Join us for the tenth episode of Answering the Call as we talk to Executive Director Jill Bolster-White and Clinical Director Meghan Boaz Alvarez from Transitions-Mental Health Association (THMA).

On Wednesday, we will talk about the toll that Covid-19 is taking on mental health, the most common misconceptions about mental health, about the need for the services that THMA provides, and we will ask for best practices to preserve our mental wellness. There will be time to answer your questions as well! Zoom login information is below, or catch this conversation on FB Live!

About Jill Bolster-White
Jill Bolster-White, Executive Director has over thirty years of experience in non-profit operations and has served twenty-eight years as an Executive Director. Transitions-Mental Health Association is a community-based mental health services agency, and Jill is responsible for management and development of a budget in excess of $15,000,000; supervision and training of 290 staff; administration of businesses and contracts; board development; marketing; fundraising; oversight of program design; client advocacy; and community education. Her management is characterized by effective fiscal oversight, innovative program development and strategic vision.

Jill obtained her Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a nonprofit concentration from the University of San Francisco. She is a past-President of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies; past-President of the Board of San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, an Advisory Board Member for KCBX Public Radio; a member of the San Luis Obispo Rotary Club, on the Governing Board for Sierra Vista Medical Center and a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

About Meghan Boaz Alvarez
Meghan Boaz Alvarez, M.S., LMFT began her career in mental health working in residential treatment for women and adolescent girls with eating disorders. After completing her clinical degree, she worked for Kern County Mental Health for 12 years, initially as a therapist specializing in psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She later became the clinical supervisor of the Kern County Crisis Stabilization Unit, providing intensive crisis intervention services. When MHSA funds became available, she implemented a 24-hour suicide and crisis hotline for the county, and successfully obtained American Association of Suicidology Accreditation and become part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline centers. During this time period she served as the county liaison to the state office for Suicide Prevention and worked as an instructor in the psychology master’s program for National University. She also served as the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Suicide Intervention instructor for Kern County’s 40-hour CIT program and has presented at the San Luis Obispo CIT academy as well.

She is currently the Clinical Director for Transitions-Mental Health Association and oversees several intensive treatment teams in San Luis Obispo County, including three MHSA funded Full Service Partnership teams. She develops and provides clinical trainings for agency staff, including Mandatory Reporting, Suicide Risk Assessment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She also provides clinical supervision and oversight for interns and staff, and serves on the San Luis Obispo Suicide Prevention Council.

She is the co-author of the Survival Outreach Team manual, which provides a comprehensive plan for launching a team of trained survivors who reach out to those bereaved by suicide. This publication has been accepted to the National Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention. She presented this work at the American Association of Suicidology Conference in Atlanta in April of 2015.

She is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Master Trainer, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Instructor, and instructor in the Psychology Department at Cuesta College.

We look forward to “seeing” you on Wednesday, June 24 from 5pm – 5:30pm. Scroll down for the zoom meeting information.

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Women’s March SLO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Answering the Call with Jill Bolster-White and Meghan Boaz Alvarez
Time: Jun 24, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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