Topic: Risk Mitigation in Telemental Health
Presenter: Susan Meyerle, PhD, LIMHP, CEAP, CFLE
Abstract: The pandemic changed the world, including the world of counseling. More counselors than ever have engaged in telemental health. Is the genie out of the bottle? Is telehealth here to stay? In what ways? How is your counseling practice impacted by ongoing changes to telemental health regulations?
Description: This is an interactive discussion lecture updated this year to reflect changes in telemental health statutes and regulations. We will review the impact of the conclusion of the PHE and the ongoing care of clients receiving services. The impact of the Counseling Compact will also be addressed as it relates to the provision of telemental health services.
NBCC Content Area: Telemental Health
Susan Meyerle, Ph.D., LIMHP, CEAP, is a trendsetter in the world of ethics education. With her experience as an educator, regulatory board member, therapist, author and inspirational speaker, she makes reviewing ethical protocols interesting, engaging, current and relevant.
Topic: Self Care: Take Your Own Advice
Presenter: Patricia Dixon, MSW, LMSW Clincial & Macro, ACSW | Anne Di Iorio-Fitzpatrick, MSW, LMSW Clinical | Sheila Lewis, LPC CAADC Crisis Specialist | Charmain Allen, MSW Intern
Abstract: An interactive experience for counselors to build self-care skills and answer the question why don't we do what we tell our clients to do? Each participant will get the chance to share how they do self-care and learn at least three new skills.
Description: This experiential discussion will explore what gets in the way of counselors doing self-care. It will provide an overview of self-care activities, encouraged participate discussion and include practice of self-care that can be done in the office and on the go.
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship, Wellness and PreventionPresenter Information:
The primary presenter is an Associate Director of Afterhours Program with Counseling and Psychological Services Office at WSU. Embedded in the College of Pharmacy and Health Services. Has a BSW from Central Michigan University, 1982 and an MSW from Wayne State University in 1989. She earned a PhD certificate in Social Work Research and Evaluation from Wayne State University in 2019. Prior to working at WSU she worked in Community Mental Health for over 25 years. She began her career as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Liberia West African in 1982. While working at WSU she has volunteered with the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Board Member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association, member of the National Association of Social Workers and an instructor for the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports Certificate Program. She also provided crisis response training for the School of Social Work’s Health Care Worker COVID-19 Crisis line. She provides support and mental health services to WSU Students as the first embedded CAPS Counselor. She worked closely with the Academic Advising Staff and Faculty to provide counseling and education for students needing mental health support throughout the Pandemic and before.
The second presenter is one of the inaugural clinicians of the Counseling and Psychological Services Afterhours Program at Wayne State University. Anne graduated with a BA in Theater and a BA in Psychology from The University of Detroit Mercy in 2011, and a MSW from Wayne State University in 2019. Since completing her graduate degree, Anne has worked in both community mental health with runaway, at risk and homeless youth and in clinical private practice serving adolescent girls and women. She has volunteered with the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women, is a volunteer for the Michigan Crisis Response Association, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. In her current role, she provides afterhours clinical crisis support to WSU students experiencing mental health emergencies as well as individual counseling, group therapy and community outreach.
Topic: Using Art and Movement to Regulate Children
Presenter: Amber Withrow, MA LPC, NCC, Trauma Certification, DBT certification
Abstract: This breakout session will connect current research on ways to stimulate full brain thinking and improve mood, processing, and impulsivity in children.
Description: This program is interactive and experiential to provide education and connection on children's mental health. Focus will be placed on interactively utilizing fine and motor gross skills to explore methods that enhance brain functioning in order to improve intrapersonal awareness and extend to interpersonal interactions, decrease impulsivity, and enhance processing of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Emphasizing movement and identifying resources found within the natural body coincides with the holistic theme.
NBCC Content Area: Human Growth and Development, Counseling TheoryPresenter Information:
The presenter has over a decade of experience working with children through home-based services and in private practice. Treatment has been provided for trauma, academic difficulties, and mood, behavior, and emotion dysregulation. In addition to mental-health service, the presenter is an adjunct professor at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI.
Topic: Sexual Beliefs Beyond Your Bedroom
Presenters: Sarah Watson, MA, LPC, AASECT
Abstract: Attendees will evaluate their own bias about sexual health and be able to identify what is scientifically accurate information. Attendees will discuss their thoughts and beliefs about sexual health in medically accurate way being able to use this discussion in their relationships and clients. Attendees will be able to recommend medically accurate learning resources.
Description: "Only 18 states in America require medically accurate sexual education. That statistic is detrimental to the culture in health of the United States. Most individuals struggle to understand and communicate their sexual needs and desires. Most therapists lack education in sexual health.
As a certified sex therapist I have worked with hundreds of clients to help them navigate their presumed beliefs about sexual health. The outcome of understanding your sexual health and ability to share with your partner or important people results in improved sense of self, elevated self esteem and increased satisfaction in their relationships.
In this presentation attendees will be able to evaluate their sexual beliefs and how intimacy plays a role in all relationships. They will learn how to discuss sexual health in a medically accurate way and be able to recommend resources for others while exploring sexual heath. Curiosity about sexual health naturally lends itself to growth. As many in the sexual health field say “talking about sex can change the world.” This presentation will conclude by exploring that statement and how attendees can use that in their personal lives or with clients in a meaningful way.
This presentation is educational. It fits with the theme of the conference of learning how to take care of yourself before you take care of your clients. This will allow participants to deepen their relationship with themselves."
NBCC Content Area: Helping RelationshipPresenter Information:
The presenter is a seasoned LPC and certified sex therapist. With over 10 years in the field the presenter has the extensive experience in working with all people struggling with sexual health including other professionals. The presenter is highly dedicated to providing accurate sexual health to all people.
Topic: Bridging the Gap between Mental Health Professionals and Ministerial Clergy in Serving the Community
Presenter: Reuben M. Mwangi, PhD, LPC, CAADC
Abstract: This presentation explores ministerial clergy-counselor partnership possibilities that would benefit the underserved communities. Although the clergy primarily focus on the religious-spiritual dimension of human development, it is necessary to incorporate mental health component and psychoeducation to foster a holistic outlook on overall well-being.
Description: This presentation will use educational-lecture format to share knowledge and experience of working with minority populations who struggle to access mental health services, particularly within the faith community. Presenter will highlight barriers that prevent minorities from accessing mental health services, thus reaching out to ministerial clergy for help. In this case, the ministerial clergy may be rightly regarded as first responders to address mental health concerns of their parishioners. The clergy are not adequately trained to address mental health and behavioral concerns, much less competently identify individuals who might be struggling with mental health concerns. This scenario may present a dilemma to most clergy who would like to effectively serve their communities.
However, the clergy can be a crucial link to supporting and serving the underserved in rural and urban centers. Consequently, mental health professionals could learn how to bridge existing gap between faith communities and mental health professionals. Hopefully, this could yield positive outcome when communities are reached and served. Additionally, there are potential opportunities for providing mental health literacy and psychoeducational events. Mental health professionals could also provide trainings for pastors in basic mental health and wellness initiatives.
NBCC Content Area: Wellness and PreventionPresenter Information:
The presenter has worked extensively with diverse populations, primarily providing clinical mental health and substance abuse counseling in a variety of settings, including integrated health care and college counseling. His research interests include help-seeking attitudes, substance use, spiritual well-being, and mental health treatment approaches among immigrants and people of African ancestry.
Topic: Counselors as Clients: An Exploration of Personal Counseling for Counselors and Counseling Students
Presenter: Brad Imhoff, Ph.D., LPC (OH) | Robert Switala, MA, CSAT Candidate | Jeff Mazzone, MA
Abstract: Research shows many benefits for counselors receiving personal counseling and the majority report satisfaction with the experience. This presentation explores benefits of counselors receiving counseling, as self-care and a protective factor against burnout. Obstacles to engaging in personal counseling will be presented, and solutions to overcome these will be discussed.
Description: Counselors and counseling students are required to have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to work effectively with clients (CACREP, 2016). While formal education provides much of this, receiving personal counseling has been shown to have many positive effects on counselors and students, including enhancing personal development, increasing belief in the efficacy of counseling, promoting professional development, managing compassion fatigue, and increasing self-care, among others (Byrne & Ost, 2016; Kalkbrenner et al., 2019; Orlinsky et al., 2011; Stevens et al., 2020). Even so, some studies suggest much less engagement in personal counseling by students than by practicing counselors (Kalkbrenner et al., 2019). This presentation will explore this divide, review and discuss the benefits of personal counseling for counselors and students, and discuss the obstacles that may prevent the use of personal counseling. In previous iterations of this presentation, it has been in an engaging lecture format with opportunities for self-reflection, brainstorming, and offering feedback on the part of the participants. It would make for an excellent roundtable discussion with participants invited to share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas related to the topic. The presentation also aligns very well with the conference theme because it discusses how counselors can utilize their own personal counseling for increased wellness, which, in turn, positively impacts their work with clients and the community.
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship, Wellness and Prevention, Counselor Professional Identity and Ethical IssuesPresenter Information:
Presenter 1 is a Counselor Educator and has done this presentation eight times in 18 months with excellent feedback. The presentation arose from using personal counseling as a means of self-care and personal growth. Counseling literature is consulted to demonstrate the benefits of and obstacles to receiving personal counseling as counselors.
Presenter 2 works as a counselor in Endicott, NY and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate with plans to achieve full CSAT certification. He previously worked as a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience.
Topic: Creating a Culture that Prioritizes Team Wellness and High Quality Clinical Care: Practical Strategies to Promote Wellness for Therapists, Clients, and our Community
Presenters: Jennifer Korenchuk, Ph.D., LPC, TF CBT-CT | Stacey Vatter, MA, LPC, CAADC, TF-CBT-CT | Colleen Reveley, LMSW
Abstract: The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of empirically-supported, practical strategies implemented by a team of CMH Clinical Supervisors in an outpatient setting to promote a culture that prioritizes both clinician wellness and high quality clinical care for children, their families, and the community.
Description: "Burnout and secondary traumatic stress (STS) are prevalent among mental health practitioners (Dreison et al., 2018), including professional counselors. Pre-pandemic studies suggested between 21-67% of mental health practitioners experienced burnout (Morse et al., 2012). Although more recent literature is limited, one study showed 91% of college counselors endorsed symptoms of burnout (Walden et al., 2021). Burnout and STS negatively impact client outcomes, quality of care, and counselors’ mental and physical health (Acker, 2010; Fye et al., 2020). Additionally, they contribute to unhealthy work culture (Cook et al., 2021), increased ethical dilemmas (Litam et al., 2021) and turnover rates as high as 50% in CMH settings (Paris & Hoge, 2010). Further, practitioners who work with trauma survivors (Craig & Sprang, 2010), in community mental health settings (Green et al., 2013), and those with minority identities (Viehl et al., 2017; Basma et al., 2021) are at even higher risk for burnout and STS. Despite the well-known and costly implications of burnout and STS for practitioners and clients, there is a lack of research about how to effectively prevent or treat these symptoms (Bercier & Maynard, 2015).
During this 60-minute interactive discussion, presenters will provide an overview of empirically-supported, practical strategies implemented by a team of CMH Clinical Supervisors in an outpatient setting to promote a culture that prioritizes both clinician wellness and high quality clinical care for children, their families, and their communities. Presenters will also briefly discuss the CE-CERT Model, an empirically-supported intervention designed to mitigate clinician burnout and STS, and their team’s pilot study examining the efficacy of this model. Presenters will invite attendees to join a movement to transform outdated, unsustainable mental health care practices to one that emphasizes holistic wellness for counselors, clients, and their communities.
Upon completion, participants will: 1) understand the necessity of creating a culture that prioritizes both clinician wellness and high quality clinical care for clients, their families, and their communities; 2) be able to apply practical, culturally-responsive, and empirically supported strategies to mitigate burnout in clinical and academic settings; and 3) understand the implications of the CE-CERT model for counseling students, educators, counselors, and supervisors."
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship, Social and Cultural Foundations, Wellness and Prevention, Counselor Professional Identity and Ethical IssuesPresenter Information:
Jennifer Korenchuk PhD is a Clinical Supervisor for the Intensive Outpatient Team at Easterseals MORC and adjunct faculty member at Oakland University. Jennifer has 20 years experience working with children and families in non-profit CMH settings. Her research interests include evidence-based practice implementation, practitioner wellness, and research-practitioner collaboration.
Stacey Vatter is a Clinical Supervisor for the Internship Program at Easterseals MORC. Stacey received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Oakland University in 2013. She is passionate about teaching others the craft of clinical therapy, enjoys camping with her family, and takes pride in being a lifelong learner.
Topic: Exploring Implicit Bias in the Counseling Relationship*
Presenters: Mary Thomas, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
Abstract: This presentation is designed to explore personal identities and the role of implicit bias in the counseling relationship, focusing on microaggressions. The impact of implicit bias will be explored as well as strategies to support eliminating bias within the therapeutic relationship.
Description: This presentation is designed to explore personal identities and the role of implicit bias in the counseling relationship, focusing on microaggressions. The impact of implicit bias will be explored as well as strategies to support eliminating bias within the therapeutic relationship.
NBCC Content Area: Counselor Professional Identity and Ethical IssuesPresenter Information:
Mary holds a doctorate in counseling education and supervision, masters in counseling, a masters and a masters in clinical psychology. Thomas has presented locally as well as nationally. Her work focuses on stress and burnout, adolescent development, and reduction of bias in the counseling relationship.
*Approved for 1 hour of Implicit Bias Training in accordance with MI Admin Rule R 338.7004*
Topic: On the Horizon: Forecasting Future Obstacles and Opportunities for Private Practices
Presenter: Maureen Werrbach, LCPC, LCSW
Abstract: The world of mental health treatment as we know it is slowly becoming obsolete. Corporate conglomerates are gobbling up private practices – making treatments less effective and lowering pay for providers. Here is what you’ll need to know to stay relevant in the new market.
Description: The traditional mental health treatment system is slowly being replaced by corporate conglomerates. This means traditional mental health practices are becoming obsolete - treatments are becoming less effective and providers are not being compensated well. This session will provide attendees with everything they need to know to know to stay ahead of the curve in the new market. Attendees will walk away knowing how to provide better care for their clients while simultaneously staying competitive with other clinicians. Finally, attendees will learn about the primary opportunities for private practices to continue serving their community while remaining profitable.
NBCC Content Area: Social and Cultural Foundations, Career Development, Assessment/Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation
Presenter Information:This presenter is a visionary entrepreneur in the mental health field. As the owner of a successful multi-location group practice, they now use their knowledge to help group practice owners learn how to successfully start and scale their businesses, so that they can have a larger impact on their communities.
Topic: The Combined Use of Screening Tools to Decrease the Misdiagnosis of Bipolar One Disorder
Presenters: Meredith Fenton, MA, LLC, NCC
Abstract: The misdiagnosis of BD-I has detrimental effects, such as persistent symptoms, cognitive impairment, substance abuse, increased medical costs, and high rates of suicide. This presentation proposes that using a combination of instruments designed to assess for BD-I can help counselors improve the probability of an accurate diagnosis while ruling out MDD.
Description: The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Holistic Health - Taking Care of Yourself, Your Clients, Your Community”. This presentation proposes that having counselors use a combination of instruments designed to assess for BD-I can help improve the probability of an accurate diagnosis while ruling out MDD. Through accurate and first time diagnosis, clients' symptoms. the use of substances, and medical costs may be reduced leading to less of a strain on clients and their communities.
Approximately 69% of clients with Bipolar depression are misdiagnosed, and over one-third remain undiagnosed for 10 or more years. Misdiagnosed BD-I may result in persistent symptoms, impaired functioning, frequent episode recurrence, cognitive impairment, increased comorbidities, neurological changes, substance abuse, and increased suicidality while simultaneously placing an economic burden on clients and their families.
Training counselors to more readily recognize the prodromal features of the disorder and encouraging the methodological use of three key measures may increase accuracy in diagnosis. Decreasing misdiagnosis rates may positively impact the progression of the disorder on both individuals who struggle with the disorder and their family members and support systems.
This forty-five-minute educational presentation will follow a lecture-style format. A presentation with information on the prodromal symptoms of bipolar disorder, recommended screening tools, and an outline for how to proceed when working with a collaborative team will be included. Fifteen minutes will be reserved at the end of the presentation for questions from the attendees.
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship, Assessment/Appraisal, Wellness and Prevention
Presenter Information:Meredith is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor practicing in Birmingham, Michigan. She also has her Limited Licensed Counselor and National Certified Counselor credentials. Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University, The Family Institute, where she focused her thesis on decreasing the misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Topic: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue or Vicarious Traumatization…From Exhaustion to Resilience
Presenters: Barbara J Shaya LPC, MA, PhD Candidate
Abstract: Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization are constructs that describe the negative impact on counselors resulting from empathic engagement with clients. Understanding how to identify, prevent, and address each of these is important in counselor self-care and professional longevity. Participants will create a personalized plan of professional self-care.
Description: This presentation will define and differentiate burnout (BO), compassion fatigue (CF), and vicarious traumatization (VT). Participants will learn how to identify the symptoms of BO, CF and VT in themselves and understand the negative impact each may have on their work with clients. The presentation will include a review of the ACA Code of Ethics’ imperative for counselor self-care and recognition of counselor impairment. After a psychoeducational presentation, participants will engage in activities to identify their own signs and symptoms of BO, CF, and VT and develop a personalized plan to prevent and address each. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of vicarious resilience and post-traumatic growth as positive outcomes of implementing a professional self-care plan.
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship, Wellness and Prevention, Counselor Professional Identity and Ethical Issues
Presenter Information:The presenter is an LPC in private practice. They specialize in complex trauma and dissociation with expertise in sexual assault, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. They are a PhD Candidate in Counselor Education with a research focus on Trauma Prevention, Education, and Treatment.
Topic: Learning and Teaching Self-Compassion
Presenters: Kaitlyn Wright, MA, LLPC
Abstract: It's so easy to get caught up in negative self-talk. It becomes so second nature that we have to make a conscious effort to stop it from happening. On the flip side, being compassionate towards oneself can be one of the most unnatural acts in the world. Yet, the most powerful. Being compassionate to oneself can be the key to healing from emotional wounds that are keeping us from being our best selves.
Description: This presentation will explain how self-compassion interacts with everything from our work with our clients to our personal life experiences. We will discuss what self-compassion means and tangible ways to practice it for our clients and ourselves and professionals in the mental health field.
NBCC Content Area: Wellness and Prevention
Presenter Information:The presenter has worked in the counseling profession for 5 years, working with clients to improve their self-image and cancel out their negative self-talk. This presenter holds a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.
Topic: Spiritualty in Clinical Practice
Presenters: Michael Verona, PhD, LPC, CAADC & Melanie Popiolek, MA, LPC, NCC
Abstract: This presentation addresses questions including: what is it that connects us all?; how can beliefs help me cope with life’s challenges?; what do I find sacred?; and what is my understanding of God?, as well as propose the construct of spirituality from a clinical, theoretical, social justice, and ethical perspective.
Whether or not you grew up in a religious home, follow a particular wisdom tradition, or believe in a specific God, introducing spirituality in counseling can help our clients develop a stronger sense of connection, find meaning, and feel more at ease with the universe. Utilizing our client’s spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) in counseling is individualized because individuals often have a unique understanding of faith, God, and transcendence.
Questions addressed in session might include: what is it that connects us all?; how can my beliefs help me cope with life’s challenges?; what do I find sacred in my life?; and what is my understanding of God?
This presentation 60-minute practical experiential learning session will address those and similar questions, as well as propose the construct of spirituality from a clinical, theoretical, social justice, and ethical perspective.
NBCC Content Area: Helping Relationship
Dr. Verona is an LPC and a CAADC in the state of Michigan. He earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves as Clinic Director and as Instructor with Central Michigan University’s counseling program.
Melanie Popiolek, LPC, has practiced in the state of Michigan for the last 10 years focused on treating trauma using EMDR. Through a collaborative approach, Melanie works with her clients to include spirituality into their client sessions, specializing in supporting clients with often-overlooked spiritualities such as Paganism, Shamanism, and others.