2018 WTCA Annual Summer Conference Breakout Sessions Breakout Session #1 (10:45-11:45) Title:Bridging the Gap: Ethics, Counselor Privilege, Advocacy and the Underserved, Part 1 Intended audience:Practicing counselors, counselor educators, and counselors in training Program Summary: Advocacy is addressed in both the 2014 revision of the ACA Code of Ethics and the 2017 CRCC Code of Ethics. Utilizing experiential exercises and discussion to facilitate an understanding of privilege, power, and oppression, program participants will increase their self-awareness of how their privilege and power can influence advocacy and ethical decision-making. Participants during this interactive session will be introduced to privilege, power, and oppression activities to heighten counselor self-awareness and facilitate ethical decision-making in advocacy scenarios. Presenter: Steve Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (Michigan & Wisconsin), Associate Professor Co-Coordinator Ed.D. Counseling Program, Co-Director, Center for Rehabilitation & Employment Research, The University of Memphis Title: Self-Regulation: Small Group Strategies for Helping Children Intended audience: Elementary school counselors, youth counselors Program summary: Self-regulation is a foundational skill of early childhood. Yet, some school-age children struggle considerably with self-regulation. As a result, these students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being are at risk. Participants will receive information pertaining to small group interactive sessions and follow-up strategies designed to help students learn and practice physical, emotional, and cognitive self-regulation strategies. Presenter: Kim Sexton, Ed.D., School Counselor, Shelby County Schools, Online Faculty, University of Phoenix-College of Social Sciences Title: Life After License: Personality Traits and Challenges of (Working with) Licensed Professionals Intended audience: Counselors, counselor supervisors, counseling students, counseling educators, employee assistant program (EAP) counselors Program summary: In this presentation, counselors will explore the unique challenges of working with licensed professionals. The presentation will describe in depth the different professional traits predominant in counselors, physicians, attorneys, nurses and executives as well as the potential pitfalls of being a professional. Organization dysfunction that contributes to burnout and workaholism will also be identified. The conclusion will focus on what contributes to a flourishing life for any professional based on the Harvard Grant Study. Presenters: Oscar C. Carr J.D., M.S., NCC, Molly Fleming LPC/MHSP, NCC, RYT Title: Female Voices in Counseling: Celebrating Women’s Contributions to Our Field Intended audience: Counseling supervisors, counseling educators Program summary: In this presentation participants will learn about the contributions of such luminaries as Anna Freud and Melanie Klein with dynamic approaches, Karen Horney with interpersonal theory, Natalie Rogers’ with humanistic approaches, Marsha Linehan with cognitive-behavioral approaches. Also, Rene Dawis, Ann Roe, and Linda Gottfredson with career counseling. Presenters: BethAnne Swick, MSEd, LPCC-S, Doctoral Student, Lindsey Wilson College, Director of Programs, Haugland Therapy Services, Tina Back, MEd, LPC, Doctoral Student, Lindsey Wilson College, Therapist, Children First, Inc., Carson Economy, LPCA, NCC, LPCC. Doctoral Student, Lindsey Wilson College, Therapist, Cornerstone Kentucky Title: Cultivating A College-Bound and Career-Ready School Culture Intended audience: Middle and high school counselors, college and career counselors, and academic advisors Program summary: This presentation will provide best practices to promote college and career awareness, exploration and aspirations, particularly for at-risk middle and high school students. Suggested strategies will include college/career fairs, college tours, interest and feedback surveys, FAFSA Nights, scholarship spotlights and more. Presenter: Dayciaa McCondichie, Ed.D., NCC, LPC, School Counselor, Shelby County Schools Title: Counselors Supporting Safe Schools: Trending Issues Intended audience: Professional school counselors, school psychologists, school personnel services workers Program summary: This data-supported session will address specific strength-based strategies that school counselors may employ to ensure safety in schools. The presenter will provide considerations that may help students feel safer and supported within their school environments. Areas to be explored will include: Establishing successful peer support systems, building of stronger peer relational skills, effectively finding methods that support the inclusion of marginalized individuals, and endorsing of school-wide safety plans. The session will interactively engage discussions with at least one role-playing scenario. Presenter: S. Kent Butler, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NCSC, Hattie Isen, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Retired, Freed-Hardeman University. Title: Mental Health and Multicultural Disparities within the Juvenile Justice System Intended audience: All school counselors, private practitioners, and professors Program summary: This presentation will discuss some forms of trauma and other mental health issues that are related to juvenile delinquency. The presenter will highlight multicultural issues regarding race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, substance abuse and suicide. Participants will discuss how to advocate and work with students involved with the juvenile justice system. Presenter: Audrey Elion, Ph.D., Counselor, Juvenile Court, Regional Chair, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Breakout Session #2 (1:30-2:30) Title:Bridging the Gap: Ethics, Counselor Privilege, Advocacy and the Underserved, Part 2 Intended audience: Practicing counselors, counselor educators, and counselors in training Program Summary: Advocacy is addressed in both the 2014 revision of the ACA Code of Ethics and the 2017 CRCC Code of Ethics. Utilizing experiential exercises and discussion to facilitate an understanding of privilege, power, and oppression, program participants will increase their self-awareness of how their privilege and power can influence advocacy and ethical decision-making. Participants during this interactive session will be introduced to privilege, power, and oppression activities to heighten counselor self-awareness and facilitate ethical decision-making in advocacy scenarios. Presenter: Steve Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (Michigan & Wisconsin), Associate Professor Co-Coordinator Ed.D. Counseling Program, Co-Director, Center for Rehabilitation & Employment Research, The University of Memphis Title: Building Character: Why Character Education is Needed in Schools Intended audience: All school counselors Program summary: More schools are seeing the need for social-emotional learning. How does social-emotional learning aid in developing school culture, student development and boost student success? This session will discuss what Character Education is and discuss the benefits of having Character Education as a component of their school curriculum. Attendees will learn how needs assessments can help a school determine what topics to cover in Character Education. Presenter: LaTraci Aldridge, M.S., Doctoral Student, The University of Memphis, Family Resource Coordinator, Tennessee Virtual Academy Title:Providing Positive Resources to the LBGTQ Community in Rural Areas Intended audience: All mental health professionals Program summary: This presentation covers concerns that tend to arise for the LBGTQ population, specifically in rural areas. In this presentation participants will learn about positive resources they can provide to promote support when working with the LBGTQ population. Presenter: BethAnne Swick, MSEd, LPCC-S, Doctoral Student, Lindsey Wilson College, Director of Programs, Haugland Therapy Services. Title: The Worrying Epidemic: The Complexities of Anxiety & Treatment Considerations Intended audience: All professional counselors Program summary: Anxiety is one of the most pervasive mental health issues today, affecting upward of 40 million people in the U.S. Many anxiety sufferers don’t report symptoms due to concerns about social stigma. Causes of anxiety can be complex and often include trauma of some kind. If untreated, anxiety often leads to significant mental, emotional, and physical healthcare problems. This session will review evidence-based, complementary, alternative, and emerging treatment with an emphasis on psychoeducation and experiential approaches that address central nervous system regulation. Presenters: Molly Fleming, LPC/MHSP, NCC, RYT, The Experiential Healing Center, Beth Rushing, M.S., NCC, The Experiential Healing Center Title:What Do You Do with a Problem? Creating a Trauma Supportive Classroom and Environment Intended audience: Elementary, middle, and high school counselors/faculty Program summary: This session will aid educators and school counselors in understanding student behaviors that may result from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This program will encourage educators to view “problem” behavior through a different lens. Attendees will gain insight to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effects of chronic stress and trauma on the brain. Presenters will share effective research-based and practical, low-cost strategies to support classroom teachers and administrators implement a positive, trauma-sensitive classroom/school. Presenters: Clinton Smith, Ph.D, BCBA-D, Associate Professor of Special Education, UT Martin, Amanda Batts, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, UT Martin, Beckie Smith, School Counselor, McKenzie Elementary School, Tonya Brown, Assistant Principal, McKenzie Middle School Title: Closing the Gap Intended audience: All school counselors Program summary: School Counselors must demonstrate that their school counseling programs are making an impact by closing gaps in achievement. Academics, attendance, and behavior discrepancies often exists among student groups. Closing the gap action plans focus on targeted groups of students who show gaps in their academic, attendance, or behavior data. In this session, the participants will know the purpose, understand the process, and be able to develop closing-the-gap action plans to improve student outcomes. Presenters: Rhonda Hill, Ed.D., School Counseling Manager, Shelby County Schools, Sherenda Moss, Ed.D., School Counseling Manager, Shelby County Schools, Jeffrey Taylor Ph.D., School Counseling Manager, Shelby County Schools Title: Using Neurofeedback within an Adapted Reciprocal Determinism Model Intended audience: Community/mental health counselors, college/university faculty, private practice, school counselors Program summary: Our brain waves adjust to inconsistent and volatile environments causing dysregulation. Neurofeedback uses operant conditioning to retrain brain waves. Within an adapted reciprocal determinism framework to encompass internal and external influences of developmental trauma, the presenters will discuss current research using neurofeedback on adolescents in a residential treatment facility. Presenters: Kristi Nobbman, M.S., NCC, Research Assistant, The University of Memphis, Frances Ellmo, M.S., NCC, Research Assistant, The University of Memphis, Greg Horn, M.A., LPA, Research Assistant, The University of Memphis, Tegan Reeves, M.S., Research Assistant, The University of Memphis, Eraina Schauss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The University of Memphis Breakout Session #3 (2:45-3:45) Title:Challenges Facing Refugee Children and Parents in American Schools: Cultural Awakening Intended audience: Professional school counselors, school psychologists, counselor educators, teachers, administrators Program Summary: The U.S. has one of the largest refugee populations. Many refugees are running from war and persecution. Upon arrival, they are expected to assimilate into American society in all kind of ways. This workshop will address the many difficulties encountered by refugees. Strategies to support and bridge educational and cultural gaps will be presented. This will be an interactive discussion session. Presenters: Elizabeth Samuel Manoah, M.A., The University of Memphis, Housing Case Manager, Friends for Life, Hattie Isen, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Retired, Freed-Hardeman University Title:When Counseling, Behavior, and Communication Combine, Better Outcomes Happen Intended audience: All school counselors, all community/mental health counselors Program summary: This presentation highlights how professional collaboration with other providers within the mental health area leads to better outcomes for our clients. In this presentation participants will gain an understanding of the roles of LPC’s, BCBA’s and SLP’s and how collaboration with each other does wonders for our clients. Presenters: BethAnne Swick, MSEd, LPCC-S, Doctoral Student, Lindsey Wilson College, Director of Programs, Haugland Therapy Services, Lynn M. Dudek M.S., CCC-SLP, MBA, BCBA, Director of Clinical Services, Haugland Therapy Services Title: Black Clients Matter - Cultural and Clinical Implications for African American Clients Intended audience: Professional counselors Program summary: This presentation will aid clinical professionals in acknowledging differences, accepting challenges, and effectively addressing the needs of African American/Black clients and students. Professionals will gain awareness of multicultural assumptions and techniques specific to black clientele. Professionals will explore personal biases that can impede or negatively affect the counseling relationship with African American/Black clients. The goal: to sensitively and confidently address unspoken cultural norms and gaps. Presenters: Justin Keith Dodson, LPC/MHSP, Doctoral Student, Academic Advisor, The University of Memphis, Shaneika Smith, M.S, LPSC, Doctoral Student, The University of Memphis, Scholar and School Counseling Coordinator for Gestalt Community Schools. Title: Developing Behavior Intervention Plans for Tier 3 Students Intended audience: Elementary/middle school counselors Program summary: Behavioral and emotional challenges in the classroom can disrupt the learning environment for the student who is struggling, as well as their classmates. Learn how to identify and support Tier 3 behavior students by collecting a variety of data points and analyzing the data to construct an individualized supportive plan for student success. Presenters: Lauren Baker, M.Ed., School Counselor, Collierville Elementary, Blair Vincent, Ed.S, NCC, School Counselor, Collierville Elementary Title:Complex Dynamics of Abusive Relationships Intended audience: All counseling professionals Program summary: This presentation is intended to increase awareness of the numerous factors that make leaving an abusive relationship difficult and to assist participants in developing empathy and understanding for victims of intimate partner violence. Methods of helping victims will also be explored. Presenter: Amanda Russell, LPC/MHSP, Doctoral Student, The University of Memphis, The Exchange Club Family Center Title: Trauma Education: My Story, My Event. My Behavior Intended audience: Counselors, counselor educators, therapists, social workers Program summary: This presentation provides an overview of trauma, including definition and emotional impact. Attendees will gain insight to the relevance of the trauma event, the trauma story, and the behavior that results. The benefits of using EMDR to work through the traumatic event will be discussed. Presenter: Charles Winton, LPC, MMFT, EMDR-II, Delta Medical Hospital. Title:Addiction’s Needs: What Maslow Can Tell Us About Substance Use Intended audience: Community/mental health counselors, private practice, professionals addressing substance use Program summary: This presentation will discuss the applicability of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need in case conceptualization and individual and group psychoeducation while addressing substance use. It will explore a case conceptualization rubric structured around the Hierarchy, examples of individual and group psychoeducation using the Hierarchy, and areas of growth and future application. Presenters: Cassandra Riedy, M.A., Belmont University, Janet Hicks, Ph.D., LPC, CSC, Belmont University, Mary Mayorga, Ph.D., LPC, LPC-S, NCC, CCDS, CART, Belmont University Title: Rolling with Resistance- Effective Use of Engagement in Counseling Intended audience: Mental health counselors, students aspiring to be clinicians, new clinicians, school counselors Program summary: The purpose of this session will be to engage the audience in applying practical engagement strategies in counseling, and facilitating a discussion around what ‘resistance’ looks like and how to ‘roll with resistance’ towards desired changes. The teaching methods will incorporate practical application and fun learning including role play. Presenter: Bewindi Bobb, LCSW, Director of the Adults’ Department, Case Management, Inc., Against All Odds Professional Counseling Services
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