The Mental Health Association in Delaware invites you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Community Mental Health Conference with us on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at the Riverfront Events Center. We have recently rebranded this event as the “Empowering Community Wellness Symposium” to reflect the core values, revitalized direction and new half day format that the conference is taking. Over the years one of the most popular segments has been our panel discussions which directly address the audience and provide a format for a truly free flowing conversation that everyone is welcomed into. With that in mind we will be offering two panels that will look at some of our communities most current challenges as well as offering insight into the solutions. At the heart of those discussions will be the mental health resources and perspectives that are geared towards empowering our participants to return to their work, families and lives with additional support and knowledge. We are pleased to announce that this conference will be FREE of cost to registered participants, resource venders will be on hand that day, and a buffet breakfast will be served at 8am prior to the panels. Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of the last 20 years of educating, supporting and connecting our community with these resources. Each of us at MHA in DE are forever grateful and very excited to welcome you into this new chapter!
*Please be aware that we are requiring face mask coverings and encouraging social distancing regardless of vaccination status to attend this event. This is a non-negotiable for participation and access to the ECWS in an effort to increase safety for all event participants and staff. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this!
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 18th, 2021
8:00am to 9:00am: Sign-In & Breakfast & Vendors
9:00am to 9:15am: Welcome
9:15am to 10:30am: Panel One
10:30am to 10:45am: Break & Vendors
10:45am to 12:00pm: Panel Two
12:00pm to 12:15pm: Wrap-Up
Riverfront Events Center (760 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Panel Discussion 1: Normalizing Therapy amid the Challenges of COVID-19
→ This interactive panel will be examining some of the shifts that have taken place due to COVID-19 and the public health pandemic over the last 18 months related to mental health treatment. Issues of accessibility, challenges and benefits of Virtual Therapy and industry shifts will be explored. This will be an informative discussion examining strategies for parents, educators and families alike.
Panel Discussion 2: Treatment & Disparities
→ This interactive discussion will focus on disparities that impact not only vulnerable populations but also represent some of the gaps in the mental health treatment process. There are a range of needs that when not met can magnify stress, health concerns and exacerbate challenges with maintaining mental wellness. We will be talking about a wide range of influences on this issue and offering connection to the practical resources that you need to know about.
Wrap-Up: Self-Care Strategies and Exercises
→ In addition to the Panel Discussions, we will be wrapping up the event with some much needed self-care strategies and exercises. Not just a buzz word, “Self-Care” is vital to anyone who finds themselves in a helping role or wants to actively influence and add balance to their hectic and stressful life. In short, all of us!
AIDS Delaware's Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement
Frank Hawkins, MS, has been with AIDS Delaware for 22 years where he serves as the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement. Frank is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor. Frank has implemented many programs to reach various populations in the City of Wilmington. Frank has received many commendations and awards for his work with HIV. He has been featured in many publications for the work that he is doing to halt the spread of HIV. One of his more notable programs is the “Do The Right Thing 4LIFE” program, which targets barbershops and beauty salons in the City of Wilmington to reach the African-American community.
Additionally, Frank coordinates annual events for youth. Each year he conducts a HIV Forum, usually held in conjunction with World AIDS Day, to provide youth with information to help them self from becoming infected with HIV. Delaware Teen Idol is a program for youth to display their creative talents through rap, singing or poetry. Each year the event culminates at the DuPont Theatre. The slogan for this event is “Be in the SPOTLIGHT for the right reason”. Part time, Frank works for the YMCA Resource Center as the Program Specialist for the Alcohol Drug Prevention program and Back on Track program. Frank is very passionate about the work he does and especially helping others. Frank’s motto is, “One’s wealth is the good they do in the world”.
Dover Behavioral Health System's Community Relations Director
A native of Harrisburg, PA, Monica Shockley-Porter moved to Kent County, Delaware in January 2019. Since her family relocated to Delaware, Monica has become actively involved with various non-profit and community based organizations. With over 20 years of combined experience in both human services and business development, Monica has been responsible for marketing, outreach and management of several programs during the course of her career. In her current role, Monica serves as Community Relations Director at Dover Behavioral Health System. Monica earned a BS in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University, Masters in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville and Masters in Business Administration from Liberty University. She resides in Clayton with her husband and high school sweetheart, Justin (US Army retiree).
Licensed Professional Counselor
Nineka Dyson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Delaware and is also a National Board-Certified in Professional Counseling and Tele-Mental Health. Dyson has found her niche in working closely with adolescents and families who are seeking change within their environment. Her primary areas of educational interests include self-care, psychopathology, ethics, and psychoeducation. Nineka gained her education in multiple regions including a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tuskegee University, Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Clinical Mental Health from Neumann University. She recently completed her doctoral program from Oregon State University and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling. Prior to pursuing her Masters, Dyson served as a Captain in United States Army and is an OIF Veteran. To date she has served as an Administrator for admissions at an inpatient hospital in Oklahoma City and Clinical and Risk Management Consultant at Diamonds in the Rough Youth and Family Services in Virginia. She is currently serving as a clinician and supervisor with YOUr Center, LLC. in Wilmington, Delaware. In her spare time, she mentors new clinicians in the field of professional counseling and serves as the Mental Health Coordinator for the Epsilon Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
The Center for Child Development's Director of Staff and Community Support
Rebecca Roebke, LCSW is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in working with children and families using strengths to overcome challenges. Rebecca has worked with children for over 15 years. Her interest is in helping children with trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, behavioral issues and/or ADHD, and adjustment issues such as foster care placement and adoption. Her goal is to empower families to make the necessary changes to create strong, loving environments where children can thrive.
Rebecca is trained in PCIT – a specialized therapy that helps oppositional/defiant children ages 2-7 learn to listen to their parents. Rebecca is also trained in EMDR, TFCBT, and TraumaPlay, which are all evidence based trauma treatment modalities.
Ms. Stacy Shamburger
Director of WENH's Life Lines
Ms. Stacy Shamburger received her Associates in Human Services from Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC). While attending DTCC, she was placed at Life Lines as an intern to learn about the client need and programmatic service aspects of youth in Delaware’s foster care system and those emancipated from it. Shortly after completing her internship, she was hired on as an Independent Living (IL) Case Manager and quickly rose to promotion as Program Manager where she spent five and a half years managing and developing the IL program, VISTA program, Step Up and FUP. In her spare time, Stacy completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Wilmington University. Stacy continued her education at Widener University obtaining her Masters in Clinical Social Work. Stacy took a position with Delaware’s Division of Youth and Family Services in Prevention and Behavioral Health managing state and national contracts for Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol facilities that serviced some of our toughest youth’s challenges. After committing two years in state government, she became the Contract Manager for the Behavioral Health Consultants Program. She has returned as a boomerang employee to West End Neighborhood House (WENH) as the Director of Life Lines after 8 years away. Stacy’s goal while with WENH is to continue the development and progress of the programs, build client capacity, effect change on a legislative level and assist in the establishment of Delaware’s first Drop In Center to directly serve our homeless youth.
Child and Adolescent Therapist
Alexus Sheppherd is a native New Yorker born and raised in Queens. She received her formal training from Thomas Jefferson: East Falls, earning a Masters in Trauma and Community Counseling. Alexus is a children and adolescent therapist with a clinical focus in attachment trauma to help families learn to establish and restore secure relationships between the parent-child relationship. She has experience working with children and adolescents with various diagnoses including: Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Autism and trauma.
Throughout her career as a mental health therapist she has gained experience and training in a variety of specialized areas including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy ( TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Alexus is not only passionate about providing outpatient services to children and their families throughout the state of Delaware, but an advocate for educating Christian church communities in healthy emotional attachments through the Christian faith. She focuses on Christ-centered emotional intelligence teaching Believers how to form healthy attachments between family and interpersonal relationships.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Shanelle Sotilleo is a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and a Nationally Certified Counselor ( NCC) with a background in child and adolescent psychology, family therapy, grief counseling and DBT Skills training. She is currently licensed in over 4 states. Shanelle received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the first degree granting historically black college Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Science Degree (MS) from Chestnut Hill College in clinical and counseling psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy . She is currently a PH.D Candidate at The Chicago School of Psychology where her current research focus is on Mental Health Literacy on a Global level with a focus on SouthEast Asia, more specifically South Korea. Shanelle is currently working as a primary therapist at Charlie Health, an online intensive outpatient treatment program providing comprehensive evidence-based clinical treatment to adolescents and young adults. Shanelle has extensive experience with children, adolescents and young adults with mental health issues where she works and supports families navigating their children’s concerns. One of Shanelle’s philosophies in therapy focuses on acceptance, accepting the client where they are, and accepting that change can take place.
Mx. Lena Queen
Owner and CEO of Journey Wellness & Clinical Somatic Sexologist
Actively engaged in both her personal and professional healing practices, Mx. Lena Queen, LCSW, M.Ed.(Queen/they/she) is a private practice clinical somatic sexologist, cannabis & plant medicine advocate, and transformational life & erotic coach. Their healing approach is intersectional healing-centered that is kink-aware and pleasuring affirming. She believes we all experience our own unique set of events that affect our physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and sexual well-being- our WHOLE-Self. With their mental and sexual health agency, Journey Wellness & Consulting Group, LLC., her sex education teaching institute, The WHOLE-Self Healing Institute, Inc., and her signature life & erotic coaching program, SHIFT Coaching System & the Healing The Erotic Self, their team and her have a multitude of innovated ways of supporting one’s sexual healing journey.
Dr. LaKeetra Josey
Co-Founder of YOUr Center, LLC & Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Josey is the Co-Founder of YOUr Center, LLC. She is certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and works with patients across the lifespan. She is also Co-Founder and Medical Director of Phoenix Center for Health and Wellness, LLC, a Substance Use Disorder treatment program. She is certified as a Master Psychopharmacologist from the Neuroscience Education Institute. She is the former Associate Program Director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the former Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Nursing in the College of Public Health at Temple University. She has a wealth of clinical experience in a variety of settings with clients of all ages and all walks of life which informs her clinical practice and her teaching of future Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners that intern in the practice. She is also the President of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Minority Fellowship Graduate Association an alumni organization of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) / American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program.