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Conference schedule

The dates and times listed below are tentative. Please check back before the conference for a finalized program schedule.

Sessions offered


Keynote Session
Treating the ailing fish in a toxic ecosystem

Thursday, November 9th - 8:30am - 10:00am

Keynote presenter, Corey Yeager Instructor: Corey Yeager is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing his therapeutic practice on serving the African American community. Yeager holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University, a Masters of Art degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, within the Department of Family Social Science. His research emphasis is centered on better understanding the plight of African American relationships, while educating service providers to utilize the family system context to facilitate meaningful change in the lives of their clients.

Description: All too often students and families of color suffer the ills of mental health and educational malpractice. As teachers, family members and practitioners we must develop a sense of persistency in engaging, supporting and caring for those most vulnerable students in our care. To this end, this workshop will focus on the toxic ecosystem that our children are suffering within. A deconstruction of three ecologies will occur. First and foremost we will discuss the issue of race in a most authentic fashion, with the stance of holding the racial dialogue in an isolated, manner. Next, we will capture the essence of equity and how it may be unfolding for our students and families within the context of mental health and the subsequent disparities that follow. Lastly, we will address the broader ecosystem of the educational arena and its sustained impact on students and the families from which they come.

Pre-conference Workshop Session B  
School based mental health: same therapy in a new setting, or a whole new approach?

Wednesday, November 8th - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Anne-G Instructor: Anne R. Gearity, PhD LICSW, independent mental health practice in Minneapolis; faculty, U of MN department of psychiatry; consultant to Washburn Center and author of Developmental Repair; active consultant to schools and school based mental health teams.

Description: School based mental health was conceived as making services available to children and teens where they spend time -- in their schools. But as this model has evolved, it offers opportunity to reconstruct what is therapy, how is therapy best organized and what therapeutic themes are often evident. Using a learning perspective, school based has the opportunity to change how schools perceive and help children and teens who struggle with both internalizing and externalizing symptoms, how stress is understood and mediated, and how educational communities support all members. Attention will be on both ideas about learning and mental health and practical tools for delivering mental health that expands our impact and influence.
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