Helena Washington


Helena Washington, M.Ed., LCDC, ICADC, MAC, is a licensed addiction specialist, mental wellness, and behavioral health diversity authority, with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and preserving family systems. Due to Helena’s clinical rooting in mental health, her passion is working with a holistic and collaborative approach to mental wellness, as well as educating communities, organizations and corporations. She has worked for treatment programs, in corrections, acute care settings, as a clinician, program manager, and many years in private practice. She obtained her Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Grambling State University in 1996, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2001, from Bowling Green State University, with a focus on brain trauma, addiction, mental and emotional health, physical wellness, diversity, adolescent and women’s concerns. As a CBT/DBT trained practitioner, Helena is also trained in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy-Adolescents and Adults, a part of the Texas Children’s Collaborative Group for Trauma Care, and Trauma Informed Care. Presently, she runs her private practice and behavioral health consulting firm, BraveBird Recovery and Wellness, in Houston, Texas. Additionally, Helena is the President-elect, Houston Chapter Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Board (governed by NAADAC), on the Houston Harris County Office of Drug Policy; Board of Directors, Liberian Association of Greater Houston, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
This dedicated mother of three, grandmother of one, immigrated to the United States from Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, as a child. She describes her greatest professional success as being an integral partner in the process of healing that takes place in those living with disruptive behavioral health challenges and promoting family preservation.

M.Ed.-Master of Education, Counseling LCDC-Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas & Ohio) ICADC- Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ADC) MAC-Master Addiction Counselor (National Certification)

2:30 - 3:45 PM (CDT)

Thursday September 10

Inclusion in Behavioral Health: Respecting Diverse Populations and Cultures While Providing Ethical Patient Care

Ethically, clinicians and program managers need to assess their cultural humility when serving. Acknowledging, embracing and appreciating our differences allows for more enriched and empathetic client service delivery. This presentation focuses on ethnic, cultural, and societal factors that shape our world view and impact the quality of behavioral healthcare. Gain a realistic approach to challenging perceptions, fears, and questions as a service provider and adjust our approaches.