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2020 Child & Adolescent
Mental Health Conference

Featured Speakers & Breakout Sessions


Imagine The Possibilities:
Rethinking Mental Health and Wellbeing

Keynote Presentation | Monday, April 27 | 8:50 to 10 a.m.

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACA

As humans, we are overly skilled at focusing on negative emotions and experiences, and as a result we have an underdeveloped ability to focus on positive emotions and experiences. When we think about mental health, we often think about illness and problems. However, mental health also encompasses our ability to engage in various practices that affirm our potential and improve our wellbeing. Imagine the possibilities if we were to redefine mental health as the thoughts, emotions and actions that determine our wellbeing. Imagine if we were to practice building the skills needed to master our internal, physical, external and spiritual worlds. Recognizing patterns of thoughts and behaviors as habits that can be changed is a critical step on the journey to becoming our best selves and feeling happy, healthy and fulfilled. This keynote address will guide attendees in taking effective steps to move from focusing on negative experiences and problems to seeing and pursuing the potential and opportunities in everyone.

Dr. Read Sulik is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Praestan Health. He is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, who has for over 20 years passionately pursued the vision, design, development and delivery of innovations in technology, education and care delivery needed to improve mental health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. He has developed numerous approaches to integrate behavioral health and primary care and launched Praestan Health to accelerate the development and expand the reach of PortagesTM, to power a more accessible and effective whole-person mental health and wellbeing solution. He is a popular speaker on numerous topics related to mental health and wellbeing and is a dedicated clinician committed to improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults through excellence in collaborative, compassionate and engaging clinical psychiatric care.


Moving from Diagnosing What Children Have to What’s Missing from the Environment that Children Need 

Keynote Presentation | Tuesday, April 28 | 8:50 to 10 a.m.

Clay Cook, PhD

Too often we focus on diagnosing what illness or problem children have based on symptoms they are expressing in certain settings, such as school and home. Most symptoms of mental and behavioral health problems manifest due the mismatch between what children need and what they are receiving from the environment. Rather than focusing on diagnosing what children have, there is a need to diagnose what is missing from the environment that the adults have control over to create a healthier developmental context that promotes children’s mental and behavioral health. This keynote presentation will engage the audience in exploring the main environmental ingredients that children need and that adults have control over to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. 

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. He co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington and is a core faculty member who helps direct the Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. He has received over 12 million dollars in external grant funding from multiple agencies and foundations. In addition to his research, he consults with several school systems throughout the US to integrate a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to enhance student academic and life success. 


Supervision Series: Harry Potter & The Supervisor’s Stone 

Sunday, April 26 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST

This webinar will include multiple breaks for a total of 6 hours of content.

This presentation looks at the development of a clinician and the journey it takes to become a supervisor, particularly when your supervisees are at different places in their careers (graduate interns, those pursuing licensure and licensed clinicians). Defense Against the Dark Arts (aka ethics) will be discussed along with advice from Hermione (aka state law vs. rules and regulations). Despite the clever title of this presentation, the presenters understand supervision is a significant and important part of the profession and will do their best to make the presentation interesting and fun.

This series is designed to help social work supervisors meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work’s requirements in the practice of licensing supervision.

Emily Coler Hanson, MS, LMFT, CGP, Mental Health Therapist & Barb Stanton, PhD, LPCC, LMFT, Mental Health Therapist – Anne Carlsen Therapy Ctr.

Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content


MHED Talks | Sunday, April 26 | 4:30 to 7:00 CST

Using personal stories and experiences from the field, each speaker will have 45 minutes to share their expertise. This year’s speakers will focus on self care concepts and strategies that can be used during this stressful, uncertain time surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

To register for the MHED Talks, select Option 1 on Sunday.

Music Care for Those Who Provide Professional Support to Our Children

Jeremy Schreifels, Music Producer & Educator – Empty Page Studios

Think of a song that resonates deep down in your being. As simple as it sounds, scientists have found that listening to particular genres of music–elements of music as they relate to rhythm, melody and harmony–changes the way we perceive the world. Attendees will discover music’s beneficial effects on mental health and learn how to use music through rhythm, melody and harmony to motivate themselves and and restore their professional health. Experiential listening exercises, research-based information on the neurological effects of music, personal stories and demonstrations by the presenter will be used to illustrate strategies for using music to impact your professional health.

Jeremy Schreifels is the Founder and Creator of Music Care RMH. As an interdisciplinary drummer, percussionist, producer, speaker and educator, Jeremy has been bringing music to broad audiences for more than a decade. He has worked in a range of styles as both a bandleader and hired player. Jeremy is versed in contemporary Christian music, rock, country, jazz and funk. Beyond performing and teaching, Jeremy uses his musical talents to compose and arrange music for marching bands and winter drumlines, as well as write, record and produce original music for artists across the world. 

The Science of Meditation and Self Compassion

Anjali Goel, MD, MPH, Assist. Professor of Pediatrics – Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Univ. of MN

Now more than ever we need to find ways to restore hope and reduce stress for ourselves. Science tells us that simple practices can create lasting changes in our brain and in our physiology. Simple practices that create greater moment to moment awareness and teach us to be as kind to ourselves as dear friends can bring about transformation towards greater resilience and healing. 

Anjali Goel, MD, MPH, is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at the University of Minnesota where she is involved in clinical care, teaching and research. Dr. Goel also has an interest in the application of mind-body skills in the day-to-day practice of medicine. She serves as faculty at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington DC. 

We’re All in This Together: Providing Therapeutic Support When The Crisis is Everyone’s

Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW

As the realities of the COVID pandemic sink into our daily lives, we approach therapy and therapeutic support with new vision.  Mental health is characterized by an ability to adapt to changes and new demands, and to learn to function in adversity.  We help others adapt and learn now, often despite earlier experiences where adaptation meant solutions that were costly or dysfunctional.  And as we do this, we are also adapting and learning.  This workshop will reflect on experiences during this crisis that guide our therapeutic work and also shape our identities as helping professionals.

Dr. Anne Gearity has a mental health practice in Minneapolis, and provides consultation to agencies and schools. She authored Developmental Repair, in collaboration with staff at Washburn Center for Children. Developmental Repair is a treatment approach for aggressive and disruptive young children that proposes to fix deficits and disruptions of self-regulation, recognizing (through infant research) how these deficits and disruptions put children at risk. She taught in the UMN infant and early childhood mental health certificate program, and is now faculty in the department of child psychiatry. Recently she has been privileged to consult with the HCMC Mother/Baby program as they expand their model.


To see the full lineup of webinars and presenters, view our conference program.

Legislative Update

Sue Abderholden, MPH, Exec. Dir. – NAMI MN
Level: 1 | For: All

Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision-Making in a Diverse World

Jean Chagnon, PhD, LP, Owner – Anamaura
Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Alyssa Krueger, Clinical Research Coord., Maddy Rockhold, Clinical Research Coord. & Erik de Water, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow- Univ. of MN, Twin Cities – Dept. of Psychiatry
Level: 1 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

The Rise of Mobile Device Addiction and Responding to the Addiction

David Swenson, PhD, LP, Psychologist & Brandon Olson, PhD, Professor – College of St. Scholastica
Level: 1 | For: All | Clinical Content

Moving From Anxiety to Optimal Wellbeing

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, Founder, Chief Exec. Officer – Praestan Health
Level: 2 | For: All | Clinical Content

Embedding School-Linked Mental Health Services into a School-Wide System of PBIS

Mary Hunt, MA, NCSP, Related Svs. Specialist – MN Dept. of Education, Kris Lofgren, School Linked Mental Health Project Lead – Dept. of Human Svs. & Mark Sander, PsyD, Dir. of School Mental Health – Hennepin Co./Minneapolis Public Schools
Level: | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

Evidence-Based Practices Addressing Comorbid Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents

Katie Mommaerts, MSW, LCSW, Asst. Clinical Professor – Northern Arizona Univ. & Kelly Donohue, PhD, ABPP – Counseling Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist/Behavioral Health Administrator – Division of Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Economic Security, AZ
Level: 2 | For: All | Clinical Content

Tools to Support Children with Anxiety and Build Emotional Regulation

Kate Bartlein, Parent Educator, Project Coord. – NAMI MN
Level: 1 | For: Professionals

Beyond Talk: Strategies for Calming the Brain and Trauma-Induced Behavior

Kelly Pittman, Advanced Neurofeedback Certified, Dir. of Neurotechnology – A Chance To Grow
Level: 1 | For: All | Clinical Content

Incorporating Social-Emotional Learning into a Culturally-Responsive PBIS Framework

Megan Gruis, EdS, Coaching & Evaluation Coord. for the Metro PBIS Project – MACMH/Metro PBIS & Cheryl Glad, MS-CI/GC-Gifted ED, Professional Dev. Mgr., Lead Trainer PBIS MRIP- Intermediate Dist. 287
Level: 1 | For: All

Partnerships in Coping

Kathleen Wessel, MSW, LICSW, Peer Coach – Wayzata Schools & Kjirsten Mickesh, CEO – ConnectHuman
Level: 1 | For: All

Mental Illness & Mental Health Crisis Intervention

Frank Weber, MS, LP, Clinical Psychologist – CORE Professional Svs., PA
Level: 2 | For: All | Clinical Content

Understanding and Supporting the Delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Environmental Supports for Trauma-Exposed Children

Clay Cook, PhD, Professor & John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow – Univ. of MN
Level: 2 | For: All | Clinical Content

Understanding What’s Causing Emotionally-Intense Kids to Act Out So You Can Calm Their Challenging Behavior

Samantha Moe, MA, SLP, Owner & Founder – Mad2Glad
Level: 2 | For: All

How Can We Be Helpful If We Are Not Feeling It: Five Critical Skills for Compassionate Helping

Alan O’Malley-Laursen, MSW, LICSW, Compassion Fatigue Educator/ Therapist – Olmsted Co. Child and Family Svs.
Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

Overcoming Anxiety: Uncovering Hidden Triggers of the Stress Response

Tye Moe, DC, Chiropractor – Whole Family Chiropractic
Level: 2 | For: All

Discover Your True North

Jill Hubble, LPCC, LADC, Program Manager, Karen Chinook, PhD, LP, Clinical Therapist, Becky Smith, MA, LPC, Clinical Therapist & L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, Founder, CEO – Praestan Health
Level: 1 | For: All | Clinical Content

Prioritizing Self Care When You Just Don’t Have Time

Paula Forte, PhD, RN, Health Coach – Co-Create 4 Life
Level: 1 | For: All