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Boosting your Mental Health:
Coping with the Pace of a Hectic World


Boosting Your Mental Health: Coping with the Pace of a Hectic World will provide helpful techniques for coping with the symptoms of stress not only during the holidays but all through the year. Tips for identifying depression and other mental health issues will also be discussed and you will learn the skills needed to better understand and manage your overall mental health. The pursuit of happiness and a healthy mind involves keeping a positive mental attitude toward yourself and others. You will learn two universal keys to help you achieve this balance. Be empowered by Maribel Quiala and learn how to manage your mental health as you carry out the many demands of life! This webinar was presented on October 12, 2011.

Presenter’s Bio:

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Maribel Quiala

Maribel Quiala, LCSW is a speaker, author and media expert well-known for her thought-provoking commentary on critical contemporary health issues.

She graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and music and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University. In 2009, Ms. Quiala graduated as a Fellow to the National Hispanic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program.

Bi-lingual in English and Spanish, Maribel is effective and persuasive as an advocate, spokesperson and conference presenter for culturally appropriate health care services.

Maribel's passion for reform is reflected in the belief that, "Regardless of socio-economic background, health perspectives are deeply influenced by family values and body and health issues that are most personal and intimate." She is an expert in children's mental health/psychiatric disorders, Latina health issues, and current healthcare practices. "Giving patients information is not enough", declares Quiala. "They must be educated in a comfortable, safe haven where they feel supported and understood. Only then will they be able to ask questions and integrate what they have learned as part of their every day life"

Aside from her private practice, she is the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the National Latina Health Network and Field Instructor for the Florida International University School of Social Work, Nova Southeastern University and Barry University. She is also the Director of Clinical Services for Ft. Lauderdale Hospital in Broward County. She has been recognized by Florida International University for outstanding service and support towards reducing health disparities in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among Latinos. Mujers Dinamicas American Cancer Society honored her for her tireless work with women who have cancer and she was featured in El Nuevo Herald for her work with the Latino Community.

Ms. Quiala served as Director of National Hispanic Caregiving Outreach for the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, speaking and presenting on their behalf to Latino caregivers and professional groups. She provided direction on programs that were specifically designed for Latino families, and served on the team that created two Hispanic sites in San Antonio.

Maribel has appeared on local, regional and national television and radio shows, including CNN Latin America, Univision and Telemundo, providing professional insight on mental health issues and other critical health concerns among minority populations.
Ms. Quiala is actively involved in South Florida's Hispanic community, promoting educational activities for Hispanic women to empower their families and inform them on mental health issues. She is also a member of the City of Miami Beach Commission on Women's Issues.

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