Wednesday, June 16


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM Two-Part Sessions (with a break from 1:00 - 1:30pm)
 Diversity Track | Integrated Care Track
Disordered Eating and Body Positivity: An Intersectional Approach
Presented by Lori Kucharski, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, CEDS-S
A weight, body, and ability-inclusive approach has been demonstrated to be most effective in treating disordered eating and increasing body neutrality or positivity (Bacon et al., 2005; Bacon & Aphramor, 2001; Penney & Kirk, 2015; Tylka et al., 2014). Weight stigma and fat phobia have etiology in racism and religion (Bell, 2019; Campos et al., 2006; Griffith, 2004). In the desire to achieve perfection, redemption, or superiority, diet culture has continually increased a following in promoting changing oneÕs body to fit into an idealized view of acceptability, further promoting discrimination and ableism. The solution is very complex. Clinicians can facilitate micro-and-macro-levels of change by confronting systemic racism, ableism, and stigma. Body-neutral-or-positive approaches and organizations (e.g., Health at Every Size; ASDAH) provide frameworks for assisting clients in meeting health-and-healing-oriented goals from an intersectional, equitable approach. This presentation will assist clinicians in assessing, diagnosing, and treating disordered eating and body image concerns from an inclusive approach. Participants will gain skills for ethical application of eating-disorder-levels of care in working from an intersectional approach (e.g., increasing awareness of own privilege and resource-related matters when working with individuals who have experienced discrimination). We will confront our own internalized biases as we work to create a safe space for all clients and individuals to feel safer and more accepted in their own bodies. From an intersectional approach, this may be utilized with clients of color, various levels of ability, and members of LGBTQ+ communities.
 Child & Adolescent | Addictions | Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Track
Getting Unstuck: Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens
Presented by David Flack, LMHC, SUDP, CCTP
Up to 45% of all teens receiving mental health services have a co-occurring substance use disorder (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018). Unfortunately, most mental health counselors working with teens have little training or experience when it comes to assessing or addressing substance related issues. When these teens don't get effective treatment, they often seem stuck in endless cycles of maladaptive behaviors, experiencing multiple treatment failures and frustrating even the most dedicated professional helpers. This highly interactive workshop is for mental health counselors of all levels with a desire to develop practical skills related to working with teens who have co-occurring disorders. We'll start by examining the stages of substance use, diagnostic criteria and common co-morbid mental health disorders. Next we'll consider reasons that teens use, the role of trauma in co-occurring disorders and the stuckness that can develop. Finally, we'll identify and explore several practical approaches for addressing substance use in teens, including ideas for cultivating rapport, fostering change and getting unstuck.

11:30 - 1:00 PM Breakout Number 1
 Advocacy and Leadership | Diversity and Multicultural Tracks
Advocating Social Justice & Educating Future Social Change Agents
Presented by Devona M. Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Like many people, when faced with the recent horrific and senseless deaths of unarmed Black men and women, I found myself asking not only “why is this happening?” but the more important question of, “what can I do?” My response to the recent injustices was to gather students at my university into cohorts to begin their development as change agents. I set up subsequent town halls that met virtually to specifically discuss topics relevant to their growth such as understanding and critically examining white supremacy, systemic racism and oppression, and ways to cultivate meaningful change. We then separated into cohorts based on students’ level of social justice development, and ability for meaningful introspection and reflection. The purpose of these meetings was to shift from cognition to understanding, from reflections to action, from a moment to a movement. The hope is to present a conceptual and procedural thesis to provide educators, supervisors, and practitioners with practical programmatic steps to help students to become informed, insightful, and active change agents advocating for their clients, the profession?.

4:00 - 6:00 PM Breakout Number 3
 Trauma Track | Ethics Track
Creating Ethical Self-Care While Providing Client Care in a Crisis
Presented by Rebecca K. Rucker, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT
Pandemics, natural disasters, and the economic fallout to these crises are now a part of our "new normal." As a mental health counselor, when the next crisis strikes, will you be ready? You can be by taking three key steps: 1) making preparation for the next crisis 2) innovating as you move through the crisis and 3) reflecting on what you are learning amid the experience in each crisis event. The presenter provides the resources for counselors to build a toolkit for ethical self-care, care for colleagues, and care for clients when all of us are facing the crisis together. The presenter reflects on ways counselors cared for themselves and their clients in normal times (the pre-pandemic past) and discusses ways to shift our thinking and our actions in the "new normal." This presentation highlights that the changing nature and frequency of crises require different skills to address these new challenges. Included in the workshop are a self-assessment, pre-crisis practice assessment, skills, and tools to address the crisis, and a guide for effective use of technology during the crisis. This ethics presentation draws upon the American Mental Health Counselors Association Code of Ethics (Revised 2015, 2020). The presenter specifically addresses the areas of the counselor-client relationship, counselor responsibility and integrity, commitment to other professionals, and the use of technology-supported counseling and communications before and during a crisis. The presenter also highlights how the philosophical codes underlying our code of ethics can guide the right action during times of crisis.
 Trauma Track | Technology Track
Telemental Health Counseling for Integrated Disorder Processing
Presented by Gray Otis, PhD, LCMHC, CMHS, Diplomate
Integrated Disorder Processing (IDP) is a clinical approach that focuses on resolving the underlying distresses of trauma and other psychological disorders. In light of increased use of tele mental health sessions, this methodology can be employed in office settings or remotely through secure media. IDP is a cohesive, step-by-step methodology. It considers all aspects of the individual to address physiological health, emotional understanding and regulation, cognitive awareness and rationality, transcendent aspirations, and relational fulfillment. The therapeutic focus centers on both conscious and subliminal self-beliefs. These beliefs form the primary structure for constructed reality and create the conditions for a significant majority of psychological disorders. Through this managed methodology, clinical mental health counselors assess distressing self-beliefs, develop a treatment plan, adjust the course of treatment through client feedback, and monitor client disorder outcomes.