As we continue to grapple with the overwhelming aspects of an international pandemic, people across our nation have taken to the streets with peaceful, but impactful demonstrations to demand change surrounding systemic racism and its devastating effects. Historical and ongoing traumas experienced by Black people and other people of color intensify the impact of physical and behavioral health disparities in care that permeate throughout our health care system.
Together, we must work to forge solutions that will build a future that promotes healing and resilience in our practice, for our staff and for the communities we serve.
Join us on Wednesday July 1 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. AKT for “A Call to Action: Addressing Historical and Ending Contemporary Racial Inequities,” a webinar exploring social justice, racial inequality and systematic change. Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, the National Council’s director of children and trauma-informed services, will lead us through strategies for applying a trauma-informed resiliency-oriented lens to recognize and break down the barriers of racial inequities.
LINDA HENDERSON-SMITH, PH.D. LPC
Director, Children and Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, has more than 18 years of clinical and administrative experience in community-based mental health. She joined the National Council in May 2016 after working at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health as the director of mental health planning and policy.
While at Georgetown she helped develop training regarding trauma-informed systems, especially for people with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders. Prior to working at Georgetown, Dr. Henderson-Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in numerous roles, most recently as the director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, where she spearheaded implementation of high fidelity wraparound, care management services and mobile crisis services throughout the state, and worked with other state agencies to strengthen the service systems for vulnerable populations.
As a trauma-survivor, she brings a distinct perspective and knowledge base to mental health and addiction disorders services and is passionate about helping organizations and systems move toward becoming trauma-informed.