Annual Conference

2018 MACMH Conference Featured Speakers
Monday & Tuesday Keynotes

Rain or snow, our conference is a go! 

The MACMH conference is happening in Duluth!
We will delay our Supervision Series on Sunday by 1 hour (starting at noon), to allow you extra drive time.

Monday • April 16 • 9:00 – 10:00 am

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. Over the last 22 years, she has authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles, six edited books, and 70 chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured over ten million dollars of external funding. She advises members of Congress and Senate on bully prevention legislation. She conducts regular webinars for CDC, NIH, and NIJ to disseminate research. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011, and has been a consultant on the website and consultant to the National Anti-bullying Campaign, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has presented multiple times at the Federal Partnership to End Bullying Summit and Conference. She is a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Initiative to address bullying and youth suicide. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows and has been quoted in the national print press.

Bullying & School Violence: Research-Informed Strategies for Prevention & Intervention

Dr. Espelage’s translational research keynote address will include a discussion of youth bullying; including face-to-face bullying, cyberbullying, gender-based bullying and harassment, and teen dating violence among middle and high school students. Prevalence, definitions, and underlying risk and protective factors (e.g., individual, family, school, peers) associated with these behaviors will be presented. School-based interventions will be discussed, including social-emotional learning approaches, bystander interventions, and programs that address bias-based bullying. Programs that are evidence-based will be highlighted, and promising programs (e.g., restorative practices) will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

(1)  To understand prevalence, types, and developmental timing of bullying and other forms of aggression.

(2)  To understand the links between bullying and gender-based harassment.

(3)  To be familiar with research evidence on what works to prevent these behaviors.

Tuesday • April 17 • 9:00-10:00 am

Sam Simmons

Sam Simmons, AA, LADC, has over 27 years of experience working as a behavioral consultant specializing in culturally-sensitive trauma-informed work with African American males and their families, with a focus on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence and historical trauma. An Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Interface Trainer in Minnesota, Sam spent nine years managing a project that engaged African American males to promote healthy relationships, to end violence against women and girls, and to end community violence. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Outreach Services, with prison reentry projects and within the African American community. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally-sensitive trauma-informed work in the community and around the country, and in 2017 he received the Champions for Children Award recognizing his work with children from Minnesota Communities Caring for Children. He is co-host of “Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses challenges experienced by those in urban communities, and is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary.”

Mr. Simmons’ keynote speech is, “A Family Story, From Intergenerational Trauma to Thriving.” In his presentation, Sam will use his family story to address how increasing awareness regarding the impact of intergenerational trauma can change community practices and engagement, particularly for underserved and minority men and their families. He will discuss practical, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed initiatives which have been demonstrated to be successful in improving health outcomes within these communities.

Sunday, April 15th, 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.

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