Events | Trainings

Summer Child & Adolescent Series

Summer Child & Adolescent Series

This Series Is COMPLETE

June 21 – August 13, 2018

Saint Paul • Minneapolis

Eagan • Saint Louis Park

8 unique sessions • Earn up to 30 CEHs

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
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1. COMPLETED – Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices

Thursday, June 21 | Saint Paul, MN

The first part of this presentation will teach signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people and the second half will examine best practices for suicide awareness, prevention and intervention in young people, including learning to recognize suicidal ideation…

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2. COMPLETED – ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions

Friday, June 29 | Minneapolis, MN

This training will provide an update on the most important new research about ADHD, including diagnostic trends, risk factors, and new findings about medications. It will also delve into emerging interventions…

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3. COMPLETED – Using Play Therapy To Heal Anxiety In Family Systems

Monday, July 9 | Saint Paul, MN

The presenters will present and demonstrate play therapy techniques to strengthen parents’ capacity to be a “second chicken” for their children and to deactivate and heal patterns of anxiety, including some basics of Theraplay®, sensory-based play therapy…

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4. COMPLETED – The Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA): Research and Practice with LGBTQ Adolescents

Tuesday, July 17 | Saint Paul, MN

This presentation will focus on the research conducted with LGBTQ adolescents that informed GALA; explore therapeutic interventions that promote the five foundational concepts of treatment with LGBTQ adolescents; and discuss research outcomes from the Minnesota Student Survey…

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5. COMPLETED – Tools for Anxious Youth

Tuesday, July 24 | Eagan, MN

Of all mental health disorders, anxiety disorders affect the greatest number of children and adolescents. However, there are minimal tools to use with youth experiencing anxiety. This presentation will provide a working group structure and tools to support adolescents with anxiety-related challenges…

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6. COMPLETED – Convening Tough Conversations Between Adolescent Adoptees and Parents: Steps to Evoke Attachment in Conflict Repair

Monday, July 30 | Saint Paul, MN

Conflict between adopted teens who have attachment trauma histories and their parents is often predictable. Many events, like a change in schedule or a problem at school, can trigger feelings of abandonment…

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7. COMPLETE – Traumatized Children and Adolescents: From Surviving to Thriving

Tuesday, August 7 | Saint Louis Park, MN

This session will provide information about experiences that may create trauma responses in children and adolescents, the resulting neurological and biochemical changes, and their impact on behavior and learning…

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8. COMPLETED – Social Anxiety in Adolescents: Recognition, Management and Treatment

August 13 | Minneapolis

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a highly prevalent condition that often develops in the context of adolescence and can have a profound impact on school and social functioning. This intermediate workshop examines various contributions to the development of social anxiety…

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Completed Sessions

 

1. Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices  

*This two-part presentation meets continuing education requirements for Minnesota educators needing recertification in Key Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.*

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of children and youth will have a mental health disorder during any given year. Additionally, a 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Minnesota. The first part of this presentation will teach signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people. Guidance will be given regarding appropriate interventions and accommodations to assist a young person during a mental health crisis, and resources to help them thrive will be discussed. The second half of the presentation will examine best practices for suicide awareness, prevention and intervention in young people, including learning to recognize suicidal ideation, understanding how to support youth in crisis, and exploring appropriate professional self care.

Deborah Cavitt, MS, Project Director – Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

Thursday, June 21
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: K-12th Grade

3 CEHs | $89

 

2. ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions

This training will provide an update on the most important new research about ADHD, including diagnostic trends, risk factors, and new findings about medications. It will also delve into emerging interventions and treatments that audience members can begin using immediately.

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

Friday, June 29
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents| Ages Addressed: Kindergarten – College | Includes Clinical Content

3 CEHs | $89 


3. Using Play Therapy To Heal Anxiety In Family Systems

The uptick in frequency and intensity of anxiety diagnoses for both children and their parents can leave therapists searching for interventions to heal anxiety’s multigenerational impact. This workshop will provide a hands-on clinical approach and offer integrative play therapy strategies for therapists to increase co-regulation and decrease stress and anxiety within the entire family system. The presenters will present and demonstrate play therapy techniques to strengthen parents’ capacity to be a “second chicken” for their children and to deactivate and heal patterns of anxiety, including some basics of Theraplay®, sensory-based play therapy, and mindfulness-based parent-child play therapy activities.

Participants will:

  • Define Lawrence Cohen’s concept of the “second chicken” (the person we automatically turn to to assess for safety and to learn how to respond to our environment) as a metaphor for the way humans instinctively deal with anxiety
  • Discuss anxiety dynamics and within the parent-child relationship and family system
  • Learn specific family play therapy strategies to promote co-regulation and decrease anxiety, including ways to create a safe, consistent, ‘anxiety-deactivating’ therapy environment

Marit AppeldoornMSW, LICSW, Therapist/Supervisor – Private Practice & Alexis Greeves, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, Co-Owner – Health and Healing Family Counseling

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Children | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, July 9
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (one hour for lunch on your own)

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

6 CEHs | $179

4. The Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA): Research and Practice with LGBTQ Adolescents

Adolescence is critical time for identity development and consolidation. For individuals who identify as sexual and/or gender minorities, adolescence can be stressful time fraught with fear, rejection and internalization of stigma and discrimination. In response to the increased need for transgender health services and culturally competent gender and sexuality specialists, the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA) was developed by Dr. Dianne Berg and Dr. Katie Spencer through the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality. GALA is supported by theory and research demonstrating that stigma and discrimination contribute to health disparities and negative health outcomes for transgender and sexually diverse people.

GALA proposes the importance of psychotherapeutic interventions focused on five foundational concepts, including gender literacy, resiliency, moving beyond the binary, sex-positivity, and connection to medical intervention. This presentation will focus on the research conducted with LGBTQ adolescents that informed GALA; explore therapeutic interventions that promote the five foundational concepts of treatment with LGBTQ adolescents; and discuss research outcomes from the Minnesota Student Survey will be discussed. Implications for Minnesota schools and subsequent interventions for increasing safety for gender and sexual minorities within Minnesota schools will be offered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the diversity of sexual and gender identity development
  • Be able to differentiate between the various components of sexual and gender identity development
  • Develop an understanding of the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA), including how the concepts of gender literacy, beyond the binary, resiliency and positive sexuality apply to therapeutic interventions with adolescents
  • Understand the prevalence of gender and sexuality diversity within the Minnesota school population and how these students report being stigmatized within the school systems
  • Identify implications for Minnesota schools and subsequent interventions for increasing safety for gender and sexual minorities with the Minnesota schools

Dianne Berg, PhD, LP, Asst. Professor, Co-Director, Rachel Becker-Warner, PsyD, LP, Psychologist & G. Nic Rider, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow – Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: Adolescents (12+) | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, July 17
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dakota Lodge, Thompson Park Center
1200 Stassen Lane
Saint Paul, MN 55118

5. Tools for Anxious Youth

Of all mental health disorders, anxiety disorders affect the greatest number of children and adolescents. However, there are minimal tools to use with youth experiencing anxiety. This presentation will provide a working group structure and tools to support adolescents with anxiety-related challenges. During the session, the presenters will review their 10-week group process, provide an outline and activities for the audience to utilize within their own practice, and explore a measurable group response tool. The goal is for the audience to be able to walk away from the workshop with resources to use to address adolescent anxiety from a group lens.

Molly Fox, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker & Amanda Bomstad, MS, NCC, NCSC, Counselor – Mankato Area Public Schools

Tuesday, July 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

3 CEHs | $89

6. Convening Tough Conversations Between Adolescent Adoptees and Parents: Steps to Evoke Attachment in Conflict Repair

Conflict between adopted teens who have attachment trauma histories and their parents is often predictable. Many events, like a change in schedule or a problem at school, can trigger feelings of abandonment. When families enter into therapy for conflict relief, the parent and teen are often at the high point of fear and anger, making it difficult for them to have conflict-repairing conversations on their own. To assist in repairing this emotional safety, mental health professionals must be able to engage the “push-pull” relational system, tolerate explosive expressions of fear and loss and draw out humor and the parent-child connection in order to create a shared experience. During this workshop, specific steps to convene these hard conversations will be outlined and role played.

Krista Nelson, MSW, LICSW, LMFT, Trauma Consultant – Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Monday, July 30
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | For: Professionals & Foster/Adoptive Parents

3 CEHs | $89

7. Traumatized Children and Adolescents: From Surviving to Thriving

This session will provide information about experiences that may create trauma responses in children and adolescents, the resulting neurological and biochemical changes, and their impact on behavior and learning. Communication skills and patterns among trauma survivors are highlighted, as they are foundational for healthy social and emotional development. Fortunately, resilience resides in the human propensity for connection, and relationships create a context for healing. The presenter will discuss strategies for creating strong and healthy communication patterns that are grounded in research and tested through her extensive experiences with traumatized children and adolescents. She will also draw upon her own childhood trauma experiences in order to provide guidance for parents and professionals who are also survivors.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify adverse childhood experiences that can result in trauma, describe their neurological impact, and understand and identify trauma-related behaviors.
  • Acquire strategies that promote strong relationships in order to form the context for healing and growth.
  • Learn how to help build strong communication skills that are foundational for emotional development as well as academic learning.

Chris Wing, PhD, SLP, CCC

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Young Children – Adolescents | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, August 7
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (one hour for lunch on your own)

Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry Street West
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

6 CEHs | $179

8. Social Anxiety in Adolescents: Recognition, Management and Treatment

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a highly prevalent condition that often develops in the context of adolescence and can have a profound impact on school and social functioning. This intermediate workshop examines various contributions to the development of social anxiety (e.g. biological, familial, social, cultural) from a developmental psychopathology viewpoint. Contemporary evidence- based practices that combine cognitive-behavioral strategies with acceptance and mindfulness strategies will be presented.   

Christopher Vye, PhD, LP, Chair, Assoc. Professor, Univ. of St. Thomas & Rebecca Swan, PhD, Licensed Psychologist – Anxiety Treatment Resources 

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, August 13
9 a.m. – 12 p.m

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3 CEHs | $89

Accommodations
If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, interpreter, braille, or large print materials), such accommodations will be made available upon advanced request. Please contact the MACMH office at least 3 weeks prior to the given event so we are best able to meet your needs. For TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.