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Friday Forum Encore: Addressing the Neurological Cascade Associated with Urban Poverty
Metropolitan State University, Midway Campus (Lower Level, Room P)
1450 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul MN, 55108
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: Friday Forum Encores

Addressing the Neurological Cascade Associated with Urban Poverty

May 12, 2017
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the
Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the program:

Please note: You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits.
In urban America, the experience of living in poverty can dramatically impact quality of life. Unemployment, housing disparities, and potential involvement in the criminal justice system can undermine the economic stability of a community.

Poverty can influence critical aspects within the family including: safety, nurturance, privacy, and toxic exposure, all of which compound as environmental factors that effect brain development and subsequent coping behaviors.

This forum will define the neurological and biochemical changes associated with stress and trauma. We will explore some of the current research on affect dysregulation, and discuss how to understand and address developmental challenges. This presentation is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health providers.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three situations associated with poverty which increase the potential for trauma.
  2. Identify three neurological changes associated with trauma and stress.
  3. Apply three interventions to mitigate the neurological cascade.

About the presenters:

Ted Thompson, M.Eq., LP, is a Master's level Licensed Psychologist in private practice who studied at University of Minnesota College of Education, Counseling and Student Personnel Program.  Mr. Thompson is recognized for his expertise in child and adolescent development. He has presented on issues of foster care parenting, cultural dynamics and identity formation for adopted children as well as grief and loss issues in the adoption process. He has been a contracted clinical consultant for several agencies, including: African American Family Services, Domestic Abuse Project, African American Adoption Agency, Volunteers of America and several Hennepin County programs addressing children's mental health, foster care, and adoption. He has often served as a featured presenter on the topic of Cultural Wellness with the Project Murua: Pre-Meditated Parenting Boot Camp. Mr. Thompson also works in Addiction Recovery and Trauma History Narrative work.

Carol Siegel, Ph.D., LP, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Dr. Siegel has been in private practice in Minneapolis for the past 11 years. Dr. Siegel completed her practicum at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, a year-long training at the Infant Parent Program at the University of California, San Francisco, and her predoctoral internship at McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Belmont, MA. Her primary clinical focus as a licensed psychologist is parenting and issues encountered by parents with complex histories. Dr. Siegel teaches in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota and is endorsed by the Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association (MAIECMH) as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor (Level IV).

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu.


To Register:

Click here to register.

Click here for a PDF Forum flier with Registration Form to fill out and send in via mail.


MPA Event Refund Policy:  A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled.  Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins.  Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program.  No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.


Contact: For questions contact MPA Administrative Director Rhea Sullivan at 952-564-3048