Strengthening Mental Health Through Empathy and Understanding (Free Webinar)

We invite you to join our next FREE statewide webinar on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recession, isolation, and the loss of loved ones; feelings of anxiety, depression, distress, and lack of sleep can sometimes be unavoidable.

Supporting mental health is essential to disability services during these challenging and constantly changing times. Learn tools to recognize and support your mental health or that of an individual with developmental disabilities who you support. Discover the importance of taking time to nurture healing within ourselves and our communities through empathy and understanding. Join our next webinar on Strengthening Mental Health Through Empathy and Understanding.

This webinar will focus on:

·      Understanding common mental health challenges

·      Recognizing and addressing serious concerns

·      Reducing barriers to getting help and readily accessing resources

·      How supporting mental health strengthens our communities

Guest speakers from UCP at the Inland Empire and Project Connect will be sharing tools and resources to support mental health in our communities. Members of the disability community will also be present to share personal experiences.

Join the Discussion! Register for the “FAMILY FOCUS GROUP” ON 5/4/2021

As you may know, Westside Regional Center has undertaken a strategic planning process. To support this process, WRC has engaged our consulting firm, Strategy Matters, to help set future goals and develop a plan for achieving them. It is important to WRC that the process reflects their organization’s voices and perspectives and other stakeholders.

We would like to invite you to join a focus group via Zoom. This will be an opportunity to share your thoughts and insights with a smaller group of families (the focus group will be capped at 40 participants) and the Strategy Matters team. We’d like to understand your perspectives on WRC’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities to advance their work in the future.

If you are willing to participate, you can sign up below. The meeting will be facilitated by Strategy Matters, and no members of the WRC Planning Team will be present.

We thank you for your time and your willingness to support WRC in this process. Please feel free to email our team at info@strategymatters.org with any questions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

COVID-19 VACCINE TOWN HALL – APRIL 29, 2021 AT 5:00 PM

The Achievable Foundation Health Center offering COVID-19 vaccines on 4/14/21 & 4/17/21

Upcoming Webinar: “The COVID-19 Vaccine and What It Means for the Disability Community”

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt their free bystander intervention training as well as offering de-escalation training to meet this moment.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN HARASSMENT AND XENOPHOBIA WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION 2.0: CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

If you’ve already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you’re looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don’t agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using Hollaback!’s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our “pyramid of escalation” and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We’ll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID19 — and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We’ll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings — even if we don’t understand them or agree with them.  We’ll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION 2.0: CONFLICT DE-ESCALATION TRAINING WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

If you’ve already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you’re looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Conflict de-escalation requires patience, a willingness to listen, and an ability to see the humanity in everyone, even those we don’t agree with or who seek to hurt us. Using Hollaback!’s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential conflict before it escalates using our “pyramid of escalation” and how to assess whether intervening is the right action for you. We’ll talk about specific biases that are increasing conflict, harassment, and violence during COVID19 — and the role of implicit and explicit bias in conflict. We’ll also learn how to connect with others by validating and de-escalating their feelings — even if we don’t understand them or agree with them.  We’ll have time at the end to practice using real-life scenarios.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP FOR A TRAINING