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Series 2 - Wellness at the workplace in the time of COVID and this time of change

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Series 2 - Wellness at the workplace in the time of COVID and this time of change

Second in a series:

Real-world story #2 on addressing workplace stress

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Thursday, August 6, 2020, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time


Workplace Stress? Real-world workplace action steps for wellness in this Virtual Cafe - 2nd in this series

Service to others is rewarding, but struggling to manage stress, sometimes traumatic stress, can be challenging for health, mental health, first responders, and other service providers when providing care to others.

This cafe session shares the story from Support Center for Child Advocates about how their workplace is grappling with traumatic stress faced by staff, what's working, and what's not.


Frank P. Cervone, ESQUIRE, Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates), the pro bono lawyer program for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Prior to his work at Child Advocates, Frank was a Staff Attorney at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Villanova University School of Law, where he instructed law students in domestic-abuse and child-support litigation. He previously served as counsel for Saint Gabriel's System, an agency providing treatment services for juvenile offenders.

Mr. Cervone currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Council, helping to shape and guide child welfare policy and practice in the Commonwealth. He is a founder and co-director of the National Children’s Law Network, former chair of the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania, former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Task Force on Children, and served as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee. In 2006-7 Mr. Cervone served as a member of the Mayor’s Child Welfare Review Panel examining the Philadelphia child welfare system. Mr. Cervone lectures and trains both lay and professional audiences in child abuse and child advocacy.

He received the Legal Intelligencer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the American Bar Association Mark Hardin Award for Child Welfare Legal Scholarship and Systems Change in 2014, the Philadelphia Business Journal Most Admired CEO Award in 2015, the 2017 John F. Kennedy Memorial Award presented by Northeast Community Center for Behavioral Health , the 2019 National Legal Aid & Defender Association Kutak-Dodds Civil Prize, and numerous other local and national awards. Frank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University School of Law and has a Master’s Degree in Theology and Ministry from LaSalle University. He has been married to Doylestown lawyer and Warwick Township Supervisor Judith Algeo since 1990. He likes to garden, cook, swim and play with his grandkids.

Brought to you by the PATF Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroup

The Secondary Traumatic Stress Workgroup is collecting and sharing information about tools and strategies used by City departments, unions, and other employers that build wellness and resilience in our workforce and community and reduce the risk of traumatic stress. As we all navigate this phase of the COVID pandemic, and the heightened awareness of the longstanding simultaneous pandemic of racism, we bring you stories about steps employers are taking to create healthy and resilient workplaces. Join us for this new series of virtual cafes that can help now as we #ReturnToWork to #TakeCarePHL.

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