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

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Registration FULL

Registration Fee: $25.00
Lunch will be provided.

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

Date | Time

Thursday, August 7, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location | View Map

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.


Symposium Presentation Handouts and Resources

In a “green” initiative, we will not be providing copies of presentations in your symposium folder.  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)
Opening Keynote:  Restraint, Seclusion and Exclusion: The Grandma Test Larry Wexler, Ph.D., Director of the Research to Practice Division of the U.S. Departmnet of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Washington D.C Wexler-Restraint-Seclusion-Exclusion
What Do We Mean When We Talk about Asperger's? Dr. Susan Jenkins, Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, Minn.

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Understanding the Enormity of Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed for Healing in Children and Young Adults  Dr. Read Sulik, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, Minn.

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Anxiety from the Inside Out Dr. Read Sulik, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, Minn.

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What it Takes: Effectively Supporting Young Children with the Most Challenging Behaviors Lise Fox, Ph.D., Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, the University of South Florida Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Fox-Effectively-Supporting-Young-Children-with-the-Most-Challenging-Behaviors
Navigating School Discipline and Juvenile Justice Issues for Children with Disabilities Amy Goetz and Andrea Jepsen, Attorneys at School Law Center, Minn. Goetz-Navigating-School-Discipline
Transition to Employment: Two Sides of the Same Coin Jayne Spain, Secondary Transition Specialist at the MN Department of Education and Shauna McDonald, Director of Community Resource Development, PACER Center, Minn.

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Student Success for $100 or Less: Free and Low-cost Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities PACER's Simon Technology Center Panel, Minn.:  Rachel Magario, Assistive Technology Specialist, Kasey Miklik, Assistive Technology Specialist, and John Newman, Assistive Technology Specialist STC-Student-Success-Handout
Working with Parents, Teachers, and Others: A Team Approach to Meeting the Needs of Students with Challenging Behaviors that Interfere with Teaching and Learning Jo Mascorro, education consultant specializing in areas of behavior intervention, communication strategies, parents and programming for students with disabilities, Texas Mascorro-Meeting-the-Needs-Breakout
Make Stigma Disappear! PACER's Youth Advisory Board on Mental Health, Minn. Make the Stigma Disappear - Video
National Bullying Prevention Center News and Events Julie Hertzog, National Bullying Prevention Center Director and Jody Manning, Parent Training and Information Center Coordinator, PACER Center, Minn.

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Keynote: Don't Look Now, YOUR Behavior is Showing! What ALL Adult Brains Should Know About ALL Children's Brains Jo Mascorro, education consultant specializing in areas of behavior intervention, communication strategies, parents and programming for students with disabilities, Texas Mascorro-PACER-Keynote
Closing Keynote: Working in the Dark Dr. Susan Jenkins, Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, Minn.

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2014 National Speakers

Dr. Susan Jenkins

Director of the Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist recognized nationally for her work with youth and families. Her keynote “Working in the Dark” will explore how to nurture development in children despite uncertainty about diagnosis or long term outcomes.

Jo Mascorro

Author of an audio CD series, “Don’t Look Now, Your Behavior is Showing!” is an outstanding national speaker with 34 years of experience in education. She provides training in behavior intervention, communication strategies, and programming for students with disabilities.

Larry Wexler

Division Director for the Research to Practice Division of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), will discuss seclusion and restraint, suspension, and disproportionality.

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