Workplace Wellness & Resilience

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Workplaces can be stressful in the best of times, but in the past year, COVID-19 has ratcheted up the stress in so many previously unimaginable ways. As HR professionals, much of the responsibility to help our employees stay physically and mentally healthy has fallen on us, even as the unprecedented stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic take their toll on us as well. 

Join us on March 11 for a discussion of workplace wellness and resilience. Learn about resources that exist to help you help your employees (and you) stay strong, steps you can take to mitigate workplace triggers, and how to inculcate resilience into the fabric of your organization. Hear from three local mental health professionals as they provide insight into the state of mental health in our community, cognitive behavioral therapy, and grief management. 

This past year has stretched us all, and this current year will bring yet new challenges to workplace wellness and resilience. 

At the end of this program you will be able to:

1. Bring awareness of the workplace mental health movement and it’s impactful role. 

2. Identify employee experiences, workplace activities and environments that may trigger emotional distress and implement mitigating strategies. 

3. Nurture and develop resilience as a function of workplace values, goals, and performance management. 

 SPEAKER: Karen Grumme-Rodriguez, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Karen obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount College of Fordham University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas. Karen is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with Advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. She currently serves as the Bereavement Counselor for Circle of Life. Karen was nominated in 2021 for the Association for Death Education and Counseling Clinician of the Year award for her work providing innovative, contemporary evidence-based therapeutic grief support and bereavement education to individuals, organizations, groups and families. She has become a leading expert in Northwest Arkansas in providing grief and bereavement interventions and education. Karen is utilizing these skills within the community to validate and normalize various types of grief experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPEAKER: Shakira Eakins, LCSW, CCTP-1

Shakira Eakins, LCSW, CCTP-1 received her Master of Social Work from the University of Arkansas. For over 8 years she has served the people of Northwest Arkansas as a mental health professional. While her primary focus has been with children, adolescents and families, she also has experience working with adults across the lifespan. She has treated clients struggling with depression, self-harm, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, grief, and racial identity challenges. She is also an affirmation therapist who is passionate about providing mental health services for LGBTQIA individuals.

Shakira is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and loves to apply mindfulness-based principles to therapy interventions.

SPEAKER: Kati Wells, MS, LPC

She began her career with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling from John Brown University (2015). Kati became a Licensed Professional Counselor by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling that same year. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Psychological Effects of Divorce, and Technology Assisted Counseling. She also has extensive post-graduate studies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as over 3,000 treatment hours in structured CBT. In 2019, she became a Certified Cognitive and Behavioral Therapist from the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies of Philadelphia, PN.

Over the past 10 years in the mental health field, she has developed a strong personal value in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anyone can benefit from mental health services, and CBT is the gold standard of treatment in the world, generating outcomes desired in psychotherapy. This evidence based approach is key in treating areas like anxiety, depression, self-esteem or relationship issues. CBT allows us to problem solve, even when our thoughts and emotions are