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    • Wednesday, June 01, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Virtual

    Risk Mitigation in Telemental Health


    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?

    The learner will be able to:

    1) Identify regulations impacting telemental health practice.

    2) Determine their risk level in providing telemental health services.

    3) Delineate steps to mitigate risk when providing telemental health services.

    Susan Meyerle, Ph.D., LIMHP, CEAP, CFLE

    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.

    • Monday, June 13, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Integrating cultural humility, cultural competency, and social justice advocacy into child-centered play therapy

    Link for Access:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81274251453

    Overall, the United States’ population is becoming more racially diverse. Between 2000 and 2017, the percentage of school-age children who were White decreased from 62% to 51% (National Center for Education Statistics, 2019). In contrast, the percentages of students from other racial/ethnic groups increased from 2000 to 2017: Hispanic children, from 16% to 25%; Asian children, from 3% to 5%; and multiracial children, from 2% to 4%. Though diversity is increasing, children in minority groups have many disadvantages due to circumstances beyond their control. They experience more poverty (US Census Bureau, 2017), unequal educational opportunities (US Census Bureau, 2019), discriminatory practices (Pascoe & Smart Richman, 2009), trauma (Sacks & Murphey, 2018), mental health diagnoses, and inadequate mental health services. These children are not receiving satisfactory services because of a shortage of mental health professionals, low funding, and inadequate training (Mellin, 2009). Mental health professionals who work with children, specifically play therapists, are called to be more responsive to the increase in diversity of the growing population of children. Unfortunately, while the population of children in the United States is racially diversifying, the professionals who practice play therapy are not racially diverse. Currently, only one study has addressed play therapists’ cultural humility (Chase, 2021), but two studies have addressed their multicultural competency attitudes (Penn & Post, 2012; Ritter & Chang, 2002). However, Ritter and Chang (2002) did not address participants’ race, and Penn and Post (2012) had an 87.5% Caucasian sample. This dramatic increase in the multicultural population and lack of racial diversity among play therapists confirms the need for professionals and students in helping professions to become stronger social justice advocates. To support diverse children and support therapists in offering responsive services and advocate on behalf of minority children, play therapists need to learn how to have cultural competency, practice cultural humility, and be strong social justice advocates. This webinar will discuss how play therapists and other mental health professionals can advocate and serve the racially diverse children who they serve.

    Lauren Chase, LCMHCA, PhD, NCC

    Dr. Chase is a clinical therapist who provides psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, and families. She holds a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with a concentration in Play Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has significant experience in treating clients with issues related to self-esteem, anxiety, depression, educational challenges, parental divorce, and parental separation. She is also a visiting faculty member teaching graduate courses in counseling, and her research interests center on social justice advocacy, trauma, cultural humility, and play therapy. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, read historical fiction novels, and explore nature.

    • Monday, June 27, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Self-Care & Wellness: A Charge to Keep

    Link for Access:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81274251453

    The counseling profession is classified as a one-way culture of caring (Posluns & Gall, 2019). One-way relationships may utilize a significant amount of energy and effort. As counselors strive to provide support for their clients, along with moving them towards optimal well-being, they often neglect and overlook their own wellness needs. Further, Posluns & Gall (2019) conducted a study on postgraduate counselors and revealed that over 70% of the clinicians reported experiencing clinically significant levels of distress. Hence, a lack of engagement in self-care can lead to an increased risk for burnout, stress, and professional impairment.

    Self-care is a valuable practice that can help prevent compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma. Investing in oneself and reflecting on one’s wellness can lead to higher life satisfaction and more meaningful interactions with others. This webinar will explore the topic of self-care as well as its vital role in maintaining the optimal health and well-being amongst counseling professionals. Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of stress and burnout and about multiple dimensions of wellness such as physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social, and environmental dimensions (Hettler, 1976). They will discuss the importance of understanding ourselves, and looking at our own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and attitudes. In addition, they will guide participants on how to start creating and implementing a self-care plan. Presenters will discuss practical ideas and strategies for strengthening their self-care and wellness. They will also discuss and help determine what self-care practices work best for the participants, along with providing resources that can further help counselors support their self-care.

    Jacquelyn Schuster, CSC, LPC, NCC

    Jacquelyn Schuster was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) and is currently a doctoral candidate in the counselor education program at TAMU-CC. She is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas), and is serving in her fourth year as a professional school counselor.

    She has served as treasurer, secretary, and president of the Theta Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota and secretary of the Gulf Coast Counseling Association. Jacquelyn is passionate about professional school counseling, working with adolescents, advocating, wellness, mindfulness, and self-care.

    She has presented at the Texas School Counselor Association Conference, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Mid-Winter Conference, and the Gulf Coast Counseling Association Conference. Her current research is focused on the lived experiences of professional school counselors in addressing student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the return to in-person instruction.

    Renita Newton, M.S., LPC-Associate, Doctoral Candidate

    Renita Newton is a native of Hammond, Louisiana, and she has resided in Corpus Christi for the past five years. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the counselor education program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). She received her master’s degree in counseling, with a dual emphasis in clinical mental health and addictions counseling in May of 2019, from TAMU-CC. She is employed as a program coordinator for Trio Student Support Services (SSS)-STEM, a federally funded program that provides academic support to underserved and underrepresented students identifying as first-generation, having a financial need, and/or who are diagnosed with a documented disability.

    She actively serves as the president of the Theta Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, and she is currently accruing hours to become a fully licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. Renita is passionate about mindfulness, self-care, and wellness-based practices that can help Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) minimize stress experienced in their daily lives.

    She has presented at numerous professional conferences via local, state, and national levels. Her current research is focused on the utilization of mindfulness-based interventions to foster resilience and self-efficacy in first-year African American doctoral students.

    In short, she truly has a genuine heart to serve others, and she seeks to bring out the best in everyone that she meets. Renita lives by the quote, “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”- M. Gandhi

    • Friday, July 29, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, July 30, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Davenport University | 6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
    • 119

    MCA's Annual Conference

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

    Schedule and Breakout Session topics forthcoming.

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