Fall 2019 Presenter Information

Fall 2019 Presenter Information

Presentation: Adolescents and Addiction: A Three-Part Series|Thursdays September 12, 19 & 26 | Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC
Biography: Thad Shunkwiler is a licensed mental health professional who works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His area of research focuses on adolescent substance use and the intersection of substance use and mental health. Having spoken at numerous local and national conferences, Professor Shunkwiler is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations.

Presentation: Ethics in Action |Monday, September 16 | Maple Grove, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Emily Coler Hanson, MS, LMFT, CGP, Mental Health Therapist
Biography: Emily is currently employed as a Therapist with the Anne Carlsen Center. She is an approved supervisor through AAMFT, is TF-CBT certified and has been trained in EMDR. She has worked as a therapist for the past ten years and has primarily focused her work on children, adolescents and their families. She has a particular interest in working with children who have experienced trauma, are on the autism spectrum, and prefers a team approach to helping children reach their goals. Her work often takes a strength-based approach and is influenced by the Nurtured Heart Approach.

Presentation: Ethics in Action |Monday, September 16 | Maple Grove, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT, Mental Health Therapist
Biography: Dr. Stanton’s clinical work at the Anne Carlsen Center is focused on children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum or who have related issues. With over 30 years of experience, Barb has learned to appreciate the infinite skills and talents of these amazing individuals as well as their struggles to navigate their environment. She believes that behavior is communication and enjoys discovering the why behind the behavior which could be anything from misunderstanding to trauma.

Presentation: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Cultural Intelligence |Tuesday, October 8 | Maplewood, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Brandon Jones, MA, Integrated Services Mgr., Psychotherapist, Professor – NorthPoint Health & Wellness Ctr.
Biography: Brandon Jones brings a down-to-earth and compassionate attitude to Mental Health. Brandon is a psychotherapist, professor, Behavioral Health Consultant. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He currently serves as the Integrated Services Manager at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.

Presentation: Calming Challenging Behavior: Professional Skills to Improve Your Practice and Get Parents on Board | Friday, October 11 | Mounds View, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Samantha Moe, MA, SLP, Certified Parent Coach, Owner and Founder – Mad2Glad
Biography: Samantha started her career as a Speech Language Pathologist with a passion to unlock the gifts of children with Autism. Since then, she has used her strong background in direct services to families to create a step-by-step parenting approach called the Mad2Glad Blueprint. Samantha coaches parents of all types of children to dramatically reduce defiance and disrespect and re-establish confidence and authority. Her program is so effective she now certifies other child professionals in her cutting-edge approach. Samantha’s vision is to bring peace and enjoyment to families around the world.

Presentation: Strategies for Challenging Behavior in the Classroom | Wednesday, October 16 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Kelly Duffy, EdD, Teacher – School Dist. of Superior
Biography: As an educator in public schools for over 30 years Kelly has supported numerous students with significant mental health challenges. She has served as a special education teacher, mainstream teacher and an instructional coach.

Presentation: Important Topics in Ethical Decision Making | Wednesday, October 23 | Online Webinar| Learn More

Presenter: Mark Wilde, LMFT, and Board Approved Supervisor
Biography: Mark Wilde is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Approved Supervisor.  He works as a supervisor therapist, providing services to families of children 7 – 12 years old and also to unlicensed mental health professionals.

Presentation: ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions | Friday, October 25 | Minneapolis, MN| Learn More

Presenter: Gary Johnson, PhD, Clinic Dir – Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM)
Biography: Gary Johnson founded and is the director of the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM) supporting complex attention and learning issues. He is a relentless advocate for careful, comprehensive and strength-based assessment. Clinic director for 30 years, performing more than 4,500 evaluations, Dr. Johnson also provides supervision and training to doctoral students, focused on improving how the field of mental health approaches its work. He partnered with Native American communities to help families improve understanding of cognition to advocate within both clinical and academic settings. He has been an enthusiastic presenter at MACMH conferences for twenty years.

Presentation: ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions | Friday, October 25 | Minneapolis, MN| Learn More

Presenter: Jennifer Waltman, PsyD, MBA, Post-Doctoral Neurocognitive Provider  – Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM)
Biography: Jennifer Waltman administers and interprets clinical tests, provides coaching and consultation at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory—CALM. Jennifer has expertise in trauma and the relationship between executive function and mental health and specializes in patient-provider partnerships to explore if symptoms better reflect ADHD or another explanation of executive dysfunction. She has clinical experience in hospitals and outpatient clinics and works extensively with her Native American community. In addition to her work at CALM, Jennifer is involved in ongoing research to promote more multicultural patient inclusion in neuropsychological assessment access in a model of wellness.

Presentation: PBIS 101 | Wednesday, October 30 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Megan Gruis, EdS
Biography: Megan Gruis is an educational consultant with a passion for coaching school teams around school improvement, social emotional learning, and developing a positive, safe, and nurturing school environment.  She holds specific expertise in the foundations of PBIS, intervention planning, family outreach, non-classroom PBIS practices, PBIS Assessments, Evaluation, and SWIS Facilitation, Social Emotional Learning, Tiered Levels of Supports and School Improvement.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies, master’s degree in K-12 School Counseling, and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

Presentation: Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices | Tuesday, November 12 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More

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

Biography: Deborah is project director for the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. She works as a grant writer and family coach for families of children with mental health challenges. Deb is an experienced certified teacher, a prevention specialist, and presents on topics related to mental health and addiction to youth, parents and professionals. She has a master’s degree in Human Service with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling Certifications. She is also a parent who guided her own children through the risks of substance use and challenges of mental illness.

Presentation: Talking to Children About Race: They See Color, So What Do We Say? | Monday, November 18 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Katherine Lingras, PhD, LP,Assistant Professor and Licensed Child Psychologist – Univ. of MN Psychiatry Dept.

Biography: Dr. Katherine (Katie) Lingras is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Child Psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Minnesota, where she specializes in early childhood mental health, emotional/behavioral regulation concerns, and dyadic (parent-child) treatment for children who have experienced trauma. Her clinical work and research is focused on social-emotional development and building the capacities of the adults who care for them. Dr. Lingras directs the Psychiatry Department’s Early Childhood Clinic, which provides assessment and outpatient parent-child treatment, and also works within the community providing mental health consultation and professional development training in early care and education settings and primary care clinics. Dr. Lingras is a certified group leader in the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management training and has led child, parent, and teacher groups, and provided mental health consultation for Head Start/preschool programs and school districts around the country. Dr. Lingras completed her undergraduate and co-terminal Master’s degrees in Psychology at Stanford University and her doctoral work at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Child Development, and is happy to be back in the Tw in Cities after several years training and working on the East Coast.

Presentation: Through a Child’s Eyes: How Trauma Affects Children’s Development | Monday, November 25 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Nedra R Robinson, MA Ed, Early Childhood Prog. Mgr. – Simpson Housing Svs.

Biography: Nedra R. Robinson is the Early Childhood Program Manager for the Family Housing Program at Simpson Housing Services where she works with young parents experiencing homelessness. She is an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate early childhood education courses at St. Paul College, MN and undergraduate and graduate early childhood education courses for Concordia University, St. Paul.

Presentation: Combining Conscious Discipline and Trauma-Informed Care in an Early Childhood Classroom | Monday, December 2 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Jen Petersen, MSW, LICSW

Biography: Jen Petersen, MSW, LICSW, works for Intermediate School District 917 as a Mental Health Professional in a new therapeutic preschool program. She has experience delivering mental health services in the schools and is excited about working with the youngest students providing early intervention.

Presentation: Combining Conscious Discipline and Trauma-Informed Care in an Early Childhood Classroom | Monday, December 2 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Erin Lencowski, MS

Biography: Erin Lencowski, MA, is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in the Inver Grove Heights School District. She was part of the infant and early childhood mental health cohort at the University of Minnesota and is excited to be working in an integrated classroom focusing on early intervention with mental health and learning.

Presentation: Communicating with Clients When Words Aren’t Enough | Friday, December 6 | Shoreview, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Elizabeth Franklin, MSW, LICSW, Spvsr. and Psychotherapist – CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio)

Biography: Liz is a supervisor and outpatient therapist at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), and she teaches the Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents course in the School of Social Work’s graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career, she has focused on working with kids and families, often in under-served communities, who have experienced complex trauma and/or symptoms of anxiety, depression, and learning or developmental differences. Liz is fluent in Spanish and works with first, second, and subsequent generations of Latinx immigrants. She has co-created and delivered a variety of culturally responsive practice and equity trainings.

Presentation: Communicating with Clients When Words Aren’t Enough | Friday, December 6 | Shoreview, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Jessica Anderson, MSW, LICSW, Psychotherapist – Health Partners 

Biography: Jessica Anderson works with children and adults as an outpatient therapist at HealthPartners Regions Behavioral Health in Maplewood. She has 13 years of experience as a social worker in a wide range of settings. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and has used EMDR to treat a range of symptoms, including anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Additionally, she has provided clinical supervision, is an EMDR consultant-in-training, and has developed and implemented trainings regarding trauma, mental health, and diversity, inclusion and cultural responsiveness.

Presentation: Hearing the Cries of Infants: The Trauma of Grief and Loss | Monday, December 9 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E, Infant Mental Health Specialist

Biography: Tracy Schreifels, MS., LMFT, IMH-E (III) is an Infant Mental Health Specialist providing mental health consultation to Head Start and other early childhood programs in Minnesota. Tracy provides in-home family therapy, classroom support for children identified with challenging behaviors as well as reflective consultation and therapeutic parent education groups. Her past experiences of teaching preschool, working in a preschool day treatment program, and her clinical work with parents and children serves as a foundation for her trainings. Tracy also teaches online for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and provides trainings around the Midwest. In addition, Tracy serves as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health-Infant and Early Childhood Division Advisory Board. She is passionate about sharing her background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development with caregivers of young children.

Presentation: Hearing the Cries of Infants: The Trauma of Grief and Loss | Monday, December 9 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Anna Clavin, MS, LMFT, IMH-E

Biography: Anna Clavin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She works at a non-profit, mental health agency, in St. Cloud, MN. She provides services to individuals across the life span, with an emphasis on infancy/early childhood and their caregivers. She is dedicated to helping individuals and families find hope, strength, and connection by supporting emotional, relational, and developmental growth. In addition to her clinical work she facilitates Circle of Security and is actively involved in her community through committees that serve to increase awareness and access to services.

Presentation: What’s Next? Integrating Learning Into Action Steps | Monday, December 16 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E, Infant Mental Health Specialist

Biography: Tracy Schreifels, MS., LMFT, IMH-E (III) is an Infant Mental Health Specialist providing mental health consultation to Head Start and other early childhood programs in Minnesota. Tracy provides in-home family therapy, classroom support for children identified with challenging behaviors as well as reflective consultation and therapeutic parent education groups. Her past experiences of teaching preschool, working in a preschool day treatment program, and her clinical work with parents and children serves as a foundation for her trainings. Tracy also teaches online for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and provides trainings around the Midwest. In addition, Tracy serves as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health-Infant and Early Childhood Division Advisory Board. She is passionate about sharing her background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development with caregivers of young children.

Presentation: What’s Next? Integrating Learning Into Action Steps | Monday, December 16 | Online Webinar | Learn More

Presenter: Anna Clavin, MS, LMFT, IMH-E

Biography: Anna Clavin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She works at a non-profit, mental health agency, in St. Cloud, MN. She provides services to individuals across the life span, with an emphasis on infancy/early childhood and their caregivers. She is dedicated to helping individuals and families find hope, strength, and connection by supporting emotional, relational, and developmental growth. In addition to her clinical work she facilitates Circle of Security and is actively involved in her community through committees that serve to increase awareness and access to services.