(WEBINAR – CONFERENCE) Faith and Spiritual Affairs 2022 Conference, “Triumph over Tragedy: Finding ways to persevere”


# of CE's: 3.0

0.3 IACET CE's

CE Type: SW, IACET, PCB                # of CE's: Up to a max of 3.0 CE's      Up to a max of 0.3 IACET CE's   Certificate of Attendance: 6.5

*Workshops are one hour in length. One hour will equal one credit hour. Participants have the ability to gain 3 CEUS for the conference. CEU’s will not be given out for the wellness hour from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm.


About This Course

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is proud to host the 15th Annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs Conference. The theme this year is “Triumph through Tragedy: Finding Ways to Persevere.” The conference will illustrate how faith communities and the City of Philadelphia have partnered to recognize perseverance, strength, and triumphs in the face of prolonged traumas.

Over the course of the last two years, many have been affected by gun violence, COVID-19, economic insecurity, systemic racism, and other hardships. The resulting stress and trauma have taken a toll on our personal wellness. Our conference goal is to build on the strengths and tenacity of Philadelphians to address the tragedies our communities have experienced. This year’s conference is a reminder that Philadelphia, a city built on hope and faith, can unite to become victorious.

We are seeking presenters who have experienced triumph over tragedy and can present strategies to persevere. Be prepared to inspire community leaders, health professionals, social workers, faith leaders, and residents as they continue to triumph.

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”- Wilma Rudolph



Jamie Eaddy Chism, DMin.

CEO of Thoughtful Transitions


Aviva Perlo, LSW

Founding Director of Creative Coping


Ekeoma Ekeleme-Washington, MS

Early Intervention Specialist


Rev Dr. Michelle Simmons, DMin

Chief Executive Officer of Why Not Prosper


Alice Gresham , MA

Mental Health Director of The Wedge


Rev Dr. Chris Kimmenez, PsyD

Executive Director of Healing Communities PA


Anita Anim , MPH, RD, LDN

Community Impact Director of American Heart Association


Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M

Tobacco Policy and Control Manager of Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)


Dr. Deshawnda Williams

Clinical Director Caremore House, LLC, NASW, CEO/Founder of On the Right Track Consultant, LLC, Co-Founder of Mindful Solutions Human Services, LLC


Nicole Skinner

Licensed Minister, Founder RAE Consults, Marriage and Family Counselor, Co-Founder of Mindful Solutions Human Services, LLC


Dr. Atasha Jordan

Resident Physician, University of Pennsylvania

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify two options available for continuing the conversation between faith and spiritual communities, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), the provider community and the community-at-large to promote optimal health and well-being of Philadelphia’s individuals and communities.
  2. Explain how DBHIDS, faith communities and public sector agencies can work together effectively to achieve better outcomes for families and communities through prevention and early intervention.
  3. Outline one strategy promoted by DBHIDS to integrate violence reduction approaches into the delivery of behavioral health services as well as into community services and supports.
  4. Identify two city service systems which have been transformed to allow easier access and/or more effective outcomes.
  5. Examine collaboration opportunities to reduce social isolation and promote social and spiritual wellness.
  6. Understand how to implement therapeutic framework into the workplace to support staff who are continually exposed to secondary trauma.


Intended Audience: 

DBHIDS Employees, Public


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.


Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program.
(0.3 CEU = 3.0 Training Hours)

3.0 SW credit hours. This program is co-sponsored by the National Association for Black Social Workers (NABSW)

The Alliance of Black Social Workers, Inc. has been on the list of authorized providers of CEUs by the State Board

of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselor Navigators.

BHTEN is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Provider #310

3.0 hours PCB approved hours of Education for this training.

Course Instructors

April 29, 2022

Dr. Ala Stanford, MD