Info for Schools
Partnering to meet the needs of students
PrairieCare recognizes the importance of education in the lives of our patients. Working with local school districts and creating age-appropriate, innovative curriculum, we support our patients academically during their stay at PrairieCare. We work to improve social and emotional learning and incorporate psychoeducation in their academics.
Check out current and past collaborations below!
#Stigma180: Free Spring Webinars for Parents & Educators
PrairieCare partnered with Eastern Carver County Schools to present a series of free spring webinars for parents and educators. PrairieCare’s Dr. Joshua Stein and Dr. Anna Bohlinger presented on topics related to family strengths, resilience, ADHD diagnosis, and parenting during COVID-19. Check out the flyer here.
OASIS – Osseo Area Source of Information and Support
PrairieCare is collaborating with the ISD 279 Social Work Department to facilitate Osseo Area Source of Information and Support (OASIS). This group meets monthly throughout the school year for a presentation on a mental health topic, as well as for resource sharing and support. The OASIS program is free and open to the public, and each presentation lasts 1.5 hours. While OASIS is geared towards parents, a certificate of attendance is available for any professionals seeking continuing education hours.
For any inquiries about OASIS, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
White Bear School District – Staff & Community Mental Health & Wellbeing 3 Part Series
Presenting to White Bear Lake staff and families, PrairieCare clinicians participated in presentations sponsored by the district, in conjunction with district partners, that were focused on mental wellbeing throughout the school year. Information about past presenters and sessions will be available below.
Two PrairieCare Clinicians, Jenna Kamholz and Kara Haugen, have offered their expertise and time.
– Jenna Kamholz is a Minnesota Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is currently working at PrairieCare Partial Hospitalization Program in Maplewood, MN. Her clinical practice and certifications center around trauma and children’s mental health. She is trained in trauma practices and values education and the understanding of how the brain is impacted by traumatic events and has worked in a variety of different settings including inpatient hospital, schools, and partial hospital programs. Jenna’s passions include working with children and understanding their world view, while helping families and teachers better understand how children are behaving.
-Kara Haugen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has over 7 years of experience in the field working with children, adolescents, and families dealing with mental health concerns. She has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers, day treatment, and partial hospitalization. Her has a passion for working with youth and families to identify strengths and how these can be utilized to promote the best functioning for each client. Kara has additional training in the areas of trauma, attachment, and youth who have been adopted or part of the foster care system.
Past Series Sessions
- 01/27/22: Trauma Presentation (PrairieCare Presenter: Jenna Kamholz)
Trauma is a buzz word in society today, but what truly is trauma? This presentation gave attendees a better understanding on what trauma is and how it presents in our children today. The discussion included topics from common symptoms to understanding how trauma affects the brain. This session featured solutions that could aid the healing process. Trauma is all around us, and this presentation offered ways to make those conversations easier and symptoms better to understand.
- 02/24/22: Anxiety and School Refusal (PrairieCare Presenter: Kara Hugen)
During this presentation, the discussion covered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s and teens’ experiences of anxiety and difficulties related to school attendance. The presenter gave a brief overview to attendees on anxiety and common signs and symptoms in children and adolescents, as well as possible reasons for lack of attendance and school refusal. The presenter then shared strategies that can be useful in working with anxious youth and ways to encourage and motivate school attendance and engagement based on strategies used with previous clients as they transitioned back to school.
- 4/28/22: TBD Trauma Part 2 or Mental Health Overview (PrairieCare Presenter: Jenna)
The PrairieCare Fund is a non-profit grant making charity built on the mission to improve the health and well being of our communities, founded in 2016 by compassionate clinicians, community advocates and legislators.
PrairieCare Fund supports youth mental health and wellness programs throughout the state of Minnesota by offering grants to selected applicants. These generous grants help advocate, prevent, identify, and reduce the stigma of mental health through programs and education in schools and/or districts that are awarded these grants.