MACMH’s Winter 2012 Training Series

MACMH’s Winter 2012 Training Series

Sessions in February & March 2012

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Each session is $79 and approved for 3 CEHs.  Post tests are provided in each workshop for social workers working towards an LICSW


I Don’t Want to Talk About It! A Workshop on Creative Approaches that Encourage Children to Process Feelings 

March 7, 2012 • 12:30-3:30 PM

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN  55121

Participants in this workshop will learn about the environmental and biological influences on children’s emotions and behaviors, how the emotional brain works and its effects on learning.  A variety of brain-based activities will be presented to demonstrate sensory, relationship-based therapies to help children process emotions, build resilience and heal.

Paula J. Achenbach, MS, LMFT has worked with children and families for over thirty years in education, parenting programs, and counseling. Currently she is a family therapist who specializes in working with young children and families, difficult behavior in children, attachment, and parenting.  Achenbach works collaboratively with doctors, schools and social services administering diagnostic assessments and doing court reports.  She has presented at many workshops, written a book on brain based activities for emotional regulation, taught a college course and supervised MFT graduate students. 

It Depends: The Answer To Almost Every Question About Managing The Challenging Behaviors Of Young Children

March 14, 2012 • 12:30-3:30 PM

Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343

Advances in the understanding of brain development and social-emotional development offer us a useful perspective on promoting young children’s emerging capacities for the regulation of arousal, emotion, attention and behavior.  This training offers a perspective on the underlying principles of interpreting and responding to the often challenging behaviors of toddlers and preschoolers as well as strategies for promoting emotional literacy and the development of self-regulation.

Michele Fallon, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E (IV) is a licensed clinical social worker endorsed in Infant Mental Health through the Minnesota Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with 35 years of experience working with young children and their families. Currently she provides infant and early childhood mental health reflective consultation and training for early care and education providers, home visitors, foster parents, early childhood special education, and others working with young children and their families and is  a field associate with the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota.

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Past Sessions:


Brain Development, Attachment, Childhood Trauma and Effective Services Assessing and Treating Children with Trauma and Attachment Disruptions

February 22, 2012 • 12:30-3:30 PM

Dakota Lodge Thompson Park, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, MN 55118

Child welfare agencies, mental health professionals and school systems are struggling like never before to address and treat children with significant trauma stories.  These children have impaired learning, social and emotional delays, multiple losses, attachment wounds and often struggle with insufficient or inadequate parenting relationships.  Knowing how to work with kids in crisis has become a must for professional helpers.  For hurt children and their caregivers, bad or ineffective help can be worse than no help at all.  This workshop will assist the learner in knowing what it is to be trauma-informed.  A basic overview of how the developing brain is affected by trauma, the impact that has on the child’s capacity to form a secure attachment, and what that means for the child at different stages of development will be explored.  Discussion with include effective ways to communicate and work with a traumatized child, identifying signs and symptoms of trauma, learning how to provide a safe relationship, and what treatment modalities are most effective and why.

Deena McMahon, MSW, LICSW is a family and attachment therapist in private practice.  She has worked as a faculty consultant to the MN Guardian Ad Litem Program and consults as an expert witness on child protection cases.  Her expertise is in areas of childhood trauma, childhood sexual abuse, grief and loss, family violence, transracial adoptions, and attachment issues.

Session Full!  Exploring Chambers in the Universal Intervention Pyramid: Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions for Students

February 28,2012 • 12:30-3:30 PM

Roseville Public Library, 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville, MN 55113

You may know your students’ tiers on the PBIS intervention Pyramid, but what do you do differently to address their needs?  This training will provide educators with specific and practical intervention strategies such as using brain-based teaching methods, providing students with appropriate accommodations, using tools of engagement, offering alternatives to suspension, differentiating instruction, and promoting social emotional learning in PBIS schools.  The interactive nature of the workshop will provide many opportunities for practice and discussion with colleagues.

Charlene Myklebust, PSY.D is the Executive Director of Mental Health and Partnerships in Intermediate District 287, a consortium of districts in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.  She holds a Doctorate in clinical psychology and has been a regular and special education teacher, secondary school principal, mental health clinic coordinator, and a district level administrator. Char is a Jensen-certified national presenter on brain-based learning and is the Associate Director of Training – Midwest Region for the Goldie Hawn Foundation.  She conducts educational and mental health workshops and teaches on-line teacher recertification classes.  Char is a past recipient of the MACMH Outstanding Service Award (2007) and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Educator of the Year Award (2010).  


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