Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit Planned for September 26

posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host Cultural Perspectives: A Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, September 26, from 7:30am–4:30pm in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus.

The summit will focus on tools and best practices to support individuals in the community facing mental health challenges, including nurses, EMS professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, educators, and other healthcare providers.

Sessions at the summit focus on mental health challenges in refugee and immigrant populations. The summit will feature two keynote addresses, an opening keynote by Tabitha Grier-Reed, Ph.D., L.P., and a closing address by John Moe. Grier-Reed is an associate professor and educational psychologist at the University of Minnesota. Her keynote, Multicultural Counseling, The Fourth Force, 20 Years Later: Looking Outward, will address the 21st Century challenges with globalization, nativism, rapid change, tribalism, and transformation to minority majority nation. She will address the need for radical empathy, a better understanding of self as a cultural being, humility, openness, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

Moe is an American writer and radio personality. He's the host and creator of the award-winning podcast The Hilarious World of Depression. Previously, Moe was a freelance reporter and later a senior reporter and senior correspondent for the American Public Media radio program, Weekend America. His keynote, Fighting Stigma, will explore society’s reluctance to discuss mental illness and what needs to be done about it by tracing his own experiences with depression. Moe’s story is open, honest, and hopeful, as it blends the thoughts of the numerous celebrities he has interviewed to arrive at a positive and hopeful place.

The summit is a collaborative effort between Hawkeye Community College, Cedar Valley United Way, the University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo Community Schools, UnityPoint Health, EMBARC, Lutheran Services in Iowa, People’s Community Health Clinic, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare–Iowa. For more information or to register, visit www.hawkeyecollege.edu/mental-health-summit or call 319-296-4290.


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