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2020 Conference Presenters

Amanda Gopal, LCSW:

Assessing and Treatment of the Sex Trafficking Victim

Victims of sex trafficking are coming into contact with a variety of service professionals in the Asheville area. This workshop will focus on clinical considerations when working with survivors of trafficking including common characteristics and themes in symptomology. Assessment tools and specific therapeutic interventions effective in working with this population will also be discussed. Specific attention will be paid to the differences between treating sex trafficking versus other sexual abuse or assault. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate mental health clinicians.


Andrew Barnett, LPCA:

The Therapeutic Power of Trust and Acceptance: Child-Centered Play Therapy

It is common for adults to lead their own therapy sessions in order to discuss the issues that are most important to them. However, in child therapy, children are often not afforded this same level of trust and respect as client. This workshop will provide an introduction to the values and principles behind Child-Centered Play Therapy and aims to challenge the belief that children are incapable of guiding us on their own path to healing and wholeness.


Ann Dupre Rogers, LCSW:

An Introduction to Reconnect for Resilience™

An Introduction to Reconnect for Resilience™ : A trauma informed, tools-based approach, developed as a response to the public health crisis of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Reconnect for Resilience™ teaches participants simple tools for self-regulation and co-regulation, and supports social emotional learning for all ages. Reconnect for Resilience™ helps to mitigate the impact of ACEs and toxic stress by teaching emotion regulation, shame reduction, and relational connection. This session is appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners.


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

Gestalt Way of Being will provide an opportunity for 8-10 people to participate in a demonstration of a Gestalt Therapy process group and others to bear witness to the process of the group facilitated by members of Blue Ridge gestalt. Prior to the group start all attendees will be provided a didactic piece on Gestalt Therapy and Process Groups. Following the group members of BRg will provide identification of the Gestalt Principles demonstrated in the group.


Breese Annable, PsyD; Allison Cross, LPC, CEDS:

Do No Harm – Compassionate Care for Every Body

This presentation will provide clinicians with education about the negative impact of implicit and explicit weight bias and how it can compromise our therapeutic work with clients. Clinicians will have an opportunity for self-assessment of ways that weight bias may exist in their personal and professional lives. Clinicians will learn alternative, weight neutral approaches to that will allow for working compassionately and effectively with clients who have bodies of all shapes and sizes. Content is for all levels of learning.

Breese Annable, PsyD, and Simone Seitz

Carolina Resource Center for Eating Disorders Present ED 101

Nearly 30 million people of all genders will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Individuals with eating disorders often experience co-occurring mental health concerns, which increases the likelihood that therapists who don’t specialize in eating disorders will work with clients who are struggling with food, exercise, and body image issues. In this workshop, clinicians will learn how to identify physical, emotional, and behavioral signs of an eating disorder, understand the causes of eating disorders, and further their knowledge of eating disorder diagnosis. Clinicians will increase their skills in effectively intervening with clients struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders, and will learn about local resources and support.

Cathleen Flynn, MA, MT-BC; Dan Yearick, MS, LPC-S:

Sharing Humanity in Grief Care: A Best Practice Roundtable

This roundtable for intermediate learners positions existential psychology principles as catalysts for a collaborative exploration of best practices in grief care. Participants will examine beliefs about how their humanity influences clinical experiences and outcomes, and investigate opportunities and limitations in approaching grief care using a mental healthcare model. Facilitators will utilize case scenarios, reflection prompts, and experiential and didactic sharing to structure and support workshop content and roundtable.

Charlotte Taylor, LPC:

Thruple Trouble? Assessing Nonmonogamy and its Clinical Relevance

Nonmonogamy is an umbrella term for a variety of relationship styles that are on the rise. If it comes up in session, do you know how to ask for more information without alienating your clients? Learn terms, figure out how to place your client’s relationship choices a a variety of spectrums (emotional to non-emotional, secret to open, sexual to non-sexual, etc), practice non-judgemental assessment and discuss how to determine if this affects your client’s presenting issue or not. This workshop is suited to beginners and beyond.


Danielle Maxon, LCSW:

Embracing the Needs of All Gifted Children

In this beginner-friendly workshop, learners will explore the divergent emotional, social, sensory, and educational needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Through content presentation, guided imagery, writing prompts and lively discussion, participants will investigate how intersectional identities, class discrimination, racism and all of the “isms” impact the identification and global development of gifted youth. Participants will leave with a deepened ability to identify, support, and advocate for the needs of vulnerable twice-exceptional children, as well as an enhanced respect for Asheville’s neurodiversity.


Doug McKee, PsyD:

Favorites as a Mindfulness Practice – Develop Coping Skills for any Difficult Situation

This workshop is transformative in nature. It will take mindfulness to a completely new level. It’s a dynamic way to make your life better. It allows us to be in the here and now while doing our favorite things all day long. It’s a shift in perspective that has worked for thousands of my clients and friends. This workshop is fun and enlightening. Participants will be able to practice the technique immediately and teach it to their clients or friends. It is part of a new wave of psychology called positive psychology. It can help alleviate depression and anxiety and make whatever we’re doing more meaningful.


Elizabeth Heaney, MA, LPC:

Who Changes? When Our Clients Change Us

Sometimes we’re deeply moved by our clients’ resilience and character, honored to witness the brilliant courage they embody. Other times, we’re heartbroken by the traumas they carry or jolted by the times we fail to truly reach them, the moments when they name our deficiencies. Using discussion, small group conversations and a few writing prompts, we’ll take time to ponder all the ways we’re changed by our work, and speak about how to be more open, attentive and present to that side of the relational equation.


Eric Belsterling, LPC, LCAS, CSAT, CCS-I:

Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) and its Impact on Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health

Whether treating teens, adults, geriatric populations or couples, every mental health practitioner needs to know about the ever-evolving world of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) and its impact on mental, emotional, and physical health. This workshop with explore CSBD through Interpersonal Neurobiological, Modern Attachment theory, trauma resolution and arousal regulation lenses. Implications for diagnosis and treatment will be carefully examined, with an emphasis on ethical treatment and application of the latest research findings.


Eric Tran, MD:

Odes to Lithium: Poetry as a Doorway to Witnessing Mental Health

How do we as mental health practioners better understand the lived experiences of our clients and patients? This talk will consider work from contemporary poets in regards to mental health, as filtered by their gender, race, sexual orientation, geography, and more. This is suitable for those both new to and acquainted with poetry.


Erin Shadle, LCSW:

Myths and Misconceptions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

An estimated one third of the population experiences insomnia at any given time. Sleep disorders are also blamed for causing or exacerbating many problems ranging from depression to cancer. As such, it is increasingly important that mental health professionalssare prepared to work with clients to effectively treat insomnia. This workshop provides an overview of the leading treatment for insomnia: cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Participants will learn diagnostics, the basics of the model, and how to address comorbidities.This workshop is designed for beginner to intermediate learners.


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

There is a strong link between mental health and chronic disease outcomes. Persons who experience greater mental health stability have improved health outcomes. People who experience more social isolation and loneliness experience poorer health outcomes. Social connection increases the chance of survival in people with chronic illness by 50 percent. Often the treatment of depression and anxiety occurs from a unilateral perspective in which the person’s health conditions and his/her degree of loneliness are not seen as contributing factors. This presentation serves to educate mental health professionals on the importance of considering these other factors in the treatment of the whole person. This presentation is suitable for clinicians with beginner or intermediate knowledge of the topic.


Gabriel Bolling, BSW, MSW:

Using Obstacle Courses and Other Alternatives in Group Substance Abuse Treatment

Increasing social interaction and connection. Attendees, of beginner and intermediate status, will learn how to develop and incorporate adventure-based, experimental activity groups into their practice to increase desired outcomes. After learning about these practices, attendees will engage with a group activity, process, and discuss ways to implement and incorporated these groups into several theoretical approaches into their practice settings.


Ginelle Krummey, LPCA:

Beyond Burnout and Self-care: Individual and Community Interventions for Helpers

Burnout affects workers in our profession indiscriminately. Ginelle Krummey proposes that workers who serve the most vulnerable people in our community need more care than they can provide themselves, and that employers share the responsibility of staff care. This workshop provides definitions of four burnout syndromes, and facilitates a discussion among community leaders about caring interventions that directors and supervisors can use their relative power to provide staff. Alternative outcomes like Post-traumatic Growth and Compassion Satisfaction are also outlined. This workshop is encouraged for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners.


Gordon Smith, LPC:

Shame in Gifted Populations – Identification, Impacts, and Transformation

While shame is an emotional experience common to nearly all people, gifted individuals are uniquely vulnerable to its lasting, harmful effects. Mental health professionals working with gifted people encounter their clients’ complex defenses and adaptations to the shame they have experienced. This presentation for MH Professionals will (1) Describe gifted peoples’ unique vulnerabilities to shaming experiences; (2) Describe and discuss the complexities of shame; (3) Explore the ways chronic shame is expressed and manifested in gifted clients; (4) Offer specific therapeutic interventions.

Gus Vickery, MD

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

The emotional, mental, and physical function of human beings is based on interdependent complex systems. In order for an individual to optimize their mental and emotional wellbeing, all systems of influence need to be addressed. This workshop will focus on the biological systems that influence mental and emotional wellbeing. Providing clients with the resources and tools to optimize the genetic, biochemical, and cellular contributors to mental health can improve outcomes. This workshop will discuss genetic variants that influence neurotransmitter balance, the role of nutrients for optimal mental and emotional health, and how cellular processes influence emotions. Tools that can help assess these biological functions will be discussed. A simplified and practical approach to optimizing biological processes will be presented. Case studies will be presented that illustrate these principles in practice. 

Guy Morganstein, LPC:

Introduction to EFT Meridian Tapping, Emotional Freedom Techniques

This is an introduction to EFT Meridian Tapping. Based on traditional Chinese medicine,  EFT Meridian Tapping is an easy to learn procedure where you tap on certain places around the face and chest to reduce or extinguish anxiety, stress, traumatic memories, anger, pain, and many other problems.  Healing effects can often be felt in just a few minutes. Once your clients learn how to use EFT, they can use it anytime, not only during the therapy sessions.


Hanna Woody, LPC; Monica LeBlanc, LPC:

Enneagram for Healers: How to Use the Enneagram for Self-growth and Positive Client Outcomes

Hanna B. Woody and Monica LeBlanc of Empowered Enneagram introduce using the Enneagram personality system as a therapeutic tool in counseling. Learn about all 9 types and how this tool can accelerate growth both for your clients and for yourself! The enneagram is a spiritual and psychological growth model based on ancient knowledge and modern psychology. More complex and dynamic than other personality models, the enneagram provides insight into the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that keep clients stuck and outlines growth pathways to embark on a healing journey.


Heidi Andersen, LPCS, CEDS-S, RYT:

Beauty, Embodiment and Image as Healing Agents in Eating Disorder Recovery

Our relationships with food and our bodies will transform on a deep level only when we address underlying issues related to beauty, embodiment and image. Embodiment is a process of learning to inhabit ourselves from the inside out rather than from reflecting on it from the outside. Developing an understanding of our nervous system and building interoceptive skills gives us tools to develop a more capable relationship with our body and ourselves. In this presentation, we will explore three elements of healing in the eating disorder recovery process, how they relate to eating disorder behaviors, and learn experiential strategies to work with each element. We will explore the neurobiology of shame, how it relates to beauty, embodiment and image, and discover how working with these three elements supports healing the shame that perpetuates eating disorder behaviors.


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

Are you interested in learning how horses are being used to help support healing in humans suffering from the effects of trauma? Through horses, at-risk youth coming from troubled communities, veterans fighting the internal wounds of war, and first responders witnessing horrors on a daily basis, are developing self regulation and resiliency skills and learning to reconnect with themselves, with other people, and with their natural environment. Join Talia Aguayo and Jake LaRue in a discussion about How Horses Can Help Heal Trauma. No horse experience necessary!


Jane Carter, LPC:

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

Many mental health professionals consider “Marketing” a dirty word, or struggle to market their services effectively once they enter private practice.  However, marketing can actually be a valuable primer for the healing process. If done well, it positively impacts the therapeutic relationship. Effective, ethical marketing not only helps bring more clients in the door; it sets the stage for better therapeutic outcomes. We’ll discuss how approaching private practice marketing with empathy, clarity, and a heart for service helps clients, and your private practice, thrive.


Jenn Fieldman, LCPS:

Ethically Navigating Telehealth Therapy Across State Lines (or a nation)

Jenn will share how she has ethically navigated her way through telehealth as she moved from Asheville to Seattle this past year, continuing to see individuals, couples, and supervisees. Doing telehealth work is more than just being licensed in both states, there’s documentation down to the nuanced conversations (“No, having your after-work glass of wine is not allowed during therapy”). Jenn will speak from her 20 years of therapy experience, 6 years as supervisor, and topical research. Suitable for all levels.


Joe Wilkerson, LPC, LCAS:

The Gift of Desperation: Practicing Psychotherapy Like Our Life Depends on It

Feminists in the 1960s made the indelible statement, “The personal is political.” In a time of profound social, political, and ecological uncertainty, professional helpers are called upon to understand the broader implications of their work with individuals. Participants will learn about how psychotherapy, understood from a systemic perspective, is an essential ingredient in an equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and just society. Practitioners are invited to imagine their work as expressing care not only for individual clients, but also for an anxious and broken world. For intermediate and advanced learners.


John Ludgate, PhD:

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

The workshop is designed to assist therapists and counselors learn about the potential for emotional distress when providing therapy to clients. The CBT model will be used (1) to conceptualize this process and (2) to provide interventions for helpers to reduce their own stress and, hence, be more therapeutically effective. The content will be beginner to intermediate and presupposes some basic knowledge of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.


Katie Double, PsyD:

Campus Sexual Violence: The Impact of Disclosure on Mental Health

When disclosing experiences of sexual victimization, survivors are at risk of “secondary victimization” in the form of negative reactions. The current study examined the impact of disclosure characteristics on mental health in individuals who have experienced sexual victimization occurring at Christian and non-religious affiliated universities. This presentation is intended for beginner (limited background in the program subject matter) and Intermediate (some previous training in the program subject matter) learners.


Kelly Wedell, EdS, LPCS:

Gaining A Felt Sense Of Regulation – Polyvagal Theory in Practice

Polyvagal Theory offers language about our autonomic nervous system as it relates to affect regulation and, primarily, how we regulate via connection. In our work with clients we are constantly in connection. Research continues to demonstrate that the primary change agent within counseling is the therapeutic relationship, which makes it imperative to understand how our own nervous system shows up with others. In this beginner to intermediate level workshop we will explore Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory experientially by mapping our own autonomic nervous systems in service of becoming a regulated and regulating force for our clients and profession.


Kerrie Fuenfhausen, PhD, LPCS:

Gatekeeping Considerations in Clinical Supervision – A Developmental Perspective

Clinical supervisors serve an essential role in the training, mentoring, and gatekeeping of developing counselors (both interns and provisionally licensed clinicians). However, counselors often find themselves in a supervisory role within an organization with minimal training or support. Without a clear framework or model for approaching supervision, supervisors may struggle to provide effective supervision. This presentation will provide a foundational model of clinical supervision for new supervisors and a refresher on important supervision principles for more experienced supervisors. Strategies will be provided for supporting counselor skill development while attending to essential gatekeeping responsibilities.


Kitty Kendall, LCMHCA:

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

There are many trainings for therapists on working with survivors or victims of intimate partner abuse, but what do you do when you suspect that one of your clients may be a perpetrator? This workshop will identify common abusive red flags, challenge popular therapy myths about perpetrators, provide clinical insight into an abusive mindset, and help you create a plan of action for how to ethically protect and advocate for victims. This is an intermediate level course designed for clinicians with experience and training working with survivors and/or perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

Kristin Becker, MA, LPCA:

Conceptualizing Your Clients with the Hero’s Journey – Help Them Follow Their Bliss

Are you looking for a new way to describe your client’s experiences? Do you serve clients who are resistant to therapy due to stigma? Based on mythologist Joseph Campbell’s work, the Hero’s Journey workshop introduces a means of conceptualizing clients based on the cross-cultural concept introduced by Campbell. Highlighted in movies like Star Wars, this allows clinicians to relate to clients’ narratives in new and meaningful ways. It closely mirrors the transtheoretical change model, offering clinicians new perspectives on motivational interviewing.

Kriya Lendzion, LPC, LCAS:

Recipe for Adolescent Addiction

Preventing, exploring and addressing active addiction with our adolescent clients requires a framework for understanding what mix of risk factors create the “recipe for addiction,” and what protective factors are proven to strengthen resistance to and recovery from them. We’ll discuss some strategies for guiding our clients towards identifying and shifting addictive behaviors.

Linda Harrison, LPCS, CCS, MAC:

Self-Inquiry with Bilateral Tapping and Journaling

Self-Inquiry is for all levels of learners. Self-Inquiry with Bilateral Tapping and Journaling is both a therapeutic technique for the clinician to utilize in the clinical setting or for the client to utilize at home. It incorporates contemplative self-inquiry with the stabilizing and processing techniques of neuroscience, alternate bilateral tapping with process recording,  journaling. The technique begins with a physical posture crossing midline of the body and 4 breaths to support movement from the activated sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system where contemplative self-inquiry easily begins. The skills technique then moves to bilateral tapping/stimulation to support emotional stabilization while processing negative beliefs and stored trauma, leading to physical release of stored memories, and the development of cognitive awareness or insight. The final step moves towards identifying and journaling an action plan based on the insights revealed through the self-inquiry process. 


Liz Boulos, LCSW, LCAS:

Recognizing and Treating Bipolar II Disorder in Clients Previously Misdiagnosed

Learn to understand the Mood Spectrum in order to provide more accurate diagnosis of the Bipolar Disorders. Recognize the most current treatment options, including mood-stabilizing medication and proven psychotherapeutic interventions. Learn more about the potential hazards of taking antidepressant medications when the diagnosis is unclear. Learn how to help clients manage their condition of Bipolar II with exercise and lifestyle change. Assist clients in understanding their condition, diagnosis, and lifestyle changes that could prove helpful.


Marie Gannon, LPC, LCAS, CCS; Ariel Shumaker-Hammond, MPH/MSW, LCSW:

Perinatal Mental Health – From Birth to Early Childhood, Through a Trauma Informed Lens

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of perinatal mental health, including substance use disorders during pregnancy and post-partum, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and how these may impact early childhood development. Participants will learn about how these disorders are affected by trauma, including discrimination. Participants will also learn evidence based treatments and interventions to use with these populations. Participants will have the opportunity to practice working with these populations during small group work and role plays. This workshop is designed for beginners.


Mary Ammerman, PsyD, BCN:

Becoming a Brain Gardener – Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

As humans, we experience life through our nervous systems. While the primary goal of any nervous system is to extend survival for as long as possible, applied neuroscience can help us optimize our functioning so that we don’t just survive – we thrive. This workshop explains how the power of neuroplasticity can free us to live our best lives.


Michelle Álvarez, PsyD:

Let’s TALKyoga: The use of movement and mindfulness in psychotherapy 

TALKyoga© is a therapeutic modality that I developed based on research supporting the efficacy of movement therapies, meditation and mindfulness techniques. It’s a unique integration of eclectic existential talk therapy with yoga and mindfulness practices. TALKyoga goes beyond what traditional therapy has to offer by tapping into unrecognized and nonverbal corners of the psyche. Here we’ll talk about the neuroscience and philosophy behind it, as well as its application to different age groups and populations, including geriatric, POC and special needs. We’ll look into specific strategies for particular conditions, both “diagnosable” and not –such as trauma, perfectionism, and parental burnout and guilt– as well as adaptations for use in different modalities, namely family, couples or group therapy.


Michelle Álvarez, PsyD; Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW:

My Name Is Not Maria – How to Work with People of Color in Your Practice

Everyone is a participant in white supremacy culture. There isn’t a therapist in Asheville who would say that they only want to work with white people. However, their practices continue to demonstrate that meeting the needs of all populations is not their priority. In this workshop, practitioners will develop an understanding of how white supremacy shows up in therapeutic spaces, power dynamics and systems, begin to recognize blind spots and internalized racist misconceptions, learn how to be a better clinician for their community as well as an ally for both clients and therapists of color, and to dismantle white supremacy right from the therapy couch. Expect thought-provoking discussion and to take a deep dive into your own understanding of white supremacy.


Pripo Teplitsky, LPC:

The Power of Appreciation in Couples and Families

Appreciating is an especially valuable skill to master. Few of us, however have had any training in it or are so grossly out of practice that we fear taking the initial steps, or there is too much resentment in our relationships blocking our desire for attempts. However, it is a muscle that can be exercised. Genuine appreciation no matter how profound or simple brings about an immediate shift in the quality of the relationship. Guiding couples and families in this skill is an extremely valuable therapeutic focus. Content: All Levels


Raymond C. Turpin, PsyD; Tiffany Sauls, MD:

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD – A Breakthrough Treatment

This presentation introduces attendees to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, a new potential treatment for severe, chronic PTSD.  We will examine the scientific and socio-cultural history of MDMA as well as the FDA-approved research that has been taking place in the U.S.  Attendees will learn how this innovative treatment is conducted and how MDMA causes changes in the brain that may make MDMA well-suited to the treatment of PTSD.  In addition, this presentation will discuss the FDA’s Expanded Access program and the hopes for establishing a treatment site in WNC


Rhonda Karg, PhD:

7 Steps to Becoming a Research Consultant

Participating in research projects is a promising activity for clinicians who hope to expand and improve their research and clinical skills, diversify their streams of income, and build their vitaes or resumes. Although some clinicians are interested in serving as a research consultant, many of them do not know much about it. This workshop will help clinicians discover if (a) research consulting is a desirable professional activity and stream of income, (b) they are a good candidate for serving as a research consultant, (c) where to find existing research projects, (d) how to get started in this professional activity, and (e) how to get the most from working on research projects.


Rudy Rodriguez, LCSW, PAAC:

At the Heart of ADHD – The Emotional Side

Most people are familiar with the textbook symptoms of ADHD — inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. However, these symptoms merely represent the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg.’ Beneath the surface reside some of the most powerful characteristics that shape the perceptions, emotions, and motivations of children and adults living with ADHD. The lack of understanding of these emotionally-based issues within the context of ADHD has led to misdiagnosis and misdirected treatment.

Russell Siler Jones, ThD, LCMHCS:

Spiritual Experience in Psychotherapy

What does a spiritual experience look like, sound like, and feel like? What is it about an experience that makes us call it “spiritual”? How do we recognize, not just spiritual talk, but actual spiritual experience when it happens in a psychotherapy session? What can we do to support it, deepen it, and help our clients make use of it for therapeutic gain? Is it possible for therapists even to elicit spiritual experience in psychotherapy?


Scott Fischer, LPC:

Beyond the Room – The Benefits of Therapeutic Mentorship

Scott Fischer, LMFT, will be discussing his work and experience as a therapeutic mentor with adolescent youth for the last 10 years. He will weave together case examples, theory, and a bit of humor as he presents this alternative method of engaging teenagers in opening up to the therapeutic process. This presentation is suitable for anyone interested in learning about the possible benefits of engaging in therapy outside the confines of an office setting, as well as exploring alternative and creative ways of forming therapeutic relationships with teenagers. Intermediate and advanced.


Stacey Curnow, MA, LCPA, NCC:

Which ACEs? Creating a Trauma-Informed Practice that Facilitates Healing

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Adverse Community Experiences, and Atrocious Cultural Events are all ACEs that have a profound impact on our clients, our community, and us as practitioners. Even though there are different types of ACEs that can have chronic deleterious effects on health, adverse events can be mitigated when we learn to broach sensitive topics, notice inherent strengths, and build lasting resilience. This workshop is intended for beginner to intermediate learners. Three learning objectives addressed by your proposed workshop. 1) Describe the impact various ACE’s have on well-being. 2) Explain principles of Attachment Theory and Trauma-Informed Care. 3) Practice broaching sensitive topics, along with mindfulness-based and somatic-experiencing interventions for self-care and client resilience building.


Susannah Furr, M.Ed., LPCS:

Sound Therapy for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

We live in a world of sound vibrations and frequencies that affect our health and well-being. Ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks, Egyptians, Tibetans, and indigenous cultures around the globe have known this and used sound and music for treatment of the body/mind/spirit in their healing practices over the centuries. Certain sound frequencies have been scientifically proven to have a calming effect on the human nervous system, inducing relaxation and uplifting mood, through the effects of sound upon brainwave frequencies. This workshop will explain the basics about how sound therapy works, how this therapy can be used by mental health practitioners and will include a live demonstration and experience with crystal singing bowls.


Sybil Smith, LPCS, MT-BC, FAMI; Lara McKinnis, MS, MT-BC, FAMI:

Bonny Method of Guided Imagery – an Integrative Approach to Psychotherapy

Come join us to learn about what the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery (BMGIM) is and how it works! BMGIM was developed in the 1960s as part of the psychedelic research movement. Now, decades later, BMGIM is well researched, evidenced-based and being utilized in countries all around the world to provide a safe and powerful integrative tool for therapists working with a variety of clients. BMGIM is especially effective in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, identity development, communication and relationship development, and exploration of states of spirituality and consciousness. No music ability necessary.


Tamara L. Hanna, LPC, LGRS:

Where’s the Grief? Increasing Competency to Recognize Grief in all its Forms and Prevent Unintentional Harm

Grief shows up in your office every day. If you’re not seeing it, you’re not naming it which means clients aren’t looking at it either. You may think they’re stuck or “treatment resistant”—and you may be wrong. Neglecting the grief layer of any issue (trauma, addiction, identity) may be holding you and your clients back. An expansive understanding of grief and loss wither personal and professional application will help you serve your clients ethically and effectively. If you are still teaching about Kübler-Ross…then this update is definitely for you! Appropriate for all learners.


Will Hamilton, PhD:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain

More than a quarter of Americans have chronic pain symptoms lasting for months or years, and over half of these adults do not feel their pain is well-controlled. Whether it’s chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, or headaches, the experience of pain can profoundly impact quality of life. Mental Health is an integral component of effective pain management, yet often therapists can be intimidated by treating pain directly. This presentation seeks to provide an introduction to Chronic Pain treatment, including use of evidence-based from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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