Events | Trainings

February 17 – April 7 | Earn up to 30 CEHs
Offering a mix of in-person and online options

Register 1 month before each workshop to receive our 15% early-bird discount & save 10% when you or your organization registers for 5+ workshops.

Call 651-644-7333 for the coupon codes.


Separation & Loss: The Developmental Impact on Children and Families

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Learn about the effects of separation and loss on children at different periods of development and how it can affect families and the parent/child relationship.

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Reflective Functioning in Young Adult African American Mothers and the Partnering Professional

St. Paul | 6 CEHs

Gain a deeper understanding of experiences regarding early childhood adversities, social supports and reflective-functioning capacity through the lens of African American young adult mothers and their children.

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Help! Technology is Taking Control of our Children! Can it be Stopped?

West St. Paul | 3 CEHs

Through lecture, role play and case study, this workshop will explore children and families struggling with video game/Internet addiction, the importance of family dynamics assessments, understanding age and stage of life, risk factors and therapeutic leadership.

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Key Warning Signs for Early Onset Mental Illness & Suicide Prevention Best Practices

St. Paul | 3 CEHs

Attendees of this training will learn signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people, and examine best practices for suicide awareness, prevention and intervention.

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No Small Matter Film Screening & Discussion

Minneapolis | 3 CEHs

Join us for a screening and discussion of the first feature documentary to explore an often overlooked, underestimated and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education.

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We Have to Talk: The Reality Behind Difficult Conversations with Parents & Caregivers

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This workshop will include foundational components of working with parents or caregivers who may have trauma or attachment histories, and participants will leave with communication strategies and prompts.

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Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Cultural Intelligence

Woodbury | 3 CEHs

During this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of equity and diversity inclusion work while exploring the concept of cultural intelligence and ways to apply it to the work we do.

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Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Evidence-Based Treatment & Practice-Based Guidance

Live Webinar | 6 CEHs

Explore research-based treatment protocols for the most common anxiety disorders affecting children and teens, as well as common presentations of anxiety at different ages.

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Separation & Loss: The Developmental Impact on Children and Families

In 1947, Austrian-born psychoanalyst Rene Spitz made a film about infants and toddlers who had been separated from their mothers called Grief: A Peril in Infancy. The grainy black and white film shows the mournful behavior of young children who had been without their mothers for several months. Their behavior had been observed by many professionals but the meaning was obscured through the understanding of child development at that time. It remains a painful testament to our collective ability to disregard what is happening before our eyes. We know much more about the impact of separation and loss on children now than we did then. From natural and experimental data on human and animal subjects, we understand that the loss of parental figures significantly affects, and even impairs, development. This webinar will present information about the effects of separation and loss on children at different periods of development, how it can affect families and the parent/child relationship, and how circumstances following separation can increase or mitigate its effects. Historical film clips and case material will be included.

Carol Siegel, PhD, LP

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – 6 | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, February 17
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89

 



Reflective Functioning in Young Adult African American Mothers and the Partnering Professional

Early intervention includes family systems communicating stories and agency systems listening and asking questions. Clinicians need to recognize that evidenced-based interpretations will only be effective if they maintain genuine conversations with families. All too often, “relationship-based work” does not include an actual relationship. It is not enough just to say, “We have the numbers” or, “We have seen our clients.” We must truly hear client voices and focus on the goal of multigenerational healing. This goal can be more effective through partnering, listening and hearing the clients that are often unheard. This presentation will focus on understanding experiences regarding early childhood adversities, social supports and reflective-functioning capacity through the lens of African American young adult mothers and their children. 

Sheila Sweeney, PhD, LICSW, IMH-E®

Level: Intermediate  | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – 6 | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, February 26
9 a.m. – 4 pm

Nevin Huested Training Center
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103

6 CEHs | $179



Help! Technology is Taking Control of our Children! Can it be Stopped?

The need to establish safe, healthy, balanced relationships with technology continues to be a new concept for many of us. Parents frequently feel as though technology is leading their children and families, and feel inadequate to parent in the 21st century. Because of the way technology engages our brains, many technology practices become process addictions.  Clinicians unaware of this dynamic may misdiagnose this growing problem that frequently co-occurs with other diagnoses. Through lecture, role play and case study, this workshop will explore the importance of family dynamics assessments, understanding age and stage of life, risk factors and therapeutic leadership.

Learning Objectives

  • Present current research on Video Game/Internet Addiction.
  •  Identify risk factors for the Process Addiction of Video Gaming/Internet Addiction.
  • Strategies and best practices when working with children and families dealing with the process addiction of Video Gaming/Internet Addiction.
  • Identify the different clinical approaches for working with clients at different developmental stages who are struggling with the process addiction of Video Game/Internet Addiction.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas and limitations and clinical challenges in treating teens and young adults with the Process Addiction of Video Game/Internet Addiction.
  • Describe therapeutic leadership strategies when working with children and families struggling with the process addiction of Video Game/Internet Addiction.
  • Review case examples of children and families struggling with the process addiction of Video Game/Internet Addiction and strategies to successfully treat them.

Mathew Meyers, MA, LMFT, Therapist – Traverse Counseling & Consulting

Level: Intermediate | For: All | Ages Addressed: 12 – 21 Includes Clinical Content

Friday, February 28
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN 55118

3 CEHs | $89



Key Warning Signs for Early Onset Mental Illness & Suicide Prevention Best Practices

Studies estimate that at least 20 percent of children and youth will have a mental health disorder during any given year. Additionally, a 2016 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report shows that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 in Minnesota. The first part of this presentation will teach signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people. Guidance will be given regarding appropriate interventions and accommodations to assist a young person during a mental health crisis, and resources to help them thrive will be discussed. The second half of the presentation will examine best practices for suicide awareness, prevention and intervention in young people, including learning to recognize suicidal ideation, understanding how to support youth in crisis, and exploring appropriate professional self care.

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

Level: Basic  | For: Professionals Working in Schools | Ages Addressed: K – 12th Grade

Monday, March 2
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nevin Huested Training Center
23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000
St. Paul, MN 55103

3 CEHs | $89



‘No Small Matter’ Film Screening & Discussion

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore one of the most overlooked, underestimated and powerful forces for change in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

Watch a trailer of the movie.

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents| Ages Addressed: Prenatal – 6 | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, March 12
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Trylon Theatre
2820 E. 33rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

3 CEHs | $30



We Have to Talk: The Reality Behind Difficult Conversations with Parents and Caregivers

Difficult conversations are a part of working with young children and families. These experiences often contribute to our own regulation struggles and potential burnout. This workshop will include foundational components of working with parents or caregivers who may have a trauma or attachment histories.  Participants will leave with practical communication strategies, usable phrases and prompts for difficult conversations, and relationship based tools that support boundaries and regulation in difficult conversations.

Angela Klinefelter, MS, LMFT, IMH-E®

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – 6 | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, March 16
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 

 



Moving Beyond Cultural Competence to Cultural Intelligence

During this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of equity and diversity inclusion work. While many of us have attended trainings on “cultural competence,” there continue to be challenges in finding the best ways to connect with and treat our client populations. In this training, attendees will explore the concept of cultural intelligence and ways to apply it to the work that we do.

Learning Objectives:
• Participants will develop an understanding about strategies and approaches that can be used to improve their ability to connect with and serve clients that have different backgrounds.
• Participants will develop an understanding about their own background and how to make personal adjustments and adaptability.
• Participants will develop an understanding about the importance of incorporating sustainability techniques to maintain a high level of engagement and maintain productivity.

Brandon Jones, MA, Integrated Services Mgr., Psychotherapist, Professor, Consultant – NorthPoint Health & Wellness Ctr.

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals Working in Schools | Ages Addressed: 0 – 24 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, March 17
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Woodbury Central Park
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125

3 CEHs |$89 

 



Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Evidence-Based Treatment and Practice-Based Guidance

Experts from the UCLA Child Anxiety, Education, Resilience and Support Center (CARES) will share research-based treatment protocols for the most common anxiety disorders affecting children and teens. We will explore common presentations of anxiety at different ages, work through case vignettes and outline treatment protocols. We will review exposure response interventions and help participants design sample exposures. Drawing on our team’s extensive clinical work, we will also offer guidance around common pitfalls with children and parents. Common challenges such as behavioral issues and school-to-home-to-school communication will also be discussed.

Kate Sheehan, LCSW, Managing Director – UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES) & Monica S. Wu, PhD, Clinical Instructor – UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Level: Intermediate  | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: 6 – 17 | Includes Clinical Content 

Tuesdays March 24, 31 and April 7
6 to 8 p.m.

Live Webinar | 6 CEHs over 3 days | $179 $152.15 when you register by February 24