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Edutopia is a trusted source shining a spotlight on what works in education. Edutopia shows people how they can adopt or adapt best practices, as well as tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.

Kids in the House gives parents and educators the chance to get answers to their tough questions and get first-hand tips on how to deal with particular challenges ranging from pregnancy to getting into college. Kids in the House understands that there is a variety of parenting techniques and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to raising a family. This resource contains over 9,000 videos from 500 leading parenting experts, including doctors, pediatricians, psychologists, educators, best-selling authors, celebrities, and parents themselves.

Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Therapist Aid resources are created with clients in mind, which means avoiding jargon, and creating tools that are not only useful in theory, but in practice.

The purpose of the MHTTC Network is technology transfer - disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices for mental disorders into the field. MHTTC's collaborative network supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field. MHTTC services cover the full continuum spanning mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery support.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Psychology Tools’ mission is twofold: to ensure that therapists worldwide have access to the high-quality evidence-based tools they need to conduct effective therapy, and to be a reliable source of psychological self-help for the public.


Happiness Trap

Are you, like milllions of Americans, caught in the happiness trap? Russ Harris explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and practical techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. This book provides these practical techniques that can be implimented in everyday life and with almost any age.

The Whole-Brain Child

A practical book by Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

The Power of Vulnerability

Is vulnerability the same as weakness? “In our culture,” teaches Dr. Brené Brown, “we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.” On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. This is an educational and thought prevoking audiobook.


More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.


What if you could escape traps like these and live a fuller, richer, happier life? This isn't mere speculation but the result of twenty-five years of careful hands-on clinical work by Daniel J. Siegel. Using case histories from his practice, he shows how, by following the proper steps, nearly everyone can learn how to focus their attention on the internal world of the mind in a way that will literally change the wiring and architecture of their brain. is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. was developed in 2017 to identify and promote the best multicultural and social justice children’s books, as well as articles and books for educators. It builds on the tradition of the Council on Interracial Books for Children which provided a social justice lens to reviews of children’s literature. examines the representation, the story line, and the quality of writing of each book. It is not enough to simply diversify the characters in children’s literature. We are also concerned with who is writing the stories, what the characters are doing, how issues of power and activism are introduced, and representations of people in community rather than in isolation.

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Advancing Resiliency in Education

Join the conversation between two psychotherapists with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and education. Hosts, Jennifer Baker LMFT and Jennifer Johnson LCSW respond to “real questions” on current mental health topics impacting students, families and educators. Listen in as they break down complex theory and translate it into friendly language, along with practical strategies that you can use today. Local leading experts in mental health and education will also join the conversation to share ideas, stories, and experiences to support schools as centers for well-being.

FOCUS supports children exposed to violence and trauma through improved communication and collaboration between first responders (law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical responders, etc), schools and community resources.

​If a first responder encounters a child that may have been exposed to a traumatic event, that child's information is included in a FOCUS Notification that is sent out to Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA). The SDEA Prevention/Education liaison will forward the notification to the designated school official as soon as possible.

​A simple "FOCUS Notification" alerts the school that this child may have been exposed to a traumatic incident (i.e. domestic violence, child abuse, death in the family, witness to a crime, loss of home due to a house fire, etc.) and may exhibit or develop academic/behavioral problems. No specific details about the incident are given, just one simple request: To focus on the child and handle them with care.

​A designated school official will receive the notification and alert the child's teacher. The teacher will observe the child's behavior/academic performance, and utilize trauma sensitive interventions as deemed appropriate. If the child exhibits any problems, the teacher will address the issue or refer the child to the school counselor.

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****For help with a mental health or life-threatening emergency, call 911*****

  • Stanislaus 2-1-1 : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Connecting Stanislaus County Residents to Current Health & Human Services, a program of United Way of Stanislaus County, is a comprehensive information and referral service for Stanislaus County, connecting callers with health and human services information and referrals available to them. 2-1-1 Stanislaus County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 120 languages through phone interpretation services.

  • Stanislaus County Warm Line : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    (209) 558-4600
    Stanislaus County residents can call the Warm Line at (209) 558-4600 when they are:
    having a hard time making it through the day - but are not in a crisis; needing a caring listener to provide effective feedback to help explore options; wants some support, assistance and resources toward recovery. This is a mental health consumer-run program providing non-crisis intervention, offering peer support, referrals, and shared experiences of hope and recover.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    1 (800) 273-8255
    The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals

*Personas que hablan español, llamen a the Lifeline al 888-682-9454.

*For teens, call the TEEN LINE at 310-855-4673 or text TEEN to 839863.

*For veterans, call the Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.

*For LGBTQ youth, call The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.

*For transgender people, call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.

*For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call the Lifeline at 800-799-4889.

*For law enforcement personnel, call the COPLINE at 800-267-5463.

*For other first responders, call the Fire/EMS Helpline at 888-731-FIRE (3473)

  • Crisis Text Line : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Text HOME to 741741
    Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. People from anywhere in the US can text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.

  • Disaster Distress Helpline : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Call 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

  • The Trevor Project : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
    The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace.