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Calendar of upcoming trainings

Jan
11
Mon
Clinical & Generalist Supervision within the Agency Context: Addressing Role Conflicts
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clinical & Generalist Supervision within the Agency Context: Addressing Role Conflicts @ Maple Grove Community Center  | Maple Grove | Minnesota | United States

The practice of clinical and generalist supervision is altered and affected when it occurs in an agency setting. Supervisor/supervisee relationships change from collegial to more hierarchical, therapeutic discussions, and decisions are influenced by potential fiscal ramifications. In addition, various other supervisory duties erode the time set aside for supervision on clinical issues. Clinical and generalist supervisors are left feeling conflicted, knowing they need to both attend to administrative duties and also support clients and staff with clinical issues. This interactive workshop offers participants the opportunity to reflect on practicing clinical and generalist supervision while also attending to administrative tasks. The workshop begins with a didactic review of the research on organizational culture & identify, role conflict in agency-based clinical supervision, and approaches to addressing these challenges. It concludes with discussion and activities on how attendees will apply these concepts to their supervisory practice.

Sarah Ferguson, PhD, LISW, MSW & BSW Program Director and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas

Level: All | For: Professionals | Meets Social Work Supervision Licensure Requirements

Jan
20
Wed
Working Together in the Best Interest of Young Children and their Families: The Art and Science of Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Working Together in the Best Interest of Young Children and their Families: The Art and Science of Interdisciplinary Collaboration @ Woodbury Central Park | Woodbury | Minnesota | United States

Advances in our understanding of the developing brain inform us that working with young children and their families is relationship-based work, no matter what our discipline. Disciplines involved in this work include early care and education, early intervention, mental and physical health, child welfare, early childhood/family education and home visiting.  However, in day-to-day practice there can be significant challenges to collaborating across disciplines and agencies. This workshop will offer practical strategies for knowing our own scope of practice, when and how to invite other professionals onto the ‘team’, and ways to optimize a working alliance with others in the best interest of young children and their parents.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will understand the unique role of their own discipline in promoting the mental health of children, prenatal to five, their parents and caregivers.
  • Participants will understand the role of other disciplines in promoting infant and early childhood mental health and strategies for optimizing a working alliance in the best interest of young children and families.

Jane Ellison, LMFT, IMH-E®(IV),  Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

Level: Introductory | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content | Early Childhood Focus

Jan
28
Thu
Communication-Based Strategies for Self-Regulation
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Communication-Based Strategies for Self-Regulation @ Mount Zion Temple | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Self-regulation is the ability to remember and connect information, problem solve, control impulses, delay gratification, and be persistent—and it is critical to successful functioning in today’s world. Language makes a number of unique contributions to the development of self-regulation. This workshops provides communication-based strategies that help to develop self-regulation for students with language impairment, emotional/behavioral difficulties, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, and those who have been traumatized or maltreated. The presenter combines her clinical expertise as a speech and language pathologist with her own research and the research of others to provide evidence-based techniques that can be implemented across a variety of ages and settings. Strategies increase self-awareness, provide verbal alternatives to acting out or withdrawing, build emotional literacy, and offer a verbal framework to plan, execute, and evaluate assignments and projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common factors that promote or hinder the development of language and self-regulation.
  • Describe the unique contributions that language makes to the development of self-regulation.
  • Incorporate internal state words, personal narratives, and language scaffolds into work with children and adolescents to increase self-regulation.
  • Employ language-based strategies to promote organization and staying on task.

Christine A. Wing, CCC, SLP, PhD, Sole Proprietor: I’ve Got Two Wings

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals and Parents | Includes Clinical Content

Feb
2
Tue
Somatic Interventions in Childhood Trauma, Grief and Loss
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Somatic Interventions in Childhood Trauma, Grief and Loss @ Mounds View Community Center | Mounds View | Minnesota | United States

Understanding how children’s brains and bodies are effected by trauma, grief and loss is essential to living and working with children who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Trauma is subjective to the individual, it is experienced in varying degrees of severity, and it can often occur pre-verbally. Similarly, grief can be triggered by a variety of losses, including loss of a parent through divorce or incarceration. This workshop will foster a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and loss on children and teens from a somatic perspective.

Because children process most of their experiences somatically and emotionally while they are developing cognitively, more than half the workshop will be spent on experiential incorporation of somatic practices. Tying together the traumatic instinct of fight-flight-freeze-numb, participants will learn how to help children and teens understand and heal their Angry Body, Scared Body, Sad Body or Lonely Body. Additionally, participants will engage in and plan for somatic interventions needed to work through secondary trauma experiences. This is a hands-on workshop; dress comfortably.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and learn how to help children understand the effects of trauma on the brain and body.
  • Identify the themes of somaticized trauma in children.
  • Practice somatic interventions used with traumatized children and adolescents.
  • Integrate and practice self-care interventions when working with traumatized children and adolescents.

Coral Popowitz, MSW, LGSW, CT, Monarch Counseling Service and Children’s Grief Connection

Level: Introductory to Intermediate | For: Professionals and Parents | Includes Clinical Content

Feb
9
Tue
Ethical Practice: Back to Basics in a Complex World
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Ethical Practice: Back to Basics in a Complex World @ Eagan Community Center | Eagan | Minnesota | United States

This workshop will revisit Strom-Gottfried’s Six-Question Model for ethical decision making in the context of current practice dilemmas. In the complexities of 21st century practice, with overwhelming amounts of data and a myriad of electronic and social media communication modes, practitioners find themselves seeking a way to ground their work. By revisiting Strom-Gottfried’s decision-making framework in this practice context, participants will explore options for implementing a grounding process. Participants are encouraged to bring a one-paragraph description of an ethical dilemma that can be addressed in a process of “testing” the decision-making model.

Carol F. Kuechler, MSW, PhD, LISW, Professor, DSW Program Director, Co-Director, Supervision Institute, School of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

Level: All | For: Professionals | Meets Social Work Ethics CE Requirements

Feb
22
Mon
Don’t Tell Me To Calm Down! Applying Mind-Body Interventions Through The Lens of Trauma
Feb 22 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Don’t Tell Me To Calm Down! Applying Mind-Body Interventions Through The Lens of Trauma @ Shoreview Community Center | Shoreview | Minnesota | United States

Mind-body interventions are not just about being “quiet.” They help us be in the present moment to better tune in and respond to the physiological needs of our clients. In this workshop, participants will explore critical components needed to soothe the central nervous systems of children experiencing a post-traumatic stress response. Attendees will practice assessment skills designed to help them attune to where a child is activated within the arousal-relaxation cycle. Learn hands-on strategies for calming, mobilization, releasing and transitioning, and leave feeling inspired, centered and hopeful! This workshop complements 2015’s “Moving Mountains” workshop by the same presenters and builds upon those concepts. Previous attendees and new participants will benefit from this workshop.

Marit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, Psychotherapist and Consultant – Private Practice & Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, E-RYT 200, Owner – 1000 Petals, LLC

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals and Parents | Includes Clinical Content

Mar
2
Wed
The Effects of Trauma on Young Children: Strategies for Support
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Effects of Trauma on Young Children: Strategies for Support @ Dakota Lodge | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This workshop is intended for multidisciplinary practitioners working with young children and families. The impact of stress and trauma on the development and well-being of young children, and their families and caregivers will be reviewed. It will include an emphasis on strategies for supporting young children and their families, including how to talk about trauma and use a ‘trauma lens’ to understand and respond to children’s behavior from a stress/trauma vs. behavioral perspective.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the definition and impact of trauma on young children, their families and caregivers.
  • Participants will understand the use of a ‘trauma lens’ to understand and respond to young children and their families.
  • Participants will understand strategies for supporting young children’s development in the context of trauma.

Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Level: Introductory | For: Professionals and Parents | Includes Clinical Content | Early Childhood Focus

Mar
4
Fri
Anxious Youth: A Practitioner’s Toolbox for Group Sessions
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Anxious Youth: A Practitioner’s Toolbox for Group Sessions @ Eagan Community Center | Eagan | Minnesota | United States

Feeling anxious or worried is common among adolescents, yet sometimes anxiety becomes an exaggerated, unhealthy response. This interactive presentation will highlight a ten-session group counseling framework designed to assist students experiencing heightened anxiety. Participants will be provided with access to the curriculum, weekly lesson plans and activities, as well as formative and summative assessments used with middle and high school students in the school setting.

Molly Fox, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker & Amanda Bomstad, MS, NCC, NCSC, Counselor – Mankato Area Public Schools

Level: Intermediate | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Mar
10
Thu
Managing the Pitfalls and Dilemmas in Treating Children and Families Experiencing High Conflict
Mar 10 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Managing the Pitfalls and Dilemmas in Treating Children and Families Experiencing High Conflict @ Eagan Community Center | Eagan | Minnesota | United States

Families with high levels of parental conflict create significant challenges that may overwhelm and compromise the effectiveness of mental health practitioners. Through interactive methods participants will identify common pitfalls and dilemmas faced when treating families with high conflict. Strategies and best practices will be discussed in the context of several case studies where conflict was a significant factor. This workshop is the make-up date from the rescheduled December 7 training.

Michael BorowiakMSW, LICSW, Therapist and Consultant & Lori ThibodeauMA, LAMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist – Phoenix Process Consultants Inc.

Level: Advanced | For: Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Thursday, March 10th
12:30pm – 3:30pm

Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

$89 | 3 CEUs

Apr
24
Sun
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference 2016
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day