PrairieCare Education Series August 2021

August 5th: “Racial Inequity, Life with Coronavirus, and the Impact on ACEs

Presenters: Charlene Myklebust, PsyD and Danny Porter MSW, LICSW

BIOsDr. Charlene Myklebust, Psy.D. is President and Educational Leadership Consultant with Professional Education Pal, LLC, a staff development company providing on line and in person continuing education opportunities for educators. She was a regular and special education teacher, public school administrator, mental and chemical health provider, and Executive Director of Mental Health and Partnerships in Intermediate District 287. Char co-authored the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) teacher training series, “Early Warning Signs of Children’s Mental Health Disorders.” She was recognized for “Outstanding Service” by the the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) and received the “Educator of the Year” award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-MN). As a Hawn Foundation consultant and regional director, she helped to author Mind UP, a mindfulness curriculum for children and adolescents published by Scholastic. Char co-facilitated a school administration professional development series called, “A Better Way,” designed to reduce exclusionary practices that result in the suspension and exclusion of a disproportionate number of students of color and those with disabilities.  She currently coordinates a grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services called “The Minnesota School-based Diversion Model for Students with Co-occurring Disorders.” This program is designed to dramatically reduce the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon. Dr. Myklebust, on behalf of MACMH and MDE, developed a tiered intervention model for supporting youth with mental health disorders in the schools. She speaks at local and national conferences about topics related to children’s mental health; brain development; trauma; adverse childhood experiences; restorative justice and practices; social emotional learning; and alternatives to incarceration and punishment.

Danny Porter, MSW, LICSW, President, has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in public, residential, hospital, and day treatment programs. He is currently a District School Social Worker for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916 on special assignment to incorporate mental health initiatives district-wide, along with community partnership and grant initiatives. Additionally, Dan provides Group and Individual Clinical Supervision to Social Workers for the Profession Matrix. He received his B.A. in Social Work and Sociology, his Masters in Clinical Social Work, and has a Director of Special Education License. Porter serves on the Board of Directors for (MSSWA) Minnesota School Social Workers Association and MACMH (Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health) as the Board President. He has presented at numerous conferences throughout Minnesota on topics such as: Supervision and ethics, strategies for supporting youth, promoting self-esteem, and school-based social skills programs. He was an examination item writer for Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) and he has been published multiple times in the School Social Work Journal. Porter was named Minnesota School Social Worker of the year in 2012. Dan and his husband Tony are adoptive parents of two amazing boys with special needs.

Description: This presentation will provide a fundamental overview of ACEs and the layered burdens of racial inequality and disparate health care in the era of the Coronavirus.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will become familiarized or re-familiarized with the risk factors associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Participants will learn about the triggering of historical trauma that COVID – 19 has exacerbated.
  • Audience members will discuss and reflect upon the impact of racial injustice and white supremacy on communities of color and discuss potential remedies to reduce ACE’s.
Video Recording (Available until Sept 30, 2021). For those
seeking the CEU certificate, complete/submit the
following Attestation.




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