Clinical Training Day 2023

Friday, December 1, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

December 1, 2023 | In-Person at MSU-Edina


December 15, 2023 | Online via Zoom


Recorded training available on December 16, 2023

Earn ethics and cultural competence CEU credits before the end of the year!

Join the Center for Rural Behavioral Health along with Brandon Jones and Thad Shunkwiler as they lead a two-part, ethics and cultural competence focused continuing education training. With three different options and formats to attend; in-person, online, and professionally filmed recorded session, get these required CEU’s on a schedule that works for you.

Part 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Using Cultural Intelligence to Enhance Trauma-Informed Care and Healing Centered Engagements

Brandon Jones, M.A.
This training will provide participants with a learning opportunity to move forward with understanding Equity and Diversity Inclusion work. Most have had training and learning opportunities in “Cultural Competence,” however, there continues to be struggles and issues finding the best ways to connect and treat our client populations. This training will provide participants with a learning opportunity to move forward with understanding Equity and Diversity Inclusion work in a Trauma-Informed Framework. Trauma has become an important topic because it has long-term adverse physical and mental health effects. Participants will work through cultural dynamics during this training and advance our work.


Part 2 | 12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

51 Shades of Ethical Gray

Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC
Remember in ethics class when you thought the answer to dealing with ethical dilemmas would be black and white? Turns out that in the real world of providing behavioral healthcare the ethical way forward is usually shaded in gray. This workshop will dive into the ethical gray and help you develop an ethical decision-making framework that will guide your clinical practices. Using a mixture of real-life and popular media examples (Shrinking, The Shrink Next Door, and even The Soprano’s) participants will learn to embrace the gray and feel confident in their judgement.
6 CEU hours, to include 3 hours of ethics and 3 hours of cultural competence have been approved by the following boards:
MN Board of Social Work
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPCC & LADC)
MN Board of Psychology
SD Board of Social Work
SD Board of Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
ND Board of Social Work Examiners
ND Board of Counselor Examiners
ND Board of Psychology
IA Board of Behavioral Science (Pending)
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services (Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board)
*Early bird registration discount: $10 off if registered by November 1st.
** Group discount rates available - email for rates
Meet your trainers:
Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones is the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health Executive Director and a Consultant. He specializes in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and lives by “Live life with Purpose on Purpose.”
Thad Shunkwiler
Thad Shunkwiler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and the founding Director of the Center for Rural Behavioral Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to his academic work, he is a licensed behavioral health provider with over a decade of experience in treating people with mental health and substance use disorders in community, hospital, and forensic settings throughout Minnesota. In 2021, he was named a Presidential Teaching Scholar and one of seventeen healthcare professionals in the country named a Rural Health Fellow of the National Rural Health Association. In 2022, he was selected for the "Emerging Rural Health Leader" award by the Minnesota Rural Health Association and received a Governor's appointment to the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Registration Questions:  Email or call 507-389-1094
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