Minnesota Rehabilitation Association

Promoting Ethical and State of The Art Pratice in Rehabilitation

TSD One-Day Conference!


Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Best Western Dakota Ridge

3450 Washington Drive Eagan, Minnesota (free parking)

Check-In starts at 8:00AM

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Please register and join us for TSD's One-Day conference on June 18th 2019, in Eagan, MN! 

To register, Click On This LINK HERE to REGISTER on Eventbrite Online. You may also REGISTER, by downloading and filling out the registration form HERE. Send your completed form to mnrehabtransition@gmail.com with the appropriate payment.

MRA Transition Specialties Division is hosting a one day conference to learn about the effects of stress and the body, finding balance as it relates to mental health, self-care, SMART goals, mind-body practices and integration, and more!

Participants in the one day conference will walk away with knowledge, practical skills, and strategies to implement into their work with transition-age youth, as well as for their own lives. Topics covered will assist professionals in supporting the youth they work with to become more independent and self-sufficient as they transition into adulthood and employment.

Conference Program - 

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2019, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Session 1: Vicky Schleeter 8:15am-12:00pm with break

The Effects of Stress and the Body
When we become stressed, chemical and physical changes occur which affects overall brain functioning. Topics in this session will address the statistics and top causes of stress and health issues, stress hormones (adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol) and the parasympathetic and sympathetic autonomic nervous system.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to guide and assist youth with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions through:

  • identifying the top causes of stress.
  • describing the Autonomic Nervous System (sympathetic/parasympathetic) and the effects each has on the body.
  • evaluating health issues related to stress and identifying how this effects self-determination and employment skills and the importance of monitoring these health issues.

Finding Life Balance as it Relates to Mental Health

At the end of this session, participants will be able to guide and assist youth with disabilities and/or chronic
health conditions through:

  • differentiating between six categories that contributes to mental health; psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal, professional and physical and their importance in self-care.
  • creating personal and relevant activities focusing on mental health for each of the six categories in order to find mental health balance.
  • explaining the importance of prioritizing self-care and how it relates to mental health and wellness, independence and self-sufficiency, and transitioning into adulthood and employment.
  • creating adaptable ways in using the Mental Health Self-Care Wheel with clients.

SMART goal setting framework provides structure and the capability of creating goals with a clear focused action plan in order to set, obtain, maintain, manage and track your goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Action Oriented, Realistic/Relevant, and Time Based.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to guide and assist youth with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions using the SMART Goal method through:

  • demonstrating knowledge of the SMART framework.
  • generating a plan to use the SMART method with one of the six categories of mental health (previous session material) with clients during transition from school to postsecondary education and/or employment.
  • assessing and guiding clients with their priority transition goals.
  • creating with the client emotionally and developmentally appropriate goals for transition to postsecondary education and/or employment.

Session 2: Christine Paul 1:15pm-4:00pm with break

A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

Transition services for youth encompass change, discovery and new experiences. Along with this comes a host of emotions and stress. As a provider, this holds true for you as well. This interactive session focuses on simple mind-body practices to ease anxiety and stress, regulate emotions and increase confidence. The presenter will include stories of application as well as the science of mind-body integration. You’ll experience the power of the mind-body connection and come away with practical applications you can share with clients and integrate into your own professional and personal life.


  • Participants will gain an understanding of the mind-body connection and the science behind it
  • Participants will learn how being more connected in your body can help calm the mind, increase resiliency and creativity and decrease stress
  • Participants will be given an opportunity to engage in mind-body practices
  • Participants will be provided with ideas for practical applications through story and guided discussion of case studies

About Our Presenters:

Vicky Schleeter, BS Education; MS Developmental Disabilities; MS Health Psychology
Psychology Instructor, Rochester Community & Technical College
Owner, EnergyWorks, LLC; Practitioner, Integrative Healing Arts; Certified Transformational Life Coach;
Registered and Certified through the American Board of Hypnotherapy; REIKI Master
My educational background has given me creative ideas and tools in order to work with people like yourself; however, it is through my various life experiences that makes me passionate about working with others and has taught me acceptance, patience, and the ability to view beauty in all persons and “obstacles.”

Christine Paul, LPC, CRC, RYT, Career Rehabilitation Counselor, DEED; Faculty Member, Mind Body Solutions
Christine Paul combines her passion and training in integrative health, mind-body medicine and yoga to provide a unique and experiential understanding of mind-body integration. She is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and certified yoga instructor. She teaches yoga to people with mental health, physical and neurological disabilities. She is part of the training faculty for adaptive yoga teacher training and health care provider workshops at Mind Body Solutions, a world leader in mind-body integration.


** 6 General Clock Hours of CRC CEUs available pending CRCC approval


For more information contact Alex Breiland at mnrehabtransition@gmail.com



Transition Specialties Division Mission:

To promote enlightenment, empowerment, professionalism, and accountability among its members who assist individuals with disabilities in achieving successful transition from school to work and for life.


The Minnesota Rehabilitation Association has developed its new Division on Transition which will focus on building on existing effective practices in Minnesota, developing new strategies to enhance transition outcomes, and a renewed focus on those qualified professionals who provide these vital services and supports to students and other adults with disabilities.


Benefits of Being a Transition Division Member:

  • Belong to an organization focused on providing quality services to transition age youth
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Provide Quality Trainings
  • Networking Opportunities with Other Transition Providers
  • Updates on Vocational Rehabilitation Services trends and trainings
  • Bi-Monthly Meetings
  • To Experience Minnesota Rehabilitation Association Conferences
  • To Experience National Rehabilitation Association Conferences
  • Professional Publications from the National Rehabilitation Association Journals
  • Being a Part of Changing the Lives of Transition Services
  • Professional Growth and Development


Transition Division is Valuable for:

  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Transition Counselors
  • Private Rehabilitation Placement Professionals
  • Any Member Involved in Providing Quality Services to Transition Age Youth
  • Educators from the Public and Private Sector (High School, Work-Based Learning Coordinators, Transition Programs, and Colleges/Universities)
  • Community Rehabilitation Providers and Limited Use Vendors
  • Families and Youth


Transition Specialties Division Meeting Dates 2019:

Monday, February 11th


South Minneapolis VRS: 777 E. Lake Street Suite 201


Monday, April 8th


St. Paul Fairview VRS: 540 Fairview Avenue


Monday, June 10th


South Minneapolis VRS: 777 E. Lake Street Suite 201


Monday, August 12th


St. Paul Fairview VRS: 540 Fairview Avenue


October 2019

MRA Fall Conference



December 2019



President Contact:

Amber Gunderson

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor

DEED-Vocational Rehabilitation Services




TSD Board Members 2018