Benchmarks at Burrell: July 10, 2020 | Burrell


Benchmarks at Burrell: July 10, 2020

Benchmarks at Burrell: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020, virtual via Zoom

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Benchmarks at Burrell: Cultivating LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in the Workplace, in Care, and in Society

Featured Speaker: Dr. Shelly Farnan, System Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Burrell Behavioral Health


This Intermediate-level presentation intends to improve the quality of life for humans who are LGBTQIA+ as well as change society for the better. Focus of content will include the brain science, self-awareness of the participant (Implicit bias), education and knowledge regarding LGBTQIA+ lived experience and best practices. Space will be held to practice honest conversations involving the self of the participant, sexual orientation and gender identity. This program applies the brain science to all aspects of care and connection with the LGBTQIA+ population. This program provides education on best practice standards and then holds space for practice of best practices. While there will be a specific emphasis on providing care to those who are LGBTQIA+, all are welcome and will benefit from this conversation. 

Because of the importance of this topic, Burrell has waived the registration fee for all attendees and will cover the cost of CE credits for the first 100 registrants who need them. Because of this, each attendee will need to register separately (no signing up multiple people), to help us better track who is receiving credits and how many registrants we have.

Date: Friday, July 10
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one hour off at noon for lunch)
Location: Virtual via Zoom (info will be sent to you upon registration
Cost: Free! (CE credits $10 per person after first 100 CE registrations)
CE credits: Full participation AND return of post-session survey earns six CE credits
Questions: Call Mandy Vela at 417-761-5020 or e-mail

About the speaker:
Dr. Shelly Farnan, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the System Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, Missouri. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology in 2009. Dr. Farnan has extensive experience working with a variety of populations and evidence-based treatments in community mental health centers, private practice, and with the Department of Mental Health in an inpatient forensic psychiatric hospital. She specializes in Inclusion; working with, consulting and educating on behalf of, diverse, minority, marginalized, and underserved populations; with a specific emphasis in serving the LGBTQI+ population. Dr. Farnan has provided Cultural Competence Training and education since 2007, has been a champion and trainer in Missouri for Trauma-Informed Care since 2015, recently qualified as a trainer of the NeuroRelational Model; PersonBrain Model, and is a qualified QPR trainer for suicide prevention. She has a passion for developing relationships, raising awareness, and facilitating change. She has a genuine style of respect, warmth, acceptance and humor. Dr. Farnan knows and believes that change is always possible and that it starts in the “small spaces.” As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Farnan, with a fabulous team, brought a dream to life through the Be Well Community, putting science into action so that we can all experience the benefits and build resilience. She serves as the co-chair of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Health’s Cultural Competency Workgroup and serves on the Board for Aids Project of the Ozarks (APO).

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