2020 Northland Prevention Conference

On Friday, February 28, 2020, the Northland Coalition and Tri-County Mental Health Services hosted the annual Northland Prevention Conference at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. The event saw 263 attendees in all. Below you can find links to presenter power points that were made available.

Keynote Presentation: 

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and was a recent invited speaker at the White House. Her goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. You can view her full bio here: Bio_Sally_Spencer-Thomas.

Up On the High Wire: Cultivating Mental Resiliency to Get Us through Tough Times: Are we doing enough to invest in mental health and “mental resiliency”? What does it actually mean to be emotionally fit and psychologically hardy? With increasing demands to do more with less and perform with polish, people need coping tools and emotional inoculation to get them through challenges. This keynote looks at the issue of mental wellness and gives participants the tools to help themselves and others sustain a passion for living over the long haul. As a psychologist, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother’s suicide, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas brings a unique perspective to the topic. From storytelling to discussing the effects of stress on the brain, Sally will help participants know how to stay mentally fit, avoid burnout and remain focused on wellness.

Workshop Sessions:

#1 The Resilient Athlete
Presented by: Becky Wiseman
Power Point
This workshop will discuss the role that sports can play in helping to build resiliency in young athletes.  The workshop will also detail tools and skills that coaches, supportive adults, and players can utilize to help players deal with the pressures and struggles that are present in every sport environment.

#2 The Highs and Lows of Medical Highs
Presented by: Dr. Chris Jenson
Power Point
Explore the current legislation and practice patterns regarding medical marijuana and how it is utilized in our community.

#3 Bullying 101: Back to the Basics
Presented by: Trish Madsen, M.S.
Power Point
Trish will explore the “why” behind cruelty at school, empathy, friendship and practical solutions students can use right now and in their future.  

#4 Social Emotional Learning: Supporting Youth to Develop Skills for Life
Presented by: Nathaniel Hilliard
Power Point
CASEL SEL Competencies, CSSP Youth Thrive-Characterizing Resiliency, Preparing Youth to Thrive SEL Domains, Weikart SCE SEL Inventory Assessment
This workshop will introduce the topic of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and the core skills that make up SEL competency. Participants will explore why developing strong competencies are especially important during adolescence, and how adults and youth programs can ensure young people have the opportunity to learn, practice and master skills that support resiliency throughout life.

#5 Equity and Expanding Our Perspective
Presented by: Je T’aime Taylor and Tiffane Friesen
This workshop uses an engaging and interactive art activity to help us expand our lens beyond our own way of seeing so that we can more effectively work with community.

#6 This Is Us: Finding Your Role in Suicide Prevention
Power Point
Presented by: Maggie Chandler
Everyone has a role in youth suicide prevention.  Come find yours!

#7 Let’s Clear the Air: The Truth About Vaping
Presented by: Sherri Miller
This workshop will address common myths and rumors regarding vaping and provides clarity regarding the impact of e-cigarettes AND why young adults are being the target of e-cigarette marketing.

#8 Childproofing Our Community
Presented by: Laura Bruce
This workshop will explore the science of good prevention, a look at the factors that contribute to substance use, and provide an overview of our local and regional prevention efforts to reduce youth substance use.

Resilience Summit: Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
Are we doing enough to build our mental muscle of resiliency”? What are best practices in developing psychologically hardiness? With increasing demands to do more with less and perform with polish, many people need to develop emotional inoculation to get them through challenges. This workshop looks at the daily workout strategies that build mental fitness and gives participants the tools to help themselves and others sustain a passion for living over the long haul. As a psychologist, mental health advocate, and survivors of her brother’s suicide, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas brings a unique perspective to the topic. From storytelling from lived experience to discussing the effects of stress on the brain, Sally gives participants four key ways to build mental strength, flexibility and endurance: be bold, belong, be well and believe.

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