AMHCA Home Studies

Home Study: AMHCA 2021 Conference (Integrated Care, Practice Issues, and Healthcare Reform Bundle - 4 Sessions, 6.75 CEs) 

09-02-2021 17:08

**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 Integrated Care, Practice Issues, and Healthcare Reform Sessions - please note that some sessions may appear in multiple bundles.


Classes included:
Disordered Eating and Body Positivity: An Intersectional Approach, Lori Kucharski, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, CEDS-S
All mental health conditions should be approached with the utmost care in considering the basic ethical practices common to each clinical discipline, confidentiality and informed consent, operating within one's scope of competency and ensuring practices that do not cause harm to our clients. However, the numerous ethical issues facing eating disorders practitioners may differ significantly from those ethical conundrums that arise when working with a general client base.

  • What are the unique issues that contribute to such complexity in working with patients affected by an eating disorder
  • How do we ensure competency in the face of such complexity in the treatment of eating disorders field and to be operating within our scope of expertise?
  • Can we provide efficacious care and include the client's own preferences, when the illness appears to have significantly disrupted the patient's judgment and value system?
  • How might the lack of professionals with eating disorder expertise impact our own treatment of patients with an eating disorder?

This presentation will cover these issues and more, using a framework of Principlism to conceptualize case examples and illustrate common areas of ethical difficulties specific to treatment of individuals with eating disorders.

 Diversity and Multicultural Track | Integrated Care Track | Practice Issues Track | Healthcare Reform Track
Mental Health Issues Impacting Disparate Birth Outcomes Among Black Women
Presented by Shoshanah B. Yehudah, LCPC, PMH-C, NCC, CCMHC
Stress, depression, and anxiety are associated with infant low birth weight (LBW) and preterm births (PTB), the leading causes of infant mortality in the U.S. (Dunkel Schetter & Tanner, 2012). Black women are two to three times more likely to experience these adverse birth outcomes (Ely & Driscoll, 2019). Empirical evidence suggests that Black women's distinct social-cultural experiences yield a complex interaction of social and psychological risk factors that increase their vulnerability to mental illness and associated birth outcomes (Giurgescu et al., 2013). However, Black women remain the least likely to receive perinatal mental health treatment. Given the effects of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on birth outcomes, identification and treatment of mental illness during pregnancy is imperative. This presentation will provide an overview of risk factors for poor perinatal mental health among Black women. Implications for counseling assessment, practice, and advocacy will also be discussed.

 Integrated Care Track | Practice Issues Track | Healthcare Reform Track
Performance of Mental Health Counselors in Integrated Care
Presented by Dogukan Ulupinar, Ph.D., LPC, NCC and Carlos Zalaquett, Ph.D., LMHC
Presenters examined the performance of 10 mental health counselors on the clinical outcome of 1,747 clients treated in an IPBH center. Analyses using growth curve modeling and pre-post test design revealed that mental health counselors were effective overall, but they differed in efficiency and client dropout rates in helping clients reduce their initial symptoms. Counselors who were the most effective varied in their efficiency but demonstrated the lowest client dropout rates. In this program, presenters will discuss the reasons of performance differences among mental health providers in IPBH settings as well as the implications for future research and counseling practice.

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.


AMHCA will provide 6.75 CEs total to all registrants who view all 4 webinars, complete the evaluation form and complete all 4 of the accompanying quizzes with a passing grade (80% or higher). Each webinar is 1.0 - 3.5 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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