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PART 3: Weathering the Storm: Adaptive Leadership for Resilient Mental Health Organizations in the Pacific Southwest

2:00pm - December 15, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: December 15, 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 3: After the Storm

December 15 ~ 2-4 p.m. PT

Leading in the mental health system requires us to navigate continuously changing and evolving regulations and mandates. Leaders need to review, prioritize, and sunset certain projects or initiatives while initiating others. This environment proves particularly challenging when the needs of communities in the Pacific Southwest region are varied and shifting. This session will cover how adaptive leaders in mental health can effectively manage change and address multiple competing needs. 

Watch Part 1: Before the Storm or Part 2: During the Storm from 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.