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Monday, April 24 • Session 3

Monday, April 24 • Session 3

27. Language for Joining: Supporting Students in Distress

Many students who have experienced significant stress or trauma need adults who are reflective and who are able to examine what is at the root of their challenging behavior. This presentation will aim to increase the helping professional’s ability to recognize when a child is struggling and to use concise and meaningful language while engaging with the child.

Lauren Nietz, LICSW, Consultant, Therapist & Joel Hansen, LICSW, Day Treatment Spvsr. – Washburn Ctr. for Children

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


28. EMDR: An Effective Treatment for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

This workshop will provide an introduction to the impact of trauma on the brain and explore Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as an effective treatment method for children. Fundamentals of EMDR will be discussed, including its success in creating a physiological change on a neurobiological level as a way to repair trauma. Case studies and a video of an EMDR session will be shared.

Kathleen Mathews, MSW, LICSW, Outpatient Therapist – Private Practice & Jennifer Britton, MSW, LICSW, Associate Clinical Dir. of the Crisis Stabilization – Washburn Ctr. for Children

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical


29. ADHD Update 2017

This session will review the most pertinent research on ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and related issues from the last year. The workshop will include information on changing diagnostic trends, new research on medications, and a review of studies that look at new behavioral interventions.

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

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


30. Safe Harbor Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Minnesota Youth Victims of Human Trafficking

The mental health needs of youth who are experiencing the trauma of human trafficking can be incredibly challenging, particularly for those who try to get help but struggle to connect with professionals who understand. During this workshop, attendees will learn about the issues of sex and labor trafficking, and how the mental health community can become an important part of the Safe Harbor system of care for youth.

Paula Schaefer, MS, Safe Harbor Training Coord. – MN Dept. of Health

Level: I | For: All


This workshop has been cancelled. You are free to attend any other workshop.
31. Recent Trends in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Assessment and Treatment

Pediatric bipolar disorder is both a challenging and controversial diagnosis among youth. While guidelines for assessment and diagnostic criteria are still unclear, the impact of the illness is real and devastating. This presentation will highlight how bipolar disorder presents in prepubescent and adolescent children, and explore evidence surrounding current recommendations for treatment.

Afshan Anjum, MD, Asst. Professor – Univ. of MN

Level: III | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


32. Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices with Latinx Clients: Lessons from the Field

This presentation will explore definitions of culture, the impact of culture on assessment, development and formulation, and client and provider expectations for services. The presenters will use their experiences working with first- and second-generation Latinx clients to explore ways to reduce the imposition of white normativity in services and provide more equitable and inclusive assessment and service planning.

Elizabeth Franklin, MSW, LICSW, Bilingual Clinical Therapist – CARE Counseling, Lily Ramey, MSW, LICSW, Mental Health Professional – Fraser & Macarena Corral, PsyD, LP, RYT, Co-Founder – Ctr. for Collaborative Health

Level: II | For: Professionals| Content: Clinical


33. Narrative Therapy with Children with a Focus on the Tree of Life Exercise

This presentation will provide an introduction to narrative therapy, including its implementation into work with children. The presenter will create a narragram, discuss terminology and concepts, and also delve into the concepts of reauthoring and exploring alternative narratives. The Tree of Life narrative exercise will be a main focus of the session.

Douglas Petrie, LPCC, Psychotherapist – Therapy Connections

Level: I | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


34. Using a Trauma-Informed Lens: Building Blocks of Trauma-Informed Care

This workshop will explore the elements of building a trauma-informed program. Participants will discover that in order to be successful, a trauma-informed program should take into consideration clients’ individual developmental strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as aspects of trauma that may impact their functioning. In addition, this session will provide an introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) by Dr. Bruce Perry/Child Trauma Academy.  

Miriam Jansky, MSW, LCSW, Trauma Servs. Dir. – Ctr. for Child Protection

Level: I | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical

35. Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports

When addressing challenging behavior, Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans are required components for educational interventions, but how do educators align to Social Emotional Learning initiatives with these plans? In this session, the presenters will review the Prevent, Teach, and Reinforce model and demonstrate ways to integrate and individualize the components of SEL.

Shelley Neilsen Gatti, PhD, Associate Professor, Univ. St. Thomas & Kim Adams, PhD, Special Servs. Spvsr. – South Washington School Dist.

Level: II | For: Professionals


36. Navigating the Terrain of Higher Education: Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education

Many students struggle to transition from high school to college, especially students with mental health diagnoses and/or learning disabilities. These unique challenges, if unaddressed, can impact their learning outcomes, GPA and overall college success.  This workshop will focus on the differences between high school and college, explore documentation guidelines and reasonable accommodations, and identify strategies to support students as they successfully transition to college.

Stephanie Ritter, MEd, MA, Academic Specialist, Asst. Dir. & Todd Monger, LPCC, NCC, ACS, Clinical Dir. of the Student Success Ctr. and Exec. Dir. of Student Development – North Central Univ.

Level: I | For: Parents


37. Classroom Strategies & Interventions for Students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

FASD is a range of birth defects caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Research suggests that approximately 60% of students with an FASD face adverse school experiences such as being bullied, having a learning disability, or struggling with truancy. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the basics of FASD, explore challenges experienced in a classroom setting, and offer practical strategies for supporting students with an FASD.  

Ruth Richardson, JD, Dir. of Progs. – MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Level: II | For: All


38. Restorative Parenting: Rebuilding Parent Child Relationships in the Aftermath of Trauma or Violence in the Family

This workshop will provide practitioners a model for rebuilding relationships between parents and children in the aftermath of violence or trauma in the home. Attendees will learn about the foundational pieces of restorative parenting practices and gather practical strategies to either integrate into current work or to use to begin a stand-alone restorative parenting program.

David Mathews, PsyD, LICSW – 180 Degrees, Inc

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


Infant & Early Childhood Series

39. Circles of Safety, Awareness to Action: Understanding and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behavior

This workshop will focus on strategies for preventing sexual abuse among children by exploring the scope of sexual abuse. The session will include discussion of developmentally-expected sexual behaviors in early-childhood/school-age children, and the presenter will coach participants on how to respond to these behaviors.

Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (III)®, Infant Mental Health Specialist – Reach Up, Inc.

Level: I | For: All