Mental Health Education

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Parent & Community Education Workshops

17 again • community conversations about teen mental health today with workshops providing tools and resources to support youth

We provide parent and community education workshops on a variety of topics that have been requested by parents. See below for details and how to register.

QUESTIONS for Dave Mochel?

If you attended the workshop & working on your listening skills and have questions or feel stuck, feel free to click here and ask your question... we will get back to you with a response and it will inform us for our next workshop.

Connection that makes a difference

mindful and compassionate listening workshop series

DATE: JAN 12, 2020 RSVP >>

DATE: APRIL 26, 2020 RSVP >>              [NEXT: AUG 23, 2020]

TIME: 3:00PM - 5:00PM

LOCATION: Deckers, 6601 Hollister Avenue (corner of Hollister & Los Carneros)

RSVP:   You can show up without registering but it helps us to know how many are coming so if you rsvp on eventbrite in advance, you will be entered into a RAFFLE!

DESCRIPTION: Parents, Educators, Providers, and Teens...

  • This series will be an opportunity to practice building empathic listening skills to better interact with youth, family, friends, and co-workers. You can attend all of them or just pick one.
  • This series of free workshops is for adults and teens who want to learn tools to improve their communication skills in their personal and professional lives.
  • Learn how to...
    -build skills of deep, empathic listening
    -speak from your heart
    -help others by doing less
    -ask the right questions
    -reflect on your own judgment & biases
  • **Parents of youth ages 5-25, teens, educators, teens, and youth providers are invited to this FREE workshop.**

VIEW SLIDES FROM LISTENING WORKSHOP #1: MIndful Compassionate Listening_2020

SPEAKER: For over thirty years, Dave Mochel has been focused on the foundations of wellbeing, healthy communities, and leadership. After a twenty-year career teaching human development and neuroscience in independent schools, he founded Applied Attention to help individuals, teams, and organizations focus their attention and energy where it will make the greatest positive difference. Using principles drawn from modern scientific research and enduring wisdom, he has had the opportunity to work with leaders, educators, executives, parents, students, and athletes all over the world. He draws upon his degrees in biology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and a clinical internship in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The principles and practices he teaches have been distilled and synthesized from thousands of years of enduring wisdom, thousands of scientific studies, and thousands of conversations with colleagues, students, friends, and clients. Learn more about Dave >

FACILITATOR: Rachael Steidl is a Santa Barbara native and the mother of 3 teen daughters. As the founder and former publisher of, she has spent much of the past fifteen connecting families to resources in our community. Rachael launched the YouthWell Coalition in 2016 to address the gaps in mental health services for youth and to expand the dialogue and increase community collaboration. At the same time, she worked with the Mental Wellness Center to launch the Youth Wellness Connection (YWC) Council and is working with students on "you matter" campaigns on 4 high school campuses through the YWC Clubs that promote self-care, kindness and encourage youth to ask for help when they are struggling. She is committed to increasing awareness through education and reducing stigma so that youth and families can feel safe reaching out for support. Rachael has over 25 years of experience in management, marketing, and strategic planning. Rachael has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and her early work experience included counseling youth in group homes and co-facilitating addiction groups.


Thank you!

Through a SAMHSA grant, Family Service Agency (FSA), Mental Wellness Center (MWC), and the YouthWell Coalition are able to provide more community education around mental health as a way to support youth in our community.