Category Archives: Mental Health Seminars and Trainings

5 Things to Think About When Working With Integrated Dual Disorder Clients

Posted October 19, 2017
  1. A basic truth of behavioral health interventions is that no two clients are alike.
    It is important to remember this as we do our work and it is especially vital to keep in mind with the complication of two significant behavioral disorders. How a client’s chemical health and mental health issues interact, impact daily functioning, affect willingness and even abilities to participate in therapy, is a very individual thing.
  2. Another basic truth is that for all clients, ‘perception is reality.’
    This is important in IDD treatment since mental health symptoms and chemical use (and the effects of long-term use) have real consequences for how a client might perceive their world.
  3. A harsh truth of therapy is that change is difficult, time consuming, and at times, difficult to notice.
    For IDD clients, there can be a significantly higher degree of difficulty paired with a lower level of skills. This can make the process even harder, longer, and more difficult to experience a sense of success.
  4. Acceptance and support are key additive factors to success in therapy.
    IDD clients tend to have heavily damaged, if not absent, systems of support and acceptance.
    There is a drive from payers to identify the primary diagnosis as the target for treatment.
  5. IDD clients have two significant primary diagnoses in all cases, and the majority have significant issues across what used to be the five axis’ of diagnosis. We have to attend to all significant issues.
    ~Steven Girardeau, PsyD, LP, Director of Clinical Services at MHS

MHS welcomes new practicum students and interns…our biggest training group yet!

Posted September 8, 2015

MHS is proud to welcome our largest group of social work, counseling, and psychology practicum students and interns this fall. Committed to excellence in training, MHS is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and has both new and longstanding relationships with Minnesota universities. While our goal is to provide a rich and diverse training environment for future therapy professionals, we find that practicum students and interns in turn enrich our therapists and improve our client services.

To explain, we have compiled the Top 5 Reasons Why Being a Training Center Improves Client Care:

1. Training brings increased energy and focus to providing top notch client care. With each fresh group of trainees all of our therapists recalibrate on what it meets to be a professional role model and mentor…making our therapists more effective!
2. Mentoring and supervising practicum students and interns keeps licensed therapists up-to-date with best practices and constantly growing in their occupation. Trainees have been taught the latest developments in therapy and come ready to ask questions and apply their knowledge. Our tenured therapists grow by meeting the challenges of developing the next generation of therapists.
3. Each new training cycle brings with it new growth and regeneration of MHS’ values and commitment to clients and excellence in programming. Training centers can never stagnate, but must constantly improve training and client services to stay relevant and effective. Many times our trainees have taken lead roles in developing new services and programs, such as our innovative Thrive Program.
4. Trainees add to our therapists’ job satisfaction and decrease burnout by providing energy and enrichment opportunities for our therapists. Happier therapists who enjoy their work can deliver more to our clients!
5. Practicum students and interns often become future MHS employees. Over 80% of our therapists have had training experiences with MHS, creating a therapeutic team centered on the same values and pulling in the same direction…the lifeblood of a strong organization.

MHS is grateful to embark on a new year of training with our practicum students and interns…the future of our field!

5 Tips to Reduce Stress

Posted September 8, 2015

Expert therapist, speaker, and mindfulness author Dr. Richard Sears generously shared a straightforward explanation of Mindfulness along with 5 useful tips that can positively change your relationship to stress and crisis. If you find yourself caught in judgments, losing perspective, or just struggling to manage everyday life, this video is worth your time. Click HERE to view.

For therapists who want to learn the essentials of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, register now for Dr. Sears upcoming two day seminar.

Fun Fact: Dr. Sears is a fifth degree black belt in Ninjutsu (receiving the warrior name Watoshi) and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet!

Dr. Pederson with PrairieCare Education Series (PES) May 7th, 2015

Posted May 6, 2015

Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC will speak on Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: DBT Principals, Skills, and Techniques in Practice as part of the PrairieCare Education Series (PES).

WHEN: 5/7/15 from 9am to Noon

WHERE: Mount Zion Synagogue in St. Paul

3 CE credits and breakfast for $20 cash or check at the door.

Click HERE to register.

Join Dr. Lane Pederson May 4th to learn about use of DBT for Co-Occurring Mental & Chemical Health Issues

Posted March 26, 2015

Lane IDD Book CoverDr. Pederson will present on the application of DBT to use with clients with mental and chemical health concerns later this spring.  This training will provide 6 CE hours, continental breakfast, and a free copy of DBT Skills Training For Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (a $29.99 value).  Click HERE to learn more about Integrated Dual Disorder DBT at MHS.



Dr. Steve Girardeau & Dr. Lane Pederson Present during Hazelden’s Clinical Connection April Sessions

Posted March 26, 2015

You are invited to join other health care professionals for a free forum to network, share, and discuss current hot topics. Hear from experts about new trends, research, and proven methodologies that are at the forefront of treating substance use and mental health disorders. Throughout April, Dr. Steve Girardeau and Dr. Lane Pederson, from MHS, will facilitate training and discussion around all-things DBT hosted by Hazelden.  For more information, click HERE!

MHS will attend MPA 2015 Annual Conference

Posted March 26, 2015

Be sure to stop by our booth during this year’s MN Psychological Association 2015 Conference.  Join us Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th, to explore Pathways Through the Times of Change.  Visit the MPA website for additional information  We look forward to connecting and learning with you!

DBT for Co-Occurring Mental and Chemical Health Issues Coming in May!

Posted February 19, 2015

Lane will conduct a MHS sponsored training on the use of DBT with Co-occurring Chemical and Mental Health Disorders at the Mall of America Learning Center on Monday, May 4th. Visit the Seminars and Training link for registration information.  A free copy of DBT Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings is given to all who register.  Space is limited- sign up today!