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THURSDAY SCHEDULE
FEB. 7, 2019

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, 7:45 am
WELCOME, 8:30 am
SESSION I, 8:45 am to 10:15 am

Multiple Interviews and Extended Forensic Evaluations
Amy Russell, M.S.Ed, J.D., NCC
The pendulum has swung from investigations consisting of multiple forensic interviews by multiple professionals to one single interview with an alleged child victim. However, due to how children may disclose their abuse, a single interview is not always effective. Amy Russell will discuss the various options for interviewing and assessing alleged child victims who are reluctant to talk about their experiences due to motivational, developmental, or cognitive-emotional factors.
Objectives:
– Participants will understand issues of suggestibility and the process of disclosure for maltreated children.
– Participants will be able to distinguish between multiple investigative interview processes and extended forensic evaluations.
– Participants will discuss considerations, techniques and processes for conducting non-duplicative extended interviews with alleged child victims/witnesses.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Gender Issues: Now and Then
Linda Brannon, Ph.D.
By presenting various well-publicized and current controversial gender issues through the lens of research findings, Dr. Brannon will suggest a different level of analysis that focuses on more than controversy. For the examination of gender issues “back then,” Dr. Brannon will introduce or remind participants about the gender issues and controversies of the “bad old days!”
Objectives:
– Participants will learn about and discuss some of the “hot button” issues involving gender, including the #MeToo movement, the possible dissolution of the gender binary, gender fluidity, the growing acceptance of sexuality other than heterosexuality, and the impact of these trends.
– Participants will learn about research that has explored women’s and men’s attitudes about changes in gender-related behaviors and how men and women have areas of agreement and disagreement on gender issues.
– Participants will learn about (or revisit) the magnitude of change that has occurred related to gender issues over the past 50 years.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Integrative & Prescriptive Play Therapy Models: A Theoretical Overview
Erin Dugan, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S
Counselors often search for best-fit treatment approaches when working with kids. Dr. Dugan invites participants who work with children to an initial session that explores useful individual, group, and family play therapy approaches. She will explore both integrative and prescriptive play therapy approaches including child-centered play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, cognitive behavioral play therapy, filial therapy, and other theoretically based play therapy orientations.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to integrate various play therapy approaches and techniques.
– Participants will learn to develop a prescription-based play therapy orientation.
– Participants will learn to determine which play therapy orientation is a best fit model when developing treatment plans.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

BREAK 10:15 am to 10:30 am
SESSION II, 10:30 am to 12:00 am

Understanding the Impact of Images in
Child Exploitation Cases
Amy Russell, M.S.Ed, J.D., NCC
In the field of child maltreatment, investigation, legal, medical, and mental health, personnel and advocates are surrounded by trauma. As professionals, we want to provide compassionate support and assistance to children and families, and at the same time, we know that we too have boundaries and limitations. It is our caring nature that makes us vulnerable when witnessing the pain and trauma of children and families. Amy Russell will address the effects of working with and responding to children who have witnessed and experienced violence, as well as the effects of working with people whose loved ones have been violated in the most initiate ways. She will also discuss methods to reduce the risks of vicarious trauma and burnout.
Objectives:
– Participants will understand the risk of vicarious trauma associated with working in the field of child maltreatment.
– Participants be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma.
– Participants will learn methods and techniques to mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma individually, professionally, and organizationally.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Responding to Human Trafficking in Louisiana
Corie G. Hebert, Ph.D., LMSW
Dr. Hebert’s session is designed to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking and its growing prevalence in Louisiana. After attending this training, participants come to realize they likely have come into contact with victims of human trafficking. Following participation in this session, participants will be able to recognize the risk factors that make some individuals more vulnerable to trafficking, as well as the red flags to look for. Complex challenges victims face when working towards being a survivor will also be discussed.
Objectives: 
– Participants will be able to define human trafficking and its most common forms, including the federal definition.
– Participants will learn the magnitude of the problem, with special attention to what is happening in Louisiana.
– Participants will be able to recognize the risk factors and red flags of human trafficking, and be able to utilize screening tools in their practices.
– Participants will identify challenges victims face (trauma response, DSM5).
– Participants will learn the broad range of needs that trafficking survivors have, as well as problem-solve how best these needs can be met in local communities.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Integrative & Prescriptive Play Therapy Models:
Case Study Presentations
Erin Dugan, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S
Dr. Dugan’s second session invites participants who work with children to consider various play therapy case studies when deciding to adopt an integrative or prescriptive play therapy approach. She will explore case studies demonstrating the use of child-centered play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, cognitive behavioral play therapy, filial therapy, and various other theoretically-based play therapy orientations.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to integrate various play therapy approaches and techniques with specific case studies.
– Participants will learn to develop a prescription-based therapy orientation with specific case studies.
– Participants will learn to determine which play therapy orientation is a best-fit model when developing treatment plans for specific case studies.
NBCC; NASW (General);  ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

LUNCH PLENARY 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Making It Happen with Emotionally Focused Therapy
Tanya Radecker, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RN
We are pleased to hear Dr. Radecker, Executive Director of the Louisiana Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, during lunch on Thursday, February 7, as she presents the method she finds to be the most useful and effective in facilitating change. Through actual client cases, Dr. Radecker will give us the inside view of what works and what doesn’t when working with individuals, couples, or families. Bring your appetite for food and knowledge!
Objectives:
– Participants will learn a basic understanding of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
– Participants will learn skills in becoming more attuned with clients in order to gain a deeper understanding if how to best guide clients on the counseling journey.
– Participants will gain understanding of the importance of attachment styles and wounds in relationships and how they might block connections.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

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

Sticks and Stones: Emotional/Psychological Maltreatment
Amy Russell, M.S.Ed, J.D., NCC
Psychological maltreatment is the least reported, identified, and prosecuted form of abuse. Nevertheless, many consider the damage caused by psychological maltreatment to exceed that of other forms of abuse and neglect. It is the highest risk factor for children who are trafficked. Identifying psychological maltreatment is challenging. The child may show no bruises or welts and may be appropriately fed and clothed. Furthermore, the child may be unable to fully realize and verbally articulate his/her maltreatment. He or she may think the treatment is normal parenting. Amy Russell will address the signs and symptoms of psychological maltreatment and will provide recommendation for interviewers, investigators, and attorneys for effectively managing these cases.
Objectives:
– Participants will understand the different forms and prevalence of psychological maltreatment.
– Participants will learn techniques for evaluating and responding to suspected psychological maltreatment.
– Participants will learn educated approaches for interviewing and prosecuting cases involving psychological maltreatment.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Ethics for Mental Health Professionals – Part 1
Stan MaHaffey, LPC-S, NCC, ACS
Stan MaHaffey will discuss and detail the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct posted on the LPC Board of Examiners website.
Objectives:
– Participants will review the LPC Board website.
– Participants will review the process of disciplinary action.
– Participants will participate in open discussion of ethical dilemmas.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Self-of-the-Therapist
Tanya Radecker, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RN
Traditionally, Self-of-the-Therapist issues have been addressed as impediments to the therapeutic process. Therapists’ personal traumas, triggers, and biases certainly pose difficult challenges to attuning with clients. They complicate the therapeutic process! This presentation will focus on strategies for identifying and working through therapeutic blocks and also expanding the Self-of-the-Therapist definition to include mindfulness and intention. The Self-of-the-Therapist is the greatest asset a mental health professional brings into the therapeutic setting. We have an obligation to our clients to work on achieving our own attunement and awareness in order to be effective in the therapeutic process.
Objectives:
– Participants will be able to describe common “Self-of-the-Therapist” triggers and action tendencies.
– Participants will be able to identify methods of self-attunement to help create new interactional patterns with their clients.
– Participants will be able to identify interactional patterns between themselves and their clients as well as be able to explore and understand their position in the pattern.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

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

No Penis, No Problem: Victimization by Female Sex Offenders
Amy Russell, M.S.Ed, J.D., NCC
Investigating and prosecuting sex offenses committed by females is challenging. Biases about women as offenders influence the disclosure of abuse, the acceptance of initial reports, whether or not cases are referred and accepted for criminal charges, and how juries perceive these offenders and whether or not offenders are held accountable. Amy Russell will review pertinent research on female sex offenders and discuss ways to overcome the biases in the investigation and prosecution of sex offenses women commit.
Objectives:
– Participants will understand the incidences of sex crimes committed by female offenders.
– Participants will be able to explain how child sexual abuse victims of female offenders experience their abuse.
– Participants will learn to identify biases in investigations and prosecutions of these crimes and discuss methods to overcome them.
NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

Ethics for Mental Health Professionals – Part 2
Stan MaHaffey, LPC-S, NCC, ACS
Stan MaHaffey will discuss and detail the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct posted on the LPC Board of Examiners website.
Objectives:
– Participants will review the LPC Board website.
– Participants will review the process of disciplinary action.
– Participants will participate in open discussion of ethical dilemmas.
 NBCC; NASW (General); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

What Every Therapist Will Want to Know: The Breakthrough Power of Inner Freedom
Kathryn Elliott, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT
Join us on a special voyage into the epic journey that is therapy. Gain a new guiding goal—Radical Inner Freedom. Learn, in essence, what inner freedom means; how fusions with core pain must be skillfully liberated in order for therapy to fulfill its promise. Experience inner freedom for yourself. Leave with a treasure chest of handouts and worksheets of concepts and skills for leading your clients to breakthroughs in freedom from depression, anxiety, and trauma, one daring session at a time.
Objectives:
– Participants will learn to define the term Radical Inner Freedom.
– Participants will learn to define Fusion with Core Pain.
– Participants will learn to define the term Condemned Options.
– Participants will learn an 8-step checklist for assessing readiness for Inner Freedom.
– Participants will learn how to identify Condemned Options.
– Participants will learn three skills for leading clients to freedom from fusions.
NBCC; NASW (Clinical); ADRA; LMFT; NCFR

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