ISMHI Webinars

Below you can find the 2022 schedule of webinars covering a variety of topics. We hope you can join us!

Students Who Self-Harm: Recognizing, Understanding, and Intervening
April 28, 2022, 8:30am - 12:00pm EST
Please Note: This webinar has been completed.

Cost: $25 USD
Presenter: Janice Gabe, LCSW, LCAC
Presenter Organization: New Perspectives of Indiana, Inc.
Self-harming behavior has increased significantly amongst our students. This workshop explores the myths behind self-harming behaviors, the role of self-harming behavior, and tools for intervening to stop this behavior. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of mental health and developmental issues specific to students, the motivation behind self-harming behaviors, the dynamics of self-harming behaviors, the dynamics of self-harming that are unique to this generation of students, the process for helping students understand their patterns of self-harm, motivating students to change these patterns, and utilizing relationship, cognitive, and behavioral interventions to change these patterns.


Janice Gabe, founder and president of New Perspectives of Indiana, Inc., is a nationally recognized adolescent and young adult therapist who specializes in the treatment of clinically complex clients. Janice has thirty years of clinical experience and has been instrumental in assisting in the development of clinical programs across the country. Janice is a highly respected public speaker and has provided training and consultation in over 40 states. She has been recognized by Indianapolis Monthly magazine as one of the top therapists in Indianapolis.

Janice presents training for mental health professionals, parents, schools, and treatment facilities. She specializes with teens and young adults, co-occurring addiction, mental health issues, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, oppositional defiance disorder, grief, ADHD, LGBTQ, eating disorders.

Janice is the author of several books including A Professional Guide to Dual Disorders, Classrooms Under the Influence: Making the Grade, Cultures of Change, Recovery and Relapse Prevention for Addicted and Dually Diagnosed Teens, Value Based Consequences, and Confident Parenting in a Complex World. Janice has also written two workbooks for Hazelden, Co-occurring Disorder Series: Substance Use and Anxiety Disorders, and Substance Use and Mood Disorders.



LGBTQ+ Competency Training
May 19, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am EST
Please Note: This webinar has been completed.

Cost: $10 USD
Presenter: Angela Tarr
Presenter Organization: Indiana Youth Group
The LGBTQ+ Competency training includes learning the basic LGBTQ+ terms and definitions. The participants will learn how to balance professionalism with cultural, moral, and religious views. We will also discuss pronouns and the differences between gender, sex assigned at birth, and gender expression. In addition, participants will learn best practices and receive suggestions to create safer spaces for all.


Angie Tarr (She, Her, Hers) is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, and earned a BS in Secondary English Education, BS in Nursing, and a minor in African American Studies. Angie has worked as a classroom teacher, bedside nurse, and as an Employment Consultant for adults with disabilities. Angie is now the Training Outreach Specialist for IYG (Indiana Youth Group), the oldest running LGBTQ+ center for youth, ages 12-24 years old. When asked, Angie stated, “The best part of my job is that I get to combine all my professional training and experiences with my personal hobbies and interests, life passion of advocating for others, and creating a community that embraces everyone.”



Identifying and Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Adolescents
September 15, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am EST

Cost: $10 USD
Presenter: Rachelle Gardner, CEO, Hope Academy Recovery High School 
Description: Rachelle Gardner has more than 30 years' experience working with teens with substance use disorder. During this time, a lot has changed - from the types of substances being used, to treatment options and attitudes towards substance use. Join us for a discussion of how we can best support teens and families struggling with substance use issues.


Rachelle Gardner has dedicated her career to helping adolescents affected by drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Gardner’s passion for helping youth took root while studying psychology at Indiana University. She began her career as an addictions counselor and went on to lead all adolescent programs at Fairbanks for 17 years. Through her dedication to providing the best treatment and care for each patient, Gardner has enhanced and expanded the adolescent programs and helped thousands of adolescents and their families find hope and recovery throughout her career. In 2006, Rachelle co-founded, Hope Academy, Indiana’s Recovery High School.  She serves as the Chief Operating Officer and now dedicates 100% of her time and expertise to the school.  Gardner has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery High Schools including a term as Board Chair. Gardner graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and a M.A. from the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management. Gardner is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in the state of Indiana.



Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower (CARE): How to Support LGBTQ People and Foster Mental Health
November 10, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am EST

Cost: $10 USD
Presenter: Keygan Miller
Presenter Organization: The Trevor Project
Description: This interactive webinar will provide an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide. Current research regarding reducing the risk of suicide and promoting resiliency will be presented. Specific emphasis will be placed on the school environment and the role that teachers, administrators, and counselors play in creating a supportive and positive environment for all students. After reviewing current research, there will be an emphasis on best practices and practical steps that educators and others working in the school system can take to promote the resiliency of all youth.

  • Explain the risk factors and warning signs of suicide
  • Describe how to respond to a person who is at risk for suicide and connect them to appropriate resources
  • Discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ people in their home, school, work, and other environments.
  • Explain how to create supportive environments for all people that promote resiliency and decrease the risk for suicide.
  • Describe the services offered by The Trevor Project and how youth can access them

Keygan Miller, M.Ed., is a Public Training Manager for The Trevor Project, the nation’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Keygan is responsible for the design, and facilitation of public trainings pertaining to Trevor’s mission and life-saving work, engaging with and being an ally to LGBTQ youth, and suicide prevention. Keygan previously held the position of Advocacy Manager at the Trevor Project where they worked on school suicide prevention and mental health policy. Prior to their work in mental health, Keygan served as a Special Education Teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools. Keygan graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction as well as from George Washington University with a Master of Education and Human Development in Education Policy.