• Professional Development

    School Mental Health staff is available to assist with professional development training for schools and for support staff. Topics for trainings include:

    Choking Game Awareness
    SMH provides students, staff, and families with comprehensive support services and resources to promote the awareness, education, and prevention of the choking game.

    Crisis Team Training
    Crisis prevention, intervention and postvention trainings regarding policy, procedures and best practices are available to Local District staff and school site crisis teams.

    Impact of Trauma on Students 

    This workshop is designed to provide a “trauma lens”, to understand that children’s behavior is often a developmental response to their experiences and injuries. Experiences and injuries, whether physical or emotional, can have a profound impact on behavior, academics and relationships.

    Increasing Staff Resilience during Difficult Times

    This workshop helps participants gain insight and understanding about how to respond in positive, productive and healthy ways when experiencing difficult situations, Workshop highlights include: identifying adjustment patterns to stressful events; learning a model of “Psychological First Aid”; practicing and modeling positive and healthy behaviors; and implementing self care.

    Inhalant Abuse Prevention
    SMH provides students, staff, families, and the communities of the LAUSD with comprehensive support services and resources to promote the awareness, education, and prevention of the inhalant abuse.

    Self-Injury and Youth

    Staff development presentations and trainings are provided to administrators, teachers, school personnel, students and teachers to bring awareness and education on self-injury and to limit contagion.

    Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

    Professional development presentations are available to all LAUSD schools and offices. The intent of these presentations is to increase the knowledge of staff concerning indicators of students-at-risk, and intervention, assessment and documentation procedures; increase student awareness of risk factors or warning signs in themselves and other students; increase parent awareness of the risk factors and warning signs in their children; and increase staff/parent/student awareness of available resources at the school and in the community.

    Supporting Students, Supporting Ourselves: Promoting Resilience, Providing Psychological First Aid 

    This workshop makes the connection between supporting students, and the impact that this work can have on us as educators and helping professionals. It introduces Psychological First Aid: Listen Protect Connect, an evidence-informed model that can help students bounce back more quickly from critical events, assisting them to reengage in the learning process. This workshop also introduces a professional resilience model.

    Threat Assessment and Management 

    Threat assessment and management trainings regarding policy, procedures and best practices are available to Local District and school site threat assessment teams.

    Treating Trauma in Schools: Evidence Based/Trauma-Informed, Culturally Competent Practice for Mental Health Professionals 

    This workshop introduces a framework for creating “trauma informed” school systems by building the capacity of school community stakeholders: administrators, teachers, and school mental health professionals to understand the connection between children’s life experiences and their behaviors at school. The trauma-informed school can make specific modifications in the classroom and system wide, promoting school wide positive behavior supports to students who have been exposed to trauma.

    Workplace Violence

    This professional development opportunity outlines administrative procedures governing workplace violence, bullying and threats involving employees and associated adults. Guidelines and protocols set forth in LAUSD Policy Bulletin 5610.0 Workplace Violence, Bullying and Threats (Adult-to-Adult) are discussed.

  • Contact


    LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
    E: lakisha.bridgewater@lausd.net

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017


  • School Mental Health Brochure