Resources and Highlights from the May 16, 2019 Sierra Region Learning Community: Fourth in the Building Resilience Series

The fourth Sierra Learning Community in the four-part Building Resiliency Series focused on:  Exploring evidence-based tools and interventions for addressing Behavioral Health needs in the Sierra Nevada Region. 

The power point distributed to attendees is attached.  View the recording by clicking here:  Sierra Region May 16, 2019 Learning Community 


Make sure to visit the Strategies2.0 YouTube Channel to access recordings of all the Strategies2.0 sponsored webinars and Learning Communities.  The channel holds a wealth of resources you can use for training purposes, or to catch up on the latest programs if you are unable to attend a Learning Community! 

Highlights and Resources

 The Learning Community program began with a presentation by Carly E. McCord, Ph. D, Director of Telebehavioral Health, Texas A&M Telehealth Counseling Clinic.  Carly described the services available through the Madison County Outreach and Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network and the efficacy of providing remote counseling services to rural, isolated communities.  Carly’s power point is attached to the email.  Carly shared the following resources with participants: 

Our next presentation was from Kim Catanzano, Program Director, Project Permanence, Lincoln, West Oakland.  Kim shared shared the key components of their wraparound program, with a focus on providing a team approach to serving youth in the dependency and delinquency court systems.  Kim suggested participants review the video on California Wraparound Services:  California Child Wraparound Services for Child Welfare and Probation: How it Works  

The final presentation was by Doty Shepard, Director, Resilient Colorado, on a  collective impact project she is leading in Durango County with a focus on suicide prevention.  Doty shared the following videos to enrich her presentation: ACEs Primer Video  and  Collective ImpactDoty’s power point is attached to this blog.  

A handout was distributed that summarized feedback from participants over the last year’s Learning Communities about challenges in their work, and how the Learning Community can help to address these challenges.  Participants were asked to work with their peers to add to the list, and report back their discussion.    

Highlights of the discussion are provided below. 

  • Inyo County shared their priorities are in the areas of substance abuse, opioid use, and funding streams for expanding services. Developing mentor programs for youth, especially male.  Developing after school programs, in particular low or no cost.  Providers and programs for young adults with developmental disabilities as well as transportation services, are also a priority.
  • The participants in Jackson concurred that youth mentoring programs are a priority, and transportation. In particular, how can services be funded? 
  • Expanding internet access in rural communities.
  • Self-Care and Trauma Informed Self-Care for providers of services.
  • Getting the right information to the people who need it.
  • Grief counseling and education in schools and through out the community. How to cope with grief, different types of grief, etc.  

Next Steps for the Sierra Learning Community…Topic Selection for the 2019-20 Series!


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