Lunch & Learn: Mental Health & Wellness

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Name: Lunch & Learn: Mental Health & Wellness
Date: September 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

What are Lunch and Learns? A series of quarterly seminars that will feature expert speakers presenting timely topics on which all business can relate. Whether it be HR issues or the next trend in social media, Lunch & Learns will provide a local resource for education to activate growth for Jones County businesses. FREE for members to attend*, there will be ample networking time to meet with a cross-section of Chamber members and Jones County professionals.
Next Topic:
Mental Health & Wellness

Why you should attend:

Topics to be discussed include:
>Mental Health ? what is it?
>How to recognize symptoms in others (friends, co-workers, workplace, etc) and how to approach the subject with them.
>Comments to avoid and words that work to help get someone the treatment that they need.
>Treatment options
>What to do in a mental health emergency.
>Stop the stigma!

More About the Speaker:
Rhonda Smith, DSW, LCSW, Therapist
South Central Behavioral Health Services

Rhonda Smith, DSW, LCSW, Therapist at South Central Behavioral Health Services (SCBHS), recently received her Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from the University of Tennessee ? Knoxville. Smith received her bachelor?s degree in Psychology and a master?s degree in social work from the University of Southern Mississippi.  After completing the required two years post-graduate clinical supervision, she earned a certification in Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW). She joined SCBHS as a Mental Health Therapist in 2013

Dr. Smith explained her extensive training in the doctoral residency at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. ?It is required that each student complete a full institutional review board approved research project and write a peer-reviewed article suitable for publication.  My research and article was ?Crisis Intervention Team Engagement and Continued Mental Health Care?. I studied our own Jones County Crisis Intervention Team (Sheriff?s Department and Laurel Police Department) and their effectiveness in referring individuals in crisis to ongoing mental health treatment.  I successfully defended my project on March 26, 2019 and plan to publish the article in the near future.  I will present my research at the Crisis Intervention Team International Conference in Seattle, WA in August 2019.?

During her time at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, she was a part of Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Beta Phi, both National Honor Societies based on academic excellence.  Dr. Smith graduated with nearly a 4.0 grade point average, and was selected to represent the DSW Class of 2019 at their graduation ceremony. 

Dr. Smith is located at South Central Behavioral Health Services in Laurel. South Central Behavioral Health Services is an outpatient service that provides individual and family counseling. To learn more or to make an appointment at South Central Behavioral Health Services, call 601-426-9614 or visit South Central Behavioral Health Services is located at 2002 D Highway 15 North in Laurel.

Contact Amanda Roll,
to support this or future Lunch & Learns!

Event Sponsors:

Premier Members

  • Sanderson Farms
  • Dixie Electric Power Association
  • Mississippi Power Company
South Central Place
2260 Hwy 15 N
Laurel, MS 39440

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:30 AM: LUNCH
12:00-1:00 PM: LEARN

Contact Information:
Amanda Roll, Chamber of Commerce Director 601.335.4828 or
  • *All Chamber members receive TWO free registrations.
  • Tables of 8 are available for members, $90, and for non-members, $130.
  • Additional member company attendees may attend for $15 each.
  • Nonmembers are invited to attend for $15 per registrant.
  • Register online ABOVE or contact the Chamber office 601.335.4828 or 601.649.3031 for registration assistance.
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