Leadership & Mental Health

Day: Thursday

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm EDT

Presenter(s): Kent Schafer


Change is necessary. Leadership requires developing a plan and managing resistance and conflict through change. With the current pandemic, change has been messy. Mental health has a complex relationship within organizations. With information at the palm of our hands, people are more likely to judge instead of think about change. During this interaction, we will recognize various stressors that may affect organizations during the past 18 months. With your help, we’ll create several solutions to promote our psychological well-being and embrace change.

Presenter(s) Information

Kent Schafer


Kent Schafer, PhD, NCSP, is currently employed as the statewide psychologist at Bryce Psychiatric Hospital with the Alabama Department of Mental Health. His predoctoral internship was served with rotations between Sparks Pediatric Clinic for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Bryce Psychiatric Hospital at University of Alabama. He started out with his first master’s in Alcohol and Substance Abuse from University of Illinois at Springfield clinically treating substance use or challenging youth to think through prevention education. He transitioned to the educational side earning his second master’s degree in Special Education/Psychology from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and continues to be a nationally certified school psychologist promoting the consultation/collaboration model. Inside his circle, he is affectionately known as the “research man” who enjoys disseminating strategies and decisions. His doctoral dissertation focus was building psychometric value to Roger Williams and Charlene Crump’s Communication Skills Assessment. In the past, Kent has worked on numerous media related projects for an executive agency in Illinois. He served as a parliamentarian for Illinois Association for the Deaf during Michael Berger’s term. As a current board-at-large member of the national deaf organization, ADARA, he continues to have a vested interest in addressing policy and program concerns to change practices for deaf behavioral health. He relishes opportunities to provide members of the receptive signing community the opportunity to expand the six inches of grey matter between their ears. Outside the work sphere, Kent can be found somewhere chucking round plastic objects towards metal encaged baskets in the sport called disc golf or spending time with his wife and two daughters.