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CUSD & Hoag Speaker Series

Capistrano Unified School District and Hoag Hospital have partnered to host a series of events titled “Helping Teens and Families Navigate Mental Health and Wellness,” featuring discussions on a variety of topics that impact today’s young people. Each presentation will conclude with a panel of teen mental health experts from ASPIRE at Hoag to answer audience questions.

ASPIRE (After School Programs for Interventions and Resiliency Education) at Hoag is designed to help young people experiencing emotional and neurobehavioral problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and other symptoms related to mental health.

Upcoming Events

FINAL discussion with Hoag Hospital!
Don’t miss this important discussion with Hoag Hospital - April 1, 2020

Event has been cancelled

Spanish version of this flyer - Vea el folleto aquí!


Past Events:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020: Self Harm and Suicide

Watch the full video of this powerful discussion with mental health experts from ASPIRE at Hoag on our YouTube channel, linked here.

Self Harm and Suicide Flyer



Past Events:

11/13/19: Identifying Substance Abuse Disorders and Vaping Dangers
Teen and Mental Health Flyer

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Aliso Niguel High School Theater
WHAT:  Identifying Substance Abuse Disorders and Vaping Dangers
WHO: Featured Speaker: Steven Ey, MD

Sina Safahieh, MD
Prerna Rao, LMFT
Dave Cook, LMFT

The common warning signs of teen drug and alcohol use
Dangers of vaping
How to approach the topic with youth
What resources are available if help is needed. 

Watch the Video


Past Events:

9/11/19: Gaming, Social Media and Mental Wellness
Helping Teens and Families Flyer

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Capistrano Valley High School Theater
WHAT:  Gaming, Social Media and Mental Wellness
WHO: Featured Speaker: Sina Safahieh, MD

Prerna Rao, LMFT
Valeri Trazise, LMFT

Psychological effects of excessive gaming and social media
Signs for concern
The impact technology has on adolescent behavior and brain development
Ways to help youth

Watch the Video Recording