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Behavioral Health 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

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 27, 2017

  • “Addressing Emotional Needs of Children on the Autism Spectrum”
  • Julia Alzoubaidi, PhD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

November 17, 2017

  • “The Power of Play:  How Play can Support Wanted Behaviors”
  • Nikki Eining, MSW, CSW, QMHP, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services, Brookings

December 15, 2017

  • “Internet Crimes Against Children”
  • Detective Jason Holbeck, Internet Crimes Against Children, Sioux Falls Police Department

January 26, 2018

  • “Turning the Corner on Teen Suicide”
  • Colleen Weber, RN-BC, Child/Adolescent Manager, Avera Behavioral Health Center and Natasha Sundet, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Educator, Avera Behavioral Health Center

February 9, 2018 

  • “Aggression in Children”
  • Sarah Flynn, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

March 23, 2018

  • “School Refusal”
  • Matthew Wittry, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

April 20, 2018

  • “Cultural Focus & Mental Health in the Native American Community”
  • Serene Thin Elk, MA, LPC, QMHP, ACT, Southeastern Behavioral Health

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September 23, 2016

  • “Recognizing and Responding to Suspected Child Abuse”
  • Michele Whalen-Ridings, BS, Family & Consumer Sciences, DSS Division of Child Protection, Lead Family Services Specialist

October 14, 2016

  • “Understanding the Effects of Grief and Trauma in Children”
  • Mary Weber, MS, LPC, LMFT, Lighting a New Way

November 18, 2016

  • “Understanding Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder”
  • Renuka Velisetty, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

December 16, 2016

  • “DSM-V: Diagnostic Overview”
  • Matthew Wittry, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

January 27, 2017

  • “Problem Solving Skills and Self-Motivation Techniques”
  • Alauldeen Ali, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

February 24, 2017

  • “Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Research-Based Treatment Interventions”
  • Wallace Jackmon, Ph.D, LCSW-PIP, Avera University Psychiatry Associates

March 24, 2017

  • “The Power of Play: How Play Can Support Wanted Behaviors in the Home Throughout High School”
  • Nikki Eining, MSW, CSW, QMHP, Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services

April 21, 2017

  • “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Working with Children and Adolescents”
  • Alauldeen Ali, MD, Avera University Psychiatry Associates
  • 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.
    View a recording.
  • March 18, 2016
    Topic: ADHD: Current State of the Evidence
    Speaker: Thomas R. Shaffer, PhD, Psychologist/Neuropsychologist, Avera BHS Outpatient Services
    View a recording.

  • 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

  • September 25, 2015
    Topic: Current Drug Trends / Gangs
    Speaker: Robert Draeger, BA, Sioux Falls Police Department/Lincoln Sr. High Resource Officer
    View a recording.
  • 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
    View a recording.
  • 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
    View a recording. 
  • September 26, 2014
    Topic: Engaging Multi-problem Families & Dealing with the Conflicted Child
    Speaker: Todd Herrboldt, MSW, CSW, PIP, QMHP, Family Service, Inc.
  • 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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