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Behavioral Health Workshop Set for March 30


School counselors, law enforcement, clergy, public health professionals, teachers and others who work with people will have an opportunity to learn about mental and behavioral health during a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting March 30.

The three-hour Behavioral Health IVN for Your Community workshop will be offered through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) on the NDSU campus in Fargo and at the NDSU Extension Service Office, 205 6th Street NW, as well as at several other sites in North Dakota. The event starts at 9 a.m. Central time and is free of charge.

“We want people to be more confident in their ability to spot problems and get individuals the help they need to feel whole and healthy,” says Kim Bushaw, Extension family science specialist.

Behavioral health specialists from Prairie St. John’s in Fargo will present the program. The speakers and their topics are:

* Emily Coler Hanson, who works in the day treatment program for youth with autism spectrum disorders - youth and stress issues, including cutting, eating disorders and other negative coping strategies

* Shauna Erickson, who works in an inpatient child/adolescent unit and does outpatient therapy for children and adolescents - adults and stress, primarily stress management, depression and suicide

* Monica McConkey, who works in business development and grew up on a family farm - farm stress and how farming and ranching can produce stress the whole family feels.

“Mental/behavioral health is an important topic, especially this year with difficulties in farming and ranching, the slowing of the oil industry and the state’s looming budget cuts,” McConkey states, “Many families are anxious about what will happen next to their farms, ag-related jobs, income, savings and futures.”

A certificate will be available to those who complete the workshop.

For more information or to pre-register your attendance, please contact the NDSU Extension Service/McKenzie County at 701-444-3451 or email


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