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Children’s Mental Health Training Series

Join us for our Training Series, featuring workshops on OCD and anxiety, supporting LGBTQ+ youth, suicide prevention, disability justice, cultural responsiveness and more. Workshops are updated regularly.

Not able to join us live? No problem. Each webinar 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 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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Key Warning Signs of Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Best Practices in Children and Youth

Webinar Complete  | 3 CEHs

Attendees will learn strategies, interventions, accommodations, and modifications to help students flourish emotionally and socially in school settings and in the community.

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Drafted to Serve: Supporting Unique, Diverse and Resilient Military Children

Webinar Complete | 3 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

Military families and children have unique circumstances involving mobility, separation and transitions. This interactive webinar will introduce participants to military family culture and provide strategies and resources to engage and support the mental health of military families and children.

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Dismantling Toxic Masculinity to Disrupt Sex Trafficking

Webinar | 3 CEHs

This workshop will provide a holistic view of the circumstances or vulnerabilities that may lead to harmful behaviors inclusive of trafficking, such as toxic masculinity, socioeconomic inequalities and institutionalized oppression.

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Suicide Prevention & Intervention in the Schools

Webinar | 2 CEHs

This presentation will cover suicide statistics, definitions, risk factors, warning signs, identification at school, effective and ineffective techniques, student referrals and confidentiality.

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After a Suicide Death: Hope & Healing

Webinar | 2 CEHs

This session will focus on the definition of suicide, some statistics, reasons people die by suicide, the experience of a survivor, religious views about suicide, and how to support suicide survivors

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Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Services for the Hmong Population

Webinar | 3 CEHs

This presentation will provide an experiential reflection into what culturally-responsive mental health services might look like, including specific elements of Hmong mental health for children and teenagers.

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Working with Challenging Parents

Webinar  | 3 CEHs

This workshop will give teachers the skills to communicate with parents in a confident manner that builds relationships. Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators and university instructors.

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Supporting Indigenous Children & Families: Understanding Risk & Resilience

Webinar  | 2 CEHs

This workshop will provide a broad overview of the Indigenous population in the U.S. with a focus on the historical, cultural and community factors that shape young children’s development.

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Breathe Well, Stress Less

Webinar  | 3 CEHs

In this workshop, participants will discover the power of the breath and why breathing is the cornerstone of stress management and self-regulation. We will explore breathing mechanics (the how), psychology of breathing (the why) and its impact on wellbeing.

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Healing for the Helpers

Webinar  | 2 CEHs

In this workshop participants will get an opportunity to process the impact of toxic stress (work related, professional, personal) and learn strategies for processing their own responses to stress.

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Drafted to Serve: Supporting Unique, Diverse and Resilient Military Children

Minnesota is home to nearly 20,000 National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty Military Service members representing all branches of the military, and over 30,000 military spouses and children. Military families and children have unique circumstances involving mobility, separation and transitions. However, military-connected children are particularly resilient, especially when provided with the right support and tools.

This interactive webinar will introduce participants to military family culture, including the unique strengths and needs of military-connected children. Strategies and resources to engage and support the mental health of military families and children will be discussed.

Sara Croymans, MEd, Extension Educator – University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development and Military Families Learning  Network Family Transitions team member & Cassandra Gomez, MA, LPC Senior Behavioral Therapist – Land O’ Lakes

Level: Basic | For: Therapists, social workers, educators, caregivers, community agency staff, clergy, and others that interact with and support military-connected youth | Ages Addressed: 5-18

Webinar Complete

3 CEHs | $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters
Sara Croymans is an Extension Educator in Family Resiliency with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development where she is committed to assisting individuals and families develop critical life skills. Sara provides leadership for the national Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Transitions team. In this role, she works with team members, the Department of Defense, and military family service providers to identify vital military family transition issues and collaborates to offer engagement and professional development learning opportunities. Sara is the spouse of a retired Army National Guard Veteran and together they have three adult children, two of which are Army National Guard soldiers. Sara has a master’s degree in education and has been with the University of Minnesota for 29 years.

Cassandra Gomez is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has thirteen years of experience working with individuals (ages 5 to 77), families, and couples on a wide range of mental health and behavioral issues including but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, attachment disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, grief, loss, life transitions, divorce, adoption, foster care, chronic pain, and premarital counseling. Since 2008 Cassandra has worked with Primary Behavioral Health Clinic providing counseling with individuals as well as administering neuropsychological testing. In 2012 she began working as a Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) working with military service members and families before and after deployments. Cassandra has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling and an undergraduate degree in elementary education.


Disrupting Toxic Masculinity to Dismantle Sex Trafficking

This workshop will provide a holistic view of the circumstances or vulnerabilities that may lead to harmful behaviors inclusive of trafficking, such as toxic masculinity, socioeconomic inequalities and institutionalized oppression. While anyone can engage in trafficking, this workshop is specifically focused on cis, heteronormative young men. By discussing the trafficker as someone needing prevention services we position ourselves to make systemic changes in support of all young people.

Stefania Agliano, LCSW, Co-Founder & Bryan Hall, LCSW, Co-Founder – I AM Training and Consultation LLC

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Ages Addressed: 13 – early 20s

Webinar Complete, Recording Only

3 CEHs | $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Stefania M. Agliano, LMSW is co-founder of I AM Training and Consultation Group LLC and has been a contributing member of efforts to eradicate trafficking inclusive of the development of various training curriculum, training hundreds of child welfare staff, law enforcement officers, probation officers and community providers on the local and national level.

Bryan Hall II, MSW H is the co-founder of I AM Training and Consultation Group LLC and has been instrumental in the development and facilitation of prevention programming aimed at educating participants on various topics inclusive of sexual exploitation designed for adolescents, young adults and families under the umbrella of I AM: The Empowerment Project.


Suicide Prevention & Intervention in the Schools

This presentation will cover suicide statistics, definitions, risk factors, warning signs, identification at school, effective and ineffective techniques, student referrals and confidentiality.

Dr. Jazlynn Paige, PhD, NCSP, School Psychologist, Founder – Paige Psychological Consulting

Level: Basic  | For: Teacher, Paraprofessionals, Special Education Teachers, Educators, School Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Parents | Ages Addressed: 5 – 18 (K-12th grade)

Friday, September 23
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST

2 CEHs |  $30 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants

About the Presenter

Dr. Jazlynn Paige is the founder of Paige Psychological Consulting and is a nationally certified licensed School Psychologist as well as a special education consultant for families, schools and organizations. She worked as a full-time school psychologist for 6 years before starting her own business in 2019. Jazlynn excelled in many positions including: School Psychologist, Homeless Liaison, Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, Paraprofessional Supervisor and Special Education Coordinator. Jazlynn has served on the MN Department of Education Special Education Advisory Panel and currently serves on the MN School Psychologists Association board. One of her specialties’ is youth and family homelessness as her dissertation focused on the intersection of academic success and homelessness with school-age children. Jazlynn loves building relationships with children and their families; she believes it is a prerequisite to the success of children during their academic journey.


After a Suicide Death: Hope & Healing

Grief after a suicide is complicated and is too often unsupported. This session will focus on the definition of suicide, some statistics, reasons people die by suicide, the experience of a survivor, religious views about suicide, and how to support suicide survivors.

Marc A. Markell, PhD, MS, CT, Professor  – St. Cloud State University & Instructor – Worsham College of Mortuary Science, University of St. Thomas, and Gyeongin National University of Education

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Parents, Psychologists, Social workers, Therapists | Ages Addressed: Children, Adolescents & Adults

Tuesday, September 27
9:00 – 11:00 am CST

2 CEHs |  $30 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Marc Markell is professor emeritus at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Special Education. He also teaches at Worsham College of Mortuary Science. In addition, Marc has volunteered with hospice for many years in bereavement. He teaches an online class for a university in Korea. He also teaches Our Whole Lives for K-1st and 4-5th graders and Death Education to 2nd and 3rd graders and 6th and 7th graders at Mayflower United Church of Christ.

Marc earned his PhD from University of Minnesota and Educational Psychology. He is a certified Professional Development Specialist through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He is a Certified Thanatologist through the Association of Death Educators and counseling and Certified in Death and Grief Studies from Colorado State University through the Center for Loss and Life Transition. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally. Marc has earned certifications from national funeral service professional organizations.


Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Services for the Hmong Population

This presentation will start with an experiential reflection into what culturally-responsive mental health services might look like. It will further address specific elements of Hmong mental health through a holistic lens, highlighting how this impacts Hmong children and teenagers. Difficult mental health topics, such as physical and sexual abuse, will be discussed. Practical tips for working with Hmong families will be provided.

Dr. Alyssa Kaying Vang, PsyD, LP, BC-TMH, Clinical Psychologist – Vanguard Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, LLC

Level: Intermediate | For: Individuals interested in Hmong mental health | Ages Addressed: All Ages | Clinical Content & Cultural Competency Included

Tuesday, October 4
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Dr. Alyssa Kaying Vang PsyD, LP, BC-TMH is considered a leader in the field of Hmong mental health.  She holds a Masters and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She currently is CEO and President of Vanguard Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, where she leads a team of bilingual mental health clinicians in providing culturally-responsive and linguistically-competent mental health services.  Dr. Vang has been treating individuals with a broad range of mental health disorders across the lifespan for over twenty years.  She has years of experience working with children and immigrant/refugee populations.  Dr. Vang is passionate about providing exemplary training programs focused on culturally-competent and clinically-grounded principles. She is often sought nationally as a consultant and a trainer on culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally-appropriate practices.  Dr. Vang has been featured in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Monitor on Psychology.  She co-authored the chapter “Neuropsychology of Hmong-Americans” in the book, “The Neuropsychology of Asian-Americans.”


Working with Challenging Parents

When teachers experience challenging situations with parents, their responses can become defensive, dismissive or divisive. This often causes situations to get worse. This workshop will give teachers the skills to communicate with parents in a confident manner that builds relationships. Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators and university instructors, this session will create a collaborative community between schools and parents to best help the child.

Jon Halpern, MA & Jeff Fink, MA – ChildSense

Level: Basic | For: Designed for general/special education teachers, administrators, and university instructors | Ages Addressed: K – 12th Grade

Tuesday, October 11
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Mr. Jon Halpern is a counselor for The Blake School, an independent school in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty member for Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Jon has spent 15 years as a classroom teacher in both public and private settings. For more than 25 years Jon has supported teachers and parents working on issues of managing children’s behavior, including time spent as a psychometrist and chemical health instructor.

Mr. Jeff Fink is a former faculty member in the school of education at Hamline University. Jeff was a public school teacher in St. Paul, MN for over 30 years. He served as a regular and special education teacher and is currently a behavioral consultant. He has been helping teachers with classroom management and parents with issues of discipline for more than 25 years. Fink is also the author of “Breaking the Cycle of Disruptive Behavior,” published in 2021.


Supporting Indigenous Children and Families: Understanding Risk and Resilience in Cultural, Community and Historical Context and Implications for Practice

This workshop will provide a broad overview of the Indigenous population in the U.S. with a focus on the historical, cultural and community factors that shape young children’s development. The workshop will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the risks to development that derive from historical and structural inequalities prevalent in many tribal communities as well as the sources of resilience that derive from the rich cultural beliefs, practices and extended family relationships that are also prevalent. This workshop is intended for participants with a range of experience working with Indigenous children and families, including participants who may have had little experience to date. Suggestions for practices that support Indigenous children and families will be shared, along with opportunities for discussion.

Susan Beaulieu, Independent Consultant – NDN Collective

Level: Basic | For: Participants with a range of experience working with Indigenous children and families, including participants who may have had little experience to date | Ages Addressed: Birth to Adulthood | Cultural Competency Included

Thursday, November 10
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST

2 CEHs | $30 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Susan is an Anishinaabe citizen of the Red Lake Nation and has been working with tribal communities over 14 years in a variety of capacities including project development, training, and facilitation. She previously served as the Director of Tribal Projects at Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC) where she developed and implemented the Tribal N.E.A.R. Sciences and Community Wisdom Project, and most recently worked for the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension Educator, providing resources and support to tribal nations and communities around the state on topics including trauma and toxic stress, ACEs, epigenetics neuroscience, resilience and healing. She is currently an independent consultant working with Indigenous communities and organizations to support healing and wellbeing. Susan 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. Susan was a 2016 Bush Leadership Fellow focused on understanding and generating healing and wellbeing at the individual and collective levels. She is a mother of 4 and resides with her family in central Minnesota.


Breathe Well, Stress Less

The breath. It is the first and last thing we use in this world, and it never leaves our side. 

It’s also either hurting or helping us at all times. In our fast-paced world, many people are over-breathing, mouth breathing, breathing too fast and sometimes flat out just breathing wrong. Research is evident on the importance of breath and its impact on physiology and biochemistry. Yet the breath is so often overlooked when it comes to our health.  

We breathe over 20,000 times a day, but most of us breathe in a way that increases stress and anxiety. Our nervous system hasn’t caught up to the modern world and is working overtime to protect us. The ability to influence your nervous system response is the root of breathwork. This presentation will first show you how to use the breath to modulate the nervous system, boost self-regulation and resilience, and then teach it to children. 

Breathing is an evidence-based, natural, cost-effective and drug-free alternative to modifying mood and emotional state — the only proven real-time tool to shift from stress to calm in minutes. The breathing and stress connection is why we need to start paying attention to HOW we breathe. We breathe automatically, but we also can breathe on purpose to reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus, enhance sleep quality and boost immunity.

In this workshop, participants will discover the power of the breath and why breathing is the cornerstone of stress management and self-regulation. We will explore breathing mechanics (the how) and psychology of breathing (the why) and its impact on wellbeing.

Don’t just breathe to survive; learn how to breathe to thrive!

Stephanie Esser, MAEd, RYT200, Level 2 BREATHE™ Coach, Founder/Owner & Breathing Coach – Balancing Elephants, Inc.

Level: Basic | For: Parents, teachers, therapists, and caregivers | Ages Addressed: 5+

Tuesday, December 6
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Stephanie Esser, MA.Ed., owner at Balancing Elephants, breathing coach, and creator of the BE Buddy®, a mindful tool to help kids breathe well to BE well.  

She is a certified functional breathing coach, providing evidence-based tools and methodologies to support students’ social and emotional learning and to enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing through breathwork and relaxation techniques. 

Breathwork is a proactive approach to mental health; with practice, kids will have this resource wherever they go. This lifelong modern-day skill will help kids manage stress, improve focus, boost performance and feel connected to themselves and others. 

If you want to change your thoughts, learn how to regulate your nervous system through breathwork. This is the lowest hanging fruit for self-regulation and is a skill that can be taught and practiced.

Stephanie follows a trauma-informed approach to teaching breathwork to parents, teachers, therapists, and children, both in-person & remotely (individual or group). Her approach is casual and fun and focuses on functional breathing biomechanics, biochemistry, and the psychological influences of breathing habits. 

 The breath is your superpower. Learn how to use it!


Healing for the Helpers

In this workshop participants will get an opportunity to process the impact of toxic stress (work related, professional, personal) and learn strategies for processing their own responses to stress.

Session participants will gain a better understanding of:

+ The types of stress
+ Learn strategies for managing stress in self and others
+ Recognize signs and symptoms of stress
+ Create a compassion care/self-care plan
+ Opportunity to assess their level of stress and potential burnout

Kamyala Howard, MSW, LCSW, President and Lead Consultant – WE’RE DIVINE LLC

Level: Basic | For: Professional and or caregivers working with: communities impacted by adversity, youth, parents and other caregivers. Mental health professionals, child development professionals, teachers/educators, any individual working within or exposed to a potentially stressful environmentals working directly with children and youth | Ages Addressed: Everyone

Tuesday, December 13
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. CST

2 CEHs | $30 (special fall rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Kamyala Howard (she, her, hers), MSW, LCSW, is the founder of WE’RE DIVINE professional development and consulting.

Ms. Howard is a licensed mental health practitioner certified in a range of evidence-based practices and training methodologies. She received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota with special emphasis on cultural studies, community relations, leadership development and direct clinical behavioral health.

 Ms. Howard has over 15+ years of leadership experience developing innovative strategies that challenge individuals to lean into the unknown areas of discussion and content that are often avoided, to cultivate transformation and growth.


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
  • MN Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy – 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 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.