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CPD Mental Health Workshops

Past Events

Thank you to all who participated in our 2023 series of continuing education workshops! We had nearly 500 participants join us at our two major Mental Health Workshops. It was a fantastic year of learning, professional development, and community building. Here's what we offered in 2023:

Latina/e/o Youth Mental Health Care Symposium - September 24, 2023 

  • Co-sponsored by San Mateo Union High School District and Latinos for Education, this engaging symposium brought together close to 200 teachers and mental health providers together to effectively address the mental health care needs of our Latina/e/o Youth.
  • Our presenters included Dr. Annya Artigas, Kathryn (Kitzi) Hendricks, LMFT, PPSC, Veronica Gamboa, LMFT, Cynthia Leyva, Dr. Martha Hernández, and Dr. Alice P. Villatoro. They shared their expertise with candor and professionalism that was inspirational to many. 
  • The symposium also included a diverse panel of students, teachers, parents, and school counselors who inspired the audience to take action by understanding multiple perspectives. Our dedicated and brave panelists included, Angela Brittain (student), Leticia Cottrell (family engagement),  Dr. Carmina Mendoza (parent), Alexis Becerra and Samiko Shiroma (mental health providers)


  • "It is an important place to gather with fellow therapists and teachers to engage in conversation about the current    needs of families and students and building community." - Mental Health Provider.
  • "It was very educational, I left feeling uplifted and with new funds of knowledge. The speakers were all diverse and were very knowledgeable." -Teacher

Gender Affirming Mental Health Symposium - November 17, 2023  

  • Our 3rd LGBTQ+ Affirming Mental Health Symposium was a great gathering of clinicians, along with SCU students, faculty, and staff, committed to excellence in mental health care for all!
  • This year, our presenters brought a wealth of knowledge about neurodiversity, radical healing in Latine LGBTQ+ communities, and clinicians as advocates. Our presenters included Dr. Finn V. Gratton, Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, and Benjamin Geilhufe, LPCC.
  • The symposium also included a very diverse panel that discussed religion and spirituality in the LGBTQ+ community. Our panelists included Elise Dubravec, MDiv, Santa Clara University, Rabbi Lori Klein, Reverend Alice Caboteje, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator. The panel was moderated by our wonderful ECP LGBTQ+ Emphasis Coordinator, Janet Sims.



  • "The knowledge of the speakers and relevance of the topics. The level of the presentations was just right: neither too basic nor too detailed/specific/advanced." -Mental Health Provider
  • "The event was excellent! I greatly enjoyed hearing from all the presenters and getting the chance to connect with other local professionals engaging in this work." -Mental Health Provider


Have an Idea for a Future Workshop?

We are currently putting together our series of lectures, courses, and workshops for 2024. If there is a particular topic you'd like to see us offer or you'd like to teach, please submit a proposal following these CPD Proposal Guidelines. We are excited to keep growing our programming and continuing to offer high-level workshops on relevant topics to the psychology and therapist community. Reach out to with any further questions!

"It is an important place to gather with fellow therapists and teachers to engage in conversation about the current needs of families and students and building community."                                                                               Mental Health Provider