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Event Date: 03.18.2021
Part of Mass Cultural Council’s Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series
Stress can have a deep impact on mental health, staff culture and organizational impact – particularly during these times. Grounded in a strength-based approach, facilitators will provide self-care strategies to assist employees. This session will support employees to identify when they are struggling, how to communicate with their employer and team members, provide strategies to lessen stress, and help employees understand when to seek support from a trained mental health professional.
This is a two-part online session that combines facilitated discussion, individual work, learning of new frameworks and facilitated small group and pair discussion.
Outcomes: At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify when they are struggling (when stress is impacting their mental health), better communicate with their employer and co-workers, identify strategies to lessen stress, and understand when to seek support from a mental health professional.
Consulting Firm: EA Strategic Partners, Boston, MA
Content Experts: Anita Morson-Matra & Eryn Johnson Consultants
Anita Morson-Matra is an Independent Consultant with 15 years of experience in organizational leadership and nonprofit management. Anita is invested in working with organizations and leadership professionals that work across sectors to empower communities. As a consultant, Anita helps organizations to build internal leadership, strengthen local partnerships, engage stakeholders, build coalitions, identify advocacy areas and become sustainable. Her recent/current clients include the Roxbury Cultural District, Now + There, and the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts. Anita served as the Interim Executive Director of the Franklin Park Coalition (FPC) in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Highlights of her work with FPC include partnerships with the City of Boston Parks Department, Franklin Park Art Grove, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Public Health Commission. While serving as the Management Consultant with the Roxbury Cultural District (RCD), the organization was invited to join The Boston Foundation’s Place Leadership Network in 2019. Anita has served on the City of Malden’s Walkability Committee, the Board of the Boston Cyclists Union, the Board of the Franklin Park Coalition, and the Board of Girls on the Run.
Anita has a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice at Tufts University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Psychology, completed graduate coursework in Educational Psychology at New York University and is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Eryn Johnson is an Independent Consultant with close to 25 years of experience as a leader of nonprofit arts agencies in the Greater Boston area. As a consultant, Eryn helps organizations to develop values based programs, staff supports and fundraising strategies. Her recent/current clients include the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Eryn served for thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Community Art Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts – home to the Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival (the oldest youth curated film festival in the country).
Eryn stewarded the Community Art Center through dramatic program expansion resulting in both statewide and national recognition including being named the Citizen’s Bank Champion in Action in Community Art in 2018, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant in 2017 and being invited to join The Boston Foundation’s Place Leadership Network in 2019. Under her leadership, the Community Art Center started a public art program in 2011, which has completed 15+ installations since its inception including commissions from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alexandria Real Estate and the City of Cambridge. Eryn helped to develop the Youth Development in the Arts Youth Worker Training curriculum in 2010 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Health Resources in Action and Lesley University. Since that time she has co-led in person and online trainings in Creative Youth Development locally and nationally. She was named a Creative Activist by ArtCorps in 2012, was a founding member of the Cambridge Non-Profit Coalition, served on the board of MASSCreative and served on the City of Cambridge Mayor’s Arts Task Force. Eryn received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Oberlin College and her Masters in Performance Studies from New York University.
Dr. Charmain Jackman is a Harvard-trained psychologist with 23+ years in the mental health field. She is the founder of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization on a mission to disrupt racial disparities in mental health. Dr. Jackman consults with organizations to implement strategic goals around emotional wellness and diversity, equity, & inclusion. She also wants to change the negative views of therapy and to educate POCs about the necessity of taking care of their mental health and to empower communities to heal. Dr. Jackman disrupts racial disparities in mental health by bringing healing practices to communities of color.
Auto-generated captions will be provided. If you have additional questions or to request additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please contact Michael Ibrahim.
Note: This is a two-part series. Register for Part 2.