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

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.

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