Leadership Institute Community of Practice


Through a collaborative effort, Region 7’s Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Center’s (TTC’s) will hold space for current and emerging leaders in these behavioral health disciplines who want to participate in dialogue and begin to create space for our industries leaders of tomorrow.  


From June through September, on the third Thursday of each month, 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST, the TTC’s will host a free 60-minute virtual Zoom session to engage leaders in dialogue on three different topics: 


  • Workforce and Business Models (6/16)
  • Equity and Inclusion in the Workforce (7/21 & 8/18)
  • Relationship Building (9/15)




Past sessions: 


Communities of Practice in Leadership: Workforce Innovations - Social Impact and Remote Working

June 16, 2022 

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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss Social Impact and how it is changing business
  • Discuss changes in workplace culture and what businesses need to do to adapt
  • List various remote learning trends and how they fit into workplace culture



The pandemic has permanently changed how we think about work. As the U.S. enters year three of working through the pandemic, people are channeling their internal reflections and shaping them into a new way of working and trying to find meaning in work and the companies that they work for. Join us for a discussion about how capitalism is evolving, why companies must do more social and environmental good and how you can recruit and retain top talent in an ever changing job market. 


Presented by: 




Jonathan Liebert

Jonathan Liebert CEO and Cofounder of the National Institute for Social Impact (NI4SI) and
CEO/Executive Director of the Better Business Bureau of Southern

Jonathan is a Social Entrepreneur and a Colorado Springs native. He is a recognized Leader by the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI, class of 2017), and a Rising Star Award recipient from the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Jonathan is a champion for Social Impact, small businesses, and Trust in the marketplace. Jonathan is the Chair and Chief Architect of the new, international BBB Trustmark Program, titled BBB4Good. This new program verifies Higher-Purpose businesses and will be the first new Trustmark from BBB in more than 20 years. Jonathan is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In partnership with UCCS, he has created the curriculum for the first course for Social Entrepreneurship in the School of Business. Jonathan is currently expanding the National Institute for Social Impact outside Colorado. This organization is key to Accelerating the evolution of Business by providing tools and training designed to enhance and organize the emerging Fourth Sector of the economy and leveraging entrepreneurial strategies that solve social and environmental issues across the globe. Jonathan currently serves on the National Board for the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, Business Advisory Committee for the Colorado Secretary of State, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and is a CiviCO Colorado Governors Fellow of 2022. Jonathan has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center.



Community of Practice: Equity and Inclusion in Behavioral Health Work

July 21, 2022 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Virtual

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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss equity versus equality and how it is changing organizations
  • Discuss advocacy in workplace culture and what organizations need to consider
  • Discuss restorative justice and how it fits into workplace culture




Current political environment around equity and inclusion in the workplace has made it challenging for practitioners to provide effective evidence-based practices towards prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Behavioral health practitioners are required now more than ever to pay closer attention to these challenges in the workplace.  Join us for a discussion around increasing awareness, effectively navigating challenges, and moving towards action.  

  • Equity versus equality 
  • Treatment courts 
  • Advocacy for those harmed  
  • Restorative Justice 



Presented by:

Shawn Sorrell

Shawn Sorrell currently serves as the Hennepin County Diversity Equity and Inclusion Department manager and Race Equity Advisory Council strategic liaison.  His prior Hennepin County service was as the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Diversity and Equal Justice Unit Manager, former Lead Safety trainer and prior position as a Senior Human Resources Representative. HueLife consultant, providing training, professional development and other facilitation services to communities and organizations.

His experiences includes consultation and collaboration with public and private entities to design and implement organizational change strategies and training programs. Current responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing county-wide strategic initiatives, develop and track metrics of progress of change and research best practices, benchmarks, and tools for summary reports and recommendations. He’s a Certified Technology of Participation Methods (ToPs) Facilitator/Trainer and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. HIs community and non-profit board participation consists of Avenues for Youth Board of Directors Vice-President, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) Board of Directors member, Woodbury YMCA community board chair, Woodbury Public Safety Multicultural Advisory Committee member, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council member, Metro Urban Indian Directors Public Safety committee member, 4th District Courts Equal Justice Committee member and Nexus Community Partners Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) 2020-2021 Fellow.





Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the Workforce: Examining Bias in Hiring Practices

Aug. 18, 2022 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Virtual

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Learning Objectives: 

  • Define what professionalism means to your organization and the origins of that definition.
  • Identify strategies to make hiring practices more inclusive.



Mitigating bias in hiring and promoting practices in the behavioral health field is a priority.  Behavioral health practitioners are required now more than ever to pay closer attention to these challenges in the workplace. Join us for a discussion around increasing awareness, effectively navigating challenges, and moving towards action.


Presented by: 


Dr. Anitra Warrior is the owner of Morningstar Counseling and Consultation in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is from the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 2015 and has operated her clinic since 2012. Since receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Warrior has established four additional clinics that are now located throughout eastern Nebraska. Morningstar offers counseling on two college campuses, as well as in schools, communities, and other integrated care locations with the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. Clinic sites are based on reservations and in rural and urban settings. Dr. Warrior specializes in treating trauma in children through the utilization of evidenced based practices that have been adapted to the American Indian population. Most recently, Morningstar has become a training site for doctoral candidates with the Munroe-Meyer Institute. This track will focus on integrated care on the reservation as well as provide additional clinical training opportunities in schools, colleges, and in the tribal communities.



Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D., received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. She completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a staff psychologist and training director with Morningstar. In this role, she provides mental health services to American Indian communities in Nebraska. This includes outreach and services to the Little Priest Tribal College and the Nebraska Indian Community College. Dr. Hinojos previously held the position of training director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Throughout her career, Dr. Hinojos has focused on increasing access to quality mental health services for people of color. She began her work at UNL-CAPS as the Diversity Coordinator and Latinx Outreach Specialist. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Dr. Hinojos worked at a community mental health agency in Kansas City providing mental health services to the Latinx community. She is an active member of the National Latinx Psychological Association. She currently serves on the Standing Committee on Diversity through the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, in addition to the Training Advisory Committee for the Minority Fellowship Program through the American Psychological Association. 



Building Rapport and Working Overextensions

Sept. 15, 2022 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. | Virtual

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine individuals' own multi-faceted personality, strengths and growth opportunities to improve team communication and collaboration.
  2. Recognize the diversity and strengths of each individual team member and what they bring to the table.
  3. Identify individuals’ overextensions and examine strategies for personal growth.
  4. Describe the 5 thinking styles and strategies to quickly build rapport with each.



Lumina practitioners will share how our personality aspects influence our leadership traits. Participants will be guided through an interactive experience to create a unique picture of their personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and overextensions that will lead to improving team communication and collaboration. Additionally, participants will learn the 5 thinking styles and uncover how to quickly build rapport with each. Finally, this session will guide the participants through an exercise that helps them identify what helps them be at their best and identify barriers that keep them from being their best. 


Presented By: Dave Closson

Dave Closson

Dave Closson is the owner of DJC Solutions, LLC, a modern-day consulting company with a combined focus of serving substance misuse prevention professionals, law enforcement officers, and military veterans. DJC Solutions connects others to sustainable habits, aligned experiences, and next-level excellence. Dave is the author of “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police” and was chosen as one of the few Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #StillServing Heroes nationwide.

Dave was most recently the Co-Director of the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His PTTC served as a prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

He was previously a Training/Technical Assistance Specialist for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Before joining CAPT, Dave was Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention.

Dave brings a unique experience to substance misuse prevention, having served as a university police officer at Eastern Illinois University. Dave was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While spending a year in Iraq with his infantry battalion and his recon team, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and was awarded two Army Commendation Medals (one for valor and one for meritorious service).

Training, coaching, and helping others is what he does best!





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