MCAC Program Committee


April Anderson, Chair

Project Harmony



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 Program Committee Details:

            General meetings are FREE to all regardless of membership status.  These programs meet the criteria of the approved continuing education program for 1.0 hours of mental health, social work and/or counseling practice.  You must be a MCAC member to receive continuing education credit for these programs.  You do not need to pre-register for this free training.   


The MCAC Program Committee sponsors 6 educational programs every year.  With a  wide variety of topics, the Program Committee searches for local and national speakers to provide short presentations on issues that face professionals responsible for protecting the safety of children and ensuring positive growth and development.


A Kickoff Breakfast is held in January, typically with an uplifting and motivational speaker.  This is also an awards breakfast to celebrate and give recognition to outstanding individuals who have contributed to the field of child welfare.


An Annual Conference is held in August.  A full-day educational program including CEUs is offered. With attendance from a wide variety of agencies, the annual conference is also an excellent opportunity to network and gain valuable information about local community efforts.


Four additional quarterly programs are offered throughout the year, usually scheduled on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  These programs are held at the Nebraska Children's Home Society (4939 S 118th St, Omaha, NE) or Project Harmony (11949  Q Street, Omaha, NE 68137), unless otherwise stated in program details, are free and open to the public regardless of membership status.  These programs meet the criteria for continuing education requirements for 1.5 hours of mental health, social work and/or counseling practice. 


You must be an MCAC member to receive continuing education credit.

MCAC programs meet the criteria of approved continuing education for Social Work, Mental Health Practitioners and Marriage and Family Therapists for 1.5 hours.  MCAC Annual Conference Offerings and the Annual Kickoff Breakfast event have a registration fee available on the program flyer.  For recurring MCAC educational programs, you must be an MCAC member to receive continuing education credit.  You can sign up at the training.  MCAC short training programs are free and open to all regardless of membership status.



Recent Programs 

Friday, May 5, 2017
Language and Children in Interviews
Colleen Brazil, MSW, LIMHP, Project Harmony

Friday, March 3, 2017
The Role Each of us Can Play in Suicide Prevention
Julia Hebenstreit, Kim Foundation

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Rob Quillen

Friday, December 16, 2016
Trauma and Children
Ree Reimers, Project Harmony

Friday, October 21, 2016
Impact of Resettlement on Refugee Families
Alana Schriver, MPH

Friday, August 19, 2016
Preparing Professionals Improving Outcomes - ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Jessica Vandercoy, LCSW
Madeline Walker
Celeste Snodgrass, LCSW, PIP

Friday, May 20, 2016
Ethics and Real Life Challenges
Susan Feyen, LICSW - UNO School of Social Work

Friday, March 18, 2016
Human Trafficking in Nebraska
Stephanie Olson & Cindy Hultine, Set Me Free Project

Friday, January 22, 2016  KICKOFF BREAKFAST
The Power of Your Story
Tunette Powell

Friday, December 11, 2015
ICWA:  A Review of the Indian Child Welfare Act
Candi Marcantel

Friday, August 28, 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Creating a Kinder and Braver World
Dr. Susan Swearer, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Friday, May 8, 2015
Understanding Poverty
Tammi Winchester, Project Harmony

Friday, March 14, 2015
Tools for Troubled Youth
John Lenhoff, PhD, CHI Alegent Health Behavioral Services

Friday, January 30, 2015
The Power of Hope
Josh Erickson

Friday, December 12, 2014
Working with Juveniles with Sexual Misconduct
Pat Sailors, LMHP, Child Guidance Center

Friday, October 10, 2014
Domestic Violence and the Impact on Children
Heather Duhachek, LIMHP

Friday, August 22, 2014  ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Childhood Trauma:  Dealing with Attachment and Trauma in Children
Cathy Schweitzer, Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska

Friday, May 2, 2014
Ethics and Real Life Challenges
Susan Feyen, LICSW

Friday, January 10, 2014 (cancelled/postponed)
Wow!  That Felt Great!
Sandra Stockall

Friday, December 13, 2013
Self Harm in Children and Adolescents
Reo Newring, PhD, Children's Hospital Behavioral Health

Friday, October 11, 2013
Identifying and Understanding Domestic Violence
Christon MacTaggart, Nebraska State Patrol

Friday, August 23, 2013  ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Responding to Sexualized Behavior Among Children
Jane Silovsky, PhD; Lisa Swisher, PhD; Keri Pierce, MSW MPH

Friday, May 10, 2013
Children Grieve Too:  Supporting Families after the Death of a Love One
Cathy Fox, Ted E Bear Hollow

Friday, March 8, 2013
Stewards of Children - Darkness to Light
Overview of Child Sexual Abuse Treatment program

Friday, January 18, 2013
Survival Kit for Caregivers
Julia Cook

Friday, December 14, 2012
Child Abuse and Neglect 101:  Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
Nick Zadina, MS Project Harmony Child Protection Center

Friday, October 12, 2012
So What's with the Green Dot
Emily Nguyen, Women's Center for Advancement

Friday, August 24, 2012  ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Transcending the Binary:  Understanding LGBT Clients' Journeys and Experiences
Ryan Sallas, MA

Friday, March 9, 2012
March Madness:  Child Welfare in Nebraska
Camaz Diaz, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Friday, January 27, 2012
Paying it Forward:  One Organization's Take on Helping the Community
Janie and Roger Petersen, Behaven' Day Centers

Friday, December 9, 2011
Understanding and Addressing Cyberbullying
Jessica Gall, Plains States Region Anti-Defamation League

Friday, October 14, 2011
Branching Out:  A Partnership between the Omaha Home for Boys and Central Plains Services for Children
Daryl Summers, MS, Omaha Home for Boys; Doug Lenz, MA, Central Plains Services for Children

Friday, August 26, 2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Behind Closed Doors:  The Impact of Domestic Violence on Families and Teens
Dr. Ann Potter and Lynn Pollitt, Women's Center for Advancement

Friday, May 13, 2011
The Vital Role of Professionals and Caregivers:  Awareness and Prevention of Developmental Trauma Disorder
Daniel Bruckner, LIMHP and Stefanie Armstrong, LMHP, Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska

Friday, March 11, 2011
Preparing Churches to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Jeannette Harder, Phd, Grace Abbot School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Friday, December 10, 2010
Youth Speak:  The Nebraska Foster Care System Through the Eyes of Former Youth in Care
Nebraska Foster Care Youth Council
Friday, October 8 2010
Revealing the Truth of Prostitution in Nebraska
Kim Carpenter

Friday, August 27, 2010  ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Predator Next Door
Darlene Ellison, MS

Friday, May 14, 2010
Alcohol and Drugs in Pregnancy-A Primer
Karen Matthews
Friday, March 12, 2010

Right Turn:  Help for Post-adoptive Parents & Guardians is just around the Corner

Jessyca Vendercoy, MSW, PLMHP

Friday, January 22, 2010  KICKOFF BREAKFAST

Why we do what we do...

Nancy Thompson, MS, LMHP

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hand in Hand:  A Pediatric Palliative Care Service Program

Sue Base, LCSW, Children's Hospital

Friday, October 9, 2009

40 Developmental Assets

Scott Butler, MS

Friday, August 28, 2008

Working Effectively with Child and Adolescent Vicitms of Sexual Abuse:  A Strengths Based Approach

Kevin M Powell, PhD, Platte Valley Youth Services Center


Friday, May 8, 2009

Family Works

Heather Tinglehoff, Heartland Family Service


Friday, March 27, 2009

Building Bright Futures

John Cavanaugh, Building Bright Futures


Friday, January 23, 2009  KICKOFF BREAKFAST

Care for the Caregiver

Sue Outson, Family Treatment Services, St. MonicaÕs, Lincoln, NE

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Friday, December 12, 2008

New Innovations in the Treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder

Daniel Bruckner, LCSW, Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska

Debra Wesselman, LIMHP, Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska


Friday October 31, 2008

Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Susie Mistry, Project Harmony

Anne Vasilisin, NDHHS Hotline

Sgt Tim Woolman, Omaha Police Department


August 22, 2008  ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Loss Through a ChildÕs Eye

Nancy Thompson, MS, LMHP, APT/S

Mary Vondra, RN, MS, FHCE

Toby Canning, PhD, LIMHP

Tor Mach Kuet, PLMHP

Debra Wesselman, MS, LIMHP


May 9, 2008

Approaches and Challenges in Treatment with Adolescent Clients

Todd Waltemath, MS, LADC, LMHP, Journeys


March 21, 2008

Sexual Health and Caring for the Sexually Abused Child

Vickie Payton, LMHP  R-Safe Program Coordinator at Lutheran Family Services


January 11, 2008  KICKOFF BREAKFAST

The Difference You Make

Rainbow Rowell


December 14, 2007

Drug Adulteration

Chuck Matson, Omaha Police Department


October 12, 2007

Psychopharmacology for Childhood Behavioral and Developmental Disorders

Cynthia Ellis, MD, Munroe Meyer Institute


August 17, 2007

Inside the Child Abuse Investigation and Beyond

Panel of presenters


May 11, 2007

Social Networking (Blogging) – Implications for our Youth

Sgt. Scott Christensen, Nebraska State Patrol


March 9, 2007 

Depression and Self-Mutilation in TodayÕs Youth

Sharon Cannon, PhD


January 12, 2007  KICKOFF BREAKFAST

HereÕs to a Joyous New Year with Humor and Hope

Hope Colt


December 8, 2006

Love, Sex and the Media

Debbie Sheehan, MA


October 13, 2006

From Childhood to Adulthood:  The Impact of Intimate

Partner Violence on our Kids – What You Need to Know

Sue Michalski, RN, MS


August 25, 2006  ANNUAL CONFERENCE

METH and its Effects on Children and Families

Presenters:  Chuck Matson, OPD and Kathryn Wells, MD


May 12, 2006

Enuresis and Encopresis:  What is it and how do we treat it?

Presenters: Joseph H. Evans, PhD, Munroe Meyer Institute


March 10, 2006

Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Presenters:  Sgt. Tim Woolman, Omaha Police Department

Suzie Mistry, Child Interview Specialist – Project Harmony


January 27, 2006   KICK-OFF BREAKFAST

How to Feel Good & Stay Positive No Matter What

Presented by:  May Kay Mueller


December 9, 2005

Nothin But Baby Safe Sleep Tips

Presented by:  Christine Bert, Douglas County Health Department and Colleen Roth, Project Harmony.  Members of Baby Blossoms Collaborative whose goal is to implement strategies to decrease infant mortality in the Omaha area.


October 14, 2005

Nebraska Re-Launch of a Statewide Plan for the Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Presented by:  Mary Vondra, RN, MS – MCAC Board Member


August 19, 2005  ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Westside Community Center

Views from the Inside:  WhatÕs New in Juvenile Court

Presentations from:  Douglas County Juvenile Court Panel, Legal Panel, Sarpy County Juvenile Court Panel, Juvenile Services Panel.


Friday, May 13, 2005

Transgender 101

Presented by:  Megan Smith, MS, PLMHP


Friday, March 11, 2005

Walking the Hills of the Capitol

Presented by: Kathy Moore – Voices for Children


Friday, January 14, 2005  MCAC Kick-Off Breakfast, Westside Community Center

A Celebration of Laughter

Presented by:  T. Marni Vos




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