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Mental Health Day 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
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Mental Health Day 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Continuing education credits are awarded only for the 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. portion of the program for a total of 1.5 CE credits.

Due to COVID-19, this Mental Health Day cannot take place at the Capitol. Registrants will receive a Zoom link to attend the program.


This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

About the Program:

Mental Health Day is scheduled for March 11, 2021. The day will begin with a presentation focused on didactic and skills-based training related to advocacy for psychology and the needs of the individuals we serve. The presentation will consist of: provision of information about the legislative process, information about the importance to psychology of legislative advocacy, and discussion of techniques for effective advocacy. Current legislative issues of concern topsychologists will be described, including: information about licensure proposals for Behavior Analysts, discussions underway to change Minnesota Medicaid standards for outpatient mental health services, efforts to increase reimbursement for Medical Assistance services, mental health parity, legislation to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual orientation change efforts, and PSYPACT. Participants will observe a demonstration of a conversation with a legislator about issues of concern to psychology. Participants will then role play a discussion with a legislator. Questions will then be taken from the audience. Prior to the Zoom sessions with legislators, participants will complete an evaluation of the presentation. Following such completion, participants will be provided with CE certificates.

Please note: You must attend the full program to get 1.5 continuing education credit for the event.


8:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and orientation to the day

8:35 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

Background on state government and the Legislative role

8:55 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Advocacy skills in the world of COVID-19

9:15 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Key issues of interest to psychologists

9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Role play practice for speaking with legislators

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Presenters will answer participants’ questions about materials presented.*

10:10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Zoom sessions with legislators*








*CE not awarded

Upon completion of this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Describe effective advocacy strategies.
  2. Apply strategies through role play to become an effective advocate for psychology.

About the Presenters:

Trisha Stark, Ph.D., LP, M.P.A., M.J., earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Miami. Dr. Stark also has a Master’s of Public Affairs from the Humphrey school of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a certificate in leadership in health information technology from the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master’s of Jurisprudence in Health Law at Loyola University in Chicago. Current Professional or Work Affiliation: Private Practice and legislative advocacy for psychology, the people we serve, and to encourage electronic care coordination to improve healthcare outcomes for individuals with complex conditions including serious mental illness.

William J. Amberg, J.D., M.A., has nearly three decades of experience in politics and law in St. Paul, Washington, D.C. and across the country. Bill puts his broad range of expertise to work for his clients. He is one of the most respected lobbyists in St. Paul.
Amberg has expertise lobbying in the areas of healthcare, environment, agriculture, taxation, and local government, amongst others. His public relations skills give his clients an edge at the Capitol that most lobbyists cannot provide. Mr. Amberg’s past work includes the U.S. House of Representatives, Director of Communications and Research for a state political party, and Assistant Attorney General in the Health and Antitrust Division of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

The speakers have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

To Register:

If you would like to participate, please send your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to Ruth at [email protected]. This information is needed in order to schedule legislative appointments.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.