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Black History Month: Focus on Mental Health

We will be joined by 3 mental health experts who will be discussing the importance of focusing on mental health and obstacles the black community experiences, plus touching on 2 specific types of therapy – eco-therapy and EMDR.

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Thursday, February 8
6:00 – 7:00 PM ET

Meet the Speaker: Jummy Kirby, MA, LPC, PMH-C 

Meet Jummy Kirby, the visionary founder of Relinquish and Transcend Counseling. Jummy’s passion for holistic well-being is evident in her practice, where each therapist specializes in a unique niche to provide personalized support. Licensed in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, she is dedicated to serving diverse communities.

Meet the Speaker: Cassandra Bolding, LPC, SAP, HIV Specialist

Cassandra Bolding is a Nature Based-Therapist and PhD Candidate. She is a global thought leader on implementing community-based approaches to destigmatizing mental illness in the BIPOC community, enhancing gender equality programming, and promoting trauma informed care. Cassandra is an experienced Program Director, she has facilitated the training of 200+ social service professionals on addiction prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, stress management, DEI, and co-occurring disorders. Her leadership philosophy has directly benefited 25+ staff members and 172 global clients. Cassandra’s entrepreneurial journey spans two decades and has led to international research, speaking, training, and consulting requests from corporate clients, international nonprofits, and gov’t regulatory agencies in Ethiopia, Germany, Kuwait, Philippines, India, and Senegal. Cassandra believes in individuals, families and communities’ inherent strengths which allow them to participate in their own rescue.

Meet the Speaker: Diane DesPlantes, LCSW

Diane DesPlantes is a psychotherapist for over 35 years, specializing in trauma. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in the State of NJ. A member of the National Association of Social Workers and has a Certification in Clinical Social Worker Supervision. Her Bachelor of Arts at Fordham University in New York City, and her Master’s Degree at Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work in New York City.

As a member of EMDRIA, she served five years on their Executive Board. She is a Certified Therapist in EMDR, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and an Approved EMDRIA Trainer.

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