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Home Study: AMHCA 2021 Conference (Crisis and Trauma Assessment and Treatment Bundle - 10 Sessions, 13.5 CEs) 

09-02-2021 17:49

*Previously Recorded from 6/14/2021 to 6/25/2021 - Not a Live Event**

We are truly living out our conference theme by:

Recognizing the current situation,
Reframing our way of thinking about our conference, and
Restoring the quality and engagement that is unique and important to AMHCA conferences.  

Unite with us as we adapt and push forward with new innovations and perspectives!


This is a bundle of our Specialized Clinical Assessment Sessions - please note that some sessions may appear in multiple bundles.


Classes included:

 Trauma Assessment Track | Treatment Track
Blindsided by COVID-19: Endeavoring Through Unexpected Death-Related Loss
Presented by Marcela Kepic, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
COVID-19 Pandemic shocked the world and impacted life in every aspect. People are facing uncertainty, loss of jobs & security, and loss of loved ones. Survivors are challenged to adapt to devastating losses taking place in isolation which exacerbates pain in the grieving process. Excruciating endeavors of family survivors tell a story of communal loss and individualized grief that needs resolution. This presentation offers effective grief interventions to assist with healing and meaning-making.

 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 Assessment and Treatment Track | Gender Identity and Sexual Identity Track
From Shame to Pride
Presented by Christopher Checke, MS LMHC
Although researchers have become more interested in the trauma-shame connection in recent years, counselors face challenges in building shame resiliency in their clients; thus, it is critical for counselors develop the skills necessary that will assist clients in moving from shame to pride. Research on the emotional experience of shame, the development of shame, shame-based identities, shame-based psychopathology, shame-proneness, and shame-resiliency has greatly added to our collective knowledge about the impact of shame; however, counselors need the opportunity to more deeply understand the intricacies of shame and learn how to deliver effective, clinical interventions, based on shame resilience theory. This workshop will take an in-depth look at the complexities of shame. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what constitutes healthy shame and toxic shame. I address how shame develops early in the lifespan, how it becomes magnified via traumatic experiences, and how we can be re-shamed in trauma work. We will also examine the concept of shame-based psychopathology and how shame is often at the root of many behavioral health conditions. In addition to trauma as a source of shame, I will also highlight the cultural, familial, and other systemic origins of shame. Learning how shame interferes in relationships, including the therapeutic relationship, will be a key component of this presentation. Participants will also learn how to interweave shame language into their clinical work. I will demonstrate how to build shame resiliency in clients; reduce the risk of re-shaming clients in therapy; and, teach how to create pride-based interventions.

 Neuroscience Track | Technology Track 
Moving Trauma Informed to Trauma Responsive to Trauma Specific Services
Presented by Theresa M. McCafferty, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCCMHC
Because of the potentially long-lasting negative impact of trauma on physical and mental health, ways to address patients history of trauma are drawing the attention of health care policymakers and providers across the country. The presentation draws on current research of national experts on trauma to create a framework for organizational and clinical changes that can be practically implemented across the health care sector to address trauma.

 Trauma Assessment Treatment Track
Self-Compassion for Trauma Survivors
Presented by Shedeh Tavakoli, LCPC, CCMHC, ACS, CRC
Research has demonstrated the benefits of including self-compassion-based treatment for counseling survivors of trauma (Boykin, et. al., 2018). However, there are unique challenges that compromise the effectiveness of these interventions for survivors of childhood trauma. According to research, psychological inflexibility increases the negative effects of fear of self-compassion. Perceived danger leads to experience of arousal, avoidance, or intrusions. These three categories correspond to the stress response of fight, flight, or freeze as well as our reactions to the experienced internal stress: self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-absorption. According to Neff & McGeehee (2010) individuals who lack self-compassion tend to have insecure attachment patterns, have critical caregivers, and come from dysfunctional families. Treatment of childhood trauma is enhanced when incorporating self-compassion-based treatment interventions to aid emotion regulation, processing, and responding to triggers. While lack of self-compassion and fear of self-compassion are two separate constructs, for the most therapeutic benefit, it is critical they are both addressed in therapy. Fear of self-compassion has been found to correlate with long-term functional impairments and increase the survivor’s likelihood of mistreatment of their own children. This may be manifested in becoming emotionally unavailable or neglectful of their children in ways that resemble their own childhood experiences. Therefore, it is important to find ways to facilitate self-compassion and stop the intergenerational engagement in childhood maltreatment. Incorpporating attachment, relational, and neuroscience-based interventions can facilitate the development of self-compassion and diminish the cycle of childhood maltreatment.

 Addictions Track | Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Track | Trauma Assessment and Treatment Track
SUD and Resilience: The Missing Link
Presented by Caitlin Senk, MA, NCC
Resilience is common (Bonanno, 2004), complex, and is intertwined within systems and cultural constructs. Although complex in nature, there is a close relationship between resilience and the development of a substance use disorder after experiencing trauma (Kim, Park, & Kim, 2018). According to a 2016 study, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a dose-response effect in increasing likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors with substances (Campbell et al., 2016). Park (2012) states that 40% of individuals in the U.S. experience trauma, however, exposure to adversity does not necessarily lead to psychopathology (Yehuda, Flory, Southwick, & Charney, 2006). While there is no one way of being resilient (Mancini & Bonanno, 2012), there are constructs that determine resilience which can be emphasized using the T-SUD Resilience Model (Senk, 2020). Literature highlights mastery, social support, emotion regulation, positive affect, flexibility, optimism, coping, and meaning making as aspects contributing to the development of resilience before or after trauma. Focusing on building resilience can address past trauma from ACEs, recent trauma in adulthood, act as a preventative measure to developing a substance use disorder, and acknowledge skills to be used in potentially traumatic events in the future. It is also important to consider that individuals are unique and developing resilience cannot be manualized nor is it “one size fits all” (Park, 2012; Mancini & Bonanno, 2012). Working with clients to emphasize the ways in which they are resilient, by their own definition, through the using the T-SUD Reislience Model and interventions presented will create an opportunity to prevent future substance use disorder and maladaptive coping patterns.

 Neuroscience/Biological Bases of Behavior Track | Trauma Assessment and Treatment Track
Supporting Resilience Skill Building During the COVID-19 Era
Presented by Raissa M. Miller, LPC & Eric Beeson, LPC, NCC, ACS, CRC & Rebecca Dickinson, LPC
The current world health crisis, most commonly referred to as COVID-19, is a collective trauma impacting individuals’ lives in significant ways (Horesh & Brown, 2020). Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) are well-positioned to support clients’ abilities to meet and even grow from the great challenges of this era. One of the concepts that best describes this ability is resilience. Tabibnia and Radecki (2018) broadly defined resilience as “successfully adapting to adversity” (p. 59). Although genetic and epigenetic factors contribute to an individuals’ baseline resiliency capacity, resilience is also a skill that can be learned and enhanced (Wu et al., 2013). We argue that intentionally integrating resilience skill-building interventions into clinical counseling can promote improved long-term client outcomes. In this presentation, we will summarize the current state of resilience research broadly and introduce a specific neuroscience-informed model of resilience called the Predictive 6-Factor Resilience framework (Rossouw & Rossouw, 2016; Rossouw et al., 2019). The PR6 approach categorizes resilience into six domains: vision, composure, reasoning, tenacity, collaboration, and health. The developers of the PR6 have a mobile resilience-building application that can be used in conjunction with counseling to support client skill development. We will share initial research findings from our two ongoing PR6 resilience framework projects and we will review instruments CMHCs can use to assess client resilience and track growth over time. Participants will gain greater insights into research-supported models of resilience and take away practical ideas for assessing and enhancing clients’ levels of resilience.

 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.

Trauma Assessment and Treatment Track | Integrated Care Track | Practice Issues Track | Healthcare Reform Track
The Darker Side of Sleep: Identifying and Treating Trauma-Induced Insomnia
Presented by David Engstrom, Ph.D., ABPP, DMHCS
More than 75% of American adults report difficulty sleeping. Many adults suffer from an insomnia disorder, which can have significant negative consequences on both mental and physical health if left untreated. Definition, causes and effects of insomnia are discussed. People with chronic insomnia will often describe their condition as a “vicious cycle” with increasing effort and desire put into trying to regain sleep. In a major study, 3 classes of childhood abuse history were highly associated with a greater risk of global sleep pathology, including frequent physical and emotional with sexual abuse, frequent physical and emotional without sexual abuse, and occasional physical and emotional abuse with sexual abuse.The most extreme class of abuse—frequent physical and emotional with sexual abuse—was associated with poorer self-reported sleep across many of the components, including poorer subjective sleep quality, greater sleep disturbances and greater use of sleep medication. Standardized measures of childhood abuse have been applied in many studies examining subsequent adult sleep issues. The effects of cortisol and inflammation on arousal and poor sleep is described. Clinical tools for assessment of insomnia will be provided, as well as evidence-based treatment methods. Finally, the issue of "which to treat first... trauma or insomnia" is discussed, in light of some newer techniques including CBT-I, Trauma-Focused CBT and DBT. The major takeaway for counselors to always inquire about a client's sleep patterns, especially if there is a history of childhood trauma.

 Crisis Counseling Track | Diversity and Multicultural Track
The Spectrum of Suicide: Using Multicultural Empowerment to Understand Suicide Narratives and Foster Reasons to Live
Presented by Brynna Arnold, MS, NCC, LCMHCA & Eve Rogerson, MA, NCC, LCMHCA
The concept of suicidality has been increasingly changing as the polarization of suicide scripts in the United States is displayed throughout the media, within each of our cultural identities and backgrounds, and within the counseling relationship itself. The profession of clinical mental health counseling is built on fidelity to ethical practice, commitment to continuing education and professional development, and allegiance to client wellbeing (American Mental Health Counselors Association [AMHCA], 2015). Therefore, it is paramount that we account for changing suicide narratives and unique cultural identity in treating and assessing suicidal clients. In this presentation, we define and explore Cultural Script Theory as a culturally humble approach to suicide treatment and intervention (Canetto, 1992, 2008). We explore the spectrum of suicidality and discuss case-based, empathic approaches to treatment and risk assessment. Additionally, we apply the concept of suicide scripts as they relate to a multifaceted, individualized definition of suicidality and what this means for an empowerment-based approach to treatment, as opposed to a singular, uniform approach to risk assessment and acute intervention.



AMHCA will provide 13.5 CEs total to all registrants who view all 10 webinars, complete the evaluation form and complete all 10 of the accompanying quizzes with a passing grade (80% or higher). Each webinar is 1.0 - 1.5 CEs, and credit certificates will be awarded for each individual session. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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