Department of Health Services Logo


Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Substance Abuse Services Home

Mental Health Services Home

Conferences and Training


Site Map

Contact Us

Mental Health Teleconference 2012 Details

January 5th: 

Scott Caldwell, MA, CSAC is the program coordinator for SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) Network of Trainers. Part I – Following a brief review of MI Spirit, Skills, and client Change Talk, a live demonstration of MI will be provided. Using observer coding sheets, participants will be asked to track the demonstration. Please have posted handouts (Observer Sheet; MI Spirit Ratings Key; MI Skills Behavior Count Descriptions) printed out and ready for this teleconference.

January 19th: 

Scott Caldwell, MA, CSAC is the program coordinator for SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) Network of Trainers. Part II – With the popularity of MI on the rise, many professionals have participated in a one- or two-day MI workshop. Yet MI training research shows that these “one-shot” experiences are not sufficient to promote competent practice. What are the conditions for advancing MI practice? This teleconference will identify several methods for continuing to learn MI following initial training.

February 2nd: Spirituality, Religion, and Worldview in Mental Health Care

David Mays, MD, PhD is a forensic psychiatrist who directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison for 13 years. He currently provides training and consultation throughout Wisconsin and is on the clinical faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This presentation will focus on how religion has returned with a vengeance as a "hot button" issue in the United States. The boundary issues that arise in mental health practice around spirituality are numerous, and this webinar will look at a few of them.

February 16th: Use of Long Acting Injectible Medications

Ronald J. Diamond, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital. He is interested in community mental health, schizophrenia, emergency psychiatry, and ethics. Dr. Diamond directs Journey Mental Health Center in Madison. He will be discussing long acting injectable medications in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues.

March 1st: The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adults

Dr. Herringa is an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He is an expert on the treatment and study of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in youth. This presentation will discuss how childhood trauma can adversely affect the mental and physical health of adults.

March 15th: Understanding Ethics and Boundaries to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas

Margaret Sleeper, MSSW, LCSW is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. This presentation will use examples of ethical dilemmas to illustrate how providers can use their knowledge of ethics and boundaries to make decisions.

April 12th: Assessment and Management of Late-Life Depression

Art Walaszek, MD, is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Given the graying of our population, we will be asked to assess and manage more and more people with late-life depression. In this presentation, Dr. Walaszek will review the differences in the presentation and treatment of depression among older adults compared with younger adults. The presentation will dedicate special attention to suicide, given that older adults are at the highest risk of suicide of any age group.

April 26th: Adult ADHD: Best Practices for Mental Health Providers 

Dr. Heiligenstein is Director of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Health Services. Dr. Heiligenstein will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults. ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder of childhood and one that frequently persists into adulthood. Standards of care have been developed for diagnosing adults with ADHD but identifying and treating patients in this population remains a challenge for clinicians and practice patterns vary greatly. Because of the unique challenges associated with adult ADHD, there is a clear need for understanding of best practices on diagnosis and treatment so that mental health providers can confidently and effectively intervene and improve the quality of life for patients with ADHD.

May 10th: Integration of Physical and Mental Healthcare

Karen Milner is a Board-certified psychiatrist and visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She is the former Medical Director of the Washtenaw Community Mental Health Organization (WCHO), the public mental health center in Ann Arbor, MI. She will discuss the integration of behavioral and physical health care, with emphasis on individuals with severe mental illness.

May 24th: Recovery Through Effective Transition Services

Jana Lane Frey and Christine Ahrens are licensed psychologists at the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). Jana is the director of PACT and Christine is a clinical case manager and is responsible for transition services. Christine has worked extensively with families, transition age youth (including advocacy), and with various school systems in Dane County. Historically, PACT was only an adult provider but began serving transition age youth in 1998. Jana and Christine will discuss how PACT has applied and adapted the ACT approach to meet the needs of adolescent youth with serious mental illness.

June 7th: Mindfulness and Mental Health: Practical Applications

Dr. Rambaldo is a mind-body practitioner and a licensed psychologist with Dean Health Systems in Madison, WI. In addition to working in Behavioral Medicine within the medical system, she leads weekly movement classes (yoga, nia) and teaches Mindfulness Meditation in the clinical setting and in the community. She is currently leading weekly 45 minute mindfulness meditation sessions for the public at Monona Terrace. Dr. Rambaldo will discuss the utility of mindfulness practice and give examples of how mental healthcare providers can introduce and incorporate mindfulness practices into treatment.

June 21st: Introduction to the Enneagram for Mental Health Professionals

Eric Wheeler is an experienced teacher of the Enneagram. For over ten years Eric has offered classes in the Enneagram at retreat centers, churches, schools and in the workplace. The Enneagram is an ancient tool of self-awareness that is very helpful in understanding the core beliefs that determine the way we relate to the world. The Enneagram can be a stand alone practice for self-awareness and also serves as a useful tool for mental health professionals. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to this increasingly popular personality typology. For more information on Eric's teaching of the Enneagram see his website:

July 19th: Family Psychoeducation and Other Ways to Work with Families

Claudia Reardon, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. As Associate Training Director of the UW Psychiatry Residency Program, she is in charge of community psychiatry resident education. She previously developed and ran a Family Psychoeducation course for the VA in Madison. In this talk, Dr. Reardon will discuss the extent to which family psychoeducation improves outcomes in patients with serious mental illness, reasons why it might be so effective, and the typical elements of a family psychoeducation program. She will also describe strategies for incorporating elements of family psychoeducation into daily clinical practice, even apart from formal family psychoeducation programs.

August 2nd: New Developments in the Classification and Treatment of Hoarding

Brad Riemann, Ph.D., is the Director of the OCD Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital. This teleconference will focus on the complicated issue of hoarding. Discussion will center on new diagnostic criteria and classification proposed for DSM-V and the cognitive behavioral treatment of hoarding.

August 16th: Evidence-based Treatments for PTSD

Elliott Lee, PhD, MD is a fourth year psychiatry resident at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. With recent international conflicts, there is much attention on combat related PTSD. However, PTSD can result from many non-combat traumas as well. Dr. Lee will discuss evidence-based treatment using both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for PTSD and how we can apply lessons from combat related studies to the treatment of civilian trauma. In particular, Dr. Lee will discuss exposure based therapies such as prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy.

August 30th: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey

Learn about the incidence of adverse childhood experiences among Wisconsin adults and correlations between those experiences and adult outcomes - including mental health, physical health, health risk behaviors, socioeconomic status, BadgerCare enrollment, and quality of life. What does this data tell us about risk and resilience? Implications, including policy recommendations, will be discussed.

Cailin O'Connor, M.S., works as a consultant on a variety of projects related to children, youth, families, and prevention. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a graduate certificate in Prevention and Intervention Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Paula Verrett is a member of the Trauma Informed Care Advisory Committee representing the voice of the consumer/survivor. She is currently working on a Masters of Social Work degree through the UW-Oshkosh/Green Bay Collaborative MSW program. Her BS is in Special Education with emphases in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities. Paula has experienced five ACE’s as well as the death of her father at the age of 13. She refers to herself as a thriver, no longer simply surviving day to day, but thriving and living a meaningful life.

September 13th: Therapeutic Interventions for Trauma-Related Symptoms

Sue Moran, LPC, CSAC, ICS is currently the Director of Outpatient Services at Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Sue has been working with adult trauma survivors for the past 20 years. Sue's clinical areas of specialization are co-occuring disorders, complex PTSD, and dissociative disorders. Sue is trained in CBT, EMDR, Relational theory, and dissociative disorders treatment.

Presentation summary: As a follow up to last year’s presentation on assessment of adult post trauma symptoms, this training will focus on therapeutic interventions specific to trauma related symptoms. The training will include how to establish a safe therapeutic frame for the client and therapist; issues of transference and relational dynamics that are especially challenging with trauma survivors; and specific interventions and techniques. Participants will be encouraged to share current case examples for consultation.

October 11th: Decision Making Capacity in Mental Health

Amanda Krupp, MFT, is a child, adult, and family therapist who has participated in ACT training and has utilized this approach in her practice. This presentation will provide an introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an empirically-based psychological intervention that has shown great promise in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain, and PTSD, among other mental health issues. The ACT approach is unique in that psychological flexibility, as opposed to increased control over difficult thoughts, emotions, and memories, is the ultimate goal. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, combined with values identification, committed action, and behavior changes strategies.

October 25th: Using Exposure Therapy with Anxious Youth

Greg Rogers earned his PhD in psychology from Northwestern University. He is a senior psychologist and an assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He is an expert on cognitive behavioral treatment strategies for youth with depression and anxiety. His presentation will focus on the art and science of exposure therapy for a wide range of anxiety issues in children and adolescents.

November 8th: Decision Making Capacity in Mental Health

Dr. Molli Rolli is the Medical Director at Mendota Mental Health Center. Chapter 51 mental health commitments are intended to pertain only to mental health treatment. With the aging of the baby boomers, many adults with mental health problems are developing health problems that they may or may not be capable of understanding and managing. How do we determine if a person is able to make medical decisions? What laws apply to these cases in Wisconsin? What about other important decisions, such as the decision to vote, or to write a will? This presentation will discuss how to approach the assessment of decision making capacity in people with co-occurring mental health problems.

December 6th: Applying a Resiliency Model to Suicide Prevention

Dr. Brandt completed his Master’s degree in education and continued on to complete his Doctorate in clinical psychology. He was the managing-partner in a Milwaukee-based private practice for over 10 years before joining the Tomah VA Medical Center in July of 1994. In the VA, Dr. Brandt provides treatment to Veterans who present with a wide array of psychological issues; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Traumatic Brain Injury and Relationship problems. He is a Captain in the WI Army National Guard – Medical Command Detachment (Camp Douglas, WI) and is the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the State of Wisconsin. He recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan where he was embedded as a psychologist with an Infantry Brigade. Dr. Brandt has taught statistics, research methods, biological psychology, and clinical psychology in graduate and undergraduate programs and currently teaches at Viterbo University.

Return to 2012 MHT Schedule

Questions and comments

Sola Millard
The Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
Phone: (608) 261-6743

Last Revised: January 08, 2013