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Thursday, November 9, 2023
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
Via Zoom


The California MHFA Summit exists to empower and encourage Instructors and Coordinators.

The virtual event features on-topic general sessions, expert panels, and spotlights speakers who will discuss mental well-being and how to support those with mental health and substance use challenges through instructing MHFA.

The virtual summit for MHFA Instructors, Coordinators, and others in California will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST via Zoom.

Participants will leave with tools to better lead others in understanding the 5-step MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE).


  • In the Margins of Your Teaching Notes - Legend of Learning
  • Innovative Community Partnerships In MHFA Training
  • Where Does the Learning Happen?
  • Language Barriers, Translation, and Cultural Considerations
  • An Ally’s Guide to Terminology and Language in MHFA

Those in attendance are the champions of the cause in California.

This training includes the newest information from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and discussions around the pressing issues instructors face today.

California MHFA 2023 Summit Agenda-Final
More reasons to attend!

Strengthen your Instructor skill set.

Whether you’re certified in Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, or Teen MHFA, you’ll have opportunities to explore Instructor sessions and panels designed to help you strengthen your teaching proficiency.

Rekindle your inspiration.

Stoke your passion for mental well-being with personal stories from speakers, such as public figures and like-minded peers. Their experiences will reignite your mind and soul.

Discover strategies for growth.

Summit is also about the nuts and bolts of MHFA. You’ll learn how to reach new audiences in your community and ways to maximize your efforts with the current ones. Your work is needed now more than ever as the need for mental health care continues to grow, especially in youth.


Tramaine EL-Amin currently serves as the assistant vice president of strategic partnerships at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. In this role, she leads the development of strategic business partnerships for Mental Health First Aid USA, as well as process improvement and tactical planning activities for a variety of National Council public education and workforce development initiatives.  EL-Amin is a certified National (Master) Trainer for both the Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid curricula. She was previously responsible for the daily operation and oversight of technical assistance and training for this eight-hour public education program, which, to date, has trained more than 1 million individuals throughout the country.
Tramaine El-Amin

Assistant Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Gina Ehlert, M. Ed. is the founder, President and Chief Learning Officer of GETrainingSolutions, a learning company geared to meeting the in-person or online training needs of government, non-profit or for-profit organizations.  Ms. Ehlert has over 25 years of experience working directly, training, supervising or managing in the social services and behavioral health fields.  She became a National Trainer of Instructors for Mental Health First Aid in 2013.  Her passion is to assist instructors and trainers to be excellent presenters to reach the many individuals who may need support with mental health and substance use challenges.
Gina Ehlert, M. Ed.

Founder, President, and Chief Learning Officer of GETrainingSolutions

Suzanne L Pearlman, MA, is a nationally recognized specialist in curricula development, training programs, as well as a subject matter expert in cultural adaptations of standardized curricula with a focus on equity and access. Current work includes designing and implementing innovative curricula content for a broad range of partnerships; corporate training on issues related to public health, equity and access; technical assistance and training to universities, colleges and TRIO programs; developing and advancing evidence-based content for virtual and in-person training environments for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing; serving as a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid USA in teen, youth, adult and corporate curricula; and more.
Suzanne Pearlman, MA

National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid USA in Teen, Youth, Adult and Corporate Curricula

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Patrick Mulvaney

Founder, I Got Your Back Project

Chris and Martha Thomas

Founders, The Defensive Line

Luz Pulido

Behavioral Health Specialist II, Stanislaus County

Jose Lopez Higareda

Behavioral Health Advocate, Community Outreach and Facilitator of Trainings
Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

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