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Mental Health Symposium


23rd Annual Mental Health Symposium

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | Soutwhest Technical College | 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

8:00 AM Check in Begins
8:20 AM Welcome with Southwest Health’s Chief Nursing Officer Brandi Weber
8:30 AM Aging in Place with Occupational Therapist, Mary Gee, OTR/L
9:15 AM Less is More: Deprescribing Medications in Older Adults with Pharmacist, Ashley Moore
9:45 AM Break & Exhibits
10:00 AM Navigating the Terrain of Change with Alonzo Kelly
11:45 AM Lunch & Exhibits
12:30 PM Speech Pathology’s Role in Aging Mind & Body with Speech Pathologist Kristina Ruch James, MS, CCC-SLP
1:00 PM Wellness Wheel with Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW
2:00 PM Break
2:15 PM Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder with Lacy J. Taylor, MA, LPC, ATR
3:15 PM Wrap Up, Door Prizes, and Survey

Mental Health Symposium

Continuing Education Credits:

CEU's REQUIRE license number
Type of License

Symposium Event Shirt

Event shirts are included in your registration fee (unless you're a Southwest Health Employee)


Deadline is Wednesday, May 1


If you cancel your registration up to 72 hours prior to the conference, you will be refunded the entire conference fee except for the $40 non-refundable portion of the fee. No refunds will be made after that time.
Registration Fee
Please send checks payable to Southwest Health Behavioral Services - 1450 Eastside Road, Platteville, WI 53807. Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, event t-shirt, and a non-refundable processing fee of $40.


Continuing Education Credits

CEU will be provided for professionals that need them.

Social Workers: This program is approved for social work continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences-Wisconsin-Provider Number PCE 2331. Social Workers participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours 5.25.

Registered Nurses: This program is approved for nursing continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing-Wisconsin-Provider Number CEP 13474. Nurses participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours 5.25.

Nursing Home Administrators: This educational offering is being reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (NAB) for clock hours and participant hours 5.25.

Speaker Bios:

Mary Gee, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for almost 9 years with a variety of experience in clinical settings, currently working for Southwest Health. Most experience includes work on an inpatient rehab unit working with individuals requiring a greater intensity and duration of therapy prior to returning home (stroke, spinal cord injury/surgeries, traumatic brain injury, multiple trauma, etc). Additional experience includes general acute hospital settings, mental health, home health, long-term care, outpatient, home safety evaluations and driver evaluations. She volunteers for Hospice of Dubuque and is on the Board of Directors for the Miracle League of Dubuque. She is a certified yoga instructor. Mary enjoys working with individuals across the lifespan to maximize overall health and well-being.

Ashley Moore is the Director of Inpatient Pharmacy at Southwest Health Hospital in Platteville, WI. Ashley received her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2020 and then went on to complete an ambulatory care focused pharmacy residency at the SSM Health Monroe Hospital in Monroe, WI. Ashley is passionate about driving positive change in healthcare delivery and is dedicated to leveraging her expertise and leadership to enhance medication management practices and ultimately improve patient care outcomes in the inpatient setting.

Alonzo Kelly is a dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Dr. Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. He has appeared on America’s Premier Experts which airs on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Alonzo has served over 1,000 individuals through personal and professional development, delivered training to a plethora of Fortune 500 Companies, College and Universities, Foreign Countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Guam), nonprofit organizations, and is consistently retained to be the keynote speaker at large and small events across the country. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting, three master’s degrees (Public Administration, Human Resource & Labor Relations, Business Administration), and an Honorary PhD in Business & Entrepreneurship. He is currently in the process of earning his second Doctorate in Business Administration. He serves on the National Board of Directors for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) representing the State of Wisconsin, the Fire and Police Commission for the City of Howard, and Board of Directors for Family Services of Brown County. Find more at

Kristina Ruch James, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist at Southwest Health. She has experience as acute care, outpatient, and home health speech-language pathologist. She has also worked in research as well as a skilled nursing facility and private practice. Kristina has experience treating and evaluating children and adults with a variety of disorders, including speech, expressive and receptive language, phonological, dysphagia, fluency, cognitive, voice, and swallowing. Kristina has treated patients with a variety of diagnoses including: Parkinson’s disease, dementia, post-stroke, CP, myasthenia gravis, Guillain barre syndrome, head/neck cancer, post-stroke, post-TBI, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, Digeorge’s Syndrome, Joubert’s Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, congenital stroke, and ADHD. Kristina enjoys treating across the lifespan from infancy to senior care and strives to build relationships with her clients and families.

Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Behavioral Health Administrative Director at Southwest Health Behavioral Services. Jennifer provides psychotherapy to both adults and seniors as well as family counseling as part of the Memory Diagnostic Clinic at Southwest Behavioral Services’ outpatient behavioral services clinic. Her treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, mindfulness, stress management, grief therapy and debriefing. She has also worked in Inpatient Geriatric Behavioral Health at both Southwest Health and Stoughton Hospital. Wellness is a significant part of Jennifer’s role at Southwest Health serving as a member of the ‘Big M’ Wellness Committee, Social Determinates of Health Committee and as part of the Leadership team. In 2023, Jennifer received her certificate as a Worksite Wellness Specialist from the National Wellness Institute.

Lacy J. Taylor, MA, LPC, ATR, is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Southwest Health Behavioral Services. Lacy provides psychotherapy to both adults and adolescents at Southwest Behavioral Services’ outpatient mental health clinic. Before receiving her master’s degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling in 2015 she worked for 10 years as a CNA with adults with physical limitations, emotional struggles, and develop mental disabilities in a community based residential setting providing care and life enrichment activities. Her treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, stress management, and art therapy. Lacy uses art therapy to help promote insight, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, and engage the body, mind, and spirit in a way that verbal articulation alone cannot achieve.

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