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NEW SUMMER WEBINARS

Using Mindfulness to Manage Big Emotions & Improve Relationships, Talking to Kids about Mental Health, Understanding Adjustment Disorder, Social Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Cutting and Self-Harm, and more

As always, these events are absolutely free & everyone is welcome! Attendance certificates provided at no cost

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Using Mindfulness to Manage Big Emotions & Improve Relationships | Mon 7/15 | 12-1:00pm CDT

People often assume that mindfulness won’t work for kids who struggle to sit quietly. That isn’t true. And there is extensive research supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness in decreasing anger, stress, and anxiety, and improving relationships with other people. Learn how mindfulness influences the brain, strategies to help kids understand & accept their emotions, and techniques to practice at home.
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Understanding ADHD | Tues 7/16 | 12-1:00pm CDT

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more than hyperactive people and short attention spans. Explore the causation, symptoms, and treatment options for ADHD and learn practical tips to manage symptoms and support loved ones who are struggling in this one-hour seminar.
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Understanding Trauma | Wed 7/17 | 10-11:00am CDT

Trauma is defined by the emotional and psychological effect an event has on people, and less by the event itself. Explore the science of trauma and discuss how trauma impacts physical & mental health with a licensed therapist.
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Understanding Compassion Fatigue & Burnout | Wed 7/17 | 12-1:00pm CDT

Does compassion cause suffering? When does it go too far and how can caregivers protect their own wellbeing? Learn the warning signs, who is at risk, and how to restore your emotional energy with a licensed therapist.
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Understanding Psychotherapy | Thurs 7/18 | 12-1:00pm CDT

How does talk therapy work? Who benefits? How do you find a good therapist? Discuss the reasons why people go to therapy, what the process truly looks like, and how to find a qualified professional in this one-hour seminar.
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Caregiver Support Group

You care for your loved one(s), but who is caring for you?
We have a safe place, meeting EVERY MONTH, for you to connect with other caregivers who understand the things you are dealing with and find the support you need as a caregiver.

Monday, July 15th

6:30-8:00 pm

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Meeting the First Wednesday and Third Monday of Every Month!

Waiver Workshops

Our workshops are developed for families by families. Join us to learn how waivers can support your loved one.

Advanced Waiver

Wednesday, July 17th

Part 1: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

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Thursday, July 18th

Part 2: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

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Life Course Workshops

Our workshops are developed for families by families. They focus on specific topics through the lens of the LifeCourse Framework, emphasizing the importance of having a vision.

Peace of Mind Long-Term Planning

Thursday, July 11th

12:00 pm- 2:00 pm

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Lead the Way to Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

Tuesday, July 23rd

10:00 am- 12:00 pm

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Seguridad en la Comunidal, Espanol

Thursday, July 25th

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Using the LifeCourse to Plan and Problem Solve- Part 1

Tuesday, July 30th

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Sibling Good Life Group

Adult Siblings of People with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism

Topic: Maintaining and Creating Meaningful Relationships
This group of adult siblings will have the opportunity to guide the group’s direction, network with other siblings, talk about their lived experiences, hear from experts on topics relevant to sibling life, have open and informative discussions, and plan for a future that holds true potential for you and your family.

Monday, July 29th, 2024

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are webinars recorded?

Yes! Everyone who registers for a webinar will receive the recording via email 24 hours after the live event

Are attendance certificates provided?

Yes! Attendance certificates are sent to everyone who joins a live webinar and completes the post-webinar survey

Are webinars & support groups free?

Yes! Mindspring’s webinars are available for free. Funding to provide mental health education, support, and advocacy services is provided by Polk County, Iowa, Polk County Behavioral Health & Disability Services, United Way of Central Iowa, a number of corporate and family donors, and charitable donations from people like you!

Are CEUs provided?

CEUs are not provided

Meet the Instructors

Jaymi Dormaier
Jaymi Dormaier is a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than ten years of experience in the mental health field. In Jaymi’s career as a social worker and therapist she has worked with diverse populations focusing on anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, foster care, adoption, homelessness, and addiction. She is passionate about helping others live a life they love.
Susan Dannen
Susan Dannen is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. Susan trained at Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois Chicago, and specializes in child and adult mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, foster care, and adoption. She is passionate about educating and supporting others to find hope and healing.