Virtual Community Forum:
2020 has been a year like no other, challenging our mental health on many levels. When we combine stress and depression from the pandemic with winter blues (or seasonal affective disorder) and a very different holiday season, this winter will likely be difficult for many. The good news – there are evidence-based strategies, tools, and activities to help boost your mental health and well-being during these unprecedented times.
Join Integral Care and NAMI Central Texas from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 3rd for a virtual community forum that will offer resources to support your mental health throughout the season. Panelists include:
Our panelists will share their insight and practical tips on how to manage seasonal and situational depression, navigate a different type of holiday season and stay connected with loved ones.
Ellen Richards, Integral Care’s Chief Strategy Officer, will moderate the panel. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the forum (during registration) and ask questions at the end of the discussion.
Calvin A. Kelly, PhD
Former Dean and Professor at St. Edwards University in Austin and licensed mental health professional
Dr. Calvin A. Kelly recently served as a Dean and Professor at St. Edwards University in Austin. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in Psychology and Counseling at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and 29 years of experience in private practice as a licensed mental health professional. As a clinician, student affairs professional, and educator, Dr. Kelly has had the opportunity to practice and refine his leadership skills and style, which are based on the Servant Leadership Model. He has presented nationally on topics related to his area of expertise and interests in mental health. They include, but are not limited to, trauma and post-traumatic stress related issues, racial identity development, men and depression, secondary trauma, holistic wellness, organizational development and leadership, and team building. Dr. Kelly feels strongly that it is his belief in family and close spiritual connection to a higher power that keeps him grounded and focused.
Wendy Amozurrutia-Salazar, MA, LPC-S
Practice Manager for Adult Behavioral Health and Child and Family Services
Wendy Amozurrutia-Salazar has been working in the field of Integrated Behavioral Health for over 11 years. At Integral Care, she serves as a Practice Manager for both Adult Behavioral Health and Child and Family Services. As a practice manager, Wendy provides Integrated Behavioral Health program development and consultation, clinical supervision and oversight for doctoral psychology interns and externs in partnership with the University of Texas-Austin, and clinical consultation and client care with Texas Children’s Access Through Telehealth (TCHATT) – a partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. Wendy is currently completing a Doctorate in Integrated Behavioral Health. Prior to her work with Integral Care, Wendy worked as a Program Director for a 16 bed facility for displaced youth and provided trauma services for women and children since 1998. Special interests and areas of specialty include integrated behavioral health, women and children’s mental health issues, depression, and trauma.
Recovery & Mental Health Advocate
Valerie Milburn, a recovery and mental health advocate, has been an active member of Austin’s recovery community since 1999. As a person in long-term dual recovery, she devotes her time to reducing the stigma that surrounds substance use and mental health disorders. Valerie is a volunteer with NAMI Central Texas, a presenter for Ending the Silence and In Our Own Voice, and a peer-to-peer class mentor and state trainer. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and volunteers as a peer recovery coach for Communities for Recovery. Valerie has received the Presidential Service Award four times for her volunteer commitments. She is a former educator and curriculum writer, and began her career in marketing and advertising after graduating with a journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ellen Richards serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Integral Care, overseeing the areas of strategic and community planning, resource development, government affairs, communications and community engagement. Additionally, Richards serves as the Director for Integral Care Foundation which increases private philanthropic support for Integral Care services.