Self Care for the Black Community during COVID-19 and BLM

Tuesday, July 07 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]

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Tuesday, July 07 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM [EST]

This Community Conversation is part of NASW-NJ's Race, Responsibility, and Reconciliation Series.

Join Sharea Farmer, LCSW, and Jennifer Thompson, MSW, to discuss how self-care is a form of activism.  As we navigate a national health crisis, and ways to be part of social change and justice we cannot forget the importance of caring for ourselves. During this time when stress and uncertainty are running high,  we need to listen to our bodies, hearts and minds so we can find resiliency and renew our lives and work

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Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director of NASW-NJ & DE

Jennifer Thompson is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Social Work and obtained her MSW from Columbia University in 2005. Ms. Thompson has worked in the nonprofit and public sector for more than a decade, serving in programmatic, advocacy and management roles. She began her career at the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission and served as a Sr. Adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a number of citywide initiatives including homeless services, affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure. In the nonprofit sector, she developed programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for young breast cancer survivors at Sharsheret, and most recently was the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Girl Scouts, where she led advocacy initiatives that included a collaboration with the office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her initiative, Let Girls Learn. Ms. Thompson is passionate about advocating for social workers in both traditional and non-traditional roles throughout New Jersey. She resides in Bound Brook with her husband and son. When she is not advocating for the profession, she is active in her community, serving on a number of committees and volunteering at her son's school.

About Jennifer Thompson, MSW

Executive Director of NASW-NJ & DE
Sharea Farmer, LCSW
Executive Director, RS Wellness and Counseling Center

Sharea has over 15 years of clinical and administrative experience serving in both the private and public sector; and has been an advocate for wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, Race Equity and Trauma Informed Practices, within all of her roles. Her style incorporates one of empowerment, enrichment and education. Sharea is a licensed clinical social worker with years of success in helping clients recover from anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. For the past five years, Sharea has worked in a practice setting catering to mostly (but not exclusively) Black women, couples and adolescents. Her empowerment approach focuses on helping people identify and bring out their distinctive strengths while overcoming barriers to happiness and success. Her goal is to help client's create a quality life filled with purpose and self-love. Sharea encourages clients to embrace the concept that our wellness and happiness lies within our control.

About Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Executive Director, RS Wellness and Counseling Center