Events | Trainings

Fall 2015 Training Series

Fall 2015 Training Series

MACMH Fall Training Series 2015

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October 19th – December 14th, 2015

Andover • Brooklyn Center • Minneapolis

Eagan • Maple Grove • Eden Prairie

Shoreview • Saint Paul

9 Unique Sessions * 3 CEHs per session * $89 each



1. Anxious Youth: A Practitioner’s Toolbox for Group Sessions

Feeling anxious or worried is common among adolescents, yet sometimes anxiety becomes an exaggerated, unhealthy response. This interactive presentation will highlight a ten-session group counseling framework to assist students experiencing heightened anxiety. Participants will be provided with access to the curriculum, weekly lesson plans and activities, as well as formative and summative assessments used with middle and high school students in the school setting.

Molly Fox, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker & Amanda Bomstad, MS, NCC, NCSC, Counselor – Mankato Area Public Schools

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, October 19
9:30am – 12:30pm

Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Rd
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

$89 | 3 CEUs

Register on or before Sept. 19th and receive a 15% discount!

2. Nurturing the Spirit: Beyond Behavior Management

Emotions are seeds to our identity, and the emotional experiences of childhood become embedded in our biology. Brain, behavior and reaction patterns are created, which either become barriers, or the pathway to becoming the Spirit we were meant to be. In this presentation, Amy will identify core patterns of development and attachment for children ages 0-5 with a primary focus on preschool-age children. Amy will combine known strategies and techniques with  powerful mini assessment skills to help teachers, educators and those involved with young children understand “why kids do what they do,” understand attachment patterns and developmental patterns, and how to respond to the child’s experience and pattern – not just behavior.

Amy Donnan, MA, Psychologist & Consultant – Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Behavioral Health

Level: Intermediate | For: Parents & Professionals | Includes Clinical Content | Early Childhood Focus

Friday, October 23
9:30am – 12:30pm

Andover Activity Center
550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304

$89 | 3 CEUs

3. Understanding Attachment and Rethinking Behavior: Healing for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Children who have experienced significant or repeated trauma are often in “survival mode” and chronically dysregulated. Their behaviors, although appearing intentional and out of anger, are actually derived from a place of fear. By focusing on the relationship first and understanding behavior from the child’s perspective, participants will learn how to bring about not only behavioral changes, but also healing.

Kara Rogers, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor — Catholic Charities – Young Learners Program

Level: Basic | For: Parents & Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, October 27
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

$89 | 3 CEUs

4. Strategies for Stoping Bullying
Thursday, October 29, 2015 | 12:30pm – 3:30pm | $89 | 3 CEUs
Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Helping students, staff and families understand bullying is crucial, especially given recent Minnesota legislation: Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. This workshop will define bullying, including the fine line between bullying, teasing and peer conflict. Participants will learn ways to support students, including social skills games, books, and activities, and will have the chance to share their own ideas and strategies that have worked for them.
Catherine Thomas, MSEd, LISW, School Social Worker
Level: Intermediate | For: Parents & Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

5. Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders can cause substantial morbidity and also mortality when they occur in children and adolescents. This workshop will review the presenting symptoms of several depressive disorders as they occur in youth. Attention will be paid to the revised DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. Treatment options will be reviewed, including both psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic modalities. Time will be available for questions.

Joel V. Oberstar, MD, Chief Executive Officer – PrairieCare

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, November 11
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria St N.
Shoreview, MN 55126

$89 | 3 CEUs

6. Cultural Practices in Parenting – WORKSHOP FULL

How many ways are there to put children to sleep?  To feed them breakfast? To raise them to become upstanding contributors to society? As many people and cultures as there are in the world!  As Minnesotan communities become more and more diverse, we as service providers have the opportunity and responsibility to become familiar with a variety of parenting practices. This talk will include information from cultural anthropological research as well as personal interviews.

Carol Siegel, LP, Clinical PsychologistPrivate Practice & Instructor in Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program – University of Minnesota

Level: Introductory | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content | Early Childhood Focus

Friday, December 4
9:00am – 12:00pm

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN  55408



7. Managing the Pitfalls and Dilemmas in Treating Children and Families Experiencing High Conflict – WORKSHOP CANCELLED

Families with high levels of parental conflict create significant challenges that may overwhelm and compromise the effectiveness of mental health practitioners. Through interactive methods participants will identify common pitfalls and dilemmas faced when treating families with high conflict. Strategies and best practices will be discussed in the context of several case studies where conflict was a significant factor.

Michael BorowiakMSW, LICSW, Therapist and Consultant & Lori ThibodeauMA, LAMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist – Phoenix Process Consultants Inc.

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, December 7
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

$89 | 3 CEUs



8. Therapeutic Language: Relating to Dysregulated Children and Setting Goals in Treatment

Many children in mental health treatment and in EBD school settings need their caregivers and educators to pinpoint goals and name what is underneath behavior. When children become dysregulated, language is the first skill to deteriorate in times of stress. Parents, teachers and caregivers can help challenging children by learning therapeutic language, reading the feelings underneath behavior, being concise with requests, and remaining attuned to the children’s needs.

Lauren Nietz, LICSW, Therapist, Consultant and Trainer & Washburn Center for Children

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, December 9
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118

$89 | 3 CEUs


9. Moving Mountains: A Mind-Body Tool Kit to Calm Explosive, Reactive and Anxious Children – WORKSHOP FULL

Sometimes well-planned interventions with children in distress don’t work as intended, and can even make situations worse. In this presentation, participants will learn tools to assess a child’s “zone” of agitation and to effectively intervene using a wide range of mind-body techniques and tools. During the workshop, participants will have a chance to create a tool kit binder of helpful interventions.

Marit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, Psychotherapist and Consultant – Private Practice & Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, E-RYT 200, Owner – 1000 Petals, LLC

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, December 14
12:30 – 3:30pm

Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd
Maple Grove, MN 55369

$89 | 3 CEUs