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January 25, 2017

450 parents and professionals from throughout Minnesota will join local nonprofit, Evergreen Youth & Family Services, at the Sanford Regional Events Center, on Thursday and Friday, March 23 & 24th for Evergreen’s 12th Annual Conference. The event attracts guests from Canada and the Twin Cities. Conference participants include teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, foster parents, adult foster care providers, group home staff, mental health therapists and counselors, tribal and county human services and child welfare staff, law enforcements, juvenile justice professionals, alcohol and drug prevention workers, and local community leaders.

The conference is possible thanks to sponsorship and support from the Sanford Center, the BSU Social Work Department, First National Bank of Bemidji, Northern Dental Access Center, Planned Parenthood MN/ND/SD, First Steps to Healthy Babies, Minnesota Teen Challenge/Know the Truth, the Minnesota Children’s Trust Fund, MN DHS Office of Economic Opportunity, Nystrom & Associates, Prairie St. John’s, and Red River Behavioral Health System.

The Conference theme is “Creating Real Impact” and Dr. Joe Lee, MD, of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will keynote the Thursday lunch session. Dr. Lee will speak on “Youth, Opioids, and Development.” The conference features 22 different keynote and breakout sessions over the two days. Some speakers are professional presenters, while others are community members who have expertise and passion for their subject matter. According to Evergreen YFS Executive Director, Becky Schueller, “Evergreen values authenticity and speaker personal commitment to their topics because we want participants to feel a connection to speakers and the issues, and we highlight current and emerging issues that make the most impact on youth and families in the region.”

” Evergreen’s goal is for participants to “not only gain skills and knowledge, but to return to their jobs renewed and re-inspired about the important difference they can make when serving youth and families,” according to Schueller. “While we have invited some speakers from the State’s Metro Areas, Evergreen’s conference started as a local initiative and we want to recognize that there is tremendous local expertise on many topics that others in our community and region can benefit from.”

Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

Youth, Opioids, & Development - Dr. Joseph Lee, MD, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Building Self-Healing Communities to Combat Adverse Childhood Experiences

Intervention Isn’t a Four-Letter Word: Stages of Change in Adolescent

Substance Abuse

Using Anishinabe Teachings in Everyday Life

Creating Welcoming Programs to Better Serve LGBTQ Youth

Transitions and Autism: Creating Strengths-Based Transition Plans

Best Practices for Homeless Children & Those in School Transition:

Understanding New McKinney-Vento Law Changes

Youth and Anxiety

Coming Home: Transitioning Juvenile Sex Offenders from Corrections &

Treatment to the Community

Ethics in Working with People Experiencing Homelessness

It’s No Longer Good Enough: How to Effectively Advocate for Youth Services in Minnesota

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Conference participants will receive 12.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the full two days. CEU credits have been pre-approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy and the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. This gives automatic CEU credit to all Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and Licensed Marital and Family Therapists for all sessions attended. BSU’s Social Work Department provides the CEUs and these have always been accepted by the Minn. Board of Social Work.

Information and Display Tables and Seated Massage

There will be more than 24 vendors and display booths featuring local, regional, and statewide services. In recognition of the high stress human services fields that conference participants draw from, there is seated massage available through Bemidji providers Rita Scholl of Living Touch Massage and Kate Riggs of Body/Mind/Spirit.

About Evergreen Youth & Family Services

2017 represents Evergreen Youth & Family Services’ 40th year serving the Greater Bemidji Regional Area. Evergreen’s mission is to strengthen youth and preserve families. The agency offers multiple programs that provide a safety net of services to keep youth safe, support parents, and help young adults make successful transitions to adulthood. At the Evergreen Shelter, youth crisis services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Shelter’s free family support services and parent coaching are available during days, early evenings, and two Saturdays a month. Youth do not need to have a stay at the Evergreen Shelter for youth and parents to access these services. The Evergreen Youth Services site offers youth supportive housing with both on-site and scattered site apartment options, independent living skills, licensed mental health and counseling services, a Youth Drop-in Center with on-site meals five days a week, as well as the Bemidji Youth Advisory Commission. Evergreen offers this comprehensive continuum of services through blended funding streams, including federal, state, and private sources, local business contributions, donations from individuals, and earned income. All revenues from the Evergreen Conference support Evergreen’s comprehensive safety net of services, which is provided free to youth and families. More information on Evergreen’s programs and services is available on the Evergreen website,

Conference Registration Questions

Online registration for the conference is now open. Visit and search on Evergreen 2017 Conference or visit the Evergreen website at Contact Kari Bloomquist, Evergreen Conference Registration Coordinator, at 218-441-4562, for questions about on-site registration.


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