Supporting Student Mental Health and Emotional Wellness

Advocating for Mental Health Services for Students

In this webinar our panel of education and mental health experts discuss topics like how to partner with community mental health resources, how SEL programs and strategies can help in supporting student mental health, how schools can more effectively partner with resources and help communities better advocate towards good mental health support, and tips for educators to be able to see warning signs in students that may be struggling. 


Dr. Loretta Whitson

Dr. Loretta Whitson

Dr. Whitson directs the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), a nonprofit state association that provides policy recommendations, guides schools towards linking school counseling to their overall mission, as well as leading school counselors in engaging in high caliber, research-based practices associated with school and student success. CASC is the largest state school counseling organization in the nation.  Whitson was instrumental in the founding CASC in 2000. She earned her Ed.D. in 2014 in Organizational Leadership from the University of LaVerne. She served as an Assistant Professor and Chair of LaVerne’s Educational Counseling Program from 2015-2017. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Whitson spent over 25 years as a school district administrator and school counselor in the Monrovia Unified School District, a district located approximately 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Jason Johnson 

Jason is a licensed school psychologist and has published research on resilience and student performance.  Jason is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged students and currently consults and trains educators across the nation as the director of training and research for the WhyTry organization. Jason is a thought leader on resilience education and has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the country. He has led successful implementations of all WhyTry programs and has pioneered trainings for clients in healthcare, corporate, and the US Military.

Join us as we bridge the gap between alternative and mainstream education, bringing forward solutions and strategies that address some of the most pressing challenges in today’s educational landscape. Your voice and engagement are key to our collective success. See you at the webinar!

Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

Tony is a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in Alabama and Kentucky and is an AAMFT clinical fellow and AAMFT approved clinical supervisor. Tony is the clinical director of the CU Well Counseling Center, the outpatient practice of the masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Campbellsville University. Tony utilizes his 19-plus years of clinical experience providing support for clients with suicidal ideation, couples with conflicted relationships, adolescents and adults with varying relationship, mental health and substance abuse disorders and children with behavioral problems. As a trainer and consultant, Tony is a Master Trainer for Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Mental Health First Aid (adult and youth). He has provided AMSR training to thousands of mental health professionals and as a Master Trainer and provides T4T’s to train new trainers. As a partner in the continuing education training company Interactive CE Training, Tony provides CE training on a wide variety of mental health professional topics. Tony consults with communities and organizations to create suicide-safer communities and provides training for professionals and non-professionals across the county.

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