What We Fund

January 2018 Update
Susan Flatmo, Ph.D., District Clinical Services Coordinator


Social-emotional wellness at our high schools is a district priority.

We recognize the connection between academic achievement and student wellness, and that student social-emotional wellness is a critical building block of overall well-being.

This is the first of monthly briefings we will send you to keep you informed of MVLA wellness services and initiatives.

Five ways we support our students

  1.    Access to Mental Health Support

We anticipate that about 10% of our students will have moderate to severe mental health concerns. Our small team of therapists helps students and families navigate community and private healthcare systems. Referrals to community partners and outside providers are made for students who present with symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, or who may need family therapy.

  1.     Wellness Workshops

We are implementing programs that foster students’ resilience, coping/problem solving skills, and connectedness, including Digital Safety and Affirmative Consent workshops.

  1.     Social-emotional Learning Curricula

Teaching students how to cope with adversity increases success and reduces mental illness. Social-emotional learning curricula is being strengthened through staff training and the introduction of student courses, such as Positive Psychology.

  1.     Stress Reduction and Creating a Sense of Belonging

Stress is mitigated and connection with others is strengthened through programs such as Wellness Week/Spartan PAUSE, Camp Diversity/Camp Mettamorph, Challenge Days, and support and empowerment clubs.

  1.     Strengthening Help-Seeking Behavior

Through student panels, the student referral process, and student resource cards, students are empowered to access care for themselves and each other when struggling.

We are grateful to the MVLA Board, MVLA Foundation, and the El Camino Hospital District for generously funding resources so we can meet students’ mental health needs.

As we enter the second half of this school year, many of your children — our students — will need us to be empathetic, resourceful and compassionate. For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 510.387.6271 or by email: susan.flatmo@mvla.net.

With respect and gratitude,

Susan Flatmo, Ph.D.
Clinical Services Coordinator


Foundation Wellness Expenditures in 2016-17

  • Challenge Success – a Stanford-based program which partners with schools to…
    • implement practical, research-based solutions to improve student health and increase motivation and learning.
    • encourage educators to create policies and practices that foster interpersonal and collaborative skills, adaptability and resilience, and the critical thinking and creativity needed to solve complex problems.
  • An additional CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) therapist. The extra care is critical for seeing critical cases and also for seeing self-referred students the same day.
  • Healthmaster is a digital wellness record for students, compliant with all current health privacy laws. The software enables clinicians to have a complete record of services for students. Clinicians and staff can only see information appropriate to their positions.
  • Kognito is an interactive, virtual role-playing tool designed for teacher training. Teachers will use it to practice recognizing signs of distress in students and learn how to navigate conversation with students in crisis.  
  • Exercise and yoga classes for “at-risk” students through the YMCA.
  • Resource cards for students
  • Training for counselors, therapists and psychologists through Stanford University
  • Mindfulness for Teens to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions
    • Staff Training on “Still Quiet Place” methodology
    • Workbooks for incoming LAHS 9th graders
  • R&D to explore creation of Wellness Centers on campuses
  • On-campus yoga/Zumba classes for MVHS staff
  • Latino Family Mindfulness Training
  • PIQE – Parent Institute for Quality Education. A 10-week parent-education program for Spanish-speaking parents for whom English is a second language.

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