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.
During this three-part series, participants:
- 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
Original Broadcast Date: 11/18/20
Leadership during chaos requires mental health providers to reflect and learn about existing challenges, find solutions collaboratively with other professionals and team members, and determine new solutions. The unpredictability and severity of the challenges influences the strategies that mental health providers, organizations, and systems must put in place. In this workshop, we apply new strategies and Adaptive Leadership principles to continue to “weather the storm,” and lead effectively, while addressing our own well-being.
About the Presenters
Tonicia 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).
Suganya 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.