Upcoming events

    • August 04, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Texas Star, 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless
    • 78

    We're trying something new...again! This will be our first-ever hybrid meeting. You can attend in-person or virtually! Please join us for this very important topic.

    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Workforce

    What Does Trauma Have to Do with The Workplace? Why Should Workforce Professionals Understand Toxic Stress and Trauma? What is the Workforce Professional’s Role in TIC?

    The coronavirus pandemic brought pain and stress to millions of individuals and families, including illness, death, work life adjustment, and unemployment. Adding the national political environment of a major election combined with many cultural, ethnic, and economic distresses, the workplace has seen unprecedented change in historical dimensions.

    Stress affects individuals and families not only at home, but also at work. It zaps employees’ energy and concentration, reduces the capacity to engage with colleagues and work effectively, drains productivity, and diminishes creativity and optimism. Stress also affects job seekers and those participating in job training programs. Some employers across various industries have become aware of and sensitive to the effects of toxic stress and trauma on employees’ physical health, mental health, and job performance. They are responding with a variety of practices and cultural changes.

    This panel discussion will highlight a timely report released by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions with the main objective to help employers and workforce development organizations understand toxic stress and trauma and their effects on employees and job seekers. We will discuss a selection of organizational strategies and practices to advance trauma-informed approaches to employee management. This is a new area for most employers and workforce development professionals. Given the universal human stress test of 2020 and 2021, there is a window of opportunity to bring these concepts and approaches to the forefront in workplaces and the broader workforce system.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn what it means to be “trauma-Informed” and how it applies to the workplace.
    • Attendees will learn the main principles of a trauma-informed approach within an organization.
    • Attendees will learn the four phases of strategy for implementing trauma-informed approaches into their workplace culture.
    • Attendees will discover the cost-benefits of becoming a trauma-informed organization.
    • Attendees will review case studies of a variety and range of approaches, supports, and practices other employers are enacting.
    • Attendees will obtain the resources and strategic recommendations with specific tools to advance trauma-informed methods in the workplaces.

    About the Panel:

    Kelly Aiken

    Kelly is the Chief Program Officer at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She is a facilitative leader with over 20 years of experience managing collaborative, multi-stakeholder partnerships focused on issues such as regional labor shortages, community health and well-being, operational cost savings and multi-modal transportation. Her experience includes implementing results-oriented strategic planning, community engagement and social policy development with healthcare, academic, nonprofit, local government, community and corporate sectors. She has proven team leadership and project management skills, with a track record of strategic thinking, critical analysis, problem solving and conflict resolution.

    Vickie Choitz

    Vickie is the Director of Federal, State & Local Systems Change for the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce. She manages CSW’s portfolio of work centered on transforming multi-level workforce systems, policy and practice to reduce poverty, increase economic mobility for low-wage workers, and address racial disparities. She leads CSW’s work with stakeholders to challenge the way systems operate and to co-design approaches that strip away outdated assumptions to make them more culturally and economically relevant now. CSW’s systems change work includes redesigning federal, state and local workforce systems; reframing strategies for key services; introducing new services and tools; building cross-system interconnections including among organizations within workforce, community development, and education; conducting promising practices research; among other strategies. 

    Tarsyia Waddell, LCPC, LCDC, CEAP

    Tarsyia Waddell is a License Clinical Professional Counselor, License Professional Counselor Supervisor, Board Certified Psychotherapist, License Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, SAP and Certified Telehealth for Mental Health Providers

    Tarsyia has been an EAP contractor for Raytheon Technology Corporation for over 12 years. She is Director/Owner of EAP Services at the Cadet Counseling Center and currently a Wellness Coach for Anthem EAP. She holds a Doctor of Divinity, MS. in Clinical Psychology and a BS. in Research Psychology. She conducts regular workshops and training for professional clinical practitioners, law enforcement agencies, Universities and Corporations on such topics as drug free workplace, workplace violence, and critical incident stress debriefing mental health issues, and reactions to trauma. Tarsyia is also a certified state trainer and a state counselor supervisor for interns seeking their licensure.

    Tarsyia is a member of the National Association of Healthcare professionals and active with the local Dallas\ Fort Worth, Houston EAPA chapter. (Board Member/ Membership Coordinator. Previous VP of the Fort Worth Texas Chapter). Since 1996 she has served as a volunteer with the national and local Chapter of the American Red Cross as the disaster CISD mental health provider for the Medical Reserve team of Collin/Dallas County.

    Tarsyia has been a mentor, volunteer and a presenter at the EAPA National World Conference (2014/2017). She has over 25 years of experience working with employers, employees, families, and the community.

    John Tuttle LCSW, CEAP, MSW, ACSW, SAP-Qualified

    John has over 30 years of experience managing EAPs. He is the owner of Tuttle Consulting providing onsite EAP services which includes JP Morgan Chase. Prior to private practice, John served over 27 years as Lead EAP Manager for American Airlines primarily based in Chicago and DFW. John is a member of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and served as chapter president. He has also served as a member of the Employee Assistance Roundtable (EAR). This is an organization of internally managed employee assistance programs from both private companies and non-profit organizations. EAR members include Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller companies and organizations which include high tech, banking, railroad, engineering & construction, oil, utilities, manufacturing, airlines, telecommunications, aerospace, government and educational institutions.

    John received his Master's in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    This program is preapproved for 1.00 Professional Development Credit towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification through SHRM and is pending 1.00 Business credit through HRCI

    Mid-Cities HR Association is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.".

    All online reservations are due by NOON on the Monday before the meeting.  Online registration will be closed at that time. 

    Guests not registered online will be considered Guest Walk-In registrations and will be charged a rate of $45.  Member Walk-In registrations will be charged the regular guest rate of $35.

    Cancellations & Payments:
    We regret that we must charge members and guests the cost of the event when cancellations are not received at least 48 hours prior to the event day. Also, all payments must be made before or by the time of attendance.  By submitting your registration, you agree to these conditions. We appreciate your understanding and support.

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April 07, 2021 Introduction to People Analytics: Getting Started and Adding Value to the Business
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January 20, 2021 2021 MCHRA Virtual Employment Law Conference
December 02, 2020 Lead with Laughs: Using Humor to Put the 'Human' in HR
November 04, 2020 Less Drama, More Productivity: How to Crack the Code to Building High Performance Teams
October 14, 2020 Mini Horses, and Dogs, and Peacocks, Oh My: What Businesses Need to Know About Service and Support Animals
September 17, 2020 MCHRA Meet & Munch
September 02, 2020 Are You Really an EEO Employer?
August 05, 2020 The Value of Upskilling
July 08, 2020 2020 Virtual HR Legal Roundtable
June 03, 2020 HR in the Days of COVID-19: What we’ve learned and where we go from here
May 13, 2020 Muffins and Mindfullness
May 06, 2020 Predicting Violent Behavior
April 01, 2020 Selecting Credible Assessment Tools: What to look for, what to avoid
March 04, 2020 Connected Leadership
February 05, 2020 How to Move Strategy from Planning to Action
January 15, 2020 2020 MCHRA Employment Law Conference
December 04, 2019 Find Your Lane; Change your GPS and Accelerate your Career!
November 06, 2019 Microaggressions: How Little Things Add Up to Big Problems
October 02, 2019 The 4 C's to a Strategic Benefits Approach
September 14, 2019 MCHRA's 2nd Annual SHRM Certficiation Study Group
September 04, 2019 Employee Retention: Keys to Winning this Battle
August 07, 2019 Leveraging Military Talent in the Workplace
July 10, 2019 2019 HR Legal Roundtable
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April 03, 2019 Transformational Leadership: Discovering fresh ideas and new techniques to influence and inspire others
March 06, 2019 DISC Personality Assessments: Finding the Pattern To Connection
February 06, 2019 HR & the Cost of Job Injuries
January 16, 2019 2019 MCHRA Employment Law Conference
December 05, 2018 HREvolution: Become Your Organization’s Biggest Strategic Advantage
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October 03, 2018 Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration
September 05, 2018 Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
August 01, 2018 Strategic Planning and Budgeting Workshop
July 11, 2018 2018 HR Legal Roundtable
June 06, 2018 MCHRA at Night! & Best Practices in Employee Recognition
May 02, 2018 Integrating & Supporting Veterans in the Workforce
April 04, 2018 Hot Topics in Employment Law
March 07, 2018 Creating a Culture of Security
February 07, 2018 FEEDBACK that WORKS! Understanding relationships to improve communication
January 17, 2018 2018 MCHRA Employment Law Conference
December 06, 2017 A Scientific Look at Employee Performance and Development
November 01, 2017 Anatomy of an Employee Complaint: Practicing the Investigation
October 11, 2017 Preparing for the Aging Workforce
September 06, 2017 Top 10 Mistakes During HR Investigations that Can Lead to Liability
August 02, 2017 Cultural Awareness for Supervisors
July 12, 2017 2017 HR Legal Roundtable
June 07, 2017 Influential HR: Driving necessary change
May 03, 2017 Best Practices in Onboarding
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January 18, 2017 2017 MCHRA Employment Law Symposium
December 07, 2016 Introduction to Fraudulent Document Detection
November 02, 2016 The Fully-Utilized EAP: How to be a Smart Shopper
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September 07, 2016 Cat Scratch Fever: Why should HR fear a cat's paw?
August 03, 2016 Unions - From Avoidance to Acceptance
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September 10, 2015 DFW Diversity Strategies Conference
September 02, 2015 Mock Trial: Employee Sues Former Company for Discrimination & Retaliation
August 05, 2015 "Talent Games II: Finding, Engaging and Retaining the Talent You Need" Presented by Jimmy Taylor
July 02, 2015 Employer Risk and Internal Controls in the Payroll Process
June 03, 2015 Melissa S. Gresham Presents "Leading Safety" & Legal Hour with Patrick Maher
May 06, 2015 Change Management in HR isn't for Sissies presented by Debi Dault, CRP, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
April 01, 2015 Mario Avila Presents "Workplace-Based Financial Wellness – A New Landscape for Employers" & Legal Hour with Rory Divin
March 04, 2015 Sherry Johnson Presents "The HR Professional Competency Model: A Road Map for Success."
February 04, 2015 Darren Ford Presents "Managing Millennials: How to Unleash Today's Young Talent"
January 21, 2015 MCHRA Employment Law Symposium
December 03, 2014 Ken Cannon presents "How to Prepare Your Company for the Coming Ambush Election"
November 05, 2014 Frank Keck presents "60-Second Coach" and Rod Tanner presents the Legal Hour
October 01, 2014 Beth Jones presents "Linking Leadership to Strategy" & Lynn Kelly presents the Legal Hour
September 03, 2014 Danyelle Keenan presents "What does it Mean to be Strategic?" & Rachel Hale presents the Legal Hour
August 06, 2014 Alise Cortez presents Mode of Engagement & Courtney B. Perez presents the Legal Hour
July 31, 2014 Mix, Mingle & Network with MCHRA
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April 02, 2014 HR Strategy: Competitive Advantage Through People
March 05, 2014 What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks
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December 04, 2013 MCHRA December 4, 2013 Meeting
November 06, 2013 MCHRA November 6, 2013 Meeting
October 02, 2013 MCHRA October 2, 2013 Meeting
September 26, 2013 2013 Diversity Strategies Today
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August 23, 2013 Workforce ASSET Partnership Conference 2013
August 07, 2013 MCHRA August 2013 Meeting
June 05, 2013 MCHRA June 2013 Meeting
May 01, 2013 MCHRA May 2013 Meeting
April 03, 2013 MCHRA April 2013 Meeting
March 06, 2013 MCHRA March 2013 Meeting
February 06, 2013 MCHRA February 2013 Meeting
January 23, 2013 MCHRA Employment Law Symposium
December 05, 2012 MCHRA December Meeting
November 07, 2012 MCHRA November Meeting
October 03, 2012 MCHRA October Meeting
October 03, 2012 Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop
September 20, 2012 DFW Diversity Strategies Conference 2012 - Panel Discussion, Networking Event, Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
September 05, 2012 MCHRA September Meeting
August 08, 2012 Workforce ASSET Partnership Conference 2012
June 06, 2012 MCHRA June Meeting
May 02, 2012 MCHRA May Meeting
April 04, 2012 MCHRA April Meeting
March 20, 2012 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
March 07, 2012 MCHRA March Meeting
February 01, 2012 MCHRA February Meeting
January 25, 2012 MCHRA Employment Law Symposium
December 07, 2011 MCHRA December Meeting
November 02, 2011 MCHRA November Meeting
October 26, 2011 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
October 05, 2011 MCHRA October Meeting
September 22, 2011 2011 Diversity Strategies Today - Panel Discussion, Networking Event, Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
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August 03, 2011 MCHRA August Meeting
July 26, 2011 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
June 01, 2011 MCHRA June Meeting
May 17, 2011 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
May 04, 2011 MCHRA May Meeting
April 06, 2011 MCHRA April Meeting
March 02, 2011 MCHRA March Meeting
February 24, 2011 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
February 09, 2011 CANCELLED: MCHRA February Meeting
January 26, 2011 MCHRA Employment Law Symposium
December 01, 2010 MCHRA December Meeting
November 11, 2010 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
November 03, 2010 MCHRA November Meeting
October 06, 2010 MCHRA October Meeting
September 16, 2010 DFW Diversity Strategies Today
September 11, 2010 Volunteers Needed: Resume Review & Career Counseling
September 01, 2010 MCHRA September Meeting
August 04, 2010 MCHRA August Meeting
July 30, 2010 Felony or Misdemeanor-Friendly Career Fair
July 22, 2010 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
June 02, 2010 MCHRA June Meeting
May 05, 2010 MCHRA May Meeting
April 07, 2010 MCHRA April Meeting
April 01, 2010 MCHRA Networking Happy Hour
March 03, 2010 Be On Your Best Business and Dining Behavior
January 27, 2010 Employment Law Symposium

MCHRA member luncheons are held the first Wednesday of the month (except for July). 

Luncheons include a delicious meal, member news and updates, job and networking opportunities, and SHRM & HRCI approved educational seminars featuring expert local and national speakers on key Human Resource topics. 

Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. and adjourn at 1:00 p.m. 


  • $25.00 for Professional members (Transition members pay this price)
  • $35.00 for Non-members/Guest
  • $10.00 for Students members
  • Walk-ins are $35.00 and subject to availability 


We meet at Texas Star, 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless

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