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Tuesday, April 25 • Session 4

Tuesday, April 25 • Session 4

Mental Health in the Digital Age Series: Presented by Keynote Speaker

40. After the Status Update: What Now?

Building on the main themes of her keynote address, the presenter will take a deeper dive into the research surrounding young people, social media and mental health. She will pay particular attention to social emotional development, connectedness and relationships in the digital age. As part of this interactive workshop, participants will gather practical tools and explore ways to boost protective factors to better help youth build positive, strong relationships both on and offline.

Erin Walsh, MA – Mind Positive Parenting

Level: II | For: All


41. 7 Mindsets: Teaching Mindsets, Changing Lives

The 7 Mindsets is a social-emotional learning program that is being implemented in St. Louis County Schools. It aims to remove emotional and psychological impediments, also known as counter-mindsets, so a positive transformation in student and educator engagement can occur. This workshop will introduce attendees to this program and offer strategies for creating a school environment where everyone can thrive.

Kristi Berlin, MS, EdS, Dir. of Curriculum, Technology Integration and Assessment – St. Louis County Schools & Duane Moyer, Prog. Dir., 7 Mindsets Academy

Level: I | For: All


42. Working with Issues Related to Relationship, Gender Identity, and Sexual Development in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have the same sexual interests and challenges as neurotypical individuals. Unfortunately, due to a variety of different factors, individuals with ASD may experience unique difficulties related to relationships, gender identity and development of their sexuality. This presentation will review factors that influence development in these areas, as well as discuss potential interventions.

Joseph Falkner, MST-CCC-SLP, CAS, Speech-Language Pathologist

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


43. Implementing a High Quality Comprehensive School Mental Health System

Mental health services within schools have made considerable growth over the past 10 years in Minnesota. This presentation will focus on principles, tools and frameworks to help schools and school-based providers move toward implementing a high quality comprehensive school mental health network from a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).

Mark Sander, PsyD, LP, Dir. of School Mental Health – Hennepin Co./Mpls. Public Schools & Rochelle Cox, MS, Exec. Dir. Special Education and Health Servs. – Mpls. Public Schools

Level: II | For: All


44. Kofi Services: A 25-Year Perspective on Affirming the Lives of African-American Elementary Students and Families in Saint Paul Public Schools

Kofi is a culturally-specific, school-based mental health program developed to support African-American youth in Saint Paul. The program’s practice model, in which mental health and cultural perspectives are inextricably linked, will offer attendees tangible strategies for integrating culturally-affirming interventions into treatment, and for strengthening resilience through an understanding and celebration of African wisdoms.

Presenters – Yonis Gabow, MS, LAMFT, Evette Farley, MA & Chanee Rudloph, MFT, LAMFT – Kofi Services. At, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


45. Trauma-Informed Care: An Ecological Perspective

Trauma-informed care (TIC) often focuses on evidence-based clinical practice models, which can leave a void for non-clinical staff. This session will examine SaintA’s model of TIC, which has focused on translating and re-packaging core clinical ideas for non-clinical staff with the goal of transforming the kind of interactions kids have on a daily basis. This workshop will explore the details of this 10-year effort.  

Tim Grove, MSSW, Chief Clinical Officer – SaintA

Level: II | For: All


46. Integrated and Complementary Approaches to Treating Common Childhood Mental Disorders

While a wide body of research indicates that multifaceted interventions are most effective, many practitioners continue using narrow approaches to address children’s mental health challenges. As part of this workshop, a multidisciplinary team—consisting of a psychologist, nurse practitioner, dietitian, and herbalist—will discuss how therapy, medication, diet, and alternative medicine can work together to advance wellness. Integrated treatments for ADHD, autism, depression and anxiety will also be discussed.

Jim Anderson, MS, SSP, LP, Licensed Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Natasha Badois, ND, Lindsay Friedrickson, MSN, APRN, CNP, CARN-AP, Family Nurse Practitioner & Mardi Gudin, Energy and Sound Healing Practitioner– Cashman Ctr.

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical

47. You’re Outta Here: Why Exclusionary Discipline Practices in Schools Don’t Work and What to Do Instead

This workshop will discuss the grim reality of the impact of exclusionary practices in schools on children with mental health disorders and special education needs—particularly students of color and those living in poverty. Several alternatives to punishment and exclusion will be reviewed. This presentation is based on The Guiding Principles: A Resource for Improving School Climate and Discipline, from the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Charlene Myklebust, PsyD, President and Educational Leadership Consultant – Professional Education Pal, LLC & Wendy Loberg, MA, Educational Leadership Consultant and Former Principal – Loberg Consulting, LLC

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


48. An Adaptation to Narrative Work

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and narrative therapy have shown great success in helping teens who struggle with trauma and self-esteem challenges. However, young people often have a difficult time engaging in this work. This workshop will highlight how the presenter has adapted these therapies to be teen-friendly, using music and art to discuss difficult memories.

Laine Mohnkern, MSW, LGSW, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist – Volunteers of America

Level: II | For: All


49. Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Mental Health Musical

Enjoy a performance of MACMH’s ninth original musical that uses familiar fairy tales to raise awareness and reduce the fear and misunderstanding surrounding children’s mental health. Performed by talented youth ages 8 – 18, this production includes: The Three Little Pigs (anxiety), Humpty Dumpty (trauma), and The Ugly Duckling (bullying).  

Matt Jenson, Co-director, Director of Arts Programing – MACMH & Marya Hart, Co-director & Youth Cast

Level: I | For: All


50. Healing Through Play: Domestic Violence and Trauma-Informed Play Therapy Interventions for Youth.

Play is the most innate form of expression and learning during early childhood development. It is through both secure attachment relationships and play that a child can grow and heal from traumatic experiences. By discussing the effects of witnessing violence, principles of trauma-informed treatment, and child-centered play therapy as an effective intervention, participants of this workshop will learn specific skills for trauma-informed intervention with youth.

Sarah Lockhart, MSW, LICSW, Spvsr. of Youth Servs. & Angela Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW, Dir. of Client Servs. – Domestic Abuse Proj.

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


51. Adolescent Substance Use Trends

Utilizing the latest research from NIDA and SAMHSA, as well as other recent surveys, this workshop will cover the latest trends in substance use and discuss potential challenges facing adolescent populations moving forward. Misunderstandings surrounding the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana, plus trends in local meth and opioid use, will be central themes of this session.

Christy Alten-Osmera, MS, LAC, LPCMH, QMHP, Adolescent Unit Prog. Dir., Therapist – Keystone Treatment Ctr.

Level: II | For: All


Infant & Early Childhood Series

52. Introduction to Child-Parent Psychotherapy: For Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Child-parent psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children and their families, with the primary goal of supporting and strengthening the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver. CPP is based in attachment theory but also integrates other theories. This workshop will introduce participants to CPP using brief lecture, activities and clinical examples.

Jane Ellison, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (IV-C)®, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health  Specialist – Nurturing Possibilities

Level: II | For: Professional | Content: Clinical