Weekes Enterprise, LLC was created to provide workshops for counselors and educators. Its purpose is to equip them with the tools to have mental health, consent, and boundary conversations with their students. WE can also conduct these workshops for students in schools, community programs, churches, and non-profit organizations.
Mental Health Specialist
International School Counselor
Cheryl-Ann Weekes, M.Ed. was born in Barbados and immigrated to Boston at the age of 11. Cheryl-Ann has been a counselor working with the teen population since 1997. She is an expert in Social emotional Counseling, Mental Health and University Counseling. Cheryl-Ann has worked in Boston as a School-based Psychotherapist and an Upward Bound Director; in DC as a University Academic Counselor and College Advisor with DC CAP and as a School Counselor in DC Public Schools. Cheryl-Ann began working internationally in 2010 and has lived in many countries. She has worked at Cap Cana Heritage School in the Dominican Republic, the American International School in Kingston in Jamaica, the International Community School of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Bangkok Patana School in Thailand, the American International School in Egypt, and the International Community School of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. She has learned a lot about the world and different cultures from her international school experiences.
Cheryl-Ann is passionate about the need to normalize going to therapy and discussing mental health awareness with her students, parents and community. She is committed to having consent conversations with her students as a way to educate them about what it means to give and ask for consent and respect the boundaries set by others. What Cheryl-Ann loves most about her work is having individual conversations with her students about coping strategies for dealing with stress, anxiety and organization. Cheryl-Ann believes in the power of apology to promote healing. She uses positive self-talk and quotes from her favorite authors to teach resilience to students.
Cheryl-Ann is proud of her Bajan heritage and loves Caribbean food, rum punch and black cake. Her favorite things are coconut water, chocolate, coconut and mango ice cream, the beach, traveling, listening to music especially soca, and reading. Cheryl-Ann loves to travel and has been to 48 countries; traveling to 30 of them as a solo traveler. Her favorite countries are Ghana, South Africa, Zanzibar, and France, Seychelles and the Maldives. Cheryl-Ann’s favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes and James Baldwin.
In this workshop participants will discuss the importance of teaching students of all ages about consent. Learning objectives will focus on the connection between consent and boundaries, the parameters of consent that all students need to understand; the importance of recognizing a student’s home culture and how to engage stakeholders in their community in these conversations to allow for a wider reach.
In this workshop participants will discuss the different stages of psychological safety, how to create psychological safety by modeling accountability and centering healing, discuss the difference between impact vs intent and how to honor the truth of staff harmed without judgement.
In this workshop participants will discuss the importance of boundaries, the different types of boundaries, why it’s difficult to set boundaries, how boundaries are connected to self actualization and strategies for responding when people breach or ignore those boundaries. Participants will get an opportunity to discuss solutions to personal or professional situations they have encountered.
In this workshop participants will discuss the definition of mental health, what contributes to positive mental health and self awareness, the difference between stress and anxiety, and strategies for maintaining positive mental health and different ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
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