Children’s Mental Health & Well-being


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November 29, 2022 - November 29, 2022 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Children’s Mental Health Concerns, Pandemic Stressors & Increased Demand for Care

Join us to learn more about what Park Nicollet is doing about Children’s Mental Health & Well-being 

A conversation with Kara Brandell, Psy.D., LP, Clinical Child Psychologist/Clinical Manager at Park Nicollet, Abigale J. Harris, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker at Park Nicollet, and Paul Danicic, Donor & Community Relations Officer, Park Nicollet Foundation.

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Join us to learn what Park Nicollet is doing to improve access & treatment in partnership with schools

Hosted by Anab. A. Gulaid, MPA,  Board Officer at Park Nicollet Foundation & the Founder/Principal Consultant of AG Consulting & Media & Seham F. Madar

The Speakers’ Profile

  • Kara Brandell

Kara Brandell is a licensed child psychologist and has been a psychologist at Park Nicollet for 12 years and the clinical manager for Child and Family Behavioral Health for 7 years.  She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and graduate education at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. 

As a part of Kara’s education, She completed a one-year internship at the University of Tennessee and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Fraser in the Twin Cities.  Her clinical work has focused on providing psychological evaluations and psychotherapy to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, behavioral disorders, and depression and their families. 

In therapy, She employs strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, acceptance, and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and play therapy.

  • Abigale J. Harris

Abigale J. Harris is a licensed Independent Clinician Social Worker. She graduated with her MSW from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 and worked for several years in North Carolina before moving to Minnesota in 2018.

A majority of her early experience was crisis based, ranging from working in a psychiatric emergency department and inpatient unit to in-home crisis-based therapy. She works primarily with adolescents and also see some young adults.

The primary concerns she works with in therapy are depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, life transitions, challenging family systems, and relational concerns. Abigale utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Supportive Psychotherapy but also employs DBT skills, and she’s trained in Accelerate Resolution Therapy as a trauma intervention.

Abigale has been on the Child and Family Behavioral Health team at Park Nicollet for almost three years and this is her second year involved with the NOW! Program through Burnsville High School.

  • Paul Danicic

Paul’s role at Park Nicollet Foundation is to manage the partnerships for the Park Nicollet Foundation’s community programs, most of which are school-based. He enjoys working at the nexus of Education and Health Care as our programs happen where the students “do life”.

The partnership programs have been shown to increase access to health and reduce barriers to learning. To him, this is bringing equity and a much-needed health component to youth development.

Before coming to Park Nicollet Foundation, Paul has been the Executive Director for a regional environmental non-profit and also YMCA Camp Menogyn, a wilderness expedition camp in Northeastern Minnesota. During that time, He worked to improve the lives of young people and increase their connection to their own self, others, and the natural world.

Host’s Profile


  • Anab Gulaid

AnabAnab is the Founder & Principal Consultant of AG Consulting & Media, public health communication, media, and research entity. She graduated from Ryerson University in 1998 with a Public Health and Occupational Health degree and from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and a Certificate of Disability Policy and Services. 

Prior to AG Consulting & Media, She performed as the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Eftin, worked as a Health Educator at Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, worked as a Researcher, Communications, and Community Engagement Director at the University of Minnesota, and later as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner at Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Read more about Anab Gulaid here

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Join us to learn what Park Nicollet is doing to improve access & treatment in partnership with schools

Help support children’s mental health and well-being through a donation to make a positive change, visit our community-giving page to learn more

This educational event was made possible by support from Dakota County Dakota County

Children’s Mental Health & Well-being Session