Dr. Karla and Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia is hosting a Virtual Walk/Run for Mental Health Awareness

Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia is Proud to announce our Virtual Walk/Run for Mental Health Awareness will be held May 1-31, 2021.

Registration is now open!

Registration Link: Project H.O.P.E. Virtual Walk Run for Mental HealthAwareness

All Monies raised will go towards established Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia Therapeutic Fund..

For more information: Contact Dr. Karla Sapp at (912) 495-8440 or projecthopeofcoastalga@gmail.com

Helping Other People Exist Scholarship for High School Seniors in Liberty County, Georgia

Are you a High School Senior?

Do you reside in Liberty County, Georgia?

Have you been accepted into a College/University in the Fall 2021?

Do you have plans to major in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, or Education?

If you answered (or know someone who will answer) YES to all of the questions, then this post is for YOU!!!!!!!

Dr. Karla is EXCITED to announce that her newly established Non Profit Organization, Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia, will be awarding a Deserving 2021 High School Senior with a $500.00 Helping Other People Exist Scholarship within the Liberty County Community.

Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia was established to serve as a catalyst for change within communities of Coastal Georgia.

Project H.O.P.E. of Coastal Georgia aims to Promote Mental Health, Education, and Service throughout Coastal Georgia.

For more information on the Helping Other People Exist Scholarship Application and Criteria visit: https://drkarlasapp.com/project-h-o-p-e/helping-other-people-exist-scholarship-for-high-school-seniors/

Helping Other People Exist Electronic Scholarship can be completed using the following link: https://forms.gle/xkVrSqnTFBwhSuhw8

Application Deadline is April 24, 2021.

Copies will be available through School Counselors!

Minorities & Mental Health: A Candid Conversation with Clinicians

Minorities & Mental Health: A Candid Conversation with Clinicians is an event hosted by Dr. Karla Sapp to acknowledge Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

During the conversation Dr. Sapp and her Featured Guest Panelist will discuss the correlation between Minorities and Mental Health, barriers preventing Minorities from receiving Mental Health, the STIGMA surrounding Minorities and Mental Health. Dr. Sapp and her Featured Guest Panelist will also discuss the current events faced by African Americans and its impact on their Mental Health.

Command Your Life

A few year ago, I was presented with a book, by Gretchen Rubin entitled, “The Happiness Project”. I was told by the giver of this book that it had changed his life and that in him knowing how I am always looking for ways to better myself and others, he felt that the book would be great for me to not only read but add to my personal library and share with others.

Now, initially, I was reluctant to even open the book and begin to read, as I had already skimmed the back cover and wasn’t as intrigued; however, after letting sit on my bookcase for a month or so, I made the decision to give it a chance and see what I could learn. As individuals we are so focused on all the things happening around us and allow them to consume us that we never really engage self-discovery. We are easily distracted. We lose our focus on what is important, and to be honest, what is most important is our continued growth. We fail to realize that we can learn from anyone and/or anything, and it is those things that we are experiencing resistance that we eventually learn the most from. With that being said, I opened the book and begin to read.

To my surprise, a few pages in, I was introduced to a concept that intrigued me and found myself considering how I could possibly implement this concept into my daily life. Rubin shared that as she began to engage in identifying her resolutions for the first month of the year (she decided to add more resolutions monthly) she noticed that she had some overarching principles that stood out to her. Let me first address the resolution aspect, before going any further. Typically at the first of the year, we all engage in a process of identifying our New Year’s resolutions. The most common resolutions include: getting a gym membership and working out, eating healthier, losing weight, be a better person, and of course the list could go on and on. These resolutions, we are so quick to make, however, we are even more apt to forget about them within the first few week so the year and start to engage in unhealthy habits that go against the resolutions we made for ourselves.

Having the latter notion, is what really drew me in to Rubin’s discussion of the overarching principles she noticed among her resolutions that resulted in her arriving at her own personal twelve (12) commandments that she stated, “would help me as I was struggle to keep my resolutions” (p. 11). How cool would that be to develop my own personal list of commandments that would help me throughout the year to maintain focus and stay on track towards my goals.

Now we are all aware of the Ten Commandments that God provides us in the Bible, which tells us how we as Christians should behave, however, how many of us have ever took the time to think of how we have the ability to “Command” our own lives, personally and professionally, by developing commandments, our own set of rules, that would empower us to act in a certain manner. Seems trivial, but if taken very seriously, it can be one of the most powerful tools utilized. Of course, we think, who has the time to sit down and come up with commandments. It is just as simple as writing down the grocery lists your to-do list for work. It comes down to how serious you are about taking control over your life.

As I sat and thought about the goals I had for myself, I began to identify commandments that I felt would help me to be successful in maintaining my focus, completing my task, and achieving my goals. I arrived at the following commandments that I felt governs my behavior on daily basis:

Karla’s Commandments

1. Live life with no regrets

2. Wake up early

3. Never set limits on my ability to achieve my goals

4. Laugh out loud, always

5. Remain true to form

6. Find something to believe in and pursue

7. Think positive

8. Engage in random acts of kindness

9. Practice mindfulness

10. Treasure family and friends

11. Express gratitude

12. Be consistent

13. One day at a time

14. Make time for myself

15. Indulge in Natures Beauty

16. Be present

17. Stay humble

18. Always be honest

It is these eighteen (18) commandments that have catapulted me into a new realm of my life. A realm that is characterized by happiness, success, confidence, spirituality, and goal-achievement. I find myself being very intentional about the activities I involve myself in making sure that they are aligned with my commandments. If activities and/or goals do not align with my commandments or at some point veer off course, I immediately re-evaluate my intentions and determine if I need to abandon the activity and/or goal or at least place it in a safe place until such alignment takes place.

Being aware is very important to ensure that such things take place. I try my to have an awareness of self, my activities and/or goals, others, and the environment in which I am in on a daily basis. Without a sense of awareness, I am not able to maintain focus or allow myself to be intentional in all that I am doing. This awareness also allows me to gain a sense of balance and have control over my life.

Having control is what commanding your life is about. Commanding is all about taking charge, and that is what you as an individual must do if you desire to move forward and attain all of your heart desires. So are you ready to take control and command your life? If you are, start today by identifying your personal principles that will help you to begin commanding your life.

If you would like to read Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project”, it can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Books-A-Million, and at www.harpercollins.com. Feel free to also follow her daily blog at www.happiness-project.com.

We Must Act……

Systematic racism and police violence have stolen lives of Black Americans from communities across the country.

As clinicians, it is our responsibility to recognize the plight faced by our African American clients and their allies and must fight to correct these injustices. We must invest and stay active in these efforts, especially when they aren’t the focus of the media. The events in recent days, weeks and month have provided another all-too-often reminder of this.

As we work to provide a wide array of services to our African American clients and their allies at the forefront of these issues, I implore you to make a few promises.

First, promise that you will continually uplift and call attention to these injustices. We should not only hear your voice on this issue when it is the focus of the media, but also hear your voice when it is not the focus of the media attention. Promise that you will address and fight for these issues proactively, not reactively.

Promise that you will hold space for African Americans to process their emotions and thoughts as well as empower them.

Promise that you will become familiar with and utilize both multicultural and social justice counseling advocacy interventions.

Lastly, promise that you will promote and collaborate with organizations focused on ending these injustices.

As a fellow clinician, I call on you to hold each other as well as yourself accountable to these promises and our African American clients, their families, and our/their communities.

Join Me on Motivo’s Panel Discussion on Racial Trauma

In a time where African Americans are experiencing systemic racism, social injustices, police brutality, and violence, it is imperative that mental health professionals begin having those not so popular discussions that address the psychological impacts of systemic racism and social injustices perpetrated against African Americans.

As a Motivo Clinical Supervisor, I am inviting all mental health professional to join myself and three other panelist for a Motivo Panel Discuss on Racia Trauma on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 12pm.

This panel discussion webinar is specifically designed for mental health clinicians and clinical supervisors who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of racial trauma and hosted by Motivo.

For more information and to register use the following link below!

Registration Link: https://wearemotivo.com/racial-trauma-discussion/

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Will You “MAKE SOME NOISE”?

On last evening, I had the pleasure of speaking virtually on the topic “Trauma, Violence, and Social Justice Advocacy among the Black Community” to the DC and Virginia Chapters of the National Black MBA Association.

While it was a great opportunity to share my knowledge, I will admit I was saddened that such a conversation has to be had.

The continued perpetuation of violence and senseless killings of African Americans (both male and female) as well as other social injustices by powerful institutions is overwhelming, uncalled for and traumatizing to minorities, both directly and indirectly.

As I did on last evening to the many members of DC and Virginia’s Black MBA Association Chapter members, I am IMPLORING minorities as well as our Allies to begin “MAKING SOME NOISE” about the continued yet unnecessary social injustices plaguing minorities…. especially African Americans!

Now, more than ever, we should be taking action to bring awareness along with holding our institutions (judicial, criminal justice/law enforcement, educational, political) accountable for their actions. We MUST STAND for JUSTICE by Advocating and Demanding Change!

Are you Willing to “MAKE SOME NOISE”?

Life Is Really All About…..

What is life is really all about?

Ultimately, it’s about FEELING the way you want to feel.

Grateful.

Confident.

Excited.

Inspired.

Joyful.

HAPPY.

It’s about knowing who you are and what you were created for.

It’s about being in alignment and walking in your purpose so that you can inspire others to do the same.

The secret is that you can BE all of that and FEEL all of that right now, as you are, with what you have.

Call To Action….. Let’s MAKE SOME NOISE!

As counselors, the work we do on a daily basis extends far beyond the clinical setting. Considered human/social service professionals, our most important work is that of advocating on the behalf of our clients; ensuring their well-being and overall quality of life is at its best.

Recently the world became familiar, almost 3 months to late, with the untimely, uncalled for, and senseless murder of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia.

Hunted down while jogging, the perpetrators had no compassion and/or regard for this young African American man’s life and up until the evening of May 7th, 2020, when arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and booked into the Glynn County Jail, had remained free to continue living their lives as if Ahmaud’s life did not matter.

So many times, we are faced with hearing about and watching the news of other African Americans being senselessly killed, yet we don’t necessarily think that we will ever have to experience such in our own neighborhoods and/or surrounding counties.

While this case hits home for me, as I was reared and have resided in Coastal Georgia for 38 years of my life, I am well aware that this case resonates with so many more, directly and indirectly.

The violent, unjust, and oppressive acts perpetrated upon ethnic minorities has become all to common in our lives and there comes a time when we as human/social service professional, more specifically: counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, and other behavioral providers, can no longer be complicit and begin to bring awareness not only to the social injustices and/or oppressive acts but also the the psychological impact these acts have on ethnic minorities and their allies.

With that being said, I am issuing a CALL To ACTION for the many Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Psychologist to come together and MAKE SOME NOISE!

It is time that we not only offer our clinical services to our community, but that we begin to ADVOCATE for and STAND alongside our communities.

Let’s MAKE SOME NOISE in the name of Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Advocacy for not just Ahmaud Arbery but all of the African American men and women who have been unjustly killed.

Lets Rally, Use our Social Media Platforms to Educate, Empower, and Call out Injustices, Write our Local/State/National Legislative Leaders, Publish Op-Eds, Write and Sign on to Petitions demanding Justice!

Current Petition Campaign(s)

In order to Effect Change we must DEMAMD Change!!!!

Please sign this Petition to the State Bar to hold Jackie Johnson accountable for her gross diligence and Prosecutorial Misconduct!

Petition for J. Johnson Resignation