Healthy Minds Fairfax

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Janet Bessmer, CSA Program Manager,
Peter Steinberg, Healthy Minds Fairfax Program Manager

2018 CSA Symposium


Materials from the 17th Northern Virginia CSA Symposium & Provider Expo, March 13, 2018


Workshop 1: Developing Cultural Humility

Presenter: J. Patrick Slifka, LCSW

The helping professions have placed a great deal of emphasis on diversity and cultural competency. While knowledge and skill development are essential in our work with diverse client populations, they are frequently not enough. How do we know if we are performing competently or if our approaches are truly meeting the needs of those we serve? Cultural humility is about attitude, self-reflection and informed curiosity and is applicable at all levels of practice. This workshop will focus on the basic tenets of cultural humility and will offer opportunities for attendees to apply these concepts in practice. (See below for materials from this presentation)


Workshop 2: Free Community Programs for Youth and Families!

Presenters: Jeanne Comeau, Terry Williams (Parent) and Lindsey Cowen (Youth)
Learn about all that NAMI has to offer youth and families. Hear personal, hopeful stories told by a parent and young adult presenter. Learn about NAMI’s wide array of education and support programs which are offered throughout Virginia at no cost to participants, including: NAMI Family Support Group, NAMI Basics, Parent Leadership Training and Children’s Challenging Behaviors for parents and caregivers; NAMI Ending the Silence and Youth Leadership training for students, HelpLine and other programs. You’ll also hear about NAMI Northern Virginia’s YouthFest for young adults, teens and families. For more information about NAMI Northern Virginia, visit:
Workshop 3: Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Helping Professions: Prevention and Recovery
Presenters: Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW and Heather Dziewulski, LCSW, BCD
This workshop will address prevention strategies at the organization, supervisory, and direct service levels in terms of Secondary Traumatic Stress. It is believed that exposure to clients’ traumatic narratives makes helping professionals more susceptible to experiencing posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. The presenters will focus on teaching participants how to identify their internal warning signs that signal an adjustment to their situation is needed and how to develop a realistic action plan to achieve a work-life balance and moves beyond self-care. (See below for materials from this presentation)
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