Events | Trainings

Tuesday, April 25 • Session 6

Tuesday, April 25 • Session 6

Mental Health in the Digital Age Series

67. Electronic Addiction: How To Break Free From Battles Over Screens

Have you ever tried to limit your child’s use of electronics, but then give in because of his or her persistence? It can be tempting to allow our children frequent access to screen time, but it’s important to be aware of electronics’ addictive qualities. This interactive presentation will introduce solutions to creating healthier boundaries around the use of electronics, and fostering calmer, more cooperative interactions with your child.

Barb Andrus, CAPS, Certified Parent Coach & Samantha Moe, MA, SLP, Certified Parent Coach – Mad2Glad

Level: I | For: Parents


68. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to Promote Positive Outcomes in Youth Through Parent Consultation and Training

This presentation will describe a multi-family DBT skills group for early adolescents and their parents. The content will focus on program goals and how DBT theory and methods can be applied to parent consultation and training. Participants will learn specific strategies to promote effective parenting, including discussion questions, learning activities and interventions for multi-family and parent-only skills groups.

Lexi Schmidt, PhD, Therapist – Mental Health Systems, PC

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


69. Rising Strong™: Using Story to Reduce the Effects of Trauma

This presentation will explore how the use of The Rising Strong™ curriculum and Narrative Therapy Principles reduce the effects of trauma by working to integrate and make meaning of our stories. Rising Strong™ is a curriculum that examines what it takes to develop resilience and how owning our story of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending.   

Michelle Hunt-Graham, MA, LMFT, CDWF, Marriage and Family Therapist – Bridging Hope Counseling

Level: I | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


70. Achieving Permanence for Youth

This workshop will provide an overview of grief, loss and trauma, as well as best practices in trauma-informed care to assist youth in resolving their past losses. The session will also discuss ways to help youth prepare for permanency as they seek and develop connections with caring adults. An overview of the Fast Track to a Family Program and the Intensive Permanence Service Program will be provided.

Erin Wall, MSW, APSW, LGSW, Dir. of Healing Progs. & Angela Shepherd, MSW, LGSW, Fast Track to a Family Specialist – Anu Family Servs.

Level: I | For: All


71. Supporting Those Who Support our Clients: Psychoeducation and Support for Family and Friends of Teens with Mental Illness

The family, friends and caregivers of the teenagers we work with often need additional support and education. This seminar will help attendees develop programming to educate and provide resources to parents, friends and educators who work regularly with teens that struggle with mental health concerns. The presenters will discuss common themes and concerns brought up by family and friends, and also provide a general structure to build a program around.  

Christopher Malone, PsyD, LP, Clinical Psychologist & Brittany Hamann, MA, LPCC, DBTC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Mental Health Systems, PC

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


72. Closing the Other Gap: Destigmatizing Mental Health in Schools

Statewide school-linked mental health (SLMH) services are designed to meet students where they are: at school. This workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of Fridley Middle School’s mental health model—which educates classroom staff, supports students and families, and breaks down barriers to provide youth accessible care in a familiar environment.

Ashley Dammer, MSW, LGSW, School-Linked Therapist – Lee Carlson Ctr. for Mental Health & Well-Being & Michael Ricci, MAE, Special Education Teacher – Fridley Middle School

Level: I | For: All


73. Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Based on the book “Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders,” this workshop will introduce attendees to social skills interventions and teach ways to generalize them across settings. The session will provide an overview of The Peers Model, a research-based social skills intervention for adolescents with ASD and their parents.

Jessica Hase, MA, LMFT, Mental Health Professional, Lori Brown-DeAlba, MA, LMFT, Mental Health Professional, Renee Latterell, PsyD, LP, Clinical Psychologist & Michelle Hoffman, MA, LMFT, Mental Health Professional – Fraser

Level: II | For: All | Content: Clinical


74. Proactive Crisis Planning at School for Children with Mental Health Challenges: Making It Happen

When children or teenagers experience escalating behaviors at school, they may benefit from a proactive crisis plan developed in partnership with parents, school staff and others. This session covers challenges and barriers to effective mental health crisis planning in schools; the role of Special Education, 504 and Positive Behavior Supports; and strategies that lead to positive student outcomes based on principles of wellness and recovery.

Renelle Nelson, MA, Parent Advocate and Proj. Coord. for the Children’s Mental Health, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Proj. – PACER Ctr.Jennifer Thomas, MA, Parent Advocate and Children’s Mental Health Specialist – PACER Center

Level: I | For: Parents


75. Supplemental Security Income: A Tool In Recovery

More than 1.2 million children receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These benefits serve as a tool in recovery, as well as a means for youth to transition to independent living successfully. This workshop will cover the requirements for childhood disability, the determination process, the benefits, what to expect when a child on SSI becomes an adult, and the caregiver or professional’s role in this process.

Emily Olson, EDPNA, Disability Representative – Disability Specialists

Level: I | For: All


76. From PSAs to Stage Productions: Developing Student-Led Peer Education Productions to Address Mental Health Issues in Our Schools and Communities

Attendees of this workshop will learn how to develop student-led groups to educate both their peers and the community about mental health issues via staged productions. The presenters will discuss topics such as recruitment, funding, research, developing community partnerships, script writing and staging. Strategies for marketing and evaluating the efficacy of the production will also be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the power of peer education combined with community resources to educate and make positive change.

Jennifer Bobbe, MEd, Achievement Coach – Northdale Middle School, Matthew Meier, MEd, Teacher/Advisor – Spring Lake Park High School & Chelsea Chilson, Student Dir. – The Voice –  Peer Education Theater Troupe Alumni

Level: I | For: All

77. Self-Care for Helping Professionals

Self-care is crucial for staying fresh and positive in our stressful jobs. This interactive presentation will help participants better understand their stressors and build self-care strategies. The presenters will briefly explore stress in general, then specify it to the helping professions. Participants will practice multiple ways to manage stress, including quick ideas and “big picture” skills. This workshop meets 1.25 hours of the Board  of Social Work’s requirements for 2 clock hours in Social Work ethics.

Cathy Thomas, LISW, MSEd, School Social Worker, Jessica Buskey, LSW, MAEd, School Social Worker & Ginger Fealy, LSW, MSEd, School Social Worker – St. Michael-Albertville Schools

Level: II | For: Professionals | Content: Clinical


Infant & Early Childhood Series

78. Working with Young Parents:  The Challenge of Competing Developmental Agendas

Working with young parents and their children requires us to keep two developmental agendas in mind, often in the context of three generational families. This training will explore strategies for addressing the needs of young parents and their children to promote optimal developmental outcomes for both.

Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E® (IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant & Angie Klinefelter, MS, IMH-E® (II), Instructor — CEED, Univ. of MN

Level: I | For: Professionals