Fall Summit

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All across our nation, thousands of Americans have taken to the streets in all 50 states to protest the killing of George Floyd by a police officer. It was a collective cry of anguish and a demand for change to what has become commonplace – the killing of unarmed black people at the hands of law enforcement.

Americans of color, and all of those whose lives have been marginalized by those in power, experience life differently from those whose lives have not been devalued. They experience overt racism and bigotry far too often. And due to these factors they shoulder a mental health burden that is deeper than what others face.

The 2001 landmark Surgeon General’s report, Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, underscored significant disparities in initiation of and engagement in mental health care among persons from racial-ethnic groups. Now, almost 20 years later, these disparities persist, with higher rates of morbidity from decreased engagement in high-quality care, including use of evidence-based medications and mental health therapies.

Discrimination in its multiple forms (e.g., discrimination based on color or race), is an important social determinant of mental health.Chronic stress leads to a cascade of behavioral and physiological responses that have detrimental effects on mental health and brain health. Black Americans and people of color are chronically exposed to race-related stress in the form of subtle and overt forms of racial discrimination,

The counseling profession has moved to become more culturally competent to meet the needs of varying populations. However, this perspective is limited in tackling full issues related to power, privilege, and race within treatment.

The AMHCA Summit on “integrating Cultural Competency Skills into Your Practice” will provide several presentations on better understanding the origins and dynamics of cultural diversity, and how to address several problems through cultural humility, cultural opportunities, and cultural comfort into your daily practice. You will learn hands-on strategies for increasing multi-cultural competencies in your work with clients and improving your overall counseling effectiveness. Attendees can earn up to 10.0 CEs total (or 5.0 per day).

Schedule At-a-Glance

Thursday, November 19, 2020
11:00am – 11:15am EST (8:00am – 8:15am PST) Greetings from AMHCA President, Angele Moss-Baker, LPC
11:15am – 12:30pm EST (8:15am – 9:30am PST) Black Americans and Systemic Racism-Related Stress: Effects on Mental Health and Brain Health
1:30pm – 2:30pm EST (10:30am – 11:30am PST) The Influence of Systemic Racism on Body Shame and Diet Culture
3:30pm – 4:45pm EST (12:30pm – 1:45pm PST) Race-Based Trauma and Mental Health
5:45pm – 7:00pm EST (2:45pm – 4:00pm PST) Using Cultural Humility to Dismantle White Supremacy in Counseling


Friday, November 20, 2020
9:30am – 9:45am EST (6:30am – 6:45am PST) Greetings from AMHCA President-Elect and Chair of AMHCA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, Dr. Beverly Smith
9:45am – 11:00am EST (6:45am – 8:00am PST) Facilitating Difficult Discussions About Power, Privilege, and Race for Current and Future Clinical Mental Health Counselors
11:30am – 12:30pm EST (8:30am – 9:30am PST) Unity in Diversity: Dynamics and Challenges in Interracial/Interethnic Marriages
1:30pm – 2:45pm EST (10:30am – 11:45am PST) Microcounseling Interventions: Skills to Address Racism and Microaggressions in Session
3:30pm – 4:45pm EST (12:30pm – 1:45pm PST) Intergenerational Trauma and Its Impact on African Americans

Registration Information

Members
Two Day Pass (Thurs and Fri) $100.00
Single Day Pass (Thurs or Fri) $65.00
Two Day Pass + Leadership (Wed-Fri) $125.00
Leadership Only (Wed) $50.00
If you are registered for 2021 Conference FREE


Non-Members
Two Day Pass (Thurs and Fri) $150.00
Two Day Pass (Thurs and Fri) + Clinical Membership $200.00
Single Day Pass (Thurs or Fri) + Clinical Membership $165.00
Two Day Pass + Leadership (Wed-Fri) + Clinical Membership $225.00
Leadership Only (Wed) + Clinical Membership $150.00
If you are registered for 2021 Conference FREE

Detailed Schedule

Thursday, November 19, 2020
11:15am – 12:30pm EST (8:15am – 9:30am PST) Black Americans and Systemic Racism-Related Stress: Effects on Mental Health and Brain Health
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe mental health trends in Black Americans
  2. Upon completion, participants will be able to explain how systemic racism-related stress contributions to disparities in mental health and brain health outcomes
  3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify strategies for supporting the mental health of Black clients impacted by racism-related stress
Presented by Vonetta Dotson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University

Dr. Vonetta Dotson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at Georgia State University, Senior Project Scientist at NASA (KBR), and Founder and President of CerebroFit Integrated Brain Health. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Florida with a specialization in neuropsychology and a certificate in gerontology. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program. Her research and clinical activities focus on positive and negative modifiers of brain health, including the intersection of depression with cognitive and brain aging, and the impact of health disparities on brain health.
1:30pm – 2:30pm EST (10:30am – 11:30am PST) The Influence of Systemic Racism on Body Shame and Diet Culture
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will understand how poor body image, diet culture mentality, and food restriction are symptoms of white supremacy.
  2. Upon completion, participants will understand how eating disorders may present in BIPOC and will be able to address barriers to receiving treatment.
  3. Upon completion, participants will have concrete methods to begin to decolonize their disordered eating practices and views of body image.
Presented by Jennifer L. Reckner, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP
Alumna, Counseling@Northwestern
Past-Chair, Graduate Student/Emerging Professional Committee, AMHCA
Edelweiss Behavioral Health LLC

Jennifer Reckner is a CMHC in an outpatient private practice in Madison, WI. She specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders and facilitates an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. She integrates sensorimotor work with psychodynamic theory within an anti-oppression framework. Prior to becoming a CMHC, she was a nurse for over 10 years with experience in both inpatient and outpatient care.
3:30pm – 4:45pm EST (12:30pm – 1:45pm PST) Race-Based Trauma and Mental Health
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize mental health symptoms related to race-based trauma.
  2. Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the importance of increased the awareness of the effects of racism on emotional wellbeing among mental health providers.
  3. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify adaptive coping strategies in response to racial based traumatic experiences.
Presented by Claudia Calder-Marshall, PhD, LPC
Assistant Professor, School of Education, College of Business, Education and Professional Studies, Albany State University

Dr. Calder-Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and a Licensed Professional Counseling. She has worked in different clinical settings (i.e., residential, in-home, and school-based), providing service to individuals with various mental health and behavioral diagnosis for the past eight years. Her research interest includes multicultural and social justice issues, cultural competence development of counselor trainees, and BIPOC students' sense of belonging to historically white institutions.
5:45pm – 7:00pm EST (2:45pm – 4:00pm PST) Using Cultural Humility to Dismantle White Supremacy in Counseling
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the components of White supremacy culture related to the field of mental health counseling and client experience inside and outside of the counseling relationship.
  2. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify key aspects of cultural humility and culturally responsive mental health counseling.
  3. Upon completion, participants will be able to apply the framework of cultural humility to address the barriers of racism, systemic oppression, and White supremacy culture that impede client progress and wellness.
Presented by Dominique Avery, PhD, NCC, LPC (ID), LMHC (WA)
MA Counseling Program Coordinator/Counseling Faculty, Saybrook University

Dominique Avery is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience in EMDR counseling with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and has worked with refugee children and families by bringing play-based therapy into their homes.

Dominique is core faculty in the Counseling Department at Saybrook University. She provides culturally responsive counselor education at both the Masters and PhD levels with a focus on courses in culturally responsive counseling and counselor education, crisis and trauma interventions, child and adolescent counseling, psychopathology and diagnosis, and quantitative research. She has conducted over 30 national and regional presentations including topics in White counselor anti-racist accountability, crisis and trauma education, licensure portability, and mixed methods research. She is the past founding secretary of the Idaho Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling.


Friday, November 20, 2020
9:45am – 11:00am EST (6:45am – 8:00am PST) Facilitating Difficult Discussions About Power, Privilege, and Race for Current and Future Clinical Mental Health Counselors
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will identify ways in which CMHCs can facilitate difficult discussions regarding power, privilege, and race in clinical settings.
  2. Upon completion, participants will identify how to embrace cultural humility and list how this perspective enhances treatment to individuals and improves the community as a whole.
  3. Upon completion, participants will identify ways that CMHCs can provide support and education between each other regarding instances where unchecked power and privilege negatively impacts treatment.
  4. Upon completion, participants will use strategies to infuse such discussions in counselor education allowing future CMHCs to gain skills for cultural humility and community advocacy.
Presented by Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD, DCMHS, LMHC, CASAC, LPC, LADC, NCC, CCMHC, MAC, ACS
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Bridgeport

Dr. Frederick Dombrowski is a Professor with UB’s CMHC Program. He has worked with veterans with dual diagnoses over various treatment settings since 1999. His theoretical orientations include CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Dombrowski has worked in higher education since 2010 and has received several awards for student supervision. Dr.
Dombrowski currently serves as a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association Diplomate in Clinical Mental Specialties approval team. Dr. Dombrowski has received training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) from Behavioral Tech. Dr. Dombrowski has also specialized in the mental health treatment of LGBTQIA+ populations and has presented at local and national conferences on his work with the transgender population. Dr. Dombrowski looks to continue to work with children and adults through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective as well as continue to advocate for the field of clinical mental health counseling.
11:30am – 12:30pm EST (8:30am – 9:30am PST) Unity in Diversity: Dynamics and Challenges in Interracial/Interethnic Marriages
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will identify interpersonal dynamics in interracial/interethnic married couple relationships.
  2. Upon completion, participants will gain insight into unique challenges faced by interracial/interethnic marriages.
  3. Upon completion, participants will explore the challenges faced by interracial/interethnic marriages in the current social climate in the U.S.
  4. Upon completion, participants will describe intervention strategies for counseling interracial/interethnic married couples.
Presented by Elias Moitinho, PhD, LPC-S, LPC, LMFT
Residential Department Chair and Professor of Counseling, Liberty University

Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., LPC-S, LPC, LMFT is a Department Chair in the Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies at Liberty University, Virginia. Dr. Moitinho has many years of experience in multicultural counseling focusing specifically on the Hispanic/Latino population. He also worked as director of a counseling center in Texas. Dr. Moitinho is a member of the following organizations: AMHCA, ACA, AACC, ACES, and VCA. Dr. Moitinho and his wife are the authors of The Dream Home: How to Create an Intimate Christian Marriage and El Hogar de Tus Sueños: Como Crear un Matrimonio Cristiano Intimo published by Kendall Hunt publishing company.
1:30pm – 2:45pm EST (10:30am – 11:45am PST) Microcounseling Interventions: Skills to Address Racism and Microaggressions in Session
Learning Objectives 
  1. Upon completion, participants will learn ethical codes that frame professional counselors’ duty to do no harm, uphold social justice, and attend to counselor wellness.
  2. Upon completion, participants will define and identify microcounseling interventions (MCI).
  3. Upon completion, participants will learn practical application strategies for MCIs in counseling sessions.
Presented by Susan F. Branco, Ph.D., LPC (VA), LCPC (MD), NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Training Director, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Dr. Branco is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland. She is an approved supervisor in Maryland, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Board-Certified Telemental health provider. Dr. Branco earned her BA in Human Services and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the George Washington University. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech. For fourteen years she maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care. In addition, she has professional experience working in community mental health, prenatal care clinics, and with immigrant populations. She utilizes attachment theory, family systems, and trauma informed approaches in her clinical practice.

Dr. Branco previously served in brick and mortar institutions as a Clinical Assistant Professor overseeing a clinical mental health counseling training clinic, a Director of Clinical Training, and Department Chair prior to her role as Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Training Director at Counseling@Northwestern.
Her research interests examine how school and clinical mental health counselors work with persons adopted transracially and clinical supervision practices with counselors of Color. In addition, she has several peer-reviewed publications related to her research. She is a 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow and serves on the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council.
3:30pm – 4:45pm EST (12:30pm – 1:45pm PST) Intergenerational Trauma and its Impact on African Americans
Learning Objectives
  1. Upon completion, participants will learn the definitions and history of Intergenerational trauma, historical trauma and raced based traumatic stress.
  2. Upon completion, participants will learn how intergenerational trauma is reinforced by race based traumatic stress systems of oppression.
  3. Upon completion, participants will learn health routines and treatment considerations when working with clients who experience intergenerational trauma.
Presented by Jared Washington, LPC, NCC
CEO and Founder, H.O.P.E LLC (Healing Outreach Purpose Empowerment)


Jared is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has received his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Psychology with a minor in African American Studies. Jared has over 9 years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in various clinical environments such as psychiatric hospitals, insurance providers and foster care agencies.

Jared is committed to working with diverse populations such as adolescents and adults dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, stress management, substance abuse, racial identity, life transitions, trauma and men's issues. He has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Jared thoroughly believes in starting the healing process and helping you develop and maintain stability in order to become your best self.
Registration Policies
Registration for AMHCA’s Fall Virtual Summit will be open until Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9pm EST/6pm PST. Refunds will not be provided for any 2020 Fall Virtual Summit passes or bundles. Registered attendees may transfer their ticket to another AMHCA member in good standing on or before October 31, 2020. 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 13, 2020. If you do not receive your instruction email, please contact AMHCA immediately at education@amhca.org or 703-548-6002, Option 2. 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 (phone line or VOIP connection). It is recommended that you participate from a semi-private, quiet location where there will be few distractions. The AMHCA Fall Virtual Summit will be conducted using Zoom. 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 December 1, 2020. 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.

If you have any questions or need assistance please reach out to us at rwoodson@amhca.org or 703-548-6002 Option 3 for the Director of Events.