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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

268935: Clinical Considerations for Working with Undocumented Latino Youth
Presenters: Anthony Vajda, MA, NCC & Stacey Fernandes, MSEd
This workshop aims to address gaps in research to focus on understanding the factors that influence mental health problems among undocumented Latino youth. Topics addressed will be contextual-structural barriers, population-specific stressors, and clinically sensitive assessments to help inform more effective treatment and foster client empowerment.

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

TR 268916: The Neurobiology of Trauma and Its Application to Successful Treatment
Presenters: Judith Swack & Wendy Rawlings
Trauma is structured and cleared in layers. It has neurobiologic underpinnings that need to be accurately mapped to be successfully treated. Participants will learn the structure of trauma and an evidence-based technique from the field of Energy Psychology for rapidly clearing trauma from the conscious mind, unconscious mind and body.

EV 275152: Treating African-American Women: Resisting Stereotypes and Notions of Pathology
Presenter: Theresa Ford
The presentation examines the many challenges and strengths of African American women and how these challenges may contribute to mental health issues and present barriers to treatment. Pervasive stereotypes such as the selfless Mammy/Matriarch, or perpetually angry Sapphire, complicate diagnosis and treatment. Strengths-based counseling from a sociopolitical/spiritual perspective is advocated.

The Electrophysiology of Self-Soothing
Presenter: Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-T Social and emotional resiliency skills are integral to successful and rewarding relationships, both personal and professional. This presentation will examine a constellation of neurophysiological factors which compromise ones’ ability to manage stress in a healthy manner, and suggest strategies to improve self-soothing abilities in all ages.

Presenter: Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-T

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

CSE 272952: Clinical Supervisors' Role as Gatekeepers
Presenter: Jade Letourneau
Clinical supervisors play a vital role in the training of novice mental health counselors; they also play an important role as guardians of the public and the profession (aka "gatekeeping"). This session will address how clinical supervisors can serve as effective gatekeepers to both mental health counseling and the community.

CH 275034: Narrative Family Therapy: Effective Techniques with Couples and Families
Presenter: Eric Suddeath, MA
Whether you work with individuals, couples, or families many difficulties clients face stem from, involve, or affect family relationships. One approach growing in use and popularity is narrative family therapy (NFT). This presentation gives clinicians the theoretical foundation for and tools for the practical application of NFT.

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
Presenter: Eric Beeson
Despite an increasing focus on neuroscience in the counseling profession, there has been little empirical research related to neurocounseling. This presentation explores the Research Domain Criteria of the NIMH as a tool to provide researchers with strategies to develop brain-based research agendas the enhance CMHC.

IC 272587: Evidence Based Practices for Suicide Prevention
Presenter: James Messina
In recent years CMHC's have been called upon to work with Medical Professionals to provide Suicide Assessment and Prevention Counseling Services. The VA and Department of Defense have taken the lead in developing a number of model programs for Suicide Prevention and this Program will review them.

AB 272845: Factors Influencing the Working Alliance in Substance Use Treatment
Presenters: Justin Watts & Deirdre O'Sullivan
The counseling working alliance is a stable predictor of treatment engagement and outcomes for individuals seeking substance use treatment. This presentation illustrates factors which interfere with the counseling working alliance for individuals seeking substance use treatment with early trauma histories. Recommendations for evidence based, trauma-informed treatment are discussed.

EV 275022: Understanding Power in the Therapeutic Relationship
Presenter: Karen Hixson
As national concerns about power emerge following the 2016 election, join me in examining how power is experienced by clients in their therapeutic relationships. This presentation will examine positive, negative, and complex experiences of power from the client's perspective with an emphasis on strategies for practice in counseling relationships.

273341: Eating Disorders in LGBT Communities: Implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Presenter: Jonathan Procter, LPC, LPCC, CRC, NCC, ACS
Individuals within the LGBTQ communities face higher rates of eating disorders than the general population. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has showed positive treatment outcomes, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an innovative and refreshing approach to positive client outcomes.

VT 269332: Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders in Military Service Personnel
Presenter: Suzanne Walker, MS, CCMHC, LCAS, LPC

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
Presenters: Richard Chapman & Joseph Weeks
This presentation will be conducted by the American mental health counseling Association ethics committee. It will provide a overview of the committee and the revised code of ethics. A ethical decision making model will be presented. Discussion about actual ethical issues will be presented.

EV 272099: Emerging Strategies for Enhanced Counselor Effectiveness and Evidence Based Outcomes
Presenter: Gray Otis
Three emerging counseling initiatives are converging into a singular therapeutic conceptualization. Counselors who master health integration and core belief development combined with quantitative outcome evaluation achieve higher rates of treatment effectiveness. Learn how to employ these strategic best practices to resolve numerous co-morbid mental disorders.

TH 269184: Building Quality Therapeutic Relationships Using an Online Therapy Platform
Presenter: Linda Sacco
This presentation will focus on building quality relationships online focusing on the areas most often cited as difficult and will provide techniques for translating skills to an online environment. Learning to communicate therapeutically in writing is an important skill that once mastered, helps to create strong relationships and positive outcomes.

CSE 272871: Culture at the Forefront of Supervision: Child-Parent-Psychotherapy as a Model
Presenters: Donna Walck, Alisa Hathaway, & Justin Russotti
Supervision is an essential component of ethical and effective counseling. Supervisors need to understand their own cultural identity and positioning, and create space for counselors to develop this awareness, impacting work with clients. Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based trauma-treatment, will serve as an illustration for how to infuse culture into supervision.

EV 274079: Beyond Treatment as Usual: The Case for Cognitive Remediation
Presenter: Victor Lloyd
Why have more individuals with chronic mental health disabilities not recovered more completely? By rethinking the problem and moving the treatment paradigm from Treatment As Usual, to Cognitive Remediation, a rehabilitative, active treatment model focusing on remediating the person’s disabilities while increasing their strengths more complete recovery can occur.

CH 274718: Youth Suicidality: What Every Parent and Counselor Needs to Know
Presenter: Randi Jensen
This presentation targets building resiliency skills that are essential for youth in recovery from suicidality. With the foundation of trauma-informed care and the knowledge of the enlightening statistics provided in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study we discover age-appropriate ways to explain the naissance of self-destructive thought processes.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Networking Break and Poster Presentations 

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

GN 268142: Recovery-Based Behavioral Healthcare Services Transformation or Revolution?
Presenter: Cynthia Johnson
Changes in behavioral health-care service systems are having an impact on the quality and array of health services available. The changing context of health-care holds opportunities and challenges for all professionals. This presentation will explore the context and expectations related to mental health recovery-focused services vital to making needed adjustments.

EV 274819: Changed for Good
Presenter: Wendy Rawlings
This presentation focuses on understanding, facilitating, supporting, and maintaining change through the use of the latest neuropsychological and behavioral research and learn to use a tool that will identify the client’s resistance points, help clients change their beliefs regarding their therapeutic goals, and increases the overall effectiveness of therapy.

EV 274952: New Vistas in Clinical Competence: An Introduction to Relational Bias
Presenters: Melissa Bridges & Paul Maione
With the evolving definition of marriage and the proliferation of alternate relationship paradigms, clinicians are invited to broaden their awareness and increase clinical competence in key areas. Understanding relational bias is one of these key areas. This program will explore relational bias and the evolving construct of marriage.

VT 272254: Military and Trauma Counselor Education and Training
Presenter: Mark Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, CCMC
A national survey of military counseling course work in CORE and CACREP accredited master’s programs indicate that none of the programs surveyed indicated that they have a specialty-track, concentration, or degree program relating to military counseling issues. Military counseling course work has been sparsely undertaken. LPCs learn military counseling on-the-job.

IC 268481: Medical Treatment, Medical Trauma: Roles for Counselors in Integrated Care
Presenters: Michelle Hall & Scott Hall
As clinical counselors, we are highly attuned to the significant psychological impacts of medical trauma, from traumatic stress associated with life-threatening medical events to emotional effects of living with illness. Join us as we explore new roles for counselors in hospital and primary care settings using an integrated care model.

TR 267404: Shared Family Trauma: When a Shared Trauma Isn't So Shared
Presenters: Angele Moss-Baker & Laurie Persh
Is a shared traumatic experience really shared? Pulling from principles of trauma-informed care and family systems counseling, this interactive workshop will help participants explore an integrated approach to working with clients who have experienced a shared family trauma, with varying perceptions, reactions and the intra-reactions among family members.


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
Presenters: David Whittinghill & Kshawna Askew
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) designs, maintains and delivers examinations for licensed counselors in all 50 states and three U.S. Territories. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of how NBCC maintains, and delivers the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) for measuring counselor competency.

NR 272469: Epigenetics and Mental Health Counseling: Biologically-Informed Treatment
Presenter: Justin Russotti
This presentation will provide counselors with an understanding of how life experiences influence the epigenetic mechanisms that underlie many adverse mental health outcomes. The interacting roles of biology and environment will be discussed in the context of mental health counseling. Evidence-based practices addressing prevention and intervention strategies will be presented.

EV 273366: Client Suicide: An Occupational Hazard for Counselors
Presenter: Kelly Belmontes
Experiencing client suicide can be damaging personally and professionally, with persistent and severe effects. This session will educate counselors about the impact of client suicide to aid with recovery from this event and avoid impairment, while supervisors and educators will receive information to ethically and effectively prepare and support counselors.

273008: Counseling Law Enforcement: Considerations from Crisis to Therapy
Presenter: Steven Plummer, MS, LCPC
Presentation provides education and tools for successfully counseling law enforcement who are in need of help across the spectrum from crisis to ongoing counseling.

Self-Injurious Behavior: Creative and Expressive Strategies
Presenter: Laurie Craigen, PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC
Self-injury is a pervasive and dangerous problem, especially among adolescents and young adults. This presentation, grounded firmly in the scholarly literature, will provide participants with ideas on how to integrate and utilize expressive arts activities with clients who self-injure.

+ 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
This interactive workshop will allow counselors to integrate feminist principles into work related to the aging process and the joys and challenges it brings. A basic knowledge of feminist theory as well as developmental models is assumed. Specific techniques will be discussed to promote empowered aging of all genders.

EV 273911: Shhh! Let's Talk About Moderation for Mild Alcohol Use Disorders
Presenters: Cynthia Turner & Craig James
Nearly 90 million people in the United States struggle with alcohol use but are not addicted. This presentation will teach how to differentiate four types of drinkers and their treatment needs, determine who is a candidate for moderate drinking, and review tools for developing and implementing a Moderate Drinking Plan.

TR 274775: Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents
Presenters: Alisa Hathaway & Donna Walck
This workshop will examine effects of trauma on children and adolescents from a developmental perspective. The workshop will also explore the systems that potentially impact children’s trauma experiences and response. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss assessment tools and treatments for supporting children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

268935: 272673: Meaning Making in a Time of Terrorism
Presenters: Sylvia Marotta-Walters, PhD, ABPP & Kshipra Jain, MA, LPC
Meaning making has been described as a healing factor in literature that is related to identity development in both positive and negative ways. This presentation is based on the theory of meaning making that proposes that traumatic events can disrupt an individual’s global meaning systems, affecting deeply-held beliefs and goals.

274375: Untangling the Opioid Epidemic-A Hijacking of the Brain
Presenter: Marcus De Carvalho, MD
Recently the CDC has classified the opioid crisis in the United States, “An Epidemic”, with a surge in deaths in 2015 surpassing 30,000 for the first time in history. Dr. De Carvalho will walk you through this deeply troubling problem which has been claiming the lives of so many Americans.

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
Accelerated advances in technology have allowed individuals to live longer with multiple chronic illnesses. This workshop explores the counseling needs and successful treatment interventions with seniors and the elderly. The session also addresses the differences in worldviews between counselor and client and describes some of the cultural and generational challenges

AS 272138: DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview for Understanding Clients Illness Narratives
Presenters: Enobong Inyang & Andrew Burck
For effective treatment outcomes with multicultural clients it is essential for the clinician to understand the client’s illness narratives. Such understanding begins during the assessment process which can be challenging without guidelines. This presentation aims to examine the use of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) as an assessment tool in gaining insights into clients’ presenting concern from their perspectives.

CSE 272024: Trauma Informed Clinical Supervision
Presenter: Stanley Hoover
Trauma-focused clinical supervision can be instrumental in preparing counselors to work effectively with clients who have experienced trauma. This session will examine how clinical supervision can help counselors to develop essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to trauma counseling.

EV 275094: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: A Case-Study in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy
Presenter: Maya Georgieva
Commonly used cognitive therapies focus on clients' narratives and neglect the importance of their here-and-now bodily experiences. Humanistic sandtray therapy, an innovative and creative approach to counseling, offers an integrated mind-body framework. In this session the presenter will introduce the approach, and illustrate it with a case study.

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