Adaptive Leadership for Mental Health Professionals


Register here for the training by Monday, November 15, 2021



The work of addressing wellbeing and resilience in the mental health profession is a complex task.  And like all complex activities, it requires leadership to determine if a shift in values, beliefs, and behaviors is needed.  It also requires determining who and what is at risk, and what roles and responsibilities are being challenged. In order to do this, we sometimes have to step away and view the situation with objectivity and some distance.  These are skills of adaptive leadership that are acquired over time and with practice. Bringing personal vision to complex system change, engaging others in the work, providing space for all voices to be heard to create and work towards shared vision is the core work of adaptive leaders.

During this session, participants will be offered an overview of adaptive leadership and the components of the adaptive leadership model. Mental health professionals will consider their own leadership styles and the ways in which adaptive leadership is needed in their work.



All mental health and behavioral health professionals are welcome to participate in this event.



This Adaptive Leadership Training is on Tuesday, November 16 from 3-4 p.m. PT / 1-2 p.m. HT / 12-1 p.m. American Samoa


Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop increased awareness of adaptive leadership and your leadership style in the mental health field.
  2. Explore the concept of getting on the balcony, creating a holding environment, and other activities in the adaptive leadership model.
  3. Determine the adaptive work that shows up for you in your day-to-day work.


1 CEU is available through full participation of this event.  


Register here for the training by Monday, November 15, 2021


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About the Facilitators

Annie Guo VanDan, MBA

AnnieAnnie (she/her/hers) works with diverse communities to provide training and consultation focused on health equity and community engagement. She previously worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the Office of Health Equity and Maternal and Child Health. Her background is in strategic communications, leadership, equity, and inclusion. With an MBA in Health Administration from CU Denver, she formerly managed operations for a nonprofit health clinic in Denver that provides medical and mental health services to refugee and immigrant populations. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and their two daughters.


Suganya Sockalingam, PhD

SuganyaSuganya (she/her/hers) has extensive experience addressing issues related to cultural and linguistic competence, health inequities and disparities, cross-cultural communication, conflict management and leadership solutions. She has worked with several state health agencies and has consulted with a variety of public health and mental health organizations to address systems change at the national, state, and local level. She has co-developed several curricula to guide systems transformation. Suganya assists agencies develop their leadership capacity to address workforce diversity and inclusivity, and to institutionalize the provision of culturally and linguistically competent services.

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