We provide a variety of free presentations to help educate community members and groups on mental health. In the past, we have presented on the topics listed on this page, but we are happy to develop a presentation with you to meet your needs.

requesting mental health speaker

For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Clare Rosser, [email protected].

General Mental Health Presentations:
  • The Role of Trauma on Your Health (Ignoring it WILL NOT make it go away)
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Saving Lives (Suicide Prevention)
  • Self-Injury: Depressive Disorders, Self-Harm, and Suicidality
  • Understanding Self Efficacy in Youth
  • Coping with Stress: Using Your Brain to Calm Your Body (45-minute workshop)
  • Men Get Depression
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Community Mental Health Resources: Knowing What is Available to Support Lorain County Residents
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Mental Health First Aid (8-hour training for community members)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (8-hour training for people who live or work with children or teens)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (2-day training for community members)
  • RESPONSE Teacher Training on Suicide Prevention (2.5 hours)
  • RESPONSE Parent Training on Suicide Prevention (1.5 hours)
Parenting Presentations:
  • Effective Strategies for Parenting Defiant Children
  • Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
  • Parenting Children with Special Behavioral/Emotional Needs Trauma
  • Affective Neuroscience and Parenting
  • Rats Laugh: Understanding the Latest Affective Neuroscience and its Application to Relationships and Parenting
  • Enhancing Emotional Child Development
  • Early Childhood Mental Health: What Can You Do Now to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health Tomorrow
  • Adoption: The Impact of Adoption on Mental Health
  • Changing the Odds: Understanding and Changing the Effects of Material Hardship on Parenting


Meet Our Speakers


Holly Cundiff, M Ed, LPCC-S, LCDC III

Holly Cundiff has a Master of Education in Counseling from the Kent State University. Holly has over 20 years working in the fields of community mental health, corrections and chemical dependency. She has worked in a variety of settings ranging from a jail setting, Community Mental Health agencies, hospitals, and a county mental health board. She utilizes Cognitive behavioral therapies along with motivational and brief solution focused models. Her expertise lies in working with Severe Mentally Ill Adults and their families, couples counseling, chemical dependency counseling, and public speaking. Holly is a certified Mental Health First Aid facilitator in both Adult and Youth.


Heather Distin

Heather Distin has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field providing individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and their parents. Heather is a nationally certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist and has special interest in advocating for trauma informed care across systems. Heather has presented on various mental health topics to diverse populations, including educators, juvenile court officials, and mental health clinicians.


Kathleen Kern, Ph.D.

Kathleen Kern, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Associate Director for The Lorain County Board of Mental Health. Dr. Kern has over fifteen years of experience assessing and treating children and adolescents with a wide range of behavioral and mental health concerns. Her graduate research focused on evaluating and treating adolescents in residential placement. It was through this experience that she learned of the sometimes ignored contribution that trauma plays on the development and exacerbation of childhood mental health symptoms. In her study, which focused on the identification of ADHD symptoms in an at-risk population, Dr. Kern learned that the children in this unique sample who were identified with behavioral and learning disorders almost uniformly had a history of physical or sexual abuse. Dr. Kern first applied this knowledge to the treatment of youth who had been dually diagnosed with substance abuse and mental health disorders in Connecticut.  Subsequently, she accepted a position as Clinical Director of residential treatment program in New York, where she trained clinicians and staff persons on the diagnostic issues that face children with a history of abuse and neglect. In May of 2005, Dr. Kern moved to Ohio to begin a Child and Adolescent Clinical Services Program at the Nord Center in Lorain County. She joined the staff of the Board as the Child and Adolescent Services Director in 2007 and was appointed Associate Director of the Board in 2013.

Child Psychologist, licensed in New York and Ohio
Member Ohio Psychological Association
Ph.D. Magna Cum Laude, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH



Dawn Kroh is employed by Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services of Lorain County as a Site Director. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) with supervisory status and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III. Her education includes a bachelor of arts in psychology and a masters in social work. Her work experience includes mental health and alcohol and drug treatment with adults, families, adolescents, and children.