2019 Conference


"The Grass is Greener Where You Water It"

May 2-4, 2019

Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Sioux Falls SD

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Thursday Preconference Speaker and Friday Keynote

  Penijean Gracefire, Founder and CEO of BrainStar Innovations, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-D, Qualified Supervisor FL

Penijean Gracefire is a licensed therapist and published author who specializes in designing clinical applications for neurotechnology. Since 2006, her work in EEG-based neural dynamics has established innovative clinical frameworks for neurotherapy on which Penijean continues to build, frequently challenging accepted narratives that limit brain plasticity.

 During her time as the clinical director of a neurotherapy center in the Tampa Bay area, Penijean pioneered methods for improving cognitive flexibility, processing speed and functional resiliency in individuals diagnosed with autism, attentional difficulties, anxiety, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorders and complex trauma.
Penijean has collaborated with the international biofeedback certification board to create educational programs which certify clinicians providing EEG biofeedback, she developed drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for centers contracting with the Florida Department of Corrections, and she created the instructional content for the Global Neurofeedback Initiative.
In her downtime, Penijean rides motorcycles, drinks tea, and takes things apart to see how they work.


Preconference Program :  "When I Was a Kid We Played With Sticks": How Mobile Technology Has Changed Childhood

Keynote Program: It Takes a Digital Village: Adolescent Well-Being in the Age of Social Media


Thursday Keynote Speaker 

   Kris Schweigert, MS, NCC Prairie Hills Counseling; Circle Space Services

 Kris Miner Schweigert is the director of Circle Space Services, a restorative justice non-profit, and Prairie Hills Counseling, a private counseling practice.  She was born and raised in South Dakota and loved growing up in the Country.  She graduated from South Dakota State University with a Masters Degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development.  She worked as a family therapist before moving out of state

Her professional background includes working as social worker for adolescents in the criminal justice system.  She worked in Wisconsin as a juvenile justice and child protection supervisor.  She had been introduced to harm-reduction, trauma-informed, solution-focused and practices that empower people to heal.  She took these highlights to the work of a new non-profit as an executive director of a Restorative Justice program.

Over the decade of Restorative Justice non-profit work, she developed numerous programs at the request of the community.  These sessions addressed a range of public health issues.  She also facilitated severe crime Victim-Offender Dialogue in prisons and community settings.  At the heart of her work is the Peacemaking Circle process.  She offered quarterly Circle Keeper Trainings, advanced trainings, and traveled to schools across the Midwest, assisting schools in implementing Restorative Practices.

Kris was the lead trainer when the State of Texas rolled out Restorative Discipline in schools.  She was also employed with the Minnesota Department of Corrections – Restorative Justice Unit, assisting with victim-offender dialogue and prison Circle programming for inmates and staff.

Kris returned to the family ranch and married a man she went to high school with.  They added horses, dogs, sheep and a donkey to Miner Ranch.  She took some time away from Restorative Justice and focused on managing 960 acres of grassland pastures.  In 2018 she returned to the work at the invitation of Tribal Youth Programs, requesting her help in Peacemaking Circles and Restorative Justice.  She decided to focus on Restorative Justice efforts in South Dakota, this included taking the necessary steps to reinstate her LPC license and open Prairie Hills Counseling.

Keynote Program: Creating Circle Space – Restorative Justice in Schools & Community