Thursday, June 17


Thursday, June 17, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM Breakout Session 1
 Trauma Assessment Track | Treatment Track
Blindsided by COVID-19: Endeavoring Through Unexpected Death-Related Loss
Presented by Marcela Kepic, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
COVID-19 Pandemic shocked the world and impacted life in every aspect. People are facing uncertainty, loss of jobs & security, and loss of loved ones. Survivors are challenged to adapt to devastating losses taking place in isolation which exacerbates pain in the grieving process. Excruciating endeavors of family survivors tell a story of communal loss and individualized grief that needs resolution. This presentation offers effective grief interventions to assist with healing and meaning-making.
 Technology Assisted Treatment Track | Supervision Track
Creating Community in a Virtual Training Clinic
Presented by Jessica Gutheil, LPC, NCC & Megan Little, CPC, LPC
How do we bring moments of joy and laughter back into our clinic community when we are all burned out and tired of looking at our Zoom screens? Students in their internship placements have the additional challenge of applying their clinical skills in a virtual setting. The ability to check in with a supervisor or a peer is not as accessible as it was previously. Elements of cohesion in a cohort relationship are limited due to the lack of in person connection. These challenges have required intentionality and creativity to build and strengthen the community in our training clinic setting. This has allowed for innovative approaches in mentorship, peer to peer support and community engagement. In this presentation we will discuss the barriers we have encountered in building a cohesive community in a remote environment and how we have addressed these hurdles using a creative approach in supervision, weekly seminars, clinic meetings, and creating additional opportunities for morale boosting exchanges.

2:00 - 3:15 PM Breakout Number 2
 Developmental and Learning Disabilities Track | Children and Adolescents Track
Utilizing DIRFloortime for a Child of ASD and ACEs from an Immigrant Family
Presented by Hyangmi "Mimi" Kang, LPCC, RPT
I will be presenting on the effects of using a short-term DIRFloortime therapy approach to treat a child of an immigrant family in South Korea who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). In doing so, I will also present the difficulties that multicultural families experience in Korea writ large, as there are many immigrant families and refugee families in Korea, and among them there are many families with developmentally delayed children. They face hardships like discrimination and financial burdens and their children are therefore more likely to have an adverse experience. This results in a high demand for culturally sensitive therapy. I will present on how a culturally sensitive approach based on DIRFloortime therapy can be introduced to a family and a child to meet their needs. Using a case study, I delineate the efficacy of the therapy and help develop an understanding of the immigrant family's challenges in Korea. The therapy resulted in many improvements: the child improved in self-regulation, engaged more in the relationship with the therapist, developed a sense of self, and decreased externalized negative behaviors.

4:00 - 5:30 PM Breakout Number 3
 Crisis Counseling Track | Diversity and Multicultural Track
The Spectrum of Suicide: Using Multicultural Empowerment to Understand Suicide Narratives and Foster Reasons to Live
Presented by Brynna Arnold, MS, NCC, LCMHCA & Eve Rogerson, MA, NCC, LCMHCA
The concept of suicidality has been increasingly changing as the polarization of suicide scripts in the United States is displayed throughout the media, within each of our cultural identities and backgrounds, and within the counseling relationship itself. The profession of clinical mental health counseling is built on fidelity to ethical practice, commitment to continuing education and professional development, and allegiance to client wellbeing (American Mental Health Counselors Association [AMHCA], 2015). Therefore, it is paramount that we account for changing suicide narratives and unique cultural identity in treating and assessing suicidal clients. In this presentation, we define and explore Cultural Script Theory as a culturally humble approach to suicide treatment and intervention (Canetto, 1992, 2008). We explore the spectrum of suicidality and discuss case-based, empathic approaches to treatment and risk assessment. Additionally, we apply the concept of suicide scripts as they relate to a multifaceted, individualized definition of suicidality and what this means for an empowerment-based approach to treatment, as opposed to a singular, uniform approach to risk assessment and acute intervention.

2:00 - 5:30 PM Two-Part Session (With Break from 3:15 – 4:00pm) *MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS FOR CE CREDIT
 Addictions Track | Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Track
A Multi-Faceted Approach to Cravings Management
Presented by Doug Paul, LMHC, QS, LPC
The DSM 5 added “cravings” to the criteria for substance use disorders in October, 2015. Just as addiction can impact every area of life, so too must the approach for cravings management. The goals for this workshop will be to review the literature on cravings management techniques, discuss cravings management medications and elicit a discussion of multi-faceted approaches that have worked for those on the front lines of SUD treatment. This dynamic presentation is both experiential and educational with the use of mixed-media and pop-culture references.