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Wellspring EAP Offers Back-to-School Resources for ALLtech Members

Another school year has begun and many of us are still holding uncertainty, anxiety, and fear for our children (or the children in our lives) and for our families.

While there is much outside of our control, there are things we can do, and strategies or approaches we can embrace to help support our well-being and the well-being of our families.

Wellspring EAP, which provides the employee assistance program for ALLtech members, is offering two webinars in October to help families and individuals cope with the continuing uncertainty.

On October 7, 2021, ALLtech members are invited to join Wellspring EAP and Emily Cherkin, MA, Ed, for the webinar Parent and Family Mental Wellbeing in a Still-COVID, Still-uncertain School Year, from noon to 1 p.m.

Emily Cherkin, MA Ed, is an internationally recognized consultant who has worked with families and schools over the last fifteen years. In addition to navigating the challenges of parenting in a distracted digital age, Emily also facilitates parent workshops, professional development training, and school presentations that take a “tech-intentional” approach. Emily is also mom to 13-year-old Max and 9-year-old Sylvie, who present daily thrills and challenges. Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Education (with a focus on Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools) from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has taught Middle School Humanities, English, and a curriculum based on screentime, media literacy, and bullying for ten years at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS). She has also worked as an academic coach for children and adults with executive function challenges, including ADHD. Emily has appeared in the New York Times, on Good Morning America, and on The Today Show (twice!). She is also working on a book about parenting and screentime.

Also in October, Wellspring EAP is offering the webinar Understanding Suicide: A Learning Conversation, which will explore questions such as: What makes someone at risk of suicide? How has COVID-19 impacted mental and emotional wellbeing? What kind of support is proven to help reduce risk? What are some good resources I can turn to help support myself or someone in my family or community?

The webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on October 13, 2021, will start with a brief learning session from Dr. Jeffrey Sung, who will then be joined by Teresa Lupinacci, LMHC, CDP from the Wellspring EAP team as they respond to attendee questions.

Jeffrey Sung, M.D. is an acting instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since 2002, his clinical responsibilities have included direct service and consultation in the care of individuals facing homelessness, medical illness, substance use and psychiatric conditions. He has taught psychodynamic theory, suicide risk assessment, and managing response to patient suicide to psychiatrists, general physicians and mental health clinicians. In addition to work with the university, Dr. Sung also maintains a private practice.

Teresa Lupinacci, LMHC, CDP is the Clinical Manager for Wellspring EAP, and has worked in Employee Assistance Programs for 19 years. She started her career working in the substance abuse treatment field and local school districts, upon finishing her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bastyr University, she was the treatment director of a dual diagnosis treatment program, then opened a private practice. She also has training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Mental Health First Aid, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, DOT reasonable suspicion for substance use, and Motivational Interviewing. Teresa is the President for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

ALLtech Offers Resources for BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

In honor of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month this July, ALLtech is offering valuable resources to members with access to the employee assistance program through Wellspring EAP. Login at wellspringeap.org to access a curated list of resources specific to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mental health awareness, or click the below links to attend unique live webinars and restorative micro-sessions.

These live events will be available on-demand 24 to 48 hours after the live session.

Webinar: BIPOC Mental Health Awareness

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PST)
Register to Attend

Explore how anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma impact the BIPOC community in this webinar and learning conversation.

Facilitated by Sauntia Griffin, LSWAIC, MSW, M.Ed., an educator and mental health therapist, you’ll learn about common emotional and physiological experiences, and strategies and coping tools to implement for self-care.

This session will best support those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), allies, and those who would like to deepen their understanding.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions:

About Wellspring’s Trainers

  • Sauntia Griffin, LSWAIC, MSW, M.Ed.
    Sauntia Griffin was born and raised in the Central District of Seattle, where she lives and practices therapy with teens and adults. Sauntia operates under a critically conscious, anti-oppressive framework, her goal being to provide a space that allows individuals to work through and grow into who they want to be. Sauntia earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Seattle University. She has practiced with Atlantic Street Center, Northwest Kidney Centers, as well as in private practice. She has been trained in trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a variety of techniques for evidence-based practice — regularly drawing from mindfulness and Gestalt approaches.
  • Summer Brown, LMFT
    Summer Brown self-identifies as a Black, Queer, Fat, Cis Woman. Summer is a Sex and Fat Positive, Social Equity Minded, Solution Focused, CBT, EMDR and Feminist Narrative therapist. She provides support for individuals throughout the lifespan, partnerships of any relationship style as well as family systems work. Summer prioritizes providing affirming, inclusive, client-directed, culturally competent care for marginalized communities (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other folks who hold systemically non-dominant identities). She provides AAMFT supervision as the Clinical Director of Therapeutic Change PLLC, group practice in Vancouver, Wash. Summer has taught at the Community College and graduate school levels with a focus on self-discovery and counseling skills development.
  • Kaylee Torres, MCFT Intern
    Kayle Torres is pursuing her Master’s in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy at Lewis and Clark College. She identifies as a queer, Asian and Pacific Islander, neurodiverse, femme person who is temporarily able-bodied and currently exists in a mid-size body. She provides individual, family, and relational therapy to teens and adults who identify as LGBTQIA+, Gender Diverse, all ethnicities, all body sizes, types and abilities. She approaches her work from a relational and ecosystemic lens, meaning she acknowledges that we exist in relation to other people and beings, as well as the land we occupy, and our daily life is impacted by larger systems including systems of oppression. She draw from Systems Theory, Intersectional and Feminist perspectives, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems and an Intergenerational framework in her therapeutic work with clients.

Live Restorative Sessions Among Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals who took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health.

This May, as ALLtech continues to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to highlight our robust employee assistance program through Wellspring EAP, which includes one-on-one meetings with a counselor and an extensive online platform, featuring stress-reduction webinars and videos, legal and financial resources and more.

Specifically for Mental Health Awareness Month, Wellspring is offering a series of guided restorative sessions focused on self-care and more, including the following webinar:

Understanding and Caring for Anxiety
May 26, 2021 – 12:00 PM (PST)

There has been so much going on in our collective system that has caused our bodies and brains to be on alert. Though our anxiety can often not feel great, it can also serve as a useful guide. In this hour-long webinar, you will learn how to listen to your anxiety from a somatic lens and how to make choices that honor your nervous system when you feel anxious. You’ll leave with more understanding around how the systems we live in impact our nervous systems, why anxiety can be useful, and somatic tools to help settle and listen to anxiety.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 10- to 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions:

ALLtech Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month and Beyond

As we recognize the start of a second Mental Health Awareness Month this May in the midst of a global pandemic, ALLtech would like to draw attention to how our diverse benefits are focused on keeping your workplace healthy and well – both physically and mentally.

As our medical partner Regence* BlueShield writes in the article Bringing light to mental health: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, 1 in 5 people in the United States experiences a mental illness in a given year, and even more people have needed extra support through the stress of the pandemic.

With help from Regence and our other partners, ALLtech is able to empower members to get the care they needed, from self-guided wellness to virtual therapy. As a member of ALLtech, you have access to:

Online Behavioral Health Therapy

  • MDLive: Virtual care at $0 co-pay on most ALLtech plans includes access to a counselor or psychiatrist for confidential, convenient online therapy, available 24/7 no matter where you are by phone, secure video or via the MDLIVE app.
  • BetterHelp: Behavioral health counseling via phone, video, email or text through ALLtech’s employee assistance program, Wellspring EAP. Members also have access to Wellspring’s robust online platform and other services that are focused on reducing stress and improving members’ quality of life.

Manage Stress with Well-Being Apps

Virtual Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

  • Boulder Care, a virtual provider offering 24/7 care nationwide for treating substance use disorders.

For more information about the robust benefits available through ALLtech, contact us at alltech@advprofessionals.com or fill out our Get a Quote form.

*Asuris Northwest Health services ALLtech members in Asotin, Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties.