Past Workshops

Family support can be an invaluable component of recovery from serious mental illnesses. This presentation will begin with an overview of the scientific literature supporting the benefits of including relatives in the consumer's mental health care, followed by a discussion of typical family needs and concerns. Both professional and lay strategies for meeting these needs will be discussed, emphasizing interventions with an evidence base. Finally, tactics to overcome potential challenges to family involvement in care will offered.

This presentation will seek to (1) challenge misconceptions and myths that create barriers to informed and balanced perspectives and derail rational approaches to prevention and treatment approaches, and (2) offer a balanced, science-informed view of the health impacts of marijuana use and potential benefits of medical marijuana.

The Moorhead Regional Workshop takes place on May 12, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Marriott Hotel, 1080 28th Ave South,Moorhead, MN 56560. This conference is divided into two 3-hour workshops. The morning workshop (9:00am - Noon) is entitled "Recovery Oriented Relapse Prevention Skills" and the afternoon workshop (1:00pm - 4:00pm) is "Recovery Oriented Behavioral Experiments for Co-occurring Disorders." Participants can enroll in either the morning or afternoon workshop or both.

Phyllis Solon, Psy.D., LP, presents a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding and building clinical competency to effectively engage with individuals that have experienced complex trauma. Cost: $75.00 includes 6 CEUs approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Workshop occurs between 9am and 4pm. Includes continental breakfast and lunch.

First Episode Psychosis (FEP) is best treated using a team-based approach with all team members trained in fundamental information about FEP and how to use joint decision-making with clients and families. Additionally, all team members receive training for their specific role that includes motivational interviewing strategies, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and strategies for involving family members and other supporters.

Have you ever wanted to attend the full, two-day Motivational Interviewing (MI) training to seek proficiency in MI but could never find the time? You won't become proficient in MI in three hours, but by attending this workshop you will come away with a few important skills that you can use immediately.

This 3-hour workshop (9am-Noon) is meant to increase your comfort and competence in having conversations about sexual health with your clients. Discussion will focus on applicable tips and tools that can be used in practice, as well as knowing when to refer. Reflection upon your own beliefs and values regarding sex, sexuality, and relationships will be encouraged.

This full-day talk by Dr. Gabor Maté addresses the impact trauma and stress of our everyday lives have on children, adolescents, and adults. Gabor Maté describes how adverse childhood events and trauma affect the mind body connection. The alarming proliferation of childhood diagnosis, from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to autism, and current opioid epidemic reflects the increasing absence for the nurturing conditions required for healthy child development. Recognizing what is missing will help us restore these essential conditions. Stress we do not recognize or generate unconsciously takes its toll in physical illness or anxiety or depression. Recognizing stress-generating patterns in ourselves and our environment helps us maintain or regain physical and emotional health.

In this full-day conference, Dr. Gabor Maté, joined by Dr. Phyllis Solon, addressed the interplay of trauma and adverse childhood events (ACES) on the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental illness. They explored the individual, historical and systemic contexts of trauma and its developmental, neurological and relational impact on people. Such awareness gives us powerful therapeutic tools, highlights implications for practice and aspirations for training. The recording of this workshop is provided below.

This 3-day training takes place in Roseville, Minnesota on December 7, 8, and 9 from 9am - 4pm