27th Annual Psychiatric-Mental Health Update

  • Date: Nov. 6, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021
  • Format: online


This conference provides a virtual forum for mental health professionals to increase their evidence-based knowledge and competence in caring for people from across the life span with psychological challenges. This year, attendees will learn about male rape victims and stigma, Missouri State Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), mental health forensics, MO-CPAP child psychiatry referral services, pharmaceutical needs of mentally challenged clients, neuromodulation therapies, and resilience for mental health care providers. View the information on the Syllabus tab for more details on the conference and available contact hours for participants including social workers and nursing home administrators.

Target Audience

It was designed for staff nurses, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, staff development educators, managers, social workers, psychologists, counselors, nursing home administrators and other individuals interested in current mental health issues.

We offer this conference in two formats:

  • The live virtual Conference will be held on November 6, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:05 pm Central Time.
  • The On-Demand Conference will be available for viewing from November 11, 2020 until January 7, 2021.

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Conference Formats

We are offering the same conference in two formats:

The Virtual Conference is a one-day event where participants will video-conference with the speakers as the content is presented in real time. Each of these sessions will be recorded.

The On-Demand Conference is open for an eight-week timeframe and is designed for those participants that cannot attend the Virtual Conference format. The recordings from the Virtual Conference will be available for participants to view, at their leisure, at any time during an eight-week timeframe. 

Contact Hours are available and are assessed through a per-session attendance for either the Virtual Conference or the On-Demand Conference. Participants will not receive duplicated contact hours for attending the same session in the Virtual and the On-Demand formats.

Conference Contact

For content-related questions, please contact Peggy Bunton at (573) 882-0215 or the Nursing Outreach office.  

Virtual Conference Agenda

8:00-8:05 am    Welcome and Announcements

8:05-8:45 am    "What’s Stigma Got to do with it? Service Provider Interactions with Male Rape Victims" | Chuka Emezue, MPH, MPA, Research Assistant and Sinclair Fellow, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri Columbia, Columbia

8:45-8:50 am    Reset   

8:50-9:50 am  Missouri Crisis Intervention Team and the Continuity of Care | Detective Jason Klaus, Perry County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator

9:50-9:55 am  Reset

10:00-10:40 am   Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project: Overview, Purpose, and Benefits of a State Wide Pediatric Psychiatric Consultation and Referral System | Wendy Ell, OTR/L, MO-CPAP, Executive Director, Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project and Kristin Effan, LPC, MO-CPAP Follow-Up Coordinator, Behavior Response, Columbia  
10:40-10:45 am    Reset

10:45-11:35 am   Reducing Meds- The When, What and How to Minimize Adverse Outcomes  | Craig Sever, BS, R.Ph., Clinical Coordinator Everspring Pharmacy, St. Louis, Missouri

11:35-12:00 pm  Lunch 

12:00-1:00 pm  Missouri Forensic Services: An Overview | Jeanette Simmons, PsyD, Director of Forensic Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Health, Jefferson City 

1:00-1:05 pm    Reset 

1:05-1:50 pm    Artful Expression in Practice and the Conversion from Face to Face to Virtual | Sarah Froese, MSW, LCSW, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinator, VISN 15 IPVAP CO-LEAD, National VA IPVAP Data and Program Evaluation Committee. Harry S. Truman VA Medical Center, Columbia

1:50-2:00 pm      Break

2:00-2:45 pm  MU Health Care's Neuromodulation Clinic: "Your Depression and Anxiety are Treatable" | Matthew Schmidt, Senior Director Program/Project Operations Neuromodulation Program, University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia

2:45-2:50 pm    Reset

2:50-3:50 pm Resiliency: Using Gratitude to Thrive Through Adversity | T. J. Sweet, MHA, Practice Manager, Ellis Administration, University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia 

3:50-4:05 pm   Wrap Up, Evaluations, and Adjourn

Conference Completion

Conference participants must do the following:

  • attend at least one session.
  • complete a Session Evaluations for each session attended.
  • complete the overall Conference Evaluation and Attendance Verification Survey.

After the overall Conference Evaluation and Attendance Verification Survey has been received and your attendance verified, your CE certificate will be emailed to you from Nursing Outreach.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6

Up to 6.99 contact hours will be awarded to all participants on successful completion. 

Nursing Home Administrators: This conference has been approved for 3A and 2.5 PC hours by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Approval number TA-073-12-22.

Social Workers: This conference has been approved for 6.75 contact hours and .675 Continuing Education Units by the MU School of Social Work. 

Technical Requirements

Both the virtual and the on-demand conference formats are offered entirely online. There are some minimal technology requirements needed for participation.

For either of these conference formats, you will at least need to have all of the following:

  • A computer, laptop, and/or mobile device
  • A stable Internet connection
  • A modern web browser
  • Access to Canvas Learning Management Software
  • Optional:
    • A keyboard/text input (external or built-in)
    • Headphones or speakers (external or built-in)

For the Virtual Conference Only, you will need to have all of the following:

  • Access to Zoom Video Conferencing Software

Minimum Technical and Digital Information Literacy Skills

To excel in this conference, you should have these incoming skills:

  • The ability to effectively use peripheral computer components, including speakers, webcams, and microphones.
  • The ability to download and install software on your personal computer and/or install apps on your mobile devices.
  • For both types of formats, the ability to perform a variety of functions within Canvas, including but not limited to:
    • access Canvas and migrate through the Conference information.
    • opening files within the LMS for on-screen viewing.
    • updating your Account information (e.g. profile/bio, notification preferences, contact information).

Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, offers a Canvas Student Guide for more information on using Canvas if you need further assistance.

  • For the Virtual Conference format:
    • The ability to perform a variety of functions within Zoom.

Zoom has a Help Center webpage that contains tutorial videos to help guide you through the set up and use process.

Software Accessibility and Privacy Policies

If you have questions or need additional help, please email  Customer Support


We value the voice of every student in this course. We embrace our diversity as a group—in race, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, language, ability, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic and veteran status, —is an asset, resource and strength that is critical to our learning experience.  As a result, we are committed to designing inclusive lessons and assignments that encourage diverse perspectives to be recognized and respected, while providing you with the opportunity to speak and be heard, explore your own understanding, and engage with one another.

(Adapted  with permission from MU Teaching for Learning Center’s Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom)


We all learn differently, and we want every student to succeed. If you have a learning need or disability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with appropriate accommodations.  

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