Speakers

Katie Azevedo
Dr. Katie Azevedo
Azevedo Consulting and Results Learning Center
Owner
Dr. Katie Azevedo, an Idaho native, has worked in education for nearly 20 years, holding a variety of positions including a classroom teacher, instructional coach, professional development facilitator, research assistant, adjunct professor and state-level director. Her focus is to promote positive learning environments through academic and behavioral strategies that increase the learning and achievement for all students.
Katie has provided numerous professional learning opportunities for educators, clinicians and other stakeholders on the topics of Understanding Poverty; Effective Standards-based Instruction; Utilizing Data to Improve English Language Acquisition; Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners; Utilizing Cognitive Coaching to Support Reflection Practices; Effective Team and Collaboration Structure and Strategies; Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports; Behavior Management Strategies; Staff Wellness; Bullying Prevention; Utilizing Trauma-sensitive Practices; and Creating an Interconnected Systems Framework for School Mental Health. 

In 2020 Katie launched Azevedo Consulting, specializing in mental health and positive behavior strategies for national, state and local education agencies and mental health providers. Recently, Katie launched Results Learning Center, an online institute specifically for individuals who work with today’s youth. Results Learning Center offers on-demand instructional videos and reflection guides to build the skills necessary to improve the social and emotional learning, behavior and academic outcomes of our students. Much of her time is also focused on writing federal grants and supporting this work with the goal of increased capacity and sustainability at the local, regional and state level.
Expanding Your Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Framework to Include Mental Health Supports
Expanding Your Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Framework to Include Mental Health Supports (Virtual)


Kirsten Bagley
Kirsten Bagley
She, Her, Hers
Optum Idaho
Education and Training Team
Kirsten earned her BA in Psychology at Mesa State College and Master of Social Work at Boise State University. She has over 20 years of experience working within the behavioral health field, including supervision and management of CBRS and Case Management programs and providing trauma focused psychotherapy. She also is certified in EMDR therapy. Kirsten recently joined the Optum Idaho Education and Training team in April 2022 and was recently certified to teach CPI Trauma, which provides insight on how to work with members who may experience a crisis based on trauma.
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Verbal Intervention Trauma Specialty Training and Certification


Dennis Baughman
Dennis Baughman
Optum
Director of Clinical Operations
Dennis is the director of clinical operations for Optum Idaho. He has worked with Optum Idaho since 2019, after 12 years with a local behavioral health organization and two years at a federally qualified health center. Prior to joining Optum Idaho, he was the Treasure Valley executive director of Lifeways and had the privilege of working in multiple settings and levels of care and helped implement new programs and services in Idaho and Oregon. Dennis also serves on the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional and Marriage and Family Therapists and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Northwest Nazarene University. He is married with two kids and can often be found at various school events.
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders (Virtual)


Jacqueline Bazzle
Jacqueline Bazzle
She, Her, Hers
Something Different Counseling LLC
Owner and Counselor
Counseling is a pretty scary idea. Often, the clients that I work with have not experienced a safe relationship in a long time. The idea of sitting in a room and sharing your life story with someone seems like a recipe for betrayal and pain. At some point, though, the need for healing outweighs that risk and you choose to start working towards wellness. It is an uncomfortable, heavy and ultimately extremely rewarding journey.
I have specialized experience working with individuals and people in relationship struggling with trauma, grief and loss, personality disorders, relationship struggles, co-dependency and addictions. I have training in EMDR and DBT.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addiction Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Boise State University. I have worked as a clinical director of a substance treatment facility, helped develop and start trauma-focused substance treatment tracks and worked for years developing specialized knowledge and competency working with individuals who are hurting. I am licensed in the state of Idaho to practice counseling and am nationally board certified.

I love to paint, write and do a lot of mixed media crafting/creating. I collect pink elephants. I play tons of video games until way too late at night. I love horror movies, great food and being a mom.
Self-Care & Trauma Work: What No One Wants to Say
Self-Care & Trauma Work: What No One Wants to Say (Virtual)


Alison Blodgett
Alison Blodgett
She, Her, Hers
Parenting with Love and Limits
Executive Director
Alison has over 30 years of experience working with children and families. She is the executive director for the Savannah Family Institute, home to the PLL Evidenced-Family Treatment Model. Alison started her career as a family preservation specialist and progressed into leadership positions advocating for community-based solutions for youth and families.

Previously, Alison was the director of proposal development at Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of America (SAFY), where she determined strategy and oversaw the implementation of RFP bids and grant proposals. She consulted with senior leadership on quality, fiscal and compliance requirements.

Alison received her MBA from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she received the MBA+ Leadership Award. She was selected as a Journey Executive Fellow in 2015 for youth serving professionals in Indiana. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from Kalamazoo College, Alison completed a post-bachelor internship through the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. She is a licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) in the State of Michigan, a Certified Grant Professional and earned her Child & Youth Professional Certification (CYC-P).
You Had Me at Hello – Parenting with Love & Limits Family Engagement Techniques
You Had Me at Hello – Parenting with Love & Limits Family Engagement Techniques (Virtual)


Beth Bolen
Beth Bolen
St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center (PHP)
Clinical Manager and Mental Health Therapist
Beth is a clinical manager and mental health therapist for St. Luke’s Children’s Day Treatment Center (PHP). She is experienced in caring for children, teens and families with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral concerns, including depression, anxiety and trauma.

Beth enjoys working through complex family situations to identify solutions and improve the mental health of patients and families. She uses a collaborative approach that includes the family in supporting the mental health of the patient. Beth also utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization (EMDR) and solution-focused brief therapy. Beth earned her bachelor's degree in human services at Western Washington University in 2001 and her master's degree in social work at Colorado State University in 2005.

In her free time, Beth can be found hiking and biking in the Boise foothills with her family and their dog.
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders (Virtual)


Laura Campbell
Laura Campbell
Center for Change
Program Director
Laura grew up in Colombia and Mexico and came to the United States for college where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Art and Spanish from Taylor University and a Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. Laura’s 15 years of clinical experience has focused on addiction recovery, dual diagnosis treatment, group processes and treatment for eating disorders, depression and anxiety. Laura is the program director of the Center for Change Boise, an eating disorder treatment program offering care levels from outpatient to partial hospitalization for the Boise community. Laura is also a registered clinical supervisor and is passionate about quality supervision and her team’s ongoing clinical growth and development.

Laura’s relaxation time involves movies, finding the humor and joy in parenting teens and adventurous cooking and eating.
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders
Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs – Similarities, Differences, and Importance for Mental Health, Substance Use and Eating Disorders (Virtual)


Tracy Carlson
Tracy Carlson
Optum Idaho
Senior Trainer
Tracy earned her bachelor’s in communications, secondary education from Boise State as well as her master’s in educational technology, MET. She is a former special education consulting teacher and professional learning leader with over 16 years of experience with a passion for helping others understand things better. Tracy was a special education instructional learning coach for the Boise School District and has experience with crisis intervention programs through working with populations in programs for social, emotional and behavioral needs. Over the last seven years there, she designed ongoing trainings for over 200 special education teachers and planned, developed and executed learning technologies/programs, resources and activities for 1,500+ learners for 32 schools. She provided trainings on Social Emotional Learning for students with behavioral disorders and used adult learning theories to design training content for teachers. She facilitated multiple remote and in-person trainings for over 60 staff members on various topics including compliance, technology integration and new policies.
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Verbal Intervention Trauma Specialty Training and Certification


Diana Clarke
Dr. Diana Clarke
American Psychiatric Association
Diana E. Clarke, MSc, PhD, is the managing director of research and senior epidemiologist/research statistician at the American Psychiatric Association. In this role, she co-leads efforts to oversee the maintenance of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In addition, Dr. Clarke conducts research on the assessment and prevention of mental and substance use disorders, including suicide and suicidal behaviors. Also, she researches gaps in training for behavioral health providers and the potential impact on patient outcomes. Her research efforts are multifaceted with an overall goal to help: 1) inform our understanding of the underlying causes of mental and substance use disorders across the lifespan and associated disparities in access to care; 2) identify modifiable risk and protective factors that can positively impact the lives of individuals across different age, gender and ethnoracial groups; and 3) identify gaps in training and impact on quality of care. Dr. Clarke utilizes interesting combinations of quantitative and qualitative methods in her research endeavors. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has received many honorific awards as well as federal and foundation grants for her work. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters. She currently leads the APA’s CDC/CDC Foundation-funded effort to examine training gaps in maternal mental health care and efforts to inform management of pregnant persons with mental and substance use disorders.
DSM-5-TR: What You Need to Know
DSM-5-TR: What You Need to Know (Virtual)


Kara Connelly
Dr. Kara Connelly
OHSU
Associate Professor
Kara Connelly is an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) and is the medical director of the Doernbecher Gender Clinic, which provides comprehensive interdisciplinary care for over 700 transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents, under the umbrella of the OHSU Transgender Health program in Portland, Oregon. She is also interested in caring for children with differences in sexual development and is a co-founder of the Doernbecher Sex Development program. She completed residency in pediatrics, fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology and a master’s of clinical research at OHSU (2010, 2013and 2017). Her research interests are focused on improving access to gender affirming care for transgender and gender diverse youth and developing evidence-based best practices for transgender youth. Dr. Connelly is also active in teaching and education and serves as the director of the resident rotation in pediatric endocrinology.
Non-surgical Transgender Treatment for Adolescents & Young Adults
Non-surgical Transgender Treatment for Adolescents & Young Adults (Virtual)