Giving Tuesday

November 27

CHAC would appreciate your support! Details coming soon.

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EQ Parenting:  Emotionally Intelligent Parenting


A six session parenting program for

 parents of children aged 6 – 11

Would you like to learn how to be better at talking with and understanding your child? Or helping your child learn to manage their emotions and deal with conflict?  EQ Parenting* shows you how to help your child develop emotional intelligence. Children with higher emotional intelligence:

  • Have greater success with making and keeping friends

  • Have better concentration at school

  • Are more able to calm down when upset or angry

  • Tend to have fewer childhood illnesses

Emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ!

Location:  CHAC 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA  94040

Dates: Saturdays, September 22nd – November 10

Time: 9am – 11am

Cost: $200

Register: To complete the registration process, please email Sharon Greenstein at The class size is limited to 10 participants. 

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CHAC Chats

The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) is excited to offer CHAC Chats in celebration of CHAC’s 45 years of service to our community!

CHAC Chats is a series of presentations over the next year focused on a variety of timely and important mental health topics aimed to benefit all members of our community – from children to senior citizens. All CHAC Chats will be led by trained clinicians and licensed staff, incorporating a variety of formats and presentation styles. 

CHAC Chats are open to our community, free of charge, and are held at the CHAC office in Mountain View. Registration is encouraged as space is limited. 


CHAC Open House celebrations

October 20 and 21, 2018

Thank you to all who attended!

We hope you enjoyed socializing and seeing our newly remodeled space!


Ann Hawkins

Ann Hawkins

Our first CHAC Chat, How to Manage Life Challenges: Wise Mind Skills for the Whole Family, (May 22) provided a practical and relevant introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills that can be applied to everyday emotional challenges. Attendees learned new skills to use with children, family, friends and colleagues. DBT Skills are behavioral strategies that can enhance an individual’s capabilities by developing mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Speaker: Ann Hawkins, LMFT, CHAC Clinical Supervisor

Workshop for Clinicians:

Clinical Applications of Polyvagal Theory (in everyday language)

This workshop explored the clinical applications of polyvagal theory with a particular focus on working with trauma. Emphasis was on using intuitive, everyday language and translating the theory into concrete interventions psychotherapists can use with clients. Implications of polyvagal theory on traditional psychotherapeutic modalities such as object relations therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and existential therapy were delineated.

Training by Ling Lam, Ph.D., MFT and Lecturer in the Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University. 4 CEUs.

Date/Time: Sat, May 19, 2018,  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

Location: CHAC Office, 590 El Camino Real, Mountain View CA 94040

Cost: $100 per ticket

 Thanks to all who attended CHAC's

"Changing Lives Together" Breakfast

Topic: Digital Dependence: The impact on our children's emotional development

According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of teens have access to a smart phone, and a typical teen sends and receives 30 text messages per day. Parents often struggle to monitor and control their child's online activity. One recent study concluded that kids who use social media daily were 13% more likely to report high levels of depressive symptoms.

We heard Angela Alvarado, a graduate of Mountain View High School, Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo, and the UC Hastings College of the Law, speak about the digital world that our children are growing up in and its effects on their relationships and emotional development.  Angela currently serves as Community Prosecutor, Santa Clara County. She is a CHAC supporter and frequent speaker on internet safety and cyber bullying. 

Additional event highlights included the speech by CHAC's Executive Director, Marsha Deslauriers, our new video, and inspirational comments from a Mountain View High School senior.

Thank you to all who helped us kick off CHAC’s 45th Anniversary Celebration at the

Changing Lives Together Breakfast on March 28 at LinkedIn.


CHAC is very grateful to our event sponsors for their support.

 Presenting Sponsor: LinkedIn

Advocate Sponsor: El Camino Healthcare District

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Photos: Richa Gopal