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Richmond Healthy Start Initiative Invites You to Attend: Buffering Burnout - "Self Empowerment By Setting Limits"


Wednesday, June 16, 2010 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Target Audience: Community service providers, health professionals, nurses, and community advocates.  In addition to their regular case load, a large number of our members work one-on-one with families from vunerable and underserved communities.

Training Goals/Objectives:

Goal 1 - Increase Emotional Health and Wellness

- Define Burnout
- Identify Trigger Points that  Lead to Stress
- Identify Ways to Reduce and Manage Stress

Goal 2 - Promote Self

- Define Self Care
- Identify Personal Challenges of Self Care
- Identify Effective Coping Mechanisms

Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker:   Amandia Speakes-Lewis, PhD, LCSW-R, is a committed clinician and educator for the past 20 years.  Dr. Speakes-Lewis is a New York State Licensed Social Worker with a Masters degree and PhD in clinical social work from Stony Brook.  She is an Assistant Professor and Director of Social Work Department at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus in New York.  Her extensive knowledge base and research agenda is HIV/AIDS, stress management and burnout in service providers, perception of chronic illnesses, human behavior and health care.  Her current research and workshop topics include:  The Influence of Stress on Eating Habits, Buffering Burnout in the Workplace, and Chronic Distractions and the connection to Adult ADD, ADHD: Helping the Black Family Understand and Cope.  Dr. Speakes-Lewis is known for her research and efforts to educate communities of color about the mental health aspects of working with and being HIV positive in the 21st century.

Morning Breakout Sessions:

1. "No Isn't Always Never, Sometimes - Just Not Now!"  - Aljonan Wills

The workshop will:  

  • Explore core behaviors and attitudes that contribute to personal and workplace stress and possible burnout
  • Discuss strategies and solutions toward reducing personal and workplace stress
  • Identify ways to increase emotional wellness and productivity

Aljanon C. Wills is a native of Houston, Texas.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Counseling Services, a provider of mental health services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the states of Texas and South Carolina.  He also provides leadrship training and program development tools for outreach ministries, and public and private human service agencies.  Mr. Willis is recognized by the State of Georgia for his leadership in developing the state-wide consortium on crisis intervention with at risk youth.  He was also awarded The Excel Technologies Man of the Year Award for Efficacy in Case Management for at-risk-youth in the State of Georgia.

2. Creative Funding  "Doing More with Less"  - Dawn Cherry

This workshop will:

  • Explore the impact of decreased funding on those who work in non-profit arenas
  • Aid participants in developing strategies to cope with and reduce stress related to the affects of decreased funding 
  • Assist participants in the creation of indvidualized action plans to deal with changes in funding streams

Dawn Cherry is a native of Richmond, Virginia.  Ms. Cherry is the Executive Director of Manterfly Youth Development Center, a local center providing mentoring and prevention services to youth and their families in the metro-Richmond area.  For the past 15 years, Ms. Cherry's background has been concentrated in the area of Human Services -- specifically in the realm of education, prevention and mental health services.  Ms. Cherry has served in a number of leadership roles including: Coordinator for Teen Pregnancy Pevention Services in the administrative cabinet of Mayor Douglas Wilder, and co-owner of a mental health services center in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Most recently, Ms. Cherry has shared her "real world" experiences and information on self-empowerment and coping strategies with groups in the local Richmond area and across Virginia

3. "Accepting, Managing and Dealing with Change"  - D. Karen Garland

D. Karen Garland holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, a Master's Degree in Business Education with Corporate Training & Development concentration and a second Master's Degree in Information Systems. Ms. Garland's diverse background allows her to connect easily to her audience and to supplement course information with relevant real work examples and applications.  She has been a trainer with the City of Richmond's Department of Human Resources since 2008. 


4. "My Job, Family and Friends Are Driving Me Crazy": Dealing with Difficult People"

Ceci Manns, BSN and Frances Oyola. 

  • Through role play, facilitators will demonstrate how to deal with difficult people they encounter every day 

Ms. Ceci Manns is a native of Queens, New York.  She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her nursing career spans over 30 years in the files of neuroscience, neurosurgery,  vascular surgery and endoscopy.  Ms. Manns completed the Faith Community Nurse requirements through Bon Secours Richmond Health System. 

Ms. Frances Oyola is a native New Yorker.  She graduated from CUNY of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Her administrative career spans over 35 years in Human Resources, Accounting and Customer Service. 



1.  Sahaja Meditation - Human Subtle System "Awaken Your Own Inner Energy" -

Prasad Salunkhe

  • Facilitator will introduce participants to the Sahaja Meditation and our Subtle System
  • Show simple balancing method with meditation
  • Introduce participants to footsoaking techniques and its importance

Mr. Prasad Salunkhe has been a software consultant and has been practicing Sahaja Meditation for the last 15 years. He attributes this meditational practice to helping him cure his asthma, banish his addictions and lead a well-balanced healthy life.  He has conducted  workshops in Richmond at the west end and downtown brances of the Richmond Public Library.  Currently there are 12 Sahaja Meditations Chapters in the DC area and all of the workshops are free and open for people of all ages.


 2.  Sign Chi Do - The Power of Mind and Body Fitness - Yolonda Thompson, BSN

  • Facilitator will introduce participants to this form of meditation that uses sign gestures, breathing, movement and prayer.  It was created by a medical doctor and has been proven to help restore balance to life

 3.  Learn About Chiropractic Care - Help Reduce Stress in Your Life - Dr. Candace Thomas

  • Facilitator will explore how using chiropractic care can help you reduce the stress that has built up in your body

Dr. Candace Thomas was born and raised in Kenbridge, Virginia.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Pre-Med from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA.  While seeking a future in natural, holistic medicine, and philosophy of Chiropractic,  Dr. Thomas states: "...getting the understanding that chiropractors realign vertebrae in order to remove interference to the nervous sytems just made so much sense to me that before I knew it, I was in an intership and enrolled in Chiropractic College".  Dr. Thomas specializes in diversified pediatric care, organic supplementation, extremities, and is Advanced Certified in the gentle care of Activator Methods Techniques. 

4.  Expore Ear Acupuncture - How it will Help to Reduce Stress - Madeline Berry

  • Facilitator will explain ear acupuncture and demostrate how it can reduce stress




 1.  "Making Stress Work For You - Cindy Angus, RN

  • Facilitator will take participants on a journey of how they can turn the tables on stress and make it work for you

2.  Reflexology - Stimulating the feet for healing purposes - Joyce Branch, Certified Reflexologist

Reflexology is a holistic modaility which utilizes a technique of stimulating the feet for healing purposes.  Reflexology is related to the ancient practice of acupressure.  Written information on the acupressure massage system dates back as far as 5,000 B.C.  Learn the relationship between various points on the feet and internal organs.  Participants will learn about the many benefits of reflexology and see it demonstrated.

1.  Breaks up and removes energy blockages in the body

2.  Restores circulation of the blood

3.  No equipment or tubes required to give or receive reflexology

4. Improves concentration, balances emotions, increases spiritual awareness, relieves insomina and lowers blood pressure.

Ms. Branch is a nationally certified massage therapist.  She is a certified reflexologist, reiki healer/teacher and birth doula. She is owner of The Rejuvenation Space, a natural healing center.  Ms. Branch's work centers around the body's innate healing capabilities.  Her primary goal is to assist clients in obtaining physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

3.  Holistic Yoga for Everyday Life - Shakila Dotson, Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Learn how to apply the ancient techniques of Yoga to your everyday life 
  • Learn how to de-stress your mind, soul, and body from accumulated stress and dysfunction
  • Eliminate stress related disorders and calm the restless mind
  • Lower the blood pressure
  • Prevent premature aging
  • Prevent insomnia
  • Reduce anxiety and fatigue

Ms.  Maharani is a certified integral yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and raw food chef.  She is a member of the International Black Yoga Teachers Association and the Kemetic Yoga Society.  Her initiation into the West African Akom tradition and Global Sacred Woman Gateways has provided her with a profound insight of the connection between spirituality and healing.  She received her formal educaiton as a Nutritionist at Queens College, New York and post graduate studies at Virginia State University.

4.  Effect of Stress on the Body - Eva Hall, VA/NCTMB: Certified Peri-Natal, Trigger Points

This session will address the physical responses to stress and ways we can modify or lessen those effects.  We will look at the tools and methods that are simple to use, but can have a dramatic effect. We will also take a look at massage, and how it can be a powerful tool in keeping us well.

Facilitator will:

  • Explore the effects of stress on the body and how therapeutic massages can help alievate it
  • Part I:   The anatomy of stress
  • Part II:   How can we de-stress our bodies and our minds
  • Part III:  How massage can help manage our response to stress

Mrs.  Hall has spent 25 years as a pastoral care provider and musician.  She returned to school, changed her profession, and changed her life in response to the stress she experienced and the physical problems associated with those stressors.  She is now a certified massage therapist at the Institute of Massage Therapies in Richmond.  Eva is passionate about helping others understand how stress can affect us, and how we can improve  the quality of our lives by making simple, yet profound changes in our day to day living.

5.  Living with your Senses - Mind, Soul, and Body - Alice Freeman, C.N.H.P, Naturopath

Facilitator will show participants how:

  • Smell and taste can enlighten your sense of awareness and peace
  • To create wellness in the workplace - by taking care of your mind
  • Basic movement techniques  increases circulation and mood wellness
  • To create solutions that provide more wellness in you and your workplace

For nearly a decade Alice Freeman, a natural health practitioner has elevated the consciouness of her public and continues to enhance the quality of their lives through Nutritional Counseling from a spiritual point of view.  A sought out speaker and educator, Mrs. Freeman's enthusiasm motivates all who encounter her to be more conscious of their health and achieve overall wellness.  Ms. Freeman holds a B.S. Degree in Nutritional Counseling and is a registered Naturopath.  A native of New Orleans, Mrs. Freeman is the owner of Healthy Heart Plus, and co-author of "Being Healthy From Now On", a practical guide for nuturing the body and spirit.



8:00 am - 8:30 am      Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am      Welcome & Introduction

8:45 am - 8:50 am      Richmond Healthy Start Update

8:50 am - 9:00 am      Sign Chi Do

9:00 am - 10:00 am    Keynote Address: Amandia Speakes-Lewis, PhD, LCSW-R - Buffering Burnout

10:00 am - 10:15 am   MORNING BREAK

10:15 am - 11:30 am   Morning Breakout Sessions 

                                 1, No Isn't Always Never, Sometime - Just Not Now!

                                 2. Creative Funding "Doing More with Less"

                                 3. Accepting, Managing and Dealing with Change

                                 4. Dealing with Difficult People

11:45 am - 12:30 pm   LUNCH BREAK

12:45 pm - 1:35 pm     Afternoon Session I Stress Reduction

                                  1. Sahaja Meditation

                                   2. Sign Chi Do

                                   3. Chiropractic Care

                                   4. Explore Ear Acupuncture

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm        AFTERNOON BREAK

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm        Afternoon Session II Stress Reduction

                                   1. Making Stress Work For You

                                    2. Reflexology

                                    3. Holistic Yoga for Everyday Life

                                    4. Effect of Stress on The Body

3:00 pm - 3:55 pm          LIVING WITH YOUR SENSES - Mind, Soul and Body - Alice Freeman

3:55 pm - 4:00 pm          CLOSING REMARKS 












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Saint Paul's Baptist Church
700 East Belt Blvd
Richmond, VA 23224

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The Richmond Healthy Start Initiative (RHSI) is a federally-funded program designed to reduce infant mortality/morbidity.  Its over-arching goal is to establish a comprehensive, coordinated and community-focused approach to address significant disparities in perinatal health such as infant mortality, low birth weight, prematurity and other perinatal outcomes for women and infants living in high-risk situation throughout the city.

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