Wellbeing Through Crisis: Emotional PPE

11:00am - May 26, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 26, 2020
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Times: 2-3:30pm ET / 11-12:30pm PT / 8-9:30am HT (view in your time zone)

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This webinar is being hosted by our partner, California Primary Care Association (CPCA), and facilitated by Leora Wolf-Prusan, the School Mental Health Lead & Training Specialist at the Pacific Southwest MHTTC.


Times of crisis necessitate health care leaders to balance competing priorities, including patient need, staff wellbeing, and one’s own health. While it can be difficult to reflect in the midst of a crisis - like in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic - this session will dedicate time to exploring strategies for improving leadership’s response in times of crisis. This session will explore the Crisis Leadership Continuum (readiness, response, recovery, and renewal), highlighting health care leadership approaches and strategies integral to ensuring staff wellbeing through crisis.



  • Explore and examine the four stages of the Crisis Leadership Continuum: read-iness, response, recovery and renewal.
  • Using reflective questions, identify 2-3 leadership crisis strengths and growth points to enhance organizational resilience.
  • Identify 2-3 applicable strategies in the short term and long term to address staff wellbeing through crisis.

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About the Facilitators:

Headshot of TrainerLeora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, is the School Mental Health Lead and Training Specialist for the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, a project of SAMHSA that provides no-cost professional development to support the school mental health workforce in the Pacific Islands, Hawaii, California, Nevada & Arizona. She formerly served as the field director for a SAMHSA Now is the Time Initiative, ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), which involves providing support to the 10 grantee cities and counties as they build city-based resiliency plans to respond to civil unrest due to community-based trauma. In addition to these national grants, she provides consulting and training for numerous other clients around issues related to school climate and positive youth development, educator mental health & wellness, and trauma-informed approaches to education.


presenter headshotNkem Ndefo is the founder and president of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, a model that promotes embodied self-awareness and self-regulation in an ecologically sensitive framework and social justice context. Licensed as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Midwife, Nkem also has extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies. She brings an abundance of experience as a clinician, educator, consultant, and community strategist to innovative programs that address stress and trauma and build resilience for individuals, organizations, and communities across sectors, both in the US and internationally. 

Nkem is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection. She has served on regional trauma-informed task forces and regularly provides trauma-informed subject matter expertise to organizations and initiatives both locally and nationally, including serving on the Los Angeles County Trauma-and Resilience-Informed Systems Change Initiative Workgroup and developed a pilot trauma-informed learning academy for peer support workers as part of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Trauma Prevention Initiative. She is currently an advisor to the Strategic Planning Committee of Trauma Informed Los Angeles and a facilitator for Los Angeles County’s Office of Violence Prevention Community Partnership Council.