2018 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Thursday, August 2, 2018

8.25 Contact Hours/CEs, (9.25 with Add’l Lunch and Learn Course)

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast, Check-in at Registration

8:00 - 10:00 am - Keynote Address

Mental Health Counselors: Who We Are, What We Do, and Where We’re Going by Aaron Norton
Aaron Norton
10:15 - 11:30 am - Breakout Sessions

Military Spouse: Serving and Sacrificing with the Service Member by Nivischi Edwards
The military spouse plays an integral role in the success of their service member’s mission. Keeping things secure on the home front allows the service member focus on the mission instead of on problems at home.  Please join this presentation as we look at the strengths and challenges of being a Military Spouse. We will discuss how we as clinician can support these very important partners of our military personnel. 

Misophonia: The Hatred of Sound by Matthew Manz

The Internet has proven to be a helpful resource for sufferers of this condition to be able to share frustrations faced and to find supportive online communities. In addition, a subset of self-identified patients with this condition known as “Misos,” are creating awareness of this condition via social media so that others can develop sensitivity to their experience. For many patients, just knowing this is an identified condition has helped alleviate the aloneness they experience suffering from a rarely known or understood condition. The case is being made for Misophonia to be classified in future editions of the DSM/ICD as a subset of the Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorder and towards that end, Diagnostic Criteria have already been identified. 

Using Respect-Focused Therapy with Couples and Families by Susanne Slay-Westbrook
This presentation will include a lecture and slide presentation giving a working definition for respect within the context of couples and family therapy as well as explaining what RFT is and how it works and a discussion on how to best implement it to meet desired goals. Finally there will be a review and discussion of at least one case study considering how to best use RFT with interpersonal conflict. 

The Global Impact of Rural Mental Health Advocacy by Steve Bain
This presentation will seek to inform professional mental health counselors of the crucial need for a globally-oriented advocacy while at the same time challenging them to be aware of culturally diverse populations within their own rural settings. Strategies designed to increase effective and continuous advocacy for the mental wellbeing of all people will be discussed.   

The Antrim House Method: Implementation of Trauma Informed Care in Substance Misuse Treatment Facilities by Theresa McCafferty
As the increase need for addiction treatment continues, there is an increasing focus on the impact of trauma in behavioral health and how service systems can help trauma-related issues. These systems are beginning to revisit how they conduct their business under the framework of a trauma-informed approach, (Trauma-Informed, 2014). Discussion will include contributing factors to the addiction crisis, embracing a chronic care model and the concept of a trauma informed approach. The Antrim House method combines the latest research in treatment for Substance Misuse and the latest research on Trauma Informed Care. 

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch On Own 


Graduate Student Lunch by Dr. Carl J. Sheparis, President and CEO, NBCC & Affiliates
1.0 Contact Hours/CEs (additional ticket purchase required)

12:45 - 2:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

The Core of Clinical Excellence, A Proven Model for DSM-5 Disorders and Trauma Informed Care by Gray Otis
This presentation focuses on the essential tools and the comprehensive toolbox which are fundamental to dealing with evermore complex client concerns. Presenting symptoms often mask the underlying causes. Without comprehensive assessment, counselors will focus on some of the problematic aspects of the individual while not understanding the other issues which lie at the root of his or her disorders. Trauma informed care highlights the need for understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences. Additionally, counselors can access other integrated health assessment tools to create a more holistic perspective of the client. They can also employ other measures to determine underlying self-beliefs that are the genesis of 
many client symptoms. Finally, counselors can continually assess the degree of therapeutic effectiveness.  

Essential Updated Information Regarding How ADHD/Executive Functions Impact Learning and Behavior by Cindy Goldrich
Participants will gain specific skills, strategies and techniques to support children in need at the Point of Performance while balancing the needs of all members of the classroom or family. Learn to design subtle changes in the environment to improve/ support focus, time management, organization, working memory, slower processing speed, motivation and emotional regulation that will benefit all children, not only those with ADHD. Discover techniques to strengthen emotional/ self-regulation skills to help children’s improve problem solving and advocacy skills in school and at home will be explored. Gain strategies to reduce disruptive behaviors, stress and anxiety will be demonstrated. Participants will walk away with new ideas, valuable handouts and important resources for teachers, parents, and students to manage homework, home/ school communication, study-skills, behavior and more. 

Compassionate Meditation – Transformational Process of Conflict Resolution by Linda Kroll
Techniques for offering Compassionate Mediation® will be taught, as well as scripts for discussing all relevant issues – financial, emotional, legal, sexual, parental. You and your clients will be able to heal and transform all of your relationships with SELF-leadership. The process is helpful for all couples in conflict and offers a demo initial interview that instills SELF energy in both parties in the first session. Attendees will learn how to help individuals and couples heal burdens from the past, let go of limiting beliefs, connect to their spiritual source and relate from their highest and best SELF. Love is always the answer – but it starts with loving your SELF. 

Therapy Inside the Box: From My Computer to Yours by Susan Meyerle
In a White Paper, published on the AMHCA website, a clinical mental health counselor can find a brief one-and-a-half-page document with suggestions for using technology in counseling (Barclay, unknown). However, for a clinical mental health counseling new to using technology, this document provides an overview of areas of consideration. Further training is needed to provide ethical services through technology.  Resources used to develop these materials include those provided through the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, Association of Social Work Boards, Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards, American Telemedicine Association, as well the Zur Institute, Telemental Health Institute, and Center for Credentialing & Education. 

Re-Entry with Recovery – Incorporating Recovery TOTS (Tools of Twelve Step) in Aftercare Outpatient Therapy Groups and Other Clinical Treatment Modalities by Valerie Shinbaum
As a result of this training, participants will utilize and apply the following: 1. Prepare clients to attend 12 Step meetings, in terms of what they will see, hear, learn. 2. Utilize the language of fellowships in discussing what is involved in working a 12 Step program, in that there is more to staying in recovery via 12 Step fellowships than simply attending meetings. 3. Explain what is required for clients in 12 Step fellowships to work a recovery program, including discussion of other program components (choosing a sponsor, creating and plan for working the steps with a sponsor, utilizing conference approved literature with exercises design to address step work). 4. Discuss the need for all family members/significant others to participate in their own 12 Step fellowships in addition to their therapeutic work, in that each family member/significant other is in equal need of resources to analyze, describe, discuss and assess their own addictions-based family system trauma.  

2:30 - 3:00 pm - General Session

Being a Passionate Social Justice Activist by S. Kent Butler

3:00 - 4:00 pm - AMHCA Roundtable with Past Presidents

Where We’ve Been with panelists Karen Langer, Jim Messina, Gray Otis, and Midge Williams. Joe Weeks moderating.

4:15 - 5:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

The Art and Science of Self-injury: Creative and Expressive Interventions by Laurie Craigen
This presentation will provide valuable information, knowledge, and skills to mental health counselors.  The presenters will share information informed by the results of a qualitative research study on the counseling experiences of young adult women with a history of self-injurious behavior. However, the focus of the presentation will be on therapeutic strategies and interventions for working with clients who self-injure. A large emphasis will be placed on expressive and creative arts activities. The presentation will be both experiential and interactive.  

Young Women and Social Media: The Relationship Among Self-Esteem, Body Image, Body Shame, and Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships by Kassie Terrell
Researchers have found that the impact of social media has negative affects on mental health and wellbeing. Specifically, findings suggest that young women who compare themselves to the ideals they see on social media may body shame, have poor self-esteem, or develop a negative body image, among other negative mental health outcomes. However, there is a lack of research that examines the extent to which these constructs contribute to the development and maintenance of healthy and satisfying romantic relationships. To contribute to the literature in this area, the researcher is currently conducting a study that utilizes a cross-sectional survey design, using correlational and regression analyses, to examine the relationship among these variables and inform the practices of mental health professionals. 

Working with the Mother-Daughter Relationship by Rosjke Hasseldine
In this presentation and discussion, I will outline a novel Mother-Daughter Coaching ModelTM I have developed that provides mental health professionals with a roadmap on how to uncover the underlying reasons for mother-daughter conflict. I will explain the Mother-Daughter History MappingTM exercise that shows mental health professionals how to map their female clients’ multigenerational history, uncovering the stories in their families, and more importantly, how families emotionally treat women, revealing themes of emotional silence and emotional neglect. It is a sad fact that I rarely draw a Mother-Daughter History Map where the mother and grandmother were fully heard and emotionally supported.  Mother-Daughter Relationship therapy provides mental health professionals with the tools they need to facilitate positive therapeutic outcomes, emotional empowerment, and generational change. 

Comprehensive Treatment for Transgender Patients by Fredrick Dombrowski (Part One)
While transgender issues are becoming more present in the current culture and media, many mental health practitioners are unsure as to how to best work with this population. Despite ongoing research and the development of the standards of care to help guide treatment, mental heath practitioners may feel ill equipped to providing effective treatment. The ongoing development of transgender treatment has provided step by step guidelines to help clinicians and to adjust treatment settings, work unit culture, and documentation to better reflect the needs of this population. When appropriate training is provided, clinicians can feel comfortable and confident in their ability to engage with the transgender patient in their journey.  

The Personal Healthiness Index by David Llewellyn
The Personal Healthiness Index looks at key indicators drawn from 12 different lifestyle domains of activity. With the help of the therapist, the client identifies those areas that most accurately reflects their positive lifestyle choices and their desired influence/benefits to overall well-being. In this presentation, participants will explore each of the 12 domains and construct their own personal healthiness index. As a result of this experiential training, participants will be able to immediately use this tool with clients. 

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Breakout Sessions

Secondary Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Military Spouses by Andrea Bjornestad
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued qualification standards formally recognizing licensed professional counselors as mental health specialists within the Veterans Health Administration. Therefore, it is critical for counselors to be prepared in meeting the growing treatment needs of veterans and their families. The program will include a systemic perspective regarding the development of secondary traumatic stress symptoms in military spouses. A discussion of theoretical models (e.g. family systems theory, family stress theory) pertaining to the development of secondary traumatic stress symptoms will be provided, and implications for clinical practice will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to critically examine systemic interventions as well as discuss their views and experiences related to secondary traumatic stress symptoms in military spouses.  

Mental Health Counseling in Early Childhood by Sondra Smith
Thanks to the ground-breaking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study published in 1998 (Felitti, Anda, Nordenberg, Williamson, Spitz, Edwards, Koss, & Marks) and the seventy or more later publications related to it, we now know that ACEs are strongly correlated with almost all negative health outcomes. Heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV infection, suicide, homicide, depression, anxiety, obesity and many other major health problems are associated with an elevated score on the ACEs survey.  Counselors, in mental health settings, need a basic understanding of the principles of working with this population. Therefore, this presentation will cover state-of-the art in early childhood mental health.

Comprehensive Treatment for Transgender Patients by Fredrick Dombrowski (Part Two)

Recognizing, Diagnosing, and Treating Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents by Zachary Alexander
Treatment of substance use disorders has evolved through time; however, a multidimensional approach has shown success. Lewis, Dana, and Blevins (2015) state that “social, cultural, biological, and psychological factors interact reciprocally in both the etiology and the resolution of substance-related problems” (p. 13). Treatment techniques may be directly related to the level of care needed (detoxification, inpatient, intensive outpatient, or outpatient); however, some techniques could be utilized across several of these treatment levels. Treatment techniques that will be discussed in this presentation will include stuffed animal family sculpting, sobriety collages, resilience activities, and other interventions as time permits. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

8.25 Contact Hours/CEUs, (9.25 with Add’l Lunch and Learn Course)

7:00 – 8:00 am

Breakfast, Check-in at Registration

8:00 – 10:00 am - Keynote Address
Early Intervention as the Future of Behavioral Health by Nev Jones Nev Jones, PhD

10:15 - 11:30 am - Breakout Sessions

Early EMDR Interventions by Regina Morrow Robinson
EMDR therapy early interventions can be delivered in a wide range of settings and in response to an even greater range of recent traumatic events. Settings and types of events will be explored and a variety of EMDR protocols will demonstrate a wide diversity of application of EMDR.  
Overall, helping mental health counselors to see possibilities for early intervention and to facilitate client’s trauma resolution even before a diagnosis can be made is a goal for this program. Prevention is the key. EMDR therapy and possibly other therapy modalities as well, can be apart of this change in how counselors look timing of intervention. 

The Impact of Mobile Technology and Social Media on the Adolescent Brain by Penijean Gracefire
This presentation will review and summarize the primary discussion points of the ongoing conversation among mental health professionals regarding the impact of mobile technology use on adolescent well-being (Davis 2012, Chou 2012), and introduce therapeutic strategies designed to address the self-regulation difficulties observed during this particular neurodevelopmental stage. These strategies will be based on a combination of emerging research and first-hand clinical experience, and will include case studies which illustrate specific practical applications. 

Autism or Narcissism: How Do You Tell? By Sarah Swenson
We will look at the areas generally of deepest concern to these couples: communication, social interactions, and sex. First, we will consider narcissism. Then we will look at the same behaviors through the lens of autism and explore the reasons why autism often presents like narcissism. We will briefly outline the effects of autism on the neurpotypical spouse, and vice versa. Finally, we will consider therapeutic interventions that may help these couples create more successful habits. 

Practicing Mental Health Counseling in Integrating Care Settings by Len Sperry
This presentation focuses on how mental health counselors can successfully function as consultants and as providers on healthcare teams in integrated care settings. The consultant’s role is described and illustrated with video clips of how mental health counselors provided needed behavioral health expertise to enhance the efforts of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. It also describes and illustrates with video clips the role of care provider in which basic counseling skills are combined with advanced counseling strategies and interventions in providing very brief counseling for clients with both behavioral and medical conditions. The type of very brief counseling/therapy (1-3 sessions of 10-30 minutes duration) for presentations such as anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia are dealt with by mental health counselors in integrated settings. Because the presenter has considerable experience as a consultant and provider in integrated settings, the presentation will be theoretically accurate and experience-based.  Finally, it describes the integrated care training initiative and coursework in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Florida Atlantic University which prepares graduates to function confidently and effectively as a valued team member in integrated primary care and other medical settings. 

Fostering Recovery Resilience with Emerging Adult Females by Cindy Sneed
Presenters will first start out by exploring the challenges of emerging adults specially women. Presenters will then explore biopsychosocial aspects of emerging adults struggling with addiction. It will be discussed that young women growing up in the digital age routinely experience human connection through different means which carries both risks and benefits for those with increased risk factors for addictions. Foundational counseling theories, ages of first and continuous use, need for validation and how it relates to healthy self-image will be considered in this discussion. Counselors must be knowledgeable about the modern day context for these clients in order to develop rapport and effective interventions for increasing their resilience in recovery from addiction.  

Disengaged in Person, But Engaged Electronically: The Negative Implications of Social Media by Colleen Etzbach
Appropriate social interaction and development of self-worth is developed through observation of social cues displayed by role models. Digital technology prevents the ability to learn appropriate communication and socialization through direct observation of interaction and social cues. Individuals are able to abruptly communicate their thoughts and feelings through digital technology with no regard to the impact on the recipient. In addition to this, many modes of electronic communication allow individuals to communicate anonymously which can cause negative mental health implications.  Strategies must be implemented that educate and encourage educational personnel, parents and other adults in teaching adolescents and teens to appropriately use electronic communication. School personnel, parents and mental health professionals must be aware of negative communication that is being utilized that is detrimental to the psychosocial development of children and adolescents. Techniques to address the negative consequences of anonymous communication will be discussed. 

Riding the Waves: An Introduction to Neuroscience-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Eric Beeson
The emergence of neurocounseling as a specialty area of counseling has paved the way for novel translations of neuroscience to practice. One such approach, neuroscience-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (nCBT), was first introduced at the AMHCA Annual Conference in 2014 (Beeson & Field, 2014). nCBT is a semi-structured, multiphasic approach to neurocounseling that uses emerging neuroscience findings to extend the traditional rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) model (Ellis, 2001; Ellis & Dryden, 2007). Since its creation, nCBT has been the focus of three peer-reviewed journal articles (Field, Beeson, & Jones, 2015; Field, Beeson, & Jones, 2016; Field, Beeson, Jones, & Miller, 2017) that establish the model’s initial outcomes. Additionally, the team developing nCBT recently created a grant-funded treatment manual that was piloted in 2017, and a treatment fidelity checklist is under construction that will inform future empirical studies of nCBT. Given the growing support for nCBT, the purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the nCBT treatment process, review the existing research evidence, and provide demonstrations of practical neurocounseling skills that are embedded in the nCBT treatment process.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch On Own OR Lunch and Learn, 1.0 Contact Hours/CEs (additional ticket purchase required)

12:45 - 2:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery and Resiliency After a Large-Scale Trauma by Melissa Glaser
A real world look at what it takes to develop a successful model for response to address the impact on a community that has been devastated by large scale tragedy. Glaser will present the model developed by the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team. As the Team Coordinator, Glaser was instrumental at putting together a comprehensive body of work that successfully addressed the consequences of complicated trauma in this community. This model is valuable for other professionals and community leaders and can serve as a roadmap to address future events. Glaser will talk about the recovery program providing tools and strategies for assessing needs, collecting data to inform future needs, creating a comprehensive care coordination system, developing a central triage site, creating educational programming, learning the best outcome orienting trauma treatment approaches, engaging leaders, developing specific programming for subsets in the community including First Responders and clinicians, and navigating through the trials and tribulations of a traumatized community.  

Adolescent’s Racial Trauma: Supporting the Healing Process by Mercedes Machado
Schools, banks, and state legislature who have historically privileged people in the White race have the authority to delegate resources (e.g., money, housing, education), privileges and power (Ming Liu, 2017). An illustrative instance is that family lineage and privileged life experiences may maintain unequal access to private schools and studying abroad (Haskins & Singh, 2015). Some practical instances of White privilege during a typical shopping experience include the availability of band aids, children’s toys, make-up, and hair products that match one’s skin color or hair needs, as well as the accessibility of books, magazines, and birthday cards that positively depict White Americans (Cook et al., 2012).  Paone et al. (2015) emphasized the importance of providing for a variety of learning styles in multicultural trainings and presented a multicultural intervention that included creative activities such as personal genograms that represented learned racism and racial privileges through symbols and experiences to process emotional reactions such as sandplay, journaling, and dialogue. This AMHCA presentation will include: intersectional introductions, defining terms (e.g. Racial trauma, Color-consciousness vs. colorblindness, Intersectionality, Healing), and demonstrations of interactive interventions. Examples will be provided related to the presenters’ clinical experiences. Participants will explore what specific action steps they can take in their own professional and personal lives to foster healing of racial trauma. 

Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity by Angela Skurtu
My workshop is a combination of lecture, questions and answers from the audience, case studies to work through in small groups, and intervention strategies. In my book, "Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity: A Therapist's Manual," (2018) I describe in depth several milestones that help couples can begin to navigate the shaky path that is Infidelity. These milestones include: 1) Getting past the initial crisis; 2) Acknowledgement for the Pain the Infidelity has caused; 3) Clarity or answering unanswered questions; 4) Rebuilding Trust; 5) Repairing the Relationship; 6) Creating a healthy Sex Life; 7) Forgiveness.  Each of these milestones represents a journey the clinician needs to help guide their clients to work through. Without a clear path, couples feel crazy, overwhelmed, sad, and frustrated. While they will still feel many of these feelings as they work through these challenges, it is our job as clinicians to help guide them so they aren't alone. Throughout the presentation I offer tangible interventions that can be used the very next day in practice. 

Physical Threat Assessment and Management in Clinical Practice by Barbara Melton
From information gleaned about rampage school shooters and other instances where violence has been committed, we will discuss some of the backgrounds of these violent offenders from the perspective of risk/threat assessment and discuss where there were indicators that should have been heeded that these persons were dangerous. We will discuss how to proceed if we believe a person is a threat to others, as well as how to comport ourselves if we suspect we ourselves are in danger in session. Finally, we will also go over a variety of tips on how to protect yourself if violence erupts in the workplace.

Eating Disorders – The Case for an Integrated Addiction Model by Marty Lerner
Within the past few years there has been a growing contingent of scientists exploring the neurological, genetic, biological, and cultural elements of substance use disorders – mostly limited to alcohol, stimulants, and narcotics in general. During the past few years this research has extended itself to investigations of pathological eating patterns with laboratory animals and more recently human subjects. Although studies with obese humans and lab animals have served as a “proxy” for some forms of disordered eating [mostly binge eating and related hedonic eating patterns], the results have been compelling. After reviewing the numerous studies exploring the neurological dynamics of reward circuitry, the increased “potency” of certain food elements via food processing, the ever increasing prevalence of eating disorders in most industrialized countries, advanced genetic mapping of genomes, and the currently accepted criteria for [degrees of] substance use disorders, the more recent evidence makes a a convincing case for [1] certain DSM V diagnosed eating disordered patients meeting criteria for a substance use disorder with the substance being specific foods, and [2] the reward circuitry of individuals with an eating disorder bear a striking similarity to their chemically dependent peers. More recently, the advance of brain mapping and radiographic imaging technologies [MRI and PET Scans] provide a clear and real time picture of just how similar [for example] a binge eater responds to certain food substances in the same way a chemically dependent subject responds to an addictive drug. As such, the concept of certain eating disorders being classified as process addictions is challenged. The argument for inclusion of these disorders as a substance use disorder is discussed as well as the implications of doing so with respect to better treatment outcomes.  

Infusing Neuroscience into CMHC Research and Practice by Eric Beeson
Counselors have a unique professional identity and framework that is rooted in wellness and human development (Myers, 1992); however, the counseling literature has yet to show the contribution of counseling values in the era of brain-based research. In fact, it has been said that counseling researchers have “largely failed to use brain-based measures to substantiate their work” (Myers & Field, 2012, p. 26). Although the existing brain-based body of counseling literature provides strong arguments for the infusion of neuroscience in counseling and conceptual models of its implementation (e.g., Field, Beeson, & Jones, 2015; Russel-Chapin, 2016), there are very few articles empirically evaluating these models (e.g., Collura, Zalaquett, & Bonnstetter, 2014; Dreis et al., 2015; Field, Beeson, & Jones, 2016), and most of these are found outside of the counseling literature.  The increased funding and focus on brain research creates a tremendous opportunity to infuse the unique values of the counseling profession into a growing body of literature. The gap in the counseling literature elucidates the need for counseling researchers to conceptualize research that incorporates brain-based principles. Thankfully, the RDoC provides researchers with an evolving framework to conceptualize, plan, and implement brain-based research. Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to review the RDoC and its existing body of literature as well as provide practical strategies to help counseling researchers use the RDoC to create brain-based research agendas. 

The Journey of Becoming a Counselor: An Intuitive, Creative Approach for Clinical Supervision by Stacey Brown
It is an honor to serve as a Clinical Supervisor of Mental Health Interns. The enormity of this task to mentor, train and nurture new counselors is our way to preserve the integrity of the profession, to contribute to helping countless future clients through the new counselor and to grow personally and professionally ourselves. As supervisors, we hold a special, critical role in the development of excellence for the future of our profession. This includes the importance of advocacy, promotion of human rights, ethical behavior, clinical excellence, self care and good judgement.  Using a creative and intuitive approach to clinical supervision sessions helps to keep the excitement of this journey alive and interesting. Using your knowledge and experience as a foundation, you will be introduced to creative and intuitive processes that will expand and enhance your supervision experiences for a more meaningful dialogue. Maintaining your personal style, self care, examples from your own experiences, as well as wisdom from the masters, integrate into a style of supervision in which your intern will thrive and you will find enjoyment.

2:30 - 3:00 pm - General Session

Advocacy Training with AMHCA Executive Director Joel E. Miller

3:00 - 4:00 pm - AMHCA Roundtable

Where We’re Going with panelists Mark Gerig, Steve Giunta, Angele Moss, and Nancy Truett. Al Goodman moderating.

4:15 - 5:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

The Role of Supervision in Trauma Based Counseling by Eric Jett
Supervision is the cornerstone to maintaining longevity in the counseling profession. This is true, if not more so, when we discuss trauma based counseling. Counselors providing trauma based services are working with some might consider a more intense energy of client work, and can often find themselves feeling overwhelmed, unsure of what to do with the emotional reactions, and the extreme complexity of compassion fatigue and burnout. Through the role of supervision, counselors will often actualize through self-awareness the role vicarious trauma is having on their professional work. Through the parallel process the supervisor can assist the counselor is understanding the impact of trauma effects on the professional, the identification of vicarious trauma, and processes of increasing self-care to benefit both the counselor and the client. Trauma based counseling is a complex treatment process that must begin with the counselor to better help the client. Supervision provides the means to assist the counselor in creating a foundation of understanding his or her own needs and self-care actions as a trauma based provider. In this session the presenters will provide a discussion on various supervision models that are best suited to trauma based counselors. Additional the role of the parallel process will be outlined, identifying how trauma from the client can transfer and manifest as vicarious trauma in the counselor. Participants will be encouraged to talk about and share their own self-care activities to build a sense of community among the providers in the room.  

The Personal Fairy Tale as Vehicle for Transformation by Elane De Vos
This is a qualitative workshop, and the Analytical Psychology of Carl Jung informs the ontological framework of this workshop. The epistemology is hermeneutic and the phenomenon that is being explored is the ego complex as it is symbolized in a personal fairy tale. My philosophical stance or the ontology of the workshop is that of depth psychology and specifically the Analytical Psychology of Carl Jung.  The research question asks how the ego complex manifests in a personal fairy tale. Jung and Von Franz said that the unconscious processes of the psyche are expressed in the images of fairy tales and by interpreting those images we are able to see the psyche at work.  In order to address the research question, several areas of study will need to be scrutinized. Firstly I would like to address fairy tales in Jungian psychology and why they are important. We will see that fairy tales represent how Jung views the psyche and that the different people in fairy tales are representative of different functions of the psyche. For example, a king in a fairy tales usually means the ruling function or dominant function of a person. Secondly, I will look at what the term complex means in Jungian psychology that for example a witch could be viewed as the manifestation of a negative mother complex. 

Unity in Diversity: Dynamics in Interracial/Interethnic Marriage by Elias Moitinho
The workshop presentation is organized according to the following levels of Bronfenbrenner’s theory: Microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem. The microsystem level covers interpersonal attraction, couple identity, communication, and language. For instance, couples in the CQR study acknowledged communication challenges and conflict due to different cultures, languages, and communication styles. In the mesosystem level, the majority of couples reported that they experienced acceptance and support from family-of-origin and extended family. However, lack of language proficiency by one spouse created communication barriers with the other spouse’s side of the family. In the exosystem level, some couples reported receiving support from other interracial/interethnic couples in their community. Robinson (2017) notes that “social support from biracial couple’s familial and friendship network” (p. 281) influence marital quality positively. The macrosystem level involves interaction with the culture at large. A few couples in the study reported selecting to reside in a geographical location more accepting to interracial/interethnic couples. Inman et al. (2011) point out that biracial couples believe that “greater propensity for disapproval [exists] in small, homogenous, and conservative towns” (p. 253). In the chronosystem, sociocultural events in the Latino culture and in the U.S. culture influence the individuals and their couple relationship. Interestingly enough, engaging each other’s cultures occur in multiple levels. However, it occurs more meaningfully in the microsystem level as the couple co-construct a culture (Nixon, 2015) and engage in blending their cultures. Some couples do it more intentionally, in what has been called “selective blending” (Vasquez, 2014, p. 396).  
The workshop will address challenges that are unique to interracial/interethnic couples and will provide counseling strategies within an ecosystemic perspective. Some of the challenges include: 1) cultural values conflict such as individualism and collectivism; 2) immigration; 3) acculturation levels; 4) education; and 5) language. Specific counseling tools for assessment and interventions will be provided. 

Sleeping Soundly and Sedative Free by Aaron Norton (Part One)
According to the DSM-5, 1 out of every 3 Americans report symptoms of insomnia, and 40-50% of individuals with insomnia have a co-occurring mental disorder. The American College of Physicians recommends Cogntive Behvaioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) over pharmacological treatment because it is safer with a "better overall value," yet the single most common treatment for insomnia in the U.S. is prescription mediation that is likely to create tolerance, withdrawal, and a number of aversive side effects. Something is terribly wrong with the status quo treatment for sleep disorders in this country, which often slaps a bandaid on a symptom while neglecting the core causes of sleep problems. Fortunately, with an increased emphasis on integrative care, opportunities for sleep disorders to be treated holistically through a biopsychosocial model are increasingly within our grasp. This presentation provides counselors with an overview of Insomnia Disorder, a summary of the research on psychosocial interventions vs. medication, and an overview of the CBT-I protocol. Finally, counselors who attend will be provided with a tool they can use for treatment planning with clients who suffer from sleep disorders.  

Positive Counseling: Moving from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong by Danny Holland
This session will provide participants with a thorough familiarity with the current methods of building clients’ lives through intentionally positive counseling interventions. Given the virtual explosion in positively-oriented methods, it is time for counselor educators and supervisors to know the theories and methods that build on and maximize clients’ strengths. Positive approaches are especially suited to the counseling field, as they are inheritors of the initial humanistic and career counseling impulses that are the foundations of the counseling profession.  
In this session, participants will gain a full perspective on the positive counseling movement. The topics covered will include:  
- Overview of positive counseling: definition, brain science findings  
- Assessing the healthy: focusing on clients’ cultural, life phase, cognitive stage, and personality style dimensions  
- Positive interventions from six key traditions: Positive Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Counseling, Narrative Therapy, Adlerian Approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Feminist Therapy  

Moving Through It: Eight Weeks to Emotional and Physical Wellness by Laurie Siegel
"Moving Through It" is an 8 week program & workbook, Siegel. L.H., Guglielmo, M (2017), Moving Through It. Amazon, developed and designed to motivate, inspire, and educate participants suffering from anxiety and/or depression through the use of exercise, Cognitive Behavioral techniques as well as other program components.  
Through their own work with their clients, Laurie Siegel and Michael Guglielmo applied the use of exercise combined with Cognitive Behavioral techniques, stress relaxation techniques, in a 8 week program format, to lower the symptoms of anxiety and depression.  The participants who attend this presentation will learn about: their research on the affects of exercise and the reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms, the results of the "Moving Through It" program, the logistics of how you as a clinician can start your own "Moving Through It" group/ program, Cognitive Behavioral techniques used in this program, the use of meditation/guided imagery & essential oils, and the exercise component used in the program. This is a proven successful program, that is easy to implement for any professional seeking to serve those suffering from anxiety and depression.  

Professional Identity of Clinical Mental Health Counselors: What It Is and Why It Is Important by Mark Gerig
The primary purpose of this program is to describe a clinical mental health counseling paradigm and explore its implications for professional practice in the contemporary treatment environment.  
I. Program Objectives: Participants in the proposed workshop will be able to:  
1. Understand and describe an integrated paradigm for clinical mental health counseling;  
2. Understand the implications of the CMHC definition and paradigm within the context of the 20/20 definitions of counseling (ACA, 2010);  
3. Describe and explain the difference between applying the foundations of the profession and application of an integrated paradigm;  
4. Relate the application of the paradigm to recovery philosophy and the provision of services in contemporary treatment contexts. 

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Breakout Sessions

On-Scene Crisis Counseling Through Police Departments: The Victim Services Crisis Team at the Lubbock Police Department by Andrew Young
The Victim Services Crisis Team at the Lubbock (Texas) Police Department is a unique crisis intervention program in that members of this team respond on-scene at the request of police officers. Officers most often request the Victim Services Unit response in the case of a death (e.g. suicide, homicide, natural death, or traffic fatality), domestic violence, calls involving children, sexual assault, and other traumatic situations. When responding, the Victim Services Unit offers psychological support, referral information, judicial advocacy, liaison with law enforcement, and follow-up contact. The 40 members of this unit come from diverse professional and educational backgrounds, including counseling and social work. This program will offer attendees a review of the skills used in responding to a crisis situation, including hostage negotiation techniques. This program will also include a recording and transcript of the primary presenter negotiating with a psychotic individual who is bent on suicide-by-cop. The crisis intervention techniques described in the presentation will be demonstrated via this recording, and attendees will be asked to identify the skills used, critique the primary presenter's intervention, and discuss other options that could have been used.  

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Brain Development & Behavioral Health: Neurocounseling Implications by Carryl Navalta
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study solidified the notion that abuse, neglect, and other “ACEs” are the most potent risk factors for the development of health, mental health, and substance use problems.  The study also provided compelling support for the hypothesis that the plethora of negative outcomes associated with such adversity parallels the cumulative exposure of the developing brain to the stress response with resulting impairment in multiple brain structures and functions (Anda et al., 2006).  Collectively, these sequelae can manifest themselves during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.  We (Navalta, 2011) and others have consequently posited that counseling and other psychotherapeutic interventions need to address the individual’s multilayered ecology (i.e., biological, psychological, social, cultural/ contextual).  Neurocounseling can thus provide a heuristic framework to more adequately and effectively assess, conceptualize, and counsel people with a history of ACEs.  This presentation will provide an update of the clinical neuroscience of ACEs and its implications for counseling, including how contemporary interventions (e.g., mindfulness) can potentially have positive benefits for such individuals.  

Understanding ASD and Supporting Parents with this Transition by Lotes Nelson
This session will begin by providing the essential details in understanding ASD and the impairments that can affect the individual. Individuals who are diagnosed with ASD and their caregivers are often misunderstood and mislabeled, especially in the general public’s eyes, hence the importance in increasing and disseminating information related to the disorder. This session will further explore the challenges and stressors that are associated with caring for individuals with ASD. An in-depth discussion will take place to unfold the familial challenges, such as the uneven distribution of attention to other siblings and/or the marriage stressors which occur due to the pressure within the family dynamic. One of the primary goals of this presentation is to acquire awareness of the effectiveness of coping skills and the diverse intervention strategies. In recognizing the caregivers’ capacity to cope, it is important to distinguish the type and level of support caregivers might require. Studies have shown that social support is crucial to the success and the sustainability of its care. Social support can be assessed formally and informally which can include community resources or psychological support for the caregivers, but there are many different types of support that can meet the needs of caregivers. It is essential to understand that the caregivers may have his or her personal preference of effective support. One of the primary goals of this presentation is to acquire awareness of the effectiveness of coping skills and the diverse intervention strategies. The purpose of this presentation is to present varying strategies to help mitigate the diagnosis challenges, environmental/family stressors, and associated psychological distress in caring for individuals with ASD. 

Sleeping Soundly and Sedative Free by Aaron Norton (Part Two)

Sexual Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments by Antoinette Lancaster
When we think of addictions it is imperative to remember that they are cyclical in nature. However, the cyclical stages vary by addiction. Carnes (1983) proposed four stages of sexual addiction; fantasy, ritualization, compulsive sexual behavior, and despair. Carnes initial theory has been expanded into six stages; triggers, fantasy, ritualization, acting out, numbing, and despair. Stages are explored utilizing a case study approach of existing clients. A discussion about the signs and symptoms of sexual addiction as they appear in various client populations. As with any addiction, clients experience and demonstrate behavior differently. It is imperative that clinicians help clients identify signs and symptoms of addictive behavior. Advanced certification is recommended to treat addiction but the average clinician should be equipped to identify a need, offer appropriate referrals, and be familiar with evidenced based treatment options. Treatment options discussed are Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). The overarching goal of addiction treatment in this presentation is to increase health coping strategies, restore identity, and resolve issues of shame with the hope of healing old wounds. A discussion of sex in general is uncomfortable for many but a requirement of competent practice. An exploration of sexual addiction shines light on the number of people struggling in a sexually stimulated environment and promotes competence amongst clinicians.  

Working Effectively with Paranoia by Carole Luby
Current models of understanding and intervening with paranoia can help therapists to recognize and tease out specific factors from a variety of dimensions surrounding the experience of persecution that characterizes paranoia, such as the intensity of the distress and the strength of conviction, which can then afford different pathways for intervention (Freeman & Garety, 2006). This session will explore the multifaceted interface of emotions and cognitions in the experience of paranoia. Tools for helping clients to reduce distress and enhance coping will be explored. A cognitive behavioral framework for intervening in the experience of paranoia with clients will provide the foundation for developing alternative reasoning strategies (Smith, et all, 2006). Resources, including tools for assessing and intervening with clients, will be utilized to explore a case study. 

Mentorship in Counselor Education Programs and Beyond by Ryan Bowers
Mentorship is defined as the interpersonal exchange between a senior experienced colleague and a less experienced colleague, sometimes referred as a mentor and a protégé (Russell & Adams, 1997). This has been known to help neophyte professionals become more competent and effective in their given field (Bradley & Holcomb-McCoy, 2004; Hill, Leinbaugh, Bradley, & Hazler, 2005; Allen, Eby, Poteet, Lentz, & Lima, 2004; Bowers, 2017). In counselor education programs, there is a call for doctoral-level counseling students to have a mentorship experience (CACREP, 2009; CACREP, 2016), yet there are no standards for maters-level counseling students to engage in a mentorship relationship to help create effective post-graduate counselors. This research project set out to understand how often mentorship relationships are created in graduate programs and how they have impacted the way post-graduate, interact with their clients. The information given in this presentation will juxtapose the 2-year post-graduate experience of professional counselors who report having a mentor, versus those who did not have a mentor. Furthermore, it is important to explore the mentorship relationship as Briggs and Phersson (2008) indicated, some professionals report having a mentor relationship in their graduate studies, yet only 30% of the participants indicated that the mentors and the mentorship were focused on his or her needs. There is clear delineation between mentorship and clinical supervision, as will be discussed in this personation, so professional counselors and counselor educators can help form and build relationships with neophyte post-graduate counselors who may be in need of guidance to help build a positive counselor identity, provide effective counseling for clients, increase contact for continuing education, and reduce liability of ethical breaches due to mentoring relationships.  

Pre-Conference Training Seminars, August 1, 2018

There will be a six hour block of time that you can choose to go to any of three concurring sessions. You're pre-conference fee gets you access to this six hour block of sessions.
$100.00 Members; $125.00 Non-Members
6.0 Contact Hours/CEs Includes Four 90-minute Sessions

10:00 – 10:30 am

Check-in at Registration

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Neurobiology of Trauma and Treatment Implications by Judith Swack
Writing a Clinical Evaluation for Immigration Purposes by Patricia Timerman

12:00 – 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Clinical Supervision: Issues of Accountability by Stephen Giunta
Dropping the Struggle: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma and Substance Abuse by Kevin Waller

2:45 – 4:15 pm

Dissociation and Couples Therapy: Assessment and the Optimal Zone by Regina Morrow Robinson
Clinical Supervision with Consideration of Multicultural Historical Trauma in Communities of Color by Aja King

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Lost in the Forest: A Guide to Understanding PTSD & Trauma by Elaine Dilbeck
Pornography Therapeutic Interventions by James Messina

7:30 – 9:30 pm - Reception at DoubleTree Hotel

Forensic Mental Health Evaluator Certification Course, August 1, 2018

$500.00 Licensed Counselors; $250.00 Students/Interns
8 Contact Hours/CEs in Classroom and all examination fees required for certification and additional training resources are included in price.


7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast, Check-in at Registration

8:30 – 6:00 pm

Training Session with Breaks and Hour for Lunch