calendar icon 14 Aug 2019 clock icon 6:00pm - 8:30pm CDT
Get Tickets

The Ripple Effect: Suicide Awareness


Join us for a screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect which focuses on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive. Following the film, community coordinator, Josh Jensen will lead a discussion.

Panelists
-Josh Jensen, ZVHC
-Michael Benjamin
-Sandra Bucher


Josh Jensen is the mobile crisis coordinator for the Crisis Response for Southeast Minnesota program, a free, regional resource for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Mr. Jensen has worked in the mental health for nearly 10 years, providing counseling services within both inpatient and outpatient settings. He lives with a mental health condition, which includes episodes of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Mr. Jensen also is a suicide survivor and will celebrate six years of sobriety in November.


Michael has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, and their families for over 15 years. Prior to PrairieCare, he worked as a therapist at Mayo Clinic in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Department as well as at a community health center in southwest Idaho. In addition to treating depression/mood, anxiety, grief/loss, and disruptive behaviors, Michael has specialized training in working with children and adolescents who are experiencing PTSD and/or attachment issues. He is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Michael also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychoeducation, Bibliotherapy/Therapeutic Stories, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strengths-based Therapy. He also has experience in play therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, sand tray therapy, and Theraplay. Michael has presented at dozens of local and national workshops, seminars, teacher inservices, and conferences on topics including trauma, attachment, parenting, children’s mental health, integrated behavioral health, and cultural considerations in healthcare. He also provides training to psychiatry residents at Mayo Clinic.


Sandi is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 16 years’ experience working with children/adolescents and their families. Sandi is a therapist at PrairieCare’s Rochester site. She has previously worked as a therapist in a residential setting, an outpatient clinic, and in co-located services within a high school. Sandi is also a trained Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Her focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, and attachment issues. Her treatment approach is to provide a safe environment that offers support and encouragement, while also providing useful tools and strategies, that her clients can use to persevere through their struggles. She uses a creative and eclectic approach with techniques including Solution Focused-Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sandi believes in the resiliency of children and adolescents and believes the support system and family system as a whole is critical in the care and treatment of the client. Sandi has worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and places a great deal of importance on collaborating and communicating with all members of the treatment team including the client, caregivers, social workers, and professional staff.