T2 Attends CMHACY Conference in Beautiful Pacific Grove!


In penning some of his most famous works, John Steinbeck spent much of his time in Pacific Grove, CA, once again the site of this year’s California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY).  Its easy to see why Steinbeck returned year after year to this place with its view of the sprawling Pacific and resident cypress trees, it would be impossible not to feel inspired.  

CMHACY is a yearly gathering of advocates in the field of mental health, education, juvenile justice, and child welfare, designed to celebrate the amazing work of a variety of individuals, and to highlight ongoing efforts to create an equitable and healthy California. 

One of the highlights of CMHACY (aside from sneaky off to the beach and telling your boss the workshop was awesome) is the variety of workshops that are available during the second day of the conference.  This year’s workshops ranged from restorative justice in practice, to early childhood PBIS; each designed to give participants a glimpse into some of the amazing work being done on behalf of California’s youth and family’s.This year’s conference kicked off with recognition awards, including an award of recognition for Paul Sorbo, one of the instrumental voices in the creation of Trauma Transformed.  The opening included a Keynote from Carissa Phelps who discussed the ongoing fight against sex trafficking, as well as what brought her to such amazing work.  Frankie Guzman concluded the opening day with a powerful examination of the failures of the juvenile justice system and the power of relationship in resiliency.

Our very own beloved Youth in Mind had a panel in the conference and represented the much needed youth voice every night with their youth led workshops.  I was fortunate enough to get to the conference early and was treated to an amazing meal at the Youth in Mind house! 

Beyond an amazing mini-vacation located in a truly amazing space, CMHACY was a reminder about why we do this work, and more importantly whom we do this work for and why. 

~ Matt Reddam, LMFT