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Our Team

Brett Paulsen

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Training Institute Administrator

Brett joined the Training Institute in 2018 from the nonprofit and higher education fields. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and is responsible for the daily administration of the Training Institute. He also works closely with partner organizations to develop training opportunities for learning and development. He is a certified instructor with the American Heart Association.

Fiyyaz Karim

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Adjunct Instructor

Fiyyaz Karim, Psy.D., is a resident faculty member in the master of professional studies in integrated behavioral health and master of professional studies in addictions counseling programs at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to working in higher education, Karim was employed in community mental health outpatient settings, many addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional training sessions and presented on diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity.

Karim has done clinical work and research in grief and loss, with an emphasis on unemployment, divorce (or relationship losses), chronic illness, addictions, and more recently losses with the pandemic. He has also done mental health work and research in trauma/PTSD, especially with immigrants/refugees.

JAC Stringer

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Adjunct Instructor

JAC Stringer, MSW, LGSW (he/him) is a trans, genderqueer, disabled Cherokee activist, educator, and social worker specializing in the transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ communities, most specifically community survivors of violence and at-risk LGBTQPIATS+ youth. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, JAC’s discourse on the unique needs of transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ Midwesterners and his ongoing dedication to furthering transgender health has lead him to be considered a multidimensional expert in human service and mental health. He is highly acclaimed for his work building transgender resources and organizations from the ground up in isolated and politically violent areas and internationally recognized for his workshops on socially, racially just transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ activism, anti-violence and trauma work, disability / accessibility issues, and artistry. JAC’s deepest passion lies in transgender people to generating unity, action, and empowerment through social justice, education, art, and many other forms of revolution.

Jimmie Heags Jr.

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Adjunct Instructor

Jimmie Heags Jr., MA, LSC, LPCC, LADC, ACS is an adjunct instructor for the Training Institute. Jimmie's clinical work has been with mostly black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). He approaches his work with genuine curiosity, and feels honored to be trusted with their sacred thoughts and feelings. Jimmie is a trainer and consultant in Restorative Practices, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) as well as other Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches. Prior to his work as an associate therapist, he served as an Adjunct Instructor for Adler Graduate School in their School Counseling Program.

He is part-owner of Canopy Mental Health & Counseling, a provider of culturally informed therapy services for historically under-served and marginalized populations in the Twin Cities. This work allows him to provide educators with social emotional interventions and provide clinical supervision for pre-licensed therapist candidates.

In his free time Jimmie serves as the chair of the Minneapolis NAACP Integrated Health committee.

Lori Crever

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Adjunct Instructor

Lori Crever is director of strategic partnerships at Intercultural Competence Edge, an award-winning Saint Paul-based diversity, equity, and inclusion firm that focuses on delivering high-quality intercultural competence education. Prior, Lori spent two decades as communications and employee engagement programs manager for the international division of Wells Fargo with offices in 38 countries. While there, Lori was recruited to help teach the University of Minnesota course, Introduction to Implementing Human Rights into Organizational Leadership, discussing the challenges arising from aiming to do good inside a large, complex global organization. Lori is an experienced facilitator of workplace culture, employee engagement, and leadership training. She is the author of the upcoming book, Protégé Power: A Roadmap to Mentorship.

 

 

 

Melody Schuldt

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Administrative Assistant

Melody Schuldt, MA, MT-BC (Board-Certified Music Therapist), is the Administrative Assistant with the People Incorporated Training Institute. Melody holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (minors in psychology and mathematics) from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Melody began working with People Incorporated in 2017 while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and worked in collaboration with People Incorporated leadership and Dr. Silverman (Program Director of Music therapy at the UMN) to establish and grow the music therapy program at People Incorporated. Melody is passionate about mental health and holistic wellness, and believes in the innate power of music as an avenue for healing, hope, self-exploration, self-expression, and building community and connections with others.

 

 

 

Paul Harper

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Adjunct Instructor

Paul Harper, AA, MAM, MSW, LGSW, is an Adjunct trainer with the People Incorporated Training Institute. He currently works as a Senior Social Worker with Hennepin County Child Welfare, and formerly served as an Adjunct Professor through the School of Social work at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. During a 29-year military career, he trained, coached and mentored diverse groups of people, creating and presenting a variety of training classes on subjects ranging from equal opportunity, cultural experience, safety and diversity. He is a trained Drug Abuse Resistance Education teacher that values the utilization of the 4 learning modalities in his pedagogy to help others learn. As a lifelong learner and aspiring clinical therapist, Paul leverages his unique lived experiences and perspective via a social justice, and relational lens to provide respectful, informative, and engaging training.

Ray Young

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Trainer

Raymond Young, CPS, BA has 15 years of experience training diverse groups of adult, youth, and adolescent learners prior to joining the Training Institute at People Incorporated Mental Health Services. He has trained mental health workers, police officers, transportation professionals, business partners, and clients. Ray received his certification as a Certified Peer Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2017 and has since worked with individuals with various mental health conditions and behavioral health concerns. He has also studied Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Ray has a passion for working with youth in Youth Leadership Programs and as a mentor in the community.

Russ Turner

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Director

Russ Turner, MA, MS is the Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute. During his 14 year tenure he has developed and taught a curriculum of training classes and workshops in a wide variety of subjects related to behavioral health from crisis de-escalation to motivational interviewing. His audience includes mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, addiction professionals, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and organizational leaders. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on numerous mental health related training projects. He has worked as a teacher or trainer for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.

Shaila Arjuman

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Adjunct Instructor

Shaila Arjuman, MA, MS, is a program supervisor of Adult Mental Health & CADI Waiver Case Management at People Incorporated. Shaila holds an MA in Community Psychology, MPhil in Clinical Psychology, and MS in Clinical Psychology. Her work has been focused on Adult Mental Health, Children & Family Support, in addition to Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS). Her particular interest is in prevention of social and health problems through community development. She served as a Clinical Psychologist at a number of hospitals and government agencies in Dhaka, Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Center for Trauma Victims, Dhaka Children’s Hospital, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and BSM Medical University Hospital. She has extensive trainings on CBT, DBT and EMDR. She also has experience in training facilitation, research & grant writing, and program design, planning & evaluation. Recently, Shaila has been conducting online talk shows and workshops on mental health for her community to build awareness.

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