Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Schedule Outline: 



7:00 AM - 7:30 AM: Registration 

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Keynote Presentation 

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast/Networking 

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Breakout Session 1 

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Breakout Session 2 

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM: Lunch 





12:45 PM - 2:00 PM: Breakout Session 3 

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Session 4 

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Session 5 

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*Attendees will not pre-register for breakouts. Breakouts will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.      




WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019                               * Please be advised this schedule may be subject to change.  






7:30 AM -8:30 AM 


Learning a New Way to Spell Mental Health; Begin With the Letter, "C" 

David Woods Bartley 

Bishop A 





The truth is, mental illness doesn't look a certain way. As it stands now, its many evil incarnations are doing harm to people in all demographics and in all parts of their lives; home, worship, school and work. Recent suicides of the famous, the accomplished and the seemingly content points to the fact that much lies behind a forced smile, a distracting joke, or a "perfect" life. This keynote chronicles the 8-year story of my journey from attempted suicide and mental "hellness" all the way to the experience of mental wellness.  


As a result of this keynote, attendees will learn: 

·         What mental illness feels like, what it is, and what it isn't.  

·         The difference between contact and connection.  

·         Simple ways to create what can be a life-saving difference. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



9:00 AM - 10:15 PM 

Employers Learn to Distinguish and Offer Reasonable Accommodations 

Hugh Cain / 

 Brent Hinders 

Bishop A 



This presentation will help employers learn to distinguish mental health conditions that must be reasonably accommodated from personality traits which are not protected.  Once an employer recognizes what constitutes a mental disability, then it must devise a strategy to reasonable accommodate the condition.  Employers will be guided through the interactive process and provided examples of pitfalls to avoid. 


Takeaways/Learning Objectives: 

·         Learn about which mental health conditions are protected under the ADA 

·         Implement a strategy that can be used to ensure ADA rights are recognized 

·         How to provide reasonable accommodations and avoid any legal issues 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Iowa Statewide Mental Health Resources 

Karen Hyatt 

Bishop B 



People seeking information and referral for financial information, housing, disaster support, medical health and other services often reach out to their employers, family and friends.  It is hard to assist effectively if it is not known what is available, what the financial structure looks like and how to get the person to the service in the most expedited way.  An appropriate referral can affect a person's ability to stay in recovery, maintain employment, important relationships and housing. 


This presentation will describe Iowa's Mental Health and Disability Service's structure, funding sources, how to make appropriate referrals and know what is available across the state. 


·         Understand Iowa's 14 Mental Health and Disability Service Regions and how to utilize their services and funding. 

·         How to help people who may be struggling to navigate Iowa's mental health system. 

·         Become familiar with Iowa's statewide resources and know how to make an appropriate referral for positive results. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



I Don't Know What to Say; Learning the Language of Mental Health 

David Woods Bartley 

Bishop C 



Mental health is not the privilege of a select few, but rather the birthright of us all. And yet mental illness is one of the greatest health crises our society has faced in decades. The impact is massive, and the ripple doesn't stop at the front door where we work, worship or live, it moves inside. But there is a way to halt the flow and help those we live alongside to journey from mental "hellness" to mental wellness, and one of the most powerful ways is to leverage the power of language. 


Words have great power, and can be used to convey support, reflect empathy and even help facilitate healing. But, when it comes to the issue of mental illness, we often hold our mouth shut for fear we will say the wrong thing and make matters worse. Instead of stepping forward to voice our support and understanding, we either stay silent or avoid the conversation altogether. But what if there was a simple way to know what to say and thus let go of our fears? This workshop teaches how to harness the power of words so we can most effectively speak support into the lives of those living with mental illness.    


As a result of this workshop, attendees will learn:  

·         How to leverage curiosity to create a space of understanding. 

·         The well-intentioned things we say that are harmful to others. 

·         How to recognize the hidden need behind a person's words. 

·         A variety of expressions that are helpful to someone suffering. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



My Well-being for a Healthier Work Life  

Jeff Jackson 

Skinner A 



Do the memes of despising Monday cover the wall of your social media? Do you love your job, but the stress is breaking you down? When we talk about mental health we are really talking about our entire well-being. There are many pieces that make up the puzzle that is our mental health: Time for ourselves, Social and Emotional, Financial, and Physical.   


In this workshop we will:  

·         Start the Journey to understanding our own individual wellbeing  

·         Learn to care for ourselves and others  

·         Learn to balance our financials and work around our goals for the future  

·         Learn about ways to be healthier through nutrition and activity.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   


BREAK 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM 

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM 

Mental Health Crisis: Signs, Symptoms, and Interventions 

Shannon Evers / Jason Haglund 

Bishop A 



This session will provide key skills and action steps to take when someone is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Just as a layperson without medical training assists an individual with CPR Training. Mental Health First Aid helps the layperson assist when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Learn how to recognize and respond to those in need. 


·         Outlining statistics around growing concerns related to mental health crises at the individual, family, and workplace levels 

·         Talk about the impact of mental health issues in the workplace and beyond 

·         Discuss ways to recognize and tools to respond to mental health crises 

·         Discuss key components of mental health first aid 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Resolving Conflict from the Inside Out 

Michele Matt 

Bishop B 



Conflict in the workplace is inevitable; there will be disagreements about workplace matters and there will be personality clashes. Where conflict is not well managed it can be emotionally damaging to some, it may intensify affecting more than the individuals originally involved, spreading throughout a team and possibly the whole workplace.  


To manage conflict more effectively, people must be willing to understand how and why they respond to conflict, the damaging emotional effect it can have on a person's mental health and learn how to curb destructive behaviors so that conflict can become more productive.    


In this session you will: 

·         Define conflict and its emotional impact  

·         Understand how and why you naturally respond to conflict 

·         Recognize destructive tendencies and how to reframe your automatic thoughts 

·         Learn communication strategies when engaging in productive conflict with colleagues 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



The Power of Positivity  

Alia Stowers 

Bishop C 



Positivity is one of the most powerful elements of engagement! Most of us have experienced a culture in which the negatives were accentuated, and the positives ignored; alternatively, creating a positive culture can make all the difference to mental and emotional fatigue at work by inserting fun and energy! This session focuses on ways to build a positivity-based culture, so you get the best from your employees.    


Participants will:  

·         Discover the science behind positive psychology  

·         Learn ways to create a more positivity-based culture  

·         Identify challenges and barriers to positivity-based culture, and create strategies for them  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   



Compassion for Caregivers 

Melynda DeCarlo / Meredith Jinks 

Skinner A 



Maybe you're the parent of young children, caring for an aging parent, an ill family member, or responding to suffering from anxiety, depression, or trauma.  Maybe you're an organization struggling to accommodate the responsibilities and demands of those who are Caregivers.  The session will illuminate the challenges they face, explore the support they require and identify suggestion for how to help the helpers.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


LUNCH 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM  

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM 

Mental Well-Being:  A Healthy New Perspective to Chew On! 

Dr. Amy Wilcockson 

Bishop A 



The Standard American Lifestyle is the root cause of the mental health epidemic in the U.S.  The standard American toxic diet + stress mismanagement + sedentary habits have catapulted our society into its demise.  With one (1) in four (4) women and one (1) in ten (10) kids taking mood altering drugs, 50% of the population predicted to suffer from a mental health crisis in their lifetime and US businesses losing $150 billion per year in productivity due to mental illness and chronic disease, new perspectives and strategies in leadership are critical.  Mindfully focusing on balancing all 6 Dimensions of Well-Being builds a holistic sense of fulfillment leading to increasing one's state of mental health. 


During this engaging and interactive session, you will learn these effective approaches and strategies to implement with your employees/co-workers for immediate results: 

·         PERSPECTIVE:  How do we define mental well-being? How does your diet affect your attitude and mood? What is the physiological effect of an unmanaged stress cycle and sedentary lifestyle? How is my internal dialog affecting me? 

·         PRESENT REALITY:  How am I doing personally? Take inventory and rate/score yourself with the 6 Dimensions of Well-Being and Fulfillment-Failure tools. 

·         PROPOSED REALITY: What is my (or company's) future goal and why do I want to achieve it? 

·         POWERFUL ACTION STEPS:  How can I put these simple skills, tools and behaviors to work today for myself, my household and my organization? 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Navigating the Legal Land-Mines of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace 

Amanda Fray / Seyi Olowolafe 

Bishop B 








Dealing with mental health issues in the workplace is fraught with difficulties and knowing where to step can be critical. Amanda and Seyi will provide an overview of where to properly step in addressing mental health issues in the workplace. Specifically, Amanda will discuss the pit-falls employers face in addressing mental health issues from an employment law context and give an overview of the requirements of both the FMLA and ADA. Seyi will subsequently discuss an overview of workplace violence and formulating adequate conflict resolution systems to de-escalate workplace disputes. 


Learning Objectives: 

·         Understanding legal principles and requirements relevant to mental health in the workplace under the FMLA and the ADA; 

·         Recognizing legal obligations and develop strategies to prevent and respond to workplace violence; 

·         Formulating adequate conflict resolution systems to mitigate and resolve workplace disputes. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Managing a Super Busy Brain: Supporting a Team Member with ADHD 

Sarah Noll Wilson 

Bishop C 



While everyone will experience moments of distraction, hyperactivity, and challenges with memory and organization, individuals with ADHD experience these challenges repeatedly which causes issues at home and at work. Often ADHD is thought of as a disorder that only effects children, research shows that almost 5% of adults struggle with ADHD, that's over 10 million people! There are beautiful strengths an ADHD brain can bring to your team if you know how to create an environment for it to thrive.  


Join Sarah Noll Wilson on her journey to unleash her ADHD Brain and to help others do the same!  

Together we will explore: 

·         Common work challenges for an ADHD brain 

·         Neuroscience that causes these challenges 

·         Best practices to set up an ADHD brain for success 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Communication Do's & Don'ts 

Gary Rasmussen 

Skinner A 



This presentation includes the basics on what mental illness is and what causes mental illness. To better understand the issue of mental illness and to reduce the stigma that can accompany this issue.  A better understanding of how mental illness can impact an individual's ability to communicate.  How the use of active listening skills and cognitive reframing can be used to enhance communications.  Understanding-verbal communications we project with our behaviors. What to do when confronted with someone that is struggling with their mental health symptoms.  Techniques for dealing with individuals that are struggling with symptoms of their mental illness.  Participants will understand some of the Do's and Don'ts that are important to improving communication, such as staying calm, being non-judgmental, setting boundaries, and knowing when someone's behaviors need additional support.    


Take Aways: 

·         What is Mental Illness and its causes 

·         How Mental Illness Impacts Communications 

·         Do's & Don'ts of Communicating with Someone Struggling with their Symptoms 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


BREAK 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM  

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM 

Resiliency, Mental Health and LGBTQ Employees 

Max Mowitz 

Bishop A 



Max Mowitz will talk about the specific hurtles that LGBTQ employees may face in the workplace and how having the right resilience tools can help. Max will cover information about LGBTQ mental health, experiences in the workplace, and state-wide issues that impact LGBTQ Iowans. From there, Max will discuss useful strategies for supporting LGBTQ employees in the workplace and beyond.  


In this session, you will:  

·         Understand issues facing LGBTQ employees in the workplace and state-wide  

·         Learn about the LGBTQ community  

·         Learn about mental health issues in the LGBTQ community  

·         Receive tools that can make your workplace better for LGBTQ Mental Health  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Racial/Cultural Trauma in the Workplace 

Jennifer Ulie-Wells 

Bishop B 








Has your place of work addressed systemic bias? Have you addressed your own bias? Racial and cultural trauma can contribute to the weathering of persons of color impacting mental health. This session explores how oppressive systems, intentional and unintentional, create trauma for persons of color. Participants will learn about the brain science behind trauma and how that impacts students through bias, white privilege, micro-aggressions, white fragility and, more importantly, how to prevent it. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



The Health of Millennials 

Brian Harvey 

Bishop C 



It's no secret that millennials are focused on healthy living more than any other generation. But even with all this focus on health and well-being, millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) are one of the unhealthiest generations — especially when it comes to their Generation X counterparts. 


According to a recent Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® (BCBS) Health of America Report®, once a millennial hits age 27, their health begins to decline. The report finds that 6 of the top 10 conditions affecting millennials are behavioral health conditions, which impact mental and emotional well-being. In fact, Wellmark's Iowa millennial population has a higher rate of depression than the national average. 


Attendees will learn: 


·         Background on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health of America (HoA) Initiative 

·         Data findings and results from the HoA Millennial Health Report 

·         Key Learnings and insights from the cross-country millennial health listening tour 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Conversations No One Likes to Have - Addressing Mental Health Accommodations in the Workplace 

Jo Ellen Whitney 

Skinner A 



Attorney Jo Ellen Whitney will cover how employers can begin to address workplace accommodations when it comes to their employees' mental health needs. These are conversations that can be difficult for both employer and employee while trying to navigate compassion, concern and the legal issues that can affect the process. Attendees will gain understanding of: -Which employers are covered by the ADA/ADAAA/FMLA, when their employees are covered, and how the regulations interact -Reasonable accommodations under ADA/ADAAA/FMLA -Tips on how to address performance issues that might be caused by poor mental health - how to have the discussion. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  


BREAK 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM 

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM 

How Trauma Can Hinder Inclusion and Success for New Iowans 

Claudia Schabel 

Bishop A 



Underserved communities continue to face multiple challenges and traumatic circumstances in order to gain access to basic needs and rights. This workshop will focus on some of their stories while detangling some socioeconomic and geopolitical factors. Participants will walk away understanding how to build inclusive workplaces and employee engagement when trauma is pervasive and hidden. 



1. Explore 3 case studies to illustrate how trauma can jeopardize inclusion and success in the workplace 

2. Learn 3 strategies to help build inclusion and employee engagement 



1. Explore how underserved communities and new Iowans have faced traumatic circumstances that could impact our interactions and relationships in the workplace. 

2. Understand what to do and how to ensure that all team members are set up for success and supported in the workplace. 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



The Energy of Self-Compassion for Positive Mental Well-Being 

Kevin Pokorny/ Kristine Sauter 

Bishop B 








How do you treat yourself when you make mistakes, receive critical feedback, suffer, fail or feel inadequate? In moments of intense stress, we can experience high levels of anxiety and exhaustion, which negatively impacts our mental well-being. Our ability to focus and create good work diminishes and it disrupts working relationships. This is when we need to invite self-compassion in our lives to maintain our resilience and mental well-being so we can engage in our work, and connect with others with care, energy, and compassion. Our time will focus on: 


·         What is self-compassion? 

·         How can we bring self-compassion to our lives? 

·         Why are we not self-compassionate? 

·         What is the difference between guilt & shame, and the impact it has on our mental well-being? 

·         What are several self-improvement approaches to enhance one's mental well-being?  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Make It OK - Reducing Mental Illness Stigma in the Workplace 

Jami Haberl / Shelly Rock 

Bishop C 



All of us know someone who has suffered from a mental illness. They are our family members, friends and co-workers. One in five adults experiences a diagnosable mental illness in a given year. Yet despite the high incidence of mental illness, many are ashamed of the condition. Many delay assessment or treatment or mental illness symptoms or illness and may wait 10 years after the onset of mental illness before seeking care. Mental illnesses can cause a tremendous drain on our community in terms of lost productivity and increased health care expenses. Stigma is a leading barrier to the treatment for those suffering from mental illness. Make It OK is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness in our workplaces, schools and communities.  


1. Learn about the Make It OK campaign 

2. Explore the resources and materials available to reduce stigma    

3. Learn how your organization can join the efforts to reduce stigma 


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector  



Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

Leah DeMarest 

Skinner A 



Approximately 70% of adults in the United States has experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lifetime. Up to 20% of these adults will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A common belief is that PTSD only affects combat veterans, which is untrue. During this presentation the audience will be educated on the different types of PTSD and form of PTSD treatments.  


Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector