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Thursday, October 21 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Navigating the Mental Health System

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Participants will learn some of the most effective ways to work within the mental health system as a provider of services. Many of these “tips of the trade” are transferrable to consumers and family members that may need assistance. State and private systems of care will be discussed including jargon that is essential in navigating services and systems. The basics of trauma informed care will be reviewed when working with consumers. Trauma informed management will also be addressed as a concept for taking care of staff in the workplace.

Building relationships with the various networks of care is the basis for this workshop. What does client driven mean and what does this look like in practice? In navigating we have kuleana to advocate for our consumers and the workshop will outline the various ways in which we strive to provide the highest quality of care.

An emphasis will be suicide awareness and prevention as a core competency for mental health and substance use providers. Participants will have an opportunity to practice a self-care activity which can improve sustainability for practitioners. When we are taking care of ourselves and centered in strength then we can view our work as blessings and opportunities versus burdens.

Workshop Objectives 
As a result of this program, participants will:
  • learn about the process of accessing care mental health and substance use services in Hawaii
  • learn about the eligibility criteria for most state operated and private providers of care in Hawaii.
  • gain an understanding for the importance of continuity of care between and across systems.
  • gain knowledge in the power of networking and building relationships in the mental health field and understand the benefits to the consumer (s).
  • experience a self-care experience and learn how to apply it in their practice.
  • be able to identify risk factors for individuals that may be at risk for suicide.
  • be able to communicate the basic principles of Trauma Informed Care (TIC).

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Rhoads Merriam, LCSW, CSAC

Kathleen Rhoads Merriam, LCSW, CSAC

Mental Health Supervisor, Windward Community Mental Health Center
Kathleen R. Merriam, LCSW, CSAC has worked in the mental health field for 37 years. She has worked in 4 state mental health systems and with various international systems of care. She moved to Hawaii in 2003 from working as the International Training Director for Fountain House, NYC... Read More →
avatar for Mestisa Gass, PsyD

Mestisa Gass, PsyD

Program Director, Mental Health America of Hawaii
Mestisa C. Gass, PsyD, is the Program Director for Mental Health America of Hawaii. Her education and experience have been focused on diverse populations including inpatient acute adolescent care, community mental health, and military mental health. She is Co-chair for the American... Read More →


Thursday October 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm HST
Room 5
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