Maryland Counselor Association
An Integrated Approach to Counseling:
Creating a Culture of
Innovation & Collaboration
Friday, November 8-9, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton
1300 Concourse Drive, Linthicum,
Maryland, 21090, USA
DAY GLANCE- Friday November 8, 2019
DAY GLANCE- Saturday, November 9, 2019
Friday Professional Development Institute
Title: Play Therapy Reimagined
Presented by: Althea Simpson
PDI 1 9:00-12:00pm Friendship Room
Title: Private Practice & Beyond
Presented by: Dr. Ajita Robinson
PDI 2 9:00-12:00pm Heathrow Room
Title: M, F, or X: Understanding our non-binary clients
Presented by: Lia Bostian & Call Trevenen
PDI 3 9:00-12:00pm JFK Room
Title: Telemental Health
Presented by: Dr. Carol ZA McGinnis
PDI 4 9:00-12:00pm LAX Room
Friday Professional Development Institute
Title: Reiki & The Mental Health
Presented by: Dr. Felicia Pressley
PDI 5 1:30- 5:00pm Friendship Room
Title: Say this, not that: Working with individuals with body image and eating disorder issues
Presented by: Dr. Sara Pula
PDI 6 1:30-5:00pm Heathrow Room
Title: Ethics Deep Dive
Presented by: Dr. Lynn Linde
PDI 7 1:30- 5:00pm JFK Room
Title: Unplugged: Nature based mindfulness for ADHD and Sensory Processing
Presented by: Dr. Cheryl Fisher
PDI 8 1:30- 5:00pm LAX Room
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Title: Meeting of the Minds: Providing student support via telehealth mental health service delivery
Presented by: Danielle LaSure-Bryant, EdD & Matt Mazick, BA
This education session will highlight a university counseling center integrating both in-person and telehealth for mental health service delivery for students. The session will expose participants to the various methods of telehealth service delivery, integrative best practices, and clinical and ethical considerations when using telehealth mental health services. Lastly, participants will see a demonstration of a specific type of telehealth service delivery and will be given information on how to seek telehealth practitioner certification.
Session 1 8:00-9:15am Friendship Room
Title: Culturally-Sensitive Clinical Supervision in Maryland: An Empirically-Based Approach to Supervision
Presented by: Courtney Glasser and Katherine Shaffer
In this session, experienced clinical supervisors will present information about current Maryland rules and regulations pertaining to the practice of clinical supervision. Participants will learn about using Bernard’s discrimination model in their supervisory work, with a focus on augmenting their current approaches to supervision with other supervisory roles and methods. Best practices for culturally-sensitive supervision will be explored in addition to findings from contemporary supervision research.
Session 2 8:00-9:15am Heathrow Room
Title: A Conversation between a Disability Counseling Expert and an Employment Counseling Expert
Presented by: Janice Toothman & Dr. Michael Lazarchick
Janice and Michael will have a discussion helping each other understand the obstacles a counselor with disabilities has training to become a counselor working with a counselee and navigating everyday activities. Janice will explain the obstacles she encounters. Michael will reflect and invite the audience to participate. A greater level of consciousness will be raised by the communication methods. Everyone will create the knowledgebase that helps both Janice and Michael better understand what it takes to help people with a disability get hired. Devices will be displayed, a list of resources will be offered and making an office more accessible are among the information given. At the end, the audience will be asked questions to challenge their biases and stereotypes. From guiding a person who is visually impaired to understand trust, to listening with earplugs, some of the participants will have the opportunity to simulate certain aspects of a sensory disability.
Session 3 8:00-9:15am JFK Room
Title: Integrating Dance into Trauma Treatment: New Potentials
Presented by: Funda Yilmaz
Could dancing be the next frontier in trauma treatment? According to the latest research, yes. Learn some easy to implement moves to quickly lift anxiety, depression and enhance focus.
Session 4 8:00-9:15am LAX Room
Title: Strategies and Interventions for Angry Clients
Presented by: Carol McGinnis
Participants will be engaged in an active discussion about angry clients from case studies from a recent (Summer of 2019) IRB-aproved research study. Strategies and interventions that focus on anger as a positive emotion will be introduced and practiced using "Amazon" Warrior Theory (McGinnis, 2008). Using an integrated theoretical conceptualization approach, participants will be invited to practice a "Leash the Beast" intervention and discuss the "Face of Anger" processing model with client scenarios during this presentation. Sharing of participant experience with client anger will be encouraged.
Session 5 9:00-10:40 am Friendship Room
Title: Creating a New Normal: Decolonizing Sexuality-related Counseling
Presented by: Bianca R. Augustine & Jordan Pearce
Imperative to the successful treatment of sexuality-related concerns is the development of affirming & decolonized counseling modalities. Counseling practices are often based on Eurocentric, cisgender, Christian-centric, & heterocentric norms, making common modalities rooted in these principles a poor fit for many clients. Models, theories, & best practices for conducting sexuality counseling from a decolonized perspective will be presented. Group discussions will also be utilized.
Session 6 9:00-10:40 am Heathrow Room
Title: Mental Health and the Immigrant and Latinx population
Presented by: Dr. Eunice Humphrey & Dr. Julio Orozco
This presentation will provide insights on how counselors can advocate, provide counseling, and continual to destigmatize mental health in the immigrant and Latinx community.
Session 7 9:00-10:40 am JFK Room
Title: Hip Hop Theater: An Interactive (Re) Mixed Multi-media Family Therapy Role Play
Presented by: Dr. Mark Bolden, Dr. Otis Williams III, Dr. Marja Humphrey
This presentation will use the concept of Dreikur’s Open Forum to engage the audience in a role play with a married couple rapper and singer. The presentation will use snippets of song and rap lyrics, titles, videos, artists interviews, and social media event recollections from the various family members to address communication patterns, the influence of birth order on the belief and value system of the parents, and the impact of children on the family constellation. Therapist(s) will engage in Adlerian and Black psychological bio-psychosocial techniques in order to address the husband and wife’s: 1) views of marriage, 2) early memories of their own parents’ relationships, 3) trust and infidelity; 4) private logic, 5) unconscious motivations, and 6) individual and family traumas. In addition to Adlerian techniques, reflecting teams will be used in the open forum to represent the voices of encouragement for each family member. Finally, the audience will be invited to reflect on how social media shapes and penetrates family structures for the family and the audience alike.
Session 8 9:00-10:40am LAX Room
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Title: Examining Emergency psychiatric services to improve client outcomes
Presented by: LaCresha E Mitchener & Jenae Smith
Emergency Psychiatric Services is an essential service for the community. Individuals in crisis have the right to receive effective and efficient psychiatric care. It is essential that they have a trained team of providers ready and able to assist them in this vulnerable time. There is a rise in the need for emergency psychiatric treatment. It is important to examine current practices so that it may more readily meet the needs of the population.
Session 9 1:15- 2:30 pm Friendship Room
Title: Equipping School Counselors to Provide Mental Health Services in Schools
Presented by: Cynthia L Taylor
School counselors receive minimal training in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; yet, they are on the front lines and often the first to encounter students with mental health concerns. Properly preparing school counselors to address the mental health concerns of their students will markedly improve outcomes for school age children and the counseling profession.
Session 10 1:15- 2:30 pm Heathrow Room
Title: From Pain to Power: Attaining Posttraumatic Growth in the Aftermath of Traumatic Grief
Presented by: Dr. Glenda Dickonson
Although death is ubiquitous, unavoidable, and expected, homicide is not. Studies show that homicide creates greater levels of complicated grief than any other cause of death (Burke & Neimeyer, 2014) with the homicidally bereaved enduring permanent, emotional scarring that could have far reaching negative effects on their well being (Aldrich & Kallivayalil, 2016). This presentation which is based on empirical evidence aims to empower those who counsel or minister to the homicidally bereaved with the requisite tools to help them emerge from their grief and facilitate post-traumatic growth.
Session 11 1:15- 2:30 pm JFK Room
Title: Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention
Presented by: Vanity Dawson
Everyday of the year, a new victim is traumatized by sexual assault. The mission of this presentation is to raise awareness about sexual assault and to present preventative measures that can reduce the chances of sexual assault occurring.
Session 12 2:40- 3:55 pm LAX Room
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Title: The Collateral Consequences of Incarceration: A Criminal Justice Primer for Counselors, Counselor Educators, and Supervisors
Presented by: Jennifer McClendon
This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the collateral consequences of incarceration on individuals and society. The professional responsibility of counselor educators and supervisors to increase multicultural competency strategies for teaching and supervising counselors working with forensic populations will be explained. The American Counseling Association Advocacy Competencies will be used to demonstrate a framework for improving counselor and supervisee competence.
Session 13 2:40- 3:55 pm Friendship Room
Title: Affirmative Counseling: Working with African American Families Post-Disclosure as LGBTQ+
Presented by: Sergio Washington & Dr. Don Trahan
Affirmative practice is ethical and essential when counseling LGBTQ+ clients. Counselors may wish to embrace a positive, helpful perspective in counseling but may be unsure of what approaches may contribute to affirmative practice. This session will include an explanation of the purpose of affirmative practice, provide mechanisms to improve affirmative counseling practice, and share case studies to enhance participants’ positive perspective toward African American LGBTQ+ clients.
Session 14 2:40- 3:55 pm Heathrow Room
Title: Desired, But Not Desirable: The Hypersexualization of Black and Latino Women
Presented by: Drs. N. Battle, Latonia Laffitte & Eunice Humphrey
The relationship between women of color and the United States has been tenuous at best. Dominant representations of Latin and Black women focus on and emphasize their breasts, hips, and buttocks (Guzman, Valdivia, 2004). Since the arrival of the first slaves in the United States, women of color have been viewed as desired, but not desirable. During the colonial period, slave owners as a means of justifying their rape of Black women described them as having insatiable appetites for sex (Pilgrim, 2002). In his writings, abolitionist James Redpath (1859) wrote of female slaves, “slave women were gratified by the criminal advances of the Saxons." It was also believed that as slaves were considered property, legally they could not be raped (Pilgrim, 2002). For women of color, their understanding, and view of their own femininity are in relation to the dominant constructions of Whiteness and femininity, constructs that deem women of color as being beyond, the margins of socially acceptable femininity and beauty (Guzman, Valdivia, 2004). According to the ACA code of ethics (2014) C.5 counselors are not to condone or engage in discrimination we are also mandated to communicate information in ways that are both developmentally and culturally appropriate. Understanding that decisions are made based on the options one has, and the options they perceive they have (Pilgrim, 2002); prostitutes, sluts, and whores examines the role that the hyper-sexualization of women of color has played in how they are perceived by the world, how they perceive themselves, and how they perceive themselves in the world. This knowledge is important because many women of color often wish to be lighter because of the perception that women of a lighter hue have more and better access to social, professional, and educational opportunities, these beliefs based on the color of their skin, have a direct impact on their psychological well-being (Stephens & Thomas, 2014).
Session 15 2:40- 3:55 pm JFK Room
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Title: Round Table Discussions
1. Dr. John Duggan & Dr. Courtney Conley
3. EAP Providers- Laurie Persh
Session 16 4:05- 5:20 pm LAX Room
Title: MSCJ Panel discussion: Do you Hear What I hear? Social Justice in Action
Presented by: Dr. Don Trahan on behalf of MSCJ
Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” Often times, one may find themselves asked to join the party but left with no idea of how to dance. This session addresses one's limited framework and/or worldview based on the intersection of power and privilege. Attendees will learn how to manage levels of bias (e.g., unconscious, implicit, explicit), microaggression, and develop the competencies needed to cultivate an inclusive climate from a social justice and equitable framework. Join MCSJ as we explore some of the challenges (e.g., racial battle fatigue, the current political climate) and rewards when seeking to create a more diverse and inclusive community. Attendees will leave energized and equipped with the skills to process how their actions (i.e., the walk) and their voice (i.e., the talk) should always be a part of the party!
Session 17 4:05- 5:20 pm Friendship Room
Title: Workplace Bullying: A Guide to Assisting Clients who are Targeted at Work
Presented by: Janet Glover-Kerkvliet & Sonja Pitts
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 60+ million Americans have experienced, observed or been affected by repeated, health-harming, mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators on the job. Workplace bullying is abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating, and/or intimidating. Most workplace bullying is not considered illegal and therefore cannot be prosecuted. Participants will learn about what counselors can do if a client is experiencing bullying in the workplace. Participants will learn about the upcoming formation of the Maryland Healthy Workplace/Freedom from Bullying Working Group (MHW/FBWG), which will promote the professional development of mental health professionals in expanding their ability to assist people experiencing abuse at work and uphold the honor and respect for human dignity that all workers
Session 18 4:05- 5:20 pm Heathrow Room
Title: Supervisor to Mentor: The Impact of Creating Long-Term Mentorship Opportunities for Minority Counselors in Training
This presentation will explore the influence of the clinical supervisor and the affect of mentorship for minority counselors in training. This demonstration will examine the opportunities for long term mentorship from clinical supervisors.
Presented by: Ms. Shanelle Clay, M.A, LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
Session 19 4:05- 5:20 pm JFK Room
Title: Techniques and Strategies for Counseling Gamers
Billions of people are playing online videogames using Xbox, PS4, or computers and we need to be aware of how this virtual environment might impact counseling. Our gamer clients may benefit from enhanced understanding of how that environment can be an important part of therapeutic goal planning and practice of new behaviors. Particular emphasis of this presentation will be on the role of gaming as a part of our client’s identity and research that helps us to use this activity as a way to incorporate the whole person in the work that we do. Participants can expect to share their experiences with gaming clients and to practice some techniques and interventions as a part of this session.
Presented by: Carol ZA McGinnis
Session 20 4:05- 5:20 pm LAX Room
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