Child Therapy Symposium


Pediatric Psychological Evaluation: Applications to Clinical Practice

Cari Kokotovich, PsyD, LP

Complex Family Systems for All

Jennie Karnish, MA, LPCC

MORE Clinical Interventions with Kids and Families

Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E

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This is a 3-part day-long series:
Participants must attend all sections to receive credit.

Pediatric Psychological Evaluation: Applications to Clinical Practice (2 hours: 9:00am-11:00am)

Clinicians will gain an understanding of how to make appropriate psychological evaluation referrals and how to support clients through this process. Clinicians will gain practical skills with how to guide client's through the psych eval process and support client's understanding of psych testing results. Clinicians will also gain an understanding of how to apply psych testing results to their understanding of client presentation to guide treatment goals and progress.

Complex Family Systems for All (1.5 hours: 11:30am-1:00pm)

Clinicians will gain an understanding of methods for intervening with complex family systems and documenting in a way that protects the clinician as well as responds to client goals and needs. Clinicians will gain a better understanding of legal and ethical implications of practice with complex family systems and ways of accounting for these without compromising treatment.

MORE Clinical Interventions with Kids and Families (1.5 hours: 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Clinicians will gain tangible skills and knowledge in interventions that can be used with children and families. Clinicians will also be able to better understand ways to amend or modify intervention based on individual circumstances or client needs. Clinicians will walk away with resources that can be integrated and used immediately with respect to methods to engage, intervene, and support progress with children and families.


Pediatric Psychological Evaluation: Applications to Clinical Practice

1. Describe the basic psychological tests that may be done for pediatric psychological evaluations and how to understand implications for client presentation and treatment.
2. Discuss diagnoses and presentations that may benefit from further evaluation based on client demographics (age, gender, history, etc.).
3. Describe ways to support clients through the evaluation process including how to explain evaluations, process, and need.

Complex Family Systems for All
1. Describe different types of complex family systems and how it impacts presentation within therapy.
2. Describe intervention techniques and considerations for children and families that present with complex family systems and issues.
3. Discuss methods of documentation, consultation, and client response that maintains clinician boundaries, ethics, and therapeutic rapport.

MORE Clinical Interventions with Kids and Families

1. Describe different tangible intervention ideas that can be used with kids of different ages and diagnoses
2. Detail methods for engaging and supporting parents in their understanding of child development, diagnostic presentation, and child behavior.
3. Describe different ways of modifying intervention based on specific client needs (telehealth, age, developmental level, etc.).

Instructor Bios

Cari Kokotovich, PsyD, LP

Cari Kokotovich is a psychologist who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Cari has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and has worked with children in many settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient, day treatment, and residential. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has focused her therapeutic work on helping children and families heal from trauma. Cari primarily spends her time completing psychological evaluations addressing mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents. Cari is passionate about helping provide children and their families with a new path to understanding and addressing the difficulties they have been facing.

Jennie Karnish, MS, LPCC, LMHC

Jennie tackles complex cases head on. She is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified and is a Certified Juvenile Sexual Offending Counselor. She received her BA in Criminal Justice and MS in Clinical Counseling. In 2020, Jennie came to Minnesota from rural Iowa where she provided community mental health services since 2013. She has a wealth of experience working with court ordered/involved cases.

Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E

Kelly Pieper is a clinician and supervisor specializing in work with children and families. Within this work, Kelly takes special interest in the early childhood period and has been endorsed as a Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Professional through the MN Association for Children's Mental Health. Kelly is also a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider and supervisor. She had extensive training in early childhood trauma, attachment, as well as specific training in working with children and families on the adoption/permanency spectrum. Finally, Kelly is a consultant with the Department of Human Services and provides reflective consultation and training to early childhood care providers throughout the Twin Cities Metro areas.

Ellie is offering a CEU series to the greater mental health community! All trainings welcome anyone who would like to join us to learn more about various topics. Following each training you will be provided a certificate of completion via email. CEU approvals pending for the following Minnesota regulatory boards: BMFT, BOSW, BBHT, and Nursing. If interested please sign up here and we will save your seat!