Region 9 Fall Conference

Thanks to all who attended the Region 9 Fall Conference on September 25! This training covered the following topics: COVID-19; Diversity; Pornography; Trauma; Children's Mental Health; and Ethics.

Conference Agenda - Conference Program Download

8:30 - 9:00   Announcements and Awards (recorded)
9:00 - 10:00  The COVID-19 Pandemic: Updates and a Perspective 
  Dr. Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Regents Professor, Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota 
  Dr. Osterholm will describe the epidemiology of the SARS-CoV-2 infection, provide an update on the current status of COVID-19 in Minnesota, and will describe what public health strategies can be used to reduce COVID-19 spread. 
10:00 - 10:15   Break 
10:15 - 11:15  Equity for the Future: Pressing Forward During a Time of Uncertainty and Change
  John Harper, MA, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, South Central College 
  During this session we aim to take an abbreviated look at the changing demographics in Region 9 and some of the challenges we all face. With a national wide push for equity, this session will provide clarity around terminology related to equity, social reform, individual responsibility and encouragement to all during a time of uncertainty in our nation. Connecting Equity 2030 to the work of Region 9 will provide insight to accomplish goals set by the leadership.
11:15 - 12:00  Lunch 
12:00 - 1:00  Thingification: Understanding the Impact of Porn on Individuals, Relationships, and Society 
  Tamarah L. Gehlen, LMFT, LADC, CCTP, Sr. Director of Outpatient Programming, Wayside Recovery Center 
  This session examines the potential implications of the use of pornography on development and relationships, and ultimately what this means for society. Attendees will understand the prevalence of use of internet pornography, what factors are indicators of problematic use, and more. 
1:00 - 1:30  Break 
1:30 - 2:30   Trauma, the Brain, and Brainspotting During a Pandemic 
  Brandie J. Larson, MSW, LICSW, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist and Clinic Director, Surdy Psychological Services 
  With the country experiencing various types of trauma caused by the pandemic, this session aims to educate participants on the consequences of trauma and skills to utilize to minimize the ongoing impact of trauma. In addition to a focus on Brainspotting, other basic concepts to help reduce stress and trauma caused by the pandemic will be shared. 
2:30 - 2:45  Break 
2:45 - 3:45  Children's Mental Health: The Impact of Attachment, Trauma, Physiological Stress Response (recorded)
  Kristy Danielson, MSW, LGSW, Clinician, Infant Early Child, Trauma Therapy and School-linked Mental Health Specialties, Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota 
  Shelly Holt, MSW, LICSW, Clinician, School-linked Mental Health and Trauma Therapy Specialties, Counseling Services of Southern Minnesota 
  This training's focus is on children's mental health in the context of the pandemic and civil unrest. Presented by mental health professionals who provide outpatient and school-linked therapy, the definition of trauma, complex stress, and anxiety will be shared. This presentation takes a deep look at what we may see in youth during the time of COVID-19. 
Bonus  Ethics Questions I've Been Asked (recorded)
  William (Bill) Anderson, MSW, PhD, LSW, Professor Emeritus, Minnesota State University, Mankato (retired) 
  This 2-hour session will focus on some of the many questions that social workers have asked me about regarding ethical dilemmas they are facing. After an initial discussion about ethical dilemmas in general, we will explore six or seven situations that may create problems for social workers, and I will identify some ways to think about what to do.