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Summer 2022 Training Series

Join us for our Summer Training Series, featuring workshops on OCD and anxiety, supporting LGBTQ+ youth, suicide prevention, disability justice, cultural responsiveness and more. Up to 28 CEHs are available.

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 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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Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Rural Communities and Small Towns

Webinar | 3 CEHs

Explore practical guidelines and strategies for helping professionals, teachers, parents and others to support LGBTQ+ youth and promote inclusive and safe rural communities.

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Diversity Made Simple: Shame-Free Multicultural Awareness Training for Helping Professionals

Webinar | 3 CEHs

This training will provide strategies to increase cultural responsiveness and reduce the negative impact of unavoidable cultural misunderstandings on professional rapport and effectiveness.

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Pandemic Life and Developmental Detours

Webinar | 3 CEHs | Infant & Early Childhood Focus

How has pandemic life affected development? How have children adapted to two years of unrelenting divergence from “typical” life? This presentation will provide a format to discuss developmental detours and how children, teens, and parents have been affected by these two very long years.

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Webinar  | 2 CEHs

Centering disability justice in the work that we do is critical to achieve liberation and freedom for all oppressed people. This information will provide a basic overview of disability justice through a Hmong cultural lens.

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The Current Climate: Disparities of Mental Health for Black and Brown Children into Adulthood

Webinar  | 2 CEHs

This webinar will take a look at the mental health disparities of black and brown children and families, how they can develop into life-long effects and what providers can do to make a difference.

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Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD/Anxiety

Webinar  | 6 CEHs

Explore optimal ways to conduct family sessions, how to have consistent family sessions, and how to support the family system in challenging accommodation while supporting the child to make gains in managing their OCD.

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Key Warning Signs of Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Best Practices in Children and Youth

Webinar  | 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 | 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.

Learn More | Register


Saving Our Boys to Save Our Girls

Webinar | 3 CEHs

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

Learn More | Register




Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Rural Communities and Small Towns

This presentation will highlight and discuss the unique experiences of rural LGBTQ+ youth. Utilizing a strengths perspective for both youth and rural communities, the presentation will provide participants with a holistic understanding of the experiences, needs and realities of LGBTQ+ youth growing up outside urban areas. Attendees will explore practical guidelines and strategies for helping professionals, teachers, parents and others to support LGBTQ+ youth and promote inclusive and safe rural communities.

Megan S. Paceley, PhD, MSW; Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare & Center for LGBTQ+ Research & Advocacy – University of Kansas

Level: Intermediate (basic knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities is helpful)  | For: Therapists, social workers, teachers, parents, community agencies | Ages Addressed: 12 -24 | Cultural Competency Included

Monday, June 13
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants

About the Presenter

Dr. Meg Paceley (they/she) is an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and the co-founder and co-leader of the Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy. Their social work practice and research experiences center the role of the community on the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth, with particularl attention to rural communities and small towns. They utilize a strength perspective for both LGBTQ+ youth and communities to promote ongoing social change and resilience.


Diversity Made Simple: Shame-Free Multicultural Awareness Training for Helping Professionals

Unintentional cultural offenses and misunderstandings often contribute to disconnected personal and professional relationships. Unfortunately, helping professionals often feel paralyzed by the fear that we don’t know enough about other cultures to try to effectively support those who are different from ourselves. This training will help reduce those fears by providing attainable goals to increase cultural responsiveness and reduce the negative impact of unavoidable cultural misunderstandings on professional rapport and effectiveness. This relationship-focused training will provide practical language and strategies that can help reduce tensions and perceived barriers, and help strengthen cross-cultural relationships.

Lambers Fisher, LMFT, MDiv, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor – Christian Heart Counseling

Level: Basic | For: Mental health professionals, educational professionals & parents/caregivers | Ages Addressed: Children, Adolescents & Adults | Cultural Competency Included

Friday, June 24
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

3 CEHs |  $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Lambers Fisher, MS, LMFT, MDiv is a national speaker, author, adjunct instructor, as well as a marriage and family therapist with 20 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds, in private practice, non-profit organization, as well as ministry environments. Lambers has developed this program for helping professionals in various fields to increase their cultural knowledge, self-awareness, and learn practical strategies so that they feel more comfortable, competent and confident in their ability to meet the needs of diverse clientele.


Pandemic Life & Developmental Detours

As professionals, we know that development is an ongoing process. It does not stop, no matter the circumstance. When confronted by sudden environmental changes, it takes detours that cause it to go in different directions. So how has pandemic life affected development? How have children adapted to two years of unrelenting divergence from “typical” life?” From very young children who were born into the pandemic to teens who are getting ready to launch, the pandemic has had profound developmental impacts. How do we think about this in regard to expectations in school and society? How do we help adults not blame or penalize children for their developmental detours? And what strengths have and will come out of it? This presentation will provide a format to discuss developmental detours and how children, teens, and parents have been affected by these two very long years.

Carol F. Siegel, PhD, LP, Clinical Psychologist, Instructor, UMN

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Therapists, social workers, teachers, parents/caregivers | Ages Addressed: Mostly Young Children but Some Inclusion of Older Kids

Thursday, June 30
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Carol F. Siegel, PhD, LP is a licensed clinical psychologist in Minneapolis, MN who sees parents and children in her private practice. Her primary clinical focus is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. This may include depression, stress, adoption, foster care, trauma, abuse or neglect. Dr. Siegel is a consultant to clinical and home-visiting programs around Minnesota and has been teaching in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Master’s and Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota since 2007.   She is endorsed by the Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor (Level IV).


Hmong Disability Justice

Centering disability justice in the work that we do is critical to achieve liberation and freedom for all oppressed people. Ableism, the oppression of people with disabilities, is prevalent and deeply rooted in all Minnesota institutions and systems.  This information will provide a basic overview of disability justice through a Hmong cultural lens. To achieve this, there are 4 parts to the presentation:

1. Belonging, Othering, and Radical Bridging: This section will set the tone to the ways being welcoming and inclusive can encourage a sense of belonging and prevent the othering of those who have different values and opinions from ourselves. It also provides an overview of what radical bridging is as a solution when belonging is not present. A brief interactive small group activity will be included.

2. Disability Justice:  This section will explore disability justice in depth, including what it is, the 10 principles that it is rooted in, and how it ties inextricably with belonging, othering, and radical bridging. Ableism will also be highlighted. Participants will take part in a short activity with the full group.

3. Disability – A Hmong Perspective: This section will tie in disability justice with Hmong culture and beliefs. The presenter will share a small part of her lived experience, go over the Hmong disability perspective, and challenge those antiquated tropes that continue to make disability a taboo subject.

4. How Can the Hmong Community Practice Disability Justice: The final section will provide tangible ways for the Hmong community to practice disability justice in their daily lives.  The presentation will conclude with ways to commit to being anti-ableist in all aspects of your life.

Mai Thor, 2021 Bush Fellow

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Caregivers| Ages Addressed: Mainly adults but can also apply to children and youth | Cultural Competency Included

Tuesday, July 12
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. CST

2 CEHs | $30 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

As a 2021 Bush Fellow, Mai seeks to develop a community informed disability justice framework to incorporate into social justice work and systems throughout Minnesota. As a person living with a disability and as a leader who has helped design more accessible and inclusive systems for people with disabilities, she sees that social justice movements often leave disability out of their efforts. Mai recognizes that to achieve true justice, the intersectionality of all oppressions must be addressed, and ableism must be eliminated. Mai has a Master’s in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Metropolitan State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg University.  She lives in Oak Park Heights, MN with her husband, two boys, and cat.


The Current Climate: Disparities of Mental Health for Black and Brown Children into Adulthood

Did you know that Black people are more often diagnosed with schizophrenia and less often diagnosed with mood disorders compared to white people with the same symptoms? This webinar will take a look at the mental health disparities of black and brown children and families, how they can develop into life-long effects and what providers can do to make a difference. This webinar will explore history and research, and provide time for attendees to reflect on their role within the mental health systems of today. Be prepared to discuss not only what you have experienced but also what you can do to combat these societal issues.

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

Level: Basic | For: Doctors, educators, therapists, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, counselors, teachers, parents/caregivers | Ages Addressed: Childhood to Adulthood | Cultural Competency Included

Tuesday, July 26
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST

2 CEHs | $30 (special summer 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 also served on the MN Department of Education Special Education Advisory Panel for 3 years. 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. 


Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD/Anxiety

Implementing trauma-informed practices is challenging; organizations and staff who work in trauma charged environments are This presentation will offer a brief review of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and will challenge participants to take their working knowledge and apply the intervention to specific case examples. Presenters will offer case conceptualizations for subtypes of OCD related to harm, scrupulosity and pedophilia. The training will highlight symptom accommodation in the home, specifically how to navigate accommodation related to reassurance, joining in a child’s OCD with them, and helping them to avoid their core fears. Presenters will discuss optimal ways to conduct family sessions, how to have consistent family sessions, and how to support the family system in challenging accommodation while supporting the child to make gains in managing their OCD.

Michelle Young, MS, LPC, LPCC, Clinical Supervisor; Maria Trenda, MSW, LICSW, Lead Therapist & Christine Jones, MA, LMFT, Therapist II, Adult OCD/Anxiety PHP – Roger’s Behavioral Health

Level: Intermediate | For: Therapists, social workers, mental health professionals/practitioners | Ages Addressed: 6-18

Monday, August 8
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST (1 hour lunch break)

6 CEHs | $90 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenters

Michelle Young (she, her, hers), MS, LPC, LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in MN and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in WI. She is an approved clinical supervisor in both WI and MN. She currently supervises staff in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at the Eden Prairie clinic, the Child and Adolescent OCD/Anxiety PHP and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in Eden Prairie clinic and St Paul clinics, and the Adult OCD/Anxiety IOP in Eden Prairie, MN. She offers group supervision to the family therapists from both locations as well. During graduate school, she was trained in CBT-E, an evidenced based treatment for eating disorders. Michelle is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Pediatric Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) which is an intensive training program in the assessment and treatment of OCD in children and adolescents using Exposure and Ritual Prevention and involves ongoing consultation with OCD experts in the field. Michelle strives to create a psychologically safe learning environment for her supervisees, enjoys jumping into direct patient care to model and teach, and is passionate about teaching and implementation of evidenced based practices both within the Rogers system and within the community.

Maria Trenda (she, her, hers), MSW, LICSW holds a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University. Maria has been working in the mental health field for over 5 years and specializes in working with adults struggling with PTSD/trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders & panic, eating disorders, grief & loss, relational difficulties, and other adjustment related concerns. She uses a variety of theories and techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, and Motivational Interviewing to achieve a client-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative therapeutic approach. Maria hopes to offer a safe and supportive environment to explore and work through the challenges that life brings. Maria currently serves as the Lead Therapist for Rogers at the Minneapolis clinic offering supervision and helping coordinate programs.

Christine Jones (she, her, hers), MA, LMFT attended the University of St. Thomas and earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a Family Therapy Concentration. She has been a licensed family therapist in MN since 2019. She has also received a BS in Psychology and a BA in Communication Studies from Iowa State University. Christine’s passion is to help people to realize their strengths and abilities through therapy to improve their quality of life. She has experience working with individuals ages 6-60, couples, and families in outpatient and intensive settings. With Rogers Behavioral Health her current focus is on OCD, anxiety, and depression. Currently, Christine is serving as a Partial Hospitalization Telehealth therapist for OCD treatment, piloting a complete telehealth program for greater Minnesota. Previously, she served as the Intensive Outpatient Family therapist for the child/adolescent OCD and depression programs at Rogers in St. Paul.


Key Warning Signs of Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Best Practices in Children and Youth

Key Warning Signs of Early Onset Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Best Practices meets the state requirements for educator relicensure. Attendees will learn strategies, interventions, accommodations, and modifications to help students flourish emotionally and socially in school settings and in the community. The presenter describes signs and symptoms of mental illness in children and youth, including developmental differences from infant and early childhood through transition age youth. Resources will be shared to help educators, families and other professionals connect children and youth with appropriate levels of care when needed. A comprehensive school wide toolkit for prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide will be discussed and shared with participants.

Deborah Cavitt, MS, Project Director – Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH)

Level: Basic | For: Educators, parents/caregivers, other professionals working directly with children and youth | Ages Addressed: Infant to Young Adult

Tuesday, August 16
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

3 CEHs | $45 (special summer rate)

Workshop information for registered webinar participants.

About the Presenter

Deborah Cavitt is an advocate, trainer, and project director for Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH). Deborah gives presentations and works on projects with schools, children, youth, parents, and professionals to increase understanding and reduce the stigma related to mental health disorders. As a parent coach and advocate, she helps families navigate systems on their journey of raising a child with mental health challenges. Deborah has a master’s degree in human services with specializations in mental health and substance use counseling and a bachelor’s degree in education. Before joining MACMH, she worked as a prevention specialist and grant coordinator for a substance abuse treatment agency in Iowa City. Preceding her mental health and substance use prevention work, she was a teacher for over twenty years, working on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota.


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, Anita Harris Hering, MA, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development, and Military Families Learning  Network Family Transitions program coordinator & 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

Monday, August 22
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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.

Anita Harris Hering has been an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension for sixteen years; with extensive experience working with youth, adults, volunteers, educators, community partnerships, service members, their families, and veterans. Anita serves as the program coordinator for the national Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Transitions concentration area. In this role, she facilitates engagement and professional development learning opportunities for military family service providers. Since 2007 Anita has been involved with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) efforts in the St. Cloud area and has also served as a volunteer Chairperson of the Central MN Warrior to Citizen Regional BTYR, which serves nine cities. The BTYR is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services, and resources. Anita holds a Master of Administration and Educational Leadership degree.

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.


Saving Our Boys to Save Our Girls

This workshop will provide a holistic view of the circumstances or vulnerabilities that may lead young men to engage in criminal behaviors inclusive of trafficking, such as toxic masculinity, socioeconomic inequalities and institutionalized oppression. By discussing the trafficker as someone needing prevention services we position ourselves to make systemic changes for young men and to potentially save our girls.

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

Monday, August 29
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

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.


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.