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MARRCH Spring Retreat

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Thursday, May 16

9:00-9:30 a.m.


9:30-9:45 a.m.

Welcome Address & Introductions

9:45-11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Native American Track: American Indian People in Minnesota

Shawnee Hunt, MN DHS

American Indian communities have faced historical use and abuse of alcohol and drugs at a startling rates which has continued up to today. The curriculum was designed for non-American Indian providers who work with American Indians in clinical settings. This training could be likened to an American Indian 101 class where the requisite knowledge gained in this training will assist with the reduction of disparate outcomes for American Indian people.


  1. You will gain a fundamental understanding of American Indian cultures in Minnesota
  2. Participants on average report high degree of satisfaction with attending
  3. You will have a foundational understanding of inter-governmental relationships

Co-Occurring Track: Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategies for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Hal Baumchen, NorthStar Regional

A myriad of difficulties including withdrawal effects, sleep deprivation, chemical imbalance, traumatic experiences, and emotional issues including anxiety and depression compromise a client’s cognitive processing abilities. Because abstract reasoning is inherently more difficult, clients need concrete and practical treatment materials in order to achieve long-term recovery. This workshop presents key Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies with ready to use clinical interventions and original resources that can be implemented immediately to increase your overall clinical effectiveness. Participants will build their knowledge to recognize signs of depression and anxiety in a clinical setting and learn specific interventions to help clients manage symptoms, challenge negative thinking, and develop positive recovery skills.


  1. Participants will recognize complexities of co-occurring anxiety and depression disorders and adapt strategies to meet clients’ processing difficulties.
  2. Participants will identify positive thought replacements and utilize cognitive skill builders to help clients in long-term recovery.
  3. Participants will acquire resources to improve the overall quality and effectiveness of treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

12:45-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Native American Track: Poison Came to the People

Rick Moldenhaur, MS, LADC, ICADC.LPCC; DHS Behavioral Health Division

This presentation will review the disparities in treatment program admissions for Native vs. on-Native for SUD, specifically meth and heroin, in Minnesota. Attention will be paid to location and methods of referral to Native, culturally specific programs in Minnesota.


  1. Identify at least two major disparities between Native and non-Native drug use patterns
  2. Identify at least two referral opportunities for clients requesting Native specific treatment services
  3. Identify at least one cultural aspect effective in treatment for Native People

Co-Occurring Track: Bi-Polar Disorder & Co-Occurring Disorders

Dr. Lois Cochrane Schlutter, PhD, LP, MAC, CCDPD; Sclutter & Associates


  1. Be able to identify the main types of Bi-Polar Disorders; (not necessarily be able to diagnose all these).
  2. Be able to identify a number of the differential diagnoses for bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders.
  3. Be able to identify a number of the differential diagnoses for bipolar disorder and substance use disorders.

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:00-5:00 p.m.

General Session

With a Little Help from My Friends

Rick Moldenhaur, MS, LADC, ICADC.LPCC; DHS Behavioral Health Division

This presentation will review ethical violations of individuals vs. programs, with focus on the most common violations in Minnesota by LADCs. In addition to Statutory requirements and prohibitions, attention will be paid to how individual ADC Supervisors can enroll in MHCP and establish independent practice, and the requirements and responsibilities for that.


  1. Identify the top 10 most common violations of LADCs
  2. Identify the process for individual ADC Supervisor enrolment in MHCP
  3. Identify at least  three  fundamental differences between program and individual practice

5:00 p.m.


5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dinner & Networking

6:15 p.m.


Friday, May 17

7:30-8:15 a.m.


8:00-10:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Native American Track: Native American Diversity

Donald W. Moore Jr., Minnesota DHS Behavioral Health Division

Co-Occurring Track: Cognitice, Behaviorial and Spiritual Interventions for Co-Occuring Disorders

Dr. Tim Walsh, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

The research on positive psychology represents a paradigm shift in the philosophy and focus of the field of co-occurring counseling. This body of evidence speaks to spirituality, identity, life meaning and purpose, flourishing, relational health, virtues or moral strengths, motivation, optimism and hope, personal growth, happiness and joy, resilience or grit. This research provides the “how to” of recovery and life transformation for both mental health and substance use disorder treatment.


  1. Participants will analyze the similarities and contrasts of positive psychology as it relates to SUD and mental health recovery
  2. Participants will actively engage in group discussion to identify practical applications of this body of research
  3. Participants will identify the surprising findings of positive psychology and how it relates to cognitive, behavioral and spiritual applications to their work with clients and themselves

10:00-10:15 a.m.

Networking Break with Vendors

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Native American Track: Widokowishin Equaywug (Helping Native Women): Native American Substance Exposed Infants (SEI)

Shirley Cain J.D., Minnesota DHS

This presentation shows data and how data involving Native American women and substance exposed infants is the highest in the state, how substance use is an epidemic in Indian country and across the nation, opioid prescriptions, symptoms of SEI and opioid use, medication assisted treatment and wrap around services, recovery from drug addiction, use of trauma-informed care, bonding, belonging, utilization of non-judgmental treatment and the critical use of culturally-based treatment models to assist Native women and others to heal, utilization of the use of the mom-centered approach wherein mom is the treatment and what other states and tribes are doing to address substance use in other states, including Minnesota, urban Native programs and tribes in Minnesota.


  1. Understand data and how data affects Native women and babies.
  2. Understand how opioids and other drugs are affecting Native women, babies and other community members in Indian country.
  3. Understand how and why culturally-based treatment, belonging, bonding and being non-judgmental is key to helping women and others to heal.

Co-Occurring Track: Psychotropic Medications and Non-Pharmacologic Interventions in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

Dr. Beth A. Good, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

This training will focus on identifying the need for and the effectiveness of psychotropic medication in persons with Co-Occurring disorders. Various psychotropic medications as well as their indications, actions, as well as side effect profiles will be discussed along with non-pharmacologic treatment interventions. Some persons dependent on alcohol or other substances may not be aware of their psychiatric symptoms or illness, and may fear the use of these medications. Persons with psychiatric illness may not be aware of the connection between their mental health symptoms and substance use or that one may have led to the other. Various strategies for engaging the Co-occurring disorder populations while in treatment will be explored.


  1. Identify 2 psychotropic medications utilized for treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder in the Co-occurring disorders population.
  2. State three non-pharmacologic strategies used for treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
  3. State two strategies for engaging the Co-occurring disorders population in psychotropic medication treatment.

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

1:00-1:15 p.m.

Networking Break with Exhibitors

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Native American Track: Native American Diversity

Monica Haglund, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe District III Aazhoomog/Hinckley area

Co-Occurring Track: Men and Trauma

Kevin Spading LICSW LADC CPP, Peter Feeney LADC, Shane Pugh LADC; Metropolitan State University

3:30 p.m.


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St. Paul, MN 55114
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