Events | Trainings

Tuesday, April 25 • Session 5

Tuesday, April 25 • Session 5

Mental Health in the Digital Age Series

53. Two Brothers and a Videocamera: Cultivating Online Community

Over the past 10 years, there has been incredible growth in online communities that aim to build welcoming spaces and philanthropic movements. These communities encourage belonging and connect youth across the world in powerful ways that support mental health. In this workshop, participants will hear young people share how two brothers and a videocamera created a life-changing online community.

Sara Langworthy, PhD – Consultant

Level: I | For: All


54. Relational Quality and Co-Morbidity Among Adolescents Affected by Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

In this workshop, participants will learn about relational patterns among adolescents affected by self-injury; ways that parents and adolescents with different patterns of self-injury describe family relationships and patterns; and the ways in which families affected by self-injury are resilient.

Anna Bohlinger, PhD, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist/Adjunct Asst. Professor – Paragon Residential Treatment for Youth/St. Mary’s Univ. of MN

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


55. Beyond Attachment: Common Pitfalls for Therapists Working Within Adoption

Therapists who work with adoptees often make attachment the central lens through which they address behavioral and emotional concerns in children and adolescents. While attachment is key, therapists sometimes fail to give proper attention to issues of grief and loss, racial and cultural identity, and shame stemming from living in the margins. This workshop will address common pitfalls of therapists from the perspective of experienced therapists who are also adult adoptees.

Julie Jong Koch, MSW, LICSW, Clinic and School-Based Therapist – Watercourse Counseling Ctr. & Hye-Kyong Kim, PsyD, LP, Chief Psychologist – Indian Health Board

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


56. Restorative Justice in the Classroom with Special Populations

Three years ago, District 287 piloted a restorative justice initiative to integrate into special education settings as well as four alternative high school programs. During this presentation, participants will learn how it is being modified and used with diverse and special populations of various ages and abilities, and learn ways to incorporate it into schools and practices successfully.

Jimmie Heags, Jr., MA, LSC, LPCC, Dist. Restorative Justice Lead & District Mobile Response Team (DMRT) Mbr. – Dist. 287, Linda Seifried, MSW, LICSW, Assessment and Referral Clinician – Allina Hospitals and Clinics & Doris Moylan, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker – Edgewood Education Center/Dist. 287

Level: I | For: Professionals


57. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 201: Strategies for Trauma-Informed Education

This session will build upon introductory information surrounding ACEs, discuss supportive interventions in schools, and summarize research about ACEs buffering factors. Following a brief review of ACEs research, the presenters will explain how to bring a trauma-sensitive lens to practices and interactions with students and adults in our schools. Secondary trauma related to personal ACEs and working with children with high ACEs will also be explored.  

Charlene Myklebust, PsyD, President and Educational Leadership Consultant  – Professional Education Pal, LLC & Mark Sander, PsyD, LP, Senior Clinical Psychologist – Hennepin Co./Mpls. Public Schools

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


58. Identifying and Understanding Early Episode Psychosis

Early identification and comprehensive treatment are essential to improving outcomes for young people experiencing psychosis. Attendees will learn how to identify early warning signs of psychosis, how to interact with young people who may be experiencing symptoms, and gain an understanding of the latest treatment recommendations. Participants will walk away with new hope and high expectations for young people living with psychiatric disorders.

Nancy Howe, Youth and Parent Educator – NAMI MN

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


59. Touching the Sand: Exploring Kalffian Sandplay

Where did Kalffian Sandplay come from? What does a Sandplay process look like and what is allowed to happen in a free and protected space? This workshop will examine Kalffian Sandplay from a Jungian viewpoint. Attendees will experience the sand and small figures that are used in Sandplay, while considering how this kind of experience might impact their clients.

Ellen Saul, MS, LP, Psychotherapist – Ellen Saul & Associates, Inc.

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical


60. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Mental Health Integration Within a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): Minnesota Perspectives

This session will describe perspectives, shared messages and core features of PBIS and school mental health. Examples of the ways in which collaboration and a coordinated approach can improve MTSS implementation will be shared, and state and local examples will be used to illustrate efforts in Minnesota.

Mary Hunt, MA, NCSP, Education Specialist-Related Servs, MN Dept. of Ed., Erin Engness, MA, PBIS Coord. – Northern Regional Implementation Proj. & Additional District Staff

Level: II | For: Professionals


61. Assessing, Educating and Treating Delinquent, Mentally Ill Youth

Youth who have a combination of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders can pose unique challenges to clinicians and educators. These young people are sometimes more likely to be expelled from day treatment programs due to delinquency and may be unsuccessful in behaviorally-oriented programs due to mental illness. Additionally, they may struggle with positive outcomes while enrolled in EBD (Emotional or Behavioral Disorder) programs. This presentation will outline techniques of successfully assessing, educating and treating these youth.

William Dikel, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Independent Consulting Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & Jan Ostrom, BCBA, MA, LP, Behavior Analyst – Brih Designs

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


62. Don’t Let Emotions Run Your Life: Coping Skills for Children Between the Ages of 7-12

This workshop will provide a sneak peak into the soon-to-be-available “Don’t Let Emotions Run Your Life for Kids: A DBT-Based Skills Workbook for Children.” The presenters will provide a glimpse into the hands-on activities included in their book for use with children ages 7-12 who struggle with extreme emotions and mood swings. Attendees will walk away with ready-to-use therapeutic activities.

Christina Kress, MSW, LICSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker & Jennifer Solin, PsyD, LP, Licensed Psychologist – Private Practice

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


63. Autism Spectrum Disorders and Trauma

Individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are at a higher risk of experiencing trauma than their peers. This presentation will identify signs and symptoms of different types of trauma as they relate to individuals on the autism spectrum. Participants will explore strategies for preventing unintentional trauma, and learn ways to incorporate trauma-informed care into daily practice.

Emily Coler Hanson, MS, LMFT, CGP, Therapist & Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT, Therapist – Prairie St. John’s

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


64. Native American Historical Trauma and Present-Day Impacts

This workshop will explore historical trauma, including what it looked like in the past, and what it looks like today. The presenters will use the North Dakota Pipeline crisis to demonstrate ongoing examples of historical trauma and opportunities for developing healthy community connections and cultural healing experiences.

Jay Hunter, MA, LMFT, Clinical Spvsr. – Headway Emotional Health Servs. and Soaring Eagle Therapeutic Servs. & Rose Joiner, MS, LMFT, Therapist – American Indian Family Ctr. and Soaring Eagle Therapeutic Servs.

Level: I | For: All | Content: Clinical


Infant & Early Childhood Series

65. Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement, The PCIT CARE Model

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed modification of skills derived from Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). The CARE model is intended for general use by non-clinical adults who interact with children from various backgrounds. This fun and interactive training will introduce attendees to skills similar to those taught in PCIT, and participants will have a chance to practice the skills they learn.

Emily Honken, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker – Fraser

Level: I | For: All


Infant & Early Childhood Series

66. What’s So Special About Working with Infants and Toddlers? An Introduction to MAIECMH’s Multidisciplinary Endorsement Process

Working with young children and their families requires a specialized set of competencies, firmly grounded in the unique developmental and relational needs of the earliest years. In this session, participants will learn about the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH) multidisciplinary system of evidence-based core competencies and endorsement that formally recognizes an individual’s qualifications for working with children, prenatal to age five.

Kristin Armbruster Irrer, MS, IMH-E® (III), Infant & Parent Specialist – Healthy Families & MAIECMH Coord. – MACMH

Level: I | For: All