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Inside Passages Speaker Series

The 2023 season of Inside Passages will begin October 5th, 12PM-1PM on Zoom. Presentations will be hosted monthly from October to March, the first Thursday of the month.

October 5th Aaron Surma: Introduction to Juneau Mental Health Services

November 2nd Amelia Hanrahan: Supporting Trans Clients Through Physical Transition

December 7th Sondra Sexton-Jones: Managing the Holidays After Experiencing a Loss

January 4th Claire Geldhof: Approaches to Substance Use and Harm Reduction Strategies

February 1st Madison "Kaa'yis'taan" Truitt Supporting Neurodivergence in a Neurotypical World: Where colonialism and ableism effect modalities of care

March 7th Tressa Millam: Nurturing Parenting and supporting those who guide and shape the next generation


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Nurturing Parenting and supporting those who guide and shape the next generation

Presented by Tressa Millam

Thursday, March 7th, 12PM-1PM on Zoom

Tressa is joining us to share with us about the Nurturing Parenting program at Front Street Clinic, how to support and respond when our kids (and youth) have big emotions and how to help families rebuild after trauma, loss and substance use. Tressa is also happy to catch us up briefly on some of the changes happening at SEARHC and in particular Front Street Clinic if there are any questions from the community.

Tressa Millam is currently a BH Case Manager at Front Street Clinic in Juneau. She has worked, primarily with families, as BH Case Manager here in Juneau for the last 12 years. She is an adoptive and foster parent, a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator, certified Peer Support Specialist and a Behavioral Health Aide. Tressa grew up in the Midwest and holds a BS from the University of Minnesota in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Tressa believes in an integrated model and works with providers, community agencies, families and individuals to help address the impacts of trauma, substance use, domestic violence and ACE's in our community. She is particularly passionate about helping families and individuals reunite and connect after trauma, substance use and disruption.

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Lived Experience & Peer Support Panel

Lived Experience & Peer Support Panel

In the last episode of this series of Inside Passages Aaron Surma, Kara Nelson, and John Drips discuss peer support. Meet our presenters: Aaron has received mental health services for over twenty years. During this time, he has experienced first-hand the power of peer support. In particular, the role of peer support in helping people find their voice as it relates to their own recovery. His goal is for people in Juneau to feel the confidence to make decisions about their mental health care while making sure the proper resources are available to them. Before joining NAMI Juneau in 2020, Aaron worked for the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition and a variety of community mental health providers. He also has a degree in social work. ​Meet John Drips, a 36-year-old man with a passion for helping others and making a positive impact in his community. Recently completing a paralegal certificate program, Mr. Drips is now volunteering with Alaska Legal Services Corporation and AWARE in Juneau, Alaska to provide much-needed legal assistance to those in need. But John's dedication to helping others doesn't stop there. He also facilitates a Peer Support Group called NAMI Connections, providing a safe and supportive space for individuals struggling with mental health challenges throughout the state. John's commitment to serving others is further evidenced by his recent (April 2023) completion of a Peer Support Specialist Certification course offered by NAMI Juneau, as he works towards a Behavioral Health Occupational Endorsement through UAS. With his combination of legal and peer support expertise, John is well-equipped to make a positive impact in Juneau and beyond. Kara Nelson is an advocate, activist, and entrepreneur and currently the Chief Operating Officer at True North Recovery (TNR). Kara is a lifelong Alaskan, a mother of three adult children, a woman in recovery and formerly incarcerated; this all contributes to her fierce dedication in transforming our criminal legal system and recovery support services across Alaska and throughout the country.
Providing Gender Affirming Mental Health Care with Margie Thomson
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