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August 2014

FREE Parenting Seminar Series


August 19
Topic: Building School Success into Our Kids
Erica Gwillim, LICSW and Jenny Miller, LMFT
Do you ever wonder if you are doing the most you can to help your kids be successful at school? Does your child’s schooling ever cause you frustration? Does the school week sometimes seem never ending with homework, projects, activities and headaches? If yes, then join us for a look at how to rejuvenate your child’s motivation, as well as your own motivation, to be successful at school.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

New Brighton Office
Brighton Professional Building
1900 Silver Lake Road
New Brighton, MN 55112
Second Floor
Group Rooms 2 & 3

Registration for the seminars is not required, but is recommended.

To Register, please contact:
Kayla Schultz

Webinar: Dual Diagnosis in Treatment

Tuesday, August 28 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Limited space. Register today!

Click Here to Register



Co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues are common. For individuals with a substance use disorder, up to half also have mental health issues. Co-occurring disorders interact, negatively impacting an individual's chance at recovery.

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Learn about the co-occurrence of chemical dependency and psychiatric illnesses
  2. Explore how chemical dependency and mental illnesses affect each other
  3. Highlight common treatments


Since 1980, Dr. Simon has specialized in working with people with addictions and seniors. He has been working with Vinland's clients since 2010. Attendees will learn about co-occurring disorders in a chemical dependency treatment setting.

Continuing Education:

Attendees will earn 1 CEU credit. This conference meets the standards for the Cultural Diversity Requirement.



Technical Requirements:

  • Please review the System Requirements for GoToTraining.com before the training.
  • You can access webinar audio via a long-distance phone number or through your computer speakers (high-speed internet connection highly recommended for this option).
  • Your computer needs Java to run the webinar; many tablets do not support Java.


Click Here to Register


Amy Miller

September 2014

Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) presents
Rally Caps for Recovery


September 2, 2014 7:10 p.m. Twins vs Chicago White Sox
Tickets are $15 each and include a FREE hot dog and soda with every ticket.

Arrive early to hear the Recovery Works! pre-game talk and see our throwing out of the First Pitch!


  • Tickets will go fast! Reserve now! *Bring a baseball cap to wear as a Rally Cap for Recovery
  • Individual or group tickets may be purchased online at or by calling
    Julia Parnell at 612-584-4158
  • For Recovery Month Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia Parnell at 612-584-4158 or julia@minnesotarecovery.org
  • This is a Minnesota Recovery Month event to express gratitude, convey hope and to celebrate all in recovery—family, friends, and everyone in our communities who help recovery happen

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Recovery Month Spirituality Breakfast

Presented by Minnesota Recovery Connection, the Augsburg College Step


Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:30 a.m.

Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Augsburg College

625 22nd Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 5545

KEYNOTE SPEAKER— JoAnn Campbell-Rice
JoAnn Campbell-Rice, Ph.D. is a spiritual director at Hazelden's Dan Anderson Renewal Center, where she manages the renewal program and spiritual care. A teacher, writer, and inspirational speaker, JoAnn teaches the 12 Steps as a spiritual path in the Lodge program in Center City and leads retreats on grief and recovery. Prior to receiving her certificate in spiritual direction from St. Catherine University, JoAnn worked in higher education for 25 years, as a professor of English at Indiana University, as the co-founder of the IU office of Community Outreach and Partnerships in Service-Learning, and as staff of Minnesota Campus Compact. She is the author of Towards a Feminist Rhetoric as well as articles on spirituality of the 12 Steps, writing to heal, and meditation and listening.


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Workshop: Foundational Truths for Self Compassion and Forgiveness. 

September 14-16, 2014


In this experiential 3 day retreat, facilitators Ellie Hyatt and Laura Davida Preves bring participants on a journey to self love, kindness and ultimately, forgiveness of self and others. We will practice self compassion and forgiveness through meditation, journaling, breath, sharing from the heart and laughter. (A residential retreat Sunday at 4pm through Tuesday noon.)

Fee: $225.00


Location: Our program is offered in the beautiful McIver Center for Spiritual Development at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. 1221 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN 55431.


Register here: 


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Housing 101 - presented by SMRLS (legal aid) and Keystone

Wednesday, September 17 at 2pm
Roseville Library 2180 N. Hamline Ave. 55113

Laura Jelinek is a housing attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) and has over 15 years of experience representing and advocating for tenants in Ramsey county. She and Keystone’s family crisis case manager, Carlinda Green, discuss many housing related issues including how to be a smart tenant, housing resources, avoiding eviction, expunging an eviction, and much more. Attendees are invited to contribute to the discussion.

Substance Use Disorder & Eating Disorders CEU Event


Please join us Wednesday, September 17 for a complimentary seminar to discuss the treatment of Substance Use Disorder and Eating Disorders.


This continuing educational program will educate attendees about eating disorders, treatment approaches, and complications that occur when an individual struggles with eating disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders.


The seminar will:

  • Summarize and discuss the signs and criteria for diagnosing individuals with eating disorders.
  • Discuss approaches for treating eating disorders and substance use disorder
  • Discuss the co-occurring nature of eating disorders and substance use disorder.

Click the Register Now link below to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there! 


Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM CDT
Event Schedule: 9:15-9:30 AM        

Registration 9:30-10:45 AM      

Presentation 10:45:11:00 AM    

Break 11:00-11:15 AM    

Case Study 11:15-11:30 AM    

Q & A

The Emily Program
5354 Parkdale Drive
2nd Floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


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*seating is limited


Parents and Children: Ending the Tug of War

Thursday, September 18 at 2:00pm
Roseville Library - 2180 N. Hamline Ave. 55113

Julia Stanely from New Found Abilities is a licensed, professional child and family educator. She provides a clear understanding of how to effectively discipline and communicate with young children so they will listen, and so you can enjoy more family peace. Attendees are invited to contribute to the discussion.

Operation Recovery: Awareness Creates A Safe Environment
September 18, 2014
10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

This is the 7th Annual Recovery Month event at MCTC, attended by 2000 students, faculty, administrators, community members and behavioral health and recovery organizations.

Click Here to RSVP
MRC's Fourth Annual Walk for Recovery!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9 a.m.–1p.m.
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, MN


Registration 9 a.m.
Walk 10:30 a.m.
Celebration 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.


This is a National Recovery Month event to express gratitude, convey hope, and to celebrate all in recovery and those who help recovery happen! Bring your family and friends - wheelchairs, strollers, and even the family dog!


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Drugs in the City

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
6:30 to 8:00pm
Southdale Library
7001 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435


Overdose deaths, emergency room visits, and treatment center admissions continue to rise dramatically in the Twin Cities. Join us for this educational workshop as Carol Falkowski presents a current and accurate overview of substance abuse issues, what our communities should know and what they can do about it.


Following Carol's presentation, a panel of local professionals from schools, law enforcement and treatment centers will provide the opportunity for question and answer discussions.


All are welcome to attend and cost is free!


Carol Falkowski is Minnesota's foremost expert on drug abuse and author of reference book "Dangerous Drugs".


For more information please contact Lisa at 952-374-5540 or lbuck@progressvalley.org
Visit our website at: www.progressvalley.org




October 2014

Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster
- and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down

Feeling rushed, out of control, and overwhelmed? Feeling like you can’t keep up...and can’t stop? It’s not just you. From the need to be constantly connected and the changing definition of “work hours,” to unrealistic expectations of instant gratification, our bodies and brains are being harmed by habits that, as with any kind of addiction, promise short-term satisfaction while doing long-term damage.

Sponsor: The Retreat and Wayzata Community Church
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 7—8 PM
Location: Wayzata Community Church
125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN
For additional information call 952.476.0566 or 952.767.0334

Shoestring Budgeting

Wednesday, October 29 at 2:00pm
Roseville Library 2180 Hamline Ave. N. Roseville 55113

In this session we learn new concepts and tools for achieving financial success even on a “shoestring budget”. Attendees will learn how to better preserve and save money (no matter how little is available) as well as how to build and protect credit, basic investment strategies, financial terms, consumer protection, and more. Attendees are invited to contribute to the discussion.

November 2014

December 2014

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