Events | Trainings

Spring 2015 Training Series

Spring 2015 Training Series

Advanced Workshops for Professionals

March 19th & 26th, 2015

Conference Attendees



A Practical Review of Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy

By Joel Oberstar, MD

In this workshop, Dr. Oberstar will review the medications commonly prescribed for the treatment of psychiatric illnesses in children, adolescents and adults.  Emphasis will be placed on explaining the major classes of medications (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antipsychotics, etc.), their mechanism of action and common side effects.  Additionally, attendees will learn which classes of medications are frequently indicated for which broad categories of illness.  The process by which medications are approved by the FDA will also be briefly reviewed.  Time will be available for questions.

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes clinical content

March 26th, 2015
3 CEUs | $79 | Register

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

Dr. Joel Oberstar is CEO and Chief Medical Officer at PrairieCare.  He has had a passion for working with and helping children nearly all his life. Originally from Chisholm, MN, he graduated with a BA in English and biology from Hamline University and later a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Following three years of general psychiatry training at Harvard, Dr. Oberstar returned to Minnesota to complete two years of fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Oberstar’s clinical work primarily consists of providing care to patients in the outpatient setting in Maple Grove.  Dr. Oberstar is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and he is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellness:  Calming the Arousal and Transforming Wellbeing

By L. Read Sulik, MD

This interactive workshop will present Dr. Sulik’s framework for understanding the physiological arousal experienced in anxiety in children as well as in adults.  Participants will learn how the sustained arousal of chronic stress, trauma and anxiety leads to significant emotional, physiological, and cognitive changes and ultimately to systemic health as well as severe interpersonal, cognitive and behavioral problems.  Dr. Sulik’s style of teaching through stories and examples will help participants understand how individuals with anxiety are so easily misinterpreted, misunderstood and misdiagnosed. He will review approaches to prepare an individual to change the conditioned patterns that often develop as a result of chronic anxiety and will introduce a framework for a personal health and wellness transformation he uses in his work with patients.

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes clinical content

March 11, 2015
3 CEUs | $79

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN  55121


  1. Understand the emotional, physiological and cognitive changes in anxiety and recognize the interpersonal problems, performance and functioning problems and behavior problems that develop as a result.
  2. Identify an individual’s barriers for change and develop approaches to prepare an individual more effectively for change.
  3. Develop an approach to teach individuals what they are experiencing as a result of anxiety and apply a framework to guide patients through a process of change that can lead to calming of sustained physiological arousal associated with chronic stress, trauma and anxiety.

Dr. L. Read Sulik is a dedicated, compassionate and caring physician and a transformational health care leader committed to the vision, design, development and delivery of the innovations needed to truly improve health for all age individuals, families and communities. As a pediatrician, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and adult psychiatrist, he recognizes the complexities of health and wellness, and how behavioral health needs create significant barriers for individuals to actively engage in their own health care while contributing to poor and costly outcomes in chronic health conditions.

Prior to joining PrairieCare as Chief Integration Officer Dr. Sulik provided leadership as Enterprise Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Sanford Health. Dr. Sulik led the integration of primary and behavioral health care. He has won numerous awards including receiving a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2013, the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, the Minnesota Psychiatric Society Distinguished Service Award and Psychiatrist of the Year Awards.



Emerging Neuromodulation Treatments for Psychiatric Disorders 

By Kathryn Cullen, MD & Kelvin Lim, MD

Neuromodulation is emerging as a new intervention modality for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.  This workshop will first present an overview of the different forms of neuromodulation methods currently available. Next, presenters will discuss several examples of how these methods have been applied to psychiatric disorders.  Additionally, current research and clinical efforts being pursued by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota will be shared. 

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes clinical content

March 19th, 2015
12:30pm – 3:30pm
3 CEUs | $79 | Register

Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Kelvin O. Lim, MD is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota where he holds the Drs. T.J. and Ella M. Arneson Land Grant Chair in Human Behavior. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship training at Stanford University. In 2001, he joined the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Lim has conducted research in a variety of areas including schizophrenia, depression, TBI, PTSD, dementia and addiction. He has published over 180 peer reviewed articles.  His current research focus is on how brain networks are altered in psychiatric disorders and how these networks can be adjusted to improve functioning.  He has received funding from the VA, NIMH and NIDA for support of his research work.

Kathryn Cullen, MD is an Assistant Professor and Division Head for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. She is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. She completed Medical School at the U of M in 2002 and also completed her clinical specialty training there. From 2007-2008 she completed a research fellowship through the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the U of M, during which time she initiated her research on adolescent major depression using neuroimaging techniques. She currently has several federal and foundation grants to support her research on the neurobiology of depression and self-harm in adolescents.

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