2022 AMHCA Annual Fall Summit: Refreshing Your Perspective: Advancements in Clinical MH Counseling

2022 AMHCA Annual Fall Summit: Refreshing Your Perspective: Advancements in Clinical MH Counseling

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Starts:  Nov 7, 2022 11:00 (ET)
Ends:  Nov 10, 2022 17:00 (ET)

Join us November 7-10, 2022 for AMHCA's Annual Fall Virtual Summit! We're offering 20.0 CEs during our four day event - don't miss this incredible opportunity! 


Monday, November 7

11:00AM-1:00PM EST/8:00-10:00AM PST
Welcome to the 2022 Fall Summit with AMHCA President, Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski
Ethical Considerations in Telehealth When Treating Individuals with Eating Disorders
with Brandi Stalzer, LIMHP, LPCC, LMHC
In the post-pandemic world, therapy using telehealth has become more common place, and research is beginning to show its efficacy in more complex populations such as eating disorders. Blalock and others (2020) demonstrated that telehealth can be appropriate in more intensive setting such as intensive outpatient. Levinson and others (2021) expanded on this research. However, what are the ethical implications when treating a client with an eating disorder via telehealth? This presentation walks through the ethical considerations, common dilemmas, and assessing appropriate fit for telehealth with an eating disorder.  Individuals will learn the level of care guidelines for eating disorders, best practices for telehealth, and explore coordination of care topics. 

1:30-3:00PM EST/10:30AM-12:00PM PST
Walking the Telemental Health (TMH) Tightrope: Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Practice
with Heather C. Robertson, PhD, LMHC (NY), LPC (CT)
The rapid transition to TMH during the pandemic led to wide utility of TMH among  providers. This session will present best practices, while simultaneously challenging these practices and illuminating potential shortcomings of TMH delivery. Attendees will learn to anticipate these challenges in their daily practice, develop strategies to mitigate their impact, and to continue to provide clinical services via TMH that are effective, ethical, equitable, and accessible.   

3:30-5:00PM EST/12:30-2:00PM PST
What They Didn't Teach You in School: Counselors Can Color Outside the Lines
with Dr. Shana D Lewis, LPC, NCC
In school, as counselors we are taught theory, technique, facilitation skills, listening skills, and how to ask the right open-ended questions. However, we are typically not taught that our capacity to support the mental wellbeing of our communities lies far beyond the therapy room. If our desire is to impact the most vulnerable populations of people who need support from helping professionals, we must find a greater platform upon which to serve. In this presentation, you will be introduced to what it really means to color outside the lines as a counselor and tap into what they didn’t teach us in school. We have a variety of ways to impact the world through media, speaking, coaching, consulting, writing, social media and more that you may have never even thought about. It’s time to color outside the lines and make that powerful impact as we are much more than just counselors-we are catalysts of wellbeing for the world!  

Tuesday, November 8

11:00AM-1:00PM EST/8:00-10:00AM PST
A Primer on Personality and Personality Disorders: Implications for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practice
with Joel L. Carr, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, DCMHS
There is much evidence that maladaptive personality styles or patterns and personality disorders can be treated effectively if properly identified. Personality and personality disorders are examined in this presentation. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations are made for clinical mental health counseling practice. Additionally, helpful resources are also provided for continued study beyond the presentation.

1:30-3:00PM EST/10:30AM-12:00PM PST
Creativity in Couples Treatment Work - Removing Relationship Roadblocks on the Path Toward Lasting Love
with Valerie J Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC
Though marriage may be a desired life goal, some statistics indicate fifty percent of marriages end in divorce.  In this interactive, experiential presentation, participants will learn how to utilize/integrate multiple treatment resources to help couples develop healthy communication skills and workable strategies for creating a connected, cooperative and collaborative marriage partnership or create a plan for reasonable marriage termination.     

3:30-5:00PM EST/12:30-2:00PM PST
Preferred Futures & Best Hopes: A Solution-Focused Intervention for Supporting Maternal Mental Health
with Olivia Wedel, PhD, LPC, NCC, LCDC, PMH-C
With one in seven mothers and one in 10 fathers experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, it is imperative that clinicians working with postpartum and maternal mental health have not only the training for working with these needs, but also a variety of tools in their toolkit for helping clients believe they have options in addition to hope for healing. This presentation will introduce an intervention based in solution-focused practices where maternal mental health clients experiencing anxiety are invited to engage in conversation around productive differences, what’s happening when the anxiety is not as severe, what is working, and ultimately, what their best hopes look like for the future. While validation of problems associated with experiencing anxiety is certainly a piece of the therapeutic puzzle, initiating a conversation around what one hopes for instead of trying to solve every problem can direct energy to healing. The intervention is action-oriented and utilizes the client’s best hopes, strengths, and resources to identify what their preferred future looks like, and then through therapeutic conversation, breaking it down into smaller pieces to make anxiety more manageable. Creating this type of plan helps the client feel hopeful and may reduce the overall feeling of being ‘stuck’ that is frequently reported in maternal mental health work. Solution-focused therapy has a growing, international evidence base and also works with multicultural approaches to interventions for anxiety and other clinical needs. 

Wednesday, November 9

11:00AM-1:00PM EST/8:00-10:00AM PST
Unmasking Shame to Heal and Move Forward
with Sandra B. Stanford, LMHC
Have you ever wondered what role shame plays in your clients’ lives, and how the clinician is affected by shame in the counseling room? Shame is an important and frequent client experience in the counseling arena. Sandra B. Stanford, LMHC is a Certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator for an effective and empirically established approach based on the research of Dr. Brene’ Brown, a shame researcher. Sandra also studied Diane Poole Heller’s Therapy Mastermind Circle: Shame Healing Hidden Wounds featuring Stephen E. Finn, Ph.D. as an expert as well as she studied the work of Dr. Allan Schore. With Sandra’s expertise and using the research of Brene’ Brown, Diane Poole Hellera nd Dr. Stephen Finn not only will shame triggers be identified but awareness will be gleaned on how shame affects interactions, contributes to conflict, and deeply impacts relationships. Dr. Allan Schore's research concerning healthy shame is discussed in this workshop. The therapeutic relationship will also be considered in recognizing when shame shows up and how to help clients and clinicians deal with it in a healthy way. In cultivating awareness about shame, a community of people can discover how to heal and utilize shame resilience strategies to live courageously.

1:30-3:00PM EST/10:30AM-12:00PM PST
Clinical Work with Technology-Based Behavioral Addictions 
with Amanda Giordano PhD LPC
Technology is ubiquitous in today’s society and many can engage with technology without experiencing problems. A subset of individuals, however, may find various forms of online behaviors to become compulsive, out of control, and lead to negative consequences. The purpose of this presentation is to prepare clinicians to work with internet-based behavioral addictions, including internet gaming, internet pornography and cybersex, social media use, and online gambling and sports betting. Specifically, attendees will learn how to conceptualize internet-based behavioral addictions, recognize these behavioral addictions in their clinical work, understand relevant neuroscience related to addictive behaviors, and become knowledgeable of treatment considerations for internet based behavioral addictions. 

3:30-5:00PM EST/12:30-2:00PM PST
Introduction to the Interpersonal Discrimination Model Applied to Clinical Supervision: A Relational Approach for Novice Counselors 
with Rachel Brejcha, PhD, LPC, QS, NCC
This presentation will explore the theory development of a new clinical supervision model called the Interpersonal Discrimination Model (IPDM). The IPDM combines the structure of the Discrimination Model of supervision (Bernard, 1979) with Interpersonal Theory tenets developed by Harry Sullivan (1968) to create a holistic, integrated approach to clinical supervision. The IPDM’s foundation is based on the supervisory working alliance, which has been continuously found to contribute to supervisee satisfaction, an increase in counselor self-efficacy and a positive therapeutic working alliance (Park et al., 2019). The IPDM has three main applications-interpersonal process recall, the parallel process, countertransference-that are applied in clinical supervision to enhance supervisees’ self-awareness and to improve client outcomes.  The presentation will examine: a) a literature review on the supervisory working alliance and relational approaches to clinical supervision, b) an introduction and rationale for the IPDM and the integration of Interpersonal Theory within the Discrimination Model, and c) application of the IPDM in a case study including strategies and recommendations of how to intervene utilizing the model. 

Thursday, November 10

11:00AM-1:00PM EST/8:00-10:00AM PST
Sustainable Clinical Practice: Combating Compassion Fatigue
with Natasha D'Arcangelo, QS, LMHC, NCC, CCTP, CCFP
Maintaining sustainable clinical practice requires burnout prevention knowledge and skills. In this interactive workshop, you will be walked through the neuroscience of compassion fatigue and be provided with specific tools to curb and revert the process. Participants will gain new insight and skills to manage clinical practice in more sustainable ways. This session will address the impact of working through the pandemic, specific issues that impact BIPOC clinicians and provide evidence-based techniques clinicians can immediately implement to improve their quality of life. 

1:30-3:00PM EST/10:30AM-12:00PM PST
Counseling Clients Who Have Experienced Racial Trauma
with Claire Martin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
The unswerving scarcity in trauma research that fails to include the experiences of Black people with discrimination and racism increases the likelihood that Black people may be misdiagnosed or dismissed when they report on symptoms related to racial battle fatigue (Smith et al., 2006). Because of the novelty in recognizing the harmful impact of racism on Black people in the U.S., the literature on how mental health professionals address racial trauma in counseling is limited. To respond to the mental health needs of their Black clients, Black mental health providers have had to adapt their cultural knowledge of the Black experience to the Eurocentric training resources and knowledge taken from the mental health field. The frequent exposure and experience working with racial trauma have given Black mental health providers the expertise needed in the area of racial trauma. The purpose of this presentation is to share lessons learned from experienced Black mental health professionals who have worked with clients who have endured racial trauma.  Attendees will learn about the intricacies in identifying racial trauma, the impact of serving populations impacted by racial trauma, and strategies to effectively work with racial trauma.

3:30-5:00PM EST/12:30-2:00PM PST
Adoption-Informed Mental Health Counseling: Supporting Adoptee Consciousness
with Susan Branco, PhD, LPC (VA), LCPC (MD), NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
Critical consciousness models illuminate processes by which marginalized groups develop awareness about oppressive systems and structures both individually and collectively to ultimately engage in activism for social justice. One marginalized group, adoptees, have relied on “out of the fog” language to delineate emergent adoptee awareness of the impact of adoption, to include systemic problematic practices. The adoptee consciousness model, templated from Anzaldúa’s conocimiento process, moves beyond emergent awareness to describe the ongoing individual and collective movement toward social activism adoptees may encounter throughout their lifespan. The model is conceptualized with five touchstones within the spiral: 1) status quo, 2) rupture, 3) dissonance, 4) expansiveness, and 5) forgiveness and activism. The model considers intersecting racial, ethnic, and cultural identities while also promoting empathy for adoptees wherever they are on the spiral of adoptee consciousness. Implications for mental health counselors will be explored. 



10/11 - 11/4

Member - Full Week


Non Member - Full Week $129

Non Member: Summit +
Clinical Membership Bundle



Registration for AMHCA's Fall Virtual Summit will be open until Friday, November 4, 2022 at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT. Refunds will not be provided for any 2022 Fall Virtual Summit passes or bundles. Registered attendees may transfer their ticket to another AMHCA member in good standing on or before October 31, 2022. The membership included in a non-member bundle was activated immediately upon registering and is therefore not transferrable or refundable.

AMHCA will provide each attendee with the links to access each session and call-in audio instructions on Friday, November 4, 2022 (or Saturday, November 5 if registration is purchased after 12pm on 11/4) . If you do not receive your instruction email, please contact AMHCA immediately at education@amhca.org or 703-548-6002, Option 2. The AMHCA Fall Virtual Summit will be conducted using Zoom. AMHCA is not responsible for technical support before, during or after the summit. Attendees must ensure that they have the needed equipment, that it is functioning, that it is compatible with the Zoom system and that they know how to use it. Refunds will not be issued for attendees that experience technical or equipment failures during the summit. To participate in the summit, you must have access to a computer with an internet connection AND an audio connection (computer audio, phone line or VOIP connection). It is recommended that you participate from a semi-private, quiet location where there will be few distractions. It is highly recommended that you use the following link to the Zoom website to test your computers compatibility before planning to attend the summit. To test your computer's compatibility go to: https://zoom.us/test

Individual CE certificates will be awarded for each session attended. No partial CE credit will be given. Each attendee must be logged in separately on their own device to properly track attendance. Attendees must log in at the beginning of each session and stay through the end in order to receive credit. Any attendee missing more than 15 minutes of a presentation will not be awarded CE credit. CE certificates will be added to the attendees' AMHCA user portal at www.amhca.org on or before Wednesday, November 30, 2022. AMHCA is unable to provide CE credit in the event of an attendee's technical difficulty. For more information on AMHCA's Approved Continuing Education Provider status, please visit: https://www.amhca.org/conference/registration/ce
Summit participants should be aware that the sessions they attend may be recorded. AMHCA retains the exclusive right to copy, distribute, publish, reproduce, and/or sell any session recorded during the Fall Virtual Summit. Recording by any attendee of any sounds or visual images, and use of any recording device or medium now known, or later developed, is prohibited at all AMHCA seminars and conferences or other training events unless prior written permission has been expressly granted by AMHCA.


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Rebecca Woodson