A non profit organization, dedicated to providing resources and educational workshops to mental health professionals in Northern nevada


Mental Health Peer Connections

Tom Lavin, LMFT, LCADC
Clinical Faculty, University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine, Psychiatry, & Behavioral Sciences​

Kelly Smyth-Dent, LCSW

Featured Presenters:

The Partner Betrayal Trauma book validates the voices of partners experiencing sex addiction, infidelity, and intimacy anorexia—partner betrayal trauma is absolutely real. This book looks at betrayal as something that partners of sex addicts, infidelity survivors, and spouses of intimacy anorexics will need to address. It is based on research (not whims, theories, or biases from other theories). In 2018, a research study was conducted with 154 women who have experienced betrayal trauma. 

Afternoon Topic:    The Art of Mindfulness and Therapy
Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening in the present moment without judgement.  This workshop will be both didactic and experiential.  Participants can expect to have direct experience of what it means to be mindful in various settings, whether alone or in relationship with clients, as well as how to introduce mindfulness skills to clients for their use in healing.


  • Learn what mindfulness really means.
  • Participate in a direct experience practicing mindfulness.
  • Learn to implement mindfulness tools to share with clients.

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Morning Topic:     “My Heart goes out to you" 

​Learn to not burning out, but enhance your resiliency and enthusiasm as you support people in addressing their critical life challenges. Understand how to create your workplace to be healthy, kind, respectful and supportive. 


  • Identify your current experience of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. 
  • Pinpoint possible distress in 6 dimensions of your life.  Develop your personal, holistic, resiliency plan.           
  • Respond rather than react: being grounded, centered and balanced: identify “triggers” and use the mindfulness informed Vision-Decision-Action paradigm to consciously respond to “triggers” based your core values.                                   
  • Become aware of how your organization may be creating a “compassion fatigue” environment.  
  • Learn what healthcare organizations can do to minimize compassion fatigue and encourage and enhance clinician efficacy, wellness, and satisfaction (which can lead to improved clinician health and morale, enhanced clinician retention, increased patient satisfaction).      

Enhance your awareness, 

resilience, compassion & enthusiasm


6 CEUs

State of NV Board of Examiners for MFT/CPC, Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists


6 CEUs

State of NV Board of Examiners for MFT/CPC, Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists


​​​Dr. JoAnn Baird,


Kathy Schwerin, LMFT
Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation  Community Leader




Featured Presenters:

 Friday, September 20, 2019 



  • Integrating the Mind,  Body & Spirit in the Treatment of Trauma
  • Trauma and the Emerging Influence of EMDR on Mental Health
  • Treating & Understanding Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Wendy Westergard Nason, MSC, LMFT, LCADC

Katy Hartley


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Mindful Therapy

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Location: Moana Nursery Training Center

1110 W Moana Lane, Reno NV  89509
​Crosses Lakeside Drive