Region 9 Fall Conference 2022

Friday, September 23
8:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Thanks for attending the 2022 Region 9 Fall Conference! We will see you in June for the 2023 Summer Conference!


8:00 - 9:45 am
Keynote: Racial Health Equity in Minnesota

Bukata Hayes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

The impact of systemic racism has taken a damaging toll on the health of our state, affecting the physical and mental health of thousands of Minnesotans. It's important for all of us to take an anti-racist approach to help dismantle racism and contribute to a more fair and just society. In this session, you will learn about health inequities in Minnesota and action steps you can take to be part of the solution.

9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 - 11:00 am

The DSM-V-TR: Important Updates

Dr. Christopher Vye, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas
Learn about important changes to the DSM-5 with the updated text revision (TR) version. We'll discuss reasons behind the changes, clinical significance of the changes, and whether the TR version is necessary for your practice.

11:00 - 11:15 am: Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Best Care Practices for Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Substance Use

Danielle Freitag, LADC, Action169
Take a close look into restorative care that emphasizes a strengths-based approach for a better outcome. This session will discuss best-care practices, including creative arts, that support the overall wellness of women who have survived commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and who may also have a substance use disorder.

12:15 - 1:00 pm
Panel Q&A with representatives from the Minnesota Board of Social Work, Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health

Do you have questions about your licensure requirements? Here's your opportunity to get clarity! Ask your questions over lunch and get answers from representatives from Minnesota's three major health and human service licensing boards.

1:00 - 2:00 pm
This Is How We Do It: Speaking Up for the Mentally and Emotionally Wounded
Jasmin Boelter, LADC, Wellcome Manor

In this presentation we will identify the mental and emotional challenges that exist from unresolved trauma wounds, and how these wounds are correlated with addiction. Using what we have learned from women and children in our residential treatment program, we will provide participants with methods to expand the patient's ability to thrive by understanding and addressing the deep-rooted wounds.

2:00 - 2:15 pm: Break

2:15 - 4:15 pm

Build Your Ethics Toolbox: Applying Regulations to Social Work Practice
Kimberly Doran, MSW, LICSW, and Rebecca Moskow, JD, Minnesota Board of Social Work
Brush up on your knowledge of legal issues, licensure requirements, and practice standards in Minnesota.

Bonus On-Demand Sessions
Giving a Warm Welcome to LGBTQIA+ People

Dr. Ross Aalgaard, DSW, MDiv, LADC, CCTP, MSU Mankato
Despite advances of the last few decades, people with minority sexual and gender identities still experience discrimination. As "bathroom laws," threats to same-sex marriage, and "Don't Say Gay" bills are implemented across the country, it is important for health and human service professionals to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities. Service providers can offer a warm welcome to LGBTQIA+ individuals by learning about the LGBTQIA+ community, knowing best care practices, and recognizing current cultural attacks.

Addressing the Workforce Shortage: The Center for Rural Behavioral Health
Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, NCC, CCMHC, MSU Mankato
This session will examine the behavioral health workforce shortage in rural Minnesota. We will discuss current challenges as well as solutions, including the newly established Center for Rural Behavioral Health at MSU Mankato.



Thank you, Sponsors!

        PAL: Psychiatric Assistance Line    Allina Health New Ulm Medical Center  
        BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota  EON: the Employee Ownership Network