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Educational Resources

Avera Behavioral Health Center offer educational opportunities for school and mental health professionals, covering a broad range of behavioral health topics.

Friday Forums

Friday Forums are offered once a month, free of charge at the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls, SD. CEU’s are attainable for those attending the day of the Forum, either live or by remote only. CEU’s are not attainable for those watching the Forum through the online archive, after the event has taken place, as interactive capability is required for CEU credits.

Avera Network Sites: Presentations are available via video conference. To participate, please contact your local videoconferencing site coordinator at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Digital Dakota Network School Sites: Please contact Distance@avera.org at least 48 hours in advance of event, stating your location and how many participants will be attending, as required by the Digital Dakota Network.

Current Forum Schedule for 2014-2015

Below is a list of upcoming forums. Each forum includes a 45 minute presentation on a specified subject by a Behavioral Health professional, followed by a 45 minute Question & Answer Session. All Forums will be held at the Avera Behavioral Health Center Gymnasium 4400 West 69th Street, Sioux Falls, SD from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • October 24, 2014
    Topic: The Effects of Poverty & Homelessness on Youth
    Speaker: Stacy Tieszen, Coordinator, Minnehaha County Homeless Advisory Board
  • November 21, 2014
    Topic: Human Trafficking & at Risk Youth
    Speaker: Kevin Koliner, Chief, Appellate & Human Rights Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota
  • December 12, 2014
    Topic: Mobilizing the Community in Matters of Public Policy & Addressing Children’s Needs
    Speaker: Greg Boris, Ed.D, Senior Policy & Program Specialist & Interim Director, South Dakota Voices for Children
  • January 23, 2015
    Topic: Interventions, Strategies & Resources/How Domestic Violence &Violence in the Home are Brought into the Classroom
    Speakers: Paula Lain Smykle, CSW, Family Service, Inc., Aaron Wimmer, MS, Executive Director, Family Visitation Center
  • February 27, 2015
    Topic: Understanding Attachment Issues
    Speaker: Lisa Stellinga, MS, QMHP, LPC-MH, CCDCIII, Lighting A New Way Counseling Services
  • March 27, 2015
    Topic: Panel Discussion
    Speakers: Suicide Prevention Task Force

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