Events | Trainings

Monday, April 24 • Session 1

Monday, April 24 • Session 1

1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adolescents: Recognition, Management and Exposure-Based Treatment Strategies

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) presents unique challenges in adolescents. This workshop will offer suggestions for management and treatment, with an emphasis on promoting exposure-based approaches. Common manifestations of OCD in teens, differential diagnosis, management in school settings, and family responses that promote progress will be examined. Specifics of treatment using exposure and response prevention along with further resources will be provided.

Christopher Vye, PhD, LP, Chair, Graduate School of Professional Psychology – Univ. of St. Thomas, Rebecca Swan, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Anxiety Treatment Resources & Greta Gilbertson, Graduate Asst. – Univ. of  St. Thomas

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


2. Jane is Not Moving into the Dorms This Fall: Launching Adolescents with Attachment Trauma—Strategies for Therapy and Parent-Youth Support

One of the most significant times of change in someone’s life is the transition from teen to adult. For youth with major attachment disruption histories, this transition can become tumultuous when they’re both seeking independence but also cannot navigate this step without substantial support. Through lecture, story and a parent panel, participants in this session will receive a detailed map for therapy and gather strategies that reinforce young adult attachment and resilience.

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT, Wilder Foundation Attachment and Trauma Training Prog. – Wilder Foundation, Jenna E. Gruen, Parent & Melissa Peterson, Parent

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


3. A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Nurturing Resilience in Elementary and Middle Schools

Educators are often among the first people to notice that a child may be experiencing a mental health problem, and they are in a unique position to implement daily strategies and supports for these students in their classrooms and school communities. This presentation will focus on utilizing a mind-body-heart approach to help students and staff develop additional resiliency skills for elementary and middle schools.

Kevin Harrington, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice & Shelley Neilsen Gatti, PhD, Associate Professor, Univ. of St. Thomas

Level: II | For: Professionals

4. Using a Trauma Lens Within Challenging Classrooms – Working with Your School

This workshop will cover different types of trauma, diagnoses, and the ways in which children’s internal regulation cycles and brains are impacted by stress. Attendees will explore the functions of behavior and multiple factors that impact it, focusing on ready-to-use interventions that support success, healing, relationships and learning. The session will also highlight the importance of recognizing personal responses and self-care. Participants will leave with effective strategies to bring this information and lens into their schools.

Katie Mac Jurado, MA, LAMFT, CCTP, Abbie Lane, MSW, LICSW, Katie Mattson, MA, LPCC & BJ McElrath, MA, LPC, School Based Mental Health Therapists – Headway Emotional Health Servs.

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


5. Integrated Treatment of Disruptive Behaviors in Mood and Personality Disorders

This presentation will discuss disruptive behaviors and treatment options related to mood and personality disorders. Disruptive behaviors have the potential to be the most debilitating of all mental health behaviors because they can include suicide, self-harm and violence toward others. Disruptive/impulsive behaviors are most prevalent in mood and personality disorders, making these disorders essential for discussion. The presenter will review pharmacotherapy versus psychotherapy as preferred monotherapies, and discuss both of them as combined treatments.

Mary Sa, PsyD, MSCP, ABMP, LP, Child and Adolescent Psychologist – Allina Health Cambridge

Level: III | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


6. Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision-Making in a Diverse World

Relational ethics is a decision-making model that outlines five core principles: mutual respect, relational engagement, bringing knowledge back to life, creating an environment, and living questions. This workshop will define these principles and offer examples of their application. Particular attention will be paid to how relational ethics complements professional codes of ethics, allowing practitioners to create solutions that address a broad range of ethical dilemmas. This course fulfills the MN Board of Social Work requirement of 2 clock hours in social work ethics.

Jean Chagnon, PhD, LP, Owner – Anamaura

Level: I | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical

7. Lessons in Self-Awareness: Alleviating Anxiety in Adolescents

Psychological defenses are unconscious and designed to protect. When defenses are overused they begin to run interference, frequently resulting in adverse levels of anxiety. During this session, the presenter will explore the psychodynamic influences that contribute to teenage angst. Attendees will learn about the ways in which teaching adolescents to use their uncomfortable feelings as resources can result in more effective interpersonal skills.

Jeanne M. Schur, PhD, LP, Clinical Psychologist – Consultant

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


8. Creating Awareness and Identifying At-Risk Students

This presentation will describe tools used at Wayzata High School to identify students who may be in need of emotional and mental health support. These tools include tenth grade depression screening; an online wellness tip line; and a school-produced video, “Overcoming Challenges,” in which staff and students share their stories. Attendees will leave this workshop with tangible strategies for identifying at-risk students.

Becky Halvorson, MSSW, LISW, School Social Worker & Alison McKernan, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker – Wayzata High School

Level: II | For: Professionals


9. Healing From Within: Trauma-Informed Mind-Body Practices for Health and Well-Being

Using existing knowledge of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health diagnoses, participants will experience and explore the power of mind-body interventions for self-regulation, focus, community connection and overall well-being. Through lecture, hands-on learning, reflection and discussion, participants will practice breathing exercises, simple yoga-based movements and social/emotional skill development activities for use in schools, homes and therapeutic settings. Attendees will walk away with strategies for themselves and their clients.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, Social Worker – 1000 Petals LLC

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


10. Learning and Memory: Identifying and Addressing Memory Problems that Interfere with Learning

Surprisingly, there are no diagnoses within the DSM-5 for memory problems in children or adolescents, but many students struggle with both memory and learning in school and home environments. This presentation will examine how memory works and its role in learning, the ways in which problems with memory can arise, and ways to accommodate and improve memory limitations.

Chris Bedford, PhD, MSCP, LP, Licensed Psychologist & Gary Johnson, PhD, LMFT, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM)

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical


11. How Strengthening Struggling Learners Transforms Students from Vulnerable to Victorious

Not only are struggling learners challenged with the demands of academic achievement, but they often also work hard to maintain emotional and mental health in the midst of the shame which frequently accompanies their disability. A great survey course for parents, instructors and mental health workers, this workshop will provide tools and strategies to empower students with learning disabilities.

Kelsey Berg, PsyD, LP, Licensed Psychologist & Deb Dwyer, CDP, Certified Orton-Gillingham Reading/Writing Specialist and Certified Dyslexia Practitioner – Tutoring Duluth & Sara Floerke, Itinerant Teacher and Tutor – Teaching, Testing & Texts

Level: I | For: All


12. Addressing Existential Depression in Kids and Adolescents

In some ways, treating depression has become more straightforward in recent years. However, what is the best course of action when the contributing factors of a child’s depression are disillusionment, questions of existence and despair over the meaninglessness of our world? This session will explore existential depression by considering populations particularly prone to this type of depression, strategies to differentiate this type of depression from others, and interventions to effectively treat it.

Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, Clinical Therapist – Boorman Counseling & The Fringy Bit

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical


Infant & Early Childhood Series

13. Keeping the Baby in Mind:  Promoting the Reflective Functioning of Parents

The capacity for acknowledging the baby as a separate person with their own feelings, thoughts, and intentions is a foundational parenting skill. Many parents struggle with being able to recognize their own ‘mental states’ and link them to actions. This session will explore strategies for promoting the reflective functioning of the parents we serve—as well as ourselves—in an effort to support perspective-taking and empathy development.

Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (III)®, Infant Mental Health Specialist – Reach Up, Inc. & Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), Licensed Clinical Social Worker – What About the Baby, LLC.

Level: I | For: All