Membership Meeting - In Person
Melissa Shepherd-Williams, LMFT
"Healing the Helping Professional"
In this workshop, Melissa Shepherd-Williams, LMFT will facilitate a conversation about burnout, within cultural and historical contexts, to acknowledge healing as a revolutionary process---especially in marginalized communities. Emphasis will be on noting its impact in all areas of life; pausing for a mindful approach to "feeling one's feelings" and connecting with the body before shifting into soothing. Given studies about the burden of burnout on interpersonal relationships, the workshop will present reflections about singles, couples, parents, support systems, and examining the role of historical trauma.
Multigenerational patterns of behavior in relation to work, survival, and sense of identity will be explored by considering cultural narratives and social justice challenges. An experiential based approach will aim to engage participants in recognizing self- care practices and new ways to use them in service of their wellness and the communities they belong to/serve. Strategies include exploring culturally based wisdom and identifying ways of mutual support in diverse communities. Participants will gain practical tools to connect or re-connect with agency to create wellness in their lives and, thus, make choices that also honor others' wellness.
In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
- List 3 signs of burnout.
- List 3 examples of historical trauma influencing burnout.
- Identify 3 approaches to preventing and recovering from burnout.
Melissa Shepherd-Williams, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In her practice, she engages individuals in cultivating or reconnecting with their agency to thrive in personal and professional environments, especially following burnout. This work is supported by cultural and historical context, such that a fuller story helps in creating new tools to move beyond surviving.
Training in trauma studies within the African American, Afro Latinx and Latinx communities adds to her offerings in listening with empathy.
As a native from Panama with roots in the Caribbean, she speaks Spanish fluently, which serves well in many therapy sessions.
Her book titled “ Living Deliciously: Recipes to Welcome Joy into Our Lives” is a compilation of her newsletters including exercises and reflections on how to “squeeze the juice” out of life. The latest book, "From Burnout to Bliss", adds to her creation of learning tools for preventing and emerging from a sense of being stuck professionally and personally.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/
9:30-11am CE/Speaker Presentation
11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/
Private Practice Announcements*
11:45am-1:45pm Board Meeting (in-person)*
*=portion of course not eligible for CE's
This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.
Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Course evaluations will be sent and CE completion certificates will be awarded to participants that attend the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation within 48 hours of the speaker presentation.
In-Person: at the 'Encino Golf Course -
16821 Burbank Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
Professional or Business Casual Attire suggested.
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SFV-CAMFT chapter members
$20 (online until Friday, September 1st at 11:59pm)
$30 (online week of event, September 2nd - September 8th)
Non chapter members
$30 (online until Friday, September 1st 11:59pm)
$40 (online week of event, September 2nd - September 8th)
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SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281