Region 9 Fall Conference 2021

Friday, September 24
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thank you to all who attended the Region 9 Fall Conference on Friday, September 24! The recorded sessions, access to the two bonus sessions, and handouts will be emailed to all registrants the week of September 27.


8:00 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote: Some Assembly Required

Richard DeBeau, PhD, LICSW, LMFT, LADC

Hear Richard DeBeau's personal story of growth and resilience after experiencing abuse as a child. DeBeau will share his story of how he overcame difficult life experiences and went from graduating at the bottom of his high school class and becoming a husband and father at age 18 to achieving a career as a licensed social service provider and director of residential treatment programs. He will discuss changes in mental health services for children over the last 40 years and will include clinical content.

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Social Justice and Wellbeing for The Helping Professionals

Brandon Jones, MS, Consultant, Jegna Consulting LLC
This workshop offers an opportunity for attendees to reflect on ways to sustain themselves in their work in light of the challenges and difficulties of working toward social justice. We will explore the link between Racism, cultural understanding, Racial Battle Fatigue, and the challenges of white and BIPOC people in the schools, workplace, and communities. During this training, participants will work through cultural dynamics and maintain & support one another in the context of race.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Queering Your Practice: How to Promote Social Justice in Individual Work

Jeni Kolstad, MSW, LICSW, Owner and Therapist, Pride Counseling Services
Lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and other gender and sexual minorities seek out mental health services for many of the same reasons that cisgender and heterosexual people do: stress, anxiety, depression, and past trauma. What is different is that there is an additional later of complexity to these common mental health needs due to minority stress. In this presentation, I’ll discuss how minority stress contributes to the increase of mental health symptoms and ways to work with individuals in a social justice framework when mental health problems stem from the systems we live in. Clinical content will be covered.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Unpacking Racial Privilege

Elisha Kampfe, PsyD, LP, Behavioral Medicine Practitioner, Forensic Mental Health Program (formerly Minnesota Security Hospital)
Krystal Dinwiddie, PsyD, LP, Behavioral Medicine Practitioner, Forensic Mental Health Program (formerly Minnesota Security Hospital)

This presentation focuses on what the concept of racial privilege means and its natural manifestations. It further discusses spheres of influence and power differentials across areas of privilege. Clinical content will be covered.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Native 101 for Social Services
Chelsea Mead, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indigenous Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Megan Heutmaker, MS, Director for American Indian and Multicultural Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

This session provides social work practitioners with a necessary baseline knowledge of Indigenous history and its relationship with social services. While Indigenous peoples constitute a small proportion of the total U.S. population, they are overrepresented in many areas of social services today. A foundational knowledge and ability to apply culturally grounded practices to your role can make a difference in client outcomes.

Bonus On-Demand Sessions
Queer Allyship 101
Katelyn Barker, Communications Manager, Ending Violence Association of Canada
A dive into allyship! We’ll talk about what allyship is, what it can look like, the ways we can use it in our daily lives, and why it’s even necessary in the first place (including an in-depth look on violence as related to 2SLGBTQ+ folks). This presentation focuses primarily on 2SLGBTQ+ allyship, although much of the content can be applied to allyship work with other marginalized communities.

Cultivating Self-Compassion to Combat Burnout
Staci Born, LMFT, RPT-S, Professor, South Dakota State University
Compassion – latin for “to suffer” (passion) “with” (com) – a deep feeling that calls many to the social services field. Self-compassion. or giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others, is associated with greater emotional resilience, more caring relationship behaviors, and decreased reactive anger. Learn how shifting your mindset into one of self-compassion can improve your well-being. participants will practice self-compassion exercises and learn strategies for increasing self-compassion practice in their professional and personal lives.