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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: $35.00
Lunch will be provided.

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

Date | Time

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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.

TopicSpeaker Resources (pdf)
Keynote - Take It As It Comes:
Surviving a Child’s Suicide

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.

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

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

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

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know Heather Gallivan, Psy.D., L.P., clinical director at Park Nicollet Melrose Center PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing
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   

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

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

Supplemental Handout
(47 pages)


PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

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

Supplemental Handout

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Condensed version for printing

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

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

Supplemental Handout

Are Medications the Only Expectation I Should Have from My Child's Psychiatrist? 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

PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

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

No Longer Available

PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center Updates Julie Hertzog, Director of the National Bullying Prevention Center PowerPoint Presentation as PDF

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.

2017 National Keynote Speakers

Gil Noam, Ph.D., Ed.D.

The Clover Model of Social-Emotional Development: Finding Opportunity Amidst Adversity in Adults and Youth

The founder and director of The PEAR Institute at Harvard University, and is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Boston.

Richard G. Petty, M.D.

Pharmacological, Non-Pharmacological, and Lifestyle Approaches to Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

A world-renowned authority on the brain and an accredited specialist in psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, and nutrition.

Anne Gearity, Ph. D.

Transforming Fear into Anxiety that is Useful for Learning

A sought after speaker on mental health, she has a practice in Minneapolis and is a consultant to many school districts. Anne also teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Workshops Include:

  • It’s Complicated: Children, Social Media, and Mental Health
    Erin Walsh, M.A., Mind Positive Parenting Speaker
  • Understanding Dyslexia
    John Alexander, M.Ed., Groves Academy Executive Director
  • Understanding Children’s Behavior to Help Adults Become Good Listeners
    Anne Gearity, Ph.D., clinical social worker in independent practice and faculty member at the University of Minnesota
  • Feeding the Child’s Mind: Managing Malnourished Minds in Children and Adolescents
    Richard G. Petty, M.D., world-renowned authority on the brain and an accredited specialist in psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, and nutrition
  • Thriving: Translating the Clover Model to Your Work with Youth
    Gil Noam, Ph.D., Ed.D., founder and director of The PEAR Institute at Harvard University and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Boston.
  • Refugee Mental Health
    Ahmed Hassan, MA, LPCC, Program Director at Summit Guidance
  • A Conversation about Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues: Prevention and Early Intervention
    Billie Gray, Community Educator with the Emily Program Foundation
  • Managing Time for Teens and Young Adults
    Tara Bruss, Assistive Technology Specialist, Simon Technology Center at PACER and Sarah Giffen-Hunter, Assistive Technology Specialist, Simon Technology Center at PACER

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:

  • Dyslexia
  • Culture and Mental Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Social Media and Mental Health
  • Nutrition, Mood, and Behavior
  • Behavior as Communication
  • Assistive Technology

Past Symposium Resources

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