UCLA’s Dr. Norweeta Milburn advocates for evidence-based assistance for homeless individuals during the pandemic

A recent article by the American Psychological Association discusses the actions psychologists nationwide are taking to address mental health related concerns exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As psychologists work to increase access to mental health care for vulnerable populations, community psychologist and co-director of the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP), Norweeta Milburn, PhD, advocates for “housing first” to assist homeless individuals and their families. The housing first approach prioritizes housing placements before mental health treatment .

Read the full article.

Educators Overcoming Under Stress: A New Series Designed for Educators During COVID-19

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence presents Educators Overcoming Under Stress. This new series designed for educators features quick video interviews with experts and educators about resilience, workplace wellbeing, student engagement, and other topics in the time of COVID-19. Experts interviewed in the series include: Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Director of the Center for Safe and Resilience Schools and Workplaces; Laura McMullin, PhD, an educator for over 20 years; Tyrone Howard, PhD, Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families; and Melissa Spiegelman, MAEd.

Episodes and free printable resources from this series are available in the Wellbeing4LA Learning Center.

DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence Offers Virtual Trainings

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence continues to support LA County agencies in creating a trauma informed environment for all county residents by offering virtual trainings in the form of online webinars. These webinars serve a variety of audiences and explore a range of current topics such as supporting wellbeing and connecting with older adults while physical distancing during COVID-19.

For more information about upcoming trainings and webinars, email info@wellbeing4la.org.

Blog: Enhancing Wellbeing While Physical Distancing

The current state of things may bring up moments of fear, worry, stress, and anxiety in many of us. While physical distancing (also known as social distancing) may make it harder than usual to work with these feelings, it is vital that we engage in wellbeing practices that can help us cope with whatever arises.  

Below are a few resources that can help us stay engaged, active, and connected during these difficult times. We hope that you will find these useful as you identify practices and routines that support you. Remember to give yourself latitude to do so imperfectly. We are all working to make sense of these drastic changes to our daily lives and imperfectly doing so in community.
The Importance of Resilience Building
Listen to the experts. The CDC offers advice on coping with stress to build strength and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fit a workout into your physical distancing daily routine!
Planet Fitness is offering free, daily 20-minute workouts
Yoga with Adriene offers a wide selection of free yoga videos
Blogilates 14-Day Quarantine Workout Plan provides a variety of 30-minute workouts
Don’t forget to exercise the mind. Try these meditations and mindfulness resources!
The Hammer Museum offers a free Mindful Awareness Meditation class every Thursday at 12:30 PM via Zoom
Try these free mindfulness resources curated by Mindful.orgTen Percent Happier has a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Travel the world and explore art through technology!
Metropolitan Opera is having nightly, free streaming of various operas
The Getty Museum offers a free virtual tour
Visit the Houston Zoo through their animal live cams
Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo through their animal live cams
Keep kids happy and engaged with a variety of entertaining activities!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
National Geographic Kids
Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers
Draw Every Day with JJK
Music classes by Jam with Jamie
Talk About Real Things with Well Being Teens
Find more resources for supporting wellbeing during this pandemic at learn.wellbeing4la.org.
For consultation and more information, please email info@Wellbeing4LA.org
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Launched: Wellbeing4LA Online Learning Center

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence has launched the Wellbeing4LA Online Learning Center as a way to increase access to training and materials that support the integration of trauma and resilience informed practices into systems of care and other county environments.

The Wellbeing4LA Learning Center delivers a personalized and accessible learning environment available to learners at home, at work, or in transit. Designed for the workforce supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children, families, and adults within systems of care, the Wellbeing4LA Learning Center reflects the needs of each learner while prioritizing their professional wellbeing in and out of the workplace.

SEEDS Professional Development Program featured in LAist

The SEEDS Professional Development Program is making its way into LAUSD Early Education Centers and supporting educators working with children who have experienced trauma and other early adversities. Through a partnership between the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, LAUSD Early Childhood Education Division, and LAUSD School Mental Health, the LAUSD Trauma and Resilience Informed Early Enrichment Program is implementing SEEDS Professional Development in five LAUSD Early Education Centers in the 2019-2020 school year. LAist reports in a recent article on the experiences of the early childhood professionals who are learning about the importance of trauma informed care. 

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Lead trainer Daisy Gomez featured in LA Parent magazine

Daisy Gomez, Ed.D. from the DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence and Dan Siegel, MD from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA contribute their expertise on resilience in an article with L.A. Parent. They discuss the importance of resilience and how parents and educators can help children by modeling adaptability and shifting expectations to appreciation. Read the article here: https://www.laparent.com/building-resilience-in-your-child/

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