Schedule

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Schedule Outline: 

  

MORNING:  

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  

  

  

  

AFTERNOON:  

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.   

  

Please continue to check back as we work to finalize the conference schedule.  

  

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

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TOPIC 

SPEAKER 

 

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION  

Learning a new way to spell mental health; begin with the letter, "C"  

David Wood Bartley 

 

  

  

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   

  

 

 

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

Chad Richter /  

Oluseyi Olowolafe 

  

  

Dealing with mental health issues in the workplace is fraught with difficulties and knowing where to step can be critical. Chad and Seyi will provide an overview of where to properly step in addressing mental health issues in the workplace. Specifically, Chad 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   

 

 

Facing and overcoming the youth mental health epidemic in Iowa  

Jennifer Ulie-Wells 

  

  

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Iowa and at least 20% of young people have a mental illness with fewer than 20% receiving treatment. School board member and Executive Director of Please Pass the Love, Jennifer Ulie-Wells, will share her story of trauma, suicidal ideation and how extra adults in her life kept her alive. This session will explore basic mental health characteristics, information on trauma, suicide prevention warning signs, and the importance of self-care for those with lived experience and the loved ones taking care of them. Sometimes knowing is half the battle.   

  

               Participants will learn basic mental health and suicide prevention warning signs and information.  

               Participants will understand the impact of trauma on mental health.  

               Participants will reflect and increase their own levels of self-care to improve their own wellness.  

  

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   

  

 

My Wellbeing for a Healthier Work Life  

Jeff Jackson 

  

  

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 wellbeing. 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   

  

  

Resolving Conflict from the Inside Out  

Michele Matt  

  

  

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   

  

 

Employers Learn to Distinguish and Offer Reasonable Accommodations  

Hugh Cain / Brent Hinders 

  

  

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   

  

 

How Trauma Can Hinder Inclusion and Success for New Iowans  

Claudia Schabel 

  

  

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.  

  

Objectives:  

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  

  

Outcomes:  

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   

  

 

Conversations No One Likes to Have - Addressing mental health accommodations in the workplace  

Jo Ellen Whitney 

  

  

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   

  

 

I Don't Know What to Say; learning the language of mental health.  

David Wood Bartley 

  

  

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   

  

 

Iowa Statewide Mental Health Resources  

Karen Hyatt 

  

  

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.  

Objectives:  

         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   

  

 

Communication Do's & Don'ts  

Gary Rasmussen 

  

  

This presentation includes the basics on what mental illness is, what causes mental illness. To better understand the issue of mental illness, 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   

  

 

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

Dr. Amy Wilcockson 

  

  

The Standard American Lifestyle is the root cause of the mental health epidemic in the US. 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 increases 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   

  

 

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  

Leah DeMarest 

  

  

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, the different types of PTSD, and form of PTSD treatments.  

  

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   

  

 

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

Kevin Pokorny / 

Kristin Sauter 

  

  

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   

  

 

Compassion for Caregivers  

Meredith Jinks /  

Melynda DeCarlo 

  

  

Maybe you're the parent of young children, caring for 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   

  

 

Make It OK - Reducing stigma of mental illness  

Jami Haberl 

  

  

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   

  

 

Mental Health Crisis: Signs, Symptoms, and Interventions  

Shannon Evers /  

Jason Haglund 

  

  

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   

  

 

The Power of Positivity  

Alia Stowers 

  

  

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   

  

 

Stress Management and Resilience Training  

Cheryl Garland 

  

  

This presentation will be an engaging approach to understanding the principles that can help you transform your relationships, modify your behaviors, prevent burnout and enhance your and find a path to resilience through the SMART Program. The SMART Program was developed by Dr. Amit Sood to help you understand the neuroscience behind our predispositions and negativity bias that create stress and divide your attention. In four steps, you will learn how to regain control of your brain:  

  

         Refocus on the positive   

         Prevent burnout   

         Enhance your relationships, health and happiness  

         Build up your resilience  

  

Intended Audience: Private Sector / Public Sector   

  

 

Resiliency, Mental Health and LGBTQ Employees  

Max Mowitz 

  

  

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