You may choose 1 workshop from Series A,
and 1 workshop from Series B

Workshops

Shanti Das

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Series A:  1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Series B:  2:20 pm - 3:20 pm

Voices of Hope:
Speaking Out About Mental Health in the African American Church and Community

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Workshop Series A:  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

  1. SHANTI DAS - SILENCE THE SHAME
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Shanti Das discusses strategies to effectively manage depressive symptoms. Shanti successfully kicked-off a global awareness initiative that included the first-ever Silence the Shame day at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The campaign reached 75,000,000 people on social media and extended as far as South Africa, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Italy, and London. A National Silence the Shame Day is now designated in May. Celebrities such as Ludacris, Will Packer, Russell Simmons, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Kandi Burress, JoJo, and Estelle support Shanti in spreading awareness. Shanti is featured in Forbes, Black Enterprise and the Huffington Post.
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  2. BLACK FATHERS MATTER
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Former University of Georgia Basketball MVP James Banks and Dr. Desmond Banks (Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst) discuss how reconnecting as father and son was life transforming. Dr. Banks shares his experience with effectively managing symptoms of Depression and recovering from suicidal ideation with the support of both his Father, James Banks, and his Mother, Charlene Flagg, LCSW. Certified Peer Specialist Raji Ruffin will also share the panel. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Jeffree Fauntleroy, Staff Pastor, The House of Hope
    A2
  3. From Pain to Purpose to Power: Effective Coping with Depression and Anxiety
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Therapist Charlene Flagg, LCSW, shares Psychological (Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and Spiritual strategies to move beyond the pain of Depression and Anxiety; provides insight into discovering your purpose; and instructs on how to access the power within you to reach your destiny. With great transparency, Charlene discusses her diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, and how she learned to effectively manage her symptoms. Charlene is the Chief Executive Officer of Matters of the Heart Counseling Services, a Gold-level Conference Sponsor.
    A3
  4. Mental Health & Spirituality: An Exploration of Biblical Truths & Psychological Principles
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Rev. Thomas Edmondson, Pastor, First Christian Church of Atlanta, expertly draws parallels between Theology and Psychology, bridging the gap between faith and science. Rev. Edmondson also explores how biblical leaders coped with depression and other psychological challenges. Rev. Edmondson uses the biblical examples to provide scriptural support for understanding mental illness as a health issue, and not as a "faith issue."
    A4
  5. As A Woman Thinketh In Her Heart So Is She: The Power of Positive Thinking
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Minister Gwendolyn Traylor and Minister Llona Speede share insight on how positive thinking is a powerful strategy for a fulfilling life. They use Biblical examples of powerful female leaders as well as contemporary examples of influential women who achieve success through the power of the thoughts of the mind. Emphasizing the importance of positive thinking, research finds that with every thought, there is a corresponding physiological response that affects mood and behavior.
    A5
  6. “Nones” & “Dones” – "I'm Not Sure Where I Fit In Church, And It Hurts" - Pain In The Pews
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Chelsealya Payne, Founder, Pain in the Pews, will facilitate an honest discussion for those who feel as if they don't quite fit in within the church environment, and the impact that the rejection has on their self-esteem. Chelsealya will provide strategies for achieving joy by developing a relationship with God, and pursuing purpose. Chelsealya provides tips for connecting more fully with self and the church.
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  7. Adult Survivors of Childhood Trama (Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse)
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Therapist Tameka Harris-James presents psychological theories that explain the correlation between PTSD, MDD and childhood trauma. Rev. Orlando Scott and Therapist Tamika Harris-James, LCSW then facilitate a panel discussion comprised of survivors of Childhood Abuse. Peer Specialists Brian Anderson and Angela Franklin share with great transparency their recovery from childhood molestation.
    A7
  8. A Community Weeps for Its Children: Youth and Suicide
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Jewell Gooding, Executive Director, Mental Health America partners with Larry Evans, LPC, Coordinator, Suicide Prevention Project, Viewpoint will discuss increase rates of suicide among youth along with prevention and crisis stabilization. They will facilitate a panel discussion of youth who are recovering from suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Anajah Wilson, diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, Depressive Type will discuss how command auditory hallucinations led to self-harm behaviors and suicidal ideation. Certified Peer Specialist Anthony Catlin will share his recovery journey.
  9. MINISTERS ONLY WORKSHOP: Mental Health and the African American Church
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    Sophia Burns, Executive Director, Concerned Black Clergy, will facilitate a panel of experts who will discuss the important role the church plays in promoting psychosocial well-being. They will also provide insight to aid ministers to discern when referral to mental health professionals is needed. Panel members include Dr. Curtis Foxx and Dr. Herman Haynes. Others to be announced.
  10. Families Affected By Adult Suicide: "Please Help Me To Understand"
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    John Palomino views his film "Man of the House," a portrayal of his father's tragic suicide. A panel comprised of individuals who have experienced the lost of adult loved ones due to suicide along with survivors of suicide attempts will follow. Panel Members include Venessa Abram, John Palomino and Alex Miller. The workshop will be facilitated by James Parker Griffin, PhD, LPC. Dr. Griffin is a published author, and trained in Behavioral Analysis, one of a handful of black male behavioral researchers and therapists in the United States.
  11. Childhood Obesity in Response to Sexual Abuse: The Mental Illness Overlooked by Society
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    A growing number of girls and young women are unhappy with their physical appearance, and many times this relates to childhood trauma. Being overweight — or simply believing they are overweight — can predispose some teens to suicide attempts, according to a new study by the Center for Advancing Health (May 21, 2009). Register for this workshop to learn the warning signs and solutions that will help make a difference in the lives of overweight girls. Sharon Dumas, Executive Director, Curvy Girl Project partners with Therapist Debra Hanson, LPC.
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  12. Ashley Smith
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
    "What’s On My Mind? Coping Takes Work! The Workshop" -An introduction to a peer’s second book, based on her lived experience with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite maintaining wellness, her condition is still an illness that requires work! Eleven years after her first breakdown that resulted in her diagnosis, she has yet another experience where her reality is in diverse worlds in her mind, only. Coping Takes Work! focuses on how she endures the second-time around, still struggling, but not giving in! Through these experiences, reflecting on her first break, and her recent, she still sees hope.
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Workshop Series B:  1:20 pm - 2:20 pm

  1. SHANTI DAS: SILENCE THE SHAME
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Shanti Das successfully kicked-off a global awareness initiative that included the first ever Silence the Shame day at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The campaign reached 75,000,000 people on social media, and extended as far as South Africa, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Italy and London. A National Silence the Shame Day is designated in May. Celebrities such as Ludacris, Will Packer, Russell Simmons, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Kandi Burress, JoJo and Estelle support Shanti in spreading awareness. Shanti is featured in Forbes, Black Enterprise and the Huffington Post.
    A1
  2. Societal Pressures & The Functioning of the African American Male
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Brian Anderson, Author, Beautiful Scars, will lead a panel discussion on the pressures African American men face in navigating today's society. Strategies will be shared on how to succeed in careers, family life, and to achieve psychological well being. Panel members include Rev. Fauntlery, Dr. Desmond Banks, and James Banks. Others to be announced.
    A2
  3. Strategies to Experience a "Break Through" When "All Hell Breaks Loose"
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Therapist Charlene Flagg, LCSW, discusses the challenges we face in life: job loss, divorce, death of a loved one, strained relationships with children, etc. Charlene provides strategies to achieve a "Break Through" by integrating psychological principles and biblical truths. She uses biblical and contemporary examples of those who triumphed over hardships!!
    A3
  4. Mental Health & Spirituality: An Exploration of Biblical Truths & Psychological Principles
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Rev. Thomas Edmondson, Pastor, First Christian Church of Atlanta, expertly draws parallels between Theology and Psychology, bridging the gap between faith and science. Rev. Edmondson also explores how biblical leaders coped with depression and other psychological challenges. Rev. Edmondson uses the biblical examples to provide scriptural support for understanding mental illness as a health issue, and not as a "faith issue."
    A4
  5. As A Woman Thinketh In Her Heart So Is She: The Power of Positive Thinking
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Minister Gwendolyn Traylor and Minister Corliss Richardson share insight on how positive thinking is a powerful strategy for a fulfilling life. They use Biblical examples of powerful female leaders as well as contemporary examples of successful women who achieve success through the power of the thoughts of the mind. Emphasizing the importance of positive thinking, research finds that with every thought, there is a corresponding physiological response that affects mood and behavior.
    A5
  6. “At the Kitchen Table” – Mental Health and Our Older Adults
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    M. Queen Bailey, LCSW, will discuss the mental health challenges that older adults experience, distinguishing between normal aging and cognitive decline. She will also discuss symptoms of late life depression, and will provide evidence-based strategies for effective symptom management.
    A6
  7. Common Psychological Disorders Among Youth (ADHD, ODD & Depression)
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Eric Crawford, APC, NCC will discuss common psychological disorders among youth, and evidence-based treatment strategies. Disorders to be discussed include Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder
    A7
  8. PTSD and Adult Survivors of Violent Crimes
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Debra Hanson, LPC will discuss PTSD triggered by the onset of violent crime. She will facilitate a panel discussion comprised of survivors. Panel members include Nikisha Grissom, whose daughter was killed by a family member; Harralyn Rawls, survivor of domestic violence; Toni Martin, whose 18 month old son was beaten to death by his father. Others to be announced.
  9. MINISTERS ONLY WORKSHOP: The Importance of Self Care
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Sophia Burns, Executive Director, Concerned Black Clergy, will facilitate a panel of experts who will discuss the importance of Ministers proactively attending to their emotional and mental health, providing evidence-based strategies. Panel members include Dr. Bryan Jones, Dr. Curtis Fox and Dr. Herman Haynes.
  10. SUICIDE PREVENTION: AWARENESS AND CERTIFICATION
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    Ramona Deshield, MA, NCC, CPS/P, workshop Facilitator, will discuss tips for recognizing suicidal ideation, strategies to prevent the attempt, and resources for seeking help. Certificate will be earned upon completion.
  11. Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Abuse
    1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
    The workshop will be presented by James Parker Griffin, PhD, LPC, and expert on the impact of being raised by a parent with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Dr. Griffin will discuss psychological theories that seek to correlate Narcissistic Personality with increased likelihood to abuse their children. Dr. Griffin is a published author, and trained in Behavioral Analysis, one of a handful of black male behavioral researchers and therapists in the United States.
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