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Western Nebraska School Mental Health Conference

March 7

Date: March 7, 2023
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center at Chadron State College,1000 Main, Chadron, NE
*Lunch will be provided to attendees that have registered by February, 21st 2023*

*Continuing education hours for psychologists may be used by other behavioral health



Keynote: Joshua MacNeill, M.Ed.

CEO InMind Services

InMindServices.com | Josh@inmindservices.com


Josh began his career as a teacher where he began adopting trauma-informed strategies into his classroom. He realized how important this approach was and saw amazing improvements in his students. Because of Josh’s success, both in his classroom and in communicating trauma-informed educational practices, he began to get many requests to consult and train others, which propelled him to opportunities to train all over the world.

In addition to earning his Masters in Multicultural Education, Josh has completed certifications in both The Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Education and Therapeutics. He has presented at regional, state, national and international conferences and now offers training and consultation for schools and individuals throughout the United States and abroad. Josh is also an adjunct professor in Eastern University’s Masters of Education program, and he is the CEO of InMind Services, an organization whose mission it is to support those who support children.|

Planning breakout session topics include:

(Most breakout sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees following the conference).

Keynote: Josh MacNeill will provide a presentation that reviews foundational brain science and how we can adapt our teaching in a way that honors knowledge of the brain. A basic understanding of the brain reveals that traditional teaching methods don't align with how many children's brains operate. This session will provide many tangible tools rooted in brain science to help you tap into your students' fullest potential. (Learning Level: Intermediate). Sponsorship: AWARE Grant. 1 CE Hour Available
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the function of each of the four regions of the brain.
2. Explain the difference between behaviors coming from each of the four regions of the brain.
3. List 2-3 approaches to support each region of the brain.


Breakout Sessions: 

A Whole Day for Staff Wellbeing? Can we really afford to do that? – Laura Barrett and Jessica Broderick – Breakout #1 and #2

We all know that time is a precious resource. Why would we spend a day where our staff are not working with students or teachers to focus on staff wellbeing? Isn’t that a waste of taxpayer resources? At ESU 13, we feel like it is one of the most important investments we can make. In this session we will share about our ESU 13 Wellbeing Day and how setting a goal of focusing on employee wellbeing has led us to thinking differently about how we support staff. (Learning Level: Introductory)

Collaborations and Community Engagement – Sandy Montague Roes  Breakout #1 and #2

This session will discuss the many collaborations which a school can utilize, particularly in healthcare.

Multicultural Considerations in School-based Mental Health – Ashlyn Kincaid and Caitlyn Weaver –Breakout #1 and #2

We will discuss our ongoing research project which aims to obtain information about school-based mental health providers' awareness and competence in a variety of multicultural domains. We also aim to provide a space for all providers to discuss, process and problem-solve multicultural concerns and considerations
in the workplace. (Learning Level: Introductory) 1 CE Hour Available
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the importance of multicultural considerations in 3 key aspects of mental health professional service delivery.
2. Discuss and identify implicit biases that show up in our work.
3. Identify 3 action items to take into practice.

Supporting Our LGBTQIA + Students – Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine –Breakout #1 and #2

This session will address issues related to providing appropriate support for students within the LGBTQIA + community. This will include discussion of which identifications fall within that community, risk factors for these students, what support and resources might look like, and challenges to providing these supports. There will be time for interactive discussion and Q & A. (Learning Level: Intermediate) Sponsorship: Nebraska Healthy Schools. 1 CE Hour Available

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify what is meant by the LGBTQIA+ community.
2. Describe risk factors and special needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.
3. Explain challenges to providing support for this population.
4. Identify 3 specific things that educators, administrators and support staff can do to support the LGBTQIA+ students in their school.

Teaching with Brain Plasticity InMind– Josh MacNeill –Breakout #1.

Josh will provide a breakout session that explores our brains amazing ability to change. He will explore the science behind how positive brain change can take place, and then explore many practical approaches one can take to create an environment where children can grow and thrive. (Learning Level:
Intermediate). Sponsorship: AWARE Grant. 1 CE Hour Available
Learning Objectives:
1. Define brain plasticity.
2. Describe key elements of how to promote positive brain change.
3. Define and provide examples of procedural memory.

Teaching with Stress InMind- Josh MacNeill – Breakout #2.

Josh will provide a breakout session that reviews how stress can impact our students' abilities in the classroom. Over the last several years, students have encountered stress in ways unparalleled by previous generations. This session explores the impact that stress can have on a child's ability to learn, connect with others, and control their behaviors. More importantly, we will explore practical approaches to improve a students' ability to tolerate future stressors. (Learning Level: Intermediate) Sponsorship: AWARE Grant. 1 CE Hour Available
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the impact of stress on the brain.
2. Explain the differences between positive and negative stress.
3. Describe how to utilize stress to help build student resilience.


“The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (NUPPC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The NUPPC sponsors this event and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”

This conference is sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.

This project, jointly undertaken by the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Behavioral Health, is made possible through Nebraska’s AWARE-SEA Grant (Number 1H795MO80960-01) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Keynote
10:20 Ignite – Session Previews

10:30 Break
10:40 Breakout Session #1
11:40 Lunch
12:40 Self-Care Break
1:00 Breakout Session #2
2:00 Break
2:10 Panel – Suicide Prevention Strategies
3:00 Closing-Door prizes

Laura Barrett is in her second year as the Administrator for ESU #13. Prior to that, she served in a variety of roles at ESU #13 include Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Assistant Coordinator for the Central/Western Nebraska Partnership for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Secondary Transition Specialist, Special Education Coordinator and Director. She also served as the Director of Student Services for Gering Public Schools.

Jessica Broderick is the Director of Special Education for ESU 13. In her time at ESU 13, Jessica has worked as a speech-language pathologist, secondary transition specialist, and special education coordinator. She is currently in her 10th year with ESU 13.

Cate Jones-Hazledine, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist from Rushville, Nebraska who returned home 18 years ago to provide services in the Panhandle and Sandhills areas of the state. She currently owns Western Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinics, with 8 different western sites. Her agency also works closely with area schools. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Jones-Hazledine is actively involved in training new providers and mentoring young people exploring careers in behavioral health and is the Co-Director of Panhandle BHECN (Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska). Healthy Schools.

Brittany Helmbrecht, DHEd will provide our self-care break. She teaches courses related to fitness, wellness, and health education including Personal Health and Wellness, Fitness Activities, Group Fitness Instruction, Health Topics, and Community and Environmental Health. She also teaches the Sports Reporters Capstone course and has previously taught Sports Officiating, Advanced Fitness Activities, and Team Sports Activities. Dr. Helmbrecht is involved in various academic committees and wellness activities on campus and also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative. Session sponsorship: United Healthcare Community Plan

Ashlyn Kincaid is a school psychology graduate student from the University of Montana. Ashlyn is completing her doctoral internship at ESU #13. Sandy Montague-Roes, R.N. is the Director of Western Community Health Resources. She leads programs in family services, behavioral health, immunizations and screenings, nutrition and parent training. Additionally, she has served as a school board member for the past 22 years. Sandy leads the collaborative group, Northwest Nebraska Regional Planning.

Caitlyn Weaver is a doctoral candidate in school psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Caitlyn will complete her internship with ESU #13 during the 2022-2023 school year. Her doctoral training has an emphasis on behavioral approaches to intervention and assessment. Caitlyn’s previous practicum experiences have included providing school-based and clinic-based services to students and families, with a heavy emphasis on serving students who have been identified as having disabilities.



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Chadron State College Student Center
1000 Main Street
Chadron, 69337
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