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FRIDAY SCHEDULE
FEB. 8, 2019

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, 8:00 am
SESSION I, 8:30 am to 10:00 am

The Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Cases Involving Youth with Problem Sexual Behavior
Jerri Sites, M.A.
Jeri Sites will provide research-based information to help professionals understand the dynamics of cases involving youth with problem sexual behaviors. Case scenarios will be used to emphasize the importance of using a neutral, unbiased approach when working with these cases. By remaining neutral and unbiased, professionals are able to more adequately engage the family, assess the nature of the sexual behavior, and provide the support and services needed to prevent problem sexual behaviors from reoccurring.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn the dynamics of cases involving children with problem sexual behaviors.
– Participants will discuss current MDT/Children Advocacy Center (CAC) approaches in response to these cases.
– Participants will explore the possibility of the development of protocol for the MDT response to cases involving problem sexual behavior by youth.
 NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Who’s Healing the Healer?
Jackie Bourassa, LPC
Select this session to hear about a holistic approach for maintaining self-care as a mental health professional. Jackie Bourassa will reveal current statistics regarding burnout, as well as signs and symptoms of burnout and how to manage them. She will also discuss good questions to ask potential employers and ways that agencies can incorporate support and stress reduction during meetings and staffing. Techniques for the individual from CBT to Mindfulness to Humanistic and Existential Approaches will be addressed.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to identify common symptoms of burnout and personal symptoms of burnout.
– Participants will learn to identify strategies to reduce burnout in agencies.
– Participants will learn to utilize personal skills to reduce future occurrences of burnout.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Update for LPC Supervisors (LPC-S) & Supervisees (PLPC) – Part 1
Stan MaHaffey, LPC-S, NCC, ACS
Join Stan MaHaffey as he informs (and “enlightens”) participants regarding current ethics for LPC Supervisors (LPC-S), as well as those seeking to become supervisors.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn current rules, ethics, and requirements for supervisors.
– Participants will understand the responsibilities that have assumed to those they supervise.
– Participants will learn techniques for recruiting supervisees.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

BREAK, 10:00 am to 10:15 am
SESSION II 10:15 am to 11:45 am

The Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Cases Involving Children with Disabilities
Jerri Sites, M.A.
Handling cases involving children with disabilities can be uncomfortable and sometimes intimidating for professionals who work with child abuse. Jeri Sites will provide expertise regarding the importance of assessing and planning at the onset of the investigative process, so that the MDT can meet the needs of the alleged victim. By working with the caregiver and identifying community resources to assist MDT professionals during the initial phase of the investigation, these special cases be well-managed with success.
Objectives:
– Participants will understand the dynamics of cases involving children with disabilities.
– Participants will learn MDT/CAC current practice in response to child abuse in general.
– Participants will explore the possibility of the development of protocol for the MDT response to cases involving children with disabilities.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Maximizing the Power of Adolescence
Corie G. Hebert, Ph.D., LMSW
Join Dr. Hebert to learn more about recent brain science that can help professionals understand what is often considered the true challenge of working with adolescents. Her session focuses on how to maximize this period of development for the purpose of helping young people recognize their potential. Participants will learn mindfulness tools that can be used effectively with adolescents.
Objectives:
– Participants will gain a basic understanding of the rapid developmental leaps occurring in the teenage body and brain during the teen years.
– Participants will gain insight into the workings of the adolescent brain and how a teen responds to the world differently than an adult.
– Participants will learn common challenges that are a part of rearing adolescents and how to manage these challenges.
– Participants will be able to care for, interact with, and nurture adolescents in ways that enhance healthy development during this critical time called adolescence.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Update for LPC Supervisors (LPC-S) & Supervisees (PLPC) – Part 2
Stan MaHaffey, LPC-S, NCC, ACS
Join Stan MaHaffey as he informs (and “enlightens”) participants regarding current ethics for LPC Supervisors (LPC-S), as well as those seeking to become supervisors.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn current rules, ethics, and requirements for supervisors.
– Participants will understand the responsibilities they have assumed to those they supervise.
– Participants will learn techniques for recruiting supervisees.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

LUNCHEON PLENARY, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

The Importance of Play
Leigh Boyer, LPC, Registered Play Therapist
In a media saturated world, we can easily get swept away in everything that is technology….and especially if we are a kid. For a child, technology becomes a wonderful source of passive entertainment, a fun gadget that captures the imagination, and a dependable babysitter that holds a child’s attention for hours at a time. Registered Play Therapist Leigh Boyer is eager to tell us about the importance of good old-fashioned play in a child’s life. She will discuss the benefits and risks of technology on the developing brain and the importance of keeping play alive, no matter how young or old we are!
Objectives:
– Participants will understand the value and importance of play.
– Participants will learn the most recent statistics of children’s technology use.
– Participants will learn the effects of technology on child development and play.
– Participants will learn the different types of play.
– Participants will learn what children’s play reveals in play therapy.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

BREAK, 1:00 pm to 1:15 pm
SESSION III, 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Psychopaths, Sexual Offenders, and Serial Killers – Part 1
Michael Monic, LPC-S, LMFT
Did you know that many of the traits we seek in leaders, such as fearlessness, dominant behavior, and immunity to stress, are also found in psychopaths? Select this session to learn more about psychopaths and the link between psychopaths, sexual offenders, and serial killers, as well as the HARE Psychopathy Checklist and Adult and Juvenile Sexual Offender treatment and assessment. Michael Monic also will discuss psychopathy and serial killing with a sexual motive.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to identify traits of a psychopath.
– Participants will learn adult and juvenile sexual offender treatment protocols.
– Participants will identify psychopathy traits found in serial killers with a sexual motive.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Thorny Spiritual Issues: A Counselor’s Guide
Kathryn Elliott, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT
Divorce/Remarriage; Sexual Orientation/Sexual Identity; Guilt/Shame – all these (and more) are thorny spiritual issues clients bring to counseling. In this experiential session, Dr. Elliott offers concepts and techniques that equip counselors to help clients face such challenges while also respecting clients’ spiritual and religious practices. She will present a new perspective on the psycho-spiritual structure of the psyche that sheds light on our clients’ spiritual distress and points to a creative method for relieving such distress. Participants will learn three fundamental concepts to provide clients with a guiding ethic to address their spirituality. She will share intriguing case studies showing how she has used these concepts with clients dealing with spiritual distress. Using three techniques from Anthetic Therapy, she will also help counselors answer their clients’ common spiritual questions (“Does God condemn me for what I’ve done?” “Does God care about me?” “Why did God allow this to happen?”) Participants will be able to apply these concepts and techniques in their own spiritual questions and in client cases with which they have worked. Participants will leave with a powerful guide for working with a wide array of thorny spiritual issues in their work with clients.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to diagram the structure of the psyche.
– Participants will learn to define the term Inner Freedom.
– Participants will learn to explain the term “Versions of God.”
– Participants will learn to list the five steps of the WILFY technique for use in working with clients’ spiritual issues.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Ethical Guidelines and Practices for Professionals Working with Military Troops – Part I
Maj Angela Huval, LCSW
Thankfully, the stigma of soldiers receiving help as a weakness is gradually declining due to the support of the entire military. More soldiers are seeking help, if for no other reason than to be mission ready. Clinicians may find themselves in a role to help a soldier in the public sector. Professional dilemmas may surface when working with the military population. Social workers and other mental health providers are wise to be prepared to address unique and complex issues by utilizing an effective decision making process.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to identify ethical challenges common to behavioral health providers working with our military population.
– Participants will learn to demonstrate knowledge of ethical decision making through interactive discussion of military case examples.
– Participants will learn to define ethics as related to the role of the military civilian provider.
NBCC; NASW (Ethical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

BREAK, 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm
SESSION IV, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Psychopaths, Sexual Offenders, and Serial Killers – Part 2
Michael Monic, LPC-S, LMFT
Did you know that many of the traits we seek in leaders, such as fearlessness, dominant behavior, and immunity to stress, are also found in psychopaths? Select this session to learn more about psychopaths and the link between psychopaths, sexual offenders, and serial killers, as well as the HARE Psychopathy Checklist and Adult and Juvenile Sexual Offender treatment and assessment. Michael Monic also will discuss psychopathy and serial killing with a sexual motive.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to identify traits of a psychopath.
– Participants will learn adult and juvenile sexual offender treatment protocols.
– Participants will identify psychopathy traits found in serial killers with a sexual motive.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Addiction, Pornography and the Teen Brain!
Kari Hankins, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Kristen Cassidy, LPC-S, NCC
Are you aware that porn sites receive more traffic each month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined! Attend this session to learn timely information about the teen brain and how young brains are affected by addiction, especially pornography. Participants will learn reasons why teens become involved with pornography, how pornography affects teens’ development, and how the developing teen brain differs from the adult brain. The focus on pornography is based on the wide availability of pornography to teens via the internet, smart devices, and social media.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to distinguish characteristics of the developing teen brain compared the adult brain.
– Participants will learn to effectively educate teens and parents about pornography use.
– Parents will learn to better understand how the brain is affected by exposure to addictive substances and pornography.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Ethical Guidelines and Practices for Professionals Working with Military Troops – Part 2
Maj Angela Huval, LCSW
Thankfully, the stigma of soldiers receiving help as a weakness is gradually declining due to the support of the entire military. More soldiers are seeking help, if for no other reason than to be mission ready. Clinicians may find themselves in a role to help a soldier in the public sector. Professional dilemmas may surface when working with the military population. Social workers and other mental health providers are wise to be prepared to address unique and complex issues by utilizing an effective decision making process.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to identify ethical challenges common to behavioral health providers working with our military population.
– Participants will learn to demonstrate knowledge of ethical decision making through interactive discussion of military case examples.
– Participants will learn to define ethics as related to the role of the military civilian provider.
NBCC; NASW (Ethical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

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Conference please click here.