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Our Team

Bethany Dillon

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Trainer

Bethany Dillon, MA, LPCC, has her master’s degree in clinical counseling, marriage and family therapy and art therapy and holds a license in clinical counseling.

She has experience working with people with severe and persistent mental health conditions, autism and behavioral emotional challenges. Bethany is certified in safeTALK suicide prevention and a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid training for adults and public safety personnel.

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.

Ginger Beattie

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Trainer

Ginger Beattie, MSW received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. Prior to becoming a trainer with the People Incorporated Training Institute she worked in behavioral health settings serving children and adolescents. She later moved into adult services and managed a long term residential program serving adults with significant mental health challenges. Ginger demonstrates her commitment to helping make supports for people more trauma informed and culturally sensitive through her research and training in these areas as well as a wide array of other behavioral health related topics. She is an accredited instructor with the American Heart Association, the Crisis Prevention Institute, and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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. He is currently pursuing Drug and Alcohol Counseling. 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. 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 13 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.

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