Events | Trainings

September 29 – December 16 | Earn up to 24 CEHs

Join us for our Fall Training Series, featuring webinars on ethics, anxiety, racism, trauma, school-based mental health services and more.

Not able to join us live? No problem. Each webinar will be recorded and available to watch for 30 days following the live session.

To make our trainings more accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, our fall webinars are being offered at half their normal rate: $15 per CEH.


Talking to Kids About Race & Racism: Moving Beyond ‘I Don’t See Color’ During a Racial Pandemic

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This session will review what children understand about race, racism and other social identities. Strategies and resources for how to have what can be difficult conversations will be discussed, along with opportunity for participants to share their experiences.

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Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision Making in a
Diverse World

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This workshop will outline the five core principles of relational ethics and explore their application across diverse scenarios. The presenter will focus on how relational ethics complements professional codes of ethics allowing practitioners to create ethical solutions that address a broad range of ethical dilemmas.

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Free webinar!

Culturally-Sensitive Mental Health Services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind & Hard of Hearing Kids & Adolescents

Live Webinar | Free!

This webinar will provide background information on the ways hearing loss impacts children and their families, while exploring what culturally-affirmative mental health therapy looks like, as well as communication considerations and techniques.

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The Importance of Play: Supporting the Overall Development of Children

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Play provides vast opportunities for children to practice cognitive skills such as problem solving, negotiation and creativity. This webinar will examine play milestones, tips for creating positive environments that encourage play and practical steps for partnering with caregivers to promote play in a screen dominated world.

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Providing Primary Prevention & School Mental Health Services to LGBTQ Children & Youth

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Learn practical techniques for increasing resiliency in LGBTQ children and youth, including creating a more supportive school climate, anti-bullying efforts, PBIS programs and more. Risk factors and their impact on attendance, learning, behavior, social development and health will be explored.

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Helping Kids & Teens Cope with Existential Anxiety

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

While we expect that adults are grappling with hard questions around finances, purpose, life and death, safety and more, we often minimize the effects of these concerns on our children. However, it’s crucial we acknowledge the existential questions many of them are facing. This webinar will explore existential anxiety and depression and offer strategies for intervention.

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Huffing, Dusting and Inhaling: Dangerous Forms of Substance Use

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Learn to identify relationship and personality changes in teens who are huffing, dusting and inhaling common household products, explore signs and symptoms that develop while under the influence of noxious compounds and build understanding of addiction behavior development.

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Evidence-Based Practices Addressing Comorbid Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

During this webinar, current research 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.

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Weaving Resilience, History and Trauma: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey Toward Alignment and Purpose

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Join the presenter on her personal and professional journey of understanding the impacts of trauma on biological, neurological, spiritual and social wellbeing. Ancient wisdom and new practices will be explored as a means of shifting from survival into thriving.

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Talking to Children About Race and Racism: Moving Beyond ‘I Don’t See Color’ During an Era of a Racial Pandemic

This session will review what children understand about race, racism and other social identities. Strategies and resources for how to have what can be difficult conversations will be discussed. Opportunities will be provided for participants to share experiences and questions based on their own encounters with young children.

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

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 0 – 12 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, September 29
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.



Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision Making in a Diverse World

Work as a behavioral health provider is increasingly complex as our clients, colleagues and agencies become more diverse. As such, the ethical dilemmas we face are also increasingly complex. This workshop will outline the five core principles of relational ethics–mutual respect, relational engagement, bringing knowledge back to life, creating environment and living questions–and will explore their application across diverse scenarios. The presenter will focus on how relational ethics complements professional codes of ethics allowing practitioners to create ethical solutions that address a broad range of ethical dilemmas. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to describe the core principles of relational ethics, explain how relational ethics and professional codes of ethics work together, and apply relational ethics to diverse 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

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: All Ages | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, October 8
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs |  $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Free Webinar!

See What I’m Saying: Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents

Hearing Loss affects approximately 15% of Minnesota’s children and adolescents, and there are approximately 2,531 students with a documented hearing loss on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) around the state. An important component to providing culturally competent, comprehensive and effective mental health care to deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind (DHH/DB) children, adolescents and families is building awareness and understanding of the unique experiences, issues and needs for this population, as well as learning about resources available.

This training will provide background information on how hearing loss impacts children and adolescents and their families, what culturally affirmative mental health therapy looks like, how to collaborate with or refer to resources that can support your DHH/DB child/student/client, and communication considerations and techniques for your DHH/DB child/student/client. This presentation will also discuss best therapeutic orientations and methods that are evidence-based for DHH/DB children and adolescents. Lastly, it will provide professional resources for increasing your ability to understand the biggest barriers to therapeutic success for this community. The information will be useful not only for mental health professionals and teachers, but also for individuals playing supportive roles in the lives of DHH/DB children and adolescents. 

Learning Objectives:
+ Learn what it means to have a hearing loss and live in a hearing world
+ Explore the social and emotional challenges that are impacted by hearing loss
+ Become educated on what it is to be culturally affirmative with this population
+ Learn how to collaborate with and/or refer to culturally affirmative and linguistically specific specialists within the state
+ Understand which therapeutic orientations and techniques are evidence-based for this population
+ Leave with important communication techniques and skills to use in practice and resources that will advance your knowledge in this area

Lori Vigesaa MS, LPCC, NCC, CI/CT, DHH Mental Health Professional – Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 0 – 22 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, October 13
1 to 3 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | Free | Certificate of Attendance will be provided

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


The Importance of Play: Supporting the Overall Development of Children

Play supports all areas of a child’s development, including social, emotional, language and motor skills. In addition, play provides vast opportunities for children to practice cognitive skills such as problem solving, negotiation and creativity. Play can aid in nurturing the child-caregiver relationship as well. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been significantly reduced for many children. The changes may be due to hurried lifestyles, increased attention to academics, and the introduction of screen time. While screen time is a reality of our society, the ways in which caregivers interact with their children around screen time can become more advantageous for both the relationship and the child’s learning. Practical steps for partnering with caregivers to promote more play in a screen dominated world will be discussed. 

This presentation will include a discussion of play milestones, and participants will be able to identify characteristics of play and requirements that promote optimal play. Practical tips for creating positive environments that encourage play will be discussed. Participants will be able to conceptualize the parent-child relationship and the impact of that relationship on the child’s play behaviors. Participants will also be able to identify the impact of environmental factors, such as familial stress or relationships, on play.

Lani Jones, PsyD, HSPP, Clinical Psychologist & Co-Owner – Providence Behavioral Group 

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: 0 – 5

Thursday, October 15
9 a.m. –  12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $46 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Providing Primary Prevention & School Mental Health Services to LGBTQ Children & Youth: A Resiliency-Based Approach

This webinar will provide participants with a broad school-based view for supporting healthy social emotional development in LGBTQ children and youth. Risk factors for social, emotional and behavioral problems in LGBTQ children and youth and their impact on attendance, learning, behavior, social development, physical health and mental health will be introduced. Resiliency factors that increase healthy adjustment in LGBTQ children and youth will be emphasized with a focus on those that can be provided in the school environment. Participants will learn practical school-based techniques for increasing resiliency in LGBTQ children and youth including creating a more supportive school climate, meaningful inclusion, PBIS programs and anti-bullying efforts, teaching tolerance, faculty development, supporting GSAs and others. 

Elizabeth Kelley Rhoades, PhD, NCSP, Faculty Development Fellow for Hybrid and Online Learning, Associate Professor of Counseling & School Psychology – Southern Connecticut State University

Level: Basic  | For: School counselors, social workers and psychologists | Ages Addressed: K – 12 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, October 20
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Making Sense of the World When the World Doesn’t Make Sense: Helping Kids and Teens Cope with Existential Anxiety

It goes without saying that 2020 has brought a lot of changes to life on this planet. It also goes without saying that anxiety and other mental health concerns are clearly exacerbated by all the tumult of this year. We expect that adults are grappling with the hard questions of finances, purpose, safety, freedom, life and death, but we often minimize the effects of these concerns on our children and teens. We often presume that they are simply frustrated about canceled soccer games and lonely birthday parties. We presume that the larger existential questions we adults are grappling with do not apply to them. This is a dangerous misconception.

It is crucial that we identify the existential questions plaguing many of our children and adolescents to aid them in addressing these difficult questions. During this workshop the presenter will discuss existential anxiety and depression, define factor contributing to it, identify populations most at risk, and learn and practice strategies to intervene effectively.

Learning Objectives:
+ Participants will be able to define existential depression and anxiety and identify traits that differentiate this type of mood dysregulation from others.
+ Participants will be able to identify populations of children and youth at higher risk for experiencing existential crises.
+ Participants will be able to identify at least 3 effective interventions to treat existential depression and anxiety.
+ Participants will be able to identify at least 3 strategies to aid with self-regulation while helping children and youth address existential questioning that providers may be experiencing themselves.

Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW

Level: Basic | For: Professionals and Parents | Ages Addressed: 5 – 18 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, November 3
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Huffing, Dusting, and Inhaling: Dangerous Forms of Substance Use

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), inhalant drug users between 12 and 18 years old remain users because inhalants are less expensive, easier to find and more difficult to detect than other illicit drugs. Unfortunately, there are dangerous medical and psychological side effects. This presentation will explore the consequences of huffing, dusting and inhalant use.

Learning Objectives:
+ Identify relationship and personality changes of teens abusing chemicals through huffing, dusting and inhaling common household products. 
+ Identify signs and symptoms that develop while under the influence of noxious compounds.
+ Increased understanding  of addiction behavior development with long term noxious  chemical abuse and dependence.

Carol Follingstad, PsyD, LP, Clinical Psychologist & Mary Sebas, MS, APRN, FNP, Nurse Practitioner – United Hospital District (UHD)

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents| Ages Addressed: 10 – 18 | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, November 16
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Evidence-Based Practices Addressing Comorbid Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents

During this webinar, current research 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 will 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, ABPP, Counseling Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist/Behavioral Health Administrator – Division of Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Economic Security, AZ

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents| Ages Addressed: 10 – 19 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, December 15
Time TBD

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.


Weaving Resilience, History and Trauma: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey Toward Alignment and Purpose

Join the presenter on her personal and professional journey of building an understanding of the impacts of trauma on biological, neurological, spiritual and social wellbeing. Ancient wisdom and new practices will be explored as a means of shifting from survival into thriving. This presentation will include experiential practices and personal reflections built in to deepen the learning.

Learning Objectives:
+ Explore historical trauma in Indigenous communities including concepts like epigenetics, intergenerational trauma and how they intersect.
+ Briefly overview the ACE study and findings.
+ Understand trauma’s impact on the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS): what happens when the stress response in the body is activated and the effects of extended activation.
+ Examine the neuroscience of trauma including impact on neural development, neural wiring and possible long term impacts, as well as the importance of attachment and attunement in childhood and beyond.
+ Explore strategies for building resilience and resetting the ANS: examine and practice mind-body tools that can help shift from surviving into thriving.

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

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents | Ages Addressed: Prenatal through the lifespan

Wednesday, December 16
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | $89 $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.