Nurtured Heart Approach Advanced Trainer, Merced Union High School District, California
Viviana Barajas, MEd PPS is an Educational Consultant and a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who has always had a passion for helping underserved populations and for finding opportunities to promote the healing properties of positive relationships. Her experience includes early childhood education, non-profit community work, early intervention and prevention services for children and families, foster youth advocacy, residential treatment facility training and support, and program development. For the past 10 years, Viviana has been working exclusively to integrate the Nurtured Heart Approach® into school and agency settings as a Certified Advanced Trainer. Viviana has created a Nurtured Heart Approach mental health high school course for teens, and is the creator of Greatness Project, an organization that provides a platform for youth to share this life-changing method with other youth, and adults. Currently, Viviana is working on obtaining her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership to support equitable integration of educational systems with the foundation of community health and wellness.