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Mind the Mind Symposium

Mental Health

Bringing to light the changing landscape of mental health.

UW-Green Bay and Mental Health America Lakeshore are partnering to host the first annual Mind the Mind Symposium to be held at our Sheboygan campus location on Thursday, May 18, 2023. The goal of the event is to educate community and business influencers on the importance of mental health and to bring to light the changing landscape of mental health.


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Mental Health America Lakeshore

Leader in Mental Health Education

Mental Health America Lakeshore is an affiliate of the nation's leading community-based nonprofit, MHA, dedicated to addressing the needs of those with mental illness. Since 1953 our mental health resource agency has promoted mental wellness through education, prevention programming, advocacy, and resource referrals for care and recovery. 


Thursday, May 18, 2023
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Limited availability!


Sheboygan Campus
1 University Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081 


Student (High School or College): $25
General: $99
Licensed Professional (.5 CEUs/5 CEHs): $149


Buy One, Give One - Donate a registration to somebody you care about.
Group Discount - If you are interested in a group discount, please Melissa Betke at to learn more.

Three Tracks to Choose From

Emotional, psychological and social well-being is important in school, in the workplace and in our families and communities. Mental health concerns us all, affecting all facets of life. Choose the track most relevant to your experience and necessity. The health and human service professionals track is sponsored by Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department and provides continuing education credits and hours.


  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Community Leaders
  • Faith Leaders


  • Employers
  • Team Leaders
  • HR Professionals
  • Talent Development

Health & Human Professional

  • Social Workers
  • Marriage Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • Specialist Counselors


Sessions are still in development. There may be multiple choices offered for each track. Participants will select their choices once all sessions are finalized.

8:30 a.m.

Check-in & Registration

9 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

Keynote: The Complex World of Autism & Mental Illness

Speaker: Russell Lehmann, Speaker, Poet, Advocate

Named the 2022 Advocate of the Year by the Autism Society of America, Russell currently travels the world spreading hope, awareness and compassion in a raw and dynamic fashion, while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma and stereotypes that come with having a disability. Russell’s passion is to be a voice for the unheard, for he knows how difficult and frustrating it is to go unnoticed.

10 a.m.

Break & Transition to Session

10:15 a.m.

Session 1

Providing Access To Healing: Making Youth Mental Health a Priority

Speakers: Brianna Heusterberg & Frank Simac

Youth Mental Health

Speaker: Russell Lehmann

Part 1: How Stress and Trauma Impacts the Workforce

Speaker: Katy Pruitt

The Missing Piece: Conation and Mental Health in the Workplace

Speaker: AJ Kruse

Health & Human Professional
Crisis Prevention: Verbal Interventions & De-escalation

Speaker:  Gail Kowalkowski

Peer Support: An Essential Companion in the Recovery and Well-being Journey

Speaker: Jamie Smidt

11:15 a.m.

Break & Transition to Session

11:30 a.m.

Session 2

The Importance of Partnerships: Working Together to Overcome the Children’s Mental Health Crisis

Speaker: Jacqueline Wight

The Production Farm and Those Who Come Next

Speaker: Wyatt Kuether

Supporting A Resilient Workforce: Integrating The Science of Emotional Intelligence Into Employee Health

Speaker: Abby Waters

Part 2: Building Protective Factors and Resilience in the Workplace

Speaker: Katy Pruitt

Health & Human Professional
How to be Resilient Living through Historical Generational Trauma

Speaker: Clem Richardson

Self-Care for the Helping Profession

Speaker: Rachelle Coffey

12:30 p.m.

Kohler Wellness Lunch Session

Workplace Mental Health: Turning Programs into Culture Change

This session will explore why focusing on mental well-being is crucial for an organization's success. Kohler will also provide insight into their company's mental health journey, sharing examples of successful programming.

1:30 p.m.

Session 3

Part 1: How to Talk to Teens About Mental Health

Speaker: Elizabeth Cramer

Adolescent Mental Health: Empowering Teens to Support and Advocate for Their Peers

Speaker: Keegan Rhynas

Part 1: Advancing Adult Compassion Resilience

Speaker: Hanna Maechtle

How to Tap Into Your Health: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques for Empowerment

Speaker: Sheri Severson

Health & Human Professional
Part 1: The Influence of Systemic Racism on Body Shame and Diet Culture

Speaker: Jennifer Reckner

Part 1: EMDR

Speaker: Michelle Murray

2:30 p.m.

Break & Transition to Session

2:45 p.m.

Session 4

Part 2: How to Talk to Teens About Mental Health

Speaker: Elizabeth Cramer

The Impact of Art in Youth Mental Health

Speakers: John Michael Kohler Art Center Staff

Part 2: Advancing Adult Compassion Resilience

Speaker: Hanna Maechtle

Mental Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Speaker: Charm Der

Health & Human Professional
Part 2: The Influence of Systemic Racism on Body Shame and Diet Culture

Speaker: Jennifer Reckner

Part 2: EMDR

Speaker: Michelle Murray

3:45 p.m.

Expo, Happy Hour Celebration & Poster Contest

Poster Contest

Students from area universities will display posters with mental health research. Attendees will be able to visit the poster sessions and ask questions and converse with the creators of the posters.

Continuing Education

Attendance at all sessions in the Health and Human Professional track earns continuing education 0.5 CEUs/5 CEHs.


Keynote Speaker

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Russell Lehmann
Speaker, Poet, Advocate

Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized thought leader, public speaker, poet, and advocate who happens to have autism. His words have been featured in the USA Today, LA Times, NPR, Yahoo! News, Autism Speaks, Success Magazine, TEDx at UCLA and archived in the Library of Congress. A graduate of MIT’s “Leadership in the Digital Age” course, Russell sits on the national board of directors for The Arc of the US and is a council member for the Autism Society of America. The former Youth Ambassador for the mayor of Reno, Nevada, Russell has also sat on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as the Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Health & Human Services Track Sponsor
Sheboygan County Health & Human Services Department
Supporting Sponsors
Destination Kohler
Kohler HeadsUP Business Resource Group Mental Health Advocates
Kohler Choose Well... Live Well Connect. Live. Thrive.

Looking to Support This Event?

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities to help support the work of raising awareness in our communities on the changing landscape of mental health.

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