Events | Trainings

Winter Training Series

January 30 – March 27, 2019

Saint Paul • Minneapolis

St. Louis Park • Eagan • Maplewood

10 unique sessions • Earn up to 39 CEHs

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount.
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1. Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 1
Infant and Early Childhood Focus

Wednesday, January 30 | St. Paul, MN

This workshop will introduce the concept of a case map, how it can help you identify multiple targets for intervention, and how it can help you plan and track intervention step by step.  Case examples will be provided…

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2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know 

Monday, February 4 | St. Paul, MN

Did you know that one in 20 children is suspected of having a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)? This presentation will introduce the basics of FASD, identify red flags…

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New Online Learning Option!
3. How Do I Help Them? Fostering ‘Ordinary Magic’ of Resilience in Children Experiencing Trauma
Infant and Early Childhood Focus

Thursday, February 7 & Thursday, February 21 | Webinar

In this interactive two-part webinar, the presenters will showcase relationship-based therapeutic techniques for working with children who have experienced trauma. In the first 1.5 hour session, presenters will share research…

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4. Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents

Thursday, February 14 | Maplewood, MN

Non-suicidal self-injury or self-injurious behaviors are an increasingly common problem in adolescents, with or without co-morbid psychopathology. This session will cover the clinical presentation of non-suicidal self-injury…

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5. Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 2
Infant and Early Childhood Focus

Thursday, February 28 | St. Paul, MN

Intervention with families means joining with parents and children to find ways to improve relationships and behavior.  This workshop will discuss using metaphor, story, and props to communicate…

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6. Fostering Healthy Emotional Regulation in Youth with Anxiety

Tuesday, March 5 | St. Louis Park, MN

Participants in this session will be given research-based information about factors influencing emotional regulation in youth with anxiety. Attendees will leave the workshop able to…

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7. Rethinking Challenging Kids: Helping Kids Build Skills for Success

Tuesday, March 12 | Minneapolis, MN

Over 50 years of research into neuroscience has demonstrated that kids do better not just when they want to, but when they have the skills and protective factors in place to do so. So why do we spend so much time…

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8. Promoting Self-Control, Focus and Attention Skills in Children 0-8 Years
Infant and Early Childhood Focus

Wednesday, March 13 | Eagan, MN

During this session, participants will learn about the development of the higher-level thinking skills known as “Executive Functions,” explore what can be expected at different ages, and identify which practices will encourage the foundation of children’s ability to focus, control impulses…

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9. Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices  

Monday, March 18 | Saint Paul, MN

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of children and youth will have a mental health disorder during any given year. Additionally, a 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Minnesota. The first part of this presentation…

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10. Moving Mountains: An Integrative Approach To Helping Intense, Anxious, Reactive Children

 Wednesday, March 27 | Eagan, MN

Simply put: working with intense, acting out, distressed children is hard! The anger, helplessness and confusion these youth feel is often also experienced by their adult helpers when the interventions we try do not consistently succeed. In this workshop, participants will…

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Infant and Early Childhood Focus
1. Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 1
This workshop complements “Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 2” happening on February 28. Registrants do not need to attend both workshops but can benefit from attending both.

Morning

We all know the feeling of disorientation and disorganization that comes with working with parents and children who are experiencing multiple difficulties, such as trauma, substance abuse, mental illness and/or homelessness. This workshop will introduce the concept of a case map in working with complex families, explain how it can help identify multiple targets for intervention, and ways it can assist in planning and tracking intervention step by step. Case examples will be provided and attendees will have ample opportunity to work on their own case material.

Learning Objectives

    • Participants will understand the purpose and application of the case map for intervention.
    • Participants will learn to create step-by-step interventions.
  • Participants will devise a case map for a family on their caseload.


Afternoon

The afternoon part of the session will cover using the creative process to enhance parent-child relationships, exploring how the use of art materials can create joint experiences of safe expression, tangible containment and repair.

Learning Objectives

    • Participants will gain understanding of the purpose of the creative process in parent child interventions
    • Participants will develop knowledge about the use of art materials and activities in parent/child interventions
    • Participants will experience two creative arts activities that can enhance self-awareness in the parent
  • Participants will learn three parent child interventions using creative/expressive art activities

Carol SiegelPhD, LP, IMH-E®(IV), Private Practice & Instructor in Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program – Univ. of MN & Maris Gilbert, MA, LMFT, IMH-E (III)

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: 0-6 | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, January 30
9:00 am  – 4:00 pm

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN 55103

6 CEHs | $179

2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know 

Did you know that one in 20 children is suspected of having a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)? This presentation will introduce the basics of FASD, identify red flags for diagnosis and delve into various strategies that can be used when working with children and families who are living with an FASD.

Bark ClarkBIS, Youth Studies/Sociology, FASD Consultant – North American Council on Adoptable Children

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: Birth to young adult

Monday, February 4
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN 55103

3 CEHs | $89

New Online Learning Option!
3. How Do I Help Them? Fostering ‘Ordinary Magic’ of Resilience in Children Experiencing Trauma
Infant and Early Childhood Focus

In this interactive two-part webinar, the presenters will showcase relationship-based therapeutic techniques for working with children who have experienced trauma. The first 1.5-hour session will highlight research and practice surrounding the use of therapeutic techniques. Then, using brief video role-play examples from their Resilience Toolkit, the presenters will lead chat-based discussion and reflection with attendees on what works and why, offering time for participants to share scenarios from their own work. In the second 1.5-hour session, the presenters will lead discussion of scenarios gathered from attendees, and lead reflective dialogue on incorporating trauma-sensitive strategies.

View a video example from the Resilience Toolkit here!

Sara Langworthy, PhD, Consultant, Author, Speaker &  Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E® (III), Infant Mental Health Specialist – Reach-Up Inc.

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 0-6

Thursday, February 7 | Webinar Part 1
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 21 | Webinar Part 2
6:30 – 8:00 pm

In order to receive CEUs for this session, participants must be able to attend both parts of the webinar. If you are unable to attend the first webinar, a recording will be available at a later date. A link to access the webinar and training materials will be emailed 3 days before the workshop.

3 CEHs |$89 (Price includes a copy of the Resilience Toolkit, valued at $30) 

4. Assessment and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents

Non-suicidal self-injury or self-injurious behaviors are an increasingly common problem in adolescents, with or without co-morbid psychopathology. This session will cover the clinical presentation of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), including the prevalence, clinical correlates, risk factors, functions and association with suicide. The presenters will review approaches for clinical assessment for NSSI, safety planning and treatment intervention strategies, including psychotherapy and medication. They will also review the findings of recent research conducted at the University of Minnesota on adolescent depression and NSSI.

Kathryn Cullen, MD, Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, PhD, LP, Kristina Reigstad, PsyD, LP, & Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, PhD, LP—University of Minnesota

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 12 – Young Adult | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, February 14
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Ave
Maplewood, MN 55109

3 CEHs | $89

Infant and Early Childhood Focus
5. Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 2
This workshop complements “Tools for Intervention with Complex Families – Session 1” happening January 30. Registrants do not need to attend session 1 in order to attend session 2.

Morning

The morning session will cover developmental metaphors with parents and kids. Intervention with families means joining with parents and children to find ways to improve relationships and behavior.  This workshop will discuss using metaphor, story, and props to communicate complex concepts in ways that are clear and accessible.  Case examples will illustrate the concepts but you will have time and opportunity to apply them to your own cases. 

Learning Objectives

    • Participants will understand the purpose of developmental metaphors in intervention
    • Participants will learn three developmental metaphors related to relationship-building
    • Participants will learn three developmental metaphors related to parenting
  • Participants will practice the language of story and metaphor with their own cases

Afternoon

The afternoon session will cover how to understand children’s art in the context of the therapeutic process. As art materials are a natural means of expression for many children, they can be used to help move children (and parents) through the process of therapy.  But how do we know what to provide and when?  And how do we know what to make of the art that is created?  In this workshop we will discuss how to guide children and parents through the phases of therapy through choice of materials and activities.  We will use case examples to illustrate therapeutic themes.  Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with materials and consider how they will apply these techniques to their own cases. 

Learning Objectives

    • Participants will become familiar with the meanings of images created by children, parents, and parents and children together.
    • Participants will experiment with expressive techniques to enhance of stages of therapy.
  • Participants will learn application and meaning through case study examples and hands-on creative activities.

Carol SiegelPhD, LP, IMH-E®(IV), Private Practice & Instructor in Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Program – Univ. of MN & Maris Gilbert, MA, LMFT, IMH-E (III)

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: 0-6 | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, February 28
9:00 am  – 4:00 pm

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN 55103

6 CEHs | $179 $152.15 Early bird rate through January 28!

6. Fostering Healthy Emotional Regulation in Youth with Anxiety

Participants in this session will be given research-based information about factors influencing emotional regulation in youth with anxiety. Attendees will leave the workshop able to: 

    • Describe faulty alert, alarm, and assessment dynamics that exist in the anxious child.
    • Explain the most common forms of problematic emotional regulation that anxious children rely on and what the healthy alternative looks like.
    • Identify caregiver behavior that promotes confidence to help them address behavior in their anxious children.
  • Describe the critical role that the parent-child connection plays in the development of emotional regulation and describe strategies for improving parent-child connection.

Ann Layne, PhD, Licensed Psychologist – Anxiety Treatment Resources

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Birth to Adolescence | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, March 5
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beth El Synagogue
5225 Barry St W.
St Louis Park, MN 55416

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 Early bird rate through February 5!

7. Rethinking Challenging Kids: Helping Kids Build Skills for Success

Over 50 years of research into neuroscience has demonstrated that kids do better not just when they want to, but when they have the skills and protective factors in place to do so. So why do we spend so much time trying to motivate kids to want to do well? In this session, attendees will learn about the fundamentals of Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach to challenging behavior that is grounded in relationships and skill building. The presenter will explore how this model can be adapted for use in school, family systems, residential treatment facilities, mentoring agencies, and even with adults as a relationship-based management tool. Participants will leave this session with concrete skills they can put to immediate use with even the most challenging kids.

Ed Morales, MPP, MSW, LICSW—Socorro Consulting

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 3+ with a focus on school-age children | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, March 12
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 Early bird rate through February 12!

Infant & Early Childhood Focus
8. Promoting Self-Control, Focus, and Attention Skills in Children 0-8 Years

During this session, participants will learn about the development of the higher-level thinking skills known as “Executive Functions,” explore what can be expected at different ages, and identify which practices will encourage the foundation of children’s ability to focus, control impulses and self-regulate. The presenters will discuss evidence-based strategies to encourage these critical skills during daily interactions, as well as specific hands-on, fun and interactive methods to teach these skills. Attendees will be able to problem-solve a common challenge they’ve experienced and explore which strategies will foster self-control, improve behavior and increase learning in that area. Participants will leave with tools to help children develop the skills needed to manage strong emotions, focus during life’s many distractions and succeed both socially and academically.

Raelene Ostberg, M.Ed., Early Childhood Specialist, Thriving Together, LLC, Master Trainer, MNCPD, Parent Educator, PAIIR

Level: Intermediate | For:Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 0-8

Wednesday, March 13
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

6 CEHs | $179 $152.15 Early bird rate through February 13!

9. Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices  

*This two-part presentation meets continuing education requirements for Minnesota educators needing recertification in Key Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.*

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of children and youth will have a mental health disorder during any given year. Additionally, a 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Minnesota. The first part of this presentation will teach signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people. Guidance will be given regarding appropriate interventions and accommodations to assist a young person during a mental health crisis, and resources to help them thrive will be discussed. The second half of the presentation will examine best practices for suicide awareness, prevention and intervention in young people, including learning to recognize suicidal ideation, understanding how to support youth in crisis, and exploring appropriate professional self care.

Deborah Cavitt, MS, Project Director – Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

Level: Basic | For: Professionals Working in Schools | Ages Addressed: K-12th Grade

Monday, March 18
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN 55103

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 Early bird rate through February 18!

10. Moving Mountains: An Integrative Approach To Helping Intense, Anxious, Reactive Children

Simply put: working with intense, acting out, distressed children is hard! The anger, helplessness and confusion these youth feel is often also experienced by their adult helpers when the interventions we try do not consistently succeed. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to assess their own strengths, skills and self-regulation patterns and explore how to best use them when working with youth that are dysregulated. Participants will then identify what signs and signals help us become attuned to where a child is activated on the arousal-relaxation cycle, and based on that assessment, which interventions best help the nervous system calm, organize, and release stress and anxiety. Attendees will walk away with a clear organizational framework and “tool kit” for determining when and how to use a range of strategies to assist anxious and reactive children.

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

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 5-18 | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, March 27
12:30 – 3:30 pm

Eagan Community Center 
1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

3 CEHs | $89 $75.65 Early bird rate through February 27!

Accommodations
If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., wheelchair accessibility, interpreter, braille, or large print materials), such accommodations will be made available upon advanced request. Please contact the MACMH office at least 3 weeks prior to the given event so we are best able to meet your needs. For TTY, contact Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.