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2016 Women’s Wellness Celebration Presents


Mental Health Matters: Opening Eyes. Opening Minds.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Ted Constant Convocation Center | Norfolk, VA


Featuring Keynote Speaker & 2016 WWC Honoree, Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott


Mental health is a critical component to our overall wellness. Nearly 42.5 million Americans suffer from a mental illness. This is especially true for adolescent girls and women. Enormous societal pressures are being placed on our country’s female population and are a huge contributing factor to their overall mental well-being.

The 2016 Women’s Wellness Celebration (WWC), Mental Health Matters: Opening Eyes. Opening Minds., is aimed at bringing awareness to mental health issues faced by adolescent girls and women. Local policy makers, social workers, and nonprofit organizations will hold workshops on the mental health impact of violence against women, bullying, and low self-esteem. Together, we will openly discuss how we as a community can improve access to mental health services by exploring ways in which effective, integrated models of behavioral health care may be provided to address mental health issues for adolescent girls and women.

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    The Women’s Wellness Celebration (WWC) is a not-for-profit conference, aimed to inspire and empower women within the Hampton Roads area to make healthy life choices for themselves and their families. Through training and educational programs focused on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, the WWC helps women understand the impact healthy mindsets and healthy habits have on the future of our children and our communities.

    In 2008, ARDX, a healthcare management consulting firm located in Norfolk, Virginia, recognized the need to cultivate healthier homes and communities for our children. More importantly, we understood the influence that women hold in our children’s lives and that effective change not only starts at the top, but starts from within.

    The WWC provides women the opportunity to step away from their daily routines and to take time to focus on themselves. By focusing on their well-being, women build a stronger individual who will positively impact their households and the community and in turn impact future leaders – our children.

    Each year the WWC partners with a local Hampton Roads 501(c) organization to raise awareness for a particular wellness issue facing the community. All proceeds from the conference are donated to the partner organization to continue strengthening healthy behaviors within the Hampton Roads community.


    Registration for the 2016 Women’s Wellness Celebration & Dinner is now closed!

    WWC Conference & Dinner: $60
    WWC Conference Only: $35
    WWC Dinner Only: $40


    Conference Agenda

    Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the main entrance of the Ted Constant Convocation Center, followed by the conference kick-off at 9:00 a.m. The conference will be followed by the Women’s Wellness Celebration (WWC) Dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m., featuring Keynote Speaker and 2016 WWC Honoree, Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott!

    Registration & Breakfast
    8:00 a.m.

    Open Plenary
    9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

    Breakout Sessions I – II
    10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

    Lunch & Expo
    Boxed lunches are available  for online purchase only. If you are interested, you may pre-order a boxed lunch by October 5th by clicking here.
    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Mind Mapping Session
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions III – IV
    2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    Closing Plenary
    4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    WWC Dinner with Keynote Speaker & Honoree, Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott
    6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions I

    Building Trauma Informed Communities: Engaging What is Strong, NOT What is Wrong
    Speaker: Pamela Wong, MPA
    Expert Panelists: Gabriella Caldwell and Nicole Kosmas
    Personal Story: Shenika Phillips

    Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Mental Health
    Speakers: Jeanne Alhusen, PhD and Linda Bullock, PhD
    Expert Panelists: Julie Stoner, MS, MPH, Laurencia DuSantos, PsyD, and Whitlee Thyne, MSW

    Bridging the Gap: Utilizing a Three-Tiered Framework to Increase Access to Mental Health Services within the School Environment
    Speaker: Renee Smith, M.Ed
    Expert Panelists: Courtney Boone, Paul Aravich, PhD, Rhaea Goff, LCSW, and Colette Edmonson, MA, QMHP

    Breakout Sessions II

    Ability Matters: Harnessing the Power of Potential and Self-Actualization for Women and Young Girls
    Speaker: Ann Rader, MPA
    Expert Panelists: Lisa Iervolino, MS, LCSW, CSOTP, Charlotte Watts, PhD, LCP, and Cynthia A. Tumilty, MSN-Ed, BSN, RN
    Personal Story: Ann Rader, MPA

    Empowering Self-Care for Young Women
    Speaker: Melissa Elder, MBA
    Expert Panelists: Ernestine Duncan, PhD and Vanessa Samora, C.P.T, C.H.C, C.L.C.
    Personal Story: Melissa Elder, MBA and Alethia Raycrow-Simpson

    Social Media and Cyberbullying: The Psychosocial Impact
    Speaker: Patrick Slifka, LCSW
    Expert Panelists: Nicole Kosmas and Lemuel Williams, MA, LPC
    Personal Story: Avaona Vaughn (daughter) and Aresan Jones (mother)

    Breakout Sessions III

    Roadmap to Mental Health
    Speaker: Courtney Boone
    Expert Panelists: Lisa Iervolino, MS, LCSW, CSOTP, Patricia Blackshaw, and Kira Mantell, LCSW
    Personal Story: Alethia Raycrow-Simpson

    Girls and Bullying: Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones and Words Can Hurt Me Too!
    Speaker: Mitzi Glass, LCSW
    Expert Panelists: Laurencia DuSantos, PsyD and Ali Williams
    Personal Story: Avaona Vaughn (daughter) and Aresan Jones (mother)

    Out of the Void and into Abundance: Self-Care as a Path of Healing from Sexual Trauma
    Speaker: Vanessa Samora, C.P.T, C.H.C, C.L.C.
    Expert Panelists: Jamie Wolff, MA and Lemuel Williams, MA, LPC
    Expert Panelist & Personal Story: Anne Rader, MPA

    Breakout Sessions IV

    Ambiguous Loss: Breaking the Silence of Depression, Trauma, and Abuse
    Speaker: Portia Rawles, PsyD
    Expert Panelists: Ernestine Duncan, PhD, Letitia Laurien, LCSW, and Cindy Estes, Bio, MSN, MHA, RN, NE-BC
    Personal Story: Alethia Raycrow-Simpson

    Victim or Disorder: When the Victim’s Psychological Disorder Overwhelms the Human Trafficking and Shelter Staff
    Speaker: Deanna Wallace
    Expert Panelists: Ail Williams and Julie Stoner, MS, MPH
    Personal Story: Shenika Phillips

    Trauma Informed Care: The Basics (Intervention and Positive Mental Health)
    Speaker: Malaina Poole, MA
    Expert Panelists: Kathleen Simpson, CSAC, QMHP, Rhaea Goff, LCSW, and Gloria J. Gordy, PMHCNS-BC, MAC

    2016 WWC Honoree & Keynote Speaker, Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott

    dr_stacie_otey-scott_headshot-1Dr. Stacie Otey-Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a graduate of Regent University, which she accomplished while having 2 of her 3 children. Her experience includes time spent as a Primary Care Psychologist for Portsmouth and Ghent Family Medicine practices with Eastern Virginia Medical School, a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor at EVMS in the departments of Family & Community Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, and Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. She is now the Executive Director of Community Wellness at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, affectionately known as The Mount, in Chesapeake, Virginia, serving over 12,000 partners. Dr. Otey-Scott’s radio and television credits include the “Call Dr. SOS” radio segment and 2 national television appearances on “Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal”, as a featured Clinical Psychologist on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Otey-Scott also has a digital platform,, where she teaches each of us how to live life fully through successful relationships. If you desire to explore the impact of relationships on your life, is the place to start. Dr. SOS believes that we all need help from time to time navigating the demands of managing relationships and being self-reflective, so we can become the person God has called us to be, her calling is helping people make sense of the touch points of relationships in their lives that are key to achieving happiness and peace. As she often states, “life is about relationships.”




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    This year’s 2016 WWC EXPO offers a wide variety of FREE wellness screenings, community outreach program information, retailers, and other resources to help you achieve a mental health well-being. Make sure to take some time to browse through this year’s EXPO and visit all of our amazing exhibitors.

    1st Rate Insurance Management Corporation
    Avenues to Wellness
    Bedcrafters by Michelle
    Bon Secours In Motion
    City of Virginia Beach
    Dr. S.O.S
    Infinity Consulting Group
    Johnson & Johnson
    Mary Kay
    Massage Envy
    Palm Purpose
    Tidewater Beverage Services
    Truely Treasures
    Vanderventer Black Law
    Whole Body Health

    The Official #WWCelebration Social Media Hashtag Guide

    Use the below hashtags on your favorite social media sites to share your experiences during the conference and to stay on top of the conference conversations.



    The WWC is proud to host this year’s conference at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, located on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Nestled in the heart of the University Village, the Ted Constant Convocation Center is conveniently located near many local eateries and free accessible parking garages.



    Parking decks are located on the North and South sides of the building, as well as on the campus of Old Dominion University. General parking is free during events at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Note: The Old Dominion campus will be on Fall Holiday October 11, 2016, so parking should be available. 


    Ted Constant Convocation Center | 4320 Hampton Blvd. | Norfolk, VA 23508

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