This year’s conference will be titled "Healing Invisible Scars" and will offer informative workshops to help attendees identify and heal from various forms of trauma that can impact our overall heart health. Workshops will focus overcoming relationship trauma, impacts of family dynamics, maintaining healthy relationships, techniques on self-care, cardiovascular disease prevention, and ways to cope with micro-aggressions. Each workshop will aim to focus on the overall mental, spiritual, and physical protection of our hearts. Workshops will take place in the morning and afternoon. Attendees have the option of participating in two of the four workshops offered. Below is a description of each workshop and information on the workshop presenters.
Workshop Description: Based on the bestselling Book "Women Who Love Too Much," by Robin Norwood, this workshop will focus on unhealthy relationship dynamics and overcoming relationship trauma. This workshop will identify behaviors that cause women to maintain unhealthy relationships with emotionally unavailable partners. It will also focus on ways to recover from relationship trauma.
Workshop Presenter: La Tanya Takla is a dual Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from California State University, East Bay and earned dual Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University. Currently Mrs. Takla is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology Program at Argosy University. For over a decade Ms. Takla has provided clinical case management and psychotherapy services to children, individuals and families in both the public and private sectors. In light of the high level of engagement her professional life brings, promoting self-care is a value Mrs. Takla takes to heart. She regularly enjoys communing with nature, engaging in cultural song & dance, and poetry writing.
Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on how to heal the heart through learning coping mechanisms to combat stress. It will focus on stressors in our environment that put African American/Black women at risk for cardiovascular disease. It will focus on mediation practices that may reduce your risk of heart disease and allow you to cope with micro-aggressions that are faced daily.
Workshop Presenter: Brandi R. Richard is the author of Operation Growth. Brandi Richard is a mother, innovator, entrepreneur, and advocate. Throughout her life stages, she used adversity to grow and develop into a new iteration of herself. She transitioned from preppy student leader, to young military wife, to hip vegan tree-hugger. From there she grew into a hard-working single mom with vision and purpose for herself and her daughter, showing no fear of the struggle she was facing. Through every challenge she continued to grow, becoming a hard-working entrepreneur with an established career and noted leader, with a brilliant daughter.
Workshop Description: This workshop will discuss how our bodies communicate with us on a regular basis. It takes in stress and works toward healing from the experiences we have each day. Experiences such as financial insecurity, poor relationships, emotional abuse, violence, racism, and sexual inequality in our lives may actually alter our physical and mental health. Signs of this trauma may later appear as health issues such as lack of focus, tiredness, anxiety, and chronic disease
Workshop Presenter: Alondra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a diverse background in mental health and working with adolescents, couples, and individuals. She currently is a LCSW at Cares Community Health Clinic and runs her own practice, the AThompson Therapy, located in Sacramento, CA. As a therapist, her goal is to help people uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. Dr. Thompson is versed in applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques to examine behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be hindering a person from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Workshop Description: Workshop on Cardiovascular Health. This workshop will be presented by a medical professional and will provide participants with an understanding of the physiology of the heart and the impact of cardiovascular disease on African American/Black women. The workshop will provide resources on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and also encourage participants to communicate with their primary care physician.
Workshop Presenter: Dr. Mitchell-James was born in Sacramento as a surprise surviving premature twin. She grew up in East Palo Alto, California where she developed a calling to be a physician. She completed her BA at Lincoln University, PA, and later received her MD at Howard University. Soon after, she went on to serve for 32 years as a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Currently she is a clinical professor of pediatrics at California Northstate University College of Medicine and a contributor to Calibears Math Essentials- a work group that develops innovative, inclusive educational common core supplements. She also co-founded SCRUMPT- a lunch kit subscription service that delivers nutritious kid-friendly meals to your door. She and her husband, Dr. Archie James, are also members of Capital Medical Society who mentor aspiring physicians and advocate for African- American health. Other interests include performing with her physician band SVT Jazz, enjoying arts and crafts, and playing with her rescue Yorkie-mix, Dexter.