Wayzata Public Schools

Meeting Updates

All are welcome.  Please join us, share with colleagues and community members.  

January 16 Partners Meeting:  QPR - Questions, Persuade, Refer.  Suicide prevention training program.  

Meeting Minutes.  

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019.   3:00-4:15 p.m.  Plymouth Library


Topic:  Technology and Young Learners:  Sara Ridley, Early Intervention Speech -Language Pathologist.  

Community  Updates and Events

The following updates and events are shared from the many partners in our community.  If you have something you would like to share,  please contact catherine@partnersforhealthykids.org


From Child Trends:

Five Reasons to Love the National Survey of Children's Health 

Free state-level resources and tools.  

Plymouth Police Launch New Vitals App Program:

Vitals is a free smartphone app that helps improve interactions between law enforcement and people living with visible and invisible conditions, such as a mental illness or disability.

An opt-in service, the Vitals app provides first responders with real-time, critical information about vulnerable individuals.


Community Information Meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31, Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N.

Relate Winter Support Groups

Mindful Kids:

A fun group for kids to learn skills to manage big feelings, calm anxiety and worry, and build physical and emotional strength. Plan for parent/caretaker participation each week.

A 7-week group start February 5th for 7-11 year olds.

All group sessions are on Tuesdays 4:005:15pm.

Cost is $250.

For more information contact Lauren Abdill, MSW, LGSW, labdill@relatemn.org.

True You:

A 10 week, skills-based program designed to explore individual identity and build resiliency. Drawing from the latest evidence-based research in heart, mind and body integration, participants will spend each week learning tools and techniques to support their holistic health and development.


Weekly topics include: Resilience, Mindfulness, Authenticity, Connection, Heart Balance, Nourishment, Grit, Purposeful Direction, Vulnerability, and Adaptability.

Thursdays 6:45-8:00 pm starting in February.

Cost is $350, cost may be billed to insurance.

For more information, contact Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW, asullivan@relatemn.org.

Teen Girls Mood Stability Group:

Teen Girls Mood Stability Group is a process group and includes efforts to provide peer support, increased self-awareness, psychoeducation, and skills learning.

Participants will identify as female gender and be in high school or high school equivalent.

f interested, please contact Erica Johnson, MA, ejohnson@relatemn.org or Allison Ward, MSW, LGSW, award@relatemn.org.

Middle School Girls Mood Stability Group:

Middle School Girls Mood Stability Group is a process and psychoeducation group that offers an opportunity for girls in middle school to experience the support of peers and develop further selfawareness.

Participants will identify as female gender and be in middle school or middle school equivalent.

If interested, please contact Amanda Sullivan, MSW, LICSW, asullivan@relatemn.org, or, 

Paige Love, MSW, LGSW,


Finding Steady:

A therapeutic group for high school guys looking to make sense of the chaotic world we live in. The group will provide time to process life, be active, and engage in psychoeducational learning. Finding Steady will meet throughout the school year, beginning in early October. Participants will identify as male and be in high school or high school equivalent. If interested, please contact Aaron Rusnak, MSW, LGSW


Trauma and Loss Group for Teens:

A group focused on providing a safe, supportive and educational space to learn new skills to prepare you for a better tomorrow. This group is for adolescents who have experienced a trauma and/or a loss in their lives. It will address the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive dysregulation that teenagers feel following a traumatic or stressful life event. If interested, please contact Ashley Teigland, MA, LMFT, ateigland@relatemn.org.


Relate Counseling Center: 

5125 County Road 101 | Minnetonka, MN 55345

952-932-7277 | www.relatemn.org

ACEs: Trauma Informed & Behavior Management 

As we move toward becoming a more trauma sensitive community we share current research and community conversations so we all stay informed and involved.   

Please share with colleagues and the community 


Adversity is only one part of the equation. Children may also have their own characteristics and experiences that protect them and help them develop resilience despite exposure to ACEs. Resilience is positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity. In the face of adversity, neither resilience nor disease is a certain outcome. 


Understanding ACEs Flyer


Nadine Burke Harris spoke on Childhood Trauma during a recent TED Talk.


The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School shared  their Every Opportunity video illustrating how to give every child the opportunity to find their voice.  Forward to a friend.  


Happy New Year -


We hope you find useful information in this newsletter. Thanks for taking the time to review all the great resources we have to share in our community. 


Please feel free to share with a friend.  All are welcome at our monthly meetings.  If you have any questions or comments you can reach me below.  



Catherine Christiansen

Coordinator, Partners for Healthy Kids 



Visit partnersforhealthykids.org for more information.

Serving kids and families in Wayzata Public Schools.

We bring together leaders from the education, healthcare, business, non-profit, religious, and civic sectors to support the health and well-being of Wayzata Public Schools' kids and their families. Visit partnersforhealthykids.org for more information.

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