Past Events Hosted by The Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers

Mindfulness: What is it really?
Presented by: Jacie Harris

July 8, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm

Discover the meaning of mindfulness and how to begin engaging in mindfulness exercises. This presentation takes a deeper look at mindfulness, common misconceptions and the benefits of regularly engaging in mindfulness. Then, take a moment to practice mindfulness and experience a sense of relaxation at points in your day.

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Jacie Harris

Jacie HarrisJacie Harris is a Behavioral Health Training and Development Specialist for Mindful by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Jacie completed her Master’s training in clinical psychology and has practiced as a Licensed Master’s level Psychologist for about two years. Raised in the small Kansas town of Basehor, Jacie obtained two bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University in psychology and sociology with an emphasis in criminology and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Jacie previously worked at the Kansas juvenile prison and in an outpatient behavioral health setting, before coming to Blue KC to begin working to educate others on integrated health and preventative strategies for managing behavioral health concerns.

The Power of Presence
Presented by: Kori Hintz-Bohn

June 24, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm

Description: How to enjoy the present moment and why it’s so important?

Objectives:

How to enjoy the present moment and why it’s so important?

a. The benefits of mindfulness
b. Why is it so hard to be in the moment each day?
c. What are simple ways to incorporate being present in your life?

Learn tools to work through difficult emotions, memories, thoughts or urges to live the life you were meant to live!

d. Ride the Wave
e. Healing Hand
f. Breathe into it.

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Kori Hintz Bohn

Kori Hintz BohnKori Hintz-Bohn, MA, LCPC has been counseling in the State of Kansas for over 20 years. Her undergraduate work was done at Pittsburg State University and she received her Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2005 she founded Renew Counseling Center. Renew’s therapists and dietitians have helped 1OOO ‘s of individuals providing outpatient counseling for issues such as anxiety , depression , eating disorders, grief, marriage, nutrition, personal issues, and trauma. She launched the Anxiety Center at Renew in 2017 using the cutting edge treatment modality Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The Anxiety Center provides an Intensive Outpatient Program for adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety.
Kori believes sharing your story , learning healthy coping skills and valuing your own authenticity one can change and have a meaningful life even when there is suffering. She has given dozens of talks on eating disorders, anxiety and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Mental Health KC Sneak Peek
Presented by

Apr 22, 2021 03:30 PM

 

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Join us for a 2021 Mental Health KC preview and tips to make the most of your online event experience. Mental Health KC conference co-chair, Jamie Katz, will provide a demo of the virtual event platform, show you how to best take advantage of all the conference offerings, share some virtual event best practices and answer all your questions. Whether you’ve already registered and want a sneak peek or you are trying to decide if the event is right for you, we urge you attend this webinar.

The Opioid Crisis: National and State Perspectives and Initiatives
Presented by Adrienne Hearrell

Mar 25, 2021 03:30 PM

• Provide an overview of the drug and opioid overdose crisis at the state and national levels
• Discuss evidence-based interventions
• Discuss Kansas’s approach to opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose prevention

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Adrienne Hearrell

Adrienne HearrellAdrienne Hearrell is the Program Manager for Overdose Prevention at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She coordinates day-to-day program planning, implementation, and evaluation activities to facilitate statewide prevention efforts for prescription and illicit opioid misuse, dependence, and fatal/non-fatal poisoning. Adrienne graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Master of Public Health program in May 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a certified physical therapist assistant in a post-acute practice setting. Adrienne has a passion for prevention and patient care, and integrates perspectives from each into her work at KDHE.

Navigating the Road to Resilience: Pushing Through Adversity
Presented by Jamie Wehmeyer

Apr 8, 2021 03:30 PM

1. Participants will review how resilience is developed.
2. Participants will identify road blocks to resilience.
3. Participants will identify steps to build their own resilience and identify how to help others build resilience.

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Jamie Wehmeyer

Jamie WehmeyerJamie Wehmeyer is the owner of Jamie Wehmeyer, LLC where she provides presentations, trainings and consultation on trauma, traumatic loss, trauma informed practices and resilience. In addition, she is the Coordinator for KC Northland Strong. She believes organizational change must start with senior leadership. Jamie has spent 25 years working in community mental health centers, with most of that time being in management roles. Though out her career she has studied the impact trauma has on leading health and wellness. Trauma Informed Practices provided a clear lens for her work in helping individuals heal from trauma. Personal trauma and experience with various systems including the courts and schools has increased her passion for seeing Trauma Informed Care and resiliency being embraced throughout the community. Jamie received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas and is a Licensed Clinical Social worker.

The Power of Presence
Presented by Kori Hintz Bohn

Mar 11, 2021 03:30 PM

1. How to enjoy the present moment and why it’s so important?
2. Recognizing barriers to living – are you merely surviving, getting through each day?
3. How to work through difficult emotions, memories, thoughts or urges to live the life you were meant to live

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Kori Hintz Bohn

Kori Hintz BohnKori Hintz-Bohn, MA, LCPC has been counseling in the State of Kansas for over 20 years. Her undergraduate work was done at Pittsburg State University and she received her Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2005 she founded Renew Counseling Center. Renew’s therapists and dietitians have helped 1OOO ‘s of individuals providing outpatient counseling for issues such as anxiety , depression , eating disorders, grief, marriage, nutrition, personal issues, and trauma. She launched the Anxiety Center at Renew in 2017 using the cutting edge treatment modality Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The Anxiety Center provides an Intensive Outpatient Program for adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety.
Kori believes sharing your story , learning healthy coping skills and valuing your own authenticity one can change and have a meaningful life even when there is suffering. She has given dozens of talks on eating disorders, anxiety and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Adolescents: The Role of Wonder Development (or Lack Thereof) When Questioning the Meaning and Purpose of Existence
Presented by Jason Bohn

Feb 11, 2021 03:30 PM

1. Understand the three responses/answers provided by philosophers Kiekegaard and Camus to Existentialism (the searching for understanding, meaning and purpose in life) and what those can look like in adolescents.
2. Discuss a potential reframing of “faith development” stages or phases around the development or lack there of “wonder” in a young person’s life, including how they might interact with Erickson ‘Identity vs. Role Confusion’ stage.
3. Share some ways to re-Create “wonder” about the world without creating panic based on family values while facilitating the brainstorming of additional ways with the audience.

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Jason Bohn, LPC

Jason Bohn, LPC I’m a GenX, postmodern, question everything person who happens to be blessed with parents who took in orphans, prayed for food, answered their callings and sacrificed so their children knew they were loved. That mix created an irreverent soul that cares deeply for children, families and especially adolescents.

I have close to thirty years of experience working with and for children, youth and families catalyzing change at the individual, family, organizational and systems levels. With a Masters in clinical psychology, I have provided crisis management, intensive in-home therapy and wrap-around services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. I have 20+ years’ working or volunteering with youth and young adults through youth ministry and community programs. In partnership with North Kansas City Hospital co-created the Quarky app to connect Kansas City 14-24-year-olds to articles, events and resources focused on mental health and well-being.

Currently, I develop and direct the Two Tents Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents struggling with anxiety/depression and identity issues. We are building strong partnerships with our area school districts and I am an invited speaker on Anxiety, Grit and Parenting. These opportunities have made me innovative, practical and taught me to think about enhancing the whole safety net surrounding at-risk children, youth and families.

I have a wonderful wife, Kori, who founded and runs the Renew Counseling Center in Olathe, a beautiful 9-year-old little girl, Nora, twin boys (Grayson who is 5 and Jude who went to heaven way too early) and have recently adopted Chandler (5) and Milla (3) into our home.

Skills That Actually Matter: What Does (and Does Not) Really Move Outcomes
Presented by Scott Kerby

Feb 25, 2021 03:30 PM
1. Identify commonly held beliefs about effective characteristics in clinical work that actually don’t make much of a difference.
2. Introduce participants to 7 characteristics/skills identified in research that really do help clients get better.
3. Offer practical tips on how to grow in a few of these key areas.

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Scott Kerby

Scott Kerby, MA, LPC has 12 years of experience working as a substance abuse and mental health counselor and supervisor, which followed 12 years of experience as a Student Minister working with at-risk youth and their families. Kerby is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and provides training, coaching, and supervision in a wide variety of settings across the country. He currently serves as the Clinical Training Coordinator at Comprehensive Mental Health Services. He is passionate about equipping professionals with evidence-based practices that will allow them to be more effective in helping others change. Kerby is married with two sons and does his best to not embarrass his wife while coaching little league.

Supporting Veteran Family Members in Their Own Mental Health
Presented by Shawn Moore

Jan 14, 2021 03:30 PM

• Walk away with the one major question you can ask every client that will make a difference in this population.
• Learn ways that the Veteran’s Affairs family caregiver program can help veteran family members.
• Understand the unique dynamics of veteran families and how you can help

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Mrs. Shawn Moore, LMSW

Shawn MooreShawn is the Executive Director and Founder of Caregivers on the Homefront, a Kansas City based non-profit that supports the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and their family members. Shawn graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Park University and is licensed with the State of Missouri and Kansas. She was a 14-year veteran with the Kansas City, Missouri Police department. She is a Missouri Dole Caregiver Fellow alumna for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Since May of 2013 Shawn has been a caregiver for her husband who is a 23-year Army veteran. Shawn is a member of the Phi Alpha Rho Epsilon Honor Society and was the 2019-2020 President at Park University. She has presented to a national audience on how our communities can best support the family members of our veterans with SAMHSA, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to name a few. She has shared her story on PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, and local news channels. She was chosen as a Caregiver Visionary winner for Caregiving.com in 2019. Shawn openly shares her caregiver story throughout the United States in hopes that all family caregivers will be recognized for the work they do to take care of our wounded veterans

Grief During COVID
Presented by Clara Anderson Sainte

Jan 28, 2021 03:30 PM

1. Participants will understand the multiple losses that influence the grieving process resulting from COVID
2. Participants will be aware of grief theories that impact styles of grieving
3. Participants will learn effective strategies for coping with grief and ways to communicate about loss

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Clara Anderson Sainte

Clara Anderson SainteClara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW, is the Program Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City developing and overseeing the educational, healthy lifestyle, support, and resource referral programming. As a trained Grief Recovery Specialist and Open to Opens Specialist, she directly implements these programs, as well. Prior to Gilda’s Club, Clara worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Clara is a board member of Mental Health America of the Heartland, a member of the Kansas Cancer Partnership, a member of the Missouri Cancer Consortium, and a member of Children’s Mercy’s Equity and Diversity Council. Clara’s Masters degree in Social Work is from UMKC and she is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University. She spends her time away from Gilda’s Club with Vladimir, her husband, and their children, Alivia and Oden, enjoying their favorite spots around KC.

Unifying the Lenses of Trauma Informed Practices, Resilience and Equity and Justice
Presented by Marsha Morgan

Thursday, July 9 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Briefly review history that has informed the Equity and Justice and Trauma Informed and Resilient Movements. Explore trauma informed principles noting that equity and justice are an and empowerment from a lens that deeply understands the historical and current cultures of racism and inequity

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Marsha Morgan

marsha morganMarsha retired from Truman Medical Center (TMC) February, 2016, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for Behavioral Health for 23 years. During her career of 45 years, she was always an advocate for people with mental illnesses and disabilities. At her direction, grant funding was secured to initiate several innovative community projects. These projects include: training community mental health providers, developing secondary trauma training for first responders, and trainings to create trauma sensitive schools. Her community involvement includes being a co-founder of Trauma Matters KC and serving on the following community boards and committees where she consistently promoted creating trauma informed and resilient communities: Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice, Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare, Chamber of Commerce Healthy KC Behavioral Health Committee, Community Network for Behavioral Health Care, and Metro Council of Community Mental Health Centers.
She is a Strengthscope Certified Pracitioner, Facilitator for Franklin Covey products and certified to provide Investment in Excellence and 8 to Great programs

Navigating Sensitive Conversations Around Race
Presented by Clara Anderson Sainte and Vlad Sainte

Thursday, July 23 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Establish common language and genuine intention when navigating conversations around race
and learn effective ways to engage in sensitive communication around race with children.

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Clara Anderson Sainte

Clara Anderson SainteClara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW, is the Program Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City developing and overseeing the educational, healthy lifestyle, support, and resource referral programming. As a trained Grief Recovery Specialist and Open to Opens Specialist, she directly implements these programs, as well. Prior to Gilda’s Club, Clara worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Clara is a board member of Mental Health America of the Heartland, a member of the Kansas Cancer Partnership, a member of the Missouri Cancer Consortium, and a member of Children’s Mercy’s Equity and Diversity Council. Clara’s Masters degree in Social Work is from UMKC and she is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University. She spends her time away from Gilda’s Club with Vladimir, her husband, and their children, Alivia and Oden, enjoying their favorite spots around KC.

Vlad Sainte

Vlad Sainte Bio PicWith more than 10 years’ experience as a therapist, Vladimir Sainte, LCSW has made an invaluable impact on the Kansas City community through his work as a social worker, crisis clinician, and children’s book author. As a committed equality advocate, Sainte is a member of the BIPOC community—while also providing counseling support to not only children, but to their families and the broader community through a holistic partnership. Sainte graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently works at Truman Behavioral Health as a Team Leader.

Coping with Anxiety
Presented by Kori Hintz Bohn

Thursday, August 13 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Anxiety is the number one mental health illness in the United States. Learn practical and effective tools to decrease anxiety and move you towards the meaningful life you were meant to live! Learn about mindfulness: what is it, benefits to the brain for practicing mindfulness and meditation and resources to practice mindfulness. Learn about gratitude: how gratitude can decrease anxiety and improve your mental health, benefits of gratitude word prompts to expand your gratitude. Learn about acceptance: definition of acceptance and how this is connected to decreasing anxiety, what is the opposite of acceptance and strategies to work through emotions.

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Kori Hintz Bohn

Kori Hintz BohnKori Hintz-Bohn, MA, LCPC has been counseling in the State of Kansas for over 20 years. Her undergraduate work was done at Pittsburg State University and she received her Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2005 she founded Renew Counseling Center. Renew’s therapists and dietitians have helped 1OOO ‘s of individuals providing outpatient counseling for issues such as anxiety , depression , eating disorders, grief, marriage, nutrition, personal issues, and trauma. She launched the Anxiety Center at Renew in 2017 using the cutting edge treatment modality Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The Anxiety Center provides an Intensive Outpatient Program for adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety.
Kori believes sharing your story , learning healthy coping skills and valuing your own authenticity one can change and have a meaningful life even when there is suffering. She has given dozens of talks on eating disorders, anxiety and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Finding Hope- Helping Grieving Children During Traumatic Events
Presented by Steve Sewell

Thursday, August 27 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Identifying with the “eyes of a child” and exploring current events, discover creative ways of helping children deal with grief, and share resources and best practices in child grief.

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Steve Sewell

Steve SewellSteve Sewell graduated from Biola University and has completed several hundreds of credit in grief/bereavement, theology, counseling, leadership & personal development, and thanatology. Steve’s 25+ years of leadership, counseling, and teaching background in non-profit, community development, chaplaincy, bereavement, and as a business owner gives him a wide range of experience. His encouraging and empowering presentations has been welcomed in many settings, including healthcare, education, and corporations. Steve recently retired from being Chairman of the MO Hospice and Palliative Care Association Chaplain Committee.
Steve travels nationally as a conference speaker, seminar leader, team facilitator, and chaplain endorser/trainer. He has authored 4 books: At A Loss – Learning How to Comfort Others, Finding Hope, Finding Hope Activity Book, and a Grief Journal. His mission is to encourage leadership and strengthen teams during times of change, adversity, and loss. He is originally from California and currently resides in Northwest Missouri. www.stevensewell.me

Creating Meaning as a Trauma Response
Presented by Nathan Croy

Thursday, September 24 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Understand the difference between meaning as comprehensibility and meaning as significance, learn the 3 step process of creating meaning (Logos Therapy) and learn how to use meaning to increase resilience.

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Nathan Croy

Nathan CroyNathan D. Croy is the owner and founder of Existential Family Therapy, a group practice in Overland Park, KS that specializes in helping families and individuals discover meaning in their lives. He is a published author and has presented around the country on topics relating to mental health

PREPPED AND READY
Parenting into the Teen Years

Thursday, September 29 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Children’s Mercy is partnering with the community to empower parents with information early to help prevent some of the painful experiences that we have witnessed.

Limited seats are available so reserve your spot now.

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PREPPED AND READY

Caregivers today face new challenges that our parents never encountered. We can address problems before they become too big. We can take steps to prevent tragedies from happening within our own homes.

Presentation Topics:

• Self-care
• Eating disorder prevention
• Screen time
• Substance use (including vaping)
• Suicide prevention
• Home safety (Including storage of firearms, medications, etc.)

Sensitive Communication in Healthcare
Presented by Clara Anderson Sainte

Thursday, October 8 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poor communications cost the U.S. healthcare system $1.7 billion in malpractice costs and nearly 2,000 lives, while up to 80% of serious medical errors can be attributed to miscommunication, according to CIRCO Strategies research. Ever wondered why so many medical errors occur, or why people always seem to say the wrong things? This class will explore strategies for sharing difficult news, effective communication in healthcare, and how to respond to patients and families in sensitive ways.

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Clara Anderson Sainte

Clara Anderson SainteClara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LSCSW, is the Program Director for Gilda’s Club Kansas City developing and overseeing the educational, healthy lifestyle, support, and resource referral programming. As a trained Grief Recovery Specialist and Open to Opens Specialist, she directly implements these programs, as well. Prior to Gilda’s Club, Clara worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Clara is a board member of Mental Health America of the Heartland, a member of the Kansas Cancer Partnership, a member of the Missouri Cancer Consortium, and a member of Children’s Mercy’s Equity and Diversity Council. Clara’s Masters degree in Social Work is from UMKC and she is an alumnus of Northwest Missouri State University. She spends her time away from Gilda’s Club with Vladimir, her husband, and their children, Alivia and Oden, enjoying their favorite spots around KC.

Can We Be Well, Anyway?
Presented by Roxanne Pendleton and Andrea Dalton

Thursday, October 22 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

1. Understand the impact of current crises as traumas to the nervous system
2. Learn ways to reduce the impact of these traumas, including brief resilience practices

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Roxanne Pendleton

Roxanne Pendleton:With a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling, Rev. Roxanne Pendleton spent over two decades addressing trauma in diverse settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, hospice, and community organizations. Furthermore, she has lived experience of trauma, severe mental illness, and recovery in her own life and in her family. These experiences and the resulting, hard-won wisdom give Roxanne an important perspective to share.
In 2014, her expertise led to a job at Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health Acute Care units where Roxanne developed trauma-sensitive training and trauma-responsive special projects to support the resiliency of staff and patients alike. In 2017, she moved into her current position at the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation where she serves as an advisor for organizations and individuals seeking to cultivate trauma sensitivity, embodied compassion, and overall well-being through innovation as well as evidence-based and best practices.

Andrea Dalton

Andrea DaltonAndrea Dalton, MA, Board Certified Music Therapist, is a trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation, supporting individuals and organizations in promoting resiliency and developing trauma sensitive culture. Andrea works with school districts, agencies, organizations, and businesses to develop practices to support the people they serve, as well as those doing the serving. Prior to joining the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation, Andrea worked for more than a decade as a music therapist in both private and state-run inpatient mental health units, providing services to some of the most vulnerable adults and children in the Kansas City area. Andrea has an undying fascination with the way the brain works, a critical appreciation for research, a strong commitment to best practices, a creative spirit, and a calling to make the world a better place.

Harnessing the Power of Music to Build Resilience
Presented by Andrea Dalton

Thursday, November 12 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

–Review the neuropsychobiological effects of various elements of music
–Consider the implications of both positive and negative effects of music on well-being
–Identify practical applications of intentional “musicking”

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Andrea Dalton

Andrea DaltonAndrea Dalton, MA, Board Certified Music Therapist, is a trainer and consultant with the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation, supporting individuals and organizations in promoting resiliency and developing trauma sensitive culture. Andrea works with school districts, agencies, organizations, and businesses to develop practices to support the people they serve, as well as those doing the serving. Prior to joining the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation, Andrea worked for more than a decade as a music therapist in both private and state-run inpatient mental health units, providing services to some of the most vulnerable adults and children in the Kansas City area. Andrea has an undying fascination with the way the brain works, a critical appreciation for research, a strong commitment to best practices, a creative spirit, and a calling to make the world a better place.