Workshops, Speaking, and Other Consultation

As speakers and educators, we aim to make evidence-based mental health and wellness information easy to understand, engaging, and tailored to your particular group.


We work collaboratively with clients to ensure that we understand the goals of the presentation, size of the group, and participants’ familiarity with the topic so that we can best engage the audience.

Current Offerings

Getting What You Deserve: Achievement, self-worth, and negotiation (1-3 hours)

  • Learning objectives: Participants will learn: 1) How to evaluate the value of their own and others’ achievements; 2) Ways in which certain groups have been historically undervalued and taught to undervalue themselves; 3) How to counter these biases in themselves and others; and 4) Basic negotiation skills. Participants will be better able to advocate for themselves after completing this workshop.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Cowden Hindash

Achieving Your Goals: How to organize your life to get what you really want (2-3 hours)

  • Learning objectives: Participants will learn: 1) How to clarify their values; 2) How to balance short and long term goals; 3) Ways to end the “deadline drain” cycle; and 4) How to break tasks and goals down into achievable steps.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Cowden Hindash

A Balancing Act in Blue: From putting out fires to enjoying the sea (1-3 hours)

  • Learning objectives: Participants will learn: 1) How to identify if/when they are out of balance; 2) How to plan for and cope with competing work and life deadlines; 3) Mindfulness exercises which can increase awareness, clarity, and relieve stress; and 4) How to use mindfulness to end the cycle of putting out fires.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Cowden Hindash

Fostering Social and Romantic Relationships: (1-2 hours)

  • Learning objectives: Participants will: 1) Understand the ways creating and sustaining social relationships support individual health; 2) Understand the ways creating and sustaining social relationships support work productivity; and 3) Learn specific strategies to help create and foster social relationships.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Norona-Flores

Parenting as a Working Individual (1-2 hours)

  • Learning objectives: Participants will: 1) Understand the behaviors at work and at home that can contribute to burnout; 2) Learn how to maximize your working hours as well as your “life” hours; and 3) Learn how to care for your romantic relationship while also caring for your child(ren)
  • Facilitator: Dr. Norona-Flores

A Quick Guide to Navigating Difficult Conversations and Fostering Inclusion (1-2 hours)

  • Learning Objectives: To foster a community of supportive communication, this training will allow participants to: (1) Identify their own communication style, (2) Learn techniques that promote open and inclusive speech, and (3) Practice dialogue skills in a safe environment where they can develop confidence.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Thelemaque

“You said what?” An Introduction to Combating Unconscious Bias. (1-2 hours)

  • Learning Objectives: Participants will: (1) Define several forms of unconscious biases, (2) Define microaggressions, (3) Learn how unconscious bias can negatively impact working relationships, and (4) Learn communication skills to repair relationships after committing a microaggression.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Thelemaque

From Surviving to Thriving: Being a Minority in Tech (1-2 hours)

  • Learning Objectives: Participants: (1) Develop communication skills to articulate their experiences as women and people of color in tech in a safe environment, and (2) Learn techniques that promote self-care and empowerment within the workplace.
  • Facilitator: Dr. Thelemaque

Speaking and Other Consultation

Please note that V.I.A. is comprised of psychologists who can speak about and consult around a variety of topics.

  • Dr. Thelemaque has done everything from tutoring elementary statistics to running a medical clinic.  She has trained medical professionals on how to implement person-focused, empathetic communication in their everyday practice with low-income and minority patients. She has developed workshops on racial identity development, gender identity development, inter-group or cross-racial dialogues, and effective communication. Tanisha is also a born-leader who was the first non-medical doctor to co-direct a community-based primary care clinic, so she knows how to successfully lead and manage groups of people from different backgrounds and levels of training. You are missing out on a fresh, unique perspective if you don’t have her on your team.
  • Dr. Norona-Flores has given presentations to professionals about relationship dynamics and healthy communication practices. Additionally, she has worked with college students in both tutoring and mentoring roles to support learning in various content areas of psychology, as well as to assist with applications to post-baccalaureate programs.
  • Dr. Cowden Hindash knows emotions well. She has trained everyone from medical professions to everyday people in behavior management and change, wellness, work-life balance, meditation, and life planning. Alexandra is a compassionate and straightforward leader who uses her expansive knowledge of human behavior to motivate others to shape a client’s life-path.

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