10th Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference

Friday, October 5, 2018
Earn up to 7.5 CE Credits

Managing Conference Partner:

Conference Partners:

Conference Sponsors:
Individual Webcast at Your Computer
Group Webcast Sites*:
- Homer

- Honolulu
- Kailua-Kona

- Lanai City
- Pukalani

- Carbondale
- Logansport
- Hays
- L'Anse
- Stanton
- Detroit Lakes
- Mankato

- Morris
- St. Cloud
- Willmar
- Newberg
- Newport
- Abingdon
*Sites subject to change
The mission of the Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference is to make quality continuing education accessible locally and affordably to behavioral health providers and researchers about the practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities.
WHEN -- Friday, October 5, 2018

THEME -- This year’s theme centers on Promoting Resilience in Rural FamiliesThis program focuses on education and skills improving the wellbeing of families in rural areas. This conference will address clinical issues that clinicians face with patients and families across the age continuum. These sessions will enhance providers’ abilities to address the pressing clinical and ethical realities of rural practice with families. This program is designed for psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, and other behavioral health professionals with an interest in rural practice and is at the introductory to an intermediate level.

SITES -- Presenters will be webcasting in for this conference, and there are options to attend at group webcast sites or by individual webcast (see SITES in column to the right). More information on host organizations and location addresses coming soon!

For more information, please contact Conference Coordinator Jon Aligada at [email protected]


Click here to view registration options and register online.

If you would like to register for the individual webcast, please click here.
If you would like to register for a specific group webcast site, please click here.

General Registration - $110
Full-Time Student/Pre-Doctoral Intern - $25
Member of Partner Organization - $90
Group Webcast Staff - $25
Conference Committee Member - $25


Brief overview of opportunities and benefits:

Exhibitor - $200

Conference Sponsor - $500

Benefits to Exhibitor/Sponsor Organizations:

  • Leadership recognition among behavioral health providers across rural America
  • Marketing and recruitment opportunities
  • Webcasting your video materials or PowerPoint with voice/sound at 2-3 breaks in each time zone, with your contact information displayed prominently, so participants can contact you by phone or email. 
  • Exhibit materials will also be on the conference document site, and you will receive recognition on the conference agenda.

Additional Conference Sponsor Benefits:

  • Your logo prominently displayed on the agenda and conference website and before all speaker sessions
  • Recognition as a conference sponsor at the opening of the conference in each time zone
  • All exhibitor benefits, as explained above

Click here to become a sponsor or exhibitor!


Note the usual conference time for your zone:
EDT: 9:00am - 5:45pm
CDT: 8:00am - 4:45pm
MDT: 7:00am - 3:45pm

PDT/MST: 7:45am - 4:45pm
AKDT: 6:45am - 3:45pm

HST: 6:45am - 3:30pm
* Because lunch time will vary across time zones, no breaks are greater than 30 minutes.

Click here for the detailed conference schedule in each time zone.


Keynote Address: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Practice Issues in Rural Healthcare

Afton M Koball, Ph.D., ABPP, LP; Gundersen Health System
Denyse Olson-Dorff, Psy.D.; Gundersen Health System
Judy Klevan, M.D.; Gundersen Health System

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Ethics & Boundaries in Rural America – A Practical Approach

Jennifer Andrashko, M.S.W., LICSW; Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kimberly Sommers, Psy.D., LP; Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Fostering Resilience in Rural Older Adults and Their families

Maggie Black, Psy.D., LP; Shore Neurocognitive Health
Elizabeth J. Parker-O’Brien, LCSW-C, Shore Neurocognitive Health

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Suicide and Drug Overdose Deaths: How is Postvention, Prevention?

Tonya Carter, B.A.; Minnesota Department of Health - Behavioral Health Care Liaison
Kate Erickson, M.S.W.; Minnesota Department of Health - Opioid Overdose Prevention Director

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1.0 Continuing Education Credit

Title: Integrated Behavioral Health in a Rural Pediatric Primary Care Setting: Challenges and Opportunities
Chelsea VanderWoude, M.A., Megan McCrary, M.A., & Karla K. Fehr, Ph.D.

Title: The Agrarian Distress: Factors Explaining the Will to Live Among Poor, Rural, and Distressed Farmers
Kandlur, R., Sardana, S., & Richardson-Vejlgaard, R.

Title: Barriers to Mental Health Care: Investigating Location and Impact on Rural Communities
Jensen, E. J. & Beehler, S. J

Title: Expanding Care: Workshop Outcomes to Enhance Behavioral Health Care for Rural Patients with Chronic Respiratory Conditions
McClain, M., Schopp, L., & Kouba, M.

Title: Are Cancer Survivors in Rural Hawaii Physically Active?
Ramos, C.M., Gotshalk, L.A., Siemers, B., Verseput, M., Cabarloc, C., Cranswick, B., Queen, L., Gotshalk, B., Weaver, L., Martinez, K., Ishola, B., Carvalho, C., Tom, J., & Schmelz, K.

Title: Differences in Psychological Flexibility and Inflexibility between Levels of Socioeconomic Status
Stone, B.M., & Drake, C.E.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the research results in the posters.
  2. Describe the practice implications from the poster research.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:  Psychologists and most other behavioral health professionals can earn up to 7.5 continuing education credits through the Minnesota Psychological Association's CE accreditation with APA.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers - Hawai’i Chapter (HI62792019-3).

Please note: You must attend the full session to receive continuing education credit for that session.

Contact the Conference Coordinator Jon Aligada at [email protected] with questions.

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 or emailed cancellation is received at least five working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund will be given after September 28.


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.