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Tenth Annual PACER Symposium about Children & Young Adults with Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

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Outstanding learning opportunity for general education teachers, administrators, and parents interested in understanding more about mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults.

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Registration Fee: $30.00
Lunch will be provided.

Registration is limited. Administrator and teacher CEU’s will be available.

Date | Time

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, 
Minneapolis, MN


Symposium Presentation Handouts and Resources

In a “green” initiative, we will not be providing copies of presentations in your symposium folder this year.  For those of you who would like to print your own copies prior to the event, the handouts are available below.

These items will be included in your event folder

Not Included in your event folder

TopicSpeaker Resources (pdf)
Keynote-The Power of One Brad Cohen, award-winning teacher, school administrator, motivational speaker, and co-author of the book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.”

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Keynote-Expressive Digital Imagery as a New Form of Therapeutic Self Expression Steven Koppel, Founder of MyMoments, a non-profit social franchise that is pioneering the use of Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) 

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Keynote-A New Perspective on the Future: Helping Students See the Light at the End of the Tunnel Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, trainer, master coach and national speaker considered foremost expert on coaching youth with ADHD

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What Makes Us Tic? A Q&A about Tourette Syndrome Brad Cohen, Award-winning teacher, school administrator, motivational speaker, and co-author of the book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.” None
Empowering Youth with ADHD: Coaching Toward Success Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, trainer, master coach and national speaker considered foremost expert on coaching youth with ADHD

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Understanding the Enormity of Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed for Healing in Children and Young Adults Read Sulik, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician, Not available at this time-check back after Symposium
Concussions and School Performance Zach Eakman, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Diagnostic Services, Groves Academy, MN Not available at this time-check back after Symposium
Helping Youth Prepare for Success in Post-Secondary Education Sean Roy, Co-Director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, and Joe Timmons, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

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Be Your Best: Tips from Teens and Professionals Jennifer Thomas, Parent Advocate for CMH and EBD project, John Newman, Assistive Technology Specialist, and PACER's Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health 

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Working Effectively with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families Hassan Samantar, Dao Xiong, Jesús Villaseñor, PACER Center Multi-Cultural Advocates 

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Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) Brought to Life Steven Koppel, Founder of MyMoments, a non-profit social franchise that is pioneering the use of Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI)  None
Anxiety from the Inside Out Read Sulik, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician, Not available at this time-check back after Symposium

Clock Hours

The 6 clock hours offered are designed to meet the requirement for Minnesota teachers renewing their teaching license in understanding the key warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents. Local re-licensure committees, however, have final approval.

2015 National Speakers

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett

Trainer, master coach, mentor, speaker, and author who is considered by her peers to be the foremost expert on coaching youth with ADHD. Her company provides training programs for coaches, educators, and mental health professionals worldwide.

Steven Koppel

Founder of MyMoments, a non-profit social franchise that is pioneering the use of Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI). This new form of self-expression created on smartphones is being used as a helpful tool during mental health therapy at such institutions as the renowned McLean Hospital in Boston.

Brad Cohen

Award-winning teacher, school administrator, motivational speaker, and co-author of the book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.” His life story has been featured on “Oprah,” CNN, and in a Hallmark TV movie and the “New York Times.”


Play the Front of the Class trailer "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.

Workshops Include:

Empowering Youth with ADHD: Coaching Toward Success

  • Jodi Sleeper Triplett, trainer, master coach and national speaker who is considered foremost expert on coach youth with ADHD

Understanding the Enormity of Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed for Healing in Children and Young Adults

  • Read Sulik, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician

Anxiety from the Inside Out

  • Read Sulik, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist and pediatrician

Concussions and School Performance

  • Zach Eakman, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Diagnostic Services, Groves Academy

Helping Youth Prepare for Success in Post-Secondary Education

  • Sean Roy, PACER Center, Joe Timmons, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

Be Your Best: Tips from Teens and Professionals

  • Jennifer Thomas, PACER Center, PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health, and John Newman, PACER’s Simon Technology Center

What Makes Us Tic? A Q and A about Tourette Syndrome

  • Brad Cohen, award-winning teacher, school administrator, motivational speaker, and co-author of the book, “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.”

Working Effectively with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

  • Hassan Samantar, Jesus Villasenor, Dao Xiong, PACER Center Multi-Cultural Advocates

Expressive Digital Imagery® (EDI) Brought to Life

  • Steven Koppel, Founder of MyMoments, a non-profit social franchise that is pioneering the use of Expressive Digital Imagery® (EDI)

Goal of the Symposium

The symposium is designed to enhance awareness and identify strategies for responding to mental health and learning disabilities in children and young adults from the perspective of teachers and parents.

The symposium will provide high quality professional and parent development for Minnesota educators and parents regarding:

  • children's mental health and learning disabilities
  • effective treatment planning
  • proactive, positive teaching strategies and interventions

Past Symposium Resources

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