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PART 1: Weathering the Storm: Adaptive Leadership for Resilient Mental Health Organizations in the Pacific Southwest

2:00pm - November 18, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: November 18, 2020
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Weathering the Storm: Adaptive Leadership for Resilient Mental Health Organizations in the Pacific Southwest

Innovative Leadership Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

Leading mental health organizations, programs, and initiatives can prove challenging in the best of times. Meeting the needs of clients in the diverse Pacific Southwest while effectively navigating the field’s evolving best practices, policies, and funding requires innovative, resilient, and adaptable leadership at all levels. COVID-19’s impact on both our personal and professional lives exacerbates the need for these skills.  

The Adaptive Leadership Framework facilitates evolution and growth in response to change and challenge. Join us as we explore the principles of Adaptive Leadership and how you can apply the framework to lead more effectively. 

Learning Objectives:

During this three-part series, participants will:

  • Learn the principles of Adaptive Leadership and how to implement them in mental health work.
  • Identify strategies for engaging others to initiate, make, and sustain change.
  • Apply Adaptive Leadership principles to “weather the storm,” lead effectively, and prioritize well-being during challenging times.


Part 1: Before the Storm

November 18 ~ 2-4 p.m. PT

Adaptive Leadership is a leadership model that assists mental health providers and organizations in adapting and functioning effectively in times of change.  The Adaptive Leadership model facilitates evolution and growth in response to a changing and challenging mental health environment.  Adaptive leaders engage others to identify and, through collective will, change values, beliefs, and practices.  This session covers the principles of Adaptive Leadership and provides attendees with strategies for progressing their work through challenges while addressing their own mental well-being.

Register for Part 2: During the Storm and Part 3: After the Storm of this series.


Continuing Education Hours Available:

An optional 2 Continuing Education Hours are available for each event in this series (6 CE Hours total). There is no fee to attend this event; a processing fee of $25 for each event will be payable to Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) if you would like CEHs. CEHs are available for ASW, BRN, LCSW, LEP, LMFT, LPCC, and/or PPS as required by the CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). CARS is an approved provider for CA BRN #16303 and CAMFT #131736.


About the Presenters 

Presenter headshotTonicia Freeman-Foster, EdD, CDP is a Certified Diversity Professional with nearly 20 years of experience in restoring hope, resiliency, and wellness through her work with underserved persons and marginalized communities, as well as managing and directing local, state, and federal funding. Dr. Freeman-Foster is passionate about and possesses extensive knowledge of the challenges related to child welfare, HIV/AIDS, substance use, mental health, as well as the unique experiences of LGBTQ2, re-entry, youth, young adults, women, and BIPOC populations. Dr. Freeman-Foster serves as a Change Specialist at Change Matrix. In this role, she provides technical assistance, training, and skills building in topics related to cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion for national projects and grantees. Dr. Freeman-Foster possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Education (Community Health), a Master’s degree in Human Services (Organizational Management and Leadership), and a Doctorate degree in Education (Organizational Leadership).



Presenter headshotSuganya Sockalingam, PhD is a Founding Partner at Change Matrix, LLC, which supports agencies in addressing diversity, cultural competence, and cross-cultural communication as well as leadership, collaboration, and conflict management. Dr. Sockalingam focuses on supporting individuals, organizations, and systems to motivate, manage, and measure systems change. Currently, she serves as a training and technical assistance provider for several national technical assistance centers, and for other federal, national, state, territorial, and community agencies. She earned her doctorate at Washington State University and has worked in many capacities in public and behavioral health, both nationally and internationally, for over 25 years.