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Rogers experts speak in the community on addiction, holiday mental health, more

02/24/22 02:00:pm

Rogers psychologists, psychiatrists, and other staff members regularly share their perspectives in the community by participating in media interviews, webinars, Facebook Lives, and other presentations. Here is what they spoke on over the last couple months:

Shedding insight on addiction

  • Nathan Valentine, MD, medical director of the Herrington Center for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, was recently interviewed on the podcast Avoiding the Addiction Affliction, which was created by the Kenosha County Substance Abuse Coalition. Dr. Valentine discussed the dynamics of working with ADHD and substance use disorders.
  • Michelle Maloney, PhD, system clinical director of Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, and Sean LeNoue, MD, associate medical director, Regional Division, were also guests on the Avoiding the Addiction Affliction podcast this month. They spoke on the unique challenges presented in treating adolescents with substance use disorders.

Taking care of your mental health during the holidays

  • Prior to the holidays, Tyler Rickers, DO, a psychiatrist in Oconomowoc, and Keri Brown, PhD, clinical director of the Madison clinic, appeared on WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee) and WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison), respectively, to discuss ways to manage your mental health during that busy time of year.
  • Alyssa Morelli, the Kenosha outreach representative, and Amy Marrs, a therapist in Oconomowoc, conducted a presentation on the topic at Herzing University.
  • Also around the holidays, September Casteel, operations manager at the Sheboygan clinic, spoke with WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee) about Festivus, a gathering where friends and family air their grievances. She offered advice on how to have tough conversations in a healthy and productive manner.
  • After the new year, Gene Yang, MD, a psychiatrist providing telehealth for the System, shared tips with WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison) on how to beat the post-holiday blues.

More speaking opportunities included:

  • Sue Karen and Dr Ho Fung.jpgRogers recently hosted a training for law enforcement officers in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Rae Anne Ho Fung, PhD, clinical supervisor in Brown Deer and West Allis, provided an extensive overview on mental health, while Sue McKenzie Dicks, vice president, healthy culture, and Karen Nelson, director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, presented on creating an environment free of shame and blame. Derrick Jordan, vice president of operations, Brown Deer, helped to organize the training.
  • As the omicron variant puts pressure on the healthcare system, WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison) explored its impact on mental healthcare facilities as well. Jerry Halverson, MD, chief medical officer, talked about staffing issues, the rise in demand for services, and tips for what people can do, including regularly exercising and spending time outside.
  • Dr. Halverson; Hilary Boyd, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in Oconomowoc; and Rachel Leonard, PhD, executive director of clinical strategy for the Rogers system, conducted a CE webinar in January on “Suicide risk assessment: Implications for practice.”
  • Molly Feldner, a therapist at the Appleton clinic, spoke with Fox Cities Magazine about how Rogers’ multidisciplinary team helps patients become the best version of themselves.
  • Brandon DeJong, PhD, clinical supervisor in Hinsdale, presented on “Leveraging Social Media and Mental Health” for Glenbrook South High School teachers and counseling staff.
  • Outreach representative Kim Peterson, director of operations Jessica Pitre, and admissions manager Kristen Sweeney – all from Brown Deer, gave two presentations for approximately 275 staff members from Milwaukee Public Schools. They discussed Rogers’ levels of care, treatment, and admissions processes.
  • David Jacobi, PhD, clinical director of the Sheboygan clinic, and Hanna Maechtle, training specialist for Community Learning and Engagement (formerly known as InHealth), provided insight on stress resilience at the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference.
  • Hanna also presented on stigma reduction for Fusion Academy, a system of private schools across the country, and on compassion resilience for Cardinal Stritch University and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County.
  • Dr. Rickers was also featured in The Paper Gown’s article, “5 People on Tapering off Antidepressants,” and the Waukesha Freeman/Oconomowoc Enterprise’s article on “Maintaining mental health in trying times” (link unavailable).
  • Paula Young, PhD, senior clinical director for the Central Service Area, presented to local private practice members on “ERP for OCD.”
  • WDJT-TV (CBS 58, Milwaukee) interviewed Chad Wetterneck, PhD, clinical director, Trauma Recovery, about the healing process for people affected by the Waukesha, Wisconsin, holiday parade tragedy in November.
  • Behavioral specialist Kelly Bucher and therapist Constance Manske, both from Skokie, spoke on “Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: How to Recognize It and What to Do.” The presentation was for families from the Mount Prospect School District.
  • Training specialist Sharon Dossett and program manager Emily Jonesberg, both from Community Learning and Engagement, presented on compassion resilience for Alverno College’s Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools program. Sharon also conducted a presentation on maintaining compassion resilience during a stressful and difficult situation for North Shore Library in Glendale, Wisconsin.

Please contact Hilary.Dickinson@rogersbh.org if you have an upcoming speaking opportunity you would like included in Insight, and please share photos when available.

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