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June 22022, 8:45-11:

Pamela Rakhshan Rouhakhtar, PhD, a licensed psychologist. The title of her presentation is:  Maryland Early Intervention Program: A collaborative for the early identification and treatment of mental illness with psychosis.  Her objectives for this month's training are:
 Understand fundamental information about psychosis and psychosis-spectrum
disorders
 Learn best practices around early identification and intervention for psychosis
 Learn methods, tools, and resources for psychosis screening and assessment
 Learn about Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP)

We look forward to seeing everyone for this month's Chapter meeting! 

Do You See Me? Exploring Equity Work and What that Means in a Workplace
Join our EAPA-Chesapeake Chapter for our June 3, 2021 meeting as we explore with our presenters, Joquetta Johnson
and Dominic Smith their equity work with BCPS school system employees and how that can transfer to our work in each
our settings. We recognize that each of us is at a unique place in this effort.
Objectives:
Learn what is equity and equity work mean? Is it the same as anti-racism?
Reflect on what can I do as individual to participate in ‘meaningful and permanent change’?
Explore what is my responsibility as an EAPA member to make a more equitable workplace for all?
Develop an action plan, both as individual and as a Chapter

Joquetta Johnson Biography:
Joquetta L. Johnson is an award-winning passion-driven educator, equity influencer, and national speaker with more than
26 years of experience in education. Known for her creative and energetic presentation style, Joquetta inspires educators
and leaders to think, teach and lead with an equity lens in hopes of dismantling injustices that continue to oppress
marginalized populations.
Joquetta serves as a Specialist in the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Before assuming her current position as a specialist, she spent 25 joyful years of practice as a school library media
specialist.
A lifelong learner, Joquetta is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching. Her dissertation will
examine educators' disposition for culturally responsive education and the implementation of hip-hop pedagogy to
cultivate equitable learning environments.

Dominic Smith Biography:
An immigrant from Ireland, Dominic Smith has been a language teacher, school leader and community builder in Europe,
the USA and Latin America. Dominic uses his 21 years of experience working in and urban communities of color as a
French, Spanish and ESOL teacher to inform his work as an Equity leader. In his clinical work as a Social Worker
Dominic works with Spanish and French Speaking asylees, refugees and survivors of trauma, advocating for children and
families and delivering bilingual trauma informed therapy.
Dominic serves as a Specialist in the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools,
working to bring to light deficit thinking and systems of oppression at the internal, interpersonal, and structural leve
Do You See Me? Exploring Equity Work and What that Means in a Workplace
Join our EAPA-Chesapeake Chapter for our June 3, 2021 meeting as we explore with our presenters, Joquetta Johnson
and Dominic Smith their equity work with BCPS school system employees and how that can transfer to our work in each
our settings. We recognize that each of us is at a unique place in this effort.
Objectives:
Learn what is equity and equity work mean? Is it the same as anti-racism?
Reflect on what can I do as individual to participate in ‘meaningful and permanent change’?
Explore what is my responsibility as an EAPA member to make a more equitable workplace for all?
Develop an action plan, both as individual and as a Chapter

Joquetta Johnson Biography:
Joquetta L. Johnson is an award-winning passion-driven educator, equity influencer, and national speaker with more than
26 years of experience in education. Known for her creative and energetic presentation style, Joquetta inspires educators
and leaders to think, teach and lead with an equity lens in hopes of dismantling injustices that continue to oppress
marginalized populations.
Joquetta serves as a Specialist in the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Before assuming her current position as a specialist, she spent 25 joyful years of practice as a school library media
specialist.
A lifelong learner, Joquetta is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and teaching. Her dissertation will
examine educators' disposition for culturally responsive education and the implementation of hip-hop pedagogy to
cultivate equitable learning environments.

Dominic Smith Biography:
An immigrant from Ireland, Dominic Smith has been a language teacher, school leader and community builder in Europe,
the USA and Latin America. Dominic uses his 21 years of experience working in and urban communities of color as a
French, Spanish and ESOL teacher to inform his work as an Equity leader. In his clinical work as a Social Worker
Dominic works with Spanish and French Speaking asylees, refugees and survivors of trauma, advocating for children and
families and delivering bilingual trauma informed therapy.
Dominic serves as a Specialist in the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools,
working to bring to light deficit thinking and systems of oppression at the internal, interpersonal, and structural leve


Meanwhile, some important reminders from the 


Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:


● Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.

● Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).

● Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the outbreak.

● Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time [virtually] with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.

● Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.

● Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for [others] as you did before the outbreak.



Cost: No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students. $25 charge for non-members.

Schedule (once back on-site):

8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements

9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation




Previous EAPA Chapter meetings:


Date: May 5, 2022 8:45- 11am. 
Title: Engaging and Serving Military Veterans. 
Speaker:   Dr. Tiffany Lange, PsyD, LCP, MS, MA

 Bio: Dr. Tiffany Lange, PsyD, LCP, MS, MA is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about health equity and increasing access to care for underserved populations.  She currently serves as the Senior Director of Program Innovation Design and Training, for Mindoula, a population health company providing solutions for behavioral health, medical, and social challenges across the continuum of care.  In her private practice, she specializes in empowerment-based and culturally-inclusive approaches with clients, with her areas of expertise being trauma reactions, substance misuse, Military/Veteran populations, affirmative care for LGBTQ+ communities (e.g., evaluations of readiness), among others. For more information about her clinical experience and availability, please visit https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/tiffany-lange-williamsburg-va/920661

 

Objectives:

1.Review current Military terminology and culture including: branches; reasons to serve; service eras; deployments; reintegration; discharge status; honoring service.

2. Discuss strategies and tools for engaging and serving Military Veterans

3. Identify common presenting problems and risk factors for Veterans.

4.Conduct a deep dive into the Veterans Affairs (VA) structure and how to navigate the system


Date: March 3, 2022, 8:45am: 

Topic: Affirmative Care for the LGBTQ Community

An affirmative approach to care is one in which organizations, programs, and providers recognize, validate, and support the lived experience of the individuals served. This session will introduce some of the key knowledge, skills, and beliefs about sexual and gender identity and expression,  discuss minority stressors and internalized stigma, and review why an understanding of each is essential in providing affirmative and culturally knowledgeable services and care to clients from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Learning Objectives:

1) Become familiar with terminology relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.
2) Understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
3) Learn about the healthcare disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. 
4) Identify ways to improve interactions with LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tiffany Lange (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctoral degree at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She serves in a senior leadership role at a population health company and continues to provide direct-care services at a private practice. Dr. Lange has focused her career on expanding access to quality behavioral health services for underserved populations. She has a proven history of developing and scaling behavioral health interventions and programming, resulting in: national awards, peer-reviewed publications, plenary speaker engagements, as well as being an original member of the VA Secretary's 120 day Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA). Dr. Lange was previously employed by the Veterans Health Administration and is known for her affirmative care innovations: "PRIDE In All Who Served” and "Trans-Affirmative Narrative Exposure Therapy."






Date: February 3, 2022, 8:45am: 
Topic: Gambling Addiction


Harmless fun? Don’t bet on it! Gambling Disorder is a progressive disease and is easier to hide compared to other addictive disorders. In fact, it is the only behavioral disorder under the Substance Use and Addictive Disorders in the DSM-5.  Join us to learn how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of a gambling disorder and the evidenced based tools used to screen for at risk behavior.  Hear from a person in recovery how gambling in the workplace can have problematic consequences and the resources available for help.  The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling welcomes you to learn more about this Hidden Addiction: Gambling Disorder.    


Objectives: As a result of this program, participants will:
1.) Identify the signs and symptoms of the at risk and disordered gambler with ways to integrate screening tools
2.) Understand the impact of gambling and the effect on the workplace
3.) Learn a first person account of Gambling Addiction and Recovery
4.) Gain Knowledge of Gambling Resources for Help and Hope

Presenters & Bio: 


Kristen Beall, LCSW-C, CAC-AD, Clinical Manager 


Kristen Beall is the Clinical Manager for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center), University of Maryland School of Medicine. In her role as Clinical Manager, with over 18 years’ experience in behavioral health counseling, Kristen provides consultation and technical assistance to organizations and private practitioners integrating Problem Gambling counseling into their practices.

In addition, Kristen works closely with the Center’s Peer Recovery Specialists and helpline staff connecting help seekers to the resources they need as well as being integral part of the Center’s outreach efforts. 


Prior to joining the Center, Kristen worked at Johns Hopkins University as a Health Behavior Specialist, serving those with Medicare Insurance to improve the overall health of patients. She began her career with the University of Maryland’s Methadone Treatment Program acting as lead counselor and a patient advocate to increase awareness and reduce stigma of methadone treatment.

Kristen has also worked at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. as a Mental Health Counselor; working alongside a nurse she performed crisis interventions and assessments in the community. Kristen earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Social Work and maintains a LCSW-C with the Board of Social Work Examiners as well as a CAC-AD with the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.



Jim Nowlin, CRPS, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist


James (Jim) Nowlin is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (the Center). As a Peer for the center, Jim assists individuals within Maryland struggling with problem gambling and gambling addiction to navigate recovery treatment resources and helps remove any barriers to recovery. Jim was raised as a military dependent and spent a good portion of his youth growing up in England and Germany where, with the help of his parents, he learned to treat people with the same courtesy and respect which he expected in return. Jim’s father retired from the Air Force and the family settled down in Maryland. Jim joined the police department where he believed he could help people and make a difference. After doing something he loved for many years Jim moved on and entered the customer service/sales field, where he excelled in management. Jim prided himself on building strong teams through attention to employee morale. Jim is now back doing something he is passionate about, as a peer recovery specialist. As a person in long term recovery, he hopes to help others struggling with problem gambling, one day at a time.





January 6, 2022, 8:45am:  Caring for Ourselves

Kathleen Crowley, Chesapeake Chapter Secretary, will be presenting on the shortage of mental health providers, pre-pandemic, and the growing concern for burnout.  This presentation's goal is to enhance the mental health practioner’s understanding of the need for self-care while defining it with concrete and data supported practical tips but also with an even narrower lense aimed at confronting our own truths.  The presentation will highlight the stigma of self-care for our own needs and its’ ethical imperative for potential impairment. With data to support burnout rates among our mental health colleagues, this underscores the need for self-preservation for sustainability.  Finally, looking forward, this conversation offers tools and strategies for better habits.  Anthony Parente will focus, specifically, on meditation - giving us an opportunity for some guided practice. 



November 4, 2021, 8:45am:

Title: Serving our Veterans and Military Service Members

Speaker: Timothy Jackson, Readjustment Counselor with the Department Veterans Affairs-Readjustment Counseling Service at the Annapolis Vet Center. 

Objectives:

  • Identify the core features of PTSD to diagnose better.
  • Explain the triggers, avoidance behaviors, and safety behaviors unique to military personnel and war veterans.
  • Utilize evidence-based psychotherapies used by the VA and DOD.

Speaker Bio: Timothy Jackson, LCSW, CADC Readjustment Counselor, is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. He served in the Persian Gulf, OIF/OEF. He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trident University. Mr. Jackson also has an Associate of Arts, Columbia College. He started working for the Maryland VA Healthcare (Readjustment Counseling) in October 2019; he was with the Ventura Vet Center. Previously he has worked with the Naval Base Port Hueneme Medical Center as the Director of Substance Abuse Programs in Ventura, CA, and Unit Lead at the Vista Del Mar Hospital, Ventura, CA. His interests are Jazz, meditation, cooking, CSPAN, Traveling, and spending time with his family.



September 2, 2021 8:45am: 

Title: Gender Difference in Addiction

Speaker: Dr. Lantie Elisabeth Jorandby, MD


Objectives:

  • Define sex and gender differences that affect women’s experience with substance use, SUD services, and recovery

  • Identify common reasons that women initiate substance use, along with risk factors and protective factors for women and girls

  • Elaborate on three common barriers women have to seeking and accessing treatment

  • Classify specific trauma-informed gender responsive treatment approaches in early addiction recover.

  • Differentiate how a gender responsive model impacts change in patients in early recover.

  • Recognize the practical considerations for implementing this model of treatment

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Jorandby, MD graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She completed medical school and her residency at the University of Florida. For seven years, Dr. Jorandby worked as a staff psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Viera, Florida. After completing her an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Jorandby became Medical Director for the dual diagnosis unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She also served as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. After relocating to Washington, DC, Dr. Jorandby worked as the Chief Psychiatrist of a mental and physical health clinic, where she held the position for four years before joining Lakeview Health. Dr. Jorandby is dual board-certified in addiction medicine, and psychiatry, and neurology. 




June 3, 2021 8:45am: 

Title: Do You See Me? Exploring Equity Work and What that Means in a Workplace

Objectives:

  • Learn what is equity and equity work mean? Is it the same as anti-racism?
  • Reflect on what can I do as individual to participate in ‘meaningful and permanent change’?
  • Explore what is my responsibility as an EAPA member to make a more equitable workplace for all?
  • Develop an action plan, both as individual and as a Chapter

Speaker Bio: Joquetta L. Johnson

Joquetta L. Johnson is an award-winning passion-driven educator, equity influencer, and national speaker with more than 26 years of experience in education. Known for her creative and energetic presentation style, Joquetta inspires educators and leaders to think, teach and lead with an equity lens in hopes of dismantling injustices that continue to oppress marginalized populations.


Speaker Bio: Dominic Smith

An immigrant from Ireland, Dominic Smith has been a language teacher, school leader and community builder in Europe, the USA and Latin America. Dominic uses his 21 years of experience working in and urban communities of color as a French, Spanish and ESOL teacher to inform his work as an Equity leader. In his clinical work as a Social Worker, Dominic works with Spanish and French Speaking asylees, refugees and survivors of trauma, advocating for children and families and delivering bilingual trauma informed therapy. 


May 6, 2021:

Title: An Overview of Psychological First Aid and its Applications During the Covid-19 Pandemic


Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey M. Lating, PhD


Objectives: 

By the end of the training participants will be better able to:

  • Understand and discuss the definitions of a crisis and the need for psychological crisis intervention.

  • Describe the RAPID model of psychological first aid (PFA).

  • Discuss the applications of PFA to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Presenter Bio:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Lating earned his B.A. in psychology from Swarthmore College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1991 from the University of Georgia. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical psychology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1993. He was the Director of Clinical Training at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore from 1993 to 1996, and the Chief Psychologist there from 1996 to 1998. He is currently a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland and was the Director of Clinical Training of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Loyola from 2000 to 2013. He has co-edited and co-authored six books in the areas of stress and posttraumatic stress. He has been an instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) since 1994, and in 1999 became Managing Editor of the newly formed International Journal of Emergency Mental Health (IJEMH). From 2005 – 2009, he served on the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.


Dr. Lating has also served as a clinical consultant and crisis-management trainer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the United States Senate Employee Assistant Program, the U.S. Department of State, the United Steelworkers (USW), the Swiss Air Navigation Services, and the Danish Military. He also consulted and provided clinical interventions and training with the United States Secret Service’s Employee Assistance Program in New York City in the days following
September 11.     

April 1, 2021, 8:45am: 

Title: Couples Therapy During COVID-19
Presenter: Timothy C. Donovan, MSW, LCSW-C, Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Certified Gottman Therapist

Objectives: 
1. Overview of the Gottman method: couples therapy, research and treatment.

2. Helpful tools for couples/relationships dealing with stress during COVID-19.
3. Using the time during COVID to enhance relationship.


Presenter bio:

Timothy C. Donovan is a licensed clinical social worker who is a Certified Cognitive Therapist and a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist. Mr. Donovan graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work in 1992 and completed post-graduate training in cognitive therapy, couples therapy and family therapy. He earned certifications in cognitive therapy from the Academy of Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2012 and couples therapy from the Gottman Institute in 2016. In addition, Mr. Donovan is an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work and a family therapist for the Family Wellness Program at Ashley Addiction Treatment in Havre de Grace, MD. Prior to working in private practice, he worked at The Kennedy Krieger Family Center, Magellan Behavioral Health and he is the former director for the Baltimore County Crisis Response System.


Mr. Donovan specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for depression, anxiety related disorders, substance use disorders, recovery and life transitions. In addition to providing individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, he has extensive training and experience in utilizing family therapy and couples therapy for resolving conflict, improving communication, managing conflict, reconciling troublesome differences and altering repeating patterns of stress on a relationship.


Mr. Donovan is committed to furthering his own training as well as providing training to other mental health professionals in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and couples therapy. As an adjunct clinical instructor, he has taught courses on addictive behaviors, family therapy and psychopathology and he continues to supervise graduate students individually during their practicum.





February 4, 2021:

Title: Crisis Response during 2020:  Finding ways of providing support during a global pandemic and a national year of unrest


Speaker: Dr. Richard J. Ottenstein, Ph.D., CEAP, CTS


Objectives: 

  • Modifying approaches and techniques
  • Exploring and improving technical capabilities
  • Reaching out and planning with stakeholders
  • Expanding service delivery capabilities
  • State program to support longterm care facilities and other care organizations
    a. How it came about

    b. Support strategies developed
    c. Challenges and obstacles
    d. Successes
  • Thoughts on moving forward in 2021 and beyond



January 7, 2021, 8:45am:

Title: Medical management of substance use disorders

Speaker: Dr. Mark Illuminati 

Objectives:

1) Understand addiction in relation to other chronic disease models
2)Learn the benefit of medication in the treatment of opiate use disorder
3) Evaluate differences of treatment for alcohol use disorder


November 5, 2020, 8:45am:


Title: 

Understanding Current Military Culture: First Person Accounts and Perspectives from Service Members and Veterans 

Panelist Bios:

Dr. Billy Bible, DSW, LCSW is a Social Worker and USMC Veteran (1999-2011) with a passion for Military, Veterans, and Military/Veteran Families. Billy exited the USMC very specifically to continue to serve, counsel, and advocate on the behalf of his brothers and sisters in arms. His clinical experience within his passion area has included the Vet Center as a Readjustment Counselor, West Texas VA Healthcare System within HUD-VASH and then as the Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, Clinical Director and Program Director for STAR Military and Veterans Program for Oceans Behavioral Hospital in Abilene, Texas, and currently as the Caregiver Support Program Manager for the New Mexico VA Healthcare System. As the Caregiver Support Program Manager, Billy’s focus remains upon serving his people; Military, Veterans, Families, and of course Caregivers! “My absolute favorite thing about Social Work is getting to serve my people (Military, Veterans, and Military/Veteran Caregivers and Families). I believe this is truly the calling on my life and I would not be satisfied working within any other space. Being a VA Social Worker has allowed me to continue to serve and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” Billy intends to continue to mentor, counsel, advocate, and lead the cause to advance all services aimed at empowering and improving the lives of those who have worn the uniform.


Dr. Jimmie Fedrick, DSW, LCSW: 

Dr. Jimmie D. Fedrick is a licensed clinical social worker and assistant professor of social work at the Virginia State University’s Social Work Department. Prior to his appointment at VSU, Dr. Fedrick was a social worker within the Department of Veterans Affairs. At the VA, he helped our nation’s most vulnerable veteran’s and their families, suffering from mental health challenges, poverty, and homelessness, find suitable low-income housing.Dr. Fedrick has demonstrated experience with clients in capacity and skill building, care management and coordination, treatment planning, and assessments, within both government and private sectors. In addition, as a program manager, Dr. Fedrick has practiced program development and evaluation for crisis stabilization, mental health skill building, and intensive in-home programs, in central Virginia.Dr. Fedrick is a Purple Heart recipient and retired veteran of the U.S. Army. Of his many stateside and overseas assignments, he has two deployments to Iraq as a combat infantryman.Dr. Fedrick is a member of the National Association of Social Work, the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Council of Social Work Education, and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.Dr. Fedrick is a native of Philadelphia and alumni of Virginia State University, where he received his Bachelor of Social Work. He earned his masters and Doctor of Social Work from the University of Southern California.


Dr. James Bailey, DSW: 

Dr. James C. Bailey, DSW is an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Program Director for Headquarters U.S. Africa Command located in Stuttgart, Germany. He currently supervises teams that have the expertise and resources to deliver or maintain systems that protect U.S. personnel and interests on the African continent from terrorist threats. His time with the military began with over 11 years as an active-duty Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (1997-2008) while serving in various locations throughout the world for the U.S. Air Force. He received a medical retirement in 2008, and then went on to work for the Department of Defense as a civilian Program Analyst directly involved with troops and built several advanced tactical training courses that prepared them to be more effective on the battlefield. In 2014, he accepted a Presidential Management Fellows appointment with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was his first experience with any sort of social services. While with HUD, he was on a congressional tiger team that was responsible for rewriting public housing safety inspection protocols, which required 100% travel to evaluate inspectors in all 50 states and also meet with federal government leaders to marshal policy. Following the fellowship, Dr. Bailey moved to Germany in 2016 to consolidate his life, be with his children, play in his band, renovate his home, and pursue a peaceful life while continuing his career.




October 1, 2020:

Title: 

Layoffs and furloughed employees during Covid-19: What roles do EAP, Human Resources, and healthcare professionals play in mitigating the impact on those experiencing job loss?

The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Objectives: 

The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.
The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas
  • To provide an interactive discussion regarding the emotional, financial and psychological impact faced by those employees and their families.
  • To discuss strategies and solutions to help individuals navigate these challenges
  • To educate participants on the various resources available either through the company, union or the community or all the above.


     

September 3, 2020, 8:45am:

Title:  

The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses, mental health services, and government institutions during Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas. 


The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Objectives: 

The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.
The challenges and concerns of reopening our schools, businesses and government institutions during
Covid-19 Pandemic: An interchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas.

  • To create an interactive forum for a free exchange of ideas, solutions and concerns with reopening.
  • To discuss the stresses and anxieties that reopening efforts have on workers, management, parents, mental health professionals, and teachers. 
  • To learn strategies for safe re-opening and CDC guidelines.
  • To discuss the emotional and financial challenges professionals are facing during this pandemic.
  • To discuss how to navigate those challenges while having to support others with mental health issues related to quarantine and reopening.
  • To discuss and learn the role EAP is paying in those reopening efforts.
  • To discuss some of the strengths that employees and their workplaces have discovered during this period of living during COVID-19.
     

Panelist Bios:

Gregory P. DeLapp, MHS, CEAP:

Gregory is the Chief Executive Officer. of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA).Greg is an experienced Human Resources (HR) generalist with focus on Employee Assistance and Employee Relations possessing strong business acumen, leadership skills, and management agility. Called upon to handle complex and highly sensitive organizational and personal dynamics, while preserving confidence and maintaining budget and operational effectiveness. Known for considerable ability to interpret complex concepts, advocacy, networking, bringing together competing and disparate perspectives, coalition builder, builds loyalty, and influencing across lines of business, demographics and geographies. He has progressed through a broad range of EAPA Board of Directors positions including President, President-Elect, Vice President, Eastern Regional Representative, and President and a Founding Member – Delaware Valley Chapter (now, Greater Philadelphia Chapter). He has chaired and organized several Program Committees for ALMACA/EAPA annual conferences, chaired several standing and ad hoc committees on (US) legislative & public policy efforts, participant in researching and writing amicus brief from EAPA in support of Jaffee v Redmond, US Supreme Court case creating psychotherapist-patient privilege on the US federal level, frequent invited speaker on EA / HR integration, drug testing, fitness for duty, workplace violence, making the business case for EA, workplace responses to domestic violence, sexual harassment, gambling, and core HR policies in support of EA and employee services.


Erin Stern, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA: 

Erin is the President and Clinical Director of Steps Behavioral Health. Steps provides in home, in clinic and in community ABA therapy for young children through age 18. Erin provides a unique perspective on decisions around reopening/on-site vs virtual, how they keep the clinic safe, and on navigating the unique challenges that virtual schooling brings for children with differing learning or behavioral challenges which must be factored in on return to work decisions. Erin was recently on the news. Here is an article about it:

Virtual fall schooling increases demand for in-home behavior analysts

Link to article


Jessica Hasson, PHD:

Dr. Hasson received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Superior Court of DC Child Guidance Clinic, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Office of Forensic Services at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, Maryland. Prior to joining Quince Orchard Psychotherapy, Dr. Hasson was a core faculty member in the doctoral program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia, where she taught doctoral level courses on psychological assessment. Dr. Hasson is licensed as a psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. She specializes in psychological assessment, including psychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, and forensic evaluations. In addition to conducting assessments, she regularly runs workshops on assessment for licensed psychologists in the area, including for local universities, psychological associations, state hospitals, and attorneys. She has experience participating in IEP meetings and testifying in court. She has been qualified as an expert in both criminal proceedings and educational hearings. Dr. Hasson is also a published author. She has presented over 50 times at state, national, and international psychology conferences and has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on assessment. She is the author of the book, Essentials of Rorschach Assessment: Comprehensive System and R-PAS.


Dr. Gina Pincosy, DSW, LCSW MSW MSMI:

Our topic is of particular interest to her after Dr. Pincosy, herself, caught COVID. Dr. Pincosy is a mental health professional really looking to transform the current way providers approach and deliver outpatient behavioral healthcare but contracting COVID really disrupted things for her. She is a Virginia State licensed clinical social worker who has provided behavioral health services and crisis intervention in private practice, community clinics, emergency rooms, police stations, correctional facilities, hospitals, and intensive outpatient environments. She graduated summa cum laude for both her masters and doctorate degrees, with concentrations in clinical mental health and multi-disciplinary preventive mental wellness. Gina has a strong appreciation for her work and lives of public safety professionals, having prior career experience as a professional firefighter and medic, a state fire instructor, an emergency communications specialist and a mental health emergency services therapist.


Janice Zimmerman, LCSW-C, CEAP, SAP:

Janice has been the internal EAP Counselor for Baltimore County Public Schools for the last 13 years.  Her career has been almost evenly split between EAP work and work in Child Welfare, in several states.  She has worked more briefly for the March of Dimes, Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia as well as some home health work.  She appreciates the challenges and opportunities that working during this pandemic have created as well as the potential for societal change regarding racial justice.



August 6, 2020, 9:00am:

Speaker: Anthony S. Parente, M.A., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., M.A.C., I.C.G.C. II, BACC 

Title: What All Helping Professional Should Know Working with Problem Gamblers

Objectives: 

WEBINAR: What All Helping Professional Should Know Working with
Problem Gamblers
Join us for this interesting an informative webinar which will cover the various clinical issues
related to working with problem gamblers and their families. As gambling continues to become
increasingly accessible there has been and will continue to be a rise in the prevalence of
problematic gambling. This presentation is applicable and relevant for all professionals working
in the areas of employee assistance, mental health and addictions. Topics and issues addressed in
this workshop will be aimed to increased knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
 The basics of the DSM diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder and it’s severity
 The effective use of screening /assessment tools and engagement strategies when
working with gamblers in various counseling and treatment settings.
 Co-occurring disorders and gambling
 The Pathways Model of Gambling Disorder
 Future trends in Gambling
 Compassionate Recovery

The basics of the diagnostic criteria for gambling problems and their severity

DSM 5
BBGS, Inventory of Gambling Situations(IGS) and Gambling Pathways
Questionnaire (GPQ)
Join us for this interesting an informative webinar which will cover the various clinical issues related to working with problem gamblers and their families. As gambling continues to become increasingly accessible there has been and will continue to be a rise in the prevalence of problematic gambling. This presentation is applicable and relevant for all professionals working in the areas of employee assistance, mental health and addictions. Topics and issues addressed in this workshop will be aimed to increased knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 
The basics of the DSM diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder and it’s severity

The effective use of screening /assessment tools and engagement strategies when working with gamblers in various counseling and treatment settings. 
Co-occurring disorders  and gambling
The  Pathways Model of Gambling Disorder
Future trends in Gambling
Compassionate Recovery
The basics of the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for gambling problems and their severity 
Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)
Inventory of Gambling Situations(IGS)
Gambling  Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ)

Speaker BioANTHONY S. PARENTE, M.A., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., M.A.C., I.C.G.C. II, BACC is a Mental Health Professional and Addictions Specialist with over thirty seven years of service in the field. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Lutherville Maryland. Mr. Parente is an International Certified Gambling Counselor II in addition to being a Board Approved Clinical Consultant, recognized by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Mr. Parente is also an Employee Assistance Professional. He serves as an EAP counselor, trainer, and consultant to various employer groups, both large and small. As an Employee Assistance Professional, Mr. Parente provides counseling, consultation and training to employers and employees regarding wellness and workplace issues. Currently he is the on-site EAP Counselor at Under Armour Global Headquarters in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Parente is also on staff as a consultant, trainer and clinical supervisor with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Maryland. He is a former faculty member of Loyola University Maryland’s Department of Psychology, where he taught for twenty-nine years.



July 9, 2020, 8:45am:

Speaker: George Kolodner, MD

Title: Adapting the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders To the Coronavirus Pandemic

Objectives:

  1. Describe the transition from in-person to virtual treatment services
  2. Describe the process and outcomes of virtual withdrawal management
  3. Discuss issues relating to the return to in-person services and ongoing virtual treatment

Speaker Bio: George Kolodner, MD is a board certified addiction psychiatrist who specializes in the intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment of substance use disorders. He founded Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers in 1973. Today, he serves as the chief innovation officer. He works to increase awareness of IOP treatment and keep Kolmac on the cusp of leading-edge treatment.

While serving as a staff psychiatrist for the U.S. Navy, he witnessed recovery from alcoholism for the first time at a Naval residential rehabilitation program. Motivated by this experience, he became interested in replicating this success in a non-residential “outpatient” setting. After leaving the Navy in 1973, he designed and implemented the first IOP addiction treatment program in the country – Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers. His primary focus there has been on developing outpatient treatment strategies for managing withdrawal and rehabilitation services for people with substance use disorders. 

Dr. Kolodner received his M.D. from the University of Rochester and completed his psychiatric training at Yale University. He has made many presentations on addictions at the annual meetings of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association, of which he is a Distinguished Life Fellow. His publications on addictions include articles on co-occurring psychiatric disorders, cannabis, and book chapters on outpatient withdrawal management. He is a past member of the APA Addiction Council and Addiction Treatment Committee and a current Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at both the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.



June 4, 2020, 9am:

Speakers: Susan Coale, LCSW-C and Amy Stapleton, LCPC

Title: Loss without Closure: Ambiguous Loss and Grief

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the PEMSS model and impact of grief on self/family
  • Understand the concepts of ambiguous loss and stigmatized grief
  • Identify 3 creative interventions that can be used with families navigating grief/loss
  • Explore the importance of self-care and strategies for self-support

Speaker Bios: 

Susan Coale, LCSW-C, Director of the Chesapeake Life Center. Coale began her work with Hospice of the Chesapeake as a volunteer in 1990, joining the organization as a bereavement counselor in 2005, moving to Clinical Manager of Bereavement in 2015 and Director of Chesapeake Life Center in 2017. Coale leads the professionals of Chesapeake Life Center in providing grief support and counseling for families of patients cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake and other grievers in the community whose loved ones did not receive hospice care. In addition to the day-to-day activities of counseling services, support groups and community educational programs, Coale’s team is also responsible for the planning and carrying out of annual bereavement camps for children and teens. Her team also develops and presents continuing education programs related to grief for local professionals and provides professional consultation when requested. Chesapeake Life Center also serves as a placement site for local graduate counseling and social work programs. Coale holds a Bachelor of Arts in social work/sociology from Western Maryland College as well as a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and Community Planning.


Amy R. Stapleton, LCPC, NBCC, Bereavement Manager, Chesapeake Life Center, provides individual, family, and group counseling for grieving adults, children, and families during times of crisis and loss. Amy comes to this work after having worked in community based mental health settings including Youth and Family Services, and a hospital setting where she was a chaplain. In her current role, she also provides outreach, education, and presentations for county and state agencies, school systems, and faith communities. She co-authored a pamphlet with Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C and Joy McCrady, LCPC, Supporting Children After a Drug-Related Loss: A guide for parents and caregivers. Amy’s passion is working with children, young adults, and their families to increase resiliency and develop coping skills as they incorporate loss into their lives.



May 7, 2020:  

Virtual Check-In!

What challenges and successes are you facing in your EAP work in the face of this pandemic? What support do you need from other EAP professionals? How are you personally doing? What are you doing to adapt and cope with the current environment? or with anticipatory anxiety - your own or that of people you work with? How do you feel this will change EAP work in the future? 



March 5, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey
Title: Aspiring to a Zero Suicide Mindset at Work: National Guidelines for Suicide Prevention and the Role of EAP

Objectives:
  • Participants will learn how the National Guidelines for Suicide Prevention were developed and their contents

  • Participants will learn about how the Guidelines can be used by EAPs to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority at diverse workplaces and professional organizations

  • Participants will learn about research and best practices for suicide prevention in the workplace and how they can get involved with the National Guidelines development and public dissemination

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She chairs the Employee Assistance Sub-specialization and Financial Social Work Initiative at the School. Dr. Frey has been a leader in the EA field for over 20 years, conducting research, program evaluation, teaching and providing direct practice. Her research focuses on behavioral health with working families, with an emphasis on suicide prevention, depression care and worker well-being. Dr. Frey has published over 60 articles and two books and regularly presents her research to professional audiences. She also serves as Co-Editor in Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. 



February 6, 2020


Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Cooper-Lucas

Title: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Culture

Objectives: Trauma and psychological suffering are mediated by culture and historical experiences (Jackson 2013). Clinicians must be mindful and develop cultural humility, responsiveness, and competence to effectively “understand, assess, diagnose, communicate, and treat patients from different ethnocultural traditions” (Marsella, 2010, pp 17-26). At the conclusion of this workshop, clinicians will have an increased understanding of:

  • The impact of cultural coping practices

  • The collective or individualistic nature of an individual’s culture

  • The appropriateness of individual therapy vs. an ecological approach that incorporates the larger cultural community as a coping resource

  • The historical perspective impact and the intergenerational familial experiences

  • The subtle traumatic experiences of marginalized groups and how those experiences can impact world view and response to trauma

  • The inherent same in addressing negative affect, and fear of involvement with services may require nuanced and negative treatment options

  • The ability to self-assess clinician competence and search for cultural blind spots. Perfection in cultural competence is never attainable, and must remain an ongoing practice(Marsella, 2010 p. 17)


Speaker Bio: Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT) Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day. 

Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated “Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr. Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the public on mental health and substance abuse topics. Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization. 

Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland
geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee
Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT)
Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies
in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP
accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas
is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in
her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the
employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for
Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health
clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition
Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health
product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated
“Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the
Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr.
Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the
public on mental health and substance abuse topics..
Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance
Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland
geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee
Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT)
Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies
in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP
accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas
is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in
her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the
employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for
Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health
clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition
Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health
product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated
“Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the
Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr.
Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the
public on mental health and substance abuse topics..
Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance
Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization



Reminder: The Chesapeake EAPA Chapter follows Anne Arundel County Schools in terms of cancellations and delays due to weather when in person. If Anne Arundel County Schools are CLOSED due to weather on meeting dates, EAPA meetings will be virtual. If Anne Arundel County Schools open late, please check the website and email announcement for updated meeting status. Any question on inclement weather delays or closings, please contact eapamd01@eapa-chesapeake.org. Thank you!

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Speaker Bio: 
Speaker Bio: 

Meanwhile, some important reminders from the 

:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:


● Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.

● Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).

● Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the outbreak.

● Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time [virtually] with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.

● Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.

● Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for [others] as you did before the outbreak.



Cost: No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students. $25 charge for non-members.

Schedule (once back on-site):

8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements

9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation


Above: Tom Murphy, former Chesapeake EAPA Chapter President; Dr. Meg Murphy, former NSA Employee Counseling Service Director; along with long time, influential EAPA member, Jim O’Hair and his wife Maria-Josette.