Events | Trainings

Sunday, April 23 • Option 1

Sunday, April 23 • Option 1

Policy Update • 12:15 – 1:45 pm

2017 Legislative Session Update

Learn what happened in the 2016 Legislative Session and the key issues being addressed during the 2017 Session. Understand how you can be part of a movement to create change and how to make your voice heard. Optional boxed lunch is available to purchase for $15 when registering or feel free to bring your own.

Sue Abderholden, MHP, Exec. Dir. – NAMI Minnesota

Concurrent Symposia • 2:00 – 4:00 pm

A. Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skills-Based Model To Enhance Physical, Mental and Social/Emotional Health and Well-Being

This workshop will provide a deep exploration of the Teen Resiliency Program. Teen Resiliency is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and skills to enhance physical, mental and social/emotional health and well-being. This model integrates Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga-Based Movement and Mindfulness Meditation. Participants will be guided through the Resiliency Model, including designing groups, troubleshooting and learning mind-body practices for themselves and their clients.

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, Business Owner – 1000 Petals LLC & Kevin Harrington, PhD, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical

B. Uppers, Downers, and All Arounders: A Review of Current Trends in Adolescent Substance Use

This interactive presentation will examine and review current trends in adolescent substance use. The presenter will explore the types of substances adolescents are using, while educating attendees about the effects of these chemicals. Participants will also learn about the warning signs of substance use disorders.

Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC, NCC, Asst. Professor & Madeline Kelly, Student Researcher – MN State Univ., Mankato

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical

C. Understanding Family Food Cultures: How Family Patterns About Food and Eating Can Affect Children’s Mood and Development

Every family develops a way to feed their children and themselves. Through their daily routines, attitudes, and beliefs about food, parents create a family food culture of their own. While some parents implement the food traditions with which they were raised, others have adapted to the changing world by creating new mealtime strategies. How have changes in food, menu, routine, and family participation affected children’s well-being, mood, and development? This talk will combine research findings, clinical observations, and recommendations for families.

Carol F. Siegel, PhD, LP, IMH-E® (IV) – Private Practice & Univ. of MN, Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical

D. Children’s Mental Health: The Whole Story

This session will feature a documentary-style training video narrated by a teen that includes interviews with youth, caregivers and experts spanning the field of children’s mental health. The message is simple: youth with mental health disorders will not get well and stay well until we listen, understand, and respond to their whole story—the whole child, the whole family, and the whole community in which they live.

Wendy Goodman, LSW, Exec. Dir. – Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative

Level: I | For: Professionals

MHED Talks© • 4:15 – 6:45 pm 


MHED Talks©, Mental Health Exploration & Discovery, is a presentation series in the spirit of TED Talks. Using stories – both personal and experiences from the field — speakers will be given 18 minutes to share their expertise on new concepts, programs, treatment models, research and healthcare trends.

Q & A networking session will immediately follow the presentation. This will provide the opportunity to speak with the presenters, receive additional resources on the presented topics, and network with attendees. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available, as well as a cash bar.


Adam Levy
, Singer/Songwriter – The Honeydogs

Take It As It Comes

Adam Levy is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis, MN and leads the popular band The Honeydogs. All of Levy’s songs on his album Amygdala explore fear, obsession, addiction, and the idea that emotional experience forms human memory. Levy has lived with mental health issues and lost his son to suicide.



Christine A. Wing, CCC, SLP, PhD, Sole Proprietor: I’ve Got Two Wings

Helping From a Healing Heart: Childhood Abuse Survivors in Helping Professions

Dr. Christine Wing provides consultation and training in facilitating communication skills to promote self-regulation, mental health, and resilience in children and adolescents. She is an accomplished language clinician who has worked intensively with children at risk for or demonstrating significant emotional/behavior problems for over fifteen years. She has worked closely with educators, mental health professionals, and therapists in both educational and health care settings. Dr. Wing integrates her clinical work as a certified speech and language pathologist with her own research on the relationships between language and behavior problems. This MHED talk is Dr. Wing’s first presentation on helping others to heal from her perspective as a child abuse survivor.


Jason Sole, ABD, Visiting Professor – Hamline Univ. & President – Mpls. NAACP

Resiliency Over Risk: Helping Youth Reach Their Full Potential!

Jason Sole has been a criminal justice educator for eight years and will become a Visiting Professor at Hamline University in the Fall. He is a national keynote speaker and trainer. Alongside his career, he is the president of the Minneapolis NAACP and is creating liberation programs for people of color. In addition, Sole was a 2013 Bush Fellow who focused on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota. He is currently traveling the country discussing his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances.