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Mind the Mind Presenters

Presenters will share valuable insights to help attendees grow in their careers and make important connections. Don't miss out on this chance to enhance your knowledge and expand your professional network!

Keynote Speaker

Mental Health + Leadership: Embracing Imperfections Through Storytelling

9 a.m.

In today's fast-paced and demanding professional world, the intersection of mental health and leadership plays a pivotal role in creating successful and healthy work environments. Sinclair will use his personal story of living with a Bipolar I diagnosis as both a black father, professional and leader. By the end of this keynote, participants will feel empowered and called to embrace their imperfections and vulnerabilities to become more authentic and connected with the people they lead.

Sinclair Ceasar III keynote speaker
Sinclair Ceasar III

With 10+ years of hands-on experience, Sinclair Ceasar III, CEO of Sinclairity Consulting LLC, has been a catalyst for positive change, relentlessly advocating for mental health and well-being in professional settings.

As a former improv instructor and troupe member, Sinclair infuses his presentations with elements of improvisation, keeping audiences engaged, entertained and on their feet. Sinclairity Consulting LLC transforms executive leadership and organizational culture through keynote presentations and corporate wellness retreats. Partnering with organizations across various sectors, including education, workforce development, nonprofit, tech and corporate industries, Sinclairity Consulting LLC is driving meaningful change in workplaces.

Session Presenters

Mental Health at Work: Breaking Stigma in the Trades

10:15 a.m.

One of the gravest trends in every industry over the last decade has been the rise of mental health issues for employees. It is a cold reality that is not only detrimental to employees well-being but also is a costly health issue to find resources to help. Many leaders, especially in trades like trucking, construction or manufacturing, may not have a roadmap to start to handle these rising trends. However, they do not have to navigate it alone. Hear from Bruce Morton, a loss control and safety service professional, about how mental health shows up on the job and with our employees. You will hear Bruce's personal story, learn about self-care and insights on safety and gain resources that help employees and employers be successful in handling mental health challenges.

Bruce Morton presenter
Bruce Morton
Senior Loss Control Consultant

Bruce provides loss control and safety services specializing in construction.

He provides training in many areas, including the following: OSHA 10 & 30 hour courses, First Aid and CPR. Bruce is a highly sought-after speaker, published author and president of the Wisconsin Construction Wellness Community.

Unmasking the Cultural Drivers of Burnout

10:15 a.m.

In this presentation, Kathryn will identify some of the cultural discourses underlying the current burnout epidemic, especially with respect to healthcare and helping professionals, and suggest strategies for building healthier discourses for resisting burnout.

Kathryn Stinson presenter
Kathryn Stinson
Psychotherapist & Burnout Prevention Coach

Kathryn Stinson is a licensed professional counselor and burnout prevention coach who supports passionate people in leading unconventional lives.

She has more than a decade of experience working with artists, activists, entrepreneurs as well as LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent individuals. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri St. Louis and has advanced training in Narrative Therapy. As a burnout prevention coach, she helps passionate professionals, leaders and side hustlers serve their big visions without burning out.

Living Beyond Our Scars

10:15 a.m.

Loren Michaels-Harris, Ph.D., the renowned motivational speaker, takes audiences on an empowering journey of resilience, growth, and transformation. Drawing from his own experiences as a former foster child, Loren delves deeply into the idea that our scars don't define us; rather, they can become powerful catalysts for positive change. Through heartfelt storytelling and compelling insights, he inspires individuals to embrace their past traumas and challenges, unlocking the hidden potential within to live a life of purpose, strength and compassion. This transformative keynote motivates attendees to overcome adversity, heal from within and forge a path of empowerment and growth, living beyond the limitations of their scars.

Loren Michaels-Harris presenter
Loren Michaels-Harris, Ph.D.
Speaker & TV Host

Loren Michaels-Harris is a renowned motivational speaker with over eight years of experience.

Featured on prestigious platforms and having spoken on 668 stages worldwide, Loren's impact knows no bounds. His Goalcast Motivational video has garnered over 7 million views, showcasing his ability to uplift millions with his powerful messages. Loren Michaels-Harris is not just a motivator; he is an inspiration, changing lives one speech at a time.

Prioritizing Mental Health as a Workplace Safety Issue

10:15 a.m.

In today's fast-paced and demanding work environments, the significance of mental health as a crucial component of workplace safety is becoming increasingly recognized. This presentation delves into the imperative need for organizations to prioritize mental health alongside physical safety measures. The presentation will begin by shedding light on the prevalent misconceptions surrounding mental health in the workplace, emphasizing that mental health challenges are not isolated incidents but widespread concerns affecting employees across various industries. We will explore the staggering statistics related to workplace stress, burnout and the subsequent impact on productivity, absenteeism, and employee turnover.

Amanda Johnson presenter
Amanda Johnson
Executive Director

Currently, Amanda serves as the Executive Director of the Howe Community Resource Center.

She walks alongside some of the hardest-working people who seek to improve the quality of life and the promise of a bright future for the children of Brown County. She has some letters behind her name which means she had the opportunity to learn. She has some shiny awards that gather dust, but her biggest award is her children, her family and her triumph over trauma.

Good Grief!

10:15 a.m.

Grief is a shared human experience profoundly impacting mental health. Rather than a question of "if" you will interact with someone grieving, it is a question of "when" will I and "how" can I best care for them. Through learning about the experience of grief, theoretical approaches to grief and an overview of therapeutical skills, this presentation will bring confidence to those wanting to support those who are grieving.

Jenny Boeckman presenter
Jenny Boeckman
Grief Services Director

Creating a compassionate space for those grieving a death has been a passion throughout Jenny's 17 years at Unity Grief and Education Center in Green Bay.

She supports children, families, and adults through individual counseling, grief group facilitation, and memorial events. She has provided presentations and facilitated debriefings throughout the community including schools and businesses. Jenny holds a master's degree in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.

Brainspotting: A Mind/Body Therapy Tool

11:30 a.m.

Mental health cannot simply be understood from the point of view of mind. Each of our nervous systems create stories, based on life experiences that cause daily reactions in the form of anxiety, depression, shame and stress. Brainspotting is an innovative therapy that supports clients in healing on a subcortical level. We all have pasts that impact our "now." Brainspotting can help us live in the present.

Patrice Flanagan-Morris presenter
Patrice Flanagan-Morris
Psychotherapist & Group Practice Owner

Patrice Flanagan-Morris is a licensed clinical social worker in Wisconsin and owns a Brainspotting group practice in Waukesha Empowerment Within LLC.

Patrice prides herself on supporting her clients and community on psychoeducation to destigmatize mental health struggles and helps them find innovative ways to heal. Patrice integrates self-compassion and nervous system regulation work into her sessions to support full body healing. Patrice is a brainspotting consultant and specialty trainer.

Forgiveness is the Future

11:30 a.m.

Forgiveness has long been touted by healthcare experts as a key to physical health. Studies in oncology have long believed forgiveness is an important step in the treatment process for cancer patients. But why hasn't forgiveness as a way of societal change yet hit the mainstream? A succinct application for workplace cultures has yet to be shared, until now. 

Bam Stanton presenter
Bam Stanton
Speaker, Artist & Writer

Bam's story is unique, and his precociousness was recognized and encouraged from a young age.

His creativity shows up in his painting, writing and especially his speaking engagements. His most recent journey included founding a not-for-profit, Forgive.Us. His passion is to build a bridge on which division in America can heal. In 2020, Forgive. Us. made a 20,000 mile RV trip around the country to host events. His work has been featured in Interfaith America, WBBM Chicago, RV Today, Rootless and Rova.

Balancing Act: Work-Life Integration for Health and Human Service Professionals

11:30 a.m.

This session addresses the unique challenges faced by healthcare, social work, and counseling professionals. Dr. Carolyn Colleen Boatrack provides practical strategies for managing stress, preventing burnout, and cultivating resilience while maintaining a compassionate career. Explore boundary-setting, self-care, and seeking support. Learn to thrive in demanding roles, enhancing both personal well-being and professional effectiveness.

Carolyn Colleen Bostrack presenter
Carolyn Colleen Bostrack

Carolyn Colleen, Ph.D., is a passionate advocate for personal growth and community empowerment.

As the founder of the Fierce Foundation, she supports underserved women and children through education and community initiatives. Her Fierce Network provides vital life strategies for women, while her books explore resilience and education. As a 2023 UN Commission delegate, she champions global gender equality, and her "Miracle Morning" routine reflects her devotion to meaningful impact.

It's Not an Anger Problem

11:30 a.m.

For generations, anger has been treated as a behavior problem rather than a natural emotion that emerges when one perceives a certain type of problem. This presentation will explore the truths about anger, including the four reasons why anger presents itself. Using evidence-based resources and anecdotal stories, the presenter will enlighten the audience to the reality that we don't have anger problems; we have problems that make us angry. The participants will receive actionable strategies that they can begin to use immediately. This presentation will be a mix of seminar and workshop, with opportunities for the audience to actively participate in the presentation.

Julie A. Christiansen presenter
Julie A. Christiansen
CEO, Author & Speaker

With close to 30 years in the community services field as a psychotherapist, public speaker and executive coach, Julie knows and understands people.

Julie has an extensive background in mental health counseling. Her areas of specialization are anger solutions, stress management, trauma recovery, bullying and emotional regulation. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology. A former adjunct professor, Julie has authored twelve books. Her latest "The Rise of Rage" will be available in February 2024.

The Role of Humanism in the Workplace

11:30 a.m.

This presentation will reflect on the role of humanistic psychology in the workplace. Humanistic psychology will be framed as an empowering and effective alternative to non-humanistic and often westernized forms of societal and workplace culture. Best practices and resources will also be provided to the budding and more seasoned humanistic professionals.

Thomas W Gretton presenter
Thomas W. Gretton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Tom is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UW-Green Bay, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and a licensed mental health counseling intern.

He is originally from the United Kingdom and moved to the United States in 2016 where he completed his dual masters in clinical mental health counseling and sport and exercise psychology, as well as a doctorate in sport psychology. He currently works as a certified mental performance consultant for World Rugby, supporting elite officials, staff and organizational management to deliver positive performance and well-being outcomes. He has delivered therapeutic services in correctional facilities, universities and community counseling centers.

Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy: An Evidence-Based Model for Healing

1:45 p.m.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple, and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome. IFS is a movement. A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and help the world become a more compassionate place. This workshop will present an overview of the model, video excerpt of the model in action and some brief experiential exercises to introduce this powerful way of working with others and yourself!

Tina Ottman-Boykin presenter
Tina Ottman-Boykin
Owner & Director

Tina has an MSE with a dual emphasis in K-12 school counseling and community counseling. She has been a counselor in private practice since 1992.

She is a LCSW and LPC. She has been an adjunct professor in Lakeland University's Master's of Counseling Program. Tina is the owner and clinical director of Life Point Counseling. She is a level 3 trained IFS practitioner and has served as a program assistant multiple times in IFS level 1 trainings.

Using the Enneagram in Your Therapy Practice

1:45 p.m.

Do you have clients coming to you asking about their Enneagram? Are you curious to learn how to use the Enneagram with your client base? If so, this three-part lecture is for you! In part one you will learn about the powerful tool of the Enneagram. In part two you will learn about your own Enneagram type and about how this self-knowledge can aid in client attraction and retention. In part three you will learn how to implement this knowledge to help you serve your client base with masterful care.

Liora Elias presenter
Liora Elias, Ph.D.

Liora Elias is a university professor, Enneagram coach certified with Enneagram University and founder of The Enneagram Doctor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For the past twelve years they have taught in the Communication Studies department at the University of Minnesota, earning their doctorate in 2015. Their approach to the Enneagram utilizes their expertise in communication, sexuality and human development. As a member of the LGBTQ+ population they bring a unique lens to Enneagram work that taps into the differentiated relational and community needs of the LGBTQ+ population.

Movement and Mental Health Benefits

1:45 p.m.

The benefits of regular physical activity can improve mental health, energy levels, happiness and overall quality of life. In this session, participants will learn about the recommended physical activity guidelines to experience positive mental health and practice setting physical activity goals to achieve mental health benefits through regular exercise. Participants will also learn what different kinds of exercise can help symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety and lead to a feeling of optimal well being.

Jo Morrissey presenter
Joe Morrissey
Associate Professor

Jo Morrissey is the Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology master's program at UW-Green Bay.

Her areas of expertise are the psychosocial aspects of exercise, health and sport. Jo also directs the Exercise is Medicine-On Campus initiative which aims to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health for students, faculty and staff. Through the initiative, the campus is provided with information, support and programs to learn and experience that regular movement is a powerful and effective way to enhance our mental and physical health.

The Mind-Body Connection: Exploring the Impact of Food Intolerance on Mental Health

1:45 p.m.

This presentation will delve into the often-overlooked relationship between food intolerance and mental health. We will explore how dietary factors can significantly influence mood, cognitive function and overall mental well-being. The Food Intolerance Association, with its expertise in food-related health issues, will shed light on this critical aspect of mental health. Our goal is to equip business professionals and health and human service professionals with knowledge and strategies to support individuals dealing with food intolerances and their mental health implications.

Terry Daniels presenter
Terry Daniels, MPH
Founder & Presenter

Terry Daniels is the founder and president of the Food Intolerance Association and the author of a best-selling book, "It's in the Food! A Guide on Food intolerance for Adults and Children."

She is a graduate of Tulane University where she completed an associate's in business, bachelor's in sociology and master's in public health in environmental health policy. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides is Washington, DC.

Understanding the 5 Workplace Appreciation Languages

3 p.m.

Have you heard of the "5 Love Languages" before? More importantly, have you heard of the 5 workplace appreciation languages? Do you know what languages your team members speak? If you are in any level of a leadership position, this important and emotionally intelligent aspect to managing your team can be urgent. Learning how each individual person you are working with needs to be heard, appreciated and given feedback/criticism will be crucial to creating a thriving workplace environment and increasing team morale!

Susan Fochs presenter
Susan Fochs
Founder & CEO

Susan graduated with her bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and her master's in public policy from Northwestern University. She has a hefty background in the nonprofit sector.

She has held previous positions at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Miss America Organization, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Girls on the Run, as well as sitting on the board of the National Association of Nonprofit Professionals. Her own nonprofit journey began with founding Operation Not Alone, a veteran-based NPO. Susan is also the host of The Make An Impact Podcast, which discusses all things non-profit and social enterprises.

Tapping into Your Health: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques for Self-Care and Empowerment

3 p.m.

This presentation will offer participants a basic introduction to using Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) for self-care. A general overview of stress and the stress response will be covered, including the role of the amygdala. Participants will be provided information on the science that supports tapping, followed by an explanation of how to do tapping for self-care and an experiential exercise to give participants an opportunity to practice within the workshop space.

Sheri Severson presenter
Sheri Severson, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Sheri has a passion for helping individuals prioritize their mental health and providing tools to facilitate empowerment.

She feels honored to accompany individuals on their journey through life's challenges. Sheri offers outpatient individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults at Life Point Counseling, with an emphasis in areas of anxiety, trauma, grief, relationships, mood related concerns and stress.  She has offered educational opportunities in stress management and the application of tapping to individuals within the wider community and is interested in expanding these opportunities to support the wider community.

Grow Where You're Planted: Holistic Leadership Development for Service-Based Leaders

3 p.m.

The focus of this workshop is to help future and current service-based leaders develop a more holistic and compassionate approach to guiding themselves and others. They will learn how to achieve performance outcomes as a result of an orientation toward development. The goal is to plant seeds for transformative change with participants through enhanced collaboration, best practice methods, and relationship building. 

Lamarr Lewis presenter
Lamarr E. Lewis, LAPC, CPRP
Owner & Lead Consultant

Lamarr is a dedicated advocate, author and agent of change. His focus is community-based mental health, and his career spans more than twenty years.

He works with diverse groups including individuals living with psychiatric disabilities, people in recovery from substance abuse and at-hope youth. He has a bachelor's in sociology and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. He has been a featured expert and trainer at Boeing, Fulton County Probate Court, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Region IV Public Health Training Center.

How to Tell Your Mental Health Story

3 p.m.

Mental health impacts everyone differently. For some of us, we didn’t talk about it growing up, and even today we can feel uncomfortable engaging in the conversation. Storytelling is a powerful device that helps close this gap between “I’m not a qualified to have this conversation” to “What I share could be life changing for someone else, even if I’m only 1% more vulnerable.” During this breakout session, we will cover the role of storytelling in breaking the silence around mental health and ending mental health stigma. Participants will learn to frame their 3 part story inspired by NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program. Lastly, we will discuss the transformational power of identifying hopefulness in our story.

Sinclair Ceasar III keynote speaker
Sinclair Ceasar III

With 10+ years of hands-on experience, Sinclair Ceasar III, CEO of Sinclairity Consulting LLC, has been a catalyst for positive change, relentlessly advocating for mental health and well-being in professional settings.

As a former improv instructor and troupe member, Sinclair infuses his presentations with elements of improvisation, keeping audiences engaged, entertained and on their feet. Sinclairity Consulting LLC transforms executive leadership and organizational culture through keynote presentations and corporate wellness retreats. Partnering with organizations across various sectors, including education, workforce development, nonprofit, tech and corporate industries, Sinclairity Consulting LLC is driving meaningful change in workplaces.

Shake It Off with TRE®

4:30 p.m.: Optional Session

Conferences can be a lot. A lot of talking, a lot of thinking and a lot of processing. This can leave us feeling activated and or searching for calm. Join Sarah Giencke in a calming and relaxing class of TRE®. In this class, you'll decompress from the busyness of the day and leave feeling grounded, centered and regulated. It's a great alternative for those who don't feel like networking and/or drinking at the end of the day.

Sarah Giencke presenter
Sarah Giencke
Founder & Nervous System Coach

Sarah is Certified in TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises). She is Founder of Riset Resiliency, a wellness consultancy.

Through her work, she helps people reclaim power and balance over their nervous systems, so that they can live more peaceful lives. Having an intimate relationship to trauma, Sarah deeply understands the connection between the body's trauma response and adverse life effects—being easily triggered, hyper-vigilant and experiencing chronic pain. Sarah places an emphasis on building safety with her clients, while helping them gain self-agency and self-awareness.

Register for the Conference

The second annual Mind the Mind Symposium will take place at Blue Harbor Resort, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The event is a partnership between UW-Green Bay and Mental Health America Lakeshore and will focus on the collective effort needed to promote mental wellness across communities and professions.

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