Centering Human Connection in Leadership: How to Foster Collaborative Teams to Advance Early Psychosis Care 

Team dynamics can impact the care that is provided to young people in early psychosis programs. Fostering a positive dynamic can be challenging, and there are few trainings and resources to support early psychosis team leads in leadership and team dynamics. During this panel, early psychosis team leaders, Sharhonda Webster and Linda C Williams, will discuss how positive team dynamics can support individuals with early psychosis. They will discuss the potential impact of leadership styles and the importance of individualizing your leadership approach to each staff member, incorporating individual differences and culture. They will use their experience as team leaders to discuss considerations for managing team conflict, incorporating diverse perspectives, and changing team culture.  

Learning objectives:  

  1. Understand how team dynamics can influence client care  
  2. Identify multiple considerations for early psychosis team leaders   
  3. Discuss how individual differences of team members can be incorporated to foster positive team dynamics  


About the Presenters:

Linda C Williams, LPC (she/her), Clinical Program Coordinator at the Spindletop Center in Beaumont, Texas. I received my calling to help others who experienced mental health issues in 2007 where I was part of a wonderful ministry serving the homeless called the Archangels Motorcycle Ministry. There I would speak face-to-face with those who needed mental health assistance but all I could do was provide them with resources. I wanted to do more so I went back to college to finish my educational journey. I started my professional journey working in mental health in 2014. I began my service work with children and adults with IDD ending in 2016, then with adults in the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) ending 2018, with the Mobil Crisis & Outreach Team (MCOT) ending in 2021, and finally with the FEP unit known in the company as the Early Onset Program (EOP).

Sharhonda Webster, LPC, (she/her) is a visionary leader who is passionate about serving and empowering vulnerable and at-risk individuals. She is the Coordinated Specialty Care Team Lead at Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare. She is an advocate for individuals who have been impacted by systematic oppression and committed to building environments where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Her focus is on creating and building leaders who will positively impact the world, and being able to walk alongside them as they flourish. One of her favorite quotes that she lives by is “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.

June 25, 2024
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