August 2017

Archived STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Webinar Recording: Core Leadership Skills: Marketing and Promoting Your Organization:
Executive Directors’ Roundtable for Peer, Youth and Family Run Organizations in Behavioral Health

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
2 pm ET

Co-facilitators: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, STAR Center Director and Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth Move National Decorah, IA

Guest Discussant: Elise Padilla, MSW, Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery, Albuquerque, NM

Youth-, Peer- and Family-Run organizations too often are considered the best kept secrets in their communities. Especially in today’s behavioral healthcare environment, we need to make sure the community knows about us and what we can do. Well-designed services and programs are critical, however, if people, including other behavioral health professionals, don’t know about or understand what we do, people may not experience the life-changing power of peer support. Public perceptions and discrimination about mental health issues can also affect a person or family’s desire to reach out for support. Marketing and promotion that addresses these concerns may be critical to our success and impact.  What are the best strategies and practices of executive directors for youth, peer and family run organizations?

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Next Date:

September 27, 2017


Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call

Webinar Recording: Core Leadership Skills for People of Color in Behavioral Health Roles: Mentoring Young People of Color - Part 2
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2 pm ET

Co-facilitators: Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist at NYS Office of Mental Health and Chacku Mathai, STAR Center Director

Guest Discussants: Xautle Alba- Pizana, Disability Community Project Organizer in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Juan Velez Court, Peer Coordinator in San Juan, Puerto Rico

What are the challenges that young people of color face when taking leadership roles in mental health?

How can mentoring support young people to overcome these issues? The United States is rapidly transforming into one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world. Groups--including Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives--are the fastest growing segments of the population. Despite the rapid growth of racial and ethnic minority groups, their representation among the nation’s health professionals has grown only modestly. (IOM: Smedley, Stith Butler, and Bristow, 2004) There are explicit differences between cultures, particularly in terms of the values, attitudes and behaviors of individuals, and this divergence has implications for leadership in organizations (Hofstede and Hofstede, 2005; Alves et al., 2006).

There are many issues faced by people of color that are major stressors impacting our mental health status including the continued disparities in health and mental health outcomes for people of color. Increasing the capacity of leadership in mental health organizations to reach and connect with communities of color is a recognized organizational change strategy. The STAR Center's monthly national networking call for people of color is for anyone who is interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders.

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Next Date:

September 20, 2017


Archived Webinar: An Interview with Dr. Ed Knight

Webinar Recording: An Interview with Dr. Ed Knight: Mastery Through Accomplishment In Mental Health Leadership
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 
2 pm ET

What does it really take to launch a peer run organization? How do you build up a habit of following through on your vision and your decision to make a difference in your community? How do you get people to believe it can happen? These are just some of the questions we addressed in our live webinar interview with Dr. Ed Knight, founder of the Mental Health Empowerment Project and a person whose story made headlines when he transformed what some people called “delusions of grandeur” into his goals and a vision for his community.

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