SDMHCA is pleased to present our Post-Conference Two-Part Speaker series:

June Presentation
Language Disorder and Dyslexia, What Every
Counselor Should Know!  
 featuring: Jane Heinemeyer, USD Scottish Rite Children’s Clinic

Thursday, June 17th at 12pm CT/11am MT
120 Minute Presentation =2.0 Contact Hours 

Description: The connections between spoken and written language are well established, yet there is much confusion recognizing when a language deficit is present and understanding the ins-and-outs of language. This 2-hour presentation will review the basics of speech and language, their relation to literacy, and offer suggestions to help support those with speech, language, and literacy deficits.  

Two thirds of children with persisting language disorder show some externalizing behaviors (conduct problems, aggression ‘fights with other kids’) and/or internalizing difficulties (withdrawal; solitary, tends to play alone, anxiety). Kids with DLD are two and a half times more likely to report symptoms of depression than their peers.  Most therapies for children’s mental health problems are “talking therapies” which may not be optimal for kids with DLD. 

Many individuals with dyslexia have experienced years of frustration and limited success, despite countless hours spent in special programs or working with specialists. Their progress may have been agonizingly slow and frustrating, rendering them emotionally fragile and vulnerable.  Others have been continuously compared to siblings, classmates, or co-workers, making them embarrassed, cautious, and defensive.  Individuals with dyslexia may have learned that being in the company of others places them at risk for making public mistakes and the inevitable negative reactions that may ensue. It makes sense, then, that many people with dyslexia have become withdrawn, sought the company of younger people, or become social isolates.  This presentation will provide information regarding dyslexia and DLD, how to recognize symptoms and/or refer, and how to best support these individuals who may also be receiving mental health services.  The session will include oral presentation, power point slides, and video examples to supplement the learning experience.   

Presentation Objectives: Improve understanding of the parameters of dyslexia and developmental language disorder, learn how to recognize signs of dyslexia and language deficits, and be provided with information regarding how to best support those with underlying language deficits and/or dyslexia.

Presenter Information: Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts (Dec 1980) and a Master of Arts (December 1981) from the University of South Dakota in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a certified speech language pathologist with the American Speech Language Hearing Association, a licensed SLP in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa, a member of the International Dyslexia Association, South Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association, a Hanen certified SLP, and a Premier SpeechEasy Provider.  Jane currently is the president of the South Dakota Board of Examiners
for Speech Language Pathology.  

Jane has been a faculty member at the University of South Dakota for 29 years, where she has served as the Clinical Director of the USD Scottish Rite Children’s Clinic.  She has also been a practicing speech language pathologist for 39 years. During that time, she has worked with a wide variety of disabilities and settings.  She has particular experience and interest in language-based learning disabilities across the lifespan and has been a pioneer in the identification of dyslexia in South Dakota.  She has presented to numerous organizations regarding language-based learning difficulties and dyslexia.  More recently, Jane has developed expertise in providing transgender voice therapy.  Jane is retiring from her position at the University of South Dakota this summer and looks forward to providing services through her private practice, Speech and Language Solutions. 

July Presentation
The Darker Side of Sleep: Identifying and Treating
Trauma-Induced Insomnia
featuring Dr. David Engstrom, Ph.D., ABPP, DMHCS, Honor Health Research Institute
Thursday, July 15th at 12pm CT/11am MT
120 Minute Presentation =2.0 Contact Hours

Description: More than 75% of American adults report difficulty sleeping. Many adults suffer from an insomnia disorder, which can have significant negative consequences on both mental and physical health if left untreated. Definition, causes and effects of insomnia are discussed. People with chronic insomnia will often describe their condition as a “vicious cycle” with increasing effort and desire put into trying to regain sleep. In a major study, 3 classes of childhood abuse history were highly associated with a greater risk of global sleep pathology, including frequent physical and emotional with sexual abuse, frequent physical and emotional without sexual abuse, and occasional physical and emotional abuse with sexual abuse. The most extreme class of abuse—frequent physical and emotional with sexual abuse—was associated with poorer self-reported sleep across many of the components, including poorer subjective sleep quality, greater sleep disturbances and greater use of sleep medication.

Standardized measures of childhood abuse have been applied in many studies examining subsequent adult sleep issues. The effects of cortisol and inflammation on arousal and poor sleep is described. Clinical tools for assessment of insomnia will be provided and discussed in detail, as well as evidence-based treatment methods. 

Finally, the issue of "which to treat first... trauma or insomnia" is explored, in light of some newer techniques including CBT-I, Trauma-Focused CBT and DBT. The major takeaway for counselors to always inquire about a client's sleep patterns, especially if there is a history of childhood trauma. 

Presentation Objectives: Definition, causes, and effects of insomnia will be discussed. Clinical tools for assessment of insomnia will be provided and discussed in detail, as well as evidence-based treatment methods. The issue of "which to treat first... trauma or insomnia" will be explored.

Presenter Information: Dr. Engstrom lives in Scottsdale, Arizona where he has a private practice in Health Psychology. He is a licensed Psychologist and specializes in weight management, sleep disorders and pain management.  He is on the Medical Staff at Honor Health Scottsdale Hospital. Dr. Engstrom is currently a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, teaching graduate courses in Counseling and Psychology. He serves on the Faculty Council in Social Sciences and is Lead Faculty Area Chair in Psychology and Counseling. Dr. Engstrom is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology. In the past, Dr. Engstrom was Director of Behavioral Health and on the Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, he supervised and trained counseling and psychology interns as well as psychiatric residents.

COST (both Sessions are included):
SDMHCA Members: $50
Non-Members: $65
Register HERE
(You only need to register for one and you will be registered for both).
The webinars will be held via Zoom, with links provided in the registration confirmation emails. A reminder will also be sent out a day before. The webinars will be recorded for those registered in advance and a link to the recording will be sent out following the event. 

Questions? Feel free to contact us at [email protected]


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Rebecca Christiansen-ACEP Administrator
Po Box 95
Aberdeen SD 57402-0095
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