Mental Health Summit

Mental Health Summit

November 2, 2017 8 am to 3 pm

Baker College of Jackson Welcome Center

Join us for our first annual Mental Health Summit! This educational event is great for medical professionals, social workers, educators as well as the general public.

Featuring important topics in the field including:

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Youth & Bullying
  • Trauma Care
  • Coping Skills
  • Veterans

Social Work and Nursing CEUs and Teacher SCECH hours available!

$25 online/ $30 at the door
Click here to register!

Why Mental Health Is So Important To Talk About - Becky Shaulis, MA, LPC, NCC
Why is Mental Health important? Why is getting an accurate assessment and diagnosis important? Why
should I see a counselor or psychiatrist? Can’t my Primary Doctor take care of my mental health
concerns? These are just a few questions that many people ask, that we will address during this session.
We’ll also address implications of mental health and human development, diagnoses (correct and
incorrect), and medications in school settings, in the military, and life in general.

Suicide Prevention - Lindsay Baker, MS, TLLP
Learn how suicide is affecting Jackson County. Also, learn the signs and symptoms of suicide, high risk
populations and resources available in the community. Learn questions to ask if you or someone you know is
having thoughts of suicide.

Trauma-Informed Training - Sabrina Corbin, MS, TLLP

Do you want to better understand the effects of trauma? What you will learn:

  • What is trauma?
  • What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)?
  • To recognize and understand behaviors that we see in the people we serve
  • The impact of stress over time
  • How to do resilience interventions
  • The impact of secondary and vicarious stress

The purpose of this training is to:
To increase understanding of the prevalence, characteristics and impact of trauma on children and their
family.To increase understanding of and compassion for victims of trauma.To increase understanding of issues
and strategies for working with those who have experienced trauma.To understand the professional and
personal impact of trauma work and learn strategies to address vicarious/secondary trauma.

The training is presented by Sabrina Corbin, MS, TLLP, an internationally recognized leader of transformational programs for children, families, schools and communities. These trauma trainings are being provided in our community free of charge thanks to the Trauma-Informed Community Collaborative and Family Service and Children’s Aid.

Coping Skills - Melissa Tinervia, LMSW

Burnout. It is a word used often, yet its significance is often overlooked. It is real and it happens. It happens to the individuals served who experience significant disruption in their life due to untreated mental illness symptoms. It happens to the support symptoms who often experience the disruption and disruptive symptoms along side the struggling individual. It happens to the workers who work diligently to provide respite for the struggling individual and their support systems. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. The goal of this breakout session is to: 1) Understand 5 signs and symptoms in the process of burnout, 2) Learn at least 2 ways initial trauma (for clients and support systems) or secondary trauma (for workers and support systems) can impact burnout, and 3) learn and/or practice 3 coping skills that individuals experiencing mental illness or co-occurring disorders, support systems, or workers can use to fight the disruption that burnout and regain peace for each individual. 

Melissa Tinervia is the current Program Manager for Family Service & Children's Aid Born Free program.
She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2011 from Spring Arbor University. She went on to
complete her Master of Social Work degree at Eastern Michigan University in 2015. She received her
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate in April 2016, her Certified Clinical Supervisor
certificate in October 2016, and became a fully Licensed Master of Social Work in August 2017. She has a
passion for working with individuals who seek recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness.
She has a firm belief that individuals with these conditions are strong human beings who need to be
treated with respect and not shame. She is personally and professionally linked to the work she does
and believes everyone deserves an opportunity to be better then they thought they could be.

LGBTQ - Joanne Nemecek, LMSW

Joanne Nemecek, will be discussing respectful care of the LGBT community. It will include: Definition of terms,
special health concerns of this population, special mental health considerations, environmental considerations
and emphasis on caring for transgender individuals. Participants will be familiar with definitions specific to the
LGBT population, will be able to identify 3 specific health concerns of the LGBT population, be able to identify 2
mental health concerns of the LGBT and finally be able to identify 2 unique features of caring for transgender

Joanne Nemecek is a Licensed Masters of Social Work, who has been employed at Integro since fall of 2013.  She is an outpatient therapist. Joanne experienced a major life event and decided to leave a long career in nursing to pursue being a social worker with the goal of working with transgender individuals and their families. She has some transgender clients in her outpatient practice. She also volunteers at the University of Michigan Health System as a facilitator of two different support groups; one for parents of transgender people and one for partners of transgender people. She has a National Association of Social Workers Certificate in Clinical Concerns and Gender Identity. Joanne is enjoys singing in her church choir, gardening, and quilting. She has been married for 45 years and has 3 married sons and 7 grandchildren.

Youth & Bullying - Geremy Burns

“It’s just what kids do, kids being kids.”  “There’s always been bullying, what’s the big deal?”  Really???  In this workshop, we’ll explore how bullying has changed with technology and the affects that bullying has on adolescents; how it impacts their education, their social growth and self-esteem.  We’ll also discuss resources available for victims of bullying. 

Geremy Burns is the Director of the Jackson County Youth Center, a 50 bed juvenile detention facility.  He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling.  He serves as the President of the Board for Rise Above, Vice President of the Board for the Michigan Juvenile Detention Association, sits on the executive board for the Jackson/Hillsdale Critical Incident Stress Management response team and serves on the Leadership Board for the Jackson Free Methodist Church. Geremy has also worked in both the middle and high school level as a school counselor, bringing almost 20 years of experience working with adolescence, along with 3 of his own he and his wife are raising. 

Veterans and Mental Health: Becky Shaulis, MA, LPC, NCC
What is the difference between a Veteran, Active Duty, The Reserves, and the IRR (Individual Ready Reserves)?
Can you identify which branches are which and what you should call the service members in those branches?
Do you understand their language and why is that important? What’s the difference between enlisted, noncommissioned officer, and officers? During this workshop, we’ll identify answers to these questions and discuss why understanding how the military is different than civilian life is so important to working with those who have or are currently serving their country. We will also discuss how suicide prevention with veterans and service
members can be different than with civilians and what resources are available to assist professionals who are
working with this population and the veterans and service members themselves.

Closing Keynote - The State of Mental Health & What You Can Do - Maribeth Leonard, MBA, LBSW

Learn legislative and financial updates that are occurring around mental health and suicide nationally, statewide and countywide. As well, Stigma and how mental health is portrayed in the media will be discussed. Finally,
learn how you can get involved in advocacy work!

Maribeth Leonard is the Chief Executive Officer of LifeWays Community Mental Health. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Spring Arbor University. Maribeth represents LifeWays with service on several local, regional and state-level committees. Maribeth is passionate about recognizing signs of abuse, supporting individuals in crisis, and raising awareness of suicide. In addition, she strives to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts students in the classroom and its connection to mental health. She frequently speaks to audiences about understanding that recovery is not a one-size plan, but rather a process very unique to each individual. The mother of two in college and five step-sons and daughters, Maribeth lives in Jerome, MI.

Tenative Agenda

8:00 am – 9:00 – Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 – Opening Keynote

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Breakout 1

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Trauma

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Breakout 2

  • Veterans
  • Youth & Bullying
  • Coping Skills

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Closing Keynote