Natural Mental Health Professional Series 2020

More Skills, Less Pills:

Integrative Strategies for Children’s Mental Health

Dates TBD

Westminster Hall

1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis MN

  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 10.5 continuing education hours. Log # 202012.841
  • Social Work: Natural Mental Health is a Board of Social Work approved CE Provider (CEP # 1104). This workshop offers 10.5 CE hours.
  • Nurses: "The Minnesota Board of Nursing does not approve specific continuing education providers or courses. It is your responsibility to determine whether the course meets the criteria established by the Board." More information on CEs for nurses here:
  • CMEs: We are not providing CMEs
  • Other disciplines: Attendees who need documentation can request a certificate of attendance, agendas, speaker bios, and a workshop survey. 

What to Expect

Each day of this two-day workshop includes several talks led by the workshop speakers. Continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are included with registration.

Introduction To “More Skills, Less Pills (20 minutes)

The Future Of Mental Health (45 minutes)
Experiential + break (15 minutes)
Nourish Your Brain 1: Diet (45 minutes)
Nourish Your Brain 2: Supplements (45 minutes)
Morning Q&A (10 minutes)
Lunch (60 minutes)
Nourish Your Brain 3: Recipes That Work (DEMO, 60 minutes)
Move For Mental Health (45 minutes)
Experiential + break (15 minutes)
Sleep and Mental Health (30 minutes)
Self-Regulation Skills: Applications and Adherence (30 minutes)
Afternoon Q & A (15 minutes)


Introduction To Day 2 (15 minutes)
Healing Technologies (30 minutes)
Experiential + break (15 minutes)
Holistic Behavioral Management for Parents (50 minutes)
Morning Q&A (10 minutes)
Lunch (60 minutes)
Self-Care For Parents (40 minutes)
Mental Health in School Settings (30 minutes)
Experiential + break (20 minutes)
Spirituality and Children’s Mental Health (45 minutes)
Putting it all Together (30 minutes)
Afternoon Q & A (15 minutes)


You'll learn how to apply a new integrative model for recovery and prevention of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Watch the video below to learn more.


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Your Guides for This Series

Drs. Tim Culbert and Henry Emmons will lead most sessions of the workshop. Drs. Culbert and Emmons have spent decades refining their philosophy of integrative, evidence-based treatments that nurture the body, mind, and heart. They are passionate about teaching other practitioners how to confidently create a more natural, effective, and fulfilling practice for themselves and their clients.



PrairieCare provides each individual patient they psychiatric care they truly need.  PrairieCare is devoted to offering comprehensive and integrated psychiatric services for all ages, including both inpatient and outpatient options for patient care at 8 locations across the Twin Cities metro area and southern Minnesota.  It all starts with a phone call to schedule a FREE Needs Assessment.

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CalmConnect is a patented system containing a series of short video sequences designed to quickly and effectively calm the nervous system and build a bridge to the social world. The programs are used all over the world in more than 10,000 school districts, in long-term care, hospitals, behavioral health centers, cognitive care and homes. CalmConnect is only available via digital streaming and includes 29 sequences, divided into 6 categories: rise, joy, calm, focus, clarity, and rest.

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The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) is an education and family support organization that promotes positive mental health for all infants, children, adolescents and their families. MACMH hosts the nation’s largest children’s mental health conference, holds more than 30 continuing education opportunities each year, offers a variety of publications on youth mental health, and provides family coaching to help caregivers access timely services for their children.

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St. David’s Center is an exceptional preschool, children’s mental health clinic and pediatric therapy clinic—all under one roof. We also provide day treatment programs for children with autism and mental health diagnoses on our Minnetonka and Minneapolis campuses. In addition, we offer a variety of programs throughout the Twin Cities metro area in community settings and in family homes.

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Tim Culbert, MD

Timothy Culbert, MD is a board certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Early in his career, Dr. Culbert got involved in mind/body skills including training and certification in both biofeedback and medical hypnosis. He later completed trainings in MBSR, Reiki, clinical aromatherapy, and functional medicine. Dr. Culbert continued to expand his knowledge of integrative medicine through a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Kaiser Institute Fellowship for Integrative Medicine Leadership.

His diverse experiences in integrative medicine have included:

  • Co-creation of the Integrative Pediatrics Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where he also served as Medical Director.
  • Authoring holistic self-care books for kids, scientific articles, and book chapters on integrative pediatrics topics.
  • Coordination for the electronic mobile application “Healing Buddies Comfort Kit,” an interactive app that teaches children about non-pharmacological pain and holistic symptom management skills.
  • Creation of an integrative therapeutics training program for nurses working in pediatric medical and mental health settings. 

Dr. Culbert teaches frequently about topics related to mind-body skills, self-regulation, technology-assisted relaxation, vitamins and supplements, gastrointestinal healing and holistic mental health.

Dr. Culbert is co-founder of Natural Mental Health and Medical Director for Integrative Medicine at PrairieCare Medical Group.

Henry Emmons, MD

Dr. Emmons is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, and compassion and insight into his clinical work. Henry developed the Resilience Training Program, which is currently offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. This unique program is based upon the ideas developed in his books, The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm.

Dr. Emmons' career has been animated by the desire to develop more integrative approaches to the treatment of depression and anxiety.  Henry is a sought-after presenter and a respected consultant on such topics as integrating natural and mindfulness therapies in psychiatry, building personal resilience, and personal and professional renewal.  In addition to Resilience Training, Henry has developed  “A Year of Living Mindfully” and “The Inner Life of Healers: Programs of Renewal for Health Professionals” offered through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing.  He is also a founding board member of the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.

His essay “Insights on the Inner Life of Healers” was included in the book Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Dr. Anastasia Sullwold Ristau holds expertise in integrative pediatric/clinical psychology and has been licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota since 2004. Dr. Ristau partners with families to support and improve mental health. She emphasizes balancing the science with the art of effectively using the vast array of tools available within the field of psychology, leaning heavily upon those that are evidence grounded. She is passionate about providing safe and comfortable stomping grounds ripe for interpersonal growth and support. As Director of Psychotherapeutics, Dr. Ristau oversees the clinical direction and clinical functioning of all programs and psychotherapists across the spectrum of levels of care within the PrairieCare system. She additionally provides psychologically oriented training and consultation throughout the PrairieCare organization. 

Carolyn identifies underlying physiological imbalances that contribute to chronic health issues. She understands that food is information and the body requires nutrients for direction and function. In effect, what and how we eat is the natural solution to restoring balance. For two decades, Carolyn has successfully partnered with a variety of clients to help them achieve optimal health and well being by incorporating mindful eating and meditative practices to enhance vitality and reduce stress.

Carolyn's areas of expertise include: autoimmune diseases, digestive problems, anxiety and depression, inflammatory conditions, food sensitivities and intolerances, fibromyalgia, sleep issues, perimenopause, heart health, integrative/holistic, blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, and skin conditions.

Carolyn delivers nutrition education programs in clinical, educational, and corporate settings. She has published articles in a variety of magazines and periodicals and wrote the nutritional content for Taking Charge of Your Health, the website of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. She also teaches Functional Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Carolyn holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition with an emphasis on nutrition and aging. Carolyn is currently at work on her first book, which addresses the nutritional saboteurs of health and wellbeing.


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