The Northeastern Minnesota Synod Youth Ministry & Mental Health Initiative Workshops will provide education and resources on our primary focus areas for the Initiative: Anxiety, Depression, Suicide Prevention and Response, and Grief. Mental Wellbeing practices and resources will be part of each workshop, along with helpful tips on how to use the NE MN Synod Mental Health Discussion Guides. Workshops will be led by local mental health professionals and Joy Hensel, Program Consultant for the Initiative.
Each workshop includes two sessions—come for the full day, or just the morning or afternoon session!
Registration cost is per workshop. Includes both sessions and lunch. $10 per person $20 per congregational team
Registration deadline is five days before the workshop!
1:00pm Session Two Sept. 28 &Oct.1: Depression Oct. 29: Grief
Joy Hensel, MA, LADC, ADC-MN, is from Duluth Minnesota. Joy attended graduate school at Luther Seminary and the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Joy’s background in youth and family ministry includes eight years in congregations, and as the Program Director at Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry. Joy has worked as an outpatient chemical dependency counselor in a dual diagnosis program for adolescents. Currently, she is working as the grant program consultant for the youth ministry and mental health initiative with the Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA, is an Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and a full-time parent. She enjoys opportunities to speak, teach and be a resource to congregations.
Elizabeth (Biz) Sorenson has her masters in social work and is a licensed graduate social worker. She is passionate about working in education, and has spent two years as a school social worker in Deer River, MN and is now entering her 4th school year as a mental health therapist at Denfeld High School in Duluth. Areas of clinical interest include working with underserved communities, advocating for mental health access for everyone, and working with children and families with a special love for TEENS. Elizabeth also enjoys time outside, a slow Saturday with coffee and a good book, cooking while podcasting, and quality time with family and friends.
Dr. Ryan Jagim, PhD. Licensed Psychologist. I was born and raised in North Dakota, graduating from Concordia College in 1974. I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota in 1979 and began my psychology career at the Human Development Center in Duluth. I joined Meritcare Medical Group in Fargo in 1987, continuing my clinical practice and working with children and families. After 23 years, I returned to Duluth to work at the Duluth Psychological Clinic. My wife and I retired last year, and we are active with our 5 boys and their families, our church, Gloria Dei, and traveling to new places.
Emily Jacobsma is a crisis psychotherapist in the emergency department at HealthEast Care System. She is an alumna of Concordia College and the University of St Thomas. Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband Bryce and her two children Maeve and Harold. Her clinical practice is heavily influenced by oppression theory, systems theory, and brief interventional therapy. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling.
Gina Dixon, Licensed Psychologist is the Program Manager of Essentia Health Grief Support Services and has worked as a grief therapist and educator for more than 24 years. Gina provides individual and family counseling to those impacted by life-threatening illness and bereavement, as well as facilitates numerous grief support groups for grieving youth and adults. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she helped to develop the PEER Emotional First Aid Response (PEER) Program and has coordinated and facilitated crisis response teams within community, school and medical settings since 1995. She gives presentations on the local, regional, and national level and has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).
Stacey Jutila serves as Director of Chaplaincy and Grief Support Services at Essentia Saint Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. She has also serve as a Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator and Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn and Park Ridge, IL. She started her work and training as a Chaplain at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Stacey has served in an AIDS Housing Program with Lutheran Volunteer Corps and served as a Program Coordinator at Holden Village, a Lutheran Retreat Center in Washington state. An Ordained Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, she received her M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and her B.A. in Anthropology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Stacey brings a commitment to support children and adults in finding practices, rituals and resilience in times of joy and also in times of challenge, grief and illness.
Funding for the NE MN Synod Youth Ministry & Mental Health Initiative Workshops is provided through a generous grant from the Disability Ministries, made possible through Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
Disclaimer: The NE MN Synod Youth Ministry & Mental Health Initiative Discussion Guides, Workshops, Podcasts and other resources are informative resource materials. They are intended as a first step for some very important discussions. Mental health is a complex field. The information provided here is not complete and does not cover all issues related to mental health. These materials should never replace the advice of a skilled mental health professional informed by detailed and specific discussions. Over time, website links and articles may become outdated as new research and theories emerge. Always seek the advice of a mental health professional or other qualified health provider for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment if you suspect you or someone you know has a mental illness or mental health condition. If you, or someone you know, are in crisis, please call 911 immediately. If you are having suicidal or injurious thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to talk with a trained counselor.