Past Conferences

Sunday, April 15, 2018 • 4:15 – 6:45 pm

Mental Health Exploration & Discovery (MHED) Talks is a presentation series in the spirit of TED Talks. Using stories—both personal and experiences from the field— each speaker has 18 minutes to share their expertise on new concepts, programs, treatment models and research. Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A and hors d’oeuvres reception.

 Finding Calm in Chaos: Radical Self-Care as Medicine

This MHED Talk will highlight practices of healing justice and strategies for being “awake” that can help create
space for radical self-care in the context of mental health and well-being. Dr. Joi will share personal insight into a variety of self-care mediums, including meditation, mindfulness, conscious movement and emotional liberation melodies—which all serve to help us form deeper connections with ourselves and others, and foster healthy expressions of grief, pain and joy.
Dr. Joi is the CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method. Her work is deeply grounded in healing justice as a “body worker” of the collective body (systems) and the individual body (self), holding space for discovering critical pressure points for transformation. Dr. Joi completed her doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, was a Bush Fellow, conducted research in South Africa, had a 20-year career in higher education, and engaged in a year of radical self-care practice through yoga meditation and community healing circles. She is a social entrepreneur, facilitator, coach, healer, space holder and yogi who believes in interrupting her own oppressor patterns with loving kindness to have more access to humanity while encouraging others to do the same.

Buffalo in the Storm

What do we do when we are confronted by adversity and traumatic events in our personal or professional lives? Working in communities with high levels of trauma and stress is challenging, and being a member of a community that has had these experiences can further amplify this adversity. During Dr. Stately’s MHED Talk, he will discuss his personal and professional experiences in managing these challenges using the story of a “Buffalo in the Storm.”

Antony Stately (Ojibwe/Oneida), received his PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 1997. His most important and fulfilling job is being the father of his 9-year-old twin sons, Chaske and Cuauhtli. Professionally, he is the Chief Executive Officer for the Native American Community Clinic in South Minneapolis, which serves the Twin Cities Native community. Previously, he worked as the Director of Behavioral Health Programs at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, in Prior Lake, and also worked at the University of Washington-Seattle, where he was Director of the Center for Translational Research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. He has taught in clinical graduate programs at UW School of Social Work, Antioch University-Seattle, Phillips Graduate Institute, CSPP/Alliant University-Los Angeles, Antioch University-Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University.


From Tragedy to Hope, One Breath at a Time

As human beings, we cannot escape the moments when everything we know to be true is shattered. Join Kathy Flaminio as she shares how her teaching of mindfulness was put to the test when tragedy hit home.

Kathy Flaminio is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC a training and consulting company focusing on the science and practice of mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning. She holds a master’s degree in social work with 20 years of experience working in Minneapolis Public Schools. She is the creator of Move Mindfully®️ yoga-based sequencing for self-regulation, focus and overall wellbeing. Kathy is an adjunct faculty for Saint Mary’s University and the National Director of Training Development for Yoga Calm. She has guided more than 25,000 professionals in mindfulness and movement strategies for use in classrooms and therapeutic settings.