Supporting Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace
How do we reimagine the workplace into a transformative space that prioritizes the rest and well-being of all staff? Mental health and wellness are a collective practice and responsibility, and organizations play a pivotal role in helping to shape a culture that allows staff to thrive without fatigue or burnout. Join SCG in partnership with the Indigenous Circle of Wellness for an evolve workshop where we will discuss tools and strategies that organizations can use to navigate mental health in the workplace to support staff wellness. The intention of this program is to share how you can incorporate successful support actions from a leadership perspective and implement best practices.
Throughout the session participants will:
Gain a deeper understanding of a well workplace from a holistic and values driven view.
Learn how mental health and wellness in the workplace increases a positive organizational culture, team member retention, and community sustainability.
Identify at least two to four tools and/or supports related to mental health that can be implemented into the workplace from various positions of influence, including positionality, team size, and budget.
Create a plan to implement at least two learnings from the training into their work environment and/or personal life.
Practice Owner & Founder, Indigenous Circle of Wellness
Monique Castro is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation and Xicana, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License # 104427) certified professional coach, social justice consultant, facilitator and advocate with over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of health, wellness, community organizing, and education. Her approach centers an Indigenous world view and core values. She is a collaborative and relational-leader with an exceptional track record building and maintaining sustainable relationships with Native-led organizations, Tribes, higher education institutions, and community members throughout California and nationally. Her leadership includes establishing the California Native Vote Project (co-founder), So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project (co-founder) and Indigenous Circle of Wellness (founder and CEO), a thriving psychotherapy private practice located in Southeast Los Angeles. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) and is clinically trained in Relational Gestalt Therapy, EMDR, and other holistic approaches to wellness.
Bridget Garcia Vera
Director of Operations, Indigenous Circle of Wellness
Bridget Garcia Vera (Latinx and Chicanx) was born in Veracruz, Mexico and was raised in Tongva Land (LA). Being dacamented, she has been able to continuously advocate and fight for her community and for undocumented folks by volunteering in various local organizations within Los Angeles. Bridget's parents have taught her that in life nothing comes easy and working hard towards one's goals comes with dedication and passion. Being instilled with this mindset, she pursued her education by attending East Los Angeles College where she obtained two associate degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology. Transferring to Cal State LA, she was able to complete her bachelor's degree in Mexican American Studies in 2018. She immediately pursued her masters degree in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, graduating in 2020. She now serves as our Director of Operations here at Indigenous Circle of Wellness, where she is able to service the Native community of Los Angeles.