August 07

2024

22nd Annual Cultural Diversity Conference

Celebrating Differences and Building Bridges

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2024 What to Expect

Great Speakers

Our goal is to develop cultural awareness in the community by providing practical ideas and information for working with different cultures and abilities through amazing local providers and experts.

Networking

We want you to meet new people, learn more about local services and initiate the development of a local resource network.

Celebrate DEI

Greater diversity and inclusion in our community fuels a wider range of ideas, expertise, and life experience, helping evolve our world's collective knowledge and overall mindset.

Celebrating 20 years!
Up to 5.5 continuing education credits
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Workshops We offer
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Conference Participants in 22 years!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2024 Event Speakers

Dr. Gretchel Hathaway

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Franklin & Marshall College

Lee Westgate

MBA, MSW, LCSW-C

Bob Reilly

Vice President and Government Relations Officer, WellSpan Health

Melvin Frye, MSW

Hempfield School District

Dr. Livingston

Ob/Gyn Department Chair, UPMC

Ali Mailen Perrotto

President/CEO of the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center

Sarah Yanosy

LCSW, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Towahna D. Rhim

Founder and CEO of TD Rhim Consulting, LLC

PRICING PLANS 2024 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Registration is open on Eventbrite. Click the register button below to purchase a ticket. You will have the ability to choose your breakouts at that time.  If your company offers to pay for continuing education, please contact us for your coupon code. Your company will be billed for the ticket.
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$60

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All access w/ CEUs

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$100

100/200

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2024 Conference Schedule

You could earn up to 5.5 CE Credits for this event. WellSpan Philhaven is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Click on MORNING or AFTERNOON circles to your right to see the schedules.

7.45 - 8.30 AM Registration and Networking

Check-In

Please join us for check-in and networking.

8.30 - 9.30 AM Morning Keynote
Unshakeable Hope in Action: Our Enduring Tradition of Caring

Lee Westgate

Unshakeable Hope in Action: Our Enduring Tradition of Caring

In his work, “September 1, 1939”, poet W.H. Auden began with, “All I have is a voice” and went on to reflect upon the power of that voice in disrupting divisive narratives spun. The divided world that we collectively occupy does not feel far away from the urgency embedded in Auden’s reflection. This divided context has a unique effect on helping professionals across all practice and service spaces – whose collective calling is intrinsically linked to community, beneficence, and connection. This makes it all the more essential helping professionals to reflect upon our expansive tradition of caring and the ways in which that tradition remains both unshakable and a mechanism to enact change during critical moments in human history. This keynote will reflect upon our collective traditions of social and political action and will explore the transformative and essential power of what it means to courageous care in the face of division

This sessions is eligible for 1.0 CEs.

9.30 - 10.00 AM Break

Stretch Break

Thirty minute break for coffee, stretching, brain breaks.

10.00 - 11.30 AM Morning Break-Out 1
Cultivating Resilience in Social Service Professionals

Ali Mailen Perrotto

Cultivating Resilience in Social Service Professionals

Social change work can take a toll on the change makers. This keynote will review the intersections of oppression and impacts on our communities and our work. Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue can feel unavoidable in our work to create healthier, more equitable communities. Research from the fields of psychology, sociology, and neurobiology can help to arm change makers with the tools they need to meet these challenges head on. Individuals and organizations can employ strategies that promote resilience and reduce the physical, psychological, and emotional impacts of vicarious trauma. This workshop will specifically explore one local organization’s approach to enhancing structural approaches to promoting vicarious resilience in care-workers.

This sessions is eligible for 1.5 CEs.
Choose 1 of 3 morning break-outs.

10.00 - 11.30 AM Morning Break-Out 2
Trauma Informed Care: Addressing Alternative Narratives of Men and Boys of Color Viewed through the Lens of the Black Cowboy Part 2

Melvin Frye, MSW

Trauma Informed Care: Addressing Alternative Narratives of Men and Boys of Color Viewed through the Lens of the Black Cowboy Part 2

The Black Cowboy is a symbol of survival even when being ignored and discredited for their contributions to North America. It is imperative that therapists’ welcome Black males to dream outside of the typical narratives, such as depictions of Black males in the media. Black boys and men should be allowed to dream of the many possibilities of being a man. Black masculinity is not one of a predetermined identity. As such it is a necessity for therapists to nurture and validate masculinities that are outside of the stereotypes that surround Black masculinity. In this follow-up to Trauma Informed Care: Addressing Alternative Narratives of Men and Boys of Color Viewed through the Lens of the Black Cowboy, we will examine the impact of historical trauma on Black males. What does it mean for a Black male to freeze, fight, or flee when faced with obstacles? We will address ways in which Black masculinity can be uplifted to celebrate the accomplishments of Black male existence. The mantra for this session is Black boys and men should be allowed to dream of the many possibilities of being a man.

This sessions is eligible for 1.5 CEs.
Choose 1 of 3 morning break-outs.

10.00 - 11.30 AM Morning Break-Out 3
Personal Resilience: An Interventional Strategy to Reduce Clinician Burnout

Dr. Towahna D. Rhim

Personal Resilience: An Interventional Strategy to Reduce Clinician Burnout

Clinician burnout is a common problem in modern medicine. Depersonalization, a sense of a loss of autonomy, and emotional exhaustion are all contributing factors. Medical burnout has a detrimental effect on a clinician's capacity to deliver exceptional patient care. Poor conduct, mental illness, despair, drug and alcohol addiction, suicidal thoughts, and death by suicide are all signs of clinician burnout. Given the detrimental effects of clinician burnout, it's important to know what preventative measures are readily available to counter this phenomenon. Through the administration of 10 researcher-developed interview questions, this study aimed to investigate personal resilience as an interventional technique to lessen clinician burnout through the lived experiences of clinicians who self-identified as burned out.

This session is eligible for 1.5 CEs.
Choose 1 of 3 morning break-outs.

11.30 - 1.00 Lunch

Lunch and Networking

1.00 - 2.30 PM Afternoon Keynote
 Understanding the Intersectionality of Our Identities: How Personal Bias Influences Interactions with Clients

Dr. Gretchel Hathaway

Understanding the Intersectionality of Our Identities: How Personal Bias Influences Interactions with Clients

As practitioners, we uphold the ethical standards of our professional organization. In addition, we bring to our work our own identities which include cultural and spiritual worldviews, political views, gender, race, etc. The intersectionality of our identities are important aspects of our view of the world, other people and cultures. Our identities influence how we speak to others; how our professional offices are designed; how we hold and lean into conversations- which includes code switching; and how we interact with others especially those who are ‘not like us’. Therefore, as we work with our clients/patients/students our personality, identity and viewpoints may be a welcoming moment for some or an uncomfortable moment for others. This workshop will lean into challenging conversations about how we can be intentional and more aware of the impact of our individual identity, and recognize the intersectionality of our identity that may bring unexpected explicit and implicit bias into our interactions with others.

This sessions is eligible for 1.5 CEs.

2.30 - 2.45 PM Break

Break

Enjoy a fifteen minute brain break.

2.45 - 4.15 PM Afternoon Break-Out 1
 Advocacy 101 - Review and Readiness

Bob Reilly

Advocacy 101 - Review and Readiness

An overview of the local political landscape and meaningful strategies for connecting with local legislators.

This session is eligible for 1.5 CEs.

Choose 1 of 3 afternoon break-outs.

2.45 - 4.15 PM Afternoon Break-Out 2
 Intersections of Lived Experience and Organizational Trauma

Sarah Yanosy

Intersections of Lived Experience and Organizational Trauma

This workshop will explore the concept of “wounds of othering” based on research on racial trauma. The presenter will describe creating cultural safety as a requirement for trauma informed practice. The presenter will frame organizational stress and power dynamics as exacerbating factors to existing experiences of interpersonal trauma and exposure to systems of oppression. Further discussion will include strategies for creating cultural safety using trauma-responsive skills overlayed with the Privilege and Subjugated Task Model developed by Kenneth Hardy.

This session is eligible for 1.5 CEs.

Choose 1 of 3 afternoon break-outs.

2.45 - 4.15 PM Afternoon Break-Out 3
 Who Is Doing the Caring Matters - Solution-Oriented Discussion About Maternal Health Equality

Dr. Livingston

Who Is Doing the Caring Matters - Solution-Oriented Discussion About Maternal Health Equality

Provide updated maternal health data related to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Discussion regarding the root causes of health disparities and solutions to them will be examined.

This session is eligible for 1.5 CEs
Choose 1 of 3 afternoon break-outs.

4.15 Conference Ends

To view the afternoon schedule, click the blue circle with  “AFTERNOON 2024” on it at the top of the schedule.

JOIN US Get Directions

From Lebanon: Take 422 West to Annville.

From Lancaster: Take 72 North to 422 West to Annville.

From Harrisburg: Take 422 East to Annville

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Once you get to LVC

The Cultural Diversity Conference is an event of the Community Health Council of Lebanon County.