanhaven-A Center for Family Solutions Director of Legal Services Judy Klein-Prichard, in an attempt to support a safer, healthier Imperial Valley for everyone
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October 28, 2021 - World Mental Health Day Summit: Reconnect, Reenter & Rebuild - 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 the local value of collective community behavioral health support in the 2021 Pandemic Reboot.
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August 5, 2021 - Parenting for Mental Health During a Pandemic - Stephanie Ramirez, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervising Therapist Children Services

There is no written guide to healthy parenting during a pandemic. We’re building the plane of family management in a pandemic as we fly it. Now that school is going to resume via in person and distance learning, we’re sure the experiment will continue. Join us as we sit down and talk with Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Children's Behavioral Health Therapist Stephanie Ramirez about what we’ve learned about parenting and supporting our children so far and how to apply these emerging best practices of pandemic-parenting in ways that are balanced and effective.
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August 12, 2021 - Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - Andrea Platero, APCC Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Mental Health Counselor Youth and Young Adults- El Centro

The Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidenced-based therapy used to treat individuals that are diagnosed with PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other related problems. Join us as therapist Andrea Platero introduces us to the model and the processes of CPT used to work through and recover from PTSD
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August 19, 2021 - Behavioral Health Outreach During COVID-19 Pandemic: Connecting with Distance- Gustavo Roman Community Service Worker ICBHS Center for Clinical Training

In the best of times, mental health stigma limits people from seeking treatment that would alleviate suffering. Outreach is a key component of community mental health that shares the safety, normalcy, and success of mental health engagement in an effort to reduce stigma. The pandemic not only brought increased stressors in a variety of ways, but it virtually shut down community outreach efforts which were primarily person to person in public settings. Please join us as Gustavo Roman gives us insight into the adaptations that outreach has achieved and how they continue their efforts to engage the community during the pandemic
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August 26, 2021 - Compassion Fatigue- Viviana Trejo, AMFT Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Mental Health Counselor II Adults FSP Services

Compassion fatigue is defined as "a term that describes the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of helping othersoften through experiences of stress or trauma.” The pandemic, partially through separating people in the helping professions, shined a spotlight on compassion fatigue and the need to support helping professions. Join us as Mental Health Counselor, Viviana Trejo, comes on the show and talks about signs, symptoms and different ways to help with compassion fatigue.
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September 2, 2021 - Managing Mental Health Stigma in Schools: Opening Doors to Support - Lupita Castro, LFMT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Director of Student Health Services Imperial Valley College

Students may be reluctant to seek mental health help due to the stigma of being labeled as a person with a mental health condition. This reluctance and the resulting delay in seeking treatment can result in additional suffering and risk for our youth. Fortunately student groups in several area schools are directly addressing stigma, normalizing and validating mental health support, and making their campuses safer. Please join us as Lupita Castro goes more in depth about this important topic, including direct efforts at Imperial Valley College.
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July 8, 2021 - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Bianca Nelson, LCSW Psychiatric Social Worker El Centro Adult Anxiety & Depression Clinic

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms can begin to present themselves within months or even years after the event. The Anxiety and Depression Clinic strives to help individuals, who meet criteria, to find the best way to deal with stress and alleviate symptoms and impairments. Join us as we explore the disorder and treatments that work.
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July 15, 2021 - 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. Through 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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July 22, 2021 - Southwest High School HOSA: Supporting Student Mental Health- Dominique and Hanna Southwest High School HOSA: Future Health Professionals and Founding Members of the Coalition for Students Wellness at Southwest High School

The Southwest High School HOSA: Future Health Professionals and Founding Members of the Coalition for Student Wellness at Southwest High School has for the past several years initiated a number of mental health supporting interventions on their campus that have met with state-level acclaim and shown campus level results. Now, coming off a pandemic year, HOSA student leaders join us to talk about their interventions in the pandemic, as well as their planning and progress towards a mentally healthy return to campus this fall.
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July 29, 2021 - Positive Engagement Team (P.E.T.): Innovative Mental Health Engagement - Devon Apodaca Director of Imperial County Humane Society Rene Felix Program Supervisor Positive Engagement Team (P.E.T.) Project

Once again, ICBHS will have well-behaved, friendly, and loving dogs at the clinics, they will be there to meet you, receive and give affection, and give support to those showing up for a behavioral health appointment. ICBHS, in conjunction with trained handlers and the Humane Society of Imperial County, the Positive Engagement Team will be back. Join us as Devon Apodaca, Director of Humane Society of Imperial County and Rene Felix, P.E.T. Program Supervisor, share the post-pandemic rollout plans for this great project.
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