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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 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 2015-2016

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.

  • September 25, 2015
    Topic: Current Drug Trends / Gangs
    Speaker: Robert Draeger, BA, Sioux Falls Police Department/Lincoln Sr. High Resource Officer
  • October 23, 2015
    Topic: Making Sense of Threat Evaluations
    Speaker: JC Chambers, EdD, LP, LMFT, CCDCIII, Stronghold Counseling Services, Inc.
  • November 13, 2015
    Topic: Medication Management and Children
    Speaker: Ann Verma, Medical Resident, Child Psychiatry, Avera University Psychiatry Associates
  • December 11, 2015
    Topic: Language-Based Learning Disorders
    Speaker: Jane Heinemeyer, MA, CCC/SLP, Instructor, Department of Communication Services and Disorders, University of South Dakota 
  • January 15, 2016
    Topic: Understanding Conduct Disorder
    Speakers: Alauldeen Ali, Medical Resident, Psychiatry, Avera University Psychiatry Associates 
  • February 19, 2016
    Topic: The Silent Epidemic: Sleep Disorders and Sleep Problems in Children
    Speaker: William Bryce Gammeter, MD, Adolescent Medicine, Avera University Psychiatry Assoc.
  • March 18, 2016
    Topic: ADHD: Current State of the Evidence
    Speaker: Thomas R. Shaffer, PhD, Psychologist/Neuropsychologist, Avera BHS Outpatient Services

  • April 22, 2016
    Topic: Zero Suicide Initiative
    Speakers: Colleen Weber, RN, Nurse Manager Child/Adolescent Programs, Avera Behavioral Health
    Janet Kittams-Lalley, MA, LPC, Executive Director, HelpLine Center

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