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Pre-Conference Sessions

How to register for pre-conference sessions
  1. Navigate to our EventZilla registration by clicking here.
  2. Select your registration (professional, non-member, student, exhibitor, sponsor).
  3. Click "Check Out Now".
  4. A pop-up will appear (you may need to enable pop-ups for the website for this).
  5. Select if you plan to attend the breakfast or lunch, or need additional breakfast/lunch tickets.
  6. Select the amount of Pre-Conference Sessions you'd like to attend (we have three sessions with a few different topics in each session, morning, afternoon, and evening [only 1 evening session topic])
  7. Select if you plan to attend the Friday Post-Conference Session (only one of these - TBD topic).
Pre-Conference Session Topics
Morning Sessions, 9am - 12pm

Ethical Considerations Utilizing Bibliotherapy

NanDee Walker M.S., LPC-S, NCC, RPT

Melissa Winterschied, MS,  LPC-S, RPT-S     

This training will explore ethical considerations of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of utilizing bibliotherapy.  Bibliotherapy is an empirically validated expressive arts therapy encouraging connection through storytelling, narratives, poetry, and the written word.


Connecting with Challenging Clients

Seigel Bartley Ph.D., LPC-S, CAMS-5

Mental health professionals can experience frustration and stress when working with clients who resist attending counseling sessions. The reasons clients present themselves as unmotivated, angry, or defiant to the therapeutic process vary in complexity. This presentation provides mental health professionals, coaches, and service providers with effective strategies, interventions, empirical techniques, and faith base principles to facilitate a favorable therapeutic outcome when working with difficult clients.    


Documentation and Treatment Planning in Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)

Jennifer Hall Ph.D., LPC, LPCS, RPT

The presentation will consist of didactic and experiential components. The basic skills of CCPT will be reviewed. Application of skills to current clinical work will be discussed as well as multicultural considerations. A review of assessment, treatment planning, and documentation of client progress through a CCPT lens will be introduced. Participants will watch videos of CCPT sessions and will practice ways to document treatment goals and progress inside and outside of the session. 

Afternoon Sessions, 1pm - 4pm

Play Therapy with Clients with Anxious and Depressive Symptoms

Lecole Sanders Other, LISW-CP

This interactive workshop supports and inspires therapists to think creatively as they provide services for children and adolescents. The activities discussed will be useful for working with young clients who are being treated for a variety of clinical symptoms such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, and trauma. Therapists working with children and adolescents will explore creative play-based techniques using a variety of clinical tools, common children’s board games, books, many free resources and inexpensive materials. The strategies, games, books, and activities presented in the workshop will support and enhance the delivery of quality therapy. 


Sibling Sexual Abuse: How to confront the world's silent epidemic 

Brad Watts  M.S., LPC, CSOTP

This training is based on the presenter's Amazon best-selling book "Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide to Confronting America's Silent Epidemic." In this engaging and highly interactive training the presenter will discuss the reasons why sibling sexual abuse is a silent epidemic, highlight relevant research concerning its prevalence and how sibling sexual abuse can devastate families and communities. . The presenter will outline ways to confront and work towards stemming the tide in the battle against this epidemic. Participants will leave equipped with the ability to distinguish sibling sexual abuse from healthy childhood sexual curiosity, will have an understanding of the nature and severity of this problem, and will know how to recognize and how to act when sibling sexual abuse is disclosed.  Participants will also understand why the team approach is important in making treatment decisions and in the family reunification process.


Understanding the LLR Disciplinary Process: From Filing a Complaint to Adjudication

Jennifer Jordan Ph.D., LPC, LPCS, NCC, CCPT

Renne Dash, Ervin Bond, Tanya Williams   

This presentation will walk participants step-by-step through the investigation process for counselors used by the LLR Office of Investigations and Enforcement. The Board Chair, two investigators and the clinical representative on the Investigative Review Committee will explain the how to file a complaint, what consitutes a complaint, when a complaint is investigated, what an investigation entials, how long an investigattion may take and what happens once an investigation is complete. Presenters will provide example cases and will answer questions regarding the complaint and ajudication process. 

Evening Session, 6pm - 9pm

Understanding Shame and Building Shame Resilience

Lisa Laughman, LMSW, ACSW

Give yourself the opportunity to understand the emotion of shame and build solid shame resilience skills. Shame is a universal human emotion. Everyone has it, but as a culture we don’t talk about it very much. People try to hide their shame. We tend to think we are the only one who has it, and we think there is somehow something wrong with us – that we are broken or defective. When we hide our shame, it grows. On the other hand, when we learn how to recognize when we are having a “shame flash” and we develop skills to help ourselves process that experience in new ways we can get rid of the reservoir of shame that we have been carrying around for years. We can also learn to identify and deflect the shaming messages in our culture, families, workplaces, and community-based organizations. We may even decide to use our voice and try to make our communities more shame resilient as well. 

Post-Conference Friday Afternoon
Topic/Speaker is TBD! Check back for updates!
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