Meeting of the Minds Workshop Schedule
Please keep in mind that all of the workshops with the same time will be offered concurrently and participants must choose which workshop they would like to attend. Workshops may get full and participants will have to attend the workshop in the Captain's Room.
Marina Village Conference Center // October 12, 2022
Room D1 (Anchor Room)
Thriving Through Adversity: The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond
Dawn Griffin, Ph.D.
The Healing, Opportunities, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Grounds’ purpose aims at moving individuals and equines from surviving to thriving by integrating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) science into building resilience for individuals and equines exposed to trauma through appropriate holistic modalities. With the vision of “Thriving Through Adversity”. HOPE Grounds understands trauma happens in relationships, and it must be healed in relationships.
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Rebuilding a Life of Flourishing After a Suicide Loss
Joyce Bruggeman, Kim Bozart, LCSW, Blaire Ehret, Ph.D
Current survivor of suicide loss support programs and services address the immediate needs of this population and help the new survivor stabilize after the trauma, moving back into a place of functioning. Few, if any, survivor of suicide loss programs directly address the ongoing needs of the long- term survivor to help them move into a new phase of life after the suicide, one in which they can flourish. The breakout begins by briefly explaining the curriculum, provide basic information about recovery after a suicide loss, potential outcomes and ways to assess readiness for the program. Interwoven throughout the presentation will be the latest research about positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, suicide loss and grief.
Kickstart - Pathways Community Solutions
Early Intervention and Prevention for Psychosis Community Based Youth Mental Health
Michael Garrett, LMFT, Nuriya Neumann, OTR/L
This presentation will focus on programs such as Kickstart, which provide services for early Intervention and prevention of psychosis. It is designed for healthcare professionals in diverse settings who work with youth and young adults and who are interested in learning about the early warning signs of psychosis, the importance of early intervention in order to mitigate the impact on the individuals functioning, and strategies for implementing early intervention treatment which promotes successfully engagement of youth and their families and supports in recovery-oriented care.
NAMI SD & Inspired Mind Mental Health
Neurodiversity Gifts: A Cultural Competency Meta-Map of Lived Experience
Joshua Roberts, MA
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. The lenses through which we see psychosis are crucial in opening up the possibility of transformation; expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies. This session offers you a fresh set of lenses that allow you to elicit the gifts of neurodiversity, meaning, and purpose.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Fair Housing Rights: Reasonable Accommodations
Amalea Romero, Danielle Tailleart
LASSD will focus on (1) the Fair Housing Act with a particular emphasis on disability rights, (2) regulatory updates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the California Civil Rights Department (CRD, formerly known as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing), (3) the aftermath of COVID-19 and the exacerbation of housing instability due to disproportionate effects on persons with disabilities and emphasizing the importance of utilizing the legal rights and tools such as reasonable accommodations, and (4) an interactive session where audience members will receive materials and walk through examples. Participants of the presentation will leave with more knowledge about the Fair Housing Act and with specific insights as to how they can participate in the exercise and enforcement of rights granted to persons with disabilities. Participants will leave encouraged to continue to enforce their Fair Housing Rights, report violations, and strive for creation of a more inclusive rental market.
SD County Behavioral Health Services, Corporation for Supportive Housing, San Ysidro Health
Harm Reduction and Housing
Dr. Nicole Esposito, Phuong Quach, Psy.D., LMFT, Terri Garcia, CADCIII-CA, SUDCC III-CS
It has now been a full year since the County of San Diego launched the Comprehensive County Substance Use Harm Reduction Strategy which envisions a world where harms related to substance use are seen as concerns of overall health and well-being, where stigma does not impede access to services, and where we realize a community free of substance use-related harms, with efforts concentrated in four specific focus areas: cross-sectoral convening, housing, workforce, and healthcare integration and access. In this session, our focus will be on practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use.
Multicultural Health Foundation
Room D1 (Anchor Room)
What We Learned from COVID-19 about Intergenerational Trauma
Cynthia James-Price, MBA
This session will introduce participants to Multicultural Health Foundation’s (MHFs) findings during Community Outreach and Engagement in underrepresented communities during the COVID pandemic. The Multicultural Health Foundation’s (MHF) Mission is to bring health justice and wellness to the Multicultural communities of San Diego County by focusing resources on the most vulnerable populations with community-based wellness strategies, social-clinical interventions and research that will lead to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.
TransFamily Support Services
Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
Led by an individual with over 9 years of supporting the trans and nonbinary community, as well as the parent of a trans young person herself, this session provides behavioral health workers the tools and resources they need to more deeply understand issues around gender diversity; and use this knowledge to support, respect and empower our community. This session will cover topics from understanding gender identity and state laws to incorporating best practices that create safe and inclusive environments in homes, workplaces, and communities. There will also be time to discuss participants’ specific challenges and questions, with feedback based on the presenter’s years of experience.
Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell’s First Responder Behavioral Health Support Program
Reducing Stigma and Building Resiliency in the First Responder Community
Taylor Valdivia, MA, LMFT
First Responders are at a greater risk for experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress, depression, substance use disorders and suicidal ideation. Many First Responders are reluctant to seek behavioral health services due to the stigma and shame associated with mental illness. Within this presentation, participants will learn: What Stigma Is, Recognizing Stigma Associated within the First Responder Community, Identifying Steps to Reduce Stigma, Learning the Signs and Utilizing the Tools of Behavioral Wellness, How to Promote and Practice Wellness and Resiliency, and Increase Knowledge about Resources and Support. This presentation will further explore stigma and how the stigma of behavioral health impacts the First Responder community. We will discuss and work to break down barriers to promote resiliency and wellness within our community. This presentation aims to increase awareness about local mental health resources and decrease the stigma and barriers associated with First Responders seeking behavioral health support services.
UCSD, Child Adolescent Services Research Center
David Sommerfield, PhD., Amanda Farr, MPH
This session will introduce attendees to the MHSA, explain the five different service components of MHSA funding, and familiarize attendees with the CPP process, including ways in which they can become involved in the creation and oversight of San Diego County’s Three-Year MHSA plan. The BHS maintains regular contact with the public through interactive councils and advisory boards as well as engages stakeholders throughout the year to inform program planning and development of the BHS continuum of care. However, the evolution of community wellness requires the ensuring of San Diego residents are included in a process to define and describe the needs, strengths, barriers, and solutions currently existing within the community. The CPP process provides an opportunity for residents to identify the essential components of a behavioral health system in order to achieve true community wellness. This session offers behavioral health providers and members of the San Diego community the information necessary to participate in meaningful engagement.
Selina Lavonne, LLC
Engage Sandwich Generation Caregivers
Selina Lavonne Rambo, MPH
In the United States there are 28% of family caregivers that are caring for a young child as well (AARP & National Alliance for Caregiving [NAC], 2015). This population has been termed “sandwich caregivers”. The sandwich caregiver is faced with the demands of raising children and providing care for their aging parents. The sandwich generation receives daily challenges that can leave them feeling overloaded and overwhelmed which can lead to increased stress and impaired health behaviors. This interactive presentation focuses on how to engage sandwich caregivers to assist them in building a supportive community.
Vista Hill ParentCare Family & Vista Hill Dependency Drug Court
Room D1 (Anchor Room)
Voices of Recovery
Irma Contreras, SUDRC, Danielle Dellosa, CADC1, Claudia Fallow, SUDCC III
Substance use and abuse is a significant concern in San Diego County, impacting community well-being. San Diego County has been growing its ability to address this concern and continue to expand the awareness that drug use is only one piece/symptom of much more prevalent and damaging generational, systemic constructs. Programs like ParentCare Family Recovery Services and Drug Dependency Court are designed to support chemically dependent women and their families who are at high risk for child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. The majority of women in treatment also have a dual psychiatric diagnosis and a host of physical health related issues. As a local leader in the development of family-centered recovery services, ParentCare makes a significant difference in preventing child abuse and reducing perinatal drug and alcohol exposure. It also plays a critical partnership role with County Child Welfare Services, drug and family courts, local hospitals and community collaboratives in order to ensure the utmost level of comprehensive care for these women and their families. Drug Dependency Court is vital in connecting people to needed services, as well as building a structured framework for accountability and growth.
County of San Diego, Office of Equity and Racial Justice
Equity and Racial Justice in County Government: What Does It Look Like?
Vanessa Green, MA
In this workshop participants will engage in a discussion around diversity tactics, inclusion analyses and way to incorporate a social justice, anti-racist lens in your organizations while highlighting the work of the City and County of San Diego within the newly formed departments (City of San Diego-Department of Race and Equity, The County of San Diego Office of Equity and Racial Justice).