Inside Passages Speaker Series

Inside Passages is a free speaker series that explores issues connected to mental health and wellness that impact us, our families, and the community. With different speakers and topics, participants will learn and exchange views on a wide variety of mental health-related issues. This information is intended to be most beneficial to direct service providers, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Presentations will be offered virtually on Zoom November-April (see schedule below). Find more information at our Facebook event by clicking here.


Click the link below to register. 

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Upcoming Presentations:

  • November 14th 12PM-1PM NAMI Juneau - Introduction to Juneau Mental Health Services

  • November 29th 12PM-1PM Amelia Hanrahan - Trauma Stewardship and Preventing Burnout

  • January 17th 12pm-1pm Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance - Eating Disorders

  • February 21st 12pm-1pm Sharnel Vale-Jones, T&H Cultural & Behavioral Services Healing Center - Infusing Southeast Traditional Practices in Evidence-Based Practice

  • March 14th 12pm-1pm Margie Thomson, Koru Counseling - Providing Gender-Affirming Mental Health Care

  • April 18th 12pm-1:30pm Lived Experience & Peer Support Panel: Aaron Surma, Kara Nelson, John Drips


November 14th 12PM-1PM Aaron Surma & Meryl Connelly-Chew NAMI Juneau - Introduction to Juneau Mental Health Services

In this presentation, Aaron Surma (he/him) and Meryl Connelly-Chew (they/them) of NAMI Juneau will share about NAMI Juneau programs, discuss the benefits of peer support, review local Juneau mental health services (including new programs), provide updates on 988, and share an overview of the upcoming Inside Passage Series

November 29th 12PM-1PM Amelia Hanrahan - Trauma Stewardship and Preventing Burnout

Amelia Hanrahan (she/her) will present on trauma stewardship and burnout prevention and recovery. Drawing on her experiences teaching book studies on Laura van Dernoot Lipsky's Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and running debriefing sessions, she will give an overview of what trauma stewardship means, what it looks like in practice, and provide examples and resources for creating healthy emotional engagement with our work. The practice is focused on moving from a sense of overwhelm to maintaining joy and being present when helping others.

Amelia (she/her)  is a mental health clinician working for the Juneau School District. She graduated from UAF's clinical mental health Master's program in 2019. Her work is focused in childhood trauma, suicide prevention, and LGBT+ mental health. She previously worked at Juneau Youth Services as a clinician and at Kodiak Area Native Association providing primary care mental health services. Before that she worked as a teacher in South Korea and as a musician. Originally from Toronto, Canada she moved to Alaska in 2016.

Click here for the slides from Trauma Stewardship & Preventing Burnout with Amelia Hanrahan