NAWDP’s 38th Annual Conference, sponsored by KRA, convened May 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, with both corporate and program leaders facilitating exciting workshops that focused on different types of “care” and COVID-related workforce development issues.
On the Program Administration and Management track, Joseph L. Seymour, KRA Managing Director, Operational Excellence, and SETA 1st VP-elect, presented one of only six submissions selected as a Super Session: Trauma-Informed Care for Workforce Development Professionals.
He stated, “Trauma-informed care is an approach that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms, discussing the role that trauma may play in the lives of our program participants, various types of traumas, five principles of trauma-informed care, and best practices that help mitigate re-traumatization in service delivery.”
Seymour also facilitated The New Rules of Engagement: Why Leaders Need to C.A.R.E., on which he commented, “It is estimated that 30 percent of employees are unmotivated and disengaged at work, demonstrating the need for leaders who Coach, Align, Recognize, and Engage—an approach that maximizes opportunities for engagement of both individuals and teams.”
On the Personal Growth and Self Care track, Melody D. Daniel, PGWorks Program Manager, and Gina Brotherton Mayo, Facilitator/Program Coordinator, presented Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Emotional/Mental Wellness for Workforce Development Professionals.
In a joint statement, they commented, “This workshop demonstrates the importance and impact of intentional self-care on overall mental, emotional, and physical health—specifically as a proactive tool to prevent burnout and increase efficiency.”
Maxine Suka, KRA Director of Workforce Operations, and Sandy Mead, National Director of Workforce Development for MedCerts, presented Making the Pandemic Work For You: A Case Study on Hybrid Partnerships, Meeting Employer Demands, and Building Foot Traffic about building a multi-tiered partnership with workforce agencies and employers to solve some COVID-related issues in workforce development.
“The pandemic upended the way we work, socialize and handled many basic needs. As many organizations started to shift their operations to hybrid models, Sandy Mead (MedCerts), Aron (Goodwill Industries of San Diego County) and I wanted to intentionally tackle a few of the challenges that we have seen in #SanDiego County as we began to re-open our doors to the public once again; increasing foot-traffic and strategically spending out training funds that lead to quality jobs,” said Suka.
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