Caring for Ourselves as a Workforce

A Month of Wellness Events FOR YOU

About the event

Over the past year, we have all been pushed to our limits to serve others, support our colleagues, care for our families, and stay healthy. How do we recognize our own needs and work to meet them? 

Join us for a month of online events focused on wellness and building resilience.

Keynote Speaker

DR. JAIYA JOHN ​​

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Jaiya John was orphan-born in the desert of New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, and poet. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. He is the author of numerous books, including Daughter Drink This Water, and, Freedom: Medicine Words for your Brave Revolution. Jaiya writes, narrates, and produces the podcast, I Will Read for You: The Voice and Writings of Jaiya John, and is the founder of Freedom Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, and has spoken to over a million people worldwide and audiences as large as several thousand. Jaiya is a former National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup and race relations. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors. His Indigenous soul dreams of frybread, sweetgrass, bamboo in the breeze, and turtle lakes whose poetry is peace.

Speakers

Dr. Anna Lembke

Dr. Perry

Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Dr. Sal Núñez

Michell Holdt

Rev. Dr. Janet K. Bower

Events

Employees of County agencies and community-based organizations within San Mateo County are invited to register for a month of online wellness events. 

All events will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Monthly List Grid

April 2021

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The Art of Self Care: Create Your Own Resiliency with Michelle Holdt
5:00 pm

Many people think self-care is a massage or a meet-up with friends. What if self-care was instead, the moment by moment by moment decision of how you want to think, feel, and act? Let’s explore how self-care can foster your own resiliency in these incredibly difficult times. We will practice Simple Journal

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Dr. Jaiya John | Healing & Growth as we Address the Collective Stress we have been Holding during the Pandemic
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Join us in our kick off event with Wellness Month keynote speaker, Dr. Jaiya John, Freedom Worker, Author, and Poet. Dr. John will engage us in a journey focused on healing and growth as we address the collective stress we have been holding during the pandemic. Dr. John utilizes strategies to provide healing work

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Common Humanity Meditation
10:15 am - 10:45 am

This meditation can help us acknowledge that we are all human beings who have similar feelings and face similar challenges in life. We all experience stress, hurt, and loss. We all want to feel loved and experience a sense of contentment and belonging. The Common Humanity Meditation challenges us to practice the skill

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Drumming with Dr. Sal Nunez
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The BHRS Native & Indigenous Peoples Initiative is working to raise awareness about mental health and ensures that those at-risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment in San Mateo County. Specifically, our Health Equity Initiative is dedicated to assisting Native

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2021 Dance-Off
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Employees of County agencies and community-based organizations within San Mateo County are invited to dance with us at our 2nd Employee Recreation Event of the year. Our dance instructor will lead everyone through beginner TikTok-inspired dances to your favorite 70s hits, so dress up in your favo

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Phoenix Garden Project | Unveiling of the Lavender Labyrinth
10:00 am

When the San Mateo County (SMC) Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) Youth Services Center (YSC) opened in the fall of 2006, a plan was conceptualized to develop and enhance the land where the maze of old Probation Department buildings sat. During initial planning, the name, “Phoenix Garden” was chosen

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Self Compassion Through Troubling Times with Dr. Janet K. Bower
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Many of us are providing care for others, professionally and personally, during the pandemic. An important way to have the resources within to offer compassion and empathy to others is to foster self-compassion for ourselves. Join us as we explore strategies for healthy self-care.

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Laura van Dernoot Lipsky | Sustaining and Strategizing in the Face of Overwhelm
10:00 am - 11:30 am

This training and discussion will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma, secondary trauma and overwhelm. Whether this is related to our work, our personal lives, the pandemic, systematic oppression and structural supremacy surfacing in exceedingly painful ways, o

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Beginner Bodyweight
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

his class takes you through a series of basic strength & cardio exercises using just your bodyweight.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Intermediate Bodyweight
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

This class takes you through a series of intermediate strength & cardio exercises using just your bodyweight.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Preventing Burnout (EAP)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Burnout is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Learn tips to prevent burnout so that you manage the stress, the stress doesn’t manage you. Presented by Claremont EAP.

On County time with supervisor approval.

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Zumba
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Dance your way through a fusion of Latin and international music that creates a dynamic, exciting, effective cardio workout!

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Cardio Dance
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

A fun and effective cardio workout through easy-to-follow dance movements!

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Dr. ANNA LEMBKE | Caring for Yourself – While Caring for Those with Substance Use Disorder
2:00 pm

While we have gratefully watched COVID infections rates decline in early 2021, the nation’s addiction and overdose epidemic has only continued to rise. The stress and uncertainty of the pandemic has been exceptionally challenging to those living with addiction.

Psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke is Chief of the St

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Support Circle for Asian American Staff
2:00 pm

This group aims to provide a safe space for Asian American staff to heal together as we process recent hate crimes against our communities and the effects on our personal and work lives. Mindfulness techniques will be practiced together at the end of the discussion to release the tension in our body and mind.

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DR. BRUCE PERRY | Learning to Build Resilience during Times of Collective Stress-Front Line/Office Staff
10:00 am

FRONT LINE & FRONT OFFICE STAFF

The COVID19 pandemic and or other, prolonged periods of collective stress have impacted communities and our workforce. In this presentation, Dr. Perry will share information from clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma and the cognitive,

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Tabata Training
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

This class offers short bursts of peak effort using a work/rest ratio of 2:1. The class includes alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise followed by a period of rest. Modifications available for every level.

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver pri

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The Art of Self Massage
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Self massage is a practice of listening and connecting to your body. Learn the art of giving and receiving some much needed TLC to and from yourself.

Please be comfortably seated and have a hand towel prepared.

This class is presented by County Massage Practitioner, Yuki Takaishi Payne.

On County time with su

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DR. BRUCE PERRY | Learning to Build Resilience during Times of Collective Stress-Leadership Session
1:00 pm

LEADERSHIP SESSION

The COVID19 pandemic and or other, prolonged periods of collective stress have impacted communities and our workforce. In this presentation, Dr. Perry will share information from clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma and the cognitive, developmental, a

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DR. BRUCE PERRY | Learning to Build Resilience during Times of Collective Stress-Educational Staff Session
3:00 pm

EDUCATION SESSION

The COVID19 pandemic and or other, prolonged periods of collective stress have impacted communities and our workforce. In this presentation, Dr. Perry will share information from clinical work and research that can help us better understand developmental trauma and the cognitive, developmental, and re

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Cardio Kickboxing
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Want to burn calories, improve cardiovascular fitness, and feel empowered? This high energy class combines aerobic exercise with martial arts.

Family members are welcome to join you!

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven̵

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Yoga Flow
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A beginner class aimed at slowly mobilizing and opening the body through smooth transitions from one stretch to another and mindful breathing.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t don

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Yoga Fire
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

An intermediate to advanced class combining yoga power poses with quick movements and body weight training.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Laura van Dernoot Lipsky | Sustaining and Strategizing in the Face of Overwhelm-Front Line/Office Session
10:00 am

FRONT LINE & FRONT OFFICE

This training and discussion will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma, secondary trauma and overwhelm. Whether this is related to our work, our personal lives, the pandemic, systematic oppression and structural supremacy surfaci

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Core & More
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The core is made up of the abdominal muscles, low back, and hips. Using our body weight we will move through several exercises to increase the strength and endurance of these important muscles.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity wai

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Band Together
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Work out your large muscle groups using an exercise band!

EQUIPMENT: Please bring your own resistance band.

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Laura van Dernoot Lipsky | Sustaining and Strategizing in the Face of Overwhelm-Leadership Session
1:00 pm

LEADERSHIP SESSION

This training and discussion will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma, secondary trauma and overwhelm. Whether this is related to our work, our personal lives, the pandemic, systematic oppression and structural supremacy surfacing in excee

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LEEW: Love, Appreciation & Healing from our Valued Clients to our Providers
12:00 pm

The Lived Experience & Education Workgroup (LEEW) is a group of San Mateo County consumers and family member leaders who use the power and wisdom from their lived experience to educate and transform the BHRS community.

Among others, LEEW members actively participate in Behavioral Health & Recovery Service (BHRS

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Mindful Movement and Sharing Circle for Asian American staff and allies.
3:30 pm

You are invited to a mindful movement practice, followed by a sharing circle for Asian American staff and allies. This session is designed to promote a sense of community and healing in light of the dual pandemic we have been facing. The movement practice can be done in a chair, and no prior yoga experience or special

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Dr. Kenneth Hardy-Addressing Racial Trauma & Disparities in the Pandemic-Foundational Session
10:00 am

 Foundational Session

This presentation will focus on addressing racial trauma and disparities in  the Pandemic.  Dr. Hardy will  speak on the toll that this has had  on the lives of people of color, challenging the workforce to think more deeply about how they’ve been racially socialized.  The training 

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Beginner Bodyweight
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

This class takes you through a series of basic strength & cardio exercises using just your bodyweight.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Intermediate Bodyweight
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

This class takes you through a series of intermediate strength & cardio exercises using just your bodyweight.

EQUIPMENT: Yoga mat/foam mat/towel

On County time with supervisor approval.

Please complete this physical activity waiver prior to attending if you haven’t done so already.

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Dr. Kenneth Hardy-Addressing Racial Trauma & Disparities in the Pandemic-Front Line/Office Session
1:00 pm

FRONT LINE & FRONT OFFICE STAFF SESSION

This presentation will focus on addressing racial trauma and disparities in the Pandemic. Dr. Hardy will speak on the toll that this has had on the lives of people of color, challenging the workforce to think more deeply about how they’ve been racially socialized. Th

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Dr. Kenneth Hardy-Addressing Racial Trauma & Disparities in the Pandemic Leadership Session
3:00 pm

LEADERSHIP SESSION

This presentation will focus on addressing racial trauma and disparities in the Pandemic. Dr. Hardy will speak on the toll that this has had on the lives of people of color, challenging the workforce to think more deeply about how they’ve been racially socialized. The training will explore the

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Drumming with Dr. Sal Nunez
11:00 am

The BHRS Native & Indigenous Peoples Initiative is working to raise awareness about mental health and ensures that those at-risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment in San Mateo County. Specifically, our Health Equity Initiative is dedicated to assisting Native

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