Education & Professional Development at PrairieCare

PrairieCare Education Series (PES)

PrairieCare Education Series (PES) is a monthly educational webinar open to the public and external clinicians to provide attendees with information primarily related to psychiatric issues in adults, children and adolescents. The topics chosen are those related to issues & diagnoses that are frequently treated through PrairieCare’s programs and/or for which we have received requests at conferences, seminars, and our previous years PES. Our events are typically held the first Thursday each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Approval pending for 3.0 (Three) Continuing Education Units by Minnesota Board of: Behavioral Health & Therapy (LPC/LPCC, LADC), Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work. Cost will vary based on event length. 

PrairieCare Education Series is Returning in July! 

We are excited to start our PrairieCare Education Series in July with a new lineup of experienced mental health professionals and topics requested by our attendees. Registration is now open for July and August events!

Our team received an overwhelming response to continue our webinar for an accessible format for all! We always appreciate your feedback and we will continue supporting this format over the next several months. Zoom webinars are recorded and we will provide access to those who registered in advance to the recording.


Upcoming Presentations for 2023

July 6, 2023 – Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Kelly Pertzsch MA, LPCC and Hilmar Wagner MPH, RDN, LN, CD Both Kelly and Hilmar have treated eating disorders in adolescents and adults for more than 15 years, and both serve as education specialists for the Emily Program.

Description: Eating disorders occur more frequently, and have a higher mortality rate, in adolescents than any other mental health disorder, affecting all socioeconomic groups, minority populations, and sexual orientations. It is estimated that eating disorders affect 8% of adolescent females and 4% of adolescent males, yet eating disorders remain under-recognized, under-diagnosed and undertreated. This presentation will provide an overview of the current understanding of who is most susceptible and why, warning signs to look for, assessment tools, evidence-based treatment approaches and when/how to refer for specialized care.


  1. Obtain a deeper understanding of why certain individuals are more susceptible to the development of an eating disorders based on their bio-pyscho-social risk factors
  2. Acquire the skills and tools to assess for disordered eating and eating disorders in children and adolescents
  3. Gain awareness of first-line treatment for children and adolescents with eating disorders and when/how to refer to specialized care

Register Here for the July Presentation

The event is 2 hours and $25.00.



August 3, 2023 – Sensory Processing and Mental Health: Trauma Informed Approach

Speaker: Jessica Villery OTD, OTR/L

Description: Sensory processing differences can lead to significant impacts on daily functioning and frequently occur alongside common mental health challenges. This presentation will promote understanding of preventative strategies as well as optimize function for children with sensory processing differences and mental health challenges to create a positive and predictable environment. Participants increase their understanding of Winnie Dunn’s theory on sensory processing including eight sensory systems, realistic interventions to promote improvement in daily functioning, and the connection between sensory processing challenges and common mental health disorders. The information in this presentation aims to assist providers in reducing behavioral challenges rooted in sensory processing differences, improving their ability to anticipate the needs of patients before behaviors become disruptive a child’s ability to function within their space, and build confidence in addressing sensory need of all patients.


  • The Trauma Informed Mindset and How it Relates to Sensory Processing
  • The 4 Sensory Processing Quadrants
  • The 8 Sensory Systems
  • Realistic Interventions
  • Sensory Processing in Relation to Cognition
  • Sensory Processing in Relation to Common Mental Illnesses

Register Here for the August Presentation

The event is 3 hours for $30.00.


Previous Presentation Resources for Registered Attendees

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