8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Early Day of Advocacy Briefing/Training

10:00 AM – 9:00 PM: Registration Open

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Early Group Lobbies on Capitol Hill

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Afternoon Day of Advocacy Briefing/Training

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Afternoon Group Lobbies on Capitol Hill

1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: AMHCA Board Meeting

+ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

GN 269317: Culture and Holistic Healing: Integral Parts of Indigenous Global Health
Author: Mary Adekson

+ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

TR 268916: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Its Application to Successful Treatment
Authors: Judith Swack & Wendy Rawlings

EV 275152: Treating African-American Women: Resisting Stereotypes and Notions of Pathology
Author: Theresa Ford

+ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

CSE 272952: Clinical Supervisors' Role as Gatekeepers Author: Jade Letourneau

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Welcome Reception & Poster Presentations


7:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Registration Open

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Breakfast

+ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Plenary Session featuring Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Concurrently, he is Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, and the NASMHPD Research Institute. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.

Dr. Manderscheid is a former Member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, Past President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) Foundation, Past President of FEIAA, past Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Mental Health Section and a past member of the APHA Governing Council. He has also served previously as the Chairperson of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the District of Columbia Sociological Society, and as President of ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. Recently, he co-edited a new text, Outcome Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods in the Era of Health Reform, and contributed to a second new text, Public Mental Health. Previously, he served as principal editor for eight editions of Mental Health, United States. He has also authored numerous scientific and professional publications on services to persons with mental illness and substance use conditions. He serves on the Editorial Board and prepares a periodic blog for Behavioral Healthcare.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Networking Break & Poster Presentations

+ 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

GN 272885: Enhancing CMHC through Neuroscience Research
Author: Eric Beeson

IC 272587: Evidence Based Practices for Suicide Prevention
Author: James Messina

AB 272845: Factors Influencing the Working Alliance in Substance Use Treatment
Authors: Justin Watts & Deirdre O'Sullivan

EV 275022: Understanding Power in the Therapeutic Relationship
Author: Karen Hixson

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch & Learn

+ 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions

CSE 275148: Understanding the American Mental Health Counseling Association Code of Ethics
Authors: Richard Chapman & Joseph Weeks

EV 272099: Emerging Strategies for Enhanced Counselor Effectiveness and Evidence Based Outcomes
Author: Gray Otis

TH 269184: Building Quality Therapeutic Relationships Using an Online Therapy Platform
Author: Linda Sacco

CSE 272871: Culture at the Forefront of Supervision: Child-Parent-Psychotherapy as a Model
Authors: Donna Walck, Alisa Hathaway, & Justin Russotti

EV 274079: Beyond Treatment as Usual: The Case for Cognitive Remediation
Author: Ray Gonzalez

CH 274718: Youth Suicidality: What Every Parent and Counselor Needs to Know
Author: Randi Jensen

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Networking Break

+ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Breakout Sessions

GN 268142: Recovery-Based Behavioral Healthcare Services Transformation or Revolution?
Author: Cynthia Johnson

EV 274819: Changed for Good
Author: Wendy Rawlings

EV 274952: New Vistas in Clinical Competence: An Introduction to Relational Bias
Authors: Melissa Bridges & Paul Maione

VT 269332: Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders in Military Service Personnel
Author: Suzanne Walker

IC 268481: Medical Treatment, Medical Trauma: Roles for Counselors in Integrated Care
Authors: Michelle Hall & Scott Hall

TR 267404: Shared Family Trauma: When a Shared Trauma Isn't So Shared
Authors: Angele Moss-Baker & Laurie Persh


7:00 AM – 3:30 PM: Registration Open

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast

+ 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakout Sessions

GN 274504: Measuring Competency of Licensed Cinical Counselors: Overview of the NCMHCE
Authors: David Whittinghill Kshawna Askew

NR 272469: Epigenetics and Mental Health Counseling: Biologically-Informed Treatment
Author: Justin Russotti

EV 273366: Client Suicide: An Occupational Hazard for Counselors
Author: Kelly Belmontes

+ 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Plenary Session featuring Laura Galbreath

Laura Galbreath leads the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS), a national training and technical assistance center dedicated to promoting the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

As Director, Ms. Galbreath is focused on ensuring high quality technical assistance to SAMHSA’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) and Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care grantees, HRSA Behavioral Health Expansion grantees, as well as other safety net providers working to integrate primary and behavioral health care. In addition, she directs aggressive efforts to share practice tools; measurement instruments and outcomes; lessons learned; and poignant consumer stories from the PBHCI grantees to the broader healthcare field, as well as build and strengthen strategic partnerships to support policy, clinical, and organizational change that promote successful community healthcare integration efforts.

Apt at adapting to a changing healthcare landscape, Ms. Galbreath brings extensive experience in healthcare integration policy and practice improvement, community organizing, and strategic relationships. Prior to joining CIHS, Ms. Galbreath held leadership roles at the National Council, Mental Health America, and the National Mental Health Association of Georgia where she conducted state policy issue tracking and analysis, technical assistance, and facilitated state, local, or multi-state advocacy meetings on a range of issues including Medicaid reform, Mental Health Insurance Parity, Medicare Part D, and healthcare reform. She received her Master of Public Policy from George Mason University.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Networking Break & Poster Presentations

+ 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM: Breakout Sessions

GN 273306: Empowered Aging: Feminist Theory and Techniques for the Aging Process
Presenters: Kathleen McCleskey & Joanne Jodry

EV 273911: Shhh! Let's Talk About Moderation for Mild Alcohol Use Disorders
Presenters: Cynthia Turner & Craig James

TR 274775: Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents
Presenters: Alisa Hathaway & Donna Walck

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Graduate Student Lunch or Lunch on Own

+ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions

GN 275118: Understanding Needs of Seniors & Elderly: Cultural and Generational Challenges
Presenters: Yvonne Chase & Laura Kelley

AS 272138: DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview for Understanding Clients Illness Narratives
Presenters: Enobong Inyang & Andrew Burck

CSE 272024: Trauma Informed Clinical Supervision
Presenter: Stanley Hoover

EV 275094: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: A Case-Study in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy
Presenter: Maya Georgieva

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Closing Plenary Session