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Keynote Presentation

Addressing Racism to Create Healthy Environments for All our Children

Monday, April 19 | 8:25 – 10:00 a.m. CST

David Williams, PhD, MA, MPH – Harvard University

This presentation will explore research on the adverse effects of racism on children and persistent racial/ethnic inequities that impact child well-being, including both mental and physical health. Drawing on existing research, it will highlight that distinctive social exposures linked to race––at the individual and institutional level––adversely affect access to needed opportunities for children of color to reach their full potential. It will examine interventions targeted at individuals that can dramatically close gaps in mental health and educational outcomes for children and youth. It will also explore interventions in upstream factors (such as housing, neighborhood conditions, economic well-being and investing in early childhood development) that can effectively enhance the potential for all children.

Dr. David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. He is the author of more than 475 scientific papers and the Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is the most widely used measure of discrimination in health studies. He is currently working on identifying a comprehensive but brief measure of the key stressors and resilience resources that contribute to the levels and impact of toxic stress on the health of infants and children.

Dr. Williams is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick? His research has been featured in the national print and television media and in his TED Talk.

Watch Dr. Williams’ TED Talk: How Racism Makes Us Sick

Keynote Presentation

The Other Healing:
Trauma and Mental Recovery After COVID

Tuesday, April 20 | 8:55 – 10:00 a.m. CST

John Moe, Author & Podcaster – The Hilarious World of Depression

The impact of COVID-19 is usually measured by infections, hospitalizations and its economic devastation, but even those who do not personally contract COVID must grapple with long term mental health consequences. Long after a vaccine emerges and spreads, we as a society will need to deal with our trauma going forward. You simply can’t go through all that depression, anxiety, despair and disruption unscathed. During this keynote presentation, author and podcaster John Moe will explain how to understand our individual and collective suffering and what can be done about it. Drawing from his experiences and conversations around simple and complex trauma, John tries to understand what it means in the short term, what it means in the long term, and how to address it.

John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast,“The Hilarious World of Depression,” as well as an in-demand speaker around the country. The author of three books (Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and Conservatize Me), his writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Seattle Times and many more publications. He has hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America and Marketplace Tech Report, and his radio work has been featured on Marketplace, All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Check out The Hilarious World of Depression Podcast

Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way.

Supervision Series:
Harry Potter & The Supervisor’s Stone 

Sunday, April 18 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST (with 30-minute lunch break)

This webinar covers a total of 6 hours of content.

An updated and expanded version of last year’s Supervision Series, this presentation will look 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. code of ethics) for two hours of ethics credit. New magical techniques for supervision will be covered, such as supervision via telehealth. 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. The presenters also denounce J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans statements, and stand with the trans community in fighting for equality and speaking out against hate. (Visit the Trevor Project for ways to take action against transphobia and to support transgender and gender nonconforming youth.)

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 18 | 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. CST

Part of our 2021 Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference, MHED Talks is a presentation series in the spirit of TED Talks. Using stories— both personal and experiences from the field — each speaker has 18 minutes to share their expertise on new concepts, programs, treatment models and research.

Revising Adversity

As the saying goes, experience is the greatest teacher. Typically, with adversity, the experience is rarely seen in a positive light. MHED Talk presenter Gaelin Elmore believes that we can revise our beliefs and approach through a small perspective shift that leads to a transformed view of the hard things we go through. During this talk, he will share concepts and personal stories about his own experiences with adversity

Gaelin Elmore, TFI Advocate Coach – The
Forgotten Initiative

From Legos to Sims and Beyond:
Learning to Ride the Emotional Waves

“You can’t teach what you don’t know and you can’t lead where you don’t go.” (Jesse Jackson) As a young mother with high Adverse Childhood Experiences, Susan thought parenting better was as simple as using different discipline than she experienced as a child. Little did she know it would require her to learn to feel and be present in ways she had never experienced, diving into a well of repressed emotions and fears that spanned nearly 40 years.

Susan Beaulieu, MPP, Tribal Community Facilitator – U of MN Extension

What’s Overlooked in the Mind-Body Connection: Turning on Your Inner Healer

For some people, mental health triggers are easily identified, while for others, identification is much more challenging. Through real-life stories of kids with complex diagnoses, Dr. Tye Moe will share a revealing perspective on how stress gets “stuck on” within the body. Learn about a commonly overlooked neurological process that, when turned on, brings relief and hope – including for his own newborn son!

Tye Moe, DC, Chiropractor – Whole Family

Concurrent Symposia A – D

Sunday, April 18 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

Why Being “Gender Affirming” Isn’t Enough: Exploring the Nuances and Unique Therapeutic Supports Involved in Care of Prepubescent Gender Diverse Children

Often the phrase “gender affirming care” is used with no accompanying explanation of what it means in practice. Designed for clinicians, this workshop will explore assessment and therapeutic interventions for gender diverse children and their parents. The presenters will discuss the importance of a nuanced approach to the available research; introduce the Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA) guiding work at the University of Minnesota’s National Center for Gender Spectrum Health; and discuss strategies for developing gender literacy, building resilience, moving beyond the binary, and promoting building blocks of positive sexuality.

Dianne Berg, PhD, LP & Caroline Maykut, PhD – Prog. in Human Sexuality, Univ. of MN

Level: 3 | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Clinical Content

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Historical Trauma & Intergenerational Themes in Parenting

What is the impact of the past on parenting today? We all know, or fear, that our experiences growing up affect the way we parent our children. But how far back does it go – to our grandparents? Great grandparents? This presentation will discuss current research into how historical trauma is passed through the generations culturally and biologically and how that knowledge can inform how we interact with parents and children.

Carol Siegel, PhD, LP, IMH-E®(IV), Private Practice & Instructor in Infant and Early Childhood Certificate Prog. – U of MN

Level: 3 | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Clinical Content

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Burden of Care: Caregiver Focused Interventions

Providing care to a child diagnosed with a mental health disorder can be challenging due to unfamiliar roles, increased responsibilities and heightened stress. This presentation will provide an overview of the factors that amplify the caregiver burden and mental health symptoms. It will also explore strategies to assist caregivers in leveraging resources to help cope with the caregiving burden.

Gary Johnson, PhD, Clinical Dir. & Kotatee Tamba, PsyD, Postdoctoral Neurocognitive Clinician – Clinic for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM)

Level: 1 | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Clinical Content

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Formulating Diagnostic Impressions & the Pitfalls of Self Report

The self-report of an examinee who is experiencing symptoms of a major mental illness may be unreliable, leading to diagnostic formulations that are often erroneous. Objective data (e.g. behavioral functioning) is more reliable than subjective data (self-report). This presentation will include clinical vignettes that demonstrate the diagnosis of a major psychiatric disorder is more often found in the background than the foreground. The presenter will explore clinical signs that clinicians will recognize.

Catherine A. Carlson, PsyD, LP, Forensic Psychologist – Private Practice

Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

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Concurrent Symposia E – J

Sunday, April 18 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Radically Benevolent Skepticism: A Stance for Working with Parents When Challenges Arise

Working with parents who experience multiple challenges can elicit strong feelings in us. As professionals, our own thoughts, feelings and perspectives may differ from those of the families we work with. When parents share
information that goes against what we believe to be true, feelings of mistrust may happen. How do we help the parent feel seen, heard and supported while holding the possibilities that: I acknowledge your truth AND yet I may not agree; I see it’s not safe here AND I see that you are suffering. This workshop will address the importance of relationships with parents and strategies for strengthening these relationships.

Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E® & Jane Ellison, LMFT, IMH-E®

Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

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Building Your Own Community of Support

Experiencing ongoing, intensive stress can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Our minds, bodies and emotions may become depleted in a way that results in lowered resilience, diminished problem-solving capacities, challenged relationships and susceptibility to depression, exhaustion, illness or addiction. In this presentation, we will learn together how to build a healthy, restorative and effective community of support for ourselves and our families.

Jennie Clare, K-12 Education Dir. – Jennie Clare Consulting

Level: 1 | For: Caregivers

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Recovering with Mom: Children’s Response to Living with Their Mothers in a Co-Occurring Treatment Program

There are a handful of co-occurring treatment centers in Minnesota that allow parents to bring their children to live with them while in residential cooccurring treatment. This session will explore case studies of children who live with their mother at Recovering Hope Treatment Center, their response to this unique setting, and the outcomes associated with receiving services.

Carmen Finn, MA, LADC, ADCR-MN, Sr. Dir. of Treatment Services & Sadie Broekemeier, MA, LPCC, LADC, Exec. Dir. – Recovering Hope Treatment Ctr.

Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

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Suicide Survivors: What Mental Health Professionals Can Do To Help

Survivors of suicide – those who are close to someone who has died by suicide – often experience complicated and disenfranchised grief and may be in need of unique support. This presentation will provide mental health
professionals with suggestions for supporting survivors as they grieve.

Marc A. Markell, PhD, CT, Professor – St. Cloud State Univ.

Level: 1 | For: Professionals

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Pre-Recorded Session

Partnering with Families to Identify Needs and Opportunities to Improve Policies, Service Quality & Child Wellbeing

This pre-recorded session addresses the following questions: What have we/I done to address the challenges we face in our organization/community related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and promote flourishing
for children and families? What new opportunities do we/I have to further promote healing and flourishing? What mindsets, resources and structures must be maintained or enhanced? What new is needed? What can we do
now versus what changes in policy are needed?

Christina Bethell, PhD, Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative Professor – Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Univ.

Level: 2 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

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Pre-Recorded Session

Protective Factors for Suicide in African American Adolescents & Young Adults

This pre-recorded workshop focuses on suicide prevention strategies for adolescents and young adults from communities of color. It presents epidemiological data on the scope of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, describes risk and protective factors and shares research on treatment engagement. Prevention in faith communities will be used as an example of an upstream approach, and the development of suicide prevention in a predominantly Black church will be shared.

Sherry Davis Molock, PhD, MDiv – Dept. of Psychological Brain Sciences, George Washington Univ.

Level: 1 | For: Professionals | Clinical Content

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