NE Child Mental Health E-Session

Online (ACA, New England's Zoom)  
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   Export to iCalendar Eastern Standard Time

Child Mental Health


Through activities, role-play, video, and demonstrations, participants will spend 90 mins gaining a baseline understanding of the difference between mental health and mental illness, exploring the stigma of mental health, learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a camper who may be developing a mental health challenge, and creating a plan to help.

This course will be presented by trainers from the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

For more information about the Emotional Backpack project, you can visit here.

About the trainers

Keenisha Protho is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Texas with 10 plus years of experience in the field of social work. Originally from Northwest Indiana, Keenisha started her career as a contracted case manager working with families who lost their children to Child Protective Services to regain custody of their children in 2012. Keenisha received a Bachelor and Maters of Social Work from Indiana University. Over the years, Keenisha has gained a wealth of knowledge in her experience as a Family Support Specialist, CPS case worker, Advocacy Coordinator, Community Educator, PRN therapist and Behavior Specialist. As a Professional Development Specialist, Keenisha enjoys training school personnel and other youth interfacing staff and agencies on topics such as youth mental health and youth suicide prevention.

Sharifa J. Charles serves as a Professional Development Specialist for the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America – Greater Houston. She is charged with creating and providing high impact, enriching and culturally sensitive mental and behavioral health professional development opportunities to school districts and community organizations throughout the city of Houston. To date, she has provided mental and behavioral health trainings in over 25 districts, countless youth serving organizations across the Greater Houston Area. Ms. Charles has also been deployed to Hurricane ravaged communities like Bay County Florida and the United States Virgin Islands to provide professional development trainings to counselors and first responders. Throughout her professional career, Sharifa has proudly worked for or collaborated with countless CBOS, government agencies and NGOs. She brings an extensive background in program implementation, capacity building, training and facilitation within diverse vulnerable populations throughout the City of Houston and beyond.

Additional Information

Registration is limited to 25 camps (50 people maximum) - each camp gets two seats. Please register first person at the FIRST PERSON rate and then the additional person as SECOND PERSON (no additional charge).

This session will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform.

While we highly recommend joining live to benefit from our presenters' expertise and interaction with other participants, if you can't join us live, the session will be recorded and available for viewing for 15 days once it is made available.

Registrations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another participant from your camp/organization.

We encourage you to join both this training and the Youth Suicide Prevention Training module on February 1, however you do not need to attend both. They are offered independently of one another.

This course will be presented by trainers from the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston (the Center) as part of its Emotional Backpack Project. For more information about the Emotional Backpack project, you can visit here.The Center serves as a “living laboratory” for incubating innovative, cost-effective and replicable best practices to improve the behavioral health of students by facilitating collective action; providing highly specialized professional development opportunities, technical assistance and community education; and conducting research, advocacy, and policy analysis.

Contact Us

Questions? Call Kerry, ACA New England Director of Education and Professional Development at 781-541-6080 or email

Online (ACA, New England's Zoom)  

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