Region 7 Fall Conference 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Sauk Rapids Government Center (map)

Thanks for attending the 2022 Region 7 Fall Conference! We will see you in 2023.


8:30 - 9:00 am Registration/Check-in/Morning refreshments

9:00 -11:30 am The Power and Strength of Emotional Grit
Jennifer Fernjack, author
  As a caregiver, it's common to put the needs and wants of others ahead of your own. In doing so, however, your sense of well-being can get lost along the way. Join Jennifer Fernjack as she presents potential causes and symptoms of compassion fatigue, along with the power and strength of emotional grit, while navigating the challenges that life has to offer.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 - 1:00 pm Awards Presentation and Business Meeting

1:00 - 3:15 pm What I Learned from the Pandemic About Boundaries
Raymond Young, People Incorporated Training Institute

  The way we do our work is ever-changing, and the pandemic pivot has increased worker stress and burnout to a new level. In this session, we will examine signs of compassion fatigue, shift our focus to compassion satisfaction, and connect to why we do our work. Join us to gain practical assessments and resiliency skills for you to balance your work/life routine and create healthy boundaries.

3:15 pm

Evaluations/Door Prizes (must be present to win)

About the speakers

Jennifer Fernjack is an author and keynote speaker who currently resides in Spring Park, MN. Raised in Cloquet, she received her BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Through a medical scare in 2016, she learned that being brave doesn't need to be the absence of fear; it can be feeling afraid and being able to persevere anyway. Her stories of hope and emotional grit have been heard by audiences in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and virtual audiences from Europe and Australia. 

Raymond Young, CPS, BA, has 15 years of experience training diverse groups of adult, youth, and adolescent learners prior to joining the Training Institute at People Incorporated Mental Health Services. Ray received his certification as a Certified Peer Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2017 and has since worked with individuals with various mental health conditions and behavioral health concerns. He has also studied Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Ray has a passion for working with youth in youth leadership programs and for working as a mentor in the community.