Events | Trainings

September 29 – December 16 | Earn up to 26 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. For access to the recordings, please register prior to each webinar.

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.

Explore continuing education (CEH) details for our Training Series.


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

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE
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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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.

About the Presenter

Dr. Lani Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist and early intervention provider in the state of Indiana, where she is currently in private practice. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disabilities in addition to challenging behaviors, feeding difficulties, and mood disorders. She is the founder and facilitator of the online community, EatPlayThrive, which provides parents and professionals a space to address feeding difficulties and early childhood development. Most recently, Dr. Jones worked at the Riley Child Development Center where she served as part of an interdisciplinary team in addition to providing psychological supports to specialized teams such as Feeding, International Adoption, and Down syndrome. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents from the University of Indianapolis.Dr. Jones completed her predoctoral internship at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her postdoctoral fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children.


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

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 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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.

Presented by 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.

About the Presenter

Heather is the founding director of Boorman Counseling in Western Wisconsin.  She specializes as a trauma therapist and is a nationally recognized provider, speaker and advocate for neurodiverse children and adults. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook and writes & podcasts at The Fringy Bit, to provide real support to parents who love a differently-wired child.


Huffing, Dusting, and Inhaling: Dangerous Forms of Substance Use – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

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)

About the Presenters
Carol Follingstad is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children and adults. She has spent her professional career learning how to navigate through trauma and help individuals take control of their own lives so they can be more productive. Dr. Follingstad also spent time in a substance abuse facility, helping teens and adults understand addiction and learn new ways to cope with their depression and anxiety.
 
Mary Sebas is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse- Family Nurse Practitioner who has worked for four decades of primary care practice and education, including inner city clinics, homeless shelters in New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis to rural Minnesota critical access hospital /clinic systems. Ms. Sebas has had clinic appointments teaching advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and primary care medical students and residents. Dual diagnosis chemical dependency and mental health care and treatment is a particular area of interest.

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
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

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

Dr. Donohue is a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in working with individuals with developmental disabilities and 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 including personality disorders. Dr. Donohue takes a trauma-informed approach to assessment and treatment with a focus on serving the whole person. She has done several research projects regarding the importance of counselor self-efficacy and the impact on treatment outcomes.


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.

About the Presenter

Susan Beaulieu is Anishinaabe from the Red Lake Nation and has been working with tribal communities over 14 years in a variety of capacities including project development and implementation, youth and adult program education, and facilitation. She served as the Director of Tribal Projects at Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) for 3 years where she developed and implemented the Tribal N.E.A.R. Sciences and Community Wisdom Project. Susan is currently working for the University of Minnesota Extension as a Tribal Community Facilitator to provide resources and support to tribal communities to address root causes and impacts of the opioid epidemic. She is pursuing her PhD in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy and received her Master’s in Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute in 2007. Susan was a 2016 Bush Leadership Fellow focused on learning about and generating healing and wellbeing at the individual and collective levels. She is a mother of 4 and resides with her family in the Brainerd lakes area.


CEHs

Our Training Series is designed to meet continuing education requirements for many disciplines. The following boards have provided CEH approval:
+ MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (LPC, LPCC, LADC)
+ MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy (Ethics hours approved are as follows: September 29 – 1 hour; October 8 – 3 hours; October 13 – 1 hour; October 20 – 1 hour)
+ MN Board of Social Work
+ MN Board of Psychology 

The following boards do not require pre-approved CEHs. CEHs should be approved upon independent submission to your board:
+ MN Board of Education
+ MN Nursing Board
+ ND Board of Social Work

Professionals in other related disciplines, as well as those working outside of Minnesota, can submit CEH certificates to their corresponding boards for independent approval.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered training attendees. Boards may request attendance records at any time. We will track who watched the recording as a live webinar and also for those who watch the recording within 30 days of the live webinar event.