Imagine Thriving: Mental Wellness for Youth

bulletIn-Person Training, Fargo, ND

bulletWednesday, August 29, 2018

bullet10:00 am to 2:00 pm Central Time (Lunch provided)

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$80 for non-YIPA members

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When it comes to mental health, there can be many barriers to thriving; stereotyping and stigma, general lack of understanding, and difficulty finding support resources, to name a few. Many adults are unaware of the warning signs of distress in youth. What’s more, if we think we know what youth need, but fail to engage in conversation with them or seek to understand their experiences, we will fall short in providing guidance or real solutions.

Your ability to recognize and respond to the warning signs of a youth in distress is vital to their ability to thrive. You can empower youth by providing tools they can use to better their wellbeing. When youth practice strategies to improve their mental wellbeing, they build hope and resiliency within themselves that will support them throughout their life.

In this training, a team of youth and adults at Imagine Thriving will share their firsthand experiences of what it’s like to navigate mental health issues. There will be a showing of ‘Not Alone,’ a documentary created by youth for youth to explore teen mental health through their own perspectives. You’ll leave this dynamic training with both a greater understanding of the barriers to thriving and strategies that you can use to engage with the youth you serve as they face stressful situations.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the warning signs of distress in youth and young adults struggling with mental health challenges
  • Gain effective strategies for engaging youth and their families in stressful situations
  • Understand the essentials for thriving and ways to empower youth to better their own mental wellbeing
  • Gain firsthand perspective on the mental health struggles faced by today’s youth

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Trainers

Danelle Klaman works with the Moorhead Public Schools as the district’s Student Wellness Facilitator for grades 5-12. She serves youth and families in the community struggling with significant mental health challenges. She is a 1999 graduate of MSUM and completed a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota in 2001. Danelle is currently enrolled in the Educational Doctoral Program through North Dakota State University, pursuing her Doctorate of Education. Danelle’s practice experience has emphasized areas of child welfare; specifically special needs adoption, crisis case management and at-risk youth services. She previously taught for the School of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and has also worked in areas of homelessness, alternative school-based programming, youth and family services, and medical social work. Danelle resides with her husband and three amazing daughters in West Fargo.

Heather Zinger is the Executive Director of Imagine Thriving. Zinger served as the Board Secretary for the National Alliance on Mental Illness North Dakota (NAMI ND) for two years, where she worked with the national NAMI office on finalizing the North Dakota chapter charter as well as expanding their evidence-based program offerings and outreach. During her time with NAMI ND, she and the current chapter president sought to build partnerships with local organizations with shared mental health missions such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) North Dakota, Mental Health America North Dakota and the NAMI Moorhead and Sioux Falls chapters.

Tiffaney Holm is the Talent Development Manager at Sundog Interactive and is on the Board of Directors for Imagine Thriving. Tiffaney has been involved with Imagine Thriving since the beginning and has continued to make a difference in promoting mental wellbeing since joining the Board in 2017. She has recently begun to publicly share her own personal story of living with depression and anxiety, in hopes that others join her in helping to erase the stigma surrounding mental health.

Baylee Enqquist has a passion for speaking out about mental illness and wellbeing. She hopes to encourage others who are struggling to reach out and get help. Through sharing her own story with battles of depression and anxiety, Baylee hopes to break down the stigma and stereotypes against mental illness. Baylee has been speaking about mental illness and sharing her story for 3 years now after joining the leadership board of a group at her high school called S.A.D.D. and then later joining the Imagine Thriving Student Board. She was also nominated for the YWCA’s Young Woman of Today and Tomorrow award in 2018. Baylee graduated Moorhead High School in the spring of 2018 and now works as the Operations Assistant at Imagine Thriving. She continues to share her story to students and the community.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: MENTAL HEALTH

Logistics

  • In-Person Training
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Central Time (Lunch will be provided for you)
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $80 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 4 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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