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About Us

ClinicianFest is the direct output of seeing a need in our field of practice and creating it. It specifically looks to provide a single platform intended to bring together all industry and field disciplines that support mental health wellness to include Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Licensed Professionals Counselors, Trauma Centered Nurse Practitioners, Case Managers, Nutritionist, etc. It is an opportunity for knowledge sharing, engagement, education, and advancing our capabilities as practitioners for betterment of the populations we serve.

Responding to a Need

Mental Health & Wellness practitioners face many challenges in their day-to-day practices and service delivery. Current times and events have advanced the public’s understanding of mental health trends and how our talent as clinicians, is a highly essential societal need. From the pressure of making sure people get the help and care they need to working to overcome the stigma of reaching for needed support, clinicians are in high demand – but how ready are we to champion the incoming surge of requests?

counselor
2 days
30 speakers
2 categories

Conference Topics at A Glance

  • Technology & The Virtual Clinician: Embracing Telehealth
  • Servicing The “Other” Pandemic Outputs: Domestic Violence, Neglect, & Abuse
  • Practitioner Compassion Fatigue: I Have No More Help To Give
  • Psychological Safety In the Workplace: Promoting Wellness In Corporate Spaces
  • Step it up a Notch: From Certifications, Licensure, to Degrees
  • Lesson from COVID-19: The Things We Learned
  • Emerging Therapeutic Practices and Techniques
  • Virtual Therapy: Partnering with IT Professional & Software
  • Putting That Advice In Print: Becoming A Budding Clinical Author
  • Finding Your Niche: Creating New Income Streams & Opportunities
  • Diversifying Your Service Delivery Portfolio: Growing Beyond Individual & Family Sessions
Dr. Roz Aker-Black, PsyD

Roselyn V. Aker- Black, Psy.D (affectionately known as Dr. Roz) is a native of Rome, Georgia and currently resides in the Washington, DC metro area. Dr. Roz is an award- winning psychologist and has over 14 years of experience in providing psychological services to children, families, and couples in the nonprofit, government, and private industry sectors. She also serves as a psychology professor at local universities in the DC area training the next generation of clinical and forensic psychologists. Dr. Roz’s media experience includes psychological consults with the Anderson Cooper Talk Show, the OWN’s Network docuseries Unfaithful, Huffington Post, Fox5DC, NBC4 and a regular guest appearance on Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 as a relationship expert. Dr. Roz is the Series Psychologist on TV One’s limited series, “For My Woman” and the host of the Dr. Roz Show podcast. She is a sought-out keynote speaker, commencement speaker, and advice columnist for her advice on practical relationship functioning, Human trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence, and Organizational Behavior and Management. Dr. Roz is also a TEDx speaker and presented the topic, “Surviving Betrayal” at the TEDx U Street Women’s Conference 2019.

Dr. Wendy Thelese Talley, LCSW

Dr. Wendy Thelese Talley, LCSW-C has worked in the mental health field for the last 20 years supporting the Los Angeles, CA community with an array of wellness needs. She uses her expertise in behavioral health to help people live out their destiny on purpose. Dr. Talley obtained her Doctorate of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California with a special emphasis on Intimate Partner Violence prevention. As private practitioner, Dr. Talley operates Thelese Consulting Group, LLC in West Los Angeles, CA. She is also a sought-out consultant working as the onsite clinician for SONY Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, CA, where she provides EAP services, staff development workshops, and leadership consulting. As a Corporate Wellness Consultant, she can be found speaking, coaching, and mentoring entrepreneurs to develop effective SMART Goals and SMART Time Management skills to achieve the success they so desire. She is also the author of SMART Goal-... Time Management Workbook and My Healing Journal which can be found on Amazon.

Dr. Camille Adams Jones, LMSW, CEAP, PMP

Dr. Camille Adams Jones, is a recognized psychotherapist in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Dr. Jones earned her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California where she focused on family dynamics and trends with a special emphasis on Divorce Trauma in school aged youth. This author and organizational behavior scientist oversees a flagship Federal Occupational Health and Work/life balance program where she has become a standout corporate cultural transformation advisor and advocate for wellness in the workplace via Employee Assistance Programming. Dr. Jones is also a celebrated private practitioner for couples, hosting relationship restoration retreats and family rebuilding symposiums. Lastly, she works as a Parent Coordinator and Custody Evaluator in partnership with Washington, DC and the state of Maryland court systems.

Dr. Jason Lester, LCSW-C

Dr. Jason Lester identifies himself as a “Proud Social Worker” who has made a career and clinical practice of improving the lives of humans in general. Specifically, he focuses on social justice, ending family violence and supporting our unhoused community members. He is currently the Director of Family Support Services for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless where he has championed a number of grassroots campaigns to uplift and enrich the circumstances and well-being of the underserved. A seasoned clinician that uses his platform to promote empowerment and collaboration to overturn the worst of societal ills, Dr. Lester is mentor and renown community activist in the heart of Colorado. In his spare time he dedicates his time to several civic action based organizations to help advance his immediate community of Southeast Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Crystal McLeod, LCSW, BCD

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have over 13 years of active duty military experience working within the Mental Health profession, including work in family violence and substance use. My clinical expertise and depth focuses on trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and increasing your ability to take care of yourself mentally, spiritually and physically. In addition, I work with women in positions of leadership who are attempting to thrive in their work as well as their home life.

Dr. Adijat Ogunyemi, DSW, LMSW-C

Dr. Adijat Ogunyemi, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adjunct Faculty, Speaker, and Social Innovator. For over a decade, she has worked with individuals, families, and communities to improve their level of functioning and quality of life. Dr. Ogunyemi received her Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, her Master, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. La Shawn M. Paul, LCSW-R

Dr. La Shawn M. Paul, DSW, LCSW-R is the founder and lead clinician of Social Work Diva. She understands the various challenges that modern women face as they juggle a multitude of roles and expectations, while simultaneously attempting to excel as their authentic selves. She is a firm believer that self-care is essential to holistic wellness and motivates her clients to practice self-care routinely to achieve work-life balance. Dr. Paul has provided consulting for an array of public and private healthcare and academic institutions in the NYC metropolitan area and remote locations throughout the United States. She is an Ambassador for the National Association on Mental Illness-NYC Metro Chapter and For(bes) for the Culture, where she advocates for improved funding and services for people living with mental illness and their families. Through Social Work Diva, she centers her mental health advocacy on eliminating mental health disparities in Black Women’s mental health by encouraging increased access and awareness. She also works with local politicians to shape and create mental health policy and initiatives to eliminate mental illness stigma and encourage support for mental health funding, particularly within communities of color.

Dr. Princess Currence

Dr. Princess Currence has 15+ years of experience in building successful DEI recruitment, talent/student development programs from the ground up wherein she has assisted 1000s of diverse students to gain admission and graduate from top-tier higher education institutions. She is a DEI educator of anti-racism pedagogy, health equity, social justice leadership, and Intergroup dialogues pedagogy. Her deep bench knowledge of system-thinking, social justice education, and business optimization allows her to develop customized strategies that help organizations and individuals accelerate their goals. She is the lead author of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Holistic Student Affairs Model, which aims to extend to holistic admissions approaches. A recognized thought leader, she serves on several local and national boards and speaks nationally on a wide array of diversity of inclusion issues. Dr. Currence is currently the Director of Curriculum & Education at Rush Medical College at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago IL , Managing Partner/Co-Founder of Currence Solutions, LLC a business solutions consulting firm, and CEO/Founder of SuccessDx(TM) a mentorship, career development, and wellness digital platform for aspiring black physicians.

Nicole L. Turner, The Culture Pro

Nicole has transformed many organizations, in various industries which has all contributed to her subject matter expertise of navigating change by creating people-centered organizational cultures. Her clients have seen a higher level of productivity, employee engagement, morale, inclusiveness and belonging, customer satisfaction, and an increase in profits. Nicole is known as The Culture Pro™ because she is able to transform organizations by assessing the culture, diagnosing problems, and implementing a variety of interventions designed to drive tangible actions. Nicole L. Turner holds graduate degrees in Education and Business, has a graduate certificate in Diversity Studies, and is a certified Human Capital Strategist, Strategic HR Business Partner, and a Prosci-certified Change Manager, and an Executive Coach. Nicole is also a Diversity Value Index Judge. As a judge, Nicole uses defined metrics and benchmarks to assess how organizations are implementing Diversity and Inclusion programs and leveraging those programs to create business impact.

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