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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