Mental Health Virtual Events at Huntington Hospital

In recognition of Mental Health Month in May

Mental Health Month Virtual Events Program

During the month of May, the Della Martin Center (DMC) will be presenting various informative lectures on mental health topics.

Join us by Zoom for our upcoming Mental Health Virtual Lectures.

On this page you’ll find:

Upcoming Virtual Programs:

Zoom events will begin at the time and dates listed. Each session will last about an hour and will include time for questions. Participation is free.

Please RSVP using the form below.

Creative Arts Therapies for Mental Health

May 3rd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This presentation will cover the various creative arts modalities used in mental health settings such as Dance, Drama, Music, and Art.

Please note: Participants/viewers should have paper and drawing materials available.

Presenters:Maria Ninos, MA, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, Melissa Trochez, MA, LMF, ATR, Hope Carter, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC, Jessica Brizuela, MA, MT-BC, Ryan Lisman, MA, APCC, P-RDT.

  • Maria Ninos is a dance movement therapist who is passionate about using movement and dance to assist in healing the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Melissa Trochez is a Los Angeles based fine artist and licensed art therapist who utilizes art to assist others with healing and growth.
  • Hope Carter has been an Art Therapist and Clinical Counselor for over 20 years. Her passion is working with trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and child/adoption issues.
  • Jessica Brizuela is a music therapist and certified neurologic music therapist. She uses a humanistic and improvisational approach to better serve the patients she works with.
  • Ryan Lisman is a drama therapist and uses drama and theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals. He uses a strength-based humanistic drama therapy model to build empathy skills to the patients he serves.

Zoom ID: 994 0491 5201 Passcode: 851807

Tai Chi Chuan (In-Person Only)

May 12th 4:00-5:00pm

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese Martial Art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits.

Presenter: Higinio De La Rosa

Higinio has been practicing Yang Style Tai Chi for 22 years with various Masters.

**This event will only be conducted in-person only at the south lawn adjacent to the Della Martin Center. The maximum occupancy is 10. To reserve a space please email the events coordinator at Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing, no sandals, and not barefoot. Participants must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines by wearing a face covering and social distancing.

There is no zoom participation for this event.

Healing from the Effects of Stress and Trauma: a Holistic Health Approach

May 13th, 1:00 pm – 2:00pm

Discussion of stress and trauma effects and resources to mitigate these effects including acupressure, herb/food recommendations, and mindfulness exercise.

Presenter: Melissa M. Estrada, L.Ac.

Melissa Estrada is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Mindfulness Educator, and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Zoom ID: 916 6275 0484 Passcode: 344660

Components of Care for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

May 14th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Provide education on the treatment and modalities regarding perinatal mood disorder.

Presenter:Smadar Garritson, LCSW, CLE.

Smadar Garritson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Lactation Educator for the Huntington Hospital Maternal Wellness Program in Pasadena, California.  Smadar has earned a master’s degree in medical Anthropology from University College London and a master’s in clinical social work from New York University.  She blends traditional psychoanalysis with solution focused therapy.  Smadar is a strong supporter and advocate for the Maternal Mental Health community. 

Zoom ID: 946 6499 9908 Passcode: 366911


May 17th, 12:00-12:30pm

Presenter: Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA

Pamela is the current VP of Enterprise, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Huntington Hospital.

This event will be conducted via in-person and zoom. The in-person portion will be held at the south lawn adjacent to the Della Martin Center. To reserve a space please RSVP to the events coordinator at Maximum attendance is 10. Please bring your own yoga mat.Participants must adhere to COVID-19 protocols by wearing a mask and social distancing.

For participants joining by Zoom, please use this login information:

Zoom ID: 916 6757 2799 Passcode: 421205

Depression in Children and the Pandemic

May 19th 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Paul Kurkjian

Dr Kurkjian graduated from the University of San Diego, majored in Psychology, and double minored in Biology and Chemistry.  Dr. Kurkjian obtained his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kurkjian completed his Adult Psychiatric Residency training at the UCLA.  He is double board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

This presentation will address the impact the pandemic had on the mental health of teens.

Zoom ID: 949 1383 4542 Passcode: 906006

Nature Therapy and the Benefits of Horticulture on Mental Health

May 20th, 12:30pm -1:30pm

In this presentation we will learn the benefits of actively and passively spending time in nature, and the positive impact that it has on mental health outcomes.  We will also discuss horticultural and mindfulness-based therapy techniques that help reduce anxiety and stress.

Presenter: David Washington, LCSW

David Washington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the IOP/PHP programs at Huntington Hospital.  David specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and addiction issues.  He currently has a private practice where he works with children, adolescents, and adults using nature and horticultural therapy techniques.

Zoom ID:910 6849 6973 Passcode: 382250

Therapeutic Communication

May 26th, 1:00-2:00pm

Presenter: Jeff Clement, RN

Jeff is a licensed certified psychiatric Nurse working in the field for over 38 years.

This presentation will provide an overview of general communication techniques along with psychiatric specific strategies.

Zoom ID: 978 6213 2751 Passcode: 393006

RSVP to Reserve Your Spot

Please reserve a spot at least 1 day in advance by completing the registration form below.

Joining a Virtual Mental Health Event

On the day of the event, please join at least 5 minutes before and please mute yourself.

Step 1: To join the event, type in: in your web browser.

Step 2: Enter the meeting ID and passcode. You will find a unique meeting ID and passcode for each lecture above in the Schedule above.

Step 3: Mute yourself to ensure that everyone can hear the presenter.