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Indigenous Mind Body/ Somatic Workshop

Event Date:

February 17, 2021

Event Time:

4:00 pm

Currently mental health clinicians are carrying such a large load of community stress. We see you, and you are not alone.

Is stress impacting your life negatively? Are you experiencing increased anxiety or sadness? Is your sleep disrupted? Do you feel more reactive or irritable than your normal self? Are you having trouble focusing or completing tasks? Do you numb yourself in social media, the news, television, video games, food, etc?

Do you want to feel empowered and knowledgeable to INCREASE your focus, connection and a sense of calm in your daily life through somatic work?

Join Nima Novak, M.S., CCC-SLP, to learn mind body strategies and tools to quickly reset your nervous system to reduce the negative emotional and physical impact of our current circumstances of living through a global pandemic and civil unrest. The strategies and tools taught in the workshop are shown through research to increase joy and sense of calm, improve immune system function, improve quality of sleep and improve digestion. Learn how to implement these strategies into your daily schedule to reduce Zoom fatigue, increase wellness and weave into clinical sessions to support yourself and clients.

About the Speaker: Nima Novak, M.S., CCC-SLP

Nima Novak is an Indigenous Speech Language Pathologist from the Mohawk Tribe of the Iroquois Nation. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked extensively in marginalized communities, specifically on the west side of Chicago, where she has seen first hand the negative effects of trauma on speech, language and fluency development. She is currently studying somatic therapies, Polyvagal Theory, Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Reiki to promote healing across the communities she serves, with the intention of loving kindness for all. Her focus on evidence-based practices and empirical research serves to bridge the worlds of healing and science which are often relegated to different categories. Nima’s holistic approach of resilience and education teaches how research-based mindfulness practices can be used to manage trauma in the body for both her students and colleagues experiencing the effects of secondary trauma. She is dedicated to empowering her students and all womxn to pursue their passions through the cultivation of resilience and self-worth. In her school based speech therapy and basketball coaching Nima takes a trauma-informed approach to support BIPOC and all students at every level. 

Nima is an advisor on Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board and mentor’s current students at California State San Marcos in the Students of Speech & Language, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Group. For her anti-racism work, she has trained medical clinicians at Northwestern Universitybeen, been featured in Vice Magazine, and Authority Magazine. She is a contributing founder and author of the anti-racism work group Living in Empathy. Nima has been featured in interviews on Educators for Justice IG live, SLPs Of Color IG live, the SLPs of Color podcast, the FAACT podcast, the Breaking Down Podcast. She has presented as a keynote speaker for The Rainbow Project and LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois.

Nima offers accountability consultation and training in somatic work and anti-racism work. Please find her at @nima.novak on Instagram or for contact and future upcoming events.

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Event Schedule Details

  • February 17, 2021 4:00 pm   -   5:00 pm
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