VIRTUAL-Provider Wellness

VIRTUAL TRAINING-Thursday, October 20, 2022,
1:00 PM-4:00 PM-$109 including CEUs
Provider Wellness
Kerrin Westerlind, LICSW & Stefanie Gregware, LMHC

Participants in this training will receive an overview of the challenges associated with wellness for providers in the human service field.  We will review some of the impact of the work we do on people working in the field in the context of long term versus short term effects.  The training will also provide an understanding of self-care beyond the application of simply being good to oneself and takes a deeper look at ways each person can create an individualized routine for maintaining wellness in the context of both personal and professional life.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice some specific strategies they may take away from the training and will also begin creating a wellness plan for themselves.  This training will also talk about creating a culture of wellness within one’s work environment. 

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • The impact of stress and compassion fatigue on those working in caregiving roles.
  • Strategies and skills most effective for maintaining wellness as human service providers.
  • How to create and maintain a wellness plan for yourself. 

Kerrin Westerlind, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of Evidence Based Practices at Open Sky Community Services.  For more than a decade, Kerrin has assisted interdisciplinary teams in the implementation of Evidence Based and Best Practices.  

Kerrin is an expert in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and has been involved in this practice since 2005.  She has overseen the implementation of IMR services in residential and supported housing programs with diverse populations, adapted materials for various populations and has provided consultation on using adaptations of IMR with adolescents, those who are justice-involved and individuals who are dually diagnosed with a mental health and a substance use disorder.   She has provided training and consultation on IMR and its adaptations to specific populations to various agencies in Massachusetts, throughout the United States and at National Conferences.

Additionally, Ms. Westerlind has training and leadership experience in implementing multiple modalities for working with people who experience psychosis, including CBT for Psychosis and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R).  

Kerrin’s interests extend to using trauma informed care principles in culture transformation, to promote healing, growth, and resilience for those using and providing services.   She is currently working with others from all around the Open Sky community to advance the agency’s efforts in becoming a fully trauma informed and responsive organization. 

Kerrin is passionate about providing person-centered, recovery-oriented practices, and training others in the provision of these treatment models.  Her experience in the mental health field includes over 20 years of work in a range of settings from residential, supported housing, day treatment, outpatient, community-based services for adults and adolescents and clubhouse model. Her interests have led her to serve on the MassPRC (Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative) Board of Directors, since 2018. 

Stefanie Gregware, MA, LMHC is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Open Sky Community Services. In this capacity, she oversees clinical services agency wide. She is trained in all evidence-based practice models Open Sky provides and supervises each clinical team ensuring fidelity, outcome measurement, training, supervision, and development of self-sufficient practices.

Ms. Gregware received her master’s degree from Assumption College with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She was also awarded a certificate in CBT through the Aaron T. Beck Institute in Cognitive Studies at Assumption College. Ms. Gregware received advanced training and consultation in Recovery Oriented CBT for Schizophrenia through the Beck Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Ms. Gregware has provided direct clinical care for the past 10 years with treatments based in a Cognitive Behavioral therapy framework. These treatments include; DBT, CBT for symptoms of psychosis, Cognitive Restructuring for PTSD, and CBT for anxiety and depression. She has received training and supervision from leaders in these practices (Charles Swenson, M.D., Kim Meuser, Ph.D., Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D., Corine Cather, Ph.D, Aaron Brinen, Ph.D,) Ms. Gregware is one of two CR for PTSD practitioners at Open Sky who are trained to provide fidelity ratings on audio-taped therapy sessions.

Ms. Gregware has also co-facilitated a 2-day course on Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy. This workshop was created under the supervision of Aaron Brinen, Ph.D., at the Beck Institute.


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