Avera Behavioral Health Center offer educational opportunities for school and mental health professionals, covering a broad range of behavioral health topics.
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 DistanceEducation@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 2012-2113
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. unless otherwise noted.
- September 21, 2012
Topic: Understanding Bullying and Its Effects on Children and Adolescents
Speaker: Wallace Jackmon, PhD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates
- October 12, 2012
Topic: Drug Use Trends
Speaker: Dr. Douglas Hess, DO, Sanford School of Medicine, PGY-2 Resident, USD Department of Psychiatry
- November 16, 2012
Topic: Disruptive Children and Adolescents
Speaker: Tomas Holtberg, MA, LP-MH, QMHP, University Psychiatry Associates
- December 14, 2012
Topic: Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Symptoms and Strategies
Speaker: Jane Heinemeyer, MA, CCC/SLP, USD Scottish Rite Children's Clinic
- January 18, 2013
Topic: Girl Drama - Where Does It Come From - How to Successfully Cope With It?
Speaker: Patricia Lindemann, LPC, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services
- February 1, 2013
Topic: Adolescent Depression / Suicidal Risk Factors
Speaker: Shawn VanGerpen, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates
- March 15, 2013
Topic: Expressive Strategies in Counseling Children and Adolescents
Speaker: Benjamin Kohls, LPC, QMHP, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services
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Behavioral Health Symposium Series
This symposium series is an educational series for mental health professionals, brought to you by Avera McKennan Behavioral Health.
For 'the following symposium, 2.75 Credit Hours will be applied to the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners and 2.75 Credit Hours to the State of South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists.
Treatment for Adults with Persistent Depression
- March 29, 2013, 9:00-12:00pm
- Registration begins at 8:30am
- Cost: $10
Dr. Matthew Stanley presents on the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a safe and effective treatment for depression. This treatment has been changing lives for those suffering from depression throughout the country. TMS is proven effective in clinical trials with minimal side effects. TMS has been compared to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in the research. ECT is a medical procedure in which a brief electrical stimulus is used to induce a seizure under controlled conditions. Its purpose is to treat mental health disorders such as depression. Learn more about the differences between TMS and ECT. This information with be beneficial to help your clients understand their treatment options for persistent depression.
Psychotropic medications continue to be a popular and helpful treatment for depression. Dr. Matthew Stanley will provide a high level overview of today’s antidepressants with an opportunity for dialogue and discussion.
Dr. Wallace Jackmon, PHD, LP of Avera University Psychiatry Associates shares his Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Approach when working with clients with depression. CBT is used to help a person learn to recognize negative patters of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.
Register online or call 605-322-4042 for more information.
More information to come regarding our next Symposium: May 2013 - Addiction and Mental Health Co-morbidity