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MCA Annual Conference 

Holistic Health - Taking Care of Yourself, Your Clients and Your Community

May 19, 2023 9:00AM - 4:15PM | Virtual

Join counselors and mental health professionals across Michigan for our annual conference. Together we will network and learn from one another. Through keynote and breakout sessions, we will increase our knowledge and professional skills. 

Welcome and Announcements | 9:00-9:15 AM

Keynote Session | 9:15-10:15 AM

RAW *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom: Holistically Taking Care of US! | Dr. Kent Butler Jr, Ph.D., NCC, NCSC

Breakout Session | 10:30-11:30 AM

  • Risk Mitigation in Telemental Health | Susan Meyerle, PhD, LIMHP, CEAP, CFLE
  • Sexual Beliefs Beyond Your Bedroom | Sarah Watson, MA, LPC, AASECT
  • Using Art and Movement to Regulate Children | Amber Withrow, MA, LPC, CST
  • Self Care: Take Your Own Advice | Patricia Dixon, MSW, LMSW, ACSW

    Lunch Break & Networking | 11:30-12:15 PM

    Breakout Session | 12:15-1:15 PM

    • Bridging the Gap between Mental Health Professionals and Ministerial Clergy in Serving the Community | Reuben M. Mwangi, PhD, LPC, CAADC
    • Counselors as Clients: An Exploration of Personal Counseling for Counselors and Counseling Students | Brad Imhoff Ph.D., LPC (OH)
    • Creating a Culture that Prioritizes Team Wellness and High Quality Clinical Care: Practical Strategies to Promote Wellness for Therapists, Clients, and our Community | Jennifer Korenchuk, Ph.D., LPC, TF CBT-CT
    • Exploring Implicit Bias in the Counseling Relationship | Mary Thomas, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS (Approved for 1 hour of Implicit Bias Training in accordance with MI Admin Rule R 338.7004)

      Breakout Session | 1:30-2:30 PM

      • On the Horizon: Forecasting Future Obstacles and Opportunities for Private Practices | Maureen Werrbach LCPC, LCSW
      • The Combined Use of Screening Tools to Decrease the Misdiagnosis of Bipolar One Disorder | Meredith Fenton MA, LLC, NCC
      • Burnout, Compassion Fatigue or Vicarious Traumatization…From Exhaustion to Resilience | Barbara J Shaya MA, PhD Candidate, LPC
      • Learning and Teaching Self-Compassion | Kaitlyn Wright, MA, LLPC
      • Spiritualty in Clinical Practice | Michael Verona, PhD, LPC, CAADC & Melanie Popiolek, MA, LPC, NCC

        Keynote Session | 2:45-3:45 PM

        Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Multiple Exposure: Advancing Well-being and Collective Care Dr. Karen VanDeusen, Psy.D., ACSW

        Wrap Up and Giveaways | 3:45-4:15 PM

        5 CEUs Available - The MCA is NBCC ACEP Provider No. 2023.

        Michigan Counseling Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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