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Winter 2018 Training Series

Winter 2018 Training Series

January 23 – March 2

Saint Paul • Maplewood
Eagan • Andover

5 unique sessions • Earn 3 or 6 CEHs per workshop

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
Save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.
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1. Feeding the Second Chicken: Using Play Therapy To Heal Anxiety In Family Systems

Tuesday, January 23 | Saint Paul, MN

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 multi-generational impact. This workshop will provide a hands-on clinical approach and offer integrative play therapy strategies for therapists to increase co-regulation…

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2. Supporting Anxious Children & Youth: Addressing the Anxiety Beneath the Behavior

Tuesday, January 30 | Maplewood, MN

When kids and youth feel anxious, they are often unable to verbalize these feelings to the adults around them. Instead, their behaviors do the communicating for them, and often, we adults misunderstand what these behaviors are trying to communicate. During this session, participants will look at common childhood behaviors…

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3. Strategies for Supporting Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders and FASD

Tuesday, February 6 | Eagan, MN

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 1 in 20 children in the U.S. have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This presentation will cover common co-occurring diagnoses, discuss the implications for misdiagnoses, explore ways that services can be modified for better outcomes, and provide concrete and practical strategies…

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4. Invisible Children: Helping Children of Mentally Ill, Chemically Dependent and Incarcerated Parents

Thursday, February 22 | Andover, MN

Children who have parents who struggle with mental illness, chemical dependency and/or who are incarcerated have unique challenges that are often overshadowed by their parents’ more obvious challenges. This presentation will examine the impact of these complex challenges on attachment…

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

Friday, March 2 | Maplewood, 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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1. Feeding the Second Chicken: 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 multi-generational 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 the parent’s own capacity to be a “second chicken” for their child 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 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 Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, Therapist/Supervisor – Private Practice & Alexis Greeves, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, Co-Owner – Health and Healing Family Counseling

Tuesday, January 23
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one hour break for lunch on your own)

Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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

6 CEHs | $179 $152.15 (when you register by December 23)

2. Supporting Anxious Children & Youth: Addressing the Anxiety Beneath the Behavior

When kids and youth feel anxious, they are often unable to verbalize these feelings to the adults around them. Instead, their behaviors do the communicating for them, and often, we adults misunderstand what these behaviors are trying to communicate. During this session, participants will look at common childhood and adolescent behaviors that can be signs of anxiety. The presenters will discuss the neurophysiology of anxiety, consider strategies to appropriately identify anxiety in children and youth, and explore effective interventions to minimize unhelpful effects of anxiety.

Participants will:

  • Define anxiety and the neurophysiology of anxiety
  • Identify at least 3 childhood and adolescent behaviors that are frequently rooted in anxiety
  • Identify and implement at least 5 interventions to help children and youth manage anxiety effectively

Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW, Therapist and Founder – Boorman Counseling, LLC

Tuesday, January 30
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Maplewood Community Center
1200 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents| Ages Addressed: 4-18 | Includes Clinical Content

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 (when you register by December 30)

3. Strategies for Supporting Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders and FASD

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 1 in 20 U.S. school children have a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is a prenatal brain injury that has real implications for youth, their families and our community. Many individuals on the spectrum have co-occurring mental health diagnoses and other challenges. FASD can also present with symptoms that can be mistaken for psychiatric illnesses. This presentation will cover common co-occurring diagnoses, discuss the implications for misdiagnoses, explore ways that services can be modified for better outcomes, and provide concrete and practical strategies for supporting individuals on the spectrum with co-occurring challenges and disorders. Attendees will leave the workshop able to define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, list 3 diagnoses that may commonly be seen with individuals on the spectrum, and identify 4 strategies for working with individuals who have co-occurring mental health and FASD diagnoses.

Ruth Richardson, JD, Director of Programs and National Strategic Initiatives – Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Early Childhood – AdolescentsIncludes Clinical Content

Tuesday, February 6
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oaks Room, Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 (when you register by January 6)

4. Invisible Children: Helping Children of Mentally Ill, Chemically Dependent and Incarcerated Parents

Children who have parents who struggle with mental illness, chemical dependency and/or who are incarcerated have unique challenges that are often overshadowed by their parents’ more obvious challenges. Many of these parents focus much of their attention on their own mental health, making it difficult for them to address their children’s mental health. Further, some of these parents may be neglectful or abusive toward their children, which can create high-risk and high-need situations. This presentation will examine the impact of these complex challenges on attachment, development and the parent-child relationship; explore health risks to the child and the role of foster placement; and discuss long term adjustment. Interventions and programs will also be described for each of these parenting situations, with emphasis on working with the parents, identifying protective factors, and describing individual treatment and support approaches.

David Swenson, PhD, LP, Forensic Psychologist and Director of the MBA in Rural Health Leadership – College of St. Scholastica

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Young Children – AdolescentsIncludes Clinical Content

Thursday, February 22
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Bunker Hills Activity Center
550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW
Andover, MN 55304

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 (when you register by January 22)

5. 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 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 – MACMH & Laure O’Keeffe, EdS, CFPS, St. Paul Public Schools

Friday, March 2
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Maplewood Community Center
1200 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

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

3 CEHs | $89  $75.65 (when you register by February 2), PLUS $19.95 optional book (reduced rate)


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.