June 15, 2022
I hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, a Magna cum laude graduate (2012). I also earned my master’s in social work with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Wayne State University, Detroit. I became a social worker because I was faced with my own personal challenges such as poverty, violence, and social injustice. I want to use these experiences to make a difference in the lives of others facing these challenges as well.
People are now recognizing that Telehealth counseling provides a more convenient way of receiving treatment. Counselors can set a realistic, flexible schedule that increases their availability. Clients can choose a counselor who offers availability at a time that is convenient to them as well.
Some counselors focus on a particular population or need, such as a substance use counselor or marriage counselor. EAP counselors many also work as generalist practitioners which allows the counselor to focus on whatever the client is struggling with at that time.
Some people consider cooking to be a chore but for me it is a form of self care.
Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. Untreated mental health such as depression increases the risk for various chronic physical health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prioritizing mental health is essential for leading a happy life.
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Despite the prevalence of mental illness, only a small percentage of people seek treatment due to the stigma associated with it. In addition to affecting the number of people seeking therapy, mental health stigma has an impact on the resources available for effective treatment. This is why it is critical to raise mental health awareness.
Shavon is a professional and helpful EAP counselor and person. She has been with Northstar EAP for almost a year. We also want to bring attention to the non-profit that is near and dear to Shavon’s heart. Shavon helps operate the Alabaster Box Youth Organization. The goal of Alabaster Box is to eliminate homelessness among young adults aging out of foster care within the Detroit Metropolitan area. We accomplish this goal through the successful application of our temporary housing program, and we increase the longevity of our impact by providing job training, job matching, and mental health services.
Tips for caregivers:
Children and adolescents often struggle with how to cope well with stress. Youth can be particularly overwhelmed when their stress is connected to a traumatic event—like a natural disaster (earthquakes, tornados, wildfires), family loss, school shootings, war, political conflicts, or community violence. Parents, caregivers, and educators can take steps to provide stability and support that help young people feel better.
It is natural for children to worry, especially when scary or stressful events happen in their lives. Talk to your children about these events. This can help put frightening information into a more balanced setting. Monitor what children see and hear about stressful events happening in their lives. Here are some suggestions to help children cope:
*This article was pulled from the Northstar Resource Portal. The Northstar Resource Portal, provided by My LifeExpert is an engagement tool available for employees and their families to access mental health resources, webinars, financial and legal information, health and wellbeing tips and a vast content library. Ask your Employer if this is part of your Northstar EAP offerings.