Mental Health at the Intersection of Culture & Technology


2019 Mental Health Best Practices Conference | REGISTER TODAY! 

June 20-21, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA

Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel
6101 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045 

The 2019 UC Mental Health Best Practices Conference - Mental Health at the Intersection of Culture & Technology, will bring together 300+ campus mental health professionals to share best practices, experience advanced training on emerging trends in student mental health, explore new technologies, and engage in self-care and wellness activities. 

The 2-day conference will include:

  • Two dynamic keynote addresses and a closing plenary on the future of college mental health
  • Training in cultural competencies for work with diverse students
  • Best practices in integrating technology into clinical practices
  • Hands on experience with new tech innovations that work as compliments to treatment
  • Special training on emerging issues with graduate and professional students
  • Critical dialogues on pressing social issues as they impact students entry into treatment 
  • Space for staff to process vicarious trauma, network, and engage in self-care activities



College & University mental health staff and leadership (to include psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, social workers, marriage and family therapists, case managers, CARE advocates, health educators, student affairs leadership, administrators, and trainees) are highly encouraged to attend.


REGISTRATION (Click Here to Register!)

  • Registration is FREE for University of California Staff and faculty
  • Registration for Non-UC Attendees is $325      
Registration Deadline: May 29, 2019
*Fee includes registration for both days of the conference, all conference meals, and continuing education credits. Single day registration is not available.



photo of Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D. has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. She received her PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle. She earned tenure at Westfield State University in Massachusetts and currently serves as an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. She has numerous publications and books, and in 2011, coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which influenced the national dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.


photo of Dr. Keely Kolmes

Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. spent ten years working in college mental health before starting their private practice. They published their Private Practice Social Media Policy in 2010 and since then, tens of thousands of multidisciplinary providers have adapted this policy internationally. Dr. Kolmes currently serves as Chair of the California Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and they serve as CPA’s Council Representative to APA. Their practice and research interests include the internet and social media, ethics, and working with people across the full range of sexual and gender expression.


 Thursday, June 20


Registration and Continental Breakfast


Opening Session and Keynote Address

  • Seeing the Racial Water:  Mental Health Provision in the Context of Whiteness (Dr. Robin DiAngelo)




Advanced Skill Building Workshops




Critical Dialogues Across Differences




Technology Demonstrations


Dinner Reception


Social Event (optional)

Friday, June 21


Breakfast Social 


Keynote Address

  • Balancing Ethics and Self-care Across the Digital Landscape (Dr. Keely Kolmes)




Critical Dialogues Across Differences




Self-Care / Wellness Sessions


Lunch and Vendor FAir


Technology Demonstrations




Closing Session

  • Interactive Panel Discussion: Overwhelmed & Under-Resourced: What does the future of college counseling services hold?




Networking Mixer (optional)



Please book your stay at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX.

For UC Atendees:

We are excited to offset the cost of attendance for UC staff! There are a limited number of complimentary hotel rooms available on a first come, first served basis to those who meet the travel criteria established by UC policy which requires that staff live/work (whichever is closer) 40+ miles away from an event location to be eligible for overnight accommodations. If you meet this criteria, you will be able to request a hotel stay during the registration process. Your requests will be reviewed upon submission and you will be notified via email if your request is approved.

We are asking UC staff to arrive at the conference the morning of June 20th and depart the evening of June 21st. Hotel accommodations will be covered for the night of June 20th ONLY (with the exception of staff from UC Merced who have been pre-approved to request a 2 night stay). You may book additional nights at your own expense using the link below. 


For non-UC Attendees

We have secured the discounted rate of $160/night for our guests. Please reference "University of California Mental Health Conference" when making your reservation. 

Hotel Reservation Deadline: May 29, 2019 (after this date, the guest room rate will increase)


LAX is the closest airport and there is a free shuttle to/from the Sheraton Gateway.  

Self-parking is not included with your registration. We have negotiated the discounted rate of $17/day inclusive of tax, includes in/out privileges. 


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California Office of the President. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Credits for Psychologist, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, LCSWs, and LMFTs may be transferrable for this CME-accredited activity. Please reference your licensing board for details.


Please direct your registration questions to Alina Tejera at


We are still accepting exhibitor applications! If your organization offers products, services, or resources relevant to providers of student mental health, we invite you to consider becoming a vendor. We are particularly interested in advancements in technology, wellness and self-care products, and publications/literature. 

Click Here to Download our Vendor Application