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Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit


Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Main Campus—Tama Hall

Map and Directions


To equip our community's service delivery professionals with tools and best practices to support individuals who face mental health challenges in the refugee and immigrant population. We seek to help healthcare and social work professionals, who work with these individuals on a daily basis, gain a better understanding of the underlying issues of these individuals' behaviors, as well as how to best respond in a positive, healthy, and impactful way. We also intend to provide attendees with information on local mental health resources, as well as resources for continued learning opportunities.


Nurses, EMS professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, educators, and other healthcare providers.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for nurses has been awarded by Hawkeye Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Providers, #5. Nurses will receive 6 contact hours. EMS providers will receive a certificate of attendance reflecting 6 CEHs. Substance abuse counselors will receive credit for 6 CEUs. Participants must attend the entire conference to receive credit. No partial credit will be awarded. Allied health professional are reminded that they are responsible for reviewing the governing rules of their board to determine if appropriate subject matter criteria will apply. A course evaluation will be available upon program completion.

Request to be a Speaker

Would you like to be a speaker at a future Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit? Submit a Request for Proposal.

Community Resources

Therapy Providers Address Phone
Covenant Clinic Psychiatry 2750 St. Francis Drive, Waterloo 319-272-8922
Families First Counseling Services 111 Plaza Circle, Waterloo 319-433-0395
Life-Line Resources, LLC 1402 Logan Ave, Waterloo 319-234-1572
Lutheran Services of Iowa 904 W 4th St, Waterloo 319.233.3579
Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc 3275 West 4th Street, Waterloo
Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health Center 3251 West 9th St, Waterloo 319-234-2893
UnityPoint Clinic Waterloo Psychiatry 146 West Dale 319-233-3351
Family Crisis Intervention Services 24/7 LSI 319-859-3512

Substance Abuse Treatment Address Phone
Pathways Behavioral Health Services 3362 University Avenue, Waterloo (319) 235-6571

Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) Address Phone
Families First Counseling Services 111 Plaza Cir, Waterloo 319-433-0395
New Directions Counseling Services, PLLC 3136 Brockway Road,
Suite B., Waterloo
Life-Line Resources, LLC 1402 Logan Ave, Waterloo 319-234-1572
Lutheran Services of Iowa 904 W 4th St, Waterloo 319-233-3579
Monarch Therapy Services Inc 3356 Kimball Avenue,
Suite 5, Waterloo

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violent Phone
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family 24 hour Crisis Line 800-410-7233
Riverview  Sexual AssaultList 319-939-9599
Waypoint  Domestic Violence 800-208-0388
319 365-1458
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Available 24/7 800-273-8255 (TALK) 
Crisis Text Line: Available 24/7 Text “START” to 741741
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Allen Hospital 319-235-5263


The cost of the next summit has not been determined. Cost  includes a light breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.


Registration is not open for the next summit, please call 319-296-4290 for more information

September 2018 Agenda

Time Schedule Location
7:30–8:25am Check in, networking, vendors, breakfast  Lobby
8:30–9:30am Keynote speaker–Tabitha Grier Reed Auditorium
9:30–9:45am Break/vendors Lobby
9:45–10:45am Breakout Sessions – Choose one.
Refugee Post–Resettlement Services in Central Iowa Auditorium
Issues Affecting Immigrant and Refugee Children Room 102
Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services in the
Burma Community
Room 106
10:45–11:00am Break/vendors Lobby
11:00am–12:00pm Breakout Sessions - Choose one. Various
Voice of a Refugee - Youth Panel Auditorium
Bridging Language Differences in Healthcare Room 106
Surviving Cultural Stress and Daily Trauma:
Living as an Immigrant 
Room 102

Networking lunch/vendors

Brock Student Center
1:00–2:00pm Breakout Sessions - Choose one. Various
Refugee Post–Resettlement Services in Iowa  Auditorium
Issues Affecting Immigrant and Refugee Children Room 102
Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services in the
Burma Community
Room 106
2:00–2:15pm Break/vendors Lobby
2:15–3:15pm Breakout Sessions Various
Voice of a Refugee - Youth Panel Auditorium
Bridging Language Differences in Healthcare Room 106
Surviving Cultural Stress and Daily Trauma:
Living as an Immigrant
Room 102
3:15–3:30pm Break/vendors Lobby
3:30–4:30pm Closing Keynote - John Moe Auditorium
4:30–4:45pm Certificates/door prices Auditorium


Multicultural Counseling, The 4th Force, 20 Years Later: Looking Outward

Presenter: Tabitha Grier-Reed Ph.D., L.P.

Dr. Grier-Reed presents the 21st Century challenges with globalization, nativism, rapid change, tribalism, and transformation to minority majority nation. You will see the need for radical empathy, gain a better understanding of self as a cultural being, humility, openness, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Additionally, you will leave with the courage to hold contradictions within your own identities and acknowledge limitations and areas for growth in the understanding of the “other”. 

Refugee Post–Resettlement Services in Central Iowa

Presenters: Andrea Vaage and Sarah Van Gorp

This session will discuss post-resettlement services that have been developed by Lutheran Services in Iowa over the last eight years in Central Iowa. You will learn and share what approaches are used to help address past trauma in the refugee and immigrants. Lastly, you will take away tools, partnerships, and best practices that have the potential of replication in the Cedar Valley.

Barriers to Accessing Mental Health Services in the Burma Community

Presenter: Sarah Kraft

Come learn about the barriers to accessing mental health services in the Burma Community. After this session, you will be able to list the cultural and linguistic barriers to mental healthcare for refugees and immigrants and gain knowledge about this community in the Cedar Valley that can be applied to practical use in your field of practice.

Issues Affecting Immigrant and Refugee Children

Presenter: Brad Vallem

A public school teacher will share his perspective and insights on the challenges encountered by recently arrived immigrant and refugee students and their families. Topics will include immigration, culture shock, being cross-cultured, and language acquisition. He will also share information to improve their experience, such as how to reduce stress among these children and community resources available to families.

Voice of a Refugee: Youth Panel

Presenters: EMBARC Youth Group, Coordinated by Joana Lewin, (youth program coordinator) and Mallory Petsche, (Waterloo program manager)

Hear first-hand accounts of the experiences of second-generation refugee youth. Gain a better understanding of the barriers with resettling that the youth face at school and in the community. You will leave with a number of best practices to address trauma experienced by the refugee youth.

Surviving Cultural Stress and Daily Trauma: Living as an Immigrant

Presenter: Seong-In Choi

In this session, with Seong-In, you will gain knowledge and understanding of the immigrant and refugee population. Including the ability to identify your own personal cultural attitudes, values, and beliefs about refugee and immigrant populations. Additionally, you will leave with more culturally sensitive intervention strategies to use in your daily life.

Bridging Language Differences in Health Care

Presenter: Razija Vallem

Learn the importance of accurate and effective communication and understand the Iowa language demographics. You will learn how to utilize interpreting services in communication with clients of limited or no English proficiency and be able to list the different interpretation styles that are used.

Fighting Stigma

Presenter: John Moe, author and podcaster

John Moe, host and creator of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, explores society’s reluctance to discuss mental illness and what needs to be done about it by tracing his own experiences with depression. That story is sometimes deeply funny, sometimes harrowing, and, more often than you would think, both at the same time. Moe’s story is open, honest, and hopeful, as it blends in the thoughts of the numerous celebrities he is interviewed to arrive at a positive and hopeful place. This talk also offers several simple things anyone can do to fight stigma and make the world a healthier place.

Keynote Speakers

Tabitha Grier-Reed

Tabitha Grier-Reed is an associate professor and educational psychologist at the University of Minnesota. She obtained her doctorate degree in counseling and student personnel psychology at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Tuskegee University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She completed her masters through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP) program at the University of Minnesota before advancing to complete the CSPP doctoral program. While completing her doctoral coursework, Tabitha worked as an advisor for the TRIO and McNair programs within the former General College before becoming an assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning. A licensed counseling psychologist, she is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and past-president of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA). Tabitha also co-founded the African American Student Network, which meets weekly and has proven to be an effective resource for hundreds of undergrad students.

John Moe

John Moe is an American writer and radio personality. He's the host and creator of the award-winning podcast The Hilarious World of Depression. Previously, Moe was a freelance reporter and later a senior reporter and senior correspondent for the American Public Media radio program, Weekend America. Prior to joining the show as a full-time as a senior writer in 2007, Moe worked for NPR affiliate KUOW-FM in Seattle, Washington, where he hosted and produced The Works, a weekly program dedicated to business and technology. John has authored many publications, as well as working for in an editorial capacity and for a staffing agency providing legal placement services. He’s hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America, and Marketplace Tech Report, and his radio work has been featured on Marketplace, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition. John is a first-generation immigrant, and his family survived the traumas of Nazi-occupied Europe. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Gold Level

  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Peoples Community Health Clinic
  • UnityPoint Health
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa

Silver Level

  • Lutheran Services in Iowa

Bronze Level

  • Cedar Valley United Way

Donor Level

  • Waterloo Community Schools


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  2. continuing education
  3. continuing education health

Health Coordinator

Brenda Helmuth
319-296-2329, ext.3017
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