DBH sets 15th Annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference

Faith and Spiritual Affairs 2022 Conference
"Triumph over Tragedy: Finding ways to Persevere"
Friday, April 29, 2022
9:30 am– 4:00 pm (webinar)

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is proud to host the 15th Annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference.

The theme this year is “Triumph through Tragedy: Finding Ways to Persevere.” The conference will illustrate how faith communities and the City of Philadelphia have partnered to recognize perseverance, strength, and triumphs in the face of prolonged traumas.

Over the course of the last two years, many have been affected by gun violence, COVID-19, economic insecurity, systemic racism, and other hardships. The resulting stress and trauma have taken a toll on our personal wellness. Our conference goal is to build on the strengths and tenacity of Philadelphians to address the tragedies our communities have experienced. This year’s conference is a reminder that Philadelphia, a city built on hope and faith, can unite to become victorious.

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”- Wilma Rudolph

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ala Stanford
Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity and Founder of Black Doctors COVID Consortium


Jamie Eaddy Chism, DMin.
CEO of Thoughtful Transitions

Aviva Perlo, LSW
Founding Director of Creative Coping

Ekeoma Ekeleme-Washington, MS
Early Intervention Specialist

Rev Dr. Michelle Simmons, DMin
Chief Executive Officer of Why Not Prosper

Alice Gresham , MA
Mental Health Director of The Wedge

Rev Dr. Chris Kimmenez, PsyD
Executive Director of Healing Communities PA

Anita Anim, MPH, RD, LDN
Community Impact Director of American Heart Association

Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M
Tobacco Policy and Control Manager of Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)

Dr. Deshawnda Williams
Clinical Director Caremore House, LLC, NASW, CEO/Founder of On the Right Track Consultant, LLC,
Co-Founder of Mindful Solutions Human Services, LLC

Nicole Skinner
Licensed Minister, Founder RAE Consults, Marriage and Family Counselor, Co-Founder of Mindful Solutions Human Services, LLC

Dr. Atasha Jordan
Resident Physician, University of Pennsylvania

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

1.   Identify two options available for continuing the conversation between faith and spiritual communities, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), the provider community and the community-at-large to promote optimal health and well-being of Philadelphia’s individuals and communities.

2.   Explain how DBHIDS, faith communities and public sector agencies can work together effectively to achieve better outcomes for families and communities through prevention and early intervention.

3.   Outline one strategy promoted by DBHIDS to integrate violence reduction approaches into the delivery of behavioral health services as well as into community services and supports.

4.   Identify two city service systems which have been transformed to allow easier access and/or more effective outcomes.

5.   Examine collaboration opportunities to reduce social isolation and promote social and spiritual wellness.

6.   Understand how to implement therapeutic framework into the workplace to support staff who are continually exposed to secondary trauma.

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This conference will also offer a Wellness hour that will connect you mentally, physically, or socially.

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Intended Audience: Mental Health Workers Employees and community members

Instruction Level: Introductory

Completion Requirements:

Certificates will be given to participants who attended a workshop for at least 90% of the time and have completed an evaluation within the 7 days of conference. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 (0.3 CEU = 3 Training Hours)

3.0 PCB approved hours of Education. BHTEN is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Provider #310.

3.0 SW credit hours. This program is co-sponsored by the National Association for Black Social Workers (NABSW)

The Alliance of Black Social Workers, Inc. has been on the list of authorized providers of CEUs by the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselor Navigators.

Registration Instructions:

This training will be accessed through the DBHIDS Learning Hub/

To create an account, use Access Code: LHAccess20. Please visit here for more information on creating a DBHIDS Learning Hub account

For registration questions, please contact Kira Marie Smith.

For special needs requests, please contact Elizabeth Harrison.

For assistance with registration and technical troubleshooting, please contact the DBHIDS Learning Hub Help Desk.