Youth Leadership Spotlight- Anisha Imhoff- Kerr

The STAR Center features young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Anisha Imhoff-Kerr from Silver Spring, MD. Check out her story

Upcoming STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Executive Directors’ Roundtable for Peer, Youth and Family Run Organizations in Behavioral Health: Core Leadership Skills: Cultivating a Culture of Self-Care

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
2 PM ET/ 11 AM PT

Co-facilitators: Maria Bell-ServickExecutive Director, Louisiana Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Johanna BerganExecutive Director, Youth Move National Decorah, IA

Discussant: Maura KelleyExecutive Director, Mental Health Peer Connection, Buffalo, NY

Self-care is now widely recognized as an essential practice in behavioral healthcare in order to avoid the costly consequences of burnout, compassion fatigue and loss of talented workforce and leadership (Kim, Kao, 2011), (Acker, 2008). Addressing the impact of workplace stress in behavioral health is now also a critical business practice for Executive Directors. Researchers recently determined that workplace stress caused expenditures of $125 to $190 billion dollars a year in the United States (Goh, Pfeffer, Zenios, 2015).

 The focus of our roundtable session in July is to provide current and aspiring Executive Directors of peer, youth and family-run organizations working in behavioral health with an open space to talk about what they do to address the challenges of workplace stress in the fast-paced and constantly changing arena of behavioral health. Participants will be able to share the challenges, successes and failures in addressing self-care as an Executive Director. Please join us as this is also a fantastic way to get to know other EDs and emerging leaders in your community and to take advantage of the depth of experience through peer-to-peer learning!

 Co-facilitated by Executive Directors, Maria Bell- Servick and Johanna Bergan, this live and interactive virtual series is offered in monthly, 1 hour sessions between May – September 2017.

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Future dates:

August 23, 2017

September 27, 2017


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Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call

Core Leadership Skills for People of Color in Behavioral Health Leadership Roles: Healing from the Trauma of Social Exclusion

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
2 PM ET/11 AM PT

Facilitator: Celia Brown, Regional Advocacy Specialist at NYS Office of Mental Health

There is a recognized prevalence of  abuse, violence, and adversity in the lives of people with mental health challenges, as well as the cumulative impact of  various traumatic experiences across the life span, including childhood adversity,  abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), interpersonal violence, victimization and social exclusion (Ogle, Rubin, Siegler, 2013). There is also an emerging body of research on trauma, discrimination and social exclusion and their psychological and health implications for persons of color (Bryant-Davis, & Ocampo, 2005). The similarities of the traumatizing effect of discriminatory experiences and other forms of trauma have been highlighted by researchers and clinical practice models are emerging that offer guidance and methods for assessing the impact of traumatic experienced by consumers of mental health services. What are the implications for people of color who experienced such traumatic experiences as we move into leadership roles in behavioral health? What are the core skills we need to practice as current and emerging behavioral health leaders?  

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.

Our hope is that this opportunity to network and support each other’s leadership efforts across the country and in our target states/regions will make a measurable and remarkable difference towards eliminating the health and mental health disparities we currently experience across the country.

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Future Dates
August 30, 2017
September 20, 2017