Healthy Minds Fairfax

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

703-324-7938
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway - Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

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

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Training materials

Developing Cultural Humility (Northern Virginia CSA Symposium & Provider Expo, March 13, 2018)
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 focused on the basic tenets of cultural humility and will offer opportunities for attendees to apply these concepts in practice.

Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Helping Professions: Prevention and Recovery (Northern Virginia CSA Symposium & Provider Expo, March 13, 2018)
Presenters: Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW and Heather Dziewulski, LCSW, BCD

This workshop addressed 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 focused 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.

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