2nd Annual Chester Wellness & Resiliency Symposium

Chester Partnerships Continues to Promote Wellness & Resiliency at 2nd Annual Symposium

On Tuesday, May 26th through Thursday, May 28th, the Webb Room at Widener University was filled with students and professionals wanting to learn more from the various workshops happening at our 2nd Annual Chester Wellness & Resiliency Symposium.  For the 2nd year in a row, the city of Chester, Northern Children’s Services and Widener University came together to host this great event, which is aimed at promoting hope for the Chester Community, and for the first time this year, CU’s were offered for students attending the workshop.  After the success of last year’s symposium, Mayor John Linder and the Council Members of the City of Chester presented a Proclamation to the organization for their “Outstanding Civic Service” and named the month of May, “Mental Health Awareness Month.”   Learn more about this great honor by clicking here. Chester-Symposium

“It was important to continue the Chester Wellness & Resiliency Symposium this year to continue to share wellness information in the Chester community.  The information helps to build capacity and strengthen the members of the community and increases the knowledge of professionals working across the mental health system, “Chief Program Officer of Northern Children’s Services, LaTanya Wood El said.  “The more we can share about wellness and how to maintain resilience will help the community members to become stronger and able to access services when they are in need of support.”

The 2nd Annual Chester Wellness & Resiliency Symposium

The 3-day symposium covered a broad range of topics from asthma awareness, the impact of trauma, addressing grief, understanding the children’s protective law, children with incarcerated parents, resiliency and cultural factors and more.

Dr. Maureen George from AmeriHealth Caritas started off the 3-day symposium and spoke to the “New Understandings of Asthma.”  Sherri Irvis Hill from the Department of Public Welfare, Children, Youth and Family Services followed with “Understanding the Children’s Protective Services Law” and Dr. Natalie Bilynsky ended the first day’s discussion talking about the “Impact of Trauma.”

Day two of the 3-day symposium started with Ms. Janet Riley Ford and Dr. Tiffany Lane from the Boys & Girls Club speaking to the topic, “Crisis Driven – Solution Driven.”  Lisa Dennis from the City of Chester Department of Public Affairs/Director Office of the Community Liaison presented about “Addressing Grief through the Community: The Bereavement Project.”  Lydia DeBaise from Widener University spoke to “Building Resiliency in Children” and Yinka Reed from Widener Universtiy ended the second day’s discussion talking about “Children with Incarcerated Parents.”

Day three started off with Gus Keirans from Northern Children’s Services speaking to “The Importance of Fatherhood.”  Mary Harper, Tonya Harris, and Robert Ximines from the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual DisAbility Services talked about “Community Connection and Mobilization: A Public Health Approach to Community Wellness.” Dr. Bridgette Brawner from the University of Penn School of Nursing finished the 3-day workshop with the topic: “Who’s Talking about Sex? Integrating Sexual Health into Mental Health Treatment.”

On Wednesday, there was also a “Think First Workshop” for the youth of Chester at the Chester Boys & Girls Club.
To learn more about this great event in Chester, click here to read the Delaware County’s Times’ article.

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