Events | Trainings

Join us for our Fall Training Series, featuring webinars on anxiety, ADHD, trauma, OCD and more. All webinars will be recorded and available for registered attendees 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.

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

Read our Community Chat Guidelines for all webinar participants.


Kaleidoscope: Holding Space for Cultural Complexity in Mental Health Treatment WEBINAR COMPLETE – PURCHASE RECORDING

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Explore examples of the ways in which cultural awareness, identity and belonging promote healthy development, and recognize how oppressive experiences around identity can interfere with children’s mental health. Attendees will learn strategies to enhance strengths-based care.

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ADHD Update WEBINAR COMPLETE – PURCHASE RECORDING

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Learn about new natural and medical treatments including just-released information on the effects of ADHD on family members, including parents. Emphasis will be placed on practical information, application and extra time for clinical questions from participants.

Learn More | PURCHASE RECORDING


Beyond Diversity Training: Best Practices in the Development of Race Equity Action Plans WEBINAR COMPLETE – PURCHASE RECORDING

Webinar | 3 CEHs

In this workshop, participants will be guided through the process of developing a Race Equity Action Plan in their specific work settings using the lens of experienced panelists. Mental health impacts related to equity and inclusion will be discussed along with story-sharing of lived experiences.

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Bridging the Gap of Understanding Between Privilege and Poverty

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Learn tools to communicate effectively across differences and to work toward perception change. Through the lenses of self-awareness, compassion and curiosity, participants will share experiences and tools that can be used to better understand our different life experiences while facing our own privilege.

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Acceptance and Mindfulness Techniques for Anxious Youth

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

During this webinar, participants will learn how Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) differs from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; how to help youth “unhook” from unhelpful thinking; how to teach mindfulness skills and mindfulness-based meditation; and why strategies aimed at controlling anxiety often create more anxiety.

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Nurturing Young Children Impacted by Traumatic Stress

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

This workshop will focus on developing a shared understanding of early childhood experiences of stress and further explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and child.

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CDC vs OCD: Helping Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder During COVID-19

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This training will focus on specific techniques that clinicians and parents can use to help support children and adolescents with anxiety and OCD during trying times, with an emphasis on parenting, communication and clinical strategies designed to anchor anxious youth during periods of deep uncertainty.

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The purpose of this workshop is to identify components of culturally-responsive mental health practice with children and adolescents. Together, we will explore intersectionality and examples of how cultural awareness, identity and belonging promote healthy development, and how oppressive experiences around identity can interfere with children’s mental health. Attendees will learn practical strategies for inviting and integrating conversations around cultures and identity to enhance person-centered, strengths-based care of children and adolescents.

Danielle Vrieze, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor – University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Level: Intermediate | For: Therapists and other mental health providers | Ages Addressed: 5 – 18 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, October 26 – WEBINAR COMPLETE
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Webinar Recording Available | 3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants

About the Presenter

Danielle Vrieze is a licensed child and adolescent psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Vrieze attended Stanford University for undergrad and received her PhD at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. In her current faculty position, she balances direct clinical care of children and families, and teaching/supervision of advanced graduate psychology students. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents with histories of trauma, adversity, and disrupted attachments with caregivers. Dr. Vrieze is committed to providing culturally-responsive care to diverse patients and families including racially/ethnically diverse individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other historically marginalized groups.


For over 10 years, this lively and popular workshop has reviewed the most recent ADHD research. This year’s update will cover new natural and medical treatments, including just-released information on the effects of ADHD on family members and parents. Emphasis will be placed on practical information, application and extra time for clinical questions from participants.

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

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, November 11 – WEBINAR COMPLETE
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

Webinar Recording Available | 3 CEHs |  $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Gary Johnson founded and is the director of the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory (CALM) supporting complex attention and learning issues. He is a relentless advocate for careful, comprehensive and strength-based assessment. Clinic director for 31 years, performing more than 4,500 evaluations, Dr. Johnson also provides supervision and training to doctoral students. He partnered with Native American communities to help families improve understanding of cognition to advocate within both clinical and academic settings. He has been an enthusiastic presenter at MACMH conferences for twenty years.

Kotatee Tamba is a post-doctoral clinician at CALM where he administers and interprets neurocognitive tests and provides coaching to clients. He is an approved supervisor through the Minnesota Board of Social Work and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy. Kotatee has worked as a therapist for the past eight years.  He is dedicated to helping individuals and families attain baseline functioning by supporting emotional, relational, and developmental growth.


Beyond Diversity Training: Best Practices in the Development of Measurable and Sustainable Race Equity Action Plans

This session is a call to action. Participants will be guided through the process of developing a Race Equity Action Plan using the lens of experienced panelists. The workshop will include discussion of mental health impacts related to equity and inclusion, story-sharing of lived experiences, interactive engagement and best practices and resources to develop an Equity Action Plan within attendees’ work settings.

Jill Castle, Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner, Founder and Exec. Dir., The Lockstep Collaborative, Molly Heisenfelt Eller, MSW, LICSW, High School Social Worker – Community of Peace Academy & Crixell Shell, Assistant Executive Director, Peacebuilding Trainer, and Coming to the Table Racial Talking Circle Facilitator – Minnesota Peacebuilding Institute

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals

Wednesday, November 17 – WEBINAR COMPLETE
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Recording Available | 3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Jill Castle has 30 years experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the public sector.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Lockstep Collaborative, a Minneapolis organization focused on building strong and diverse community relationships and transforming intercultural insight into Action-Based Equity Plans with sustainable and measurable results. Jill skillfully leads individuals and organizations through the process of turning insight into action.

Molly Heisenfelt Eller has been a school social worker for 25 years. Molly is a dedicated ally and advocate for students, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment in which all teenagers can be seen, heard, understood and validated.  She is a member of the MN Department of Health Mental Well Being and Learning Community and collaborates with Mitchell Hamline School of Law ADR and Conflict Resolution Program. She is committed to equity-based education and building trusting relationships. Additionally, Molly is an Ambassador for Behavioral Health with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Hall of Fame Health Program.”

Crixell Shell is Assistant Executive Director at Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. She is a legal, technology and higher educational professional who holds a Master of Software Systems degree from the University of St. Thomas, a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Southern Illinois University, and is a Rule 114 Community Mediator. She graduated from the STAR Training in 2010 and has been passionate about sharing STAR with others since then. In 2013 she attended the STAR Level II Training at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the Restorative Justice 101 Training in 2014. She is a charter member of Peacebuilding’s Community Advisory Board. In June 2013 she become a Peacebuilding Associate Trainer. She facilitates the free monthly Minnesota Peacebuilding Film Series and Coming to the Table program.


The presenter of this workshop believes we are all one story away from understanding each other, but to understand each other effectively, we need tools to help us bridge our differences. This interactive training will encourage us to increase awareness of our differences, notice our tendencies and think outside the box. The presenter will guide attendees through activities focused on exploring how attitudes, outlooks and decisions can be affected by living in poverty. Acknowledging that poverty is more than being just poor, we will disarm the evocative word “privilege” by discussing how we can recognize our own advantages and explore the varied lived experiences of people in our communities. We will address strategies to handle courageous conversations about differences like race, white privilege, socioeconomic experiences and more. We will learn how to communicate effectively across those differences, so we can empathize with each other and work toward perception change.

Participants will walk away with simple tools on how to bridge the gap of understanding between their own life experience and how those may impact their outlook on the “choices” of others. Attendees will walk away with simple tools to use at work and in their personal lives.

Presented by Danielle Brady

Level: Basic | For: Anyone working with people experiencing poverty | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – Young Adults

Friday, December 3
9 a.m. –  12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Danielle Brady has been working with traditionally marginalized populations and children experiencing poverty for over 20 years in the non-profit sector. She worked at the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery for 18 years and now is the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at Open Arms of MN. During this time, she has also thoroughly enjoyed providing training on Bridging the Gap Between Privilege and Poverty, intercultural awareness, difficult conversations, communication across differences, anti-racism and trauma informed care to staff, volunteers and the community. Danielle has trained in the tri-state area on poverty, privilege, anti-racism, courageous and difficult conversations, communicating across difference, intent vs. impact, white saviorism and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) basics. In her career in non-profits and especially in volunteer engagement, she has found nearly everything is rooted in systematic inequities, so both the biggest challenge and the greatest reward, comes in bridging the gap of understanding between understanding your own privilege and the experiences of those less privileged. It is her passion to help people to better understand their own motivations, and more about people different than them by providing empathy and support with compassion while making an impact.  Danielle is trained as an instructor of yoga therapy and mindfulness; therefore, she brings a holistic approach to all her work. She is enthusiastic but down to earth and has a way of disarming the audience while talking about uncomfortable subjects. 


Acceptance and Mindfulness Techniques for Anxious Youth

In this presentation, participants will learn how to apply the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness strategies to their work with anxious youth. Participants will learn how ACT differs from CBT; how to help youth identify and “unhook” from unhelpful thinking; how to teach mindfulness skills and mindfulness-based meditation to youth; and why strategies aimed at controlling anxiety often create more anxiety, and what alternatives exist. Participants will learn how to foster willingness to move with anxiety toward what is important to the youth they serve.

Ann E. Layne, PhD, Licensed Psychologist – Anxiety Treatment Resources

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Elementary – High School | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, December 6
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Dr. Ann Layne is a licensed clinical psychologist at Anxiety Treatment Resources. Dr. Layne specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Layne received her doctorate from Oklahoma State University and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Program in Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the University of Minnesota. She served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the University before starting private practice in 2005.


Nurturing Young Children Impacted by Traumatic Stress: A Trauma Informed Approach

It takes a village! This workshop will focus on developing a shared understanding of early childhood experiences of stress and explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and child. The session will also highlight resilience and introduce trauma-informed principles that can be integrated into daily practice and work with families with young children. 

Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, IECMH-E®, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor – Clinical

For: Mental Health Providers | Ages Addressed: Infant – Early Childhood

Monday, December 13
8 – 11 a.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Aditi Subramaniam is a licensed mental health clinician and registered movement psychotherapist with more than 15 years of experience in the field of mental health, in India and Boston. She is a MassAIMH Endorsed® practitioner as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor- Clinical. She currently works at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) as the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership Manager leading a statewide partnership between MSPCC and the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) focused on enhancing and supporting the infant mental health workforce with the goal of improving access to services for children age birth – 6 and their families. She is a national trainer at the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital, for the Newborn Behavior Observation and at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center as a national Touchpoints trainer. She also serves as faculty at Jewish Family and Child Services in the Infant Parent Training Institute. Aditi presents on key topics including trauma informed care, infant and early childhood development, reflective supervision and practice, movement psychotherapy, building a culture of care, etc. Her experience includes dyadic early childhood work, family engagement, and working in systems to build capacity in early childhood mental health. She earned her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi, India. The principles and practices of social justice and the arts in psychotherapy are embedded in her everyday work and lens. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and five-year-old daughter and enjoys dancing, making art and is humbled in parenting and learning from the tiny wonders of childhood from her daughter.


CDC vs OCD: Helping Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This training will focus on specific techniques that clinicians and parents can use to help support children and adolescents with OCD and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence-based intervention for pediatric OCD will be discussed, as well as specific issues youth with OCD may face during our current public health crisis and the associated global uncertainty. Emphasis will be placed on how to adapt treatment and related supports to the challenges presented by the pandemic, as well as on unique intervention opportunities that may actually improve treatment outcomes. Specific topics will include how to manage risk and uncertainty in our environment during treatment, how to field difficult or “unanswerable” questions, the hidden costs of attempted reassurance about uncertain situations, and what caregivers, clinicians, and other caring adults can do to help all youth thrive amidst the unknown.

Kathryn Hecht, PhD, Licensed Psychologist – Anxiety Treatment Resources

Level: Basic | For: Mental Health Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Ages 2- 18 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, December 14
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Kathryn Hecht is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD and related issues in children, adolescents and young adults.   Dr. Hecht has expertise in the use of pediatric Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including extensive background in exposure-based therapy and exposure with response/ritual prevention (ERP).  Her research and training background focuses on developmental psychopathology, or how youth mental health issues develop over time in response to multiple biological and environmental factors. Dr. Hecht has lectured for and collaborated with school, hospital and community groups both locally and internationally on the best ways to support the mental health of youth experiencing anxiety and other stressors. She is a professional member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, and APA’s Society of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology. She currently sees families in private practice as a partner at Anxiety Treatment Resources.


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
  • 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 Board of Education
  • MN Nursing Board
  • MN Board of School Administrators
  • 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.


Online Community Chat Guidelines

We care about your mental health, and it’s important that our trainings provide a safe, respectful space for our participants and presenters to learn and engage with one another.

Thank you for following our online community chat guidelines and noting our process for addressing harmful comments.

Chat Guidelines

+ Be respectful: Use language that respects people of every culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, class, ability and background; avoid profanity and other language that could be offensive

+ Speak from your own experience: Use “I” statements as in “I feel,” “I think” and “I want”

+ Honor privacy: Do not share anyone else’s personal information and keep client information confidential

+ Think before you type: Remember that this webinar and chat thread are being recorded and will be posted online

Addressing Harmful Comments

If a webinar host deems a comment to be inappropriate, harmful or derogatory, the host will send a private message to the attendee. If the harmful comments continue, the attendee may be removed from the Chat function and possibly the webinar.