Events | Trainings

2019 Featured Speakers

2019 Featured Speakers

Wing Young Huie
Keynote Presentation • Monday, April 29 • 8:50 – 10:00 a.m.

Wing Young Huie (photo compliments of Eliesa Johnson)

Celebrated photographer and 2018 McKnight Distinguished Artist Wing Young Huie has conducted over a thousand lectures, keynotes and workshops to audiences of all kinds—including K-12 classrooms, colleges, museums, non-profits, places of worship and corporations— informing how mass culture images shape our points of view. His many photographic projects reflect America’s dizzying and changing cultural landscape, providing a collective window and mirror into the them who are really us.

In his keynote presentation, What Do You See? Challenging Assumptions & Widening Cultural Perspectives Using Photography, Mr. Huie will show the variety of ways he interacts with the people he photographs to create images that go below the surface to suggest complex narratives. Multiple points of views will be engaged when conference participants are asked to consider what they see in his culturally-loaded photos that are open to interpretation. He will then reveal back stories that will complicate and challenge initial perceptions, widening perspectives for a challenging yet non-confrontational deep discussion.

Learn more about Mr. Huie and his What Do You See? project.

Drs. Timothy Culbert and Henry Emmons
Keynote Presentation • Tuesday, April 30 • 8:50 – 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Timothy Culbert & Dr. Henry Emmons

Timothy Culbert, MD, is a board certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician in the Twin Cities, and is also certified in Functional Medicine. Throughout his career Dr. Culbert has received training and certification in biofeedback and medical hypnosis, and has completed trainings in mindfulness-based stress reduction, Reiki and clinical aromatherapy. Dr. Culbert is currently Medical Director for The Center for Integrated Mental Health at PrairieCare Medical Group, an organization that provides comprehensive pediatric and adult mental health services. He is co-founder of the website which serves as the premier resource for kids, teens and adults on holistic mental health options for health care consumers and mental health professionals.

Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and neuroscience into his clinical work. He practices with Partners in Resilience in Minneapolis, and is co-founder of, offering trusted information and holistic products to help individuals of all ages build their resilience and rediscover joy. Dr. Emmons is the author of The Chemistry of Joy, The Chemistry of Calm, and Staying Sharp, and is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public.

Dr. Emmons and Dr. Culbert’s keynote speech is Where Science Meets Soul: Future Trends in Natural Mental Health.

Most of us would agree that we live in stressful, sometimes chaotic times. Stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression, have never been so prevalent, especially among children. We are in great need for new models of treatment and prevention. How can we in the mental health field address this growing crisis of resilience? Blending new science with ancient wisdom, Drs. Culbert and Emmons will explore what it takes to cultivate resilience for a lifetime.

At the end of this keynote presentation, conference attendees will be able to:

    • Describe a natural, resilience-based model for prevention and treatment of the most common mental health disorders.
    • Understand and discuss the role of  “neuromodulation” in the treatment of depression, anxiety and ADHD.
    • Compare and apply components of the conventional and integrative mental health toolkits in clinical practice.
    • Develop at least 3 new personal practices to sustain their own healthy brains and mood.

Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW
Supervision Series • Sunday, April 28 • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ed Morales

Ed Morales is a mixed race Boricua kid who was raised to be white. It wasn’t until he was in his late twenties, when he moved to Minneapolis, that he began to recognize his identity as the son of a Puerto Rican and a German immigrant. Since then, Ed has worked to explore the confusing boundaries of growing up mixed in a world that struggles to see shades of grey. Ed is founder of Socorro Consulting, and lives in North Minneapolis with his wife, two transracially adopted daughters, and his cat, Mocha.

Christina Gonzalez, LICSW
Supervision Series • Sunday, April 28 • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Christina Gonzalez

Christina is the Director of Student Support Services at Richfield Public Schools where she is responsible for the oversight of school social workers, outreach workers, and guidance counselors. Christina has served with The Family Partnership for 10 years, first as an in home and play therapist for six years and was then appointed Director of In-Home Services. She is also a Community Faculty at the University of Minnesota in the School of Social Work and serves on their Advisory Council.

Christina is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Child Psychology and Spanish/Portuguese. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Social Work.