Cynthia Rogers, MD is a perinatal and child and adolescent psychiatrist, is the director of the Washington University Perinatal Behavioral Health Service, which provides mental health screening and multimodal treatment for perinatal mental health disorders in pregnant and postpartum women at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She also directs the NICU Behavioral Health Clinic where she treats formerly preterm and infants with psychiatric symptoms. She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Harvard University and completed her medical training, general psychiatry residency, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship and postdoctoral research training at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Rogers also co-directs the multidisciplinary Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) lab where she investigates the relationship between altered neonatal brain development, psychosocial risk factors like exposure to maternal depression, and childhood psychiatric disorders utilizing MRI in several longitudinal studies. Dr. Rogers’ research is particularly focused on studying high risk populations including children born preterm, children with elevated sociodemographic risk, and children born to parents with psychiatric illnesses.
Jerri Michael, Director of Strategic Initiatives – Jerri holds a graduate certificate in Psychoanalytic Practice with Children and Families, a B.S in Organizational Leadership and an Associate Degree in Nursing. She is a trained mental health counselor (UK). Jerri has been involved with maternal, child health issues for over twenty-five years, focusing on system and policy changes in maternal behavioral health and early care and education. Jerri joined Generate Health in 2011 to develop and implement the current Perinatal Behavioral Health Initiative. She has leveraged her expertise in networking and creating relationships of trust with individuals and organizations in underserved neighborhoods and communities into a multi-sector 16 organization Perinatal Resource Network, providing screening, assessment treatment and case management to women with identified perinatal behavioral health concerns. She has used her expertise in training, leadership, organizational development and strategic planning to engage and retain a broad array of service providers. Prior to joining Generate Health, she worked in Kuwait as a defense contractor providing direct operational and executive support overseeing and coordinating daily actions, operations, and performance tasks in support of executive oversight of a Department of Defense contract, Operation Enduring Freedom. Her initial training as a maternal child health provider, international breastfeeding consultant and parent educator has provided a sound foundation for the current areas of responsibility. Jerri continues to represent Generate Health in the St. Louis community by serving on the Regional Early Childhood Council’s Health/Mental Health Committee, MHB-System of Care Initiative, Great Circle Healthy Family Advisory Council, For The Sake of All School Based Clinics and is active in her local community.
About this Program:
The perinatal workforce development training will focus on 1) informing participants of signs, symptoms and treatments regarding possible behavioral health needs of the perinatal population and 2) allowing participants the opportunity to hear the personal stories of women who have experienced the need for services and share their insights into the needs of the behavioral health delivery system. Part one (150 minutes) will focus on identifying signs and symptoms of individuals with perinatal behavioral health needs and discussing possible treatment modalities. Creating successful linkages will be a primary goal. Behavioral health services will include those specifically tailored to perinatal women with emphasis on mental health, substance use, and trauma services. Part two (90 minutes) will include a panel of women who have experienced the need for perinatal behavioral services sharing their stories and then participants will break into small groups of 5-8 people to apply what they have heard/learned into possible action steps to better address this need in the community.
Identify signs and symptms that perinatal women and their family’s experience that may demonstrate the need for services.
Describe treatment modalities for perinatal behavioral health concerns.
Recognize what perinatal women see as their most important needs. What would have made their access to services easier?
Describe how to connect with, welcome and engage perinatal women in need of behavioral health services and offer resources available in St. Louis.
Panel of Perinatal Women:
3-6 women who have received perinatal services were recruited from the Queen of Peace Center, which provides substance use and mental health services to pregnant and post-partum women.
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. If you complete the video below and take the evaluation, you will receive a CEU certificate. To watch the video, scroll down and click the purple, “view now” button.
Continuing Education Units:
The University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 2.75 clock hours or 3.3 contact hours (.33 CEUs) for this activity.
Often there is confusion about when a child’s sexual behavior is problematic and how we need to respond. This workshop addresses the complex issue of children with problematic sexual behavior and recommendations for treatment.
Compare/contrast atypical and normative sexual behaviors,
Identify the scope of sexual behavior problems in children and youth,
Dispel popular myths about this population,
Review relevant research literature, and
Discuss best practices and treatment options for children and caregivers
Laura Kaehler, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 2014. Dr. Kaehler completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and she also participated in a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Department of Psychology. At CASGSL, she co-facilitates the group treatment program for school-aged children with problematic sexual behaviors. Dr. Kaehler’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of trauma sequelae, trauma-informed parenting, and prosocial behavior. At UMSL, Dr. Kaehler teaches courses related to traumatic stress in the CAST program.
Kelly Snider, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing clinical services to children and adolescents at Children’s Advocacy Services. Kelly received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in working with children, youth, and family as well as a certificate in violence and injury prevention. Kelly is the Program Director of Group Treatment for School-Age Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors. Kelly co-facilitates the caregiver component of group therapy for preschool and school-age children with sexual behavior problems. She also sees individual clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss.
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.
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.
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.