Supporting Student Mental Health Conference


About the Conference

Students are returning to school after distance learning more in need of mental health support than ever before. As schools scramble to meet this need with systems that often didn't operate well before the pandemic or have processes that have faltered under the overwhelming need, it is imperative that we re-examine how mental health needs of students and the staff that support them can be met.

This conference will bring together therapists and educators to collaborate on how school mental health services could operate in this post-distance learning environment. If you are trying to figure out how to address these things, then this is the conference for you:

  • How to employ systems of identification for services when almost all students need support
  • Be able to move beyond a crisis response model to a more proactive approach
  • Organize groups to address mental health need in schools
  • Support the mental health needs of adults
  • Find ways to care for mental health providers and reduce symptoms of burnout
  • Provide support in a culturally responsive manner
  • Adopting practices that promote mentorship, supportive adults and restorative practices to address mental health needs
  • How to address mental health needs for students with a disability through an individualized education plan


Define and operationalize the unique aspects of relationship development, social emotional learning and mental health support for school staff not trained in mental health.

Examine tier one strategies for promoting positive mental health.

Identify strategies for effectively implementing a full continuum of integrated school mental health approaches to support students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes.

Create action steps to meaningfully partner with youth and families in development of school mental health models.

Explore ideas for increasing productivity to allow for more student contact and more off work time for providers. 



Denise Moody, MSW, LICSW
Educator, therapist and school administrator, who finds purpose in supporting educators in transforming schools and reducing staff burnout.


Karlin Tichenor, PhD
Clinical scholar and educator who believes in positively impacting the lives of others, namely marginalized communities, in social emotional and psychological wellness.

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Julia Bantimba, MS, OTR/L, ECMHS, RP II
Occupational therapist & early childhood mental health specialist, passionate about creating partnerships that ensure access to high quality, socially just, & culturally relevant care for all children.


Rick Bowman, M.A.

Trainer, consultant and coach dedicated to partnering with organizations, agencies, communities and systems to support staff serving children, youth and adults who struggle as a result of trauma, developmental differences or mental health challenges.


Doris Bowman, M.S.

Author, teacher, trainer and coach who envisions a future in which every child, youth & adult receives the neurobiologically and developmentally appropriate education, treatment and services that will enable them to grow, develop and reach their potential.


Katie Raher, PhD

Founder of Constant Love and Learning and an award-winning teacher turned School Psychologist and educational leader who has been working in schools for 20 years focused on helping soul-led educators and mental health professionals cultivate social emotional learning and well-being within themselves, the children they serve, and their larger systems, so they can sustainably create impact without sacrificing their health, happiness, and wholeness.

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Have ideas you would like to share?

We are looking for mental health providers, school support personnel and educators that can share their experiences in the classroom and beyond in the following areas:

  • Tier 1 mental health supports
  • Peer mentorship models
  • Use of technology and other high interest modalities to support positive mental health in adolescents
  • Effective implementation of a full continuum of integrated school mental health approaches
  • Family and community partnerships
  • Increasing the capacity of mental health providers
  • Culturally Responsive mental health services
  • Supporting adults mental health and managing burnout
  • Developing systems and processes of providing mental health services

Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed to increase the capacity of educators and all working with students to create healing centered learning communities focused on building supportive systems, addressing equity and inequity in education and promoting social and emotional well-being. All are welcome!

  • Educators
  • School Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Mental Health Therapists
  • Student Services Staff
  • School Support Staff



Preconference: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Conference: Thursday, May 5 - Friday, May 6, 2022


You can choose to attend this hybrid conference in person at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, MN or participate virtually. No matter which option you select, you will be able to view recordings of the presentations for 90 days following the conference.

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It is our first priority to ensure that this conference is a safe environment for everyone. For the protection of our guests, the in-person event is open to vaccinated individuals only.  This event will follow local and national guidelines on mask mandates and social distancing.

Pre-Conference Session

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Optional Add-on Session for a Fee of $149


What will I learn?

  • Strategies for looking deeper, beyond what a child is trying to “get or avoid”, to assess the underlying skills that need to be built
  • Comparisons of how brain-based, skill-focused FBA’s & BSP’s more effectively address the impacts of trauma than traditional models
  • Processes to assess and plan proactive regulation as part of a plan to help a child become more accessible for intervention
  • Strategies for intervention components of the FBA and BSP to ensure that the brain can tolerate and grow from the experience
  • Application of how to take the information learned and create successful and effective Behavior Support Plans

Trainers: Bowman Consulting Group

Rick Bowman, M.A.: Clinical Psychology Certified Trauma Practitioner – Clinical (CTP-C®)

Doris Bowman, M.S.: Ed/Special Ed Certified Trauma Practitioner of Education (CTP-E®)

Schedule at a glance

An overview of the conference.

Thursday, May 4, 2022

Opening Session » 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions » 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch » 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Keynote » 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions » 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday May 5, 2022

Keynote » 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions » 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Lunch » 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Closing Session » 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Conference Rates

Early Bird Registration


before March 1, 2022

General Registration


March 1, 2022 - April 15, 2022

Last Minute Registration


April 16, 2022 - May 2, 2022

A group discount of $50 off each registration will be applied when registering a team of 5 or more

School or Department-Wide Registration

Virtual Option Only: Includes Virtual Access to Live Sessions and Recordings for 90 Days Following the Event for up to 100 Staff


before March 1, 2022


$3,000 March 1, 2022 - April 15, 2022

$3,500 April 16, 2022 - May 2, 2022

Room Block

A room block is being held at a discounted rate Cragun's Resort.

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Please contact us and we will get in touch within 1 business day.