HUE NEWS | May 2022
In this issue of HUE News:

  • Pro Tip- Caring For Children Through Conflict Displacement
  • Congratulations Jeremy
  • Partner Spotlight-DJC Solutions
  • Recognizing and Understanding we all think differently
  • Upcoming Courses

We look forward to seeing you in the virtual space and in-person!

-The HueLife Team
Champion in Mental Health
Caring For Children Through Conflict and Displacement
Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. Carlton Hall, the founder of Carlton Hall Consulting (CHC), believes these illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are preventable, treatable and many people do recover. CHC is dedicated to building the capacity of communities and organizations to get "smarter, faster" by applying the tools, and resources of prevention science. 
Carlton Hall Consulting (CHC) is honored to partner with HueLife and contribute to efforts, like this special effort to support Ukrainian families, impacted by the current conflict, and having to address issues of trauma, mental health and interrelated substance misuse and behavioral health challenges.
"On a personal note, this mission took on a deeper meaning as we were invited to meet with collaborators and colleagues in Ukraine (and/or recently displaced) working to support their neighbors. We were profoundly moved by hearing their stories, how they were coping as their communities were being occupied, lives disrupted or worse. I was deeply affected as I got to know one family more intimately. Anastasia, her husband, Yara and their five years old son. Perhaps because their son and my grandchildren are the same age, with the same smiles, and beautiful spirits. I empathized deeply, as they shared with me the impacts of being forced to move multiple times in a month, the trauma their child is experiencing by the sounds of bombs, the disruptions of healthy routines and structures. All I know is that my life is enriched by knowing this family and their courageous struggle and it only served to strengthen my resolve to provide support.
Remember that fears, anxieties and sadness are a completely natural reaction to the experiences that you and the children have been through, and may still be going through. These reflect stress as a result of the war, and the losses that have been experienced. So far as is possible, trying to reduce stress by helping children feel loved and cared for, listening to their concerns, keeping up routines and trying to build in enjoyable activities are very important things that you can do. Courtesy of UNODC, I share a resource Caring for Children Through Conflict and Displacement to be downloaded below."
Carlton’s contribution to our work in Ukraine is tremendous. By simply showing up, modeling empathy, being present, making their life struggles his priority begins to ease anxiety and provides sense of normal to those who seek his advice during our weekly virtual calls.
Congratulations Jeremy
International Coaching Federation Graduation
"I think I'm most looking forward to meeting new people and helping them surface their wisdom to provide the clarity needed to set goals and take action to accomplish them. On a more personal level, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be creative and build new skills through variety in my work. It's exciting and exhilarating to take on this new challenge!"
-Jeremy Kautza
Congratulations to our very own Jeremy Kautza on completing the Midwest's only university-based Accredited Coach Training Program last month. The program which aims to develop masterful coaches, grounded in the International Coaching Federation's core competencies, who are rising to create powerful change, is a year-long, cohort-based model that prepares participants to become an ICF-certified Professional Certified Coach.

As a graduate, Jeremy is prepared to coach in all areas including in leadership, executive, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and career. He is equipped to use his coaching skills and knowledge to create and advance coaching cultures within organizations, spearhead coaching-based service projects, and, of course, guide individuals on a journey of reflection, insight-generation, and growth. 

Jeremy is excited to partner with another HueLife team member Angie Asa-Lovstad to provide this important service to HueLife clients. If you are looking for a safe, trusted space for your own professional development with someone who will authentically listen, ask questions of curiosity and clarification, and gently guide you on your self-created path of growth, please contact Jeremy or Angie today!
Partner Spotlight
Overcoming The Stigma Of Mental Illness
“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 5 adults experience at least one mental health condition every year, it’s hard to deny that we need to be making mental health awareness more of a priority” -says Dave Closson.

HueLife’s commitment to destigmatizing mental health begins by creating a space for a conversation and including our work with partners like DJC Solutions, who’s creator Dave Closson uses his personal experience and story in addressing the issue.

“I struggled with PTSD and drinking following my combat deployment to Iraq. I didn’t ask for help, instead I struggled in silence putting on a ‘smile’ day to day. This journey lasted several years and I mean several years. I wanted to be happy, but joy and happiness were always out of my reach. The barrier wasn’t my job, living conditions, or anything external – it was my mental health.

Once I had that awareness and I gave myself permission (overcoming the stigma of shame, fear, and weakness), I was able to create positive impacts in every area of my life! And find happiness again.”

As Dave continues his journey he also creates opportunities for others by providing coaching and mentoring services. Please visit his website to learn more.
“ Good mental health is a lifestyle filled with habits, intentionality, and mindfulness. It’s important in every stage of our life and must be handled with care” – Dave Closson
Hue Conversations
Recognizing And Understanding We All Think Differently
Challenge your own thought process and develop a greater awareness of the way others think. Learn how to implement our DEVCA framework for inclusive conversations that encourage participation from every group member and naturally move the collective from inquiry to informed action.
Upcoming Courses
HUE Conversations

June 6 - Virtual

June 12 - Phoenix, AZ

June 27 - Madison, WI

June 30 - Greenwood, IN
ToP® Facilitation Methods
June 22 & 23 - Saint Louis Park, MN (Registration is Full)

June 28 & 29 - Madison, WI

June 29 & 30 - Asheville, NC

July 11 & 12 - Saint Louis Park, MN

August 9 & 10- St Cloud, MN

August 30 & 31- Rochester, MN
ToP® Strategic Planning
June 14 &15 - Bloomington, MN
Virtual Community of Practice
First Monday of The Month
Noon - 1PM CST
Mastering ToP®
Recruiting for new MToP® Cohort
  • Intensive I October 26-28
  • Intensive II January 26-28
  • Intensive III April 27-29
  • Intensive IV July 26-28
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HUE Quick Learns are hands-on workshops for facilitators, project managers, consultants, and leaders to sharpen their skills and make virtual experiences as impactful and meaningful as possible. Use code SUMMER22 at registration.
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