Culture of Health: Healing Ourselves to Heal Our Communities

Thursday, October 8th 2020

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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This panel, facilitated by some of our most passionate mental health and wellness experts, will explore the effects of trauma and injustice within our communities and outline the urgent need for healing and stability and we push through the uncertainty, instability and collective pain imposed upon our communities by the troubling events of our current climate.

How do we heal? What do we need and how do we find access? How do we find peace in such turbulent times? Our discussion seeks to provide help, hope and strategies for creating and maintaining supportive spaces and services for front liners as well as the families and communities that are being supported.


Panel Facilitated by

Jacqui Johnson, MS, LPC, NCC

Developer and Facilitator, Trauma Responsive Art Therapy

Founder, Sankofa Healing Studio

Looking beyond the adage that hurt people hurt others, Jacqui passionately believes that healed people have the power and desire to heal entire communities. Fueled by her passion and dedication as a change agent, Jacqui uses community artivism to disrupt the cycles of social injustices and challenge individuals and organizations to become love-centered and anti-oppressive. She provides local and national training workshops on the importance of gender-responsiveness and trauma-specific care within the legal system. She facilitates trauma/resiliency workshops in the community that addresses racial, inter-generational, and community trauma. Jacqui believes that to eradicate the myths and remove the stigma related to mental health in the black community, we must first name it and then replace it with culturally relevant services. She addresses head-on the complex intersectionality of adverse childhood experiences, race, and the criminal justice system.

This belief is what led her to work with people within the criminal justice system. Jacqui developed and facilitates trauma-responsive art therapy. The art therapy group addresses the unique challenges that women with trauma, compounded by incarceration, face. Some of the topics include the process of trauma, power and abuse, grounding and self-soothing skills, and healthy relationships. She believes that reclaiming our past, provides us with valuable knowledge to protect our future, while understanding and shifting our present condition.

In partnership with I’m FREE (Females Reentering Empowering Each Other), Jacqui also co-facilitated a trauma-informed and gender-responsive empowerment training that offers guidance for women prior to and immediately upon release from the prison system. 


Shesheena BrayShesheena Bray, M.S.Ed.

Founder, Going Inward Wellness, LLC

Mother, therapist, activist, educator. Shesheena A. Bray is a Boston native who has taken up roots in Philadelphia. Shesheena came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University in 2003 and fell in love with the rich culture of the city. In service to her new home, Shesheena dedicated over a decade to deepening her understanding of her community’s needs as an educator and social justice advocate. In 2014, Shesheena realized her service to Black and Brown communities was best actualized through her passion, mental and emotional wellness. Honing her focus and training, Shesheena earned her M.S.Ed in mental health counseling from The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2016. In 2017, Shesheena launched Going Inward Wellness, LLC. Through Going Inward Wellness, LLC Shesheena sees individuals and couples for psychotherapy; hosts wellness workshops for global majority women; teaches mindfulness to youth and adults; and hosts a 10-day morning routine program, The Morning Routine Refresh. Notable assignments and partnerships include The People’s Emergency Center; the Life After Trauma Organization (LATO); the North Philadelphia Community Healing Project; Village of Arts and Humanity; GirlTrek; What is Mindfulness (WIM); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and ArtWell.

You can join Shesheena in the community at her weekly virtual meditations, The 720 Meditation.


Tyrone Melvin, Talent Manager

Promoter, and Community Advocate for Sexual Violence Against Men

Tyrone Melvin serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Artist against Molestation & depression (AAM & D) which was incorporated in 2016.

AAM & D is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eradicate sexual violence through comprehensive prevention, education, community outreach and artistic expression. Being a victim of sexual violence for 10 years as a child, he understands the need for early intervention and the importance of creating a safe space for men who have been impacted by sexual violence. The social stigma and silence around male sexual abuse and assault results in a lack of awareness and understanding about the effects of these experiences, and what men need to move forward. Research has shown that men who have suffered sexual violence as children or adults feel helpless, lonely, fragile, and angry. AAM & D aims to provide resources to male survivors through education and training intended to assist survivors to discover the truths behind the myths of sexual abuse against men and eventually reform the toxic masculinity that has emerged as a result of being a victim. AAM & D will increase opportunities by improving access to resources and transformative care.


Nya PatrinosNya Patrinos, MFA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP

Founder, People of Color Yoga for All Bodies

Nya Patrinos, MFA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP, is a Certified Yoga Therapist passionate about yoga and meditation as tools for healing, transformation, equity, and social justice. Nya’s training is a combination of East and West, she has diplomas in Yoga Therapy from the Ghosh Yoga College in Kolkata, India, and Kripalu’s School of Integrative Yoga Therapy in Massachusetts, USA. She is the founder of People of Color Yoga for All Bodies, and co-founder of Yoga Jubilee an organization whose mission is to amplify BIPOC/POC Voices in Yoga.

Nya has written about Yoga for Healing Race-Based Traumatic Stress in the international publication, Yoga Therapy Today, as well as, presented on Yoga for Social Justice and Community Healing at the 2018 International Association Yoga Therapy Conference. Nya has written the chapter on Cultivating Resilience and Safety in Yoga Therapy Practice for the upcoming book Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice: A Comprehensive Textbook published by Singing Dragon.


Phillip J.  Roundtree, MSW, MS

Founder/CEO, Quadefy LLC

Phillip J. Roundtree, MSW, MS is a dynamic and engaging speaker, Master’s Level Clinician, who has been practicing professionally since 2005. He’s recognized society’s lack of emphasis placed on mental health awareness, and total wellness, resulting in him evolving into a staunch advocate of wellness, among various communities, particularly those underrepresented.

He’s recognized as a 2018 Black Enterprise magazine “Be Modern Man” honoree and is a TedxTalk speaker, with his idea worth spreading “Black Mental Health Matters” garnering rave reviews.

He’s also the Host of the #YouGoodMan? Podcast, which is dedicated to discussing men’s wellness across the areas of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Phillip’s message of resilience is driven by his professional and personal experiences in the areas of social work, exercise science, and wellness. His vulnerability gives a face, voice, and hope to those who’ve yet to recognize their emotional and cognitive strength.

He is the Founder of Quadefy LLC, an organization dedicated to providing empowerment services to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength of an individual, team, and/or business.


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