Creating Expectations of Recovery and Resilience: Finding Strength for Recovery archive

This training is sponsored by a grant provided by the St. Louis Mental Health Board. There is no cost to view this training. This training was originally presented live.  To watch the video, scroll down and click the purple, “view now” button.


Training Description:

If you work in the field of behavioral health and work with children and youth, viewing this training may be beneficial.  Experienced experts from the Missouri Department of Mental Health, JJ Gossrau and LuAnn Reese will step participants through strategies to help families and youth develop and identify support systems within the behavioral health system. Creating Expectations of Recovery and Resilience will be a half-day event focused on providing clinicians and caregivers with insight and tools to assist youth and their families through care. Strategies for promoting resilience and recovery, transition planning and the development of support systems will be explained. This presentation promotes family and youth engagement as a way of doing business within a behavioral health organization. Participants will learn to identify the barriers to engagement, strategies to promote family and youth recovery, and ways to shift the organizational culture to promote family and youth leadership at all levels. Presenters will describe the phases of organizational engagement within a behavioral health organization and examples of interventions to move organizations through the process to achieve positive youth and family outcomes.

Speaker Bios:

JJ Gossrau, MSW, LCSW, Director of Young Adult Services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), coordinates the development and implementation of statewide initiatives, policies, and procedures under the Director of Children’s Services for the Division of Behavioral Health. Prior to her current role at DMH, Ms. Gossrau provided individual, group, and family therapy to clients and families at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, and provided evidence based fidelity services for Integrated Treatment at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health.  Her professional interests include effectively supporting young adults in transition, social and educational inclusion, adolescent brain development, and early identification and psychosocial interventions for youth and young adults experiencing early mental health symptoms. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Social Work at Calvin College, and a Master Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and non-profit management at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lu Ann Reese is the Statewide Family Support Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Lu Ann’s has gained her lived experience as being an individual with Bi-Polar Disorder and her experience raising her son who started experiencing emotional and mental health issues at the age of 5.  She provides technical assistance, consultation and training related to engaging parents and caregivers of children, youth and young adults who have emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.  This support is provided to Department of Mental Health providers, family groups, community groups, and other child serving agencies.  One of Lu Ann’s primary roles at DMH is to oversee the Family Support Provider program (FSP).   An FSP is a family member who has or/is raising a child, youth or young adult with mental health issues.  The FSP provides supports to the parent/caregiver of the child/youth/young adult by providing information, resources and other supports to help the family become more resilient and better able to meet the needs of their family.  Her initial involvement in Systems of Care started in 1998 and has evolved into her providing support and training related to partnering with families at the policy table.  She also provides support and trainings to providers, parents and caregivers about the changing family dynamics for families with Transition Age Youth.

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