When:                                                Thursday, May 6, 2021                              8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Dr. Ernelyn Navarro, DM, LCSW 
Providence St. Mary, Apple Valley, CA 
(760) 242-2311 ext. 8235 

Event inquiries: (760) 946-4241 or                                E-mail: smacommunityhealth@stjoe.org

3rd Annual High Desert Mental Health Summit 2021 

Pathways to Hope: Growing Stronger Together

The purpose of this High Desert Mental Health Summit is to convene and create a community of key stakeholders, advocates, service providers, and leaders who are catalysts for change.  The aim is to work together on collective actions to address challenges, enhance existing services and programs, and explore opportunities.  

SUMMIT OBJECTIVES:  By the end of this 2021 Virtual Summit, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide a foundation for the understanding of mental health and substance use treatment modalities, evidence-based practices, and complementary/alternative interventions.
  2. Create an awareness of strategies to strengthen our collective efforts to address stigma.
  3. Develop knowledge of available resources and services.
  4. Provide opportunity for networking and collaboration for local stakeholders in the High Desert.


8:30       Opening / Welcome

8:45       Keynote: Community Resiliency & Trauma-Informed Care

9:45       Break & Laughter Yoga

10:00     Keynote: Pain & Suffering: Mind, Body, & Spirit

11:00     Plenary: Prevention & Early Intervention

12:00     RESOURCE FAIR and Lunch Break 

1:00       Workshops: Break-Out Session (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

A.    Crisis Intervention: Community & Professional Responses

B.    Impact on COVID19 on Mental & Spiritual Health & Well-Being

C.   Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care

2:00       Self-care Break

2:15       Workshops: Break-Out Session (2:15 – 3:15 pm)

D.   Evidenced-Based Services: Individuals, Couples, & Families

E.   Complementary & Alternative Mental Health Treatments 

F.   Mental Health in Schools

3:30        Keynote: Hope for our Mind, Body & Spirit in Times of Crisis

4:15        Closing Remark

Keynote Speakers:  Elaine Miller-Karras, LCSW; Dr. Tobias Moeller-Bertram, MD; Tom Thomazin, LMFT

Presenters (partial list): Dr. Robin Henderson, PsyD; Michelle Dusick; Pastor Tim Wheeler; Karen Hasick; Miriam Clark; Dr. Kathleen Dunning, PhD.; Aimee Mikalinis; Teslyn Henry-King, RD, MPH; Dr. Michael Sequeira, MD; Rebecca Bartley, Sylvia Reed-Drake; Officer Clark Morrow; Dr. R. McCloud; Erin Zamora; Kory Oberlies; Lt. James Porter; Patricia & Richard Perkins; D. Foster; Lt. James Porter; Jill Derrieux; Sr. Terry Maher 

Resource Fair Exhibitors (partial list):  San Bernardino County Behavioral Health, IEHP, Borrego Health, NAMI-Inland Valley, Desert Mountain SELPA, Vituity, St. John of God Health Care Services, Genesis Counseling Services, Kaiser Permanente, SB Sexual Assault Services, Helping Hands Kinship Support,  Victor Community Services, Community Health Association Inland Southern Region, Valley Star Crisis Walk-In Clinic, A Better Way, Inland County Legal Services, CHAN, Trauma Resiliency Institute

Event hosted by: High Desert Church and St. Mary Medical Center



Register Now! Online registration will close on May 5, 2021