January 11, 2022 @ 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Virtual Event
Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety: A Learning Series for You

Anxiety impacts all of us and is rooted in many layers of our being: it is physical, psychological, relational, and existential. In this series of workshops for school and the general mental health workforce, Hala Khouri, author, facilitator, and practitioner, will offer a physiological and socio-political framework for anxiety and trauma to support us as we enter a new year. In this series, Hala will share tools and practices to transform our stress and anxiety and build capacity for self and collective care and resilience.

“New Year, New Approaches to Anxiety” Learning Series will address and explore:

  • Building a culture at work (and home) that values wellbeing
  • Having tools to manage and release stress and anxiety
  • Feeling less overwhelmed and more grounded and inspired
  • Cultivating relationships that are healthy and connected
  • Engaging with the world in a way that reflects your values
  • Building capacity for self and collective care and resilience
  • Finding joy amidst the chaos

Who is this series for?

This series is offered to school and mental health providers in the Pacific Southwest (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau); this series is open to other providers outside of our region.

  • State leadership (e.g., departments of education, child services, behavioral health)
  • District, county, and local behavioral health and education leadership
  • Professional behavioral and school mental health associations (e.g., associations for psychologists/school psychologists, counselors/school counselors, nurses/school nurses, community and school-based health centers
  • Community-based organizations that provide mental health services

See more about the PS MHTTC here

When is this series?

January 11th, 18th, 25th, Feb 1st from 3:15-5:15pm (four consecutive Tuesdays)

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Note that while you do not need to attend all four, it is highly encouraged to at least attend the first session and build learning thereafter.

What is the sequence of this series?

Session 1- Trauma Informed Framework for Healing, Managing Anxiety and Building Resilience  

January 11th 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm PT 


  • Understand anxiety and the stress response; review the physiological framework for how stress and trauma affect the body, mind, and emotions
  • Invite self-reflection on how we are impacted by stress and anxiety
  • Learn somatic tools to get present in the body and release stress and anxiety

Session 2- Understanding Your Own Psychology: Self- Awareness for Empowerment and Radical Empathy 

January 18th 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm PT 


  • Reflect on how you manage stress and what being well means to you
  • Explore the roots of your stress and anxiety through a personal, interpersonal, and socio-political lens.
  • Learn how to work with your personal triggers so you can show up with more empathy and accountability
  • Uncover your internalized beliefs about self-care and caring for others

Session 3- Relationships, Boundaries, and Communication 

January 25th 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm PT 


  • Understand the difference between codependency and healthy attachment
  • Learn about the role of transference and countertransference in your work
  • Co-regulation as the foundation of effective communication
  • Mirroring and active listening as tools for healthy communication

Session 4- Practice, Reflection and Intention Setting 

February 1st 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm PT 


  • Practice communication tools in small groups
  • Reflect on your personal goals for releasing stress and anxiety
  • Create an action plan to implement changes and healthy habits in your life

Two (2) Continuing Education Hour credits per session and a total of eight (8) CEHs are available through full participation in this event series.

Learn more and register here 

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