Mental Health Peer Discussion Groups for CAC Leadership
APPLY BY MARCH 14, 2023 – THAT’S TODAY!!!!!!
Are you supervising CAC mental health staff but do not have a background or experience in mental health service delivery yourself?
The Mental Health Peer Discussion Groups for CAC Leadership are facilitated peer-group discussions to help CAC Leadership, such as Executive Directors and administrative managers/supervisors of mental health staff/services at CACs:

  • Navigate the challenges of meeting the mental health needs of the children and families served at their CAC.
  • Improve their ability to supervise mental health clinicians providing services.

The discussion groups are based on the premise that many CAC leaders have not worked as direct service providers, do not have a mental health background, have a small (or no) mental health team (or rely on linkage agreements with a community-based mental health agency), and do not have a clinical supervisor position.
Each cohort includes a series of four 1-hour sessions occurring every other Tuesday. Each session will begin with a short presentation on the following topics followed by a group discussion:

  • Session 1 – Trauma 101
  • Session 2 – The Value of Standardized Assessments
  • Session 3 – Reflective Practice and Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Session 4 – Open Forum

There is no cost to participate in these discussion groups.
For more information, click here.

Cohort #1
Sessions will occur every other Tuesday
1:00pm – 2:00pm PT
Session 1: April 4
Session 2: April 20*
Session 3: May 2
Session 4: May 16
*Out of sync with every other Tuesday

Cohort #2
Sessions will occur every other Tuesday 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Session 1: May 30
Session 2: June 13
Session 3: June 27
Session 4: July 11
Cohort #3
Sessions will occur every other Tuesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT
Session 1: July 25
Session 2: August 8
Session 3: August 22
Session 4: September 5
Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions.

Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW
Lead Trainer, Chadwick Center
Al Killen-Harvey has worked at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital for over 26 years. He served as a practicing clinician and then a Clinical Improvement Coordinator of mental health services and now serves as a trainer and technical advisor under several grants designed to improve trauma informed care in child welfare and mental health systems across the state of California. A licensed clinical social worker, he has worked for many decades in the field of trauma treatment. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He is also the co-founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integration of sexual health.

These discussion groups are open to Executive Directors and administrative managers/supervisors of mental health staff/services, including non-clinical managers/supervisors, at CACs. The discussion groups are geared, in particular, to CAC leadership staff who are not clinically trained and/or serve rural and frontier communities.
 Each cohort is limited to a maximum of 10 to 12 people.


Applications are due by 5:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 and applicants will be notified by Tuesday, March 21, 2023 as to whether or not they are accepted.
Questions? Contact Kelsey Roberts, Training and Communications Coordinator, at
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