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Minnesota Rehabilitation Association Spring 2017 Conference

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Willmar Conference Center

240 23rd St SE

Willmar, MN 56201

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Minnesota Rehabilitation Association 2017 Spring Conference

Willmar Conference Center April 12th, 13th, and 14th

240 23rd Street SE, Willmar, MN 56201


Keep Going… Keep Growing…

Minnesota Rehabilitation Association

April 12, 13, and 14 2017, Spring Conference

Best Western/Holiday Inn/Willmar Conference Center

Willmar, Minnesota

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 Pre-Conference (Sponsored by JPD)

11:00am-12:00pm Registration Atrium

12:00pm-4:15pm Multiculturalism and Diversity within the Rehabilitation Counseling Discipline Grand Ballroom

Dr. Michele Mahr, CRC, PhD Rehabilitation Psychology

Dr. Amy Knopf, CRC, PhD Rehabilitation Counseling Research Education

Rachel Grace, CRC, MS-Rehabilitation Counseling Education

The purpose of this presentation will be to address the fundamental components and ethics of multiculturalism and diversity within the rehabilitation counseling discipline. This workshop will include an integrative approach that will include hands on activity, roundtable discussion and a dialogue that will help promote cultural competency. The goal of this workshop is to inform and educate both public and private rehabilitation counselors on the need for addressing and incorporating concepts of multiculturalism and ethics in practice. It is essential to serve all consumers equally, regardless of disability, sexual orientation, culture, race, or religion. The aim of this workshop will include a multidisciplinary approach utilizing intersectionality to discuss the most basic and commonly understood meanings of justice, diversity, and fairness specifically in the way people are treated or decisions are made in the field of vocational rehabilitation. (CRCC D2a. and D2c/ RPC 1.13a1,2,3 and CDMS RPC 1.08, 1.13 1-3)

2:00pm-2:15pm Break

4:30pm-5:30pm MRA Board Meeting at Green Mill (located in hotel/conference center)

5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner with the MRA Board at Green Mill (located in hotel/conference center)

8:00pm-10:00pm JPD Sponsored Game Night Grand Ballroom

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

7:30am-4:00pm Registration Atrium

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast Buffet Gallery 5-7

8:00am-8:15am Welcome Gallery 5-7

8:15am-9:45am Keynote Presentation – What Self-Advocacy Means to Me Gallery 5-7

People First members

People First of Minnesota is a statewide self-advocacy organization supporting the rights of people with disabilities. They are committed to empowering people with disabilities to speak up for themselves and make their own decisions, becoming community leaders in the process. This presentation will be by members of the People First group sponsored by Advocacy & Inclusion Matter of West Central Minnesota. For most of their lives, these young people have been the recipients of services and gifts from others. Now as a means of integrating in the community, People First members are giving back in a unique way - volunteerism. The members will speak on self-advocacy and what it means to them.

9:45am-10:00am Break

10:00am-11:30am Customized Employment Gallery 2

Josh Dean, CESP, VCU, and ACRE, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

This presentation will give an overview of what customized employment is, how professionals are using it, and the success that can come from utilizing this approach towards employment.

10:00am-11:30am Cardiac Rehabilitation in Rehabilitation Counseling Gallery 4

Tristen Mouzolf, Master Student Rehabilitation Counseling Education

Dr. Michele Mahr, CRC, PhD Rehabilitation Psychology

The goal of this presentation is to justify the need for awareness and exposure regarding the psychological components related to individuals undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. Participants are welcome to engage and learn from Trisent’s experience of living with a Congenital Heart Defect. Rehabilitation Counselors, primary care physicians, and human service professionals will gain a better understanding of how to implement the biopsychosocial model to increase the effectiveness of evidence-based practices.

10:00am-11:30am Return to Work Issues in Traumatic Brain Injury Gallery 3

Dr. Steve Lockman

This presentation will provide information on epidemiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical findings associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). It will focus on issues related to return to work for this patient population.

Sponsored by MASPPR

11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Gallery 5-7

12:30pm-2:00pm Advanced Psychopharmacology Gallery 2

Dr. Brad Kuhlman

This presentation is a continuation of a presentation given at the fall MRA conference in Duluth. The goal of this presentation is to review common medications that Rehabilitation Counselors might encounter with their clients as well as their mechanisms of action. Medications will include: antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, pain, and sleep medications.

12:30pm-2:00pm Upstream Arts Gallery 4

Julie Guidry, Founder & Executive Director Upstream Arts

12:30pm-2:00pm Strengthening Cognitive Skills to Enable Employment after a Brain Injury Gallery 3

Richard Frieder, Executive Director at Learning Rx

Baird Johnson, Executive Director at Learning Rx

Provide details as to how the LearningRx cognitive skills training program works, how training strengthens cognitive skills and the potential for employment, demonstration of training procedures, the research behind our training and typical individuals training can help including TBI/Concussion victims.

Sponsored by MASPPR

2:00pm-2:15pm Break

2:15pm-3:45pm Criminal Records: A Rational Reading And Gallery 2

Recommending Remedies To Reinforce Rehabilitation And Reduce Repercussions

David Fullerton, DEED-Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Learn the location of criminal records, and how to read records from both the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, as well as the MN Court Information System. And then delve into the 3 primary remedies to a criminal history, expungement, pardon extraordinaire, and DHS waivers. Ample time for Q&A will be provided to make sure that all attendees can get more specific questions answered. Handouts will be provided.

2:15pm-3:45pm Top Tech Picks for Reading, Writing, & Organization Support Gallery 4

Tina Hanson, Assistive Technology Specialist, PACER Center

Reading, writing, and organizational skills are essential not only in school but in the workplace. When a disability creates a barrier to developing these skills, assistive technology can help. In this session, participants will learn what assistive technology is, how to consider assistive technology for students, and learn about technology that supports reading, writing, and organization.

2:15pm-3:45pm Collecting Fair Payment for QRC Services Gallery 3

William Madsen, Partner at Schneider & Masden, P.C.

This presentation will deal with navigating potential landmines with billing and dealing with problem adjusters.

Sponsored by MASPPR

4:00pm-5:00pm Division Meetings



--JPD Gallery 2

--MRCEA Gallery 4

--MASPPR Gallery 3

Tom Saby will lead a discussion dealing with current practice, rehabilitation rules, counselor/consultant training needs and ethical practice in terms of CRC Code of Professional Ethics dealing with client advocacy (CRCC C.1.b/ CDMS RPC 1.01,1.08,3.01); confidentiality in electronic communication (CRCC J.3/CDMS 1.10 c, 2.03 f) and release of information to competent professionals (CRCC G.2/CDMS: 1.10 c, 2.03 a). Divisional leadership will be addressed. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, share difficult case situations to problem-solve and share their knowledge and experience with others.

5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner, Dessert, and Networking Gallery 5-7

7:30pm-11:00pm President’s Reception Gallery 1

Friday, April 14th, 2017

7:30am-12:00pm Registration Atrium

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast Gallery 5-7

8:30am-10:00am Health Promotion for Individuals with Disabilities Gallery 2

Jessica Norem, Masters Student Rehabilitation Counseling

Dr. Michele Mahr, CRC, PhD Rehabilitation Psychology

The purpose of this presentation will be to address exercise behavior within a social cognitive theoretical orientation in regards to the rehabilitation counseling discipline. Presenters will provide an in-depth analysis of how the mind and body are directly correlated when assisting individuals with disabilities. The presentation with include a lecture in conjunction with research and empirical support to justify the need to address health promotion and exercise in rehabilitation counseling. Lastly, the researchers will integrate an activity combined with questions and answers to address significant aspects which need further examination for future considerations and recommendations in the human service profession.

8:30am-10:00am Leadership--What the National Rehabilitation Association Can Do For You Gallery 4

Sara Sundeen, MS, CRC, Vocational Rehabilitation Career Counselor

Personal testimonial on how membership and involvement in the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association has impacted my life. Professionally and personally. I will share examples of skill development, opportunities and promotions. Being involved in a professional organization like the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association can be a lifelong asset to you and your professional growth as well. Come learn more about the National Rehabilitation Association and ways to get involved and make a difference.

8:30am-10:00am Can My Clients Really Work, Keep Healthcare, and Have More Money? Gallery 3

Lisa Stang, Community Work Incentives Coordinator, Goodwill Easter Seals MN

Mary Germscheid, Work Incentives Connection, Goodwill Easter Seals MN

Do your clients have fears about losing public benefits if returning to work? Come learn about the work rules and safety nets available for the disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You will also learn about the safety nets through the public healthcare systems and some information you can give your clients about how to report their work to their benefit providers. The Work Incentives Connection has been Minnesota’s Work Incentive Planning and Assistance agency for 18 years and provides individualized benefits planning and assistance tailored to client’s individual goals and future plans.

10:00am-10:15am Break

10:15am-11:45am Meeting the Needs of Employees with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Gallery 2

Ruth Richardson, Director of Programs & National Strategic Initiatives

Shauna Feine, LSW

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) encompasses a range of birth defects caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Research suggests that approximately 80% of individuals with an FASD experience difficulty finding and maintaining employment, especially the transition between school and work. This presentation will provide a brief overview of FASD, challenges experienced in employment settings, and practical employment related strategies for working with individuals with FASD.

10:15am-11:45am Untapped Opportunities: Aligning Student-Driven Supports and Gallery 4
Services for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Transition Students

Wendy DeVore, B.S., CI/CT, NAD V

Madeline Eklund, B.A. & Sarah Hanan, B.A.

With the advent of the RSA ruling of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the implementation of The Olmstead Act there is now a wider range of supports, systems, resources and opportunities available to Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing students as they transition from High School to young adulthood. In this presentation we will explore the process of aligning these supports, systems and resources while keeping the integrity of the students’ transition goals intact, thereby achieving increased positive outcomes for D/DB/HH youth.

10:15am-11:45am The Rehabilitative Approach to Treating Chronic Pain Gallery 3

Matthew Monsein, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chronic Pain Management, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Erika Schuld, MHA, LNHA, Manager of Pain Services, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Sponsored by MASPPR

Dr. Monsein and Schuld provide an overview of chronic pain, focusing on active, holistic and truly rehabilitative treatment methods to help patients understand, accept and live well with their chronic pain. The presentation highlights the time-tested and effective three-week Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program.

11:45am-12:45pm Lunch Gallery 5-7

12:45pm-2:15pm Closing Keynote Presentation - Planting the Seed of Hope Gallery 5-7

Kasey Baker, Director of Community Outreach at Safe Avenues

Safe Avenues is this conference’s philanthropic partner. MRA will be collecting donations throughout the conference. Safe Avenues provides domestic and sexual violence victim advocacy to 7 primary counties in Southwestern Minnesota. They provide emergency shelter for a larger 18 county area covering the lower Southwestern corner of Minnesota. In addition, they provide safe parenting time, advocacy, and community educational services. This presentation will cover a variety of topics including tips on working with individuals who are have experienced domestic or sexual violence and a new primary prevention program for teaching healthy relationships to young people.

***subject to change


FOR QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: mraconferences@gmail.com

MRA Pre-Conference will be sponsored by JPD (Job Placement Division).

Hotel Registration:

Please note: both hotels are connected to the conference location!!

Individuals may call 320-235-6060 and ask for MRA conference block to make reservations.

Single/Double Room $114.00/night + tax at Best Western Plus

Single/Double Room $134.99/night + tax at Holiday Inn Express and Suites


Pre-Conference (Wednesday): 4

Conference (Thursday/Friday): 10.5

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