Alexandria Trauma and Resiliency Summit: Thursday, May 20, 2021

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Alexandria Trauma and Resiliency Summit

Thursday May 20, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Virtual, Free and Open to the Public


About the Summit

Alexandria Trauma and Resiliency Summit FlyerThe May 20 Alexandria Trauma and Resiliency Summit is the first of two community-wide events being hosted by RAISE; the second will be held in 2022. These Summits will include:

  • an emphasis on skills and strategic approaches that have practical “real world” application.

  • a sequence of 3, 6 and 9 month participant follow-up and support.

The Trauma and Resiliency Summit in 2022 will build upon this year’s Summit by inviting participants to share their Trauma-Informed policies and practice gains. The Trauma and Resilience Summits will focus on the pillars of equity and resilience and will have three tracks: Racial & Social Justice, Navigating Physical & Natural Environments, and Wellness.


Who Should Attend

While community members are more than welcome to attend this Summit, you will see that most of the workshops are geared toward service providers and those aspiring to work in the human services field. 


How to Register

Register online by May 14. If you have questions, please email RAISE@alexandriava.gov.


Keynote Speaker 

Wendy EllisDr. Wendy Ellis is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and the Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Center for Community Resilience seeks to improve the health of communities by enabling cross-sectoral partners to align policy, program and practice to address adverse childhood experiences in the context of adverse community environments--or as Ellis has coined it "The Pair of ACEs." This innovative framing of ACEs, with an explicit focus on equity and prevention, has had a substantial influence on local initiatives, programs, public health initiatives and local, state and federal policy. Using the Pair of ACEs framing, Building Community Resilience networks have successfully led systems and policy change focused on addressing long-standing economic, social and health disparities by partnering with community, integrating service delivery and building political will for change. Dr. Ellis has spent the last decade developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities that are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation.


Agenda

9 a.m. Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker Dr. Wendy Ellis

10 a.m. Workshop 

11 a.m. Workshop

12 p.m. Lunch Break

1 p.m. Workshop

2 p.m. Workshop

3 p.m. Workshop

4 p.m. Closing Remarks


Overview of Workshop Tracks

View or download a PDF of the Summit Agenda and Schedule below.

Summit Agenda and Schedule


Track 1: Racial & Social Justice

Participants on this track will be provided a lesson on Alexandria’s history of racial and social justice and enhance their skills and knowledge in legislative advocacy toward advancing Trauma-Informed policies at the local and state levels.


Racial and Social Justice Circle10 A.M - BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH SELF-CARE: HEALING RACIST WOUNDS

Presenter: Amanda Lynch, Trauma Informed Specialist
Target Audience: BIPOC, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, BIPOC Youth and Young Adults, Allies

  • During this workshop participants will take part in an in-depth exploration of the impact of racism to learn about the underlying reality— people affected by the stress of racism show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Amanda Lynch, a Trauma Informed Specialist, will teach participants ways to cope with this trauma and resources to help with self-healing.

Best-selling children's book author, Amanda Lynch, MA, CTP-E, is a writer and career educator specializing in Self-Care, Mindfulness-Based Trauma Informed Practices, and Restorative Justice. For nearly twenty years, she worked as an educator throughout the Richmond Metro area. She loves introducing communities of color to meditation, yoga and sound healing therapy. She is licensed teacher, Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Advanced Peacemaking Circles facilitator, Koru Mindfulness Teacher-In-Training and ACE Interface Master Trainer. She lives with her husband, Marcus and her very busy children, Justin, Ava, Hazy and Rosebud in Glen Allen, Virginia. She is a Trauma Informed Education Specialist at Greater Richmond SCAN, author of six children's books, and owner of Rethinking Resiliency LLC.


11 A.M. - ALEXANDRIA’S HISTORY OF RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Presenter: Audrey Davis, Office of Historic Alexandria
Target Audience: Alexandrian Residents, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Youth and Young Adults

  • Through the use of storytelling, participants will learn about Alexandria's history of racial and social justice during this workshop. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of how communities across Alexandria have fought and continue to fight to make our city, nation, and world a more just and equitable place.

Audrey Paulette Davis is the Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum. Throughout her tenure with the City of Alexandria, Davis has been recognized for her exemplary service and commitment to her profession. From 2004 to 2010, she served on the Board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.  Davis was one of five authors of the book, African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the 20th Century. Davis has also served as president of the Alexandria Historical Society, is a founding and current member of the Advisory Council of Virginia Africana: The Network of Museum, History and Preservation Professionals, a member of the American Alliance of Museums, a past president of the Virginia Association of Museums; and a member of the Association of African American Museums.


1 P.M. - HOW TO CREATE CHANGE: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Presenter: Ingris Moran, Tenants & Workers United
Target Audience: Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Youth and Young Adults

  • Want to effect positive change in your community and make it a more anti-racist place to live, work, grow, and play, but don’t know how? Through attending this educational workshop, participants will leave with a deepened understanding of how to create change, how community organizing builds resilience, and how we can collectively advance equity and racial justice at the community level.

Ingris Moran joined the Tenants and Workers United youth group when she was a high school freshman. In 2007-2008, she worked with the New Virginia Majority to coordinate teams of canvassers that encouraged local residents to vote. She believes in the values of the organizations and jumps into the work wholeheartedly. In 2012, she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College. In 2015, she earned a B.A. in sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She understands community organizing and the value of leadership development. She enjoys organizing youth and adults to win policy changes in our schools and our City of Alexandria.


2 P.M. - ADVOCATING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE THROUGH SYSTEMIC CHANGE

Presenter: Chloe Edwards, Voices for VA’s Children
Target Audience: Everyone (Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Youth and Young Adults)

  • This workshop will introduce participants to Voices for Virginia's Children and their Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia Campaign. Key equity-related definitions will be provided and serve as a foundation for understanding systemic inequities related to cultural, racial, and historical trauma. Participants will leave the workshop understanding how justice can be a form of advocacy that can activate change at the state-level through policy, as well as other strategies and best practices for activating community change. Participants will also hear general assembly updates from this year's session.

Chloe Edwards is the Policy Analyst at Voices for Virginia’s Children. She leads policy and advocacy work in domains related to the social determinants of health (SDOH) with a focus on healthcare, family economic security, trauma-informed care, equity, and justice. In 2020, Chloe launched Virginia’s first Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which was recognized by Governor Ralph Northam. Now, the initiative has evolved into a campaign that empowers the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice. In implementation, Chloe shapes the campaign’s policy priorities and provides support to the coalition. During the 2021 GA session, Chloe helped lead efforts to successfully recognize racism as a public health crisis in Virginia, making the state the first in the south. Prior to Voices, Chloe served as director of Connecting Hearts to solve Virginia’s child welfare crisis. In 2021, Chloe was recognized by The Valentine as a Richmond History Maker for the social justice category. In 2020, she was named on Style Weekly’s top 40 Under 40. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from Connecting Hearts in 2018 and she was named Radio One Richmond’s top 30 Under 30 in 2017. Chloe holds a Master of Public Policy in Leadership from Liberty University and completed the Minority Research and Law Institute Program at Southern University and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Emerging Leaders program in 2019. Chloe currently serves as the founder of Chloe Edwards, INC and president of Black Lives Matter 804. Chloe can be reached at chloe@vakids.org.


3 P.M. - BUILDING A PLAN FOR ADVOCACY

Presenter: Sarah Taylor, Legislative Director and Kristin Jimison, Virginia Nurses Association
Target Audience: Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Youth and Young Adults

  • During the final stage of this Racial and Social Justice track, participants will take what they’ve learned in previous workshops and apply it! During this session, support will be provided to participants who want to come up with a plan to engage in advocacy at the local and/or state level. Participants will walk away with a plan and the know-how to fight for racial and social justice.

Sarah Graham Taylor serves as the Legislative Director for the City of Alexandria where she represents the Alexandria City Council's legislative agenda before the Virginia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. She has enjoyed a 25-year career in legislative affairs, policy development, political strategy, government relations and strategic communications in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to her current position with the City, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Minority Leader and Democratic Caucus in the Oklahoma Senate. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Urban Studies. She lives in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County with her husband and three children. In her limited free time, she runs and is an overly invested sports fan.

Kristin Jimison is an English teacher-turned-nonprofit-executive passionate about helping people find their voice in advocacy. As the Director of Engagement for the Virginia Nurses Association, Kristin is responsible for overseeing the organization’s legislative and grassroots advocacy, member and volunteer engagement, and strategic communications. Prior to this role, Kristin was the Director of Communications at VNA and held communications and program management roles at CFA Institute and Sylvan Learning.  She believes that voting is everyone’s superpower.


Track 2: Navigating Physical and Virtual Environments

This track will include workshops for participants who want to learn how to transform a workplace, school, or other community setting into a Trauma-Informed environment. Participants will learn how to create more welcoming, Trauma-Informed spaces through their policies, practices, supervision, physical spaces, and youth and family engagement. This track will also feature examples of Trauma-Informed spaces located throughout Alexandria.


Navigating Circle10 A.M. - BUILDING TRAUMA-INFORMED SPACES

Presenters: Chrissy Cunningham, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
Target Audience: Service Providers/Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Nonprofit Organizations, Government Agencies, Businesses

  • This workshop will explore what it means for a space to be trauma-informed, why this is important, and how to get started in building a trauma-informed space. Examples of space transformations will be shared. If you work on a team or for an organization that is interested in becoming more trauma-informed, this workshop will provide concrete steps for creating more healing-centered spaces within your organization or agency. Workshop participants can sign up to receive ongoing technical assistance and support from RAISE.

Chrissy Cunningham is a Prevention Coordination Specialist with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, where she helps to coordinate and facilitate cross system efforts aimed at impacting outcomes for children and youth. Chrissy coordinates the Fairfax County Trauma-Informed Community Network and provides training, technical assistance and consultation for trauma workgroups across the Health, Human Services and Education Systems.  Chrissy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from James Madison University, a Master’s of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and is an ACE Interface Master Trainer.  


11 A.M. - RESILIENCY TOOLKIT FOR TRAUMA-INFORMED SUPERVISION

Presenters: Faith Spillman and Paola Navarro, RAISE Members
Target Audience: Supervisors, Helping and Aspiring Professionals

  • Supervision is an important element of creating and fostering a trauma-informed workplace. While many employees continue to work from home, some are returning to work sites and offices. Supervisors and staff may be experiencing feelings of concern and uncertainty regarding the impact returning to a work site may have on themselves and their families. They may experience doubt, anxiety, stress, fear, and depression, and may even be experiencing grief or a sense of loss for the way of life before the pandemic. This workshop equips participants with a toolkit that has been designed to help supervisors and their staff understand the mental health impact of COVID-19 and challenges associated with returning to the workplace.

As the Youth Services Coordinator at the Alexandria Police Department, Faith Spillman collaborates with other agencies to connect families to resources, lead outreach and prevention initiatives, develop and run programs and facilitate trainings. Before joining APD, Faith worked in the nonprofit and education sectors, primarily in the areas of homelessness prevention and mental health. Born in Alexandria, she received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from George Mason University, a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and an A.A. from Northern Virginia Community College. Faith resides in the West End.

Paola Navarro is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She possesses a master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University.  Ms. Navarro has worked with immigrant families and children for the past 20 years from all over the world, from Central and South America to Africa and the Middle East. Her work has focused on integrated behavioral health models of care with primary health care and public schools, and she has worked in the City of Alexandria for the past 12 years.  She has specialized in treating trauma and related disorders as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.


1 P.M. - INSTITUTIONALIZING PROFESSIONAL RESILIENCY IN HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Presenters: Giselle Pelaez, Center for Alexandria’s Children; Cathryn Evans, Chief Deputy, Commonwealth’s Attorney; Jeff Harrington, Alexandria Police Department; Monica Huerta, Sexual Assault Center; Colette Junod, Child Protective Services; Jill Schaub, Deputy City Attorney
Target Audience: Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Human Service Organizations

  • Professionals in the human services field face unique challenges in the workplace, willingly subordinating their own needs to those of the work and the world at large, often feeling grateful for the opportunity to do so, but then left to wonder why they feel like it’s never enough. This session will provide: an introduction to the Organizational Resiliency model; useful assessment tools; and an opportunity to hear from leaders of the Alexandria Multidisciplinary Team on Child Abuse about practical applications, successful strategies, and lessons learned.

Giselle Pelaez, LCSW has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Alexandria’s Children since 2008, leading the Multidisciplinary Team on child abuse – professionals dedicated to serving our City’s most vulnerable residents, children and families affected by child abuse and family violence. Giselle was instrumental in bringing the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime training team to Alexandria to work directly with leaders from the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, City Attorney’s Office and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to bring best practice to the City in Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations. Since then, she has been focused on building capacity for this and promoting activities that build resiliency for our Alexandria Multidisciplinary Team. She finds her own balance as a martial arts student at Gentle East Taekwondo where she is a 3rd degree Black Belt.

The Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney currently handles the Office’s Mental Health Initiative, a docket dedicated to individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system because of their struggles with severe mental illness, Cathryn Evans, JD.  She is additionally responsible for office administration duties; she prosecutes Major Cases as assigned, Arson crimes, Sex Offender Registration Offenses, Involuntary Commitment Appeals and is the Cold Case point of contact. While honored for her work and leadership in many areas, her self-described most important accomplishment is, with her husband, parenting two beautiful children.

Sergeant Jeff Harrington of the Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division – Crimes Against Persons Section.  Sgt. Harrington leads the Special Victim Unit investigating Internet Crimes Against Children, all sex related crimes, and other youth related offenses or incidents as deemed appropriate. The SVU also assists Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and other Department Units in youth related matters; and serves on various committees regarding youth welfare. The Unit also administers the Department’s juvenile law enforcement programs; investigates community and family conditions affecting the health, morals and safety of children, and tracking runaways.

Monica Huerta, LMFT, CSAC, is a Therapist Supervisor with the Sexual Assault Center, a program of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Division of the Center for Children and Families within the Department of Community and Human Services.  The program offers support to victims of sexual assault and their families and friends. Trained volunteers and staff are available 24 hours a day to provide: crisis intervention and emotional support; advocacy with medical, police, and court systems; short-term individual and group counseling; information and referrals.

Colette Junod, MSW, has worked in Child Welfare for the last 16 years, practicing initially in Michigan and now in Virginia.  She began working for the City of Alexandria in 2008, first as a frontline Child Protective Services (CPS) worker and for the last 5 years as a CPS Supervisor.  in her current role she supervises the CPS Hotline, 3 CPS Intake Workers, and 1 CPS Ongoing worker. She is also a trained Forensic Interviewer and additionally serves as a co-chair for the DCHS Ethics Committee.   

The Deputy City Attorney, Jill Schaub, JD, presently leading the City Services and Management Group, providing legal guidance to departments that provide community services and support the operation of government.


2 P.M. - MULTI-SYSTEM COLLABORATION & CHANGE: CROSSOVER YOUTH PRACTICE MODEL

Presenters: Tricia Bassing, Greta Rosenzweig and Sonnja Brown, Children & Youth Practice Model; Sarah Taylor, Legislative Director
Target Audience: Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Human Service Organizations, Juvenile Justice Professionals, Community Advocates

  • In 2010, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform developed the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) to address the unique needs of youth that are at risk of or are fluctuating between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. These youth are commonly referred to as “crossover youth". Participants who attend this workshop will hear from community partners who have been involved in the process of building a CYPM for the City of Alexandria. Participants will learn more about the model, how collaboration on this model has resulted in legislative change, and tips that participants can use to advocate for change at a state level.

Tricia Bassing (she/her/hers) serves as the Chief of Child and Family Behavioral Health Services (CFBHS) in the City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services/Alexandria Community Services Board (DCHS). CFBHS collaborates closely with youth, families, their natural supports and colleagues in child welfare, juvenile justice, and education to build integrated behavioral health services that are trauma informed, anti-racist and prioritize family and youth voice, choice, and equity. Tricia has an undergraduate degree in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and she completed a post-graduate advanced clinical training program. Since 1997 Tricia has held a variety of direct service and supervisory positions in DCHS. Families and colleagues inspire her daily. She is proud of learning from mistakes, being a parent and her dance moves.

Greta Rosenzweig serves as the Chief of Child Welfare (CWS) with the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS).  Since receiving her master’s degree in social work from Catholic University in 1991, she has worked in both public child welfare agencies and in a non-profit post adoption service organization.  She has held a variety of direct service and supervisory positions primarily focused on Foster Care, Adoption and Resource Parent recruitment, training and support.  Greta has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in English, Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and recently has become a weed warrior with her local Sierra Club removing non-native invasive species in the woods near her home.  

Sonnja Brown serves as a Family Support Partner with Child and Family Behavioral Health Services (CFBHS) for DCHS. In this role, she uses her lived experience as Mom/Grandma raising grandchildren with systems involvement in non-formal kinship care to help families engage and actively participate with professional providers. She provides emotional support, education, and resources to caregivers to navigate the systems of care. She is passionate about supporting caregivers to feel confident in their decision-making ability. Sonnja spent 30 years working in long term care facilities as a Director of Food and Nutrition Services while raising her family. She lives in Arlington with her youngest daughter and three small rescue dogs. She continues to teach Food Safety and is a fierce advocate for Juvenile Justice Reform. 

Sarah Graham Taylor serves as the Legislative Director for the City of Alexandria where she represents the Alexandria City Council's legislative agenda before the Virginia General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. She has enjoyed a 25-year career in legislative affairs, policy development, political strategy, government relations and strategic communications in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to her current position with the City, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Minority Leader and Democratic Caucus in the Oklahoma Senate. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Urban Studies. She lives in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County with her husband and three children. In her limited free time, she runs and is an overly invested sports fan.


3 P.M. - ELEVATING YOUTH & FAMILY VOICE

Presenter: Jenna White, Fairfax County Council PTA Representative to the Fairfax Trauma Informed Community Network
Target Audience: Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Community Advocates, Parents/Family members, Youth and Young Adults

  • During the final stage of this Changing Environments track, participants will have the opportunity to hear directly from Jenna White who has helped educate about early childhood trauma and advocate for trauma informed practices within schools. Participants will learn about the importance of engaging families in the process of becoming trauma-informed, how to apply the six trauma informed principles for working with youth and families, and best practices in reaching families through a trauma-informed lens.

Jenna White is on the Fairfax Trauma Informed Community Network representing the Fairfax County Council PTA. She is also an ACE Interface presenter and a member of the GR SCAN Trauma Informed Schools Committee. As a parent of a child with developmental trauma, she has given over 50 presentations to the community.


Track 3: Wellness

Participants on this track will learn more about trauma and how to build community resilience. Workshops will engage participants in a series of self- and community-care practices.


Wellness Circle10 A.M. - INTRODUCTION TO TRAUMA & RESILIENCE

Presenter: Tamika Daniel, Greater Richmond SCAN)
Target Audience: Everyone (Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Parents/Family Members, Youth and Young Adults)

  • What is trauma? What is resilience? Tamika Daniel will cover the basics of trauma, including its behavioral impacts. She will explore how resilience can be built and based in real life experiences. This relatable and accessible training will help to shed a new light on these topics and provide the foundation for key concepts explored within the Wellness track.

Tamika Daniel is an East End community resident in Richmond, VA and a single mother to 4 children. She began advocating for the needs of her son with autism and that led her to advocating on a larger scale in the 10 years of not being employed. She began as GR Scan's Behavioral Health Community Organizer in August 2019 through a partnership with Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. She assists in building resilience and facilitating healing through empowerment and connection, through a trauma-informed and equity lens. Additionally, she brings her voice and advocacy to meetings and tables throughout the community.


11 A.M. - BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH MINDFULNESS

Presenter: Gina White, Mindful Junkie
Target Audience: Everyone (Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Parents/Family Members, Youth and Young Adults)

  • Mindfulness is a collection of practices that can help reverse negative consequences due to stress exposure. There is a growing body of research showing that mindfulness training remodels the brain's physical structure. This workshop will provide participants with a safe space to learn mindfulness tools and practices to help manage and cope with stress. Professionals and community members alike will be able to use these tools to strengthen individual and community resilience.

Gina Rollo White, MA is the founder and CEO of Mindful Junkie, a not-for-profit organization. Gina has over 15 years of experience as a mind-body teacher, educator, researcher and author. She has a Master's Degree in Mindfulness Studies with an emphasis on first responders (law enforcement, fire services and healthcare workers), and her graduate thesis was Mindfulness and Law Enforcement, An Effective Approach to Implementing Mindfulness for First Responders. Gina has spent the last seven years developing and delivering trauma sensitive mindfulness trainings, programs and workshops tailored for law enforcement, correctional, fire, EMS, healthcare and other trauma sensitive communities. She has worked with leadership teams from dozens of police, sheriff, and fire departments and is an active member of the Trauma Informed Community Network, VA. Gina authored the DCJS approved Criminal Justice Mindfulness Training Curriculum, which has been used as the backbone for all her first responder mindfulness training programs –Tactical Brain Training ® - Mindfulness for First Responders. Gina recently launched an app for mindfulness meditations, in partnership with AM Mindfulness called the First Responder Mindfulness Journey. Gina offers a variety of training, including on-site Tactical Brain Training (TBT), live web-based TBT, and a Train the Trainer course for responders interested in becoming First Responder Mindfulness Instructors. For training inquires email gina@mindfuljunkie.com, or go to www.mindfuljunkie.com.


1 P.M. - BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH STRESS MANAGEMENT

Presenter: Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, Pure Edge Inc.
Target Audience: Everyone (Community Members, Community Advocates, Helping and Aspiring Professionals, Parents/Family Members, Youth and Young Adults)

  • A strong social support network is critical during tough times. Social connectivity improves mental health and combats stress, with studies showing social isolation and loneliness are associated with a greater risk of poor mental health and other health problems. This workshop will provide practical strategies focused on building participants' social network to aid in overall well-being. Participants can expect an interactive session with experimental practices and prompts.

Michelle Kelsey Mitchell is Director of Partnerships for Pure Edge Inc. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle completed her collegiate studies in Buffalo, New York earning a BS in Sports Medicine, Minor in Sports Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling and Human Services at Canisius College. Michelle has worked in her respective community in the public school setting, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. Currently, Michelle teaches stress management at George Washington University and serves on the board of directors of local nonprofits. 


2 P.M. - SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS & SELF-CARE BASICS

Presenter: Melissa McGinn, Greater Richmond SCAN/TICN
Target Audience: Helping and Aspiring Professionals

  • Resilience is something that can be fostered across the lifespan, both on an individual level, as well as within workplace. Following this workshop participants will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of cumulative trauma exposure. Participants will leave with strategies for self-care and ideas for creating and fostering a culture of wellness within their work setting.

Melissa McGinn, MSW, LCSW, is currently Greater Richmond SCAN’s Director of Community Prevention Programs and State Trauma Informed Community Networks Coordinator. Melissa is responsible for the management and coordination of all SCAN’s prevention programs, training, and consultation on becoming a trauma informed organization. Melissa has been an adjunct professor and field liaison at Virginia Commonwealth University for 15 years. Melissa worked at the Virginia Department of Social Services, re-establishing the Child Welfare Stipend Program at four universities across the state. Melissa spent the first 14 years of her career as a child and family therapist specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, working primarily with children in the child welfare system, in community based and outpatient settings.


3 P.M. - WORK N’ WELL

Presenter: Dr. Grace Page, City of Alexandria
Target Audience: City of Alexandria Employees

  • The City of Alexandria’s Work’n Well Employee Program offers support and resources for all dimensions of well-being. Dr. Grace Page will discuss these numerous resources that are offered, with particular attention given to mental and emotional well-being. This workshop will help participants gain a deeper understanding of wellness and the dimensions of health. Following the completion of this workshop participants will be able to identify the dimensions of health in which they are thriving, and those that need attention, in order to create a personal action plan for a happier, healthier self.

Dr. Grace Page is the Wellbeing Program Manager for the City of Alexandria in Virginia. Grace brings to the City a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge within health and wellbeing program management. In her past role as a wellness coordinator for an insurance brokerage firm, Grace was responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and measurement of her clients’ wellness programs. She worked with over 30 clients to establish a clear vision and goals for each organization’s initiatives and developed research-based programs to improve employee engagement, reduce health risks, and decrease long-term healthcare costs. Grace graduated from Nova Southeastern University where she earned a Doctor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration in Global Health. Additionally, she earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Spelman College. Grace is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist®. She is also a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist with the National Wellness Institute.

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