Thursday, June 23, 2022, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Counselors Get Ready, There’s a Train That’s Coming: Journeying Towards Success in a Dynamic Era


Presented by Shannon Hodges, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, Trauma Counseling Certificate

The Mental Health Counseling profession has weathered significant opposition, identity confusion, and a pandemic to become the fastest-growing mental health profession. Within a decade, counselors will be the largest mental health profession, with Mental Health Counselors the largest counseling discipline. The Dr. Hodges will overview what all this means for the profession’s future.

Understanding progress the Mental Health Counseling and counseling professions have achieved.

Understanding the changes Covid-19 has brought to the counseling profession (e.g., technological, workplace, self-care)

Developing an understanding of where the Mental Health Counseling profession is headed (parity, largest mental health profession, an international profession)

Dr. Shannon Hodges has worked in the mental health counseling field for over 35 years as counselor, clinic director, professor, and international professor, counselor, trainer and volunteer. He has extensive experience in trauma treatment in the U.S., South Africa and in remote Australia. He works from a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (MCBT) approach that includes meditation and body work. Shannon also is author of several books, journal articles, and related educational publications. His video Trauma informed care: Mindfulness-based treatment for post-traumatic growth has become popular in the counseling field.

Friday, June 24, 2022, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Telehealth Law and Ethics


Presented by Eric Ström, JD, PhD

Eric Ström is an attorney andLicensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s clinical practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and those in other high-stress professions. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.


Keynote sponsored by The Washington Mental Health Counselors Association