Tuesday, June 22


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 PM Breakout Session 1
 Diversity and Multicultural Track | Integrated Care Track | Practice Issues Track | Healthcare Reform Track
Mental Health Issues Impacting Disparate Birth Outcomes Among Black Women
Presented by Shoshanah B. Yehudah, LCPC, PMH-C, NCC, CCMHC
Stress, depression, and anxiety are associated with infant low birth weight (LBW) and preterm births (PTB), the leading causes of infant mortality in the U.S. (Dunkel Schetter & Tanner, 2012). Black women are two to three times more likely to experience these adverse birth outcomes (Ely & Driscoll, 2019). Empirical evidence suggests that Black women's distinct social-cultural experiences yield a complex interaction of social and psychological risk factors that increase their vulnerability to mental illness and associated birth outcomes (Giurgescu et al., 2013). However, Black women remain the least likely to receive perinatal mental health treatment. Given the effects of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on birth outcomes, identification and treatment of mental illness during pregnancy is imperative. This presentation will provide an overview of risk factors for poor perinatal mental health among Black women. Implications for counseling assessment, practice, and advocacy will also be discussed.
 Diversity and Multicultural Track
Effectively Working with African American Clients in a Small Practice
Presented by Cheryl B. Almeida, Ph.D.
This presentation will discuss African American culture, identity and intersectionality in challenging environments in order to establish a foundation for how to effectively work with this cultural group. Specific theories, techniques and strategies will be discussed. A case vignette will allow participants to apply cultural knowledge and clinical strategies when effectively working with African American clients.

2:00 - 3:15 PM Breakout Session 2
Supervision Track
Foundations of Supervision
Presented by Katie Ruscitto, PhD, LMHC, ACS, CAADC, NCC and Macie Stead, Ph.D., LMHC, CMHS
Supervision focuses on client welfare and helps uphold ethical, legal, and professional practice standards. Supervision is led by a professional counselor to aid in development and alignment to practice standards. This 60-minute training will serve as a foundation for new supervisors. You will learn about the ethical expectations of clinical supervisors, supervision models that can be applied to practice, gain insights about the supervisory relationship, and explore the supervisory contract.
 Diversity and Multicultural Track
Being Mindful Behind Bars: Effective Approaches for Incarcerated Clients
Presented by Sara Pickett, M.A., M.Ed., LPCC
Research studies have shown that dozens of various mental health interventions have been implemented within prisons throughout the country, and their varying levels of efficacy on improving mental health outcomes for prisoners have been demonstrated. One such mental health category is mindfulness and the plethora of interventions which fall under this term. Although this alternative approach to mental health treatment might initially seem out of place in American prisons, various studies on the usage of mindfulness practices by male and female prisoners has shown surprisingly positive results. In fact, while many types of other mental health interventions have had a limited amount of positive effects on incarcerated populations, the use of various mindfulness interventions by prisoners have shown consistently good results and outcomes (White & Whiteford, 2006; Lemov, 2015; Riley, Smith, & Baigent, 2019). This presentation will first explain various ways in which incarceration negatively effects inmates' mental and physical health, and why clinicians should be particularly aware of the mental health needs of this population of clients. The presenter will then explain how and why various mindfulness approaches can treat incarcerated individuals in significantly effective ways. Finally, the presenter will welcome audience members to share their research and experiences on this topic in order to further the dialogue and share specific strategies on this topic.

4:00 - 5:30 PM Breakout Session 3
 Specialized Clinical Assessment Track
CBT for OCD: Restoring Freedom, Functioning, and Peace
Presented by JFredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, CASAC, LPC, LADC, NCC, CCMHC, MAC, ACS, BC-TMH, HS-BCP, ICADC, DCMHS
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is difficult to treat as the compulsive behaviors have become the main coping strategy for many clients to manage anxiety inducing obsessive thoughts. The daily lives and interpersonal relationships of those living with OCD are deeply impacted as compensatory behaviors interfere with activities of daily living. As a result, those living with OCD may isolate from others, be unable to work, and engage in substance use to manage symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective in the treatment of OCD. While many clinical counselors are trained in CBT, the vast majority of counselors do not adhere to the step-by-step process for appropriate application. When treating symptoms of OCD, the appropriate CBT process is essential to help navigate potential pitfalls. When a link is missing or the process of CBT is not appropriately adhered to, treatment may slow down and clients can withdraw from treatment feeling that they have not been able to make progress. This session will help attendees gain the appropriate CBT tools and processes associated with effective treatment of OCD.
 Specialized Clinical Assessment Track | Forensic Evaluation Track
DSM-5 Resources for Differential Diagnosis
Presented by Aaron Norton, LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE
Decades of research suggest that misdiagnosis of mental disorders is a common medical error. For example, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and many children and adolescents are misdiagnosed with ADHD. Although many people who meet the diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are undiagnosed, as many as 60 % of people who are diagnosed with MDD do not meet criteria for the disorder! Bipolar II Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, eating disorders, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are often missed by clinicians. Why is that? We’re often trained in graduate school to with cookie-cutter, seamless case examples, but in the real world, clients often don't present with "textbook" presentations of symptoms that neatly fall into a particular disorder. Many symptoms of mental disorders are "overlapping," meaning that the same symptom may be listed under several disorders. With the limited time that clinicians often have, how do we quickly formulate an accurate diagnosis? Find out by attending this 2-hour medical errors update! We'll use real case examples to show you how to use differential diagnosis resources for overlapping symptoms.