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In-Person Workshops

DISCUS / MOSES Monitoring Tardive Dyskinesia

Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: UMD Center for Economic Development, 11 E. Superior Street, Suite 210
$69 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Sponsored in part by Essentia Health System’s Community Contribution program.
Instructor: Karen Finck

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This course provides 6.5 contact hours to nurses and 5.4 CEU’s to social workers.

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a potentially persistent side effect of taking antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medications. TD consists of specific involuntary movements in seven different areas of the body. This workshop is designed to teach nurses, social workers, and direct care staff to screen for the presence of tardive dyskinesia in all clients taking antipsychotic medication. You will learn how to use the DISCUS rating scale, the medical standard used to measure TD, and the skills for monitoring the development and progression of TD. A series of videotapes enables participants to practice using the DISCUS and demonstrate skills for DISCUS rating. The MOSES, a general side effect assessment scale for psychotropic medication, is reviewed as well.

karen-finck-resized-for-destiny-oneKaren Finck, RN, MS, CS, is an expert in psychiatric nursing and president of Health Counseling Services. An engaging speaker, Ms. Finck lectures throughout Minnesota on mental health topics. She adeptly uses humor and presents real-life anecdotes from her experiences in the field. She provides not only an understandable theoretical framework, but offers practical approaches as well.

 

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Helping Our Kids Manage Emotions

Anxiety in Childhood and Adolescence
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Boat Club Restaurant’s Fireside Room (formerly known as Midi’s Restaurant), Fitger’s Complex, 600 E. Superior Street Duluth
$49 (includes refreshments)
Sponsored in part by Essentia Health System’s Community Contribution program.
Instructor: Charlie Orsak and Marian Flammang

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4 CEU’s through Minnesota Board of Social Work (MN BOSW)

Anxious feelings, worries, or fears are common among children and adolescents. When it becomes extreme, it can interfere with a child’s overall happiness. This workshop is designed for people who work with children who have generalized anxiety, anxiety due to trauma and stress, separation anxiety, school anxiety, and all other types of anxiety. We will discuss general life events and biological factors that may invoke anxiety in school age children. This interactive workshop uses a variety of learning strategies, including lecture, discussion, group participation work, and demonstration.

 Dr. Charlie Orsak received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University in 1994. He is currently staff psychologist at the Diagnostic and Assessment Center at Northwood Children’s Services in Duluth MN. He was previously affiliated with Essentia Health in Duluth, providing evaluation and therapy services for children and adolescents in a variety of departments – Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, Pediatric Oncology, and Pediatric Neurology. He has a special interest in anxiety, trauma related, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Dr. Marian Flammang received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center in Duluth MN. Over the course of her career, her work has focused on psychotherapy and psychological assessments with children and adults. Her special interests include yoga and meditation as treatment techniques.

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Connecting with Persons with Dementia: The Validation Method

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Boat Club Restaurant’s Fireside Room (formerly known as Midi’s Restaurant), Fitger’s Complex, 600 E. Superior Street Duluth
$69 (includes refreshments and lunch)
Sponsored in part by Essentia Health System’s Community Contribution program.
Instructor: Jessica Harstad

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6 CEUs through Minnesota Board of Social Work (MN BOSW)

Caregivers of people with dementia have a difficult and challenging journey, one that often ends in burnout. This workshop introduces you to a method of communicating with and helping disoriented old people. The basic idea behind validation is that people who are in the late stages of life may have unresolved issues that drive their behaviors and emotions. The way caregivers or family members respond to these behaviors and emotions can either make them worse or help resolve them. You will learn a practical approach that helps reduce stress, enhances dignity, and increases happiness for people in your care.

jessica-harstad-resized-for-destiny-oneJessica Harstad completed three years of intensive training to become a Certified Validation Teacher. She is now the Validation Coordinator at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud and teaches Validation courses and workshops for long term care staff. Jessica has completed the dementia care certificate program through Aging Services and received her Master’s degree in Gerontology from St. Cloud State University.

 

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Online Courses

Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum and Instruction

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Instructional adaptations are not just for students who are struggling. When adaptations are made, all students benefit. You will learn when to use accommodations and modifications, and a practical process and method for using them. You will modify both a lesson and a unit of instruction so that you are prepared to use your new skills immediately in your classroom to provide opportunities for academic success for all students.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course 1: Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course 2: Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism
Online, self-paced, available anytime
$119 per course (7.5 hours per course)

The autism spectrum is wide and complex; one size does not fit all. Autism is on the rise. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum; a ten-fold increase in the past 40 years.

Course approved by the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work

Course 1: Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This course examines the history of ASD, what we currently know and understand, and why it is on the rise. You will be captivated and informed about how the spectrum affects those with ASD by watching two videos. The first, Loving Lampposts, is told by the award-winning film producer, Todd Drenzler, whose son has autism. The second features Taylor Crowe who shares his personal journey with autism in My Life with Autism. A solid foundation of the terminology used to describe, diagnose, and understand ASD rounds out your learning in “Navigating the Distinctive World of Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

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Course 2: Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism

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This course emphasizes the importance of respecting and recognizing the individual’s ability to cope with stressors in his/her environment. You will explore the unique learning styles of individuals diagnosed with ASD and apply practical strategies which support those individuals. You will gain a fuller understanding of how to assist individuals with ASD interact socially and how to control emotional responses. A listing of outside resources which support individuals on the autism spectrum rounds out your learning in “Addressing Behavioral Characteristics of Autism.”

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Instructional Strategies for Teachers

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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Teachers must engage students and enhance their learning through vibrant classroom activities. Learn to use effective instructional strategies: what works, why it works, and when it works best. Learn a variety of strategies to raise student performance, and how to effectively check for understanding. Learn techniques and methods such as previewing strategies, engagement strategies, and graphic organizers, to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

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Key Warning Signs of Early On-Set of Mental Illness

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure.

Teachers will learn the scope of mental health disorders in children, the impact such disorders can have on learning, the challenges general education teachers can expect in the classroom, as well as positive behavior reinforcement techniques and accommodations for the classroom setting. You will learn how the normal brain functions in learning and what factors may interfere with the learning process, and major mental health categories seen in school populations and specific characteristics of several key diagnoses. In addition, teachers will become aware of the impact of childhood mental health disorders on students, families, and communities, and be able to effectively advocate for students and families.

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Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Learn the key concepts of positive behavior intervention, as well as school-wide positive behavior intervention strategies. You will be able to determine individual priorities through self-assessment tools and develop an individualized plan for the further use of PBIS.

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Reading Strategies

Online, self-paced, available anytime
$99 (7.5 hours)

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This course meets the standards set by the Minnesota Department of Education for teacher re-licensure

Reading, like playing a sport, improves with practice. Good readers use strategies and techniques that help them comprehend and remember what they are reading. Educators will explore best practice techniques for phonemic awareness, phonics, and reading strategies that impact comprehension. You will use best practice techniques to improve students’ reading and comprehension.

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Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate (SIGA): Counseling the Pathological Gambler

Online, self-paced, available anytime
Certificate: $1,295 (60 hours), includes Courses 1 and 2
Course 1: $695 (30 hours); Course 2: $695 (30 hours)

Completion of the 60-hour certificate may be applied toward certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders.

This unique training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding pertaining to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling disorder. You will learn skills and tools to identify and diagnose a gambling disordered client and how to integrate effective gambling disorder treatment techniques in your practice.

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According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, about 1% of American adults — nearly 3 million people — are pathological gamblers. Another 2%–3% have less serious but still significant problems, and as many as 15 million are at risk. To meet the growing demand for trained professionals in the area of gambling addictions, UMD Continuing Education (CE) and the North American Training Institute (NATI) collaborated on a unique online training program, Studies in Gambling Addiction: Counseling the Pathological Gambler.

This training provides specific knowledge and advanced clinical understanding as it relates to the identification, diagnosis, referral, and treatment of individuals with a gambling addiction. Completion of the 60-hour training may be applied toward certification by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders.

Further information on content outlines (for the Certificate, Course 1, and Course 2), activities and assessments, CEU approvals, and policies can be found on the NATI website.

 

To gain the maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants have a working knowledge, experience in the field of mental health, or completed prior educational programs related to:

  • Addictive disorders
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Mental health
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Public health
  • Marriage and Family practice

 

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Course 1:

Upon completion of the Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate courses, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of the winning phase in the progression of a gambling addiction.
  • Integrate the concept of ‘the bailout’ into a treatment plan for a gambling addiction client.
  • Identify maladaptive behavior and thinking as it relates to the addiction process.
  • Differentiate between the motives for gambling among different gambling types.
  • Identify a personal belief system about winning as it relates to superstition and magical thinking.
  • Describe how the cognitive development of an individual aids in the development of a gambling addiction.
  • Integrate the underlying personality dynamics in assessing pathological gambling.
  • Explain the importance of looking at the entire psychosocial environment when assessing pathological gambling.
  • Identify two models for understanding the functioning of the gambler.
  • Identify methods for assessing the gambler, and list the major assessment tools.
  • Complete an initial assessment and formal diagnosis of a pathological gambler.
  • Demonstrate how DSM-5 Criteria and GA Twenty Questions are used in diagnosis.
  • Differentiate between other disorders and pathological gambling.
  • Discuss the five stages of the grieving process.
  • Integrate the concept of unresolved grief into an understanding of the development of a gambling addiction.
  • Understand the concept of substitute satisfaction and its role in the development of the gambling addiction.
  • Describe the phases of the Miller Treatment Model.
  • Critique the importance of this model in the treatment of an addicted gambler.
  • Apply this concept to a specific caseload.
  • Identify specific learning interventions for pathological gamblers in treatment.
  • Develop a therapeutic cognitive approach in dealing with a pathological gambler.
  • Identify significant psychological factors in the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Integrate working treatment plan skills.

 

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Course 2:

Upon completion of the Studies in Gambling Addiction Certificate courses, you will be able to:

  • Examine the role that unmet needs and substitute satisfaction play in the gambling disordered client’s life.
  • Trace the gambler’s unresolved grief episodes to the development of a gambling disorder.
  • Identify three early family history patterns and examine their relationship to the gambling disorder.
  • Trace the gambler’s cycle of rebellion, guilt and shame, and conformity.
  • Describe the ‘Teflon’ and ‘Velcro’ phases of rebellion and conformity.
  • Identify seven elements of the gambler’s dissociative experience.
  • Explain the recommended treatment interventions based on strengths and needs in the area of personal, interpersonal, vocational, financial, and legal.
  • Diagram the significant stress source in the client’s life and the implications for treatment.
  • Identify behaviors and patterns evidenced during the Assessment & Diagnosis: Advanced Questionnaire
  • Utilize news articles to summarize current legal thinking on pathological gambling sentencing.
  • State impressions of client drawn from the House-Tree-Person projective test.
  • Identify significant experiences related to money.
  • Discuss personal attitudes and feelings about money.
  • Relate personal attitudes to counseling practice.
  • Identify the two reasons for the client’s distressing affect.
  • Discuss the importance of isolation of affect.
  • List five personality vulnerabilities in this type of gambler.
  • List eight thinking patterns the gambler uses to deny reality.
  • Analyze the active/passive dimension of the psychodynamic concepts of the pathological gambler.
  • Assess the roles of physical reality and emotional reality in the understanding and treatment of the impulsive disordered client.

 

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