Event for Mental Health & Well-being

Exploring the Korean adoption experience and its impact on Mental Health & Well-being

 	Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
 	Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
 	Where: Radisson Hotel Roseville (2540 N Cleveland Ave,…

Exploring the Korean adoption experience and its impact on Mental Health & Well-being

  • Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Where: Radisson Hotel Roseville (2540 N Cleveland Ave, Roseville, 55113)
  • For: Adoptee community (parents, adult adoptees), community leaders, friends, health/adoption professionals
  • Register: https://koreanadoptionmentalhealth.eventbrite.com (RSVP by 6/10, Space is limited)
  • Fee: Free (but you must register to attend)
  • Questions? Nicole Sheppard (612) 567-3401 or kamcenter@gmail.com
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:10 am Welcome
  • 10:10 – 11:00 am Session #1: Lost and Found: Finding Peace and identity through Faith
    Presenters: Jay Grossman & Karin Grossman
  • 11:10 – 11:50am Session #2: Adoptee Mental Health & Suicide: What’s the Connection?
    Presenter: Nicole Sheppard, MA, LPCC 12:00 –12:55 pm Lunch (included with registration)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm Session #3: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention Training
    Presenter: Caroline Ludy, NAMI Minnesota
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm Session #4: Break-out discussions
    Facilitators: Sarah Lentz, MA, LMFT & Nicole Sheppard, MA, LPCC
  • 3:10 – 3:30 pm Closing

Session Descriptions:

  • Session #1: Lost and Found: Finding peace and identity through faith
    A Korean adoptee’s journey from rural Minnesota, through the criminal justice system, and reintegrating back into society
  • Session #2: Adoptee Mental Health & Suicide: What’s the Connection?
    This session provides and overview of the MDH-funded mental health and suicide prevention project that KAM Center has been focused on over the past three years examining issues in the state of Minnesota’s Korean adoptee community. A previous version of this presentation was presented at the 2018 KAAN Conference
  • Session #3: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): Suicide Prevention Training
    Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in 48 states.
  • Session #4: Break-out discussions
    Participants will break-out into smaller groups to share their adoption experiences and the impact it has on mental and emotional health in their lives and families. The small groups will reconvene to share and identify


  • Jay Grossman, growing up as an adoptee in a smaller, rural community, he struggled with being teased and lacked emotional coping skills. This experience contributed to feelings of frustration and depression, and struggles with understanding his identity. As a young adult he alienated himself from his family and became entangled in the criminal justice system. Through the grace of God and fellowship in Christ, he has found healing, a whole identity, peace, and hope.
  • Karin Grossman, was born and raised in South Minneapolis. She moved to Farmington, MN at the age of 37 and remained there for four decades. She presently resides in Hastings. She received a degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota; and worked in the medical field for 40 years. She is a mother of five children and, grandmother of six. She loves being outdoors and enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, golfing and gardening. Karin’s love for the Lord has always been an important part of her life aiming to live a Christian life with its many ups and downs. His love and strength have always been there for her.
    Sarah Lentz, MA, LMFT, was born in Pusan, South Korea and adopted by a family in Minneapolis. Sarah holds a Bachelors’ degree in political science (UW-Madison) and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (Argosy University-Twin Cities). She has served children and families through non-profit, education, youth work, and mental health agencies for over 15 years. She currently provides therapy to adolescents in Minneapolis public schools; and adults, couples/families in a clinical setting.
  • Caroline Ludy, in her role as an educator with NAMI Minnesota, she provides mental health education, training and resources for families and the general community. Caroline also helps to coordinate the Multicultural Young Adult Advisory Board and is driven to continue outreach on mental health issues to all communities, particularly those under served.
  • Nicole Sheppard, MA, LPCC, is a mindfulness-based therapist at Mental Health Systems (MHS). Since 2016 she has worked with KAM Center as project manager of a MN Department of Health-funded mental health and suicide assessment of the Korean adoptee community. Nicole grew up in Minneapolis and lived in Seoul, Korea (2002-2010), where she was a leader in global Korean adoptee community development and advocacy at Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (GOA’L). She completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas, and is a graduate of the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) Training program at the University of Minnesota.

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