Mental health and emotional wellness have always been important issues in the Head Start and Early Head Start community. As a result of the global pandemic, all HS/EHS employees have experienced unprecedented levels of trauma, hardship and personal difficulty. Join us on December 3rd and 4th at the WHSA Mental Wellness Seminar for two days of extensive wellness guidance from a diverse group of educated professionals. This event will include sessions on the following topics: regional mental health updates, culturally responsive self-care, mindfulness, enhancing staff engagement, overall employee wellbeing, trauma-informed care, motivation, self-help, overall guidance and supporting yourself and those around you, and more!
Thursday, December 3 – Friday, December 4, 2020
This virtual event will be held through the Zoom online webinar platform.
$125: Discounted Early Registration (closes Thursday, November 19th)
$150: General Registration (opens Friday, November 20th)
Who Should Attend?
Any/all HS/EHS Employees are encouraged to attend.
Event Access Codes:
Access codes and links for all event meetings and webinars will be
sent out to all registered participants prior to the beginning of the event.
Tentative Event Schedule:
Day 1: Thursday, December 3, 2020
8:45-9:00am: Welcome & Opening
9:00-11:00am: Keynote –
Priya Mariana Driscoll, Ph.D.
Holland Professor of Education
Program Director for Early Childhood Education programs
Director, Language Development Laboratory, Mills College
Julie Nicholson Ph.D.
Professor of Practice, Mills College
“Keynote Presentation: Exploring the Power and Possibilities for Culturally Responsive Self-Care”
11:30-1:00pm: Lorri Bohn
Family Engagement Manager, Advocap, Inc.
“A Better Day”
11:30-1:00pm: Nar Doumbya
Co-Director of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN,
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
“Enhancing Staff Engagement and Development during the Pandemic”
1:30-3:00pm: Tracey Atkinson
Child and Adolescent Therapist, Fort HealthCare
“Onions! Did you say onions?! The raw reality of how we may “stink” at self-compassion, until we learn how to peel back the layers of value within.”
3:30-5:00pm: Renee Koenig
Associate Professor/Human Development & Relationships Educator
University of Wisconsin, Division of Extension
“Gifts for the Givers: A Toolbox for Supporting Others”
3:30-5:00pm: Charisse Johnson
Family Engagement Specialist
Northside Early Childhood Zone
“Let’s Face It”
Day 2: Thursday, December 4, 2020
9-10:30am: Sarah Mumaw-Flury
Northern Hills Elementary
“Self Care and Positive Thinking; Comedy Relief”
11:00-12:30: Soham Wilkerson
Consultant, Hand and Stone
“Nurturing Yourself While Taking Care of Young Children”
11:00-1:00pm: Heather Locklear-Newman
Mental Health Specialist, OHS/STGi
“Regional Mental Health Updates”
1:30-3:00pm: Pelin Kesebir
Assistant Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds, UW-Madison
“How to Cultivate a Healthy Mind”
3:30-5:00pm: Stacey Otto
Mental Health Consultant, Nurturing Connections
“An Invitation Home: Remembering Yourself”
3:30-5:00pm: Sarah Peters
Occupational Therapist & Yoga Teacher
“The Power of Presence: Attuning to Our Own Self-Regulation to Support Children”
Contact Brian Stults at WHSAassist@whsaonline.org