Mental Health Awareness Month

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Implementing MTSS to Expand Mental Health Services to Students

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From the Bench to the Ranch

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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Psychological Assessment

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Understanding Power and Privilege: New Angles for a New Era

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CEUs available!

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Thriving Together: Fostering Organizational Wellness in Rural Behavioral Health Settings

July 25, August 22, September 26
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Organizational Wellbeing: Dare to Lead

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is key for everyone!
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Implementing MTSS to Expand Mental Health Services to Students

Learn More

From the Bench to the Ranch

Register by June 14!

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Psychological Assessment

Learn More

Understanding Power and Privilege: New Angles for a New Era

Learn More

CEUs available!

Register by July 19!

Thriving Together: Fostering Organizational Wellness in Rural Behavioral Health Settings

July 25, August 22, September 26
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Organizational Wellbeing: Dare to Lead

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Mountain Plains MHTTC

University of North Dakota
231 Centennial Drive, Stop 7189, Education Building Room 317
Grand Forks,
ND
58202
HHS Region 8
CO, MT, ND, SD, WY, UT
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The primary focus of the Mountain Plains MHTTC is to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to individuals serving persons with mental health disorders. Particular attention is given to serving providers with limited access to service delivery systems with attention paid to rural and agricultural communities. By providing free, innovative, and accessible learning opportunities on research-based practices in mental health services, we seek to help you better serve your communities, staff, and patients. The Mountain Plains MHTTC serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.


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From the Mountain Plains MHTTC
Aug. 11, 2023
The American Psychiatric Association's Health Minds Monthly Poll found that 86% of pet owners say their pets have a mostly positive impact on their mental health.   Click here to read the full article.
Aug. 11, 2023
CDC released the latest provisional estimates for suicide deaths in the United States in 2022. After declining in 2019 and 2020, suicide deaths increased approximately 5% in the United States in 2021. The provisional estimates released indicate that suicide deaths further increased in 2022, rising from 48,183 deaths in 2021 to an estimated 49,449 deaths in […]
Jun. 29, 2023
"About five minutes into his Montana Football Hall of Fame induction speech, Dane Fletcher took an unexpected turn. “Tonight, I’m going to talk about my dark times,” Fletcher told the Billings Hotel and Convention Center crowd on June 25, 2022.  “Everybody kind of went, ‘What?’” said Montana Football HOF chairman Rick Halmes. “It really got […]

Upcoming Events

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Webinar/Virtual Training
Event Description Historically, school psychologists functioned in narrow roles in school districts, and many school districts lacked the mental health services students require.  Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is based on a public health model of providing services and interventions to students as needed.  This training will discuss the components of a school-based behavioral health model that addresses students’ mental health needs from prevention/promotion to early intervention to intensive services. Learning Objectives: 1.Participants will understand the components of behavioral services in an MTSS model 2.Participants will learn about how universal behavioral health screening occurs in schools 3.Participants will learn about workforce development strategies needed to create an effective mental health workforce 4. Participants will learn how to develop partnerships required to implement comprehensive behavioral health models to schools Trainer Andria Amador, Ed.D, NCSP Andria Amador is the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Boston Public Schools (BPS).  Andria has dedicated her career to urban school psychology and began her career as a school psychologist before becoming an administrator.  Andria, along with her staff and partners, have developed the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM).  CBHM is a multi-tiered system of supports designed to support the behavioral health needs of students across a continuum of prevention, early-intervention and intensive services.  Implementation of CBHM requires BPS school psychologists to expand their scope of service delivery to include all NASP Domains of Practice.  Andria had the pleasure of serving as the Past President of the Massachusetts School Psychology Association.  She is the Delegate Representative for the Northeast for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is also the coordinator of the NASP Supervision Interest Group.
Webinar/Virtual Training
Event Description Clinical and psychological assessments are crucial diagnostic tools; however, it is the assessor, not the assessment, that diagnoses, and as such our tools are only as good as our understanding of science and theory. We will review important trauma theory and science and its implications for diagnosis; and considerations for taking a trauma-informed approach to psychological and clinical assessment will be discussed.  Trainer Melanie Wilcox, PhD, ABPP  Dr. Melanie Wilcox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, and Department of Psychiatry at Augusta University. She is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in counseling psychology and works part-time in private practice providing both therapy and assessment via telehealth. Her clinical areas of expertise include culturally responsive and trauma-informed care as well as substance abuse and addiction. Her research focuses on culturally response and antiracist psychotherapy and training, racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, and racial and social justice more broadly. She is in her final year as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs, which she chaired in 2020, and is currently President Elect-Elect of APA Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology. 
Face-to-Face Training
Event Description Building a bridge from the science to rural Evidence Based Practice  Increasingly, rural systems of care are employing a range of evidence-based practices and programs to meet the needs of persons with serious mental illness.  Rural systems often modify these EBPs in some manner to enable utilization in a rural environment where workforce limitations, population density, and distances limit fidelity.  This knowledge exchange will bring together researchers, state policy leaders, and providers to explore and discuss how we bridge fidelity to the science to the reality of rural practice.    Location: Boulder, Colorado. Further details will be emailed pending enrollment.   Costs: Workshop registration and lunch will be provided. The participant is responsible for all travel expenses.   Hotel: A hotel room block is available at the Residence Inn Boulder located across the street from the WICHE office. To make reservations, please click here.     Agenda 7:45 am           Breakfast and Coffee Available 8:30 am           Welcome & Introductions 9:00 am           Panel 1 — An Overview of the Science and Adaptation 10:30 am         Break 10:45 pm          Panel 2 — Where the Science Meets Reality, Rural Systems of Care 12:15 pm         Lunch (Provided) 1:00 pm           Panel 3 — Fitting State Policy to Rural Practice 2:30 pm           Wrap Up

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Multimedia
To view resources from this training, click ATTACHMENT links Recording coming soon!   Event Description Executive function symptoms are common effects of everyday stress, myriad psychological concerns and, crucially, trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Yet, Criterion E—that ADHD is a diagnosis of exclusion—is often ignored. How can we adequately assess for ADHD given the pervasiveness of trauma? Best practice considerations will be discussed.     Trainer Melanie Wilcox, PhD, ABPP  Dr. Melanie Wilcox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, and Department of Psychiatry at Augusta University. She is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in counseling psychology and works part-time in private practice providing both therapy and assessment via telehealth. Her clinical areas of expertise include culturally responsive and trauma-informed care as well as substance abuse and addiction. Her research focuses on culturally response and antiracist psychotherapy and training, racial and socioeconomic inequity in higher education, and racial and social justice more broadly. She is in her final year as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs, which she chaired in 2020, and is currently President Elect-Elect of APA Division 17, the Society of Counseling Psychology. 
Multimedia
To view resources from this training, click ATTACHMENT links Recording coming soon! Event Description Review the increased nutritional needs of pregnancy and lactation. Learn about obstacles to achieving optimal dietary intake during pregnancy and after birth.  Explore the link between worsened mental health and poor or limited dietary intake in mothers and infants. Describe some steps clinicians can take to support people during the perinatal period through the lens of nutrition.    Trainer Nathaniel Johnson, PhD  Dr. Nathaniel Johnson is in his second year as an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota. He received his doctorate only a year and a half ago in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences from NDSU. He has published 14 research papers across a diverse set of journals such as Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, The Journal of Clinical Medicine, and Sensors. He is the founder and organizer of the UND Disability Affinity Network for Employees and is passionate about nutrition, disability, and equity. On a personal note, he loves his family, enjoys sports and competitions of all varieties, and has never met a dog that he doesn’t like.     
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    Session 1 - March 11 To view resources from this training, please click ATTACHMENT links Click here to view the recording Session 2 - March 25 To view resources from this training, please click ATTACHMENT links Recording coming soon! Session 3 - April 15 To view resources from this training, please click ATTACHMENT links Recording coming soon! Session 4 - April 22 To view resources from this training, please click ATTACHMENT links Recording coming soon! Session 5 - May 6 Resources coming soon! Recording coming soon! Session 6 - May 20 Resources coming soon! Recording coming soon! Series Description We are excited to announce that Christina Ruggiero, RP, is returning to lead our first Mindful Monday series, Mindful Monday – Experiential Mental Health Practice, for Spring 2024. Join us as we continue to explore and experience different mindfulness practices related to the topics of creativity, rest, and self-care. This series is for anyone who desires to improve their overall well-being, resilience, and mental health.  The practices that are presented in the training are designed for quick and effective implementation both personally and professionally.  For mental and behavioral health practitioners these techniques can be easily incorporate into their practice.  Mindfulness practices are varied and can last anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour or more. Vishen Lakhiani, Meditation Expert and CEO of Mindvalley, states “You can take a one- to three-minute dip into peacefulness, and you can see remarkable results. The biggest benefits are going to happen in the first few minutes.” Attendees who have participated in past Mindful Monday series have the following to say about the training: “Incredibly validating experience”, “Love doing this- can we do it indefinitely”, “Thank you for this training. It is hard to recognize we also deserve to be heard, have needs/wants and slow down and breathe for a while.” This is a 30-minute interactive training that begins on March 11th and will run every other week through May 20th, 2024.  Each training will feature exercises from different mindfulness disciplines. At the beginning of each session, participants will spend a few minutes grounding and learning about the practice for that day and then spend approximately 15-20 minutes in experiential practice, leaving a few minutes at the end for reflection and discussion. Trainer Christina Ruggiero Master’s Counselling Psychology  Registered Psychotherapist 
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