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Friday, October 22 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Connecting, With A Twist

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What I have found is many Pacific Islanders are hesitant to seek mental health services because they don’t see the connection to their values. Thinking With A Twist is designed to support people that struggle with symptoms or depression and anxiety get tools and support through services that are more relatable and even connect to their cultural views.

Many of us have heard this idea that “our relationship with ourselves, is reflected in the relationships all around us.” Growing up I remember being very aware of how everything was connected to each other. At one point I recall learning that grass was alive and became very concerned about how grass felt being stepped on. This concept was also reinforced by learning more about my Hawaiian culture, and that there is a reciprocal relationship between kanaka (people) and the 'āina (land). This perspective that everything is connected, has now become foundational in my life and work in mental health.

This workshop will highlight the relationship between natural elements (earth, water, air, fire) and people, to expand ideas of what mental health tools can be. Looking at mental health problems through the relatable lens of interconnectedness, is more inviting to communities, like Pacific Islanders. Stories, metaphors, and analogies will also be used to support beliefs about healing that can be helpful for providers and the people they serve.

Learning Objectives:
• Describe how a Hawaiian might understand interconnectedness through their lens.
• Discuss how integrating cultural values of interconnectedness could help make mental health services more relatable for pacific islanders.
• Identify at least 3 relationships between people and natural elements.
• Apply stories and metaphors to therapeutic tools and concepts, and make them more memorable.

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

Speakers
avatar for Chasidy Wright, LMFT, CSAC

Chasidy Wright, LMFT, CSAC

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Owner, Thinking With A Twist
Chasidy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CSAC. A fun fact about Chasidy is that her Hawaiian name is Keka`au, which means "humble and humorous". She is gifted at helping people identify their own thinking patterns that may be keeping them stuck. She loves working with... Read More →


Friday October 22, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am HST
Room 2
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