2020 Conference Schedule

Friday, March 20th – Sunday, March 22nd

 Disclaimer: Schedule is subject to change. We may make some minor tweaks along the way.

Special Notworking Event

Thursday, March 19th – 6:00 – 8:00pm

Twisted Laurel * Upstairs * 130 College Street


11:00am: Check In

12:00pm: Lunch (sponsored by Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute)

12:45pm: Welcome Address by Gordon Smith

1:00pm – 2:30pm: 1st Friday Session

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Break

3:00pm – 4:30pm: 2nd Friday Session

4:30pm: End of Day

Keynote Dinner

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Hour

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Dinner & Keynote (sponsored by Mountain Practice Journeys)


8:00am: Breakfast (sponsored by Asheville Brain Training)

9:00am – 10:30am: 1st Saturday Session

10:30am – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: 2nd Saturday Session

12:30pm: Lunch (sponsored by Vickery Family Medicine)

1:30pm – 3:00pm: 3rd Saturday Session

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm: 4th Saturday Session

5:00pm: End of Day


8:30am: Breakfast (sponsored by Willow Place)

9:30am – 11:00am: 1st Sunday Session

11:00am – 11:30am: Break

11:30am – 1:00pm: 2nd Sunday Session

1:00pm: Conference Concludes

2020 Conference Speaker Schedule

Disclaimer: Schedule is subject to change. We may make some minor tweaks along the way.

Friday (1:00pm - 2:30pm) - 1st Session

Kelly Wedell, EdS, LPCS
Gaining A Felt Sense Of Regulation – Polyvagal Theory in Practice

Michelle Álvarez, PsyD
Let’s TALKyoga: The use of movement and mindfulness in psychotherapy 

Breese Annable, PsyD; Allison Cross, LPC, CEDS
Do No Harm – Compassionate Care for Every Body

John Ludgate, PhD
Self care for therapists: A CBT Approach to Managing Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Danielle Maxon, LCSW
Embracing the Needs of All Gifted Children

Amanda Gopal, LCSW
Assessing and Treatment of the Sex Trafficking Victim

Friday (3:00pm - 4:30pm) - 2nd Session

Rudy Rodriguez, LCSW, PAAC
At the Heart of ADHD – The Emotional Side

Michelle Álvarez, PsyD; Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW
My Name Is Not Maria – How to Work with People of Color in Your Practice

Doug McKee, PsyD
Favorites as a Mindfulness Practice – Develop Coping Skills for any Difficult Situation

Faith C. Cook, PsyD; Michelle McKinzie, LCSW
Treating the Person Living with Chronic Illness: Compassionate Care at the Intersection of Physical and Mental Well-Being

Eric Tran, MD
Odes to Lithium: Poetry as a Doorway to Witnessing Mental Health

Cathleen Flynn, MA, MT-BC; Dan Yearick, MS, LPC-S
Sharing Humanity in Grief Care: A Best Practice Roundtable

Saturday (9:00am - 10:30am) - 1st Session

Joe Wilkerson, LPC, LCAS
The Gift of Desperation: Practicing Psychotherapy Like Our Life Depends on It

Gus Vickery, MD
An Overview of the Role of Biological Systems in Emotional Health and How Clinicians Can Improve Client Outcomes

Kriya Lendzion, LPC, LCAS
Recipe for Adolescent Addiction

Marie Gannon, LPC, LCAS, CCS; Ariel Shumaker-Hammond, MPH/MSW, LCSW
Perinatal Mental Health – From Birth to Early Childhood, Through a Trauma Informed Lens

Kristin Becker, MA, LPCA
Conceptualizing Your Clients with the Hero’s Journey – Help Them Follow Their Bliss

Breese Annable, PsyD; Simone Seitz
Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders Present ED 101

Ann Dupre Rogers, LCSW
An Introduction to Reconnect for Resilience™

Saturday (11:00am - 12:30pm) - 2nd Session

Jenn Fieldman, LCPS
Ethically Navigating Telehealth Therapy Across State Lines (or a nation)

Gordon Smith, LPC
Shame in Gifted Populations – Identification, Impacts, and Transformation

Russell Siler Jones, ThD, LCMHCS,
Spiritual Experience in Psychotherapy

Stacey Curnow, MA, LCPA, NCC
Which ACEs? Creating a Trauma-Informed Practice that Facilitates Healing

Erin Shadle, LCSW
Myths and Misconceptions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Kitty Kendall, LCMHCA
Defusing a Bomb – What to do When You Suspect your Client May be Abusing Their Partner

Gabriel Bolling, BSW, MSW
Using Obstacle Courses and Other Alternatives in Group Substance Abuse Treatment

Saturday (1:30pm - 3:00pm) - 3rd Session

Hanna Woody, LPC; Monica LeBlanc, LPC
Enneagram for Healers: How to Use the Enneagram for Self-growth and Positive Client Outcomes

Will Hamilton, PhD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

Ginelle Krummey, LPCA
Beyond Burnout and Self-care: Individual and Community Interventions for Helpers

Heidi Andersen, LPCS, CEDS-S, RYT
Beauty, Embodiment and Image as Healing Agents in Eating Disorder Recovery

Guy Morganstein, LPC
Introduction to EFT Meridian Tapping, Emotional Freedom Techniques

Katie Double, PsyD
Campus Sexual Violence: The Impact of Disclosure on Mental Health

Saturday (3:30pm - 5:00pm) - 4th Session

Raymond C. Turpin, PsyD; Tiffany Sauls, MD
MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD – A Breakthrough Treatment

Jane Carter, LPC
The “M-word”: Effective, Ethical Marketing in Private Practice

Linda Harrison, LPCS, CCS, MAC
Self-Inquiry with Bilateral Tapping and Journaling

Pripo Teplitsky, LPC
The Power of Appreciation in Couples and Families

Sybil Smith, LPCS, MT-BC, FAMI; Lara McKinnis, MS, MT-BC, FAMI
Bonny Method of Guided Imagery – an Integrative Approach to Psychotherapy

Scott Fischer, LPC
Beyond the Room – The Benefits of Therapeutic Mentorship

Sunday (9:30am - 11:00am) - 1st Session

Elizabeth Heaney, MA, LPC
Who Changes? When Our Clients Change Us

Tamara L. Hanna, LPC, LGRS
Where’s the Grief? Increasing Competency to Recognize Grief in all its Forms and Prevent Unintentional Harm

Eric Belsterling, LPC, LCAS, CSAT, CCS-I
Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) and its Impact on Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health

Liz Boulos, LCSW, LCAS
Recognizing and Treating Bipolar II Disorder in Clients Previously Misdiagnosed

Kerrie Fuenfhausen, PhD, LPCS
Gatekeeping Considerations in Clinical Supervision – A Developmental Perspective

Jake LaRue, CPSS, EAGALA Military Designated Equine Specialist, USMC Veteran; Talia Aguayo, LMFT, EAGALA Military Designated Mental Health and Equine Specialist
How Horses Can Help Heal Trauma: An Introduction to Working With At-Risk Youth, Veterans, and First Responders

Sunday (11:30am - 1:00pm) - 2nd Session

Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN
Becoming a Brain Gardener – Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

Charlotte Taylor, LPC
Thruple Trouble? Assessing Nonmonogamy and its Clinical Relevance

Susannah Furr, MEd, LPCS
Sound Therapy for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Andrew Barnett, LPCA
The Therapeutic Power of Trust and Acceptance: Child-Centered Play Therapy

Rhonda Karg, PhD
7 Steps to Becoming a Research Consultant

Gestalt Wrap Up: Anne Jacobe, LCSW, ACSW; Catie Beaulieu, LPC; Christina Rosen, Ed.D., LPCS, LCAS, CCS, IADC; Stas Pantelopulos, MA, LPC, LCAS-A; Teresa Slye MA, Ed, LPC
Experiencing the Gestalt way of Being through a Process Group

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