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Presentation: 2019 ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions |Tuesday, June 18 | Woodbury, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Gary Johnson, PhD, Clinic Director – 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: Presentation: 2019 ADHD Update: The Latest Research and the Newest Interventions |Tuesday, June 18 | Woodbury, 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.

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Presentation: Culturally-Responsive Trauma Healing Practices | Thursday, June 20 | Minneapolis, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Kamyala Howard, MSW, LCSW, Founder and Lead Consultant – WE’RE DIVINE: Intercultural, Diversity, Community Development and Program Consulting
Biography: Kamyala Howard is the founder of WE’RE DIVINE LLC.  She has 22 years of result driven experience in program, community and leadership development.  Ms. Howard is a gifted, inspirational speaker and presenter that brings her multifaceted experiences into her training’s. She has a proven ability to create innovative methods that assist with increasing organization’s readiness for change, personal-accountability, dismantling barriers, creating inclusive environments, bridging differences and building intercultural relations. Ms. Howard is a is a licensed mental health practitioner, that is certified in a range of evidence-based practices and training methodologies.  She received her graduated degree from the University of Minnesota with special emphasis on cultural studies, family systems, leadership and direct clinical behavior health. She believes in making a difference one day at a time. 

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Presentation: Understanding, Identifying and Treating Childhood Anxiety | Original Training Tuesday, June 25 | Webinar | Learn More
Presenter: Monica S. Wu, PhD – UCLA CARES Ctr.
Biography: Monica Wu, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  She is currently funded through the NIMH T32 fellowship in Child Mental Health Intervention Research, through which she is developing and testing the effectiveness of an abbreviated intervention targeting youth with elevated anxiety within an integrated behavioral health care model.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida, focusing her research and clinical work on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.  She is particularly interested in factors that impact treatment outcome in these youth, the role families play in the course of the disorder, and the intergenerational transmission of OCD.

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Presentation: The Emergence and Management of Psychopathic Behavior in Youth | Thursday, July 11 | Mounds View, MN | Learn More
Presenter: David Swenson, PhD, LP, Forensic Psychologist and Dir. of the MBA in Rural Health Leadership – College of St. Scholastica
Biography: Dr. Swenson is a Professor of Management at the College in the School of Business & Technology, and Director of the Online MBA for Rural Healthcare. He is a Licensed Psychologist with a doctorate is in Counseling Psychology and post-doctorate diplomate is in Forensic Psychology, and he holds master’s degrees in Management, Media and Technology, School Counseling, and IT Leadership. His academic interests include shiftwork, systems theory, crisis and stress management, leadership pathology, and ethics. Dr. Swenson currently teaches Organization Development, Marketing/Consumer Behavior and Capstone/Thesis courses. He is the author of over 100 articles, book chapters, psychological tests, and a book, “Stress Management for Law Enforcement Officers.” He is currently working with the American Bar Association on a nation-wide survey of judicial stress, and co-facilitates the Integrative Systems Group on healthcare issues. Dr. Swenson’s personal interests include t’ai chi ch’uan, computer simulations, medieval history, writing, and blacksmithing.

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Presentation: Introduction to Reflective Supervision/Consultation for Multidisciplinary Infant and Early Childhood Professionals | Tuesday, July 16 | St. Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E® – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Biography: Michele is a licensed clinical social worker endorsed at Level IV in infant and early childhood mental health through the Infant and Early Childhood Division of MACMH (MACMH-IEC), of which she is currently co-chairperson with Tracy Schreifels. With 40 years of experience working with young children and families, Michele currently provides infant and early childhood mental health reflective consultation, supervision and training for infant and early childhood professionals across a variety of disciplines and settings, and is an online instructor for the Center for Early Education and Development at the U of MN.

Presentation: Cross Cultural Healing-Centered Approaches to Trauma| Wednesday, July 17 | Webinar | Learn More
Presenter: Dr. Gayl Crump-Swaby, EdD, MSW, Assistant Professor & Clinical Mental Health Counseling Prog. Coord. – Springfield College, Counseling Dept.-Boston Regional Campus
Biography: Gayl Crump-Swaby is an accomplished professional with extensive experience greatly impacting organizational performance through dynamic programs focused on student emotional, cognitive, and physical development using a multicultural approach. Exceptional leader with a collaborative approach based on best practices and student success. Collaborate with experienced educators, staff, and external professionals to ensure student development within a safe and nurturing environment. Expert in coaching and professional development.

Presentation: Play Therapy is Not Just One Thing | Monday, July 22 | St. Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Marit Appeldorn, MSW, LICSW, RPT-S, Therapist & Consultant – Private Practice
Biography: Marit is a therapist in private practice in south Minneapolis and an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and registered play therapist and supervisor who has been working with children and families for over twenty years, and she is a board member and past president of the Minnesota Association for Play Therapy.

Presentation: Play Therapy is Not Just One Thing | Monday, July 22 | St. Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Alexis Greeves, MA, LPCC, RPT-S, Therapist & Co-Owner – Hope and Healing Family Counseling, LLC
Biography: Alexis Greeves is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. She is an Adjunct Professor at Bethel University’s Counseling Department, teaching play therapy. Alexis was born in Australia and grew up in Asia and the US. She enjoys reading, swimming and shopping at Trader Joe’s. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.

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Presentation: Empathy and Compassion: Tools for Developing Relationships | Wednesday, July 22 | Maple Grove, MN | Learn More
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Angie Klinefelter, MS, LAMFT, IMH-E® (III), Instructor – CEED, Univ. Of MN
Biography: Angie is a licensed teacher of parents and children. She has a master’s degree in Child and Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy and has 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is currently working as a Parent Educator and home visitor for the St. Cloud School District Early Childhood Family Education Program and is also the Project Manager for Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive. Angie teaches for St. Cloud State University for the Child and Family Studies Department and is an online instructor for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota. Angie specializes in the area of social emotional development of young child and the enhancement of parent child relationships.

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Presentation: Legacy of Trauma: The African American Experience | Wednesday, July 31 | Rosemount, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Brandon Jones, MA, Integrated Services Manager, Psychotherapist, Professor, Consultant
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”.

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Presentation: Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy, Postpartum and the First Year of Parenting: How to Offer Support to Families | Monday, August 5 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More

Presenter: Karen Moyer, RN, BSN, PHN

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Presentation: Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy, Postpartum and the First Year of Parenting: How to Offer Support to Families | Monday, August 5 | St. Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Lori Root, RN, BSN, PHN, CLC, IMH-E® (II)

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Presentation: Restorative Practice and Parallel Process Using Adult Learning and Professional Development | Thursday, August 8 | Eagan, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Shelley Neilsen Gatti, PhD, Associate Professor – Univ. of St. Thomas
Biography: Shelley Neilsen Gatti is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of St. Thomas. She has experience working with students with challenging behaviors in rural and urban settings and decades of experience preparing teachers to work in school communities. Dr. Neilsen Gatti’s areas of interest include school-wide PBIS, assessment and intervention for students with challenging behavior, and teacher preparation and evaluation.

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Presentation: Restorative Practice and Parallel Process Using Adult Learning and Professional Development | Thursday, August 8 | Eagan, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Vincent Jackson, MA, District Program Facilitator for Positive School Wide Engagement – Minneapolis Public Schools
Biography: Vincent Jackson is a District Program Facilitator in positive school wide engagement at the Minneapolis Public Schools. He completed his M.Ed. in special education at the University of St. Thomas in 2006. He has been a Special Education teacher at several schools. He has experience training educators in Restorative Practices, Equity and Engagement, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Vince’s area of interest includes mentoring and coaching male students of color.

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Presentation: Restorative Practice and Parallel Process Using Adult Learning and Professional Development | Thursday, August 8 | Eagan, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Jessika Cuhel, MA, Special Education Teacher – Buffalo Schools
Biography: Jessica Cuhel is a special education teacher at Buffalo High School. She has experience teaching in charter schools as well as working in corrections. Her areas of interest include social emotional learning, creating trauma-informed school environments, and creating inclusive environments for students with behavior challenges.


Presentation: Behind Bars: Understanding the Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children’s Mental Health and Well-Being | Monday, August 12 | Andover, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Sara Langworthy, PhD, Consultant, Author, Speaker
Biography: Sara is an author, consultant, speaker and YouTuber. Her book award-winning book, Bridging the Relationship Gap addresses how educators can build resilience with children who experience stress and adversity in early life. She is a dynamic speaker who enjoys talking about the science of child development, both in-person and on her YouTube channel. Sara is also an organizational advancement consultant and founding partner of The Exchange Loop. Learn more about Sara and her work by visiting her website.

Presentation: Providing Inclusive and Affirming Services for LGBTQ Youth | Tuesday, August 13 | Webinar | Learn More
Presenter: Nicole Engel, MA, ABD, Community Access Coord. – OutFront Minnesota, Anti-Violence Prog
Biography: In her role Nicole works both directly with victims/survivors, as well as with Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence service providers across the state of Minnesota to reduce barriers to service for LGBTQ victims/survivors. She is passionate about community education that empowers queer and trans folks in their intimate relationships, community-based responses to addressing abuse and violence, and community-based alternatives to healing and justice for LGBTQ victims/survivors. She has a graduate education in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (MA, ABD) and spent several years teaching in this field before joining OutFront Minnesota’s Anti-Violence Program.

Presentation: Key Warning Signs for Early-Onset Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents & Suicide Prevention Best Practices | Friday, August 16 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Deborah Cavitt, MS, Project Dir. – 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: Who Are You as a Supervisor: An Ongoing Exploration of Cross Culture Supervision Practices | Friday, August 23 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Renita Wilson, LICSW, Clinical Dir.– Kente Circle
Biography: Renita is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities  (B.S.- in Rhetoric, Youth Studies and African American Studies and Master Degree in Social Work).  Renita joined the Kente Circle team in February 2011.  Prior to joining the team, Renita earned a multitude of skills, experience, and expertise surrounding issues related to Family and Children services: Child Protection, Foster care, and Adoption as well as working with Adults and Children in Mental Health spanning over 20 plus years. Renita is an approved supervisor for the Board of Social Work In 2007, Renita began focusing her work with families and children through a clinical lens as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.   Renita approaches her clinical work as she does with all areas of her professional encounters; client centered, respectful, open-minded and honoring their story. Renita has also worked in both private and public agencies in supervisory and management positions, overseeing all operating functions of programming and maintaining required expectations for continued service delivery.

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Presentation: Advanced Facilitation of Reflective Process: Creating Spaces that Enhance Reflective Functioning, Mindfulness and Humility for Serving Diverse Cultures | Thursday, August 29 | Saint Paul, MN | Learn More
Presenter: Jill E. Hennes, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E® (IV-C), Independent Consultant and Trainer, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Reflective Process
Biography: Jill Hennes has worked in home visiting and infant mental health for almost thirty years, as a home visitor, supervisor, consultant, and therapist. Jill has a master’s degree in social work, is a licensed independent clinical social worker, is endorsed in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and holds a certificate in Child Abuse Prevention Studies. Seven years as Reflective Practice Consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health provided rich opportunities to learn about building a statewide system of support for reflective practice through the training and mentoring of Public Health supervisors, home visitors, and infant mental health consultants. Jill currently splits her time between consulting with programs that promote infant mental health and caring for her grandbaby.