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First Friday Forum: What Urban Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know about Clients from Rural Areas, and Why
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, June 01, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

What Urban Behavioral Health Providers Need to Know about Clients from Rural Areas, and Why

Friday, June 1, 2018

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

Urban providers see persons from rural areas in their practices as specialty referrals, clients moving to cities, and in tele-behavioral health. This presentation broadens diversity knowledge, describing the specific behavioral health needs, strengths, issues, culture, and skills needed to treat persons from rural communities. Topics addressed include immigrant and minority presence, opioid abuse, poverty, returning soldiers, LGBTQ residents, economic issues, domestic violence, and suicides. The presentation will involve both lecture and group discussion.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the general characteristics of rural culture that should be considered in treating people from rural areas.
  2. List specific issues in treating people from rural culture.
  3. Describe approaches and skills that are useful in treating people from rural areas.

About the Presenters:

Katherine M. (Kay) Slama, Ph.D., LP, has worked in clinical services, teaching, management, consulting and research. She received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa, and an M.S.S. in Mental Health Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is currently an adjunct associate professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has published articles on rural behavioral health and is involved in dissemination/evaluation for online rural stress workshops. Dr. Slama has served on the Governing Council of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) and as President of the Minnesota Rural Health Association. She has also been Minnesota’s APA Rural Health Coordinator, chair of MPA’s Rural and Greater Minnesota Division, and chair and coordinator of its Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference.

Willie B. Garrett, Ed.D., M.S., LP, CEAP, is a consulting and generalist psychologist in private practice. He has areas of specialization including, trauma recovery, critical incidents, work performance, training, law enforcement, multi-cultural issues, management, ethics, organization development, military deployment and reintegration, and workplace violence. He received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Minnesota State University—Mankato and an Ed.D. in Organization Development from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Garrett has held previous positions as the Director of Professional Affairs of the Minnesota Psychological Association, Director of EAP Clinical Quality, and Director of Behavioral Health at several large integrated care medical clinics.

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 [email protected]

To Register:

Online pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome!

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by May 18 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after May 18 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, 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.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.