Mentoring for Youth Mental Health – Spring 2024

It is becoming increasingly common for youth referred to mentoring programs to be struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, aggression, or attention difficulties. This course covers evidence-based techniques that can be infused into mentoring practices to more effectively address these kinds of mental health concerns. Course participants will learn about cutting-edge techniques proven by research to be effective in clinical settings, and will discuss how to implement these strategies in diverse mentoring program settings. Participants will also discuss the ways that youth identity may intersect with mentoring techniques, and consider how to apply techniques in a culturally humble way with youth from diverse, marginalized backgrounds.

Course starts February 1, 2024!


  • Feb 1: Intro & Overview of Common Youth Mental Health Concerns
  • Feb 8: Coping with Risky Feelings & Trauma-Informed Mentoring
  • Feb 15: Building Motivation: Motivational Interviewing Techniques
  • Feb 22: Cognitive Behavioral Techniques for Common Mental Health Problems, part 1
  • Feb 29: Cognitive Behavioral Techniques for Common Mental Health Problems, part 2
  • March 7: Connecting to Additional Resources & Providing Supportive Accountability

Classes are presented virtually from 12 to 1:30 pm ET

Join Dr. Raposa each Thursday during your lunch time (on the east coast!) for the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring’s (CEBM’s) Mentoring for Youth Mental Health course.

Attendees of all six classes will receive a certificate from CEBM in Mentoring for Youth Mental Health and exclusive access to resources.

Mentors, mental health providers, and program staff can all benefit from our most popular course!

Meet the instructor

Dr. Liz Raposa is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Fordham University. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After a clinical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she completed a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Raposa was then a member of the Psychology faculty at William & Mary for three years, before beginning her current position at Fordham University. 

Dr. Raposa’s research involves two related sets of questions designed to promote positive psychosocial and academic outcomes in stress-exposed youth. In one line of work, she examines the mechanisms that explain the negative impact of stressful life events on adolescents and young adults, and the ways in which supportive relationships can mitigate such negative outcomes. In another, Dr. Raposa designs and evaluates interventions that provide youth with social and emotional skills to better cope with stressors. Recently, she has conducted a number of studies exploring innovative approaches to augmenting the impact of youth mentoring programs, such as youth-initiated mentoring and technology-delivered mental health interventions. Ultimately, her work seeks to leverage social relationships to better address the needs of youth from traditionally marginalized communities in the United States and abroad. 

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • Course Certificate