UNT WMHD Conference Program

UNT World Mental Health Day

Virtual Conference

October 9, 2020

SCHEDULE:

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:          https://unt.zoom.us/j/89057411089

  • WELCOME – Dr. Neal Smatresk, President
  • INTRODUCTION – Dr. Elizabeth With, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Monique Rhodes
    • Making Friends With Your Mind – The Modern Day Super Power 
      Are you tired of struggling with the demands of everyday life and wish you could feel more positive, fulfilled and happy? Come and join Happiness Specialist Monique Rhodes, as she talks about how learning to work with your mind is the most powerful way to decrease stress and anxiety and live a happier life. To learn more about Monique, please visit: https://www.moniquerhodes.com/
    • Q&A with Monique Rhodes
  • “BRAIN BREAK” ACTIVITY: Yoga
    Join staff from the Recreational Sports for a brief “Brain Break” to help address zoom fatigue. During this session, we will get up, move, and stretch our bodies to refresh our minds for the remainder of the day.  A towel, blanket or mat is recommended.   

 

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:        

Beyond Blue-Understanding Mental Illness

 COVID-19 & Money: Tips to Flatten Your Financial Stress Curve

First Gen Students: How to Ensure that You Complete Your Degree and Have a Positive College Experience

Seizing Joy During Difficult Times!

The Gifts and Challenges of Neurodiversity

Navigating Mental Health During COVID-19: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:         LUNCH BREAK

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.:          

Ask a Psychologist: Q & A about Relationships and Dating

 How to Help a Friend

Latinx Mental Health

Psychiatric Services Offered at Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)

Understanding Racial Trauma and Becoming an Effective Ally

 

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.:          https://unt.zoom.us/j/97326919520?pwd=Wlcvb3RnY2I4VU9uWGsvZjRvNERSZz09

“BRAIN BREAK” ACTIVITY: Zumba

Join staff from Rec Sports for a brief “Brain Break” to help address zoom fatigue. During this session, we will dance, have some fun, and re-focus for the afternoon!  No experience required or equipment needed.

                                               

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:            
Clifton Strengths

COVID-19 & Stress Management Techniques

One of the Best Benefits You Might Not Know You Have!  

 Students Speak: Mental Health - What Students Want You to Know

 Success in the Midst of Adversity: Cultivating Resiliency

 Working Remotely During COVID-19

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.:            

Addressing the Unique Mental Health Needs of Graduate Students 

Beyond Bubble Baths: Self-Care through Mindfulness for Real People

Gender Affirmation and Euphoria: Broadening the Conversation on Gender Identity

Let’s just ask JAN: Exploring Mental Health Accommodation Resources

Move for Your Mind

 

 

On-demand:                         

How to Manage Your Emotions

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Monique Rhodes IconActive Minds UNTStudent Government Association UNT

                    Dean of Students             Student Health and Wellness Center                    Social Work

     Counseling and Testing Services     Rehabilitation and Health Service          Student Money Management

     Recreational Center          Human Resources

 

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Sonia Redwine

Beyond Blue-Understanding Mental Illness

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

• Define mental Health

• Understand the difference between mental health and mental illness

• Identify the most common mental health conditions

• Understand the impact of mental illness in society                                                           

• Define recovery

 

Sonia Redwine, MPH, MCHES® is the director of the Recovery and Intervention Support and Education (RISE) Center at the University of North Texas. She also serves as a public health adjunct instructor for the University of North Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health from Texas A&M University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Her professional experience includes improving health and wellbeing at individual and community levels in community based and higher education settings, with an emphasis on behavioral health. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.

 

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Paul Goebel

COVID-19 & Money: Tips to Flatten Your

Financial Stress Curve

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

You likely have been hearing that we need to "flatten the curve" when it comes to the coronavirus. The curve represents the exponential growth as a virus spreads. The curve also applies to the increased anxiety and stress people experience during a pandemic. There's no question that these are anxious times. We need to remember to take care of ourselves during such unprecedented times especially our financial health. This session will provide helpful tips you can use to flatten your personal financial stress curve.

 

Paul F. Goebel, MBA, CPFM® is the founding and managing director of the Student Money Management Center at the University of North Texas. The center was created to achieve a single goal: To help all Eagles soar. Under his leadership, the center has received numerous national, state, and institutional awards of excellence. Paul and his team of professionals, graduate assistants, and undergraduate peer mentors have worked tirelessly to streamline all money management education services under the oversight of one dedicated office serving as a single entry point for the tens of thousands of students seeking support, counsel, and advice each year.

 

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Tri Tolar

Anthony Vazquez

First Gen Students: How to Ensure that You Complete Your Degree and Have a Positive College Experience

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

1st-generation students tended to report lower ratings of belonging, greater levels of depression/stress, and lower use of services compared to non-1st-generation students (Stebleton, Huesman, and Soria, 2014). We will discuss variety of ways first gen students can improve their sense of belonging on campus, manage stress better, and access various resources on campus to help them complete their degree and have a positive college experience.

 

Tri Tolar is a Licensed Professional Counselor and she has been working at UNT Counseling and Testing Services for more than 2 years. She received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Tarleton State University, and she has been working in a college counseling center since her graduate practicum days until today. Tri has a doctoral degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Tokyo, and her profession prior to being a counselor was research and teaching in higher education institutions. In her work as a counselor, she mostly use cognitive behavioral therapy models, but she also uses other modalities such as solution-focused therapy and system theory. Her clinical areas of interest include multicultural issues, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, family and interpersonal relationships, and career counseling. Tri particularly enjoys working with international students, first-generation Americans, first-generation college students, and students with cultural minority backgrounds.

 

Anthony Vazquez is a first-generation college student and alum of the University of North Texas (’12, ’16 M.Ed.). Anthony earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work and master’s degree in Higher Education, and is currently a Program Advisor for TRIO Student Support Services (SSS). Anthony is also an alum of UNT TRIO Programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, and SSS), and has developed his career at UNT for nearly 10 years, working in academic advising, financial aid, and in TRIO. Anthony is passionate about education and helping students succeed at UNT.

 

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Tamara Knapp-Grosz

Seizing Joy During Difficult Times

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Join Tamara Knapp-Grosz, PhD., Senior Director of Counseling and Testing Services, as she shares how to incorporate gratitude and awe-based practices to seize moments of JOY even in the midst of the chaos and challenges of 2020!

 

As Senior Director, Dr. Knapp-Grosz currently oversees the Counseling and Testing Center at the University of North Texas. Dr. Knapp-Grosz received her Master’s in Psychology from Long Island University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling from Seton Hall University. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Nursing and completed her doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  A former corporate Psychologist, she has opened over 100 treatment programs across the United States. Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Knapp-Grosz is a Past President of the Georgia College Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

 

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Linda Holloway

Lydia Evans

The Gifts and Challenges of Neurodiversity

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

There is a high incidence of depression and anxiety among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Moreover, the challenges associated with going to college can add additional stress. This session will focus on the impact that academic and social expectation have on the mental well-being of students with ASD. We will also discuss the intersectionality of ASD, gender identity, & depression. Tips for identifying and support students with comorbid anxiety, depression and ASD will be presented as well as resources for UNT students.

 

Linda Holloway, PhD., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services at the University of North Texas. Linda is past chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification and past president of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Most pertinently, Dr. Holloway was a founding member of the UNT Autism Initiative, which includes the development of UNT ENGAGE (Embracing Neurodiverse Groups in Academics and Gainful Employment), Tuesday Night Flight, and the BLUE zone (training for faculty and staff in neurodiversity).          

 

Lydia Evans is the coordinator for UNT ENGAGE (Embracing Neurodiverse Groups in Academics and Gainful Employment), and currently supports 21 neurodivergent (ND) students in their academic achievement and post-graduation employment planning. Lydia previously worked as a public school transition specialist and a transition vocational rehabilitation counselor and ND Think Tank member for the Texas Workforce Commission. Ms. Evans works closely with UNT’s ND Support Services partners and proudly advocates for our community’s continued efforts to serve this population.

 

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Student Government Association

Navigating Mental Health During COVID-19: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion

 

Students

Description/Learning Objectives

During this session, SGA will be educating participants about common fears, feelings, and stress among college students during a global pandemic. Followed by a Q&A session with skilled mental health professionals.

 

The Student Government Association is the official voice of the undergraduate student body here at the University of North Texas. We advocate for students on their behalf to UNT administration, faculty, and staff. We are comprised of three branches: executive, judicial, and legislative where we in a collaborative effort work together for the betterment of students for the UNT community. 

 

         

 

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Heather Atkison

Dennis Apker

Ask a Psychologist: Q and A about Relationships and Dating

Students

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Relationships can be complicated. Learning healthy communication strategies can significantly improve any relationship, be it your partner, coworker, or even family member. Join us for a Q and A over this topic!

 

Heather Atkison earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University as well as her B.S. in Psychology, minor in Biology. She completed a dual internship with University of Texas Arlington Counseling Center and Sante Center for Healing, a residential addiction rehabilitation center. Heather's clinical interests include epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, trauma recovery, attachment, addiction/substance abuse, anxiety, depression, couples therapy, working with athletes, mindfulness meditation, relationship/communication issues, and outreach.   

 

Dennis Apker earned his B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and earned a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. He has worked primarily in college counseling, and he has experience working in a men’s prison and a community clinic in Detroit, Michigan.  Dennis's interests are anxiety, depression, adjustment, trauma, men and masculinity, attachment, and existential issues.

 

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UNT Active Minds

How to Help a Friend

Students

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Stigma causes silence; Silence hurts us all. Practicing the steps V-A-R (Validate, Appreciate, & Refer), our goal is to get people talking about the warning signs of a mental health struggle, how to respond to these signs, and how to support a friend during their mental health journey. With V-A-R, Active Minds lets everyone know that you don't need to be in a crisis to seek help; you don’t have to be an expert to provide help; and help can come in many different forms. Being there for someone in a moment of need is what it’s all about.

 

UNT Active Minds is the UNT chapter of a national nonprofit dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness amongst college students. The goal of our organization is to end the stigma around mental health challenges and empower students to seek help when they are in need by accessing resources and becoming educated on mental health facts.

 

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Enedelia Sauceda 

Latinx Mental Health             

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

This session will be discussing the barriers and stigma within the Latinx community as well as the strength and skills we draw from our vibrant culture.

 

Enedelia Sauceda is an activist, a mental health advocate, a queer person, and she is a PROUD daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and Rio Grand Valley father. They taught her that accents are beautiful, that humor is a life-vest, and that hard work looks like calloused hands and a strong heart. Enedelia serves as Staff Psychologist, Multicultural/Diversity Coordinator, and LGBTQ+ Liaison at the University of North Texas’ Counseling & Testing Services.

 

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Stephanie Kelton

Delia Sandoval

Psychiatric Services Offered at Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)

Students

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

• Psychiatric Services Provided at SHWC

• Accessing Psychiatric Services

• Expectations of Appointments

• Q&A

 

Stephanie Kelton received both of her B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from Midwestern State University, and licensed as both a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Texas. Stephanie is also board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She also is a UNT Alum with a B.A. in Journalism.    

 

Delia Sandoval is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Student Health and Wellness Center with UNT. Ms. Sandoval received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Biology, as well as her Master’s in Public Health at San Francisco State University, followed by a Master of Science for Nurse Practitioner at University of California San Francisco. Ms. Sandoval’s professional journey flourished working for San Francisco Department of Public Health as a Senior Business Analyst and later Epidemiologist/Researcher in community mental health and substance use services. She accredits her work as an Epidemiologist to set out her ambition as a frontline worker in mental health, including working as a registered nurse for psychiatric emergency room, inpatient, and jail psychiatry. Ms. Sandoval’s passion encompasses social justice, integrative care, & overall wellness for those struggling with mental health and substance use.    

 

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Bethany Evans

Understanding Racial Trauma and Becoming an Effective Ally

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

This session will focus on understanding racial trauma and its impact on mental health. We will also discuss ways to become an effective ally and reflect on how to take care of yourself during difficult times.

 

Dr. Bethany Evans began her career at the University of North Texas 5 years ago and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas. She currently works in Counseling and Testing Services as the Director of Clinical Services and Programs for Counseling Diverse Students. Her clinical interests include anxiety, women’s issues, multicultural issues, grief/loss, and working with international students.

 

         

 

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Amanda Fisher

Clifton Strengths

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

The strengths-based approach is more relevant than ever during these uncertain and challenging times. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. It is time to change all that.

 

Our goals during this session are to:

1. Develop an understanding of the “strengths philosophy”

2. Understand the study of positive psychology

3. Learn healthy approaches to embracing our weaknesses

4. Understand the role of strengths in employee engagement

Those interested in this session would benefit most by taking the Clifton Strengths assessment prior to attending: https://store.gallup.com/p/en-us/10108/top-5-cliftonstrengths

 

Amanda Fisher currently serves in the role of Senior Learning & Development Specialist for the University of North Texas System after joining the team in 2015.Prior to joining UNT System HR, Amanda worked for Hill College in Hillsboro Texas for 9 years, providing a multitude of HR-related functions including training & development, employee relations, recruitment & selection, and employee recognition. She also served Hill College for 2 years as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. Her current position is focused on identifying learning and development needs for the UNT World and providing training and development solutions that align with each organization’s mission and strategic priorities. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development (with a minor in Business) from Texas A&M University. Amanda is a Certified Training & Development Professional and has earned a certificate in Change Management from the Association for Talent Development.

 

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Tess Kucera

COVID-19 & Stress Management Techniques

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Join us for an informative and interactive session that will focus on stress management techniques to help reduce stress during COVID-19. We will discuss and practice short-term stress-relief strategies that you can do anywhere and fast-acting stress relief strategies that work well at home. Activities will include guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, and more. The goal of this session is to build resilience and increase the number of tools you have in your mental health toolbox.

 

Tess Kucera received a MPH in Community Health Education from Baylor University Department of Public Health, and she is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Tess currently works as the Health Educator at the Student Health and Wellness Center at UNT. Her main areas of interest include sexual health, stress management, and behavior change.

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Mary Atkins

One of the Best Benefits You Might Not Know You Have! 

Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Did you know that your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you improve your quality of life by helping you with stress, financial and legal issues, and by providing other free support to enhance your personal as well as work life?  It is a part of your employee benefits package, and has no cost to you! During challenging times, the EAP can be especially helpful to employees and their families. Join Mary Atkins, Benefits Administrator, as she shares key benefits of utilizing your EAP.

 

Ms. Mary Atkins administers the Retirement and Voluntary Savings Plans for the UNT System and serves as a Wellbeing program coordinator with a focus on financial education.  She is proud to be an alumna of UNT, having received her Bachelor of Arts in English and her Master of Science in Library Science from UNT, and has served in UNT System administration, academics, distance learning, and human resource roles for over 20 years.

 

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Melissa McKenna

 

Students Speak: Mental Health - What Students Want You to Know

Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Join us for a look at what students want faculty and staff to know about mental health, learn more about overall mental health, how you can support students, and take a look at how COVID is opening up doors to de-stigmatize mental health. Presented by Melissa McKenna.

 

Melissa McKenna is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and Illinois. She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Collegiate Mental Health from Bradley University. Melissa currently serves as the Assistant Director of Training for Faculty and Staff at UNT Counseling and Testing Services. Her clinical interests include anxiety, grief/loss, self-esteem/self-confidence, adjustment concerns, identity development, body image, and holistic - strength-based modalities.

 

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Jessica Hogue

Success in the Midst of Adversity: Cultivating Resiliency

Students

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Resiliency plays a significant role in one’s ability to control their response to circumstances, especially those that are beyond their control, like a global pandemic. However, resiliency is not something that we are necessarily born with, it is something we can develop and hone over time to be stronger and persevere. This presentation will help you identify and develop an individual plan for resiliency to use as a shield against life’s stressors, obstacles, and unforeseen misfortunes. 

 

Jessica Hogue is the CARE Team Coordinator in the UNT Dean of Students Office. She has been with the university in various capacities for 14 years, and in 2016, she earned her M.S. at UNT in Applied Anthropology, with an emphasis on Medical and Environmental Anthropology. Jessica is passionate about helping students be their personal and academic best and believes that integrative mind-body wellness is critical to student success. Jessica lives in Denton with her three cats and husband James, who is a Junior at UNT. Her favorite self-care activities include spending time outdoors and crafting.  

 

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Maria Velazquez

Selena Cartmill

Working Remotely During COVID-19

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting new and unique major challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being.

 

Maria Velazquez is a HR Generalist with the UNT Campus Human Resources department.  She joined UNT with 15 years of experience in the Human Resources field and has been with the university for almost two years.  Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at UNT.  Maria loves being a resource for others as she has a passion for helping people.  When not at work, Maria enjoys learning about ways to maintain health and wellness.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and her three Chihuahuas.    

 

Selena Cartmill is a HR Generalist with the UNT Campus Human Resources department. Selena has a Master of Business Administration and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Selena has experience in a variety of functional areas in Human Resources including Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Engagement, Training and Development, and Compliance. 

 

         

 

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Wiley Stem

Addressing the Unique Mental Health Needs of Graduate Students 

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

This session will discuss the current mental health concerns of graduate students before reviewing protective factors and healthy behaviors for graduate students, as well as how faculty and staff can promote graduate student well-being.

 

Wiley Stem earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Texas in 2014 before earning his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at New Mexico State University in 2020. He now currently works as a psychologist at UNT's Counseling & Testing Services, where he also serves as the liaison to the Toulouse Graduate School. His passions include mindfulness, men’s issues, LGBTQ+ populations, group therapy, and outreach. Wiley spends his free time trying new recipes, playing drums, hiking, and collecting vinyl records.

 

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Cassidy Baker

Rachita Sharma

Beyond Bubble Baths: Self-Care through Mindfulness for Real People

Faculty

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

With our lives turned upside down because of COVID-19, and not enough bubble baths to keep us feeling mellow all day long, wouldn’t it be nice if instead of having a mind full of worries, we could just be Mindful? Mindfulness is a self-care practice achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Although Mindfulness and self-care will not eliminate life's pressures, daily practice can help us respond to pressures in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body.

 

Cassidy Baker, LCSW-S, ACSW is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Texas.  She oversees the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program, preparing students for a career in helping children and families involved with Child Protective Services.  After earning a BA in Social Work from Baylor University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, she worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Denton County Criminal District Attorney’s office prior to joining the faculty at UNT. She has received recognition for her social work practice with families and individuals by multiple associations. She has over eighteen years of social work practice experience in the areas of child protection and victim advocacy through family violence prosecution.  In addition to teaching in the social work department, she also provides clinical supervision to professional licensed social workers in the community.       

 

Dr. Rachita Sharma is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Rehabilitation and Health Services and the Clinical Director of the UNTWELL clinic at the University of North Texas. She earned her Doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and her bachelor's degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Rachita has extensive experience working in the field of mental health and disability adjustment.  Rachita is an active member of several organizations at National, State, and Local levels, serving as a Board member for 2 such organizations and as the 2019 President for the Texas Rehabilitation Association. Rachita conducts numerous presentations annually in conferences around the nation, focusing primarily on ethics and Mindfulness.

 

 

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Braden Weinmann

Gender Affirmation and Euphoria: Broadening the Conversation on Gender Identity

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

While the effects and experiences of gender dysphoria are important to understand and address, it is also important to introduce the concept of gender euphoria, or the joy and congruence a person can experience when living in their desired gender. We will talk about the clinical focus on dysphoria as a prerequisite for gender transition, then integrate the concept of gender euphoria and gender affirmation to provide a broader perspective in clinical settings as well as daily-lived experience of gender identity. We will also explore ways to affirm a person's gender identity in the event a person does not have access to or does not desire medical treatments including hormone therapy and/or surgery.

 

Braden Weinmann is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern practicing under the supervision of David Huffman, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S. They completed their Master of Science in Counseling here at UNT. They also completed their master’s practicum experience at UNT Counseling and Testing during Spring/Summer 2019 and returned to CTS as a part-time counselor in February 2020. Braden’s passion as a counselor is creating space for students who want to explore and understand their sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression in an affirming environment. They spend their free time reading comics with their partner and playing with their two cats, Oliver and Mandy.

 

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Kate van Saaze

Travis Hicks

Let’s just askJAN: Exploring Mental Health Accommodation Resources

Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

What resources are available to employees with disabilities? How about invisible disabilities such as those impacting mental health? What if I need help, but I don’t know how to ask or what options are available? Whether to be more informed for yourself, your employees, your spouse, your roommate, etc., come check out some free resources that may assist with determining reasonable and beneficial accommodations. We’ll discuss a fantastic resource created by the Department of Labor known as “askJAN”, UNT’s Employee Assistance Program, and more! Special shout out to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) turning 30 and National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) turning 75 in 2020!

 

Kate van Saaze, SPHR, is an HR Manager on the Campus Human Resources team and has been working at and supporting the UNT campus for over five years. She is also a member of UNT’s CARE Team and helps to provide support to faculty and staff in that capacity as well. Kate enjoys working with employees and the opportunity to be a resource and provide solutions. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading books. In addition, Kate is an alumni of UNT and proud to be Mean Green!

 

Travis Hicks, MBA, SHRM-CP, serves on the Campus HR team for UNT as an HR Generalist, primarily supporting employees and supervisors in the area of employee relations. Other than spending time with his wife, four children, and golden retriever, Travis enjoys spending time in the great outdoors hiking, camping, and gardening.   

       

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Wendy Comfort

Taylor Spells

Move for Your Mind

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Physical activity or movement of your body is crucial for your health.  In this session, we will explore why and how physical activity is just as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health.

 

Wendy Comfort is the Senior Assistant Director for Fitness and Memberships with UNT Recreational Sports.  She has been working in the fitness industry for 11 years in university and corporate roles.  Wendy enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old daughter and husband, being active, reading and just simply being outdoors.

 

Taylor Spells is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and works in the Counseling and Testing services in Chesnut Hall. Taylor earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California and her Bachelors in Psychology from Texas Tech University. Taylor enjoys spending her free time watching football/basketball, going to sporting events, watching movies, hanging with her friends/family, or cuddling with her yorkie, Jammer.         

 

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Amanda Fisher

How to Manage Your Emotions

Students, Faculty, Staff

 

Description/Learning Objectives:

Emotions guide our behavior (sometimes productively and sometimes not). Emotions, even positive ones, can cause us to make impulsive and sometimes irrational decisions. Emotions are often a signal; however, they don’t solve problems. If not expressed constructively, emotions can drain energy and damage relationships. It is important to learn how to handle emotions effectively, controlling one’s thoughts about a situation, and creating healthy work relationships. 

 

Our goals during this session are to:

  • Recognize the messages our emotions send us.                                 
  • Reframe our thinking & replace emotional outbursts with productive confrontations.
  • Learn how to recover from other’s emotional outbursts.                                                                               
  • Employ long-term strategies to channel emotions productively.

 

Amanda Fisher currently serves in the role of Senior Learning & Development Specialist for the University of North Texas System after joining the team in 2015.Prior to joining UNT System HR, Amanda worked for Hill College in Hillsboro Texas for 9 years, providing a multitude of HR-related functions including training & development, employee relations, recruitment & selection, and employee recognition. She also served Hill College for 2 years as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. Her current position is focused on identifying learning and development needs for the UNT World and providing training and development solutions that align with each organization’s mission and strategic priorities. Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development (with a minor in Business) from Texas A&M University. Amanda is a Certified Training & Development Professional and has earned a certificate in Change Management from the Association for Talent Development.

 

         

 

Questions?

Email:  Anh.LePalomino@untsystem.edu

Phone: 940-565-2281