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Over 800 behavioral health and child welfare professionals are registered to participate in the North Dakota Behavioral Health and Children and Family Services conference, Oct. 11-13 at the Fargo Holiday Inn or virtually via an online livestream platform.

The conference will feature 17 speakers who will share important messages geared toward behavioral health and family well-being and resiliency topics. The event is sponsored North Dakota’s Health and Human Services agency.

Some speakers and presentations include:

  • Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist® Mike Veny, who will help attendees revitalize their mental wellness by sharing simple techniques and exercises on how to handle stress, relieve anxiety, manage obsessive thinking and cope with loneliness and grief.
  • Daniel Trolaro, vice president of prevention in the U.S. for EPIC Risk Management, who will discuss prevention, education and emerging trends in the world of e-sports, gaming and gambling.

There will also be various workshops on topics including the impact poverty has on individuals and families, understanding adolescent substance use from the perspective of brain and behavior, and evidence-based therapy for trauma over telehealth. Other topics include addressing post-pandemic trauma, ethics and law for behavioral health and child welfare professionals and more.

Individuals are still encouraged to register. Registration is $175 for the three-day conference and $25 for university students and foster and adoptive parents. People can also register at the door. All in-person conference activities are at the Holiday Inn Fargo at 3803 13th Ave. S., in Fargo.

To register online or learn more about the conference, visit inspire2022.vfairs.com.

The conference offers the opportunity for professionals to receive 14 continuing education units and three additional CEUs specific to ethics.

Individuals encouraged to attend include behavioral health advocates, service providers, professionals who work with children and families and the child welfare system; business and community leaders; leaders of faith-based organizations; first responders; law enforcement professionals; tribal representatives and other interested North Dakotans.

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