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3rd Annual Native Youth School and
Community Wellness Conference
November 17-19, 2021

Virtual Online Event

Advancing community and school mental health practices with
Native American Youth during turbulent times.


Each year, the annual Native American Youth Mental Health Conference brings together leaders, educators, mental health practitioners, researchers, Native American youth, and other stakeholders in fields related to Native American mental health to share up-to-date research and best practices on youth mental health & wellness. This year’s virtual conference will provide innovative insights, research and practices on Native American Youth School and Community Mental Health.

Please join us to discover culturally relevant and science-based strategies to improve the mental health and wellness of Native American youth and families; to improve school practices that better support Native American students and create caring, trauma-sensitive classrooms; to learn about different ways to re-engage youth during crisis; and to learn how to use indigenous values and teachings to empower schools and communities. 

Who Should Attend

Educators, school administrators, Native American community members, and professionals working with Native American youth. 


By attending this conference, you will gain knowledge about: 

  • Promoting mental health in school, youth and young adults 
  • Using a “Systems of Care” Framework to promote wellness in schools and communities 
  • The science of culturally relevant trauma informed interventions in community mental health clinics and schools 
  • Best Practices on culturally safe and relevant mental health & wellness approaches for Native Americans 
  • Insights on and culturally relevant ways of working with LGBTQ+, Two Spirit Youth 
  • Native American Historical and Intergenerational Trauma as it relates to school mental health 
  • Innovate ways of transforming schools to make them more engaging and impactful for Native American Youth 
  • Training on school-based, culturally grounded life-skills training program for Native American Youth 
  • Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through art   
  • Ways to Prevent Child Abuse in Indian Country 
  • Native American Storytelling as a way to promote health and wellbeing

Keynote Speakers

Gary Blau, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Hackett Center for Mental Health


Kara Bobroff, Ed.S.
Navajo Lakota
Founder of the Native American Community Academy and NACA Inspired Schools Network
Executive Director of OneGen

Stephanie Byers
Chickasaw Nation
Kansas House of Representatives, 86 District


Sara Chase Merrick, Ph.D.
Hoopa Valley Tribe
Assistant Professor
Department of Child Development, Humboldt State University

Erica Curtis, LMFT
Author, board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, UCLArts & Healing Core Faculty Member

Tami DeCoteau, Ph.D.
enrolled member of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder of DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice

Jamila Dugan, Ed.D.
Leadership coach, learning facilitator, and researcher


Jeff Duncan Andrade, Ph.D.
Professor of Latino/a Studies and Race and Resistance Studies
San Francisco State University


Lenny Hayes, MA
Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate
Founder/Owner of Tate Topa Consulting

Teresa Lafromboise, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Kiana Maillet
Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Lecturer, California State University San Marcos

Kassandra Mason


Cutcha Risling-Baldy, Ph.D.
Hupa/Yurok/Karuk, Ph.D. Chair of Native American Services
Humboldt State University

Shane Safir, MA
Educator, Author of Street Data: A Next Generation Model for Equity Pedagogy School Transformation

Tony Wagner, Ph.D.
Globally recognized expert in education, Author, Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute

Conference Agenda


Please contact Judith Dauberman, Ph.D., at jdauberm@stanford.edu