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First Friday Forum: Building Bridges vs. Dams; An Intro to Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
Friday, February 04, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forum (CE)

First Friday Forum: Building Bridges vs. Dams; An Intro to Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Friday, February 4, 2022

This program will be held virtually via Zoom. Details with instruction on how to view the webinar will be sent to all registrants the day before the program (2/3).

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Awards Program (optional) : 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

A presentation will follow the event honoring Bryana French, Ph.D., LP, with the John M. Taborn Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a Person of African Descent.  You do not have to be registered for the First Friday Forum to attend the awards program.  To RSVP, please email: [email protected].

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program:

This program qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits.

The strains of a global pandemic, surges in social justice movements, and devastating losses from natural disasters have all contributed to amplified attention given to mental health concerns.  Given the resulting lending of home and work-life boundaries, addressing these concerns in the workplace has taken on renewed priority and significance.  Fortunately, many employers have rallied to the call and reinforced messages of available resources and well-intentioned encouragement of self-care, yet challenges persist with these efforts.  Mental health professionals have several opportunities to apply the science of psychology in the workplace.  Their efforts can contribute to the employee experience in many areas, some which have been recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA.) APA even has an initiative within its Public Education Directorate devoted to resources to foster the Psychologically Healthy Workplace.  This session will introduce attendees to some of the areas where mental health professionals apply psychology, focusing on the activities of many internal corporate employee assistance programs.

Participants will be able to:
1. Identify three major areas of focus where mental health professionals apply psychology in the workplace
2. List three basic functions of an internal corporate Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
3. Describe three major psychological practice contributions to addressing the mental health of African American employees

About the Presenter:

Beryl L. Wingate, Psy.D., LP, received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and works as a Global Consultant in the Medtronic Employee Assistance Program out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She has over 30 years experience providing consultation to employees, leaders, and teams in the private, public, government and academic sectors.  Dr. Wingate has been a an active member in Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA), Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association (APA) psychological professional organizations where she served in governance and executive committees.  In February 2021, Dr. Wingate received the MPA John M. Taborn award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychology by a person of African Descent.  She has present at local and national conference and enjoys the arts.

The speaker has indicated no conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]


Registration Pricing:

Member Type MPA Member Non-Member Student Retired-Member (No CE credit)
Fee $60 $95 $15               $30


*Retired members have the option to pay the regular member rate to receive CE credit or take advantage of the discounted price with no CE.

MPA wants all members to have access to quality CE opportunities. If you are an MPA member and due to COVID-19 you are unable to work full time and can’t pay the full registration fee, please contact [email protected] to make other arrangements with staff.

Registration is now closed.

Click here to view and download a PDF program flyer and registration form.