Supporting Student Mental Health Conference

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About the Conference

Mental health is one of the most pressing needs in schools today. Whether it is long lines in your counseling office or behaviors that are a cry for help for which you don't have the answer, schools across the country are struggling with how to respond. With limited resources, overwhelmed student service providers and without a roadmap to do things differently, you aren't sure where to start.
The Supporting Student Mental Health Conference is a place to come together to carve out sometime to explore the issues you are facing, learn best practices, understand the research and create a plan of how things could be different next year.
If you are trying to figure out how to meet the mental health needs of students and staff, then this is the conference for you to learn how to:
  • Move beyond a crisis response model to a more proactive approach
  • Organize groups to address depression, anxiety and chemical health in schools
  • Care for mental health providers and reduce symptoms of burnout
  • Employ systems of identification for services when almost all students need support
  • Provide support in a culturally responsive manner
  • Adopt practices that promote mentorship, supportive adults and restorative practices to address mental health needs
  • 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.


Dr. Karen Treisman, MBE

Clinical Psychologist, trauma specialist and author experienced in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and attachment.


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. Ed/Spec Ed

Trainer, Consultant and Coach with over 20 years of experience working with and supporting children with challenging behaviors in schools, and training and guiding the teams that support them.


Katie Raher, PhD

Founder of Constant Love and Learning and an award-winning teacher turned School Psychologist 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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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.


Lauren Ashbaugh, PhD

Therapist, consultant, and trainer who provides evidence-based outpatient psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. 

Clay Cook, PhD
Chief Development Officer with extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s social, emotional, and behavioral well-being as the foundation for academic and life success.

Ways to Attend

Virtual Option:

Attendees that elect to attend the conference virtually will have access to live streams of all keynote sessions, including the opportunity to ask questions and interact with other virtual attendees. For the breakout sessions, there will be at least 1 session per breakout that will be offered exclusively in a virtual format. Virtual attendees can attend live or watch the session replay. In addition the in-person sessions will be recorded and made available for replay following the event. 

The virtual conference event attendees will have opportunities to interact with the speakers and network with other virtual attendees during the live event.

In-person Option:

Attendees that choose to attend the conference in person will have access to all the in-person or virtual sessions. Attendees that want to attend a virtual session live will have the option to participate in that session from their room, cabin or common space at the resort. In-person attendees will also have access to recordings of the sessions to watch after the event.

Department/School Option:

Because we believe that the mental health needs of students are so important, we have created an option for schools and departments to be able to participate in this conference together. So if multiple members of the counseling, social work or student services department at your district are interested in this conference, the department/school option is a great way to access the content at a low per person cost. We do believe that learning and revisioning what mental health services could look like happens best in collaboration with others, so we encourage you to participate live and/or bring together a team locally to learn together.

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 Workshop

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

Attend in person or livestream

Optional Add-on Session for a Fee of $149


Traditional approaches to behavioral change using conventional FBA's and Behavior Support Plans have long fallen short, continuing to fail children to whom they're applied most. With assumptions about the "why" of behavior based in kids wanting to "get" or "avoid", they've left us with little to do but attempt to externally motivate through rewards and consequences.

Learn how evidence-based approaches, pediatric neuroscience, and the latest resilience research can inform the creation and use of FBA's/BSP's that are trauma-informed, brain-based and skill-focused.

Registration for the workshop can be purchased as part of the conference or as a stand-alone workshop. The training can be attended virtually or in person at Cragun's Resort.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why using traditional FBA’s/BSP’s for children with trauma-related emotional/behavioral challenges may not effectively meet their needs;
  • Understand how the Stress Response System is formed, and the critical role that it plays in a child’s ability to meet expectations of school, along with how to approach making changes to the Stress Response System;
  • Identify important components of a “Trauma Informed Functional Assessment and Behavior Support Plan”

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®)

Certificate for 7 CE hours will be provided to participants.

Schedule at a glance

An overview of the conference.

Thursday, May 5, 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 6, 2022

Keynote » 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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

Lunch » 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Closing Session » 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Conference Rates

General Registration


March 1, 2022 - April 15, 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 April15, 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.