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RADICAL AMAZEMENT: Nature and the Spiritual Life of Children

I can relate !!

RADICAL AMAZEMENT: Nature and the Spiritual Life of Children.


DIRT GROUP presentations in November and December!

I will be presenting on DIRT GROUP/inclusion on Saturday November 15th at a “Super Saturday” training for the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) in Golden Valley, Minnesota ( ), and delivering the keynote at the Central Minnesota School Counselors winter Conference (as well as a break-out session) at St. Cloud Technical College on December 12th

( ) . Thank you, Kenny!!



DIRT GROUP is an experiential social skills training group based in the context of a gardening / farming project for at-risk youth but the implications for practice in early childhood, special education,  and mainstream education, as well as mental health are profound.

DIRT GROUP participants gain tangible results through increased social competencies which prepare them for life, increase achievements, and thereby their self-esteem. Through their participation DIRT GROUP members experience pride, ownership,  and social inclusion and have the opportunity to participate in, and contribute to their communities producing a “big ripple effect ”
Watch this blog for more information.  Kenny has two upcoming presentations on DIRT GROUP on November 15th in the Twin Cities metro area and December 12th. Watch this blog for more info.
Next: How DIRT GROUP is grounded in and informed by four major theories from the fields of Sociology, Social Work, Education,  and Psychology.
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Training Update!!

Linda Gensheimer, MSW, LICSW, PhD and Cynthia Packer, MSW, LICSW will be doing a webcast workshop sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth, and Family Consortium “Lessons from the Field” Series:
Secondary Traumatic Stress: Building Resilience for Professionals
You can read more information on their workshop and register by clicking on the following link:

Linda is the President of NASW (MN), my former Thesis Advisor, and mentor who has referred to DIRT GROUP as “cutting edge”. Cynthia is one of my Clinical Supervisors, mentor, and is the Director of the MITH Program for the State of Minnesota (Minnesota Intensive Treatment Homes).