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2020 Conference Presenter Bios


Supervision Series: Harry Potter and the Supervisor’s Stone

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 (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 it interesting and fun. This webinar will include multiple breaks and the content will cover a total of six hours. 

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.

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.

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.

Legislative Update

Learn what happened in the 2019 legislative session and the key issues being addressed during the 2020 session. Explore how you can be part of a movement to create change and how to make your voice heard. 

Sue Abderholden, MPH, Exec. Dir. – NAMI MN

Sue, became NAMI Minnesota’s executive director in October 2001. She is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s mission and leads NAMI’s public policy efforts. She received her B.A. from Macalester College and a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. She brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and advocacy work, having held top management positions at Arc Minnesota, the Minnesota office of Senator Paul D. Wellstone, and PACER Center.


Symposia ARelational Ethics: Ethical Decision-Making in a Diverse World

Relational ethics is a decision-making model that outlines five core principles: mutual respect, relational engagement, bringing knowledge back to life, creating environment and living questions. This workshop will define these principles and offer examples of their application. Particular attention will be paid to how relational ethics complements professional codes of ethics, allowing practitioners to create solutions that address a broad range of ethical dilemmas. 

This course fulfills the MN Board of Social Work requirement of 2 clock hours in social work ethics. 

Jean Chagnon, PhD, LP, Owner – Anamaura

Jean Chagnon is an integrative healer with nearly 30 years of work experience.  She began her healing work as a psychologist working first in the university setting and then in private practice.  For the last 10 years, Jean’s work has actively incorporated body based energy work and shamanic techniques thus providing a multi-dimensional integrated approach to working with trauma.  Jean has provided education around ethics for psychotherapists, bio-energy healing practitioners, and shamanic practitioners.


Symposia B Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has a prevalence rate that surpasses many other well known neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, but is often overlooked. This workshop will explore the clinical presentations, neurobiology, co-morbidity,  and potential interventions for FASD.

Alyssa Krueger, Clinical Research Coordinator- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Maddy Rockhold, Clinical Research Coordinator- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Erik de Water, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow- Univ. of MN, Twin Cities – Dept. of Psychiatry

Alyssa Krueger is a clinical research coordinator in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Research Lab at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in child psychology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she participated in the Research on Adolescent Depression and Research on Child Welfare Lab.

Maddy Rockhold is a research coordinator for the University of Minnesota’s FASD Research Lab. She graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Criminology. Her past research experiences include a Neuropsychology & Personality lab & a Mental Health Help Seeking lab.

Erik de Water obtained his PhD in Developmental Psychology from Radboud University in the Netherlands in 2017, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Environmental Medicine & Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of MN, where he is conducting research & neuropsychological evaluations of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders & other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Symposia C Talking with Children About Race: Moving Beyond ‘We Don’t See Color’

Current events have increased awareness for the need for conversation about race/ethnicity and identity with children. Although research tells us children notice and recognize and identify difference as well as racism/discrimination, adults rarely feel confident about discussing these topics. This workshop will discuss relevant research and provide tools for engaging in conversation with children about race and other social identities.

Katherine Lingras, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor, Child Psychologist- University of Minnesota – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Katie Lingras  is an assistant professor at the U of Minnesota Medical School in the Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, where she co-direct’s the Early Childhood Mental Health Program & co-chair’s the Department’s first Diversity & Inclusion Committee.   Katie specializes in social-emotional development in early & middle childhood, with particular emphasis on children experiencing behavioral concerns or traumatic events. In addition to outpatient treatment & assessment, her research & clinical work is centered on community-based collaboration with pediatric primary care clinics & early childcare programs.  Katie was the 2019 recipient of an outstanding service award from the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.


Symposia DThe Rise of Mobile Device Addiction and Responding to the Addiction

Addiction to various technologies is a recent phenomenon, with “internet addiction disorder” only coined since 1995. Excessive use of tech devices by children, teens and adults creates social problems, psychological disturbances, and even neurological changes. This presentation describes beneficial aspects of device use, potential physical and cognitive problems, symptoms and assessment, and strategies for intervening by individuals, parents, and therapists

David Swenson, PhD, Psychologist- College of St. Scholastica

Brandon Olson, PhD, Professor- College of St. Scholastica 

David Swenson is the Director of the MBA in Rural Health at the College of St. Scholastica and is a consulting psychologist to health and human organizations, educational, and day treatment and residential programs for youth.  He presents, writes and consults on technology dependency and related issues in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Dr. Brandon Olson holds a PhD in Information Technology with a specialization in Project Management and is a certified Project Management Professional. Dr. Olson is an Associate Professor and director of the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program at the College of St. Scholastica. Prior to this, he was employed as a project manager leading software development projects in the business services, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare, and pharmaceutical fields.


Part of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Annual Conference, Mental Health Exploration & Discovery (MHED) Talks feature personal stories and experiences from the field. Each speaker has 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.

Music Care for Those Who Provide Professional Support to Our Children

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, Music Producer & Educator – Empty Page Studios

Jeremy is the Founder and Creator of Music Care RMH.  As an interdisciplinary drummer, percussionist, producer, speaker and educator, Jeremy Schreifels 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, funk, and Christian contemporary music.  Beyond performing and teaching, Jeremy uses his musical talents to compose and arrange music for marching bands and winter drumlines, as well as writing, recording and producing original music for artists across the world.  

Jeremy brings his vast experience to each new endeavor, always striving to make the music its best and leave a mark of professionalism, musicianship, and care on every stage, student, organization, business, and audience he encounters.   

MHED TalkThe Science of Meditation and Self-Compassion

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, Assist. Professor of Pediatrics – Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Univ. of MN

Dr. Goel is a board certified pediatrician with an interest in integrative mental health. She works in the Developmental and Behavioral Clinic at the University of Minnesota as well has a private practice in Saint Paul. Dr. Goel has been running Mind Body Skills groups for Saint Paul Public School teachers for the last 2 years. She is also Faculty for the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC.

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

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.

Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW

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 Repairis 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.

Monday Keynote Imagine the Possibilities: Rethinking Mental Health and Wellbeing

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.

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, Founder, Chief Exec. Officer – Praestan Health

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.

Monday Workshop 1 – Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellbeing

This workshop will explore the “Exploding Canvas of Anxiety” and examine four steps for helping young people gain control of the chaos they experience. Participants will learn to recognize the signals of rising arousal and the emotional, physical and cognitive changes and problems that can ensue. The presenter will explore proven practices that calm arousal and change the patterns of thinking that perpetuate anxiety, as well as discuss the “superpower” qualities that people with anxiety have that must be harnessed to manage anxiety most effectively. 

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP, Founder, Chief Exec. Officer – Praestan Health

Dr. Read Sulik is the founder and CEO of Praestan Health.  He is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and a 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 is a popular speaker and is a dedicated clinician committed to improving lives of children, adolescents and adults through excellence in collaborative, compassionate and engaging clinical psychiatric care.


Monday Workshop 2Adolescent Substance Use and Harm Reduction

This presentation will provide attendees with a review of trends in adolescent substance use, how substances of abuse impact the developing brain, and why adolescence is a ‘critical period’ for the development of addiction. Time will be spent discussing evidence based treatments for young people with substance use disorders, including the harm reduction model.

SaraPolley, MD- PrairieCare Medical Group

Dr. Polley is a board certified adult, child, adolescent and addiction psychiatrist who practices with PrairieCare. She is the director of dual diagnosis services, works in the partial hospitalization program, and runs a specialty clinic for adolescents and young adults with substance use and mental health concerns.


Monday Workshop 3Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Redefining Pain

It is painful to watch those in our care in pain, even more so when it is physically visible. in this presentation we will take time to explore what non-suicidal self-injury actually is, its prevalence and risk factors, co-ocurring conditions, contagion phenomena and special considerations needed when we try to help.

Christy Alten-Osmera, MS, NCC, LPC-MH, LAC,Program Director, Therapist- Keystone Treatment Center 

Christy Alten-Osmera has worked 26 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She is the current program director for the adolescent unit. Christy is a licensed mental health therapist and licensed addiction counselor.


Monday Workshop 4Embedding School Linked Mental Health Services into a School-wide System of PBIS

This session will describe common core features of SW-PBIS and School Linked Mental Health Grants. Examples of how a coordinated, collaborative approach can improve implementation and service delivery to students. Data collection and analysis from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be shared along with local examples to illustrate efforts.

Mary Hunt, MA, NCSP, Related Services Specialist- Minnesota Department of Education

Kris Lofgren, School Linked Mental Health Project Lead- Department of Human Services

Mark Sander, PsyD, Director of School Mental Health- Hennepin County/Minneapolis Public Schools

Mary Hunt has 18 years of experience in Pre-K through 8 as a school psychologist & evaluation coordinator. She has 13 years of experience at the MN Department of Education providing leadership & technical assistance in the areas of Early Childhood Special Education, Specialized Instructional Support Personnel & Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. 

Kris Lofgren has over 20 years of School Mental health experience. She currently is the School Linked Mental Health Grant Manager and the School Mental Health Project Lead at the Department of Human Services. IN 2011, Kris was the recipient of an Outstanding Service Award for Leadership in the field of Children’s mental Health presented by the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health.

Dr. Mark Sander is a Senior Clinical Psychologist for Hennepin County & the Director of School Mental Health for Hennepin County & the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is a Certified Master Training on the Adverse Childhood Experience Study & a Visiting Scholar at Wilder Research. He is on the Advisory Board for the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland & a Board Member for the MN Trauma Project. He has published journal articles & book chapters on school mental health & has presented on school mental health & developing trauma sensitive schools.


Monday Workshop 5Parental Mental Health: Keeping the Baby in Mind

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are major health issues for many women. Often due to stigma, this condition remains undiagnosed. Without support it yields long term consequences for the parents, child(ren), and family. This presentation will provide participants an opportunity to learn/discuss risk factors, detection and prevention, effects on the parent-infant/child relationship, treatment, and impact on child development.

Anna Clavin, MA, LMFT, IMH-E (III),Clinical Therapist- Community Mental Health Clinic

Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (III),Infant Mental Health Specialist- Reach Up Inc

Anna is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She works at a non-profit mental health agency in St. Cloud, providing services to individuals across the life span, with an emphasis on infancy/early childhood & their caregivers. She is dedicated to helping individuals & families find hope, strength, & connection by supporting emotional, relational, & developmental growth. She also facilitates Circle of Security, is a Mental Health Consultant for the state of MN, and is actively involved in her community striving to increase awareness and access to services.

Tracy is an Infant Mental Health Specialist providing mental health consultation to early childhood programs in Minnesota. Tracy provides family therapy, classroom support for children with challenging behaviors, reflective consultation and therapeutic parent education groups. Her past experiences teaching preschool, along with her work with parents and children serves as a foundation for her trainings. Tracy serves as Co-Chair of the MACMH-IEC Advisory Board. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of challenging behaviors and early childhood development with caregivers of young children.


Monday Workshop 6Evidence based practices addressing comorbid depression and anxiety in adolescents

Current research in the field will be reviewed and discussed regarding the identification and implementation of effective evidence based practices in the treatment of comorbid depression and anxiety in the adolescent population. Topics include exploring the relationship of depression and anxiety as it relates to adolescent development and identification of current and reliable evidence based practices to best serve youth.

Katie Mommaerts, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Clinical Professor- Northern Arizona University

Kelly Donohue, PhD, HSPP, Licensed Psychologist/Behavioral Health Administrator- Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Economic Security State of AZ

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & has over 10 years of direct social work practice in various roles & across the life span. In addition to being a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Health program, Katie is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Social Work Department at Northern Arizona University & is in the process of obtaining an Integrated Behavioral Health-Clinical Certificate from Arizona State University. Katie has been elected Vice President of the AZ Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for a two-year term.

Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in working with individuals with developmental disabilities  & serious mental illnesses. Her experience has primarily been working within the Medicaid/Medicare systems of care including psychological testing for childhood disorders and psychotherapy for individuals with serious mental illnesses.  Kelly takes a trauma-informed approach to assessment and treatment, with a focus on serving the whole person. 


Monday Workshop 7Deconstructing Self Care: Helping Professionals Thrive in a Weary World

Paperwork, crisis, paperwork, repeat. More and more professionals are reporting the drain and exhaustion of serving students and clients in this turbulent culture. This presentation will deconstruct “self care” and offer tangible strategies to help attendees feel revitalized in their respective professions.  The goal is to help attendees rediscover their “why” and leave feeling excited to get back to work!

Jennifer Londgren, EdD, LMFT, NCC, Dr.- Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Jennifer Londgren is the Program Coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science. Her  clinical expertise includes working with clients with addiction and mental health issues, as well as working with youth with anxiety disorders. She has a passion for supporting students and professionals in the mental health field.


Monday Workshop 8Tools to Support Anxiety and Emotional Regulation

In this presentation parents, caregivers, and educators will learn how to use the three P’s (Patterns, Practice, and Play) to encourage emotional regulation and improve a child’s social-emotional health. Participants will learn proactive and responsive strategies that can help children manage symptoms of anxiety.

Kate Bartlein, Parent Educator, Project Coordinator- NAMI Minnesota

Kate Bartlein leads NAMI’s programming in Dakota and Scott Counties as a project coordinator and parent educator. She is responsible for coordinating educational and supportive events for families and caregivers of children living with a mental illness and behavior challenges. Her background is in direct children’s mental and behavioral health therapeutic services and she holds a BA in Psychology and is a certified Mad2Glad Parent Coach.


Monday Workshop 9Making a Case for School-based Digital Wellbeing: From Research to Action

Social media use by young people is linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and poor sleep.  While the research on social media is young, healthy youth development is well established.  This presentation will review adolescent development, highlight research about the impact of social media on adolescent wellbeing, discuss school advocacy for digital wellbeing, and recommend strategies for schools.

Maree Hampton, MEd, Co-Founder, Exec Director of Programs and Strategy- LiveMore.ScreenLess

Katherine Myers, MEd, Co-Founder, Exec Director School Partnerships-LiveMore.ScreenLess

Karin Hampton, PhD, Psychologist- Fraser

Maree Hampton has extensive experience in planning, implementation, management and evaluation of health promotion and youth development programs. She has 20 years of experience working with diverse communities, establishing trusting & sustainable relationships, and taking a lead role in facilitating positive change. Maree brings this wealth of skills, experience and passion to the work of fostering digital wellbeing for schools, families, and workplaces.

Katherine Myers is a former educator of 25 years who has seen the positive and challenging changes in education, in teen’s mental health, and in family dynamics with the ubiquitous nature of screens. Her first-hand experience in public and private schools influences her work to inform and guide teens and adults toward wellbeing. She is passionate about bringing awareness to schools, parents, and teens so we can design how we use technology instead of allowing technology to design our lives.

Karin Hampton has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 30 years. She served as a child psychologist for Health Partners for 20 years and has spent the last 10 years at Fraser, where she works with autistic children and their families.  She is concerned about the health, wellbeing and development of children in our digitally saturated society. As a board member of LiveMore, Dr. Hampton wants to do her part to help children have a healthier relationship with digital media.


Monday Workshop 10Relationship Building and Educational Outcomes for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

This presentation will identify the significance of school leaders in an elementary school who develop positive relationships with students who have been identified as having an emotional behavioral disorder and the impact it has on positive outcomes for those students.

Carrie Jones, MEDL (May 2020), School Social Worker, Catherine Hebert, MA in Special Education, MEd in Psychology, Special Education Teacher & Jamie Patrick, MEd, Special Education, Instructional Coach – Rochester Public Schools

Carrie Jones is a school social worker with Rochester Public Schools in Rochester. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents in child welfare and special education, with the past 11 years in a federal Setting IV program. Carrie’s passion is helping each student reach their academic, social, & emotional goals.

Catherine Hebert is a creative, focused, driven Special Education Teacher with 12 years of experience in the education field. She has the knowledge to complete due process procedures and focus on IEP goals for students with special educational, behavioral, and mental health needs.

Jamie Patrick has worked with EBD students in numerous capacities for over 15 years. Her passion to support their social and emotional needs drives her practice in supporting student growth.


Monday Workshop 11Nature as Therapist: The Healing Power of Mindful Forest Bathing

The presenters will discuss the importance of a journey away from the chaotic world of details, multi-tasking, stressful obligations, smartphones and noisy machines to a place that is unspoiled, tame and open to possibilities. Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing is a nature-based mindfulness practice that is an innovative and evidence-based wellness activity. It is “free” and readily available/accessible to almost everyone.

Charlene Myklebust, PsyD, President and Lead Consultant- Professional Education Pal, LLC

Thomas Bezek, Certified Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing Guide- self-employed

Dr. Charlene Myklebust owns her own educational and mental health consulting firm, Professional Education Pal, LLC. She coordinates a DHS grant, The Minnesota School-based Diversion Model, designed to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by diverting youth to restorative, chemical health, and mental health services. Char is also the Midwest Regional Lead Consultant for the MindUP Program, a CASEL-certified Social Emotional Learning Program published by Scholastic and offered through the Goldie Hawn Foundation.

Thomas Bezek is a retired Assistant Superintendent from the Hennepin County Home School, a residential juvenile correctional facility. He is a world traveler and a trained Shinrin-Yoku forest guide. Tom leads retreats at the Lake Tofte Artist’s Retreat Center near Ely, MN and at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He also has a contract with Hennepin County and has led Shinrin-Yoku walks with many organizations, including grief groups and school personnel.


Monday Workshop 12Beyond Talk: Strategies for Calming the Brain and Trauma-Induced Behavior

Trauma is often at the root of challenging behavior. Discover how electrical energies influence the brain and emotions. Learn why trauma is so complex and how to rewire the brain into a state of calm with brain-training and in-home   strategies. We’ll also discuss avenues for reimbursement of brain training programs, which can remove a substantial roadblock to receiving needed services.

Kelly Pittman, Advanced Certified, Director of Neurotechnology- A Chance To Grow

Kelly Pittman is a transformational parent coach, author and expert in using brain-based technologies to address emotional dysregulation. She utilizes brain training and self help strategies to help individuals break free from behaviors that limit the client’s quality of life, working with a wide range of concerns including ADHD, PTSD, ODD, OCD, trauma, anxiety, depression, opposition, aggression, RAD, Autism and extreme moods.   Kelly’s expertise arose from her desire to share what she has learned from helping her adopted child overcome Reactive Attachment Disorder.


Monday Workshop 13Incorporating Social Emotional Learning into a Culturally Responsive PBIS Framework

This workshop will focus on creating positive, safe, consistent, and predictable environments with a systems-wide framework that encompasses Social Emotional Learning for all. Attendees will see how the PBIS framework and SEL work together and how both are necessary to develop a positive, supportive learning environment. Strategies will be presented that you can take with and use tomorrow.

Megan Gruis, EdS, Coaching & Evaluation Coordinator for the Metro PBIS Project- MACMH/Metro PBIS

Cheryl Glad, MS-CI/GC-Gifted ED, Professional Development Manager, Lead Trainer PBIS MRIP- Intermediate District 287

Megan Gruis is an educational consultant with a passion for coaching school teams around systems frameworks to enhance the academic outcomes for all children. She provides support to schools around Social-Emotional Learning, PBIS, & Tiered Levels of Supports & School Improvement. Prior to becoming a consultant, Megan served in a variety of K-12 settings as a classroom facilitator, school counselor, administrative dean, interventionist & PBIS Coach.

Cheryl Glad taught elementary education for 28 years, coached middle and high school age youth, and served as Adjunct Faculty at St. Cloud State University in the Child and Family Studies Program. For the past 7 years, she has helped teachers learn and implement evidence-based strategies that help students access their brilliance through a felt sense of safety and connection.


Monday Workshop 14Partnerships in Coping

Stress creates risk to children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. A child’s ability to cope is enhanced with caring adults as partners in coping. Join us to learn how to support children during times of stress, to partner with them to proactively build self-management skills and practices, and to build your own practice of self-awareness and self-management.

Kathleen Wessel, MSW, LICSW, Peer Coach- Wayzata Schools

Kjirsten Mickesh, BS, Business Management, CEO- ConnectHuman

Kathleen currently practices as a school social worker and coach to educators. With over 15 years experience in the schools, she has partnered with families and the communities in promoting the healthy social and emotional development of the students she serves. Kate is well experienced in the area of childhood stress and anxiety, pulling from a variety of resources to support kids in building their resiliency.

Kjirsten is Co-Founder and CEO of ConnectHuman.  She is a certified coach, speaker and workshop facilitator, working with individuals and groups related to creating connections that improve well-being and performance. Kjirsten has deep experience in human behavior and potential, having led all aspects of Human Resources with global companies in multiple industries. 


Monday Workshop 15Mental Illness & Mental Health Crisis Intervention

After a brief outline of how the current needs for mental illness services were created, the presentation will offer a variety of strategies for addressing mental illness. Suggestions to be used in the moment when dealing with a difficult clients will be offered. Healthy coping strategies for professionals will also be presented.

Frank Weber, MS, LP,Clinical Psychologist- CORE Professional Services, PA

Frank Weber is the Clinical Director of CORE Professional Services.  Frank performs parenting assessments, and forensic assessments for court.  He has written and published treatment workbooks, novels and is now working on a Developmental Psychology textbook to be used as a guideline for parents.


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

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. 

Clay Cook, PhD

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.


Tuesday Workshop 16Understanding and Supporting the Delivery of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Environmental Supports for Trauma-Exposed Children

Clay Cook, PhD

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.


Tuesday Workshop 17Parenting Strong Willed Children: Practical Strategies and Resources

Parenting any child can be challenging, but when the child is strong-willed, parents can often feel overwhelmed and lost. This workshop will focus on practical strategies, aimed at parents and those working with parents. The presentation will provide information on research surrounding parenting strong-willed children and effective interventions. It will also explore the importance of using an individualized treatment perspective.

Gary Johnson, PhD, Clinic Director- Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM)

Kotatee Tamba, MSW, Pre-Doctoral Intern- Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM)

Gary Johnson is the founder and director of the Clinic for Attention, Learning, & Memory (CALM) supporting complex attention & learning issues. In addition to his 30 years as Clinic Director, he has performed more than 4,500 evaluations & also provides supervision & 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 advocate within both clinical & academic settings. He has been an enthusiastic presenter at MACMH conferences for 20 years.

Kotatee Tamba is a pre-doctoral intern at CALM. Kotatee administers & interprets neurocognitive tests & provides coaching to clients & parents. He is an approved supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Social Work & Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. Kotatee has worked as a therapist for the past 8 years providing services to individuals across the life span, with an emphasis on psychoeducation & the individualization of services. 


Tuesday Workshop 18Understanding What’s Causing Emotionally-Intense Kids to Act Out So You Can Calm Their Challenging Behavior 

There’s nothing wrong with emotionally-intense children; they just need a different approach to learning and communication. Participants in this workshop will learn how to reduce defiance, tantrums and anxiety, while increasing peace, calm and enjoyment for entire classrooms and households. It takes mindfulness and a different kind of communication to learn and practice this positive approach.

Samantha Moe, MA, SLP- Mad2Glad

Samantha Moe is a Speech Pathologist-turned-Parent Coach whose passion is teaching stressed out parents practical ways to create a calm home. With a strong background in direct services to families with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs, she pioneered a new path for parents, called the Mad2Glad Blueprint.  Her step-by-step approach equips parents with tools to dramatically reduce defiance and disrespect and re-establish confidence and authority so they enjoy spending time with their children.


Tuesday Workshop 19Move Mindfully for Early Education: Mindfulness, Movement and SEL for Early Education

Learn breathing practices, simple regulating movement, relaxation techniques and social/emotional skill development activities to incorporate into early childhood settings. This training will enable participants to deepen their understanding of the impact of trauma/stress on therapists, educators, parents and children and develop practical research-based interventions to assist children with self-regulation, focus, de-escalation, community connection and overall wellbeing.

Chrissy Mignogna, E-RYT (Experience Yoga Teacher)- 1000 Petals and Winged Heart Yoga

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, Founder/President- 1000 Petals LLC

Kathy Flaminio is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC, a training and consulting company on the science and practice of mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning. She is the creator of Move Mindfullyî¼ yoga based sequencing for self-regulation, focus and over all well-being.  Kathy holds a masters degree in social work and is a registered yoga teacher with more than thirty years experience guiding people to higher levels of holistic health and wellness. She is committed to developing products and services that provide transformative experiences for adults and children.

Chrissy Mignogna is a Certified Yoga Calm Trainer and Teacher. She has trained hundreds of staff, parents and counselors to use the Yoga Calm and Move Mindfully curriculums in daycares, schools, hospitals and therapeutic environments. Chrissy provides trauma responsive yoga for the child/adolescent mental health unit and dual diagnosis units at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and United Hospital.


Tuesday Workshop 20When Talking Isn’t Enough: Body Centered Therapies for Sexual Abuse Trauma

Trauma changes the brain and movement can heal neural pathways making recovery possible. The body is an entry point for processing trauma. Increasing a child’s awareness of their physiological state assists them in creating new pathways. Creative movement allows youth to make discoveries about their relationships and behaviors. This workshop offers hands on skill development as part of trauma treatment.

Elizabeth Bergman, MSW, Executive Director- Family Enhancement Center

Ambryn Melius, MA – Dance and Movement Therapy, Mental Health Therapist- Family Enhancement Center

Libby Bergman is co-founder of the Family Enhancement Center and has served as the Executive Director since 2000. Libby has worked with youth and families for over 30 years and is a sought after expert and speaker on the subject of child abuse and neglect. Libby was the recipient of the 2011 Children’s Law Center of Minnesota’s Heroes for Children Award. She was honored again in 2013 with the University of Minnesota School of Social Work Alumna of the Year.

Ambryn Melius is a Certified Dance and Movement Therapist as well as an LPCC. She has 10 years of experience working with youth and adults using body-based healing strategies. She is currently the Body Based Therapeutic Manager at the Family Enhancement Center where her work focuses on assisting youth who have been victims of trauma.


Tuesday Workshop 21Systemic Anxiety, Treating the Child through a Systemic Lens

Kids with anxiety often have parents who, at the very least are anxious about their children’s anxiousness. This presentation will explore systemic interventions for anxiety within the family system.

Mathew Meyers, MA, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist- Traverse Counseling & Consulting

Michael Borowiak, MSW, Clinical Social Worker- Traverse Counseling & Consulting, GBC

Matt is passionate about his work because, “We heal ourselves through our relationships, we become ourselves in relationships, we are who we are because of those we love and are loved by. I can think of no greater honor than to assist families, couples, parents and children in working to repair, heal, build and rebuild relationships.”   Matt’s goal as a therapist and in life is to co-create safe space for human beings to explore their pain and suffering so that they may come to know a sense of compassion for themselves and be able to extend that to others.

Michael Borowiak is a Clinical Social Worker and co-owner of Traverse Counseling and Consulting.  He works with families and individuals facing extraordinary challenges. He uses a systemic lens to effectively understand the difficulties faced and implements interventions that best support wellness and growth.


Tuesday Workshop 22How Can We Be Helpful If We Are Not ‘Feeling it’: Five Critical Skills for Compassionate Helping

Compassionate helping entails intentional and empathic consideration of the other. Further, self-regulation of emotions and cognitions during challenging encounters is a prerequisite to the effective utilization of any helping skill. This presentation discusses five fundamental elements of an effective helping relationship: self-awareness [including the impact of one’s own life history], self-regulation, emotional reflection, “radical” compassion, and compassion satisfaction.

Alan O’Malley-Laursen, MSW, LICSW, Compassion Fatigue Educator/Therapist- Olmsted County Child and Family Services

Alan O’Malley-Laursen brings 40 years of experience in human services as a social worker, clinician, supervisor, clinical consultant, administrator and trainer. Certified as a Compassion Fatigue Educator/Therapist and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Alan has provided workshops on Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue to various human service organizations and conferences across the state of Minnesota as well as consulting work in collaboration with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families in San Diego and the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center in Washington, D.C.


Tuesday Workshop 23Overcoming Anxiety – Uncovering Hidden Triggers of the Stress Response

Discover the primary factors that trigger the fight/flight/freeze response from inside the body.  If your clients are working so hard to hold it all together, but still “walking on eggshells,” we’ll look at what could be triggering a recurring fight/flight response … separate from their outside world.  By uncovering common missing links, you’ll leave with a new sense of empowerment to help!

Tye Moe, Doctor of Chiropractic,Whole Family Chiropractic 

Dr. Tye Moe is passionate and committed to helping children deal with stress in an effective and healthy way.  Through neurologically based chiropractic, he loves helping to take a child’s nervous system out of fight/flight/freeze and into a state for healing, growth, and development.  With 12 years in practice, he brings great clinical expertise and real life experience to help children experience calm and ease in their lives.


Tuesday Workshop 24Discover Your True North

To portage means to carry your vessel and your gear from your current body of water to the next body of water on your journey. Praestan Health also defines portage as carrying your mind, body and spirit through a process of change on your journey to becoming your best self. During this interactive workshop, therapists from Praestan Health will share information about their evidence-based assessment and health improvement toolkit called Portages™—which all attendees received a free subscription to upon checking into the conference. Attendees will explore their mental health through four worlds of living and 12 health practices while discovering their “True North.” The presenters will identify steps to take to improve mastery of this critically important aspect of life. This workshop is to inform you about a product that you can use personally or with your clients. You do not need to purchase anything to participate, but it’s requested that you activate your free Portages™ subscription, complete your online self assessment and review your guide prior to the workshop. 

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

Dr. Read Sulik is the founder and CEO of Praestan Health.  He is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist and a 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 is a popular speaker and is a dedicated clinician committed to improving lives of children, adolescents and adults through excellence in collaborative, compassionate and engaging clinical psychiatric care.

Jill Hubble is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) & Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC). She is currently the Program Manager & Clinical Supervisor at Praestan Health, overseeing the implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health services driven by Portages at our partner sites. Jill is passionate about education, as an Adventurer, she is currently in her final phase of her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

Karen Chinnock is a Licensed Psychologist who completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in health psychology & a concentration in forensic psychology. She is a site lead & provides clinical services at Glencoe Regional Health. Her work as a Trailblazer is bringing PortagesTMto a rural, historically underserved, community through an innovative behavioral healthcare initiative.

Becky Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor who brings her well versed background in health and wellbeing into the therapeutic relationship. As a practitioner she has integrated Portages into her daily practice with patients in the Primary Care Clinic setting. Her passion for treating the whole person has resulted in her being a Guide in helping many patients towards living happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.


Tuesday Workshop 25The Importance of Play: Supporting the Overall Development of Children

Play positively supports all areas of a child’s development, including social/emotional  skills. Children need a plethora of positive play opportunities to develop these skills. However, despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been significantly reduced. This presentation will discuss ways in which to promote play in a child’s natural environment.

Lani Jones, PsyD, HSPP, Clinical Psychologist- Providence Behavioral Group

Dr. Lani Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist and early intervention provider. She conducts psychological testing and therapy for a variety of presenting concerns with children and adolescents. Her areas of expertise include the evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders and feeding difficulties.


Tuesday Workshop 26Prioritizing Self Care When You Just Don’t Have Time

Your day is filled with unrealistic expectations and external demands. You know you should take better care of yourself but you don’t.  You’re running on empty while trying to meet the needs of others who depend on you. Whether you have 20 seconds or 20 minutes to devote to your own wellbeing, this session will give you options for success.

Paula Forte, PhD, RN, Health Coach- Co-Create 4 Life

Paula Forte holds a PhD in Adult Education and will finish the certificate program in Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching through the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota next spring. Her business, Co-Create 4 Life, provides health education and coaching designed to assist professional and family caregivers successfully integrate self-care into their everyday activities.  Her book, Self-care Strategies for Family Caregivers, is an added resource for caregivers seeking holistic approaches to self-care, well-being, rebuilding resilience and battling burnout.


Tuesday Workshop 27Music is the Shorthand of Emotion: Musical Interventions with Youth

“Music is the shorthand of emotion” – Leo Tolstoy.  In this practical workshop, clinicians will learn and practice techniques to support young clients in building mindfulness skills and emotional vocabulary. Strategies to support clients  who are “hard to reach” and applications for music as assessment are also addressed.  This workshop will focus on applications for elementary and middle school children.

Jennifer Fuchs, MSW, LICSW, School Social Worker- Duluth Public Schools, IDS 709

Jennifer Fuchs is a School Social Worker currently working as Den Coordinator in a restorative focus room at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth.  Prior to this role, Jen worked in outpatient and school-based settings as a therapist and behavioral consultant for elementary and early childhood classrooms.  She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and maintains additional expertise in immigration issues and mental health concerns related to immigration.


Tuesday Workshop 28Motivating the Unmotivated

This presentation is designed for individuals/professionals who need help identifying the core reasons behind the lack of motivation in the people they serve. An opportunity to take a deeper look at self and more ways to be helpful versus harmful. The ability to evaluate and understand when ones work with an individual/client/family is done.

Justin Lajoie, MA, MFT, Family Therapist- Nystrom and Associates

JuTone Lajoie, LGSW, Social Worker- Parent Mentor Network

Justin Lajoie has been with Nystrom for 4 years. He graduated from Regis University in Colorado with a marriage and family therapy degree. Justin enjoys working with families to understand and begin to overcome difficult family obstacles.

JuTone Lajoie has been a social worker within the Twin Cities for 5 years. She loves working with children and families to help identify needs, strengths and areas of growth. JuTone’s passion is helping others be successful in life.


Tuesday Workshop 29Resiliency-Focused Social Work Supervision: A Qualitative Study with Supervisors

This presentation describes a recent study conducted with supervisors of social workers on how they address stress, burnout and resiliency with supervisees. The presenter will explain data collection and analysis procedures. Findings suggest the importance of relationships, communication, work/life balance, self-care and resources. Workforce wellness activities and resiliency-focused supervision strategies will be shared and practical examples offered.

This workshop fulfills 1.25 hours of Supervision credits per the MN Board of Social Work.

Brenda Mack, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Professor- Bemidji State University

Brenda Mack is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Bemidji State University. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinical supervisor and program manager of a children’s mental health program. Brenda is a health and wellness researcher, presenter and consultant specializing in reducing stress, avoiding burnout and building resiliency with helping professionals and those in the agricultural community.  Brenda will graduate in May 2020 with her doctorate in social work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.