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



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 9, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, 
Minneapolis, MN

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.

2016 National Keynote Speakers

Adam Levy

Musician (lead singer of the Honeydogs), educator, and social activist. He has worked in several fields including with at-risk youth. His son’s suicide impels his efforts to address mental illness.

Presentation: Take It As It Comes: Surviving a Child’s Suicide

L. Read Sulik, M.D.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist.  A popular speaker on children’s mental health issues, he is internationally recognized for his work.

Presentation: Keeping ADHD Positive: Nurturing the Spirited, Imaginative and Playful Nature

BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D.

Recognized nationally for work in mental health issues among ethnically diverse populations. She is known for her strength-based approach.

Presentation: The High Cost of Invisibility: A Look at Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Culture

Workshops Include:

1.   Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know
Heather Gallivan, Psy.D., L.P., clinical director at Park Nicollet Melrose Center
2.   A Disposition for Kindness: Support for Young Children who Struggle with Social and Emotional Needs and Learning
Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D., clinical social worker in independent practice and faculty member at the University of Minnesota            
3.   Navigating the School System for a Child with Dyslexia
Vicki Weinberg, education specialist at Minnesota Department of Education, and Claire Eckley, education consultant and founder of Marin Dakota Consulting

4.   Technology for Teens and Wellness!
John Newman and Tina Hanson, assistive technology specialists at PACER’s Simon Technology Center

5.   Breaking the Cycle of Learning Habits that Do Not Work
Roberta Wohle, Ed.D., adjunct professor and coordinator of Learning Disabilities Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University

6.   Medications
Barry Garfinkel, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist, and president and founder of the Center for Developmental Psychopharmacology, and Richard Peterson, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatrist at Fairview Health Services and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota

7.   Concussion Management Inside the Classroom
Zach Eakman, Psy.D., assistant director of Diagnostic Services at Groves Academy in Minnesota

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

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Assistive Technology and Wellness
  • Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Medications
  • Concussions

More to come!

Past Symposium Resources

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