Mental Health KC Conference 2017 - Speakers

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Welcome & Introductions

Dick Flanigan (Read Bio)

Dick Flanigan: As the president of Cerner Health Services, Dick Flanigan focuses on leading Cerner's ITWorks business unit, the company's closest and most strategic client relationships through information technology. He helps these clients become the highest performing health systems in their communities and exemplars across the industry by accelerating their transformation to achieve their clinical, financial, operational and technical goals.

Dick is a graduate of Mounty St. Mary's University and has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics. He has a master's degree in administrative science from John's Hopkins University.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gaskill (Read Bio)

Dr. Gaskill is the Clinical Director at Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. He was also the Children's Services Coordinator for the Sumner Mental Health Center for over 20 years and has worked in community mental health for over 30 years. In his work with children, Dr. Gaskill has developed numerous programs for children and their parents including child development classes, parenting classes, child-parent relationship training, attachment enhancement treatment groups, therapeutic alternative schools, therapeutic preschools, after school programs, therapeutic preschools, and juvenile offender programs.

"Grief: A Part of Everyone's Life"


  • Participants will acquire supportive tools in assisting those who are grieving in the workplace or a friend or a family member
  • Participants will learn current grief theories as well as differences in grieving styles
  • Participants will understand appropriate expectations of the grieving process

Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LMSW (Read Bio)

Clara Anderson Sainte, LCSW, LMSW is the Program Director with Gilda's Club Kansas City (GCKC). GCKC offers a FREE Cancer Support Program for anyone impacted by any type of cancer throughout the entire experience. Clara previously worked for NorthCare Hospice as a social worker and bereavement specialist. Currently, Clara is the Vice Chair of Mental Health America of the Heartland and serves on the Missouri Cancer Consortium and Kansas Cancer Partnership. She previously served on the advisory board for the University of Kansas Camp Kesem. She is trained as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and an Open to Options Specialist.

"Demystifying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"


  • Learn how to identify symptoms of trauma
  • Gain insight into why traumatic reactions occur and persist
  • Modify interactions with people experiencing trauma symptoms, and understand treatmetn options and resources.

Dr. Andrea Auxier (Read Bio)

Dr. Andrea Auxier is a licensed clinical psychologist and Vice President of Business Development for New Directions Behavioral Health. She is a recognized expert in integrated health care, has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, and has lectured on integrated care in various forums throughout the country. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her postgraduate work at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As a native Spanish speaker, she has worked primarily with underserved, multicultural populations, with an emphasis on those affected by posttraumatic stress.

"Anxiety Disorders: When is it a Problem?"


  • Participants will learn how to recognize the signs/symptoms of anxiety and stress
  • Participants will learn both the positive and negative effects of stress and anxiety
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate healthy coping skills for dealing with anxiety and stress

Elijah Buchholz (Read Bio)

Elijah Buchholz has been a licensed mental health professional for the past 12 years in a private practice and community mental health. Previously serving as a Director in the Missouri Department of Mental Health, he is currently a team leader and clinician at Johnson County Mental Health. Elijah has been providing trainings, seminars and conference presentations for the past 10 years.

"Opiates and Our Community: Trends and Treatment options"


  • Review patterns of opiate use nationally and locally
  • Understand how people become addicted and why it can be hard to stop using
  • Increase awareness of treatment options

Dr. Doug Burgess (Read Bio)

Dr. Doug Burgess completed his undergraduate training at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He went on to Saint Louis University where he obtained his medical degree before accepting a psychiatric residency position at Duke University. He spent his last year there as Executive Chief Resident in Psychiatry before obtaining additional specialty training in addiction psychiatry as a fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. He joined Truman Medical Centers as a staff psychiatrist in 2011 and became medical director of outpatient psychiatry in 2013. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is active in medical student and residency education. He enjoys all aspects of psychiatry and the challenge that comes with treating each patient individually. He has particular interest in medication assisted treatment of substance use disorders and motivational interviewing.

"Profound Self-Care: How to Raise Resilience and Sidestep Stress"


  • Discover the power of perception and its role in stress and resilience
  • Understand different types of stress and how to build overall resilience
  • Learn - and practice - specific profound self-care strategies that help you raise resilience and sidestep stress.

Dr. Heather Clark, PharmD (Read Bio)

Dr. Heather Clark, PharmD is an intuitive coach, speaker, author, certified functional medicine specialist, and creator of The Burnout Cure. After her own recovery from severe burnout, she has helped many others recover quickly, safely and permanently. Dr. Clark awakened to her purpose when she realized that the root cause of burnout isn't "just" stress - it is the stress of being someone you aren't. Dr. Clark was a National Merit Scholar, earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1997, was adjunct faculty at University of Missouri Kansas City, and has practiced in a variety of settings including community, long term care, consulting, and hospital clinical pharmacy. Clarity is her superpower; she helps creative, caring professionals shift their reality and powerfully create their desires.

"Grief and Loss in the Workplace"


  • Understand the workplace impact of grief and loss
  • Recognize the potential for loss and the signs of grief
  • Prepare yourself, your colleagues and your company to respond with appropriate support

Timothy Cole (Read Bio)

Timothy Cole is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in Missouri and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas. He started his human services career during a four-year stay in rural Brazil. Since then, he has worked in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment. His clinical experience spans child-welfare, community behavioral health, private practice, and most recently as a Clinical Network Manager for New Directions Behavioral Health. He has experienced painful losses and helped others in their journey through grief. He enjoys time with his family and friends, travel, remodeling projects, playing sports, reading and volunteering in his community.

"Mental Health 101: The Journey of Beginning Treatment"


  • What is therapy and would I benefit from it? During the workshop, each participant will explore the pros and cons of seeking mental health treatment.
  • What makes a good therapist? Each person's view of the world is unique thus not all therapists are right for every person. This workshop will explore how to select a therapist, the type of treatment offered, and define evidence based practice.
  • Mental health care begins with each of us as it is a very personal journey. During the session, participants will be given tips, tools an advice on beginning and maintaining that personal journey.

Grey Endres (Read Bio)

Grey Endres. As a clinical social worker, Grey's passion for helping families has made him an invaluable resource in Kansas City's fostering and adoptive community as well as throughout the bi-state area. He is a renowned speaker in the topics of attachment, family systems, trauma & parenting. Grey is a Clinical Network Manager with New Directions Behavioral Health, and a co-founder of Life Works Family Treatment Group. In addition he is also an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri Kansas City and Kansas University.

"A Journey to Wellness: Self-Care is Not an Option"


  • Participants will leave with a basic yoga sequence that can be practiced in a chair, at home or work.
  • Participants will be able to recognize signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others
  • Participants will be given Action Steps for self-care and why it is necessary

Susan Estes (Read Bio)

As the Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Initiatives at Mental Health America of the Heartland, Susan shares her own mental wellness journey with students and youth organizations, while encouraging them and providing resources for youth to address their own mental health. As a certified yoga instructor, she taps into her own experiences when speaking at conference and provides numerous workshops on using yoga to relive the symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.

"Chronic Pain: How it can Affect Workplace Performance"


  • To understand the association between chronic pain and mental health conditions
  • Treatment strategies for some common chronic pain conditions

Dr. Muhammad Farhan, MD (Read Bio)

Dr. Muhammad Farhan, MD is the Medical Director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City multidisciplinary pain management program. He received his medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan. He then completed his residency training in psychiatry at UMKC and completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Farhan completed his interventional pain management fellowship at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Pain Management as well as in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry & Neurology. His medical interests include neuropathic pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, pain in multiple sclerosis, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and effects of psychotropic and pain medications on sleep architecture.

"Depression: Understanding it and Getting Help"


  • Understand the statistics of depression and how it can impact families and society
  • How to recognize and intervene when a friend/family member/co-worker is exhibiting symptoms of depression
  • Understand the management of depression including new modalities and identifying successful strategies.

Dr. Inderjeet Kaur (Read Bio)

Dr. Inderjeet Kaur was raised and graduated from medical school in India. After that she moved to the United States where she became involved with various volunteer research projects at MIND Institutes of University of CA Davis. Before joining the UMKC residency program, she worked part time as a mental health worker to explore the mental health system in the United States. She completed her post-graduation training in adult psychiatry from UMKC. After her residency training, due to her passion in teaching, she joined as a faculty member at Truman Medical Center to be involved with teaching the medical students and residents. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the UMKC-School of Medicine and also a Medical Student Clerkship Director for Psychiatry. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and currently working in an outpatient setting at TMC where she is providing management to individuals who have a variety of different mental health diagnoses and dual diagnoses. Her area of interest is mood disorders and working toward the creation of a treatment resistance depression clinic.

"You Are Here: A Starting Point for Addiction and Mental Health"


  • Identify 5 common habits of the helping profession that actually make change less likely to occur
  • Understand the difference between listening to fix and listening to understand
  • Identify how helping a client to build their own argument for change impacts motivation

Scott Kerby, MA, LPC (Read Bio)

Scott Kerby, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. He has 9 years of experience in dual diagnosis counseling and another 12 years of experience working with troubled teenagers and their families. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), which is currently the highest recognition in Motivational Interviewing (MI) training in the world. Scott works as a trainer on MI for the Missouri Coalition for Behavioral Health, and as a consultant for the Midwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). Scott tries his best not to embarrass his wife of 19 years as he is coaching their two sons in little league.

"Chronic Pain: The Physiology and Psychology"


  • To share a future vision where health care and justice systems collaborate to improve individual and community outcomes
  • To demonstrate opportunities for using data to measure outcomes and drive performance improvement
  • To identify similarities between criminal justice and health care (e.g. settings, populations, treatment methodologies, data)

Dr. Jim Lemons (Read Bio)

Dr. Jim Lemons received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska and has been a pioneer in the field of pain management. Serving on the staff of the Mayo Clinic was the beginning of his work in the area of medical psychology. Dr. Lemons is a Kansas licensed psychologist and on the National Registry of Health Providers in Psychology. He also holds memberships in the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Pain Society and its affiliate, the Midwest Pain Society. Dr. Lemons firmly believes that "effective care for people with medical problems requires optimal use of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual resources". Dr. Lemons is the recipient of the American Academy of Pain Management's 2015 Continuing Education Excellence Award. This award recognizes the demonstration of his commitment to the field of pain management.

"QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer-Suicide Awareness: Signs, Symptoms & Interventions."


  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer help
  • Know how to get help and save a life

Debbie Lidzy (Read Bio)

Debbie Lidzy earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Saint Mary. She is clinically licensed in both Missouri and Kansas as a Professional Counselor. Her career has allowed her to work with individuals struggling with a substance use disorder and/or a serious and persistent mental illness. Debbie currently works in Crisis. She has basic and advanced training in suicide prevention from the QPR Institute. She also has a Crisis Worker Certification from the American Association of Suicidology.

"Older Adults: Recognizing Mental Illness"


  • Learn about the various mental illnesses prevalent in the Older Adult population
  • Learn about the impact of mental illness in the Older Adult population on self and others
  • Learn about the various treatment options available for management and overcoming barriers to treatment

Dr. Bini Moorthy, MD (Read Bio)

Dr. Bini Moorthy, MD is a psychiatrist who works for Truman Behavioral Health outpatient clinic. She primarily sees patients who are 18 and above and has a special interest in the Older Adult population. She is also involved in teaching and training of psychiatry residents. Dr. Moorthy has been in the field for 13 years.

"Evolving Models of Integrated Behavioral Health Collaboration with Primary Care"


  • Learn about Behavioral Health collaboration and integration with primary care, including the reasons for integration, framework of evolving models, foundational strategies, and targeted tactics.
  • Learn about the menu of options for Behavioral Health integration, including case Management for mental health conditions, primary care behaviorist model (including “warm handoffs”), lifestyle health behavior change, and management of chronic medical conditions.

Leon R. Probasco, LCSW, LSCSW, BCD, SAP (Read Bio)

Leon Probasco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. Leon has earned national Board Certified Diplomate credentials and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). Leon specializes in adults, family, marital relationships and substance abuse.

"CIT Officers
Secondary Trauma"

Objectives for CIT Officers Section:

  • What is a CIT Officer?
  • How do they work within the community?
  • An example of positive interactions with the community

Objectives for Secondary Trauma Section:

  • What is Secondary Trauma?
  • What education/programs are being provided to first responders and caregivers and why it is so important?
  • Complete at least one short self-care exercise

Rance Quinn (Read Bio)

Rance Quinn is a Captain with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. He is currently the Communications Unit Commander and has commanded the Police Academy, Records/Technology Unit and Patrol Units. His career with Kansas City, Kansas started in 1994 and he has worked in Patrol, the Motorcycle Unit, and Midwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Traffic Areas) task force. As a Detective he served in Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Major Case (Homicide) and Internal Affairs before being promoted to Captain in 2010. Captain Quinn instructs a wide variety of topics including Active Shooter Response, Crisis Intervention Team training and Mental Health First Aid. He is the department’s CIT Coordinator and works closely with Wyandot Inc. to put forth the CIT program within our community. He possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from Mid America Nazarene University majoring in Management and Human Relations and obtained the Certified Public Manager status through the University of Kansas Public Management Center. He is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Command School and Wyandotte County’s own Leadership 2000.

Co-Presenting with Captain Darren Ivey

"Using Humor to Reframe What's Depressing Us"


  • To introduce the audience to the concept of trauma and how those will a mental illness may have difficulty disassociating from traumatic events. Their inability to stop ruminating about the trauma can lead to severe bouts of depression.
  • Healthy minds are able to view a traumatic event as a one-time occurrence, something that probably won't happen again. There are several ways to "unstick" trauma from the brain, the most effective is using humor to reframe the traumatic event.

John Shuchart (Read Bio)

John Shuchart is on a mission to end the horrific stigma associated with mental illness, suicides and addictions. From the emotional abuse John experienced as a child, to his life-threatening accidents, addiction to prescription painkillers and planned suicide, he has experienced enough "punishment" for ten lifetimes. Yet, his use of humor to reframe the traumatic events of his life and fight the stigma attached to mental illness, has not only saved his life, it is inspiring readers and audiences everywhere. His new book, sold only through nonprofits who receive 30% of book's proceeds, is already one of the best-selling and important new reads in the area of mental illness and recovery.

"Orange is the New Black: Data-Driven Strategies for Improving the Lives of Justice-Involved Populations"


  • To share a future vision where health care and justice systems collaborate to improve individual and community outcomes
  • To demonstrate opportunities for using data to measure outcomes and drive performance improvement
  • To identify similarities between criminal justice and health care (e.g. settings, populations, treatment methodologies, data)

"Why Cerner is creating a sustainable MHFA training program (and why your company should too)"


  • To share considerations for organizations interested in implementing a MHFA program
  • To share details of Cerner’s approach to operationalizing an in-house MHFA training program for associates
  • To provide Cerner’s rational for creating a sustainable MHFA training program for our associate base

William Stadler, PhD (Read Bio)

William Stadler, PhD, is the Director for Behavioral Health at Cerner Corporation. He has executive responsibility for defining Cerner's approach to supporting behavioral health, including the creation and strategic development of Cerner content, capabilities, and intelligent technology solutions related to mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disability care delivery. Dr. Stadler joined Cerner in 2012 as a Solution Designer for the Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health team after his previous position on faculty at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Will has extensive quantitative and qualitative research experience with at-risk and underserved populations primarily involved with behavioral health and criminal justice systems and has worked closely with organizations which deliver behavioral health services in forensic and community-based settings.

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