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Join us for our Summer Training Series, featuring webinars on grief, substance use, mindfulness, the importance of play, early childhood trauma 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 summer webinars are being offered at half their normal rate: $15 per CEH.

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

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Watch the Recording: Music’s Impact on Children’s Social Emotional & Executive Functioning Development – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Webinar | 3 CEHs |
Infant & Early Childhood Focus

Musical activities naturally provide avenues to build young children’s social emotional and executive functioning skills. Learn how to add music to your day to build these important skills in your youngest learners.

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Watch the Recording: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Redefining
Pain – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Self-injury can manifest in numerous ways, and the reasons people engage in it are many. To offer help and hope, we need to understand the unique thinking behind the behavior. During this webinar, attendees will explore how to process their own discomfort around discussing self-injury, learn to integrate assessment and develop plans that promote success and wellness.

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Watch the Recording: Grief Comes to School – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Young people are often confused when someone they love dies. While parents and teachers believe children should discuss loss experiences, many adults feel they are unprepared to help grieving children. This workshop will explore options for supporting students who are grieving.

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The Importance of Play During
Difficult Times – WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Webinar | 2 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

In this presentation the presenter will discuss the benefits of play for infant, child and adolescent wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Attendees will explore the benefits of risky play, or play that elicits physical and emotional responses, as a way to cope with difficult circumstances.

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Early Childhood Trauma: Strategies to Support Families

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

Childhood trauma is something that affects many homes and learning environments around the country. The presenter will examine how to identify behaviors of children who may be experiencing trauma and explore strategies for social-emotional growth.

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Changing the Narrative on Mental Health & Suicide

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Talking about mental health and suicide brings up different feelings, beliefs and attitudes for everyone. Workshop attendees will discuss ways we can change the narrative around mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

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Supporting &
Inspiring Gen Z: Substance Use
Education & Prevention

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This workshop will explore the latest substance use trends and provide evidence-informed approaches to supporting Generation Z. Attendees will receive practical tools and resources for supporting youth in building a sense of safety, trust, control and self-esteem.

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Safe to Engage: Maximizing
Readiness for Learning/ Therapy with MoveMindfully® Practices

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This webinar will explore how to use simple mind-body practices to foster a sense of safety so that children and youth are ready to engage in active learning/cognitive therapy during one-to-one or group time. Participants will create a toolkit to assist their clients/students in discovering strategies to maximize their listening, learning and leading potential.

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Working Across Bias

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

This workshop will examine the biological and sociological origins of bias, as well as the systems and institutions that perpetuate both bias and disparate policies that are based on these biases. Participants will develop an action plan to continue the conversation and incorporate strategies into their personal and professional lives.

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Mindfulness In
Education: Building Skills to Support Social & Emotional Learning

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs

Mindfulness and social and emotional learning provide students with tools to be able to better recognize, regulate and navigate their emotions and behavior. This webinar will provide strategies for building skills to support social and emotional learning.

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Multidisciplinary Grounding of
Infant Mental Health in Early Intervention

Live Webinar | 3 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

As professionals, we often stay in our practice silos and may not consider the implications of all areas of infant development on the parent-infant relationship. This webinar will focus on motor and cognitive development as they impact social emotional development.

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WORKSHOP COMPLETE – Register to watch the recording – Musical activities naturally provide avenues to build young children’s social emotional and executive functioning skills. These are vital life skills. Learn how to add music to your day to build these important skills in your youngest learners.

Dianna Babcock, MA & Jane Tate, MT-BC, Director of Sing Play Learn – MacPhail Center for Music

Level: Basic | For: Caregivers, county child protection workers, case managers, social workers, educators and others working in schools | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – Age 6

Monday, July 12 – WORKSHOP COMPLETE
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Dianna Babcock, Director of Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® & Instructor has worked in the Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® department since 1990. For 25 plus years, she has been an early childhood educator and teacher in the Twin Cities area in various settings, including preschools, daycare centers and of course at MacPhail. Dianna has a Bachelor of Arts in music and psychology from Monmouth College and the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in child psychology, and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education with a Pre-K licensure from the University of Minnesota.  She frequently conducts early childhood music workshops at conferences and early learning programs throughout the Midwest. As a teacher, Dianna’s goal is to make sure each individual child is engaged and learning. Providing learning through the media of music, Dianna says, enhances brain development, promoting social, emotional, cognitive, language, creative and physical development.

Jane Tate, MT-BC, has been teaching in the Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® program since 2016. Jane has a passion in working with the entire lifespan, from babies to elders, forming therapeutic and non therapeutic relationships through music. Jane holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Saint Thomas in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Jane completed a music therapy Master’s from Augsburg University.


WORKSHOP COMPLETE- Register to watch the recording – One of the more challenging behaviors we can encounter in therapy is self-injury, which can manifest in numerous ways – including cutting, burning and picking. The reasons are many – and to offer help and hope we really need to understand the unique thinking behind the behavior. Some hurt physically because it hurts less than the emotional pain they are in. Some are addicted to the rush they get from the endorphins they receive. Although concerns for suicidal intentions need to be present, the research indicates that if self-injurious behavior works to provide relief, it is actually a protective factor. 

There are several tools available to help us in the assessment process and to ease into the uncomfortable discussion. During this webinar, attendees will explore how to process their own discomfort, learn to integrate assessment into a conversation and develop plans with those in their care that promote success and wellness, and minimize the focus on liability.

Christy Alten-Osmera, MS, NCC, LPC-MH, LAC, QMHP, Adolescent Unit Program Director – Keystone Treatment Center

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Age 6 – Early 20s | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, July 14
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Christy has worked 26 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She is the current program director for the adolescent unit. She is a licensed mental health therapist and licensed addiction counselor.


WORKSHOP COMPLETE- Register to watch the recording – The death of a loved one is difficult no matter what your age. Young people are often confused when someone they love dies. Parents and teachers believe children should discuss grief and loss experiences; however, many adults feel they are unprepared to help grieving children and many teacher training programs do not address this. This workshop will explore options for supporting grieving students.

Kathryn Markell, PhD, Professor – Anoka Ramsey Community College & Marc A. Markell, PhD, CT, Professor – St. Cloud State Univ.

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Pre-K – Early 20s | Includes Clinical Content

Monday, July 19
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Kathryn Markell teaches Death and Dying in the Psychology Department of Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. She is the co-author of the book: The Children Who Lived: Using Harry Potter and Other Fictional Characters to Help Grieving Children and Adolescents. 

Marc A. Markell teaches at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Special Education and at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Marc earned his PhD from University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology. He is a certified Professional Development Specialist, and certified Thanatologist.  


WORKSHOP COMPLETE – Register to watch the recording – In this presentation, the presenter will discuss the benefits of play for the mental health and well-being of infants, children and adolescents during times of uncertainty (ie. pandemic, post-pandemic). Participants will also explore the benefits of risky play, or play that elicits physical and emotional responses, as a way to cope with difficult circumstances. 

Heather Von Bank, PhD

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Birth – Adolescence

Wednesday, July 21
9 a.m. –  11 a.m. CST

Live Webinar | 2 CEHs | $60 $30 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Dr. Heather Von Bank is a Professor in the Department of Family Consumer Science at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  She teaches courses in Child Development and Family Studies and also serves the department chairperson. She has presented about and promoted the power of play to support children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development at conferences and workshops. 


This webinar will explore childhood trauma, something that affects many homes and learning environments around the country. Using a clear working definition of childhood trauma, the presenter will examine how to identify behaviors of children who may be experiencing trauma and explore practical strategies that encourage positive interactions with students that lead to their social-emotional growth and development. 

Tiffany Grant, BS, Business Development Specialist/Early childhood Trainer and Coach

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – Age 6

Monday, July 26
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Tiffany Grant is a Consultant, Trainer, Advocate and Coach. She co-founded a family child care program for Excell Academy Charter School in Brooklyn Park, MN. She has enjoyed serving in many capacities in the Early Childhood field for a little over 14 years. She has served as Child Care Floater, Child Care Teacher, Pre-K Assistant, Pre-K Teacher, a Trainer through Develop, and now a /Early Childhood Compliance Coordinator and business development specialist at First Children’s Finance. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Metropolitan State University.


Talking about mental health and suicide brings up different feelings, beliefs and attitudes for everyone. Attend this session to start having the conversation about how we can change the narrative around mental health promotion and suicide prevention. 

Learning Objectives:

+ Understand the importance of language when talking about mental health and suicide.​
+ Become empowered to have healthy conversations around mental health and suicide.​
+ Identify the risk and protective factors associated with individuals at risk.  ​
+ Recognize the signs for people at risk. ​
+ Explore what to do when you identify someone who is in distress or suicidal.

Kelly Felton, Suicide Prevention Coordinator – MN Department of Health

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals and Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Age 13 – Early 20s

Monday, August 2
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Kelly Felton enjoys empowering people, organizations and communities interested in ensuring that all individuals have what they need to thrive. She currently is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. Ms. Felton started in the prevention field in 2008 as a Coalition Coordinator, and then became a Regional Prevention Coordinator under the supervision of the MN Department of Human Services; where she provided training and technical assistance to communities working on substance abuse prevention.


This workshop will explore the latest substance use trends and provide evidence-informed approaches to supporting Generation Z. Attendees will receive practical tools and resources for supporting youth in building a sense of safety, trust, control and self-esteem. Topics covered will include trauma-informed care, replacement behaviors and effective prevention as it relates to youth substance use and overall health.

Learning Objectives:

+ Identify current youth drug trends and associate beliefs relating to substance use
+ Recognize risk and protective factors relating to youth substance use, including poor mental health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 
+ Understand the benefits of providing individualized and culturally specific solutions for substance use prevention in youth

Rolando Ruiz, PRSS, Youth Prevention Advocate – Know the Truth Prevention Program, Jeff Jensen, Center Director – Lakeside Academy & Maddy Reagan, CPRS, Youth Peer Support Specialist – Know the Truth Prevention Program

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: Ages 12- 18 | Includes Clinical Content

Wednesday, August 4
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Rolando “Roe” Ruiz is a Youth Prevention Advocate for the Know the Truth™ Prevention Program. In this position, Roe provides prevention education through evidence-informed curriculum and a peer to peer approach. He presents in school health classrooms across Minnesota both virtually and in-person. Roe shares his personal experience and consequences that came from youth substance use in an effort to change student’s attitudes. He graduated from Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s Long-Term Program in Spring 2021.


Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory both highlight the necessity of establishing a feeling of safety before we can get out of our brain/body’s stress response and engage in successful therapeutic and educational endeavors. The presenters will explore how to use simple mind-body practices to foster a sense of safety so that children and youth are ready to engage in active learning and/or cognitive therapy during one-to-one or group time. Participants will leave this session with essential practices to regulate their own nervous system so that they can provide a safe environment for the children and youth they serve. Participants will also create a simple toolkit to assist their clients/students to discover their own go-to BREATHE-MOVE-REST strategies to maximize their listening, learning and leading potential.

Learning Objectives:

+ Create a toolkit of mind-body practices for self-regulation/co-regulation to promote an environment of safety.
+ Describe the role of the vagus nerve in the brain/body stress response and identify simple practices to activate the ventral vagus nerve to establish feelings of safety
+ Assess how adults/children/youth are responding to the educational/therapeutic environment and select appropriate mind-body practices to create a sense of safety

Kathy Flaminio, MSW, LGSW, E-RYT, Founder and CEO MoveMindfully® – 1000 Petals, LLC & Chrissy Mignogna, E-RYT, Lead Trainer and Director of Education

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

Monday, August 9
9 a.m. –  12 a.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Kathy Flaminio is the CEO/founder of MoveMindfully. She has twenty plus years of experience as a social worker in regular, special education and therapeutic settings. Flaminio has guided over 50,000 professionals in trauma responsive movement, mindfulness, and social/emotional skills strategies for use in classrooms, hospitals, home care and therapeutic settings. She has been a frequent contributor to MACMH’s training sessions and conferences. 

Chrissy Mignogna is Lead Trainer and Director of Education for MoveMindfully, a trauma-responsive wellness organization that brings the science of mindfulness and movement into practice. Chrissy works extensively in adult and adolescent crisis mental health settings, sharing simple mindfulness, breathing, and movement practices for self-regulation. In addition to in-patient/outpatient sites, Mignogna also brings these important skills to Juvenile Services.


Implicit Bias has once again been thrust to the forefront of mainstream consciousness in the United States and around the world. Though under-represented and historically oppressed communities have long understood the impacts of bias, the conversation has for the first time influenced even the presidential election in the U.S. Spurred by renewed focus on police violence toward communities of color and disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, the importance of understanding and confronting implicit bias is brought into ever sharper relief. 

This workshop will explore the biological and sociological origins of bias, as well as the systems and institutions that perpetuate both bias and disparate policies that are based on these biases. Participants will be invited to explore and discuss their own experience learning and enacting bias, and will develop a personal action plan to continue the conversation in their personal and professional lives. 

Learning Objectives:

+ Participants will be able to describe the presence and potential impacts of implicit bias using a provided article as an example
+ Participants will be able to develop an action plan to confront bias in their own personal and professional lives.
+ Participants will be able to describe several examples of bias across multiple disciplines.

Ed Morales, MSW, MPP, LICSW, Dir. – Socorro Consulting

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers | Ages Addressed: All Ages | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, August 19
12: 30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Ed Morales is a trainer and social worker based in Minneapolis. In addition to being an adoptive and step parent and a husband, Ed is a full-time staff trainer with the Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy; a social worker with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; serves as Community Faculty with the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work; sits on the Minnesota Children’s Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health; and provides training, clinical supervision and professional development through his company, Socorro Consulting.


When students are aware of their emotions they are better able to regulate them. Mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL) instruction gives them tools so they are better able to recognize, regulate and navigate their emotions and behavior. It can also help students develop more empathy and compassion for their peers, enabling them to resolve conflicts more constructively. This webinar will provide strategies for building skills to support social and emotional learning.

Heidi Woods, OT, Certified Mindfulness Educator, Children’s Yoga Teacher, Director of Training and Education – Mindful You-Mindful Me

Level: Basic | For: Caregivers and those working in the school system such as educators, school social workers, psychologists and counselors | Ages Addressed: Age 6 – 12

Monday, August 23
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Heidi Woods is an Occupational Therapist, 2013 Bush Leadership Fellow, TEDx speaker, Children’s Yoga Teacher, Certified Mindfulness Educator, and Author. She is the founder of Mindful You-Mindful Me, a consulting practice dedicated to teaching mindfulness to educators and children to help them build inner-strength, resiliency, manage stress, and develop social and emotional literacy. She believes this work will begin to transform our classrooms, boardrooms, and communities into more inclusive and cooperative spaces


Several key developmental theories and concepts, such as embodied cognition and action-perception theories, are important in understanding the infant and the parent infant relationship. However, as professionals, we tend to stay in our practice silos and may not consider the implications of all areas of infant development on the parent-infant relationship. This webinar will focus on motor and cognitive development as they impact social emotional development.

Corri Stuyvenberg, PT, DPT, MA, Infant Mental Health Specialist (IMH-E®), Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy (PCS)

Level: Basic | For: Caregivers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Counselors, Health Care Professionals | Ages Addressed: Prenatal – Age 6 | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, August 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

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

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Corri Stuyvenberg is a Rehabilitation Science PhD student with a Minor in Developmental Psychology. Corri’s current research interests focus on the impact of parent-infant relationships in the NICU and in the transition from the NICU to early intervention services on developmental outcomes for infants and their primary caregivers. Corri applies her knowledge gained over 20+ years of experience as a pediatric physical therapy clinician to teaching Doctor of Physical Therapy students as an instructor of PT6288 Pediatric Rehabilitation and PT6401 Pediatrics Elective in the Division of Physical Therapy, Medical School, at the University of Minnesota.


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
+ MN Board of School Administrators

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.


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.