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Homecoming 2020: Social Work in the Workplace: Turning the Tables on Critical Conversations

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Category I CE

Original Program Date :
Jun 22, 2020


Cultural Health & Well Being in the Workplace

Victor Armstrong, MSW, Vice President-Behavioral Health, Atrium Health

Victor Armstrong serves as Vice President, Behavioral Health with Atrium Health based in Charlotte, NC. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health, Recovery Innovations (RI) International, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC, and i2i Center for Integrative Health. He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and is a member of American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Victor’s awards and recognitions include 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 "Best of the Best", and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for "Whole Person Care", 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year.

Gender Reveal: Identity and Expression in the Workplace

Maria Whitter, MSW, LCSW, CEAP, Manager Central Region, Manager of Compliance, Centene Corporation

Maria earned an MSW from St. Louis University, and a BSW with a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Maria has over 20 years of experience working in the LGBTQIA+ community, 20 years of healthcare experience, and 15 years working with Employee Assistance Programs, with over ten years in a leadership role. During the past several years, Maria presented at the Employee Assistance Professional Association International Conference in 2018 & 2017, Missouri Institute of Mental Health 2018, and the St. Louis EAPA Chapter in 2016. Maria has dedicated the past 10+ years to training on, supporting, and working with individuals who identify as transgender. Maria is currently a Manager of Compliance at Centene Corporation.


Leadership During a Crisis: Focusing on Workplace Culture

Bernie S. Dyme, Perspectives, President & CEO

He has developed Crisis Management and disaster managment programs for numerous companies including BP. He authored BP’s Humanitarian Assistance Training (HAT) program and has delivered the HAT workshop in various U. S. and South American locations.

Mr. Dyme is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM), National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), the City Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Vistage (formerly TEC), an organization of CEOs, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Workplace Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Mr. Dyme is very active in the community having served on the Board of Directors and as School Board Chair for his Temple. He currently serves as the VIce President of the Board of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. He also is a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration (SSA).

Further, he has taught at Benedictine University in the Management and Organizational Behavior Department and has published an article entitled “Total Quality Management in Contracted EAPs” in Employee Assistance Quarterly.




Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey is an Associate Professor at University of Maryland, School of Social Work. 

Dr. Frey chairs the Social Work in the Workplace & Employee Assistance Sub-specialization and the Financial Social Work Initiative. Her MSW and PhD degrees were earned from the University of Maryland.Dr. Frey’s research focuses on adult and workplace behavioral health and well-being. She evaluates interventions and programs that support working-aged adults, their families and employers. A significant portion of her scholarship focuses on suicide prevention, substance use and recovery, and workplace crisis response. Dr. Frey has published over 50 articles and chapters in leading professional journals and books, and has co-authored two books. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health and is widely sought after to present her research at national and international professional conferences and meetings. Dr. Frey resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two sons.

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