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DIRT GROUP Paradigm Clinical Training Series

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm Applied Clinical Training Series

“Thanks for the soap! Amazing program! I’m very inspired. Great knowledge of trauma, brain science and integration of therapeutic practice.”
-2019 Workshop Attendee


The DIRT GROUP Paradigm

“Cutting edge”, innovative children’s mental health and education training series in Minnesota

Summer/Fall 2019 Session:
This training will engage and inspire you to incorporate this dynamic and award-winning approach in your practice/work with children and adolescents. This training is for mental health practitioners/professionals, teachers, educators, medical professionals, etc. 

Saturday August 17th:                    9am-5:30pm     (8 CEU’s)
Saturday September 21st:            9am-5:30pm       (8 CEU’s)
Saturday October 12th:                 9am-5:30pm       (8 CEU’s)

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm: Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow. Creative innovations in children’s mental health and education.

This training series will provide an understanding of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the corresponding 12 cranial nerves, how trauma, chronic stress, and adverse childhood experiences impact us at a nervous system level.  This series examines neuroscience and applied theory that promotes healing, attachment, attunement, and well-being manifesting in social and emotional intelligence. Through a combination of lecture, experiential exercises, and discussion, this series will explore six major theoretical foundations, innovative applied strategies, neuroplasticity, and the importance of social context and group skills work with children and adolescents.

*All hours are clinical content hours
*All sessions have their own learning objectives, description, and post-test
*Kenny is a Minnesota Board of Social Work approved CEU Provider

$120.00/day or $300.00 for all three days

Register HERE:
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Payment plans are available, for more information call or email:

(320) 220-2551

Feedback from previous workshop attendees:

  • “Great information! Presenter had good awareness and passion very clear! Thank you!”
  • “Wonderful!”
  • “This model can also build community capital – community organizing, etc. Was packed with possibility – a little overwhelmed.”
  • “Very exciting to see a tangible hands on approach.”
  • “Great info! Presenter had great energy. I would love to go to a longer training on this topic.”
  • “He was very passionate and that made me want to listen to him.”
  • “Awesome and inspiring. Thank you!”
  • “Excellent energy, education, and totally new information. Fantastic workshop!”
  • “The best thus far. Wow. Thank you!”
  • “This was very invigorating.”
  • “Best talk ever. Personable knowledgeable helpful.”
  • “More time. Amazing. Also combo self care. Awesome, more time?”
  • “Great presentation, great concept, very passionate.”
  • “Kenny’s passion for his work is contagious. Excellent application value!”
  • “Kenny is kind, caring, and passionate about all people! He is an incredible person and wants the best for each and every person!”
  • “Interesting, but if this could be applied to other types of programs with adults – golden!”
  • “Excellent!”
  • “Wonderful work you do and wonderful presentation! The world needs more people like you.”
  • “Thank you for giving handouts for this material! Such an interesting and fantastic program – hope you keep expanding.”
  • “Best ever – wow!”
  • “First session in which I didn’t get out my phone.”
  • “Kenny is fantastic! I don’t know how he makes all these pieces work together! Fantastic and groundbreaking.”




Soothing the Autonomic Nervous System

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm manifesting today at our metro site. Lavender & Mint Herb Sachets and Soaps – Cranial Nerve #1


Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow and the

Polyvagal Theory

Cranial Nerves 5,7,9,10,11 Soothing the autonomic nervous system & promoting social engagement. #dirtgroupusa #mentalhealth #socialwork #social-engagement

#neuroception #naswmn social and emotional learning

intentionally focused, redundant, experiential, visceral, novel, meaningful/purposful, aerobic, and consistent group skills training #dirtgroupthemarinade #dirtgroupparadigm #iaswg

C O O K I E S !!!!

4BubbasFoods’ What the Cluck Food Truck…waaah!!???

Kids making gourmet cookies and learning math, science, writing, marketing, economics, design, entrepreneurship, agriculture, connection, inclusion, a paycheck, & more.

DIRT GROUP Global: Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow

The Prairie Soil Youth Cooperative is coming…

Social & Emotional Learning

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm

The DIRT GROUP Paradigm

Litchfield/Hutchinson DIRT GROUP’s made Lavender soap from the lavender we grew together…intentionally focused, redundant, novel, experiential, visceral, aerobic, sense of purpose/meaningful, consistency…social & emotional learning requires lived experiences

Grounded & informed in applied theory in practice: experiential learning, social learning, strength-based, symbolic interactionism, & ecological systems theories; DIRT GROUP is a resiliency informed, children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a group experiential gardening, farming, foods, & creative arts project. DIRT GROUP is in Hutchinson, Litchfield, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, & Willmar. What the Cluck Food Truck, 4BubbasFoods, Hooganaga Family Farms. Tangible outcomes, skills which prepare participants for life, pride & ownership, the “BIG ripple effect”

(opportunities to participate and make a difference in community), social context/social inclusion. Human development. Community Development. Economic development, rooted in social justice.


Prairie Soil Youth Cooperative

#socialworkwithgroups #iaswg #executivefunction