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Wellness at the Workplace in the time of COVID & Societal Change

Free Online Virtual Cafe

Wellness at the Workplace in the time of COVID & Societal Change

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

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Workplace Stress? Real-world workplace action steps for wellness in this Virtual Cafe

Service to others is rewarding, but struggling to manage stress, sometimes traumatic stress, can be challenging for health, mental health, first responders, and other service providers when providing care to others.

This cafe session shares the story from theViolence Prevention Initiative at CHOP, about how their workplace is grappling with traumatic stress faced by staff, what's working, and what's not.

The VPI uses the "Stress-Less" initiative, a trauma-informed, organizational group model that recognizes the physical and emotional toll that can accompany the work.

Presenters: Laura Vega, LCSW, DSW, Joel A. Fein MD, MPH, Ayana Bradshaw, MPH

Ayana Bradshaw, MPH is the Administrative Director for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at The Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. In this capacity she oversees all financial, administrative, operational, managerial, human resources and strategic planning components of the Center. Ms. Bradshaw has over 20 years of experience in multiple facets of public health, including but not limited to developing community health interventions for underserved populations, serving as speaker and convener in community-based participatory research efforts, managing a chronic disease grantee program for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and serving as a curriculum writer for online continuing education credits. Additionally, Ms. Bradshaw has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University and West Chester University and currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including PMHCC and The West Oak Lane Charter School.

Joel A. Fein MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician and Director of Advocacy and Health Policy for the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is a Co-director of the Violence Prevention Initiative at CHOP and the Director for its Violence Intervention Program. Dr. Fein is a member of the leadership team for The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is a Steering Committee member of the Philadelphia ACES Task Force.

Laura Vega, LCSW, DSW is the Clinical Manager for the CHOP Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She has more than 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents in the community and hospital-based settings. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Laura has worked exclusively with assault-injured youth and their families over the last eight years. She has provided on-going leadership in establishing the CHOP VIP policies and procedures. She provides supervision, training, and consultation to hospital staff and students. Ms. Vega is trained in the Sanctuary Model, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She developed the Stress-Less initiative, a trauma-informed group model to address secondary traumatic stress (STS). Her research interests are in building personal and team resilience to mitigate STS.


Brought to you by the PATF Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroup

The Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroup is collecting and sharing information about tools and strategies used by City departments, unions, and other employers that build wellness and resilience in our workforce and community and reduce the risk of traumatic stress. As we all navigate this phase of the COVID pandemic and the heightened awareness of the longstanding simultaneous pandemic of racism, we bring you stories about steps employers are taking to create healthy and resilient workplaces. Join us for this new series of virtual cafes that can help now as we #ReturnToWork to #TakeCarePHL.

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