Creating a Self-Care Plan that Works
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Practicing self-care consistently is an antidote to stress and a tool for burnout prevention. But too often perceived time limitations, cultural beliefs about what it means to take “me time” and misconceptions about what self-care is and how to practice, may impact our ability to practice self-care.

As we end 2022 and gear up to welcome a new year, we have the opportunity to design a self-care plan that works. Join us on December 7 at 6 pm (east) for an hour-long experiential session designed for busy professionals in mind to practice proven self-care techniques that can be sprinkled throughout your day and prevent or break the stress cycle. By the end of the session, participants will have 5 new self-care strategies in their toolboxes and a 2023 self-care to thrive.

This conversation is best experienced with a video camera on, as it is based on human experience and interaction. We ask that all participants have their cameras ON for the duration of the session.


This session is open to NAHJ members only. If you’re not a current member join/renew your membership today here.

In preparation for this session, fill out this self-care assessment worksheet.

TIME/DATE: Wednesday, December 7 – 6:00 PM ET/ 3:00 PM PT


Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW, is the founding director and therapist at Hope Center for Wellness, a Washington, DC-based multicultural wellness practice focused on holistic healing of individuals and communities.

In her clinical practice, she addresses issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief and loss, adjustments, addictions, family separations/reunification, among others. While she works with people from all walks of life, she specializes in working with second-generation Latinos, immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

Cheryl has pioneered several initiatives geared towards improving the mental health of Latinos and immigrants, including co-launching one of the first TeleMental Health programs for Spanish speaking immigrants in Washington, DC in 2015 and designing, and implementing Emociones y Política, a support group and workshop for immigrants facing anxiety due to anti-immigrant rhetoric. Her practice’s work with immigrant families separated at the border and later reunified has been featured in Time MagazineNBC News,Vanity Fair, among other media outlets.

In addition to her clinical work, Cheryl is a speaker and trainer on culturally responsive work with Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees, Trauma-Informed Care, TeleMental Health, Self-Care, Mindfulness, among other topics. Cheryl has trained hundreds of social workers, behavioral health professionals, teachers, organizers, among other professionals, and community members.

Cheryl combines her passion for micro, mezzo and macro work advocating for the communities she serves. In 2017, she founded Social Workers United for Immigration, a network of social workers committed to the well-being of immigrants and advancing immigrant rights. Because of this work, in 2019, Cheryl was selected by Social Work Today magazine as 1 of 10 dedicated and deserving social workers making an extraordinary impact across the country.

A former journalist and public relations professional, Cheryl believes in the power of stories and mental health awareness and engages in initiatives that bridge media and mental health. She currently serves as an appointed advisory board member for WETA’s Well Beings/Mental Health project.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We hope to see you soon virtually!

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