Napa Valley Wellness Conference

March 14-15, 2024 • Culinary Institute of America Copia

Building a Culture of WellnesS

Schools as Hubs, Students as Leaders

The 5th Annual Napa Valley Wellness Conference will bring together educators, administrators, practitioners, and student leaders for a comprehensive two-day Wellness Conference to elevate school-based mental health programs and showcase youth voice. 

• Learn about mental health stigma and best practices to include youth voice in order to increase mental health service usage. 

• Hear updates from experts about how to strategically build a sustainable wellness program and maintain school-based wellness programs. 

• Learn about best practices addressing racial inequities in school-based mental health programming and racial trauma in students.

• See first hand what mental health hubs look like in action on one of our school site wellness center tours.

• Engage the youth voice through youth-led panels and discussions around mental health stigma reduction, the intersection of mental wellness and racial inequity and other pressing topics facing students.

• Share inspiring time together with like-minded educators, administrators, practitioners, and youth leaders to leave you inspired to lead with love.
• Enjoy signature Napa Valley lunches, wellness activities, and a wine reception hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners.
Featured Activity

Wellness Center Tours

Napa Valley Unified School District is known for exceptional youth-driven wellness centers, universal mental health screenings, school-based community provider services, and youth leadership around mental health stigma. Join us as we visit Napa and Vintage High School’s Wellness Centers, each of which features an integrated Wellness Team comprised of school counselors, social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and youth outreach coordinators who help students and their families navigate the complex issues in middle school such as stress, trauma, suicide, bullying, depression, self-esteem, and relationships.
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Janet Taylor

Dr. Janet Taylor is a prominent clinical psychologist and mental health advocate who has dedicated her life to bettering the well-being of individuals and communities. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Taylor has made substantial contributions to the field of mental health through research, public speaking, and writing. Her compassionate approach to therapy and her commitment to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues have inspired countless individuals to seek help. In her recent book, The Courageous Classroom, Dr. Taylor explores how educators can create a culture of safety for students to learn and thrive. 

Featured Film

RACE To Be Human

Directed by Scilla Andreen, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film program examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media, and more. It also shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, and empathy through conversations at home, school and work. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shawn A. Ginwright

Shawn Ginwright, PhD is one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and a Senior Research Associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities.

Conference Agenda

Day 1: March 14, 2023
8:00 – Registration Open
9:00 – Conference Kickoff
9:30 – Keynote by Dr. Janet Taylor: Creating a Culture of Safety for Students to Learn and Thrive
10:30 – Break
11:00 – Breakout Sessions & Wellness Center Tours
12:15 – Lunch & Networking
1:45 – Breakout Sessions
3:15 – Breakout Sessions
4:30 – Reception hosted by Napa Valley Vintners

Day 2: March 15, 2023

8:00 – Registration Open
9:00 – General Session: Youth Panel
10:30 – Breakout Sessions
12:00 – Lunch & Networking
1:30 – Breakout Sessions
3:00 – Wellness Activity Sessions
4:00 – Reception hosted by Napa Valley Vintners


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Call for Presenters

Calling all youth mental health champions! We want YOU to share your insights and expertese at the 4th Annual Napa Valley Wellness Conference. Join us as we learn from leading experts, accomplished educators, and youth ambassadors as we all look to better our practice, deepen our impact, and expand access for youth mental health resources.