Events | Trainings

Winter 2018 Presenter Information

Winter 2018 Presenter Information


Marit Appeldoorn

Presentation: Feeding the Second Chicken: Using Play Therapy To Heal Anxiety In Family Systems | Tuesday, January 23 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Marit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, Therapist/Supervisor – Private Practice
Biography: Marit Appeldoorn is a therapist, supervisor, and consultant who has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She has a private practice in South Minneapolis, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg University and St. Mary’s University. She is also a board member of the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

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Alexis Greeves
Alexis Greeves

Presentation: Feeding the Second Chicken: Using Play Therapy To Heal Anxiety In Family Systems | Tuesday, January 23 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Alexis Greeves, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, Co-Owner — Health and Healing Family Counseling
Biography: Alexis Greeves is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She is an Adjunct Professor at Bethel University’s Counseling Department, teaching play therapy. Alexis was born in Australia and grew up in Asia and the U.S. She enjoys reading, swimming and shopping at Trader Joe’s. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters. 

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Carol Siegel

Presentation: When Families Lose a Loved One: Grief and Loss in Families With Young Children​ | Friday, January 26 | Minneapolis, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Carol Siegel, PhD, LP, IMH-E®(IV), Private Practice & Instructor in Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program – Univ. of MN
Biography: Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in Minneapolis and sees parents and children in her private practice. Carol’s primary clinical focus is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. This may include depression, stress, adoption, foster care, trauma, abuse or neglect. Carol is also a consultant to clinicians and home-visiting programs around Minnesota. She teaches in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota and is endorsed by the Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor (Level IV). Carol received her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

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Heather Boorman

Presentation: Supporting Anxious Children & Youth: Addressing the Anxiety Beneath the Behavior | Tuesday, January 30 | Maplewood, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW, Therapist and Founder – Boorman Counseling, LLC
Biography: Heather Boorman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with families living with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. She is a therapist and founding member at Boorman Counseling, LLC in Western Wisconsin, and writes and podcasts with her husband (and fellow therapist) at The Fringy Bit to provide real support to parents who love differently-wired children.

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Ruth Richardson
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Presentation: Strategies for Supporting Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders and FASD | Tuesday, February 6 | Eagan, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Ruth Richardson, JD, Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives – MOFAS
Biography: Ruth is the Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Ruth has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University. She serves on the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s Committee for Equality and Justice, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Health Planning Council, as co-chair for the DHS African American Birth Outcomes Task Force, and is past Chairperson of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. She is also a member of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Justice Workgroup.

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Jane Ellison

Presentation: Rebuilding Connections After Caregiver Disruptions for Children Birth to Five | Tuesday, February 13 | Maple Grove, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Jane Ellison, LMFT, IMH-E®
Biography: Jane Ellison is a community leader in early childhood mental health. She has more than 30 years of experience working with young children and their families, including clinical work in private practice, parent education in Early Childhood Family Education, home visiting, family literacy, child abuse and neglect prevention programs and a domestic violence shelter. Ms. Ellison holds licensure in parent education, early childhood education, and Marriage and Family Therapy, a certificate in infant and early childhood mental health from the University of Minnesota and holds Clinical Level IV Infant Mental Health Endorsement through MACMH-IEC. She currently holds several positions, including clinical work with children from birth through age five and their families in her private practice ‘Nurturing Possibilities’, where she also provides reflective consultation and training. Ms. Ellison is the official Minnesota trainer for Child Parent Psychotherapy. She has spent eight years as Project Manager for Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive and has been Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist for the Sauk Rapids/Rice ECFE program. Ms. Ellison is a CEED Affiliate Faculty in the University of Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program and provides consultation on assessment and diagnosis using the DC 0-5 through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Great Start Program. She authored and instructs the online course for Child Welfare professionals, ‘Working with Parents: Using Infant Mental Health Principles to Support Special Populations’.

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Michele Fallon
Michele Fallon

Presentation: Rebuilding Connections After Caregiver Disruptions for Children Birth to Five | Tuesday, February 13 | Maple Grove, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV)
Biography: Michele is a licensed clinical social worker endorsed at Level IV in infant and early childhood mental health through the Infant and Early Childhood Division of MACMH (MACMH-IEC), of which she is currently co-chairperson with Tracy Schreifels. With 40 years of experience working with young children and families, Michele currently provides infant and early childhood mental health reflective consultation, supervision and training for infant and early childhood professionals across a variety of disciplines and settings, and is an online instructor for the Center for Early Education and Development at the U of MN.

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David Swenson

Presentation: Invisible Children: Helping Children of Mentally Ill, Chemically Dependent and Incarcerated Parents | Thursday, February 22 | Andover, MN | Learn More
Presenter: David Swenson, PhD, LP, Forensic Psychologist and Dir. of the MBA in Rural Health Leadership – College of St. Scholastica
Biography: David Swenson is a forensic psychologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin and has been in the field for over 45 years. He consults with regional day treatment and residential programs for youth, as well as with schools and law enforcement and human service organizations. He is Professor in the School of Business and Technology, and Director of the MBA in Rural Healthcare Program at the College of St. Scholastica.

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Jill Hennes

Presentation: Reflective Consultation: Building Skills for Supervisors and Consultants | Wednesday, February 28 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Jill Hennes, LICSW, IMH-E® (IV-C), Independent Consultant
Biography: Jill has worked in home visiting and infant mental health for almost 30 years, as a home visitor, supervisor, consultant and therapist. Jill has a master’s degree in social work, is a licensed independent clinical social worker, is endorsed in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and holds a certificate in Child Abuse Prevention Studies. Seven years as Reflective Practice Consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health provided rich opportunities to learn about building a statewide system of support for reflective practice through the training and mentoring of public health supervisors, home visitors and infant mental health consultants. Jill currently splits her time between consulting with programs that promote infant mental health and caring for her grand baby.

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Deborah Cavitt

Presentation: Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices | Friday, March 2 | Maplewood, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Deborah Cavitt, MS, Project Director – MACMH
Biography: Deborah Cavitt is project director for the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. She works as a grant writer and family coach for families of children with mental health challenges. Deb is an experienced certified teacher, a prevention specialist, and presents on topics related to mental health and addiction to youth, parents and professionals. She has a master’s degree in Human Service with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling Certifications. She is also a parent who guided her own children through the risks of substance use and challenges of mental illness.

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Laure O’Keeffe

Presentation: Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices | Friday, March 2 | Maplewood, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Laure J. O’Keeffe, Ed.S, CFPS, St Paul Public Schools
Biography: Laure is a parent, wife and educator whose passion is creating spaces for herself and others to find peace, success and friends. For the past 12 years, she has had the privilege of spending every day with students in K-12 who have one or more mental health diagnoses. This experience has provided her the opportunity to share what she has learned and continues to learn about the effects of mental health diagnoses on the cognitive, academic, social and emotional experience of these students. Her hope is that sharing her experience will have a positive impact on other students. Earlier in her career at the University of Wisconsin, Laure was a Senior Lecturer in Special Education and Curriculum & Instruction Systems, with special emphasis on the education of students identified as Gifted/Creative/Talented. 

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Sara Langworthy
Sara Langworthy

Presentation: The Effect of Parental Incarceration on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Well-Being | Thursday, March 8 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Sara Langworthy, PhD, Consultant, Author, Speaker
Biography: Sara is an author, consultant, speaker and YouTuber. Her book award-winning book, Bridging the Relationship Gap addresses how educators can build resilience with children who experience stress and adversity in early life. She is a dynamic speaker who enjoys talking about the science of child development, both in-person and on her YouTube channel. Sara is also an organizational advancement consultant and founding partner of The Exchange Loop. Learn more about Sara and her work by visiting her website.