2017 Summit Session Rotations

  • All rotations are on Saturday.
  • Please choose one session per sectional rotation. Remember the numbers and use it when registering. 
  • ** Sessions count as ethics CEs.


Sectional 1  9:45-10:45
  • Presenter: Debra Murray, Psy.D, CSAC, ICS, PS

                1) Integrated Behavioral Healthcare: Making the Team

                Synopsis: This presentation will review integrated behavioral health models in terms of efficacy and outcomes. An overview of the skill sets that have been identified for effective team members will be discussed. Knowledge and skills required for professionals working in integrated behavioral health models will be identified. Steps to become an effective team member will be outlined.


  • Presenters: Lee Za Ong, PhD, LPC, CRC and Victoria Sepulveda, Ph.D., LPC, CSAC, NCC

               2) Using Relational Ethic Framework in Multicultural Clinical Decision Making**

                Synopsis: Interdisciplinary teams in health care professions has been using Relational Ethics framework to guide their ethical decision making during the collaboration process. This presentation will discuss and describe the core elements of Relational Ethics and demonstrate how this framework can be applied in multicultural mental health settings.


  • Presenter: Jeff Nerone, MA, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

                3) Wisconsin Truth Project: Guiding men in prison toward deep personal growth and emotional awareness

                Synopsis: The Wisconsin Truth Project: a program of volunteers who guide and support incarcerated men within WI prisons toward emotional awareness and deep personal insight. This program along similar organizations in Boston and CA have inspired a documentary film "The Work" which is receiving rave reviews throughout film festivals across the United States. Learn more about this culture of "inside men" and the power of change being experienced with each weekend intensive.


  • Presenters: Maureen Neuville, MS, LPC and Ben Pfiffner

                4) Guided Drawings: Facilitating Narratives for Young Children

                Synopsis: The Guided Drawing technique is a unique and effective way to assist young children in counseling to narrate their life experiences and trauma stories. Session will provide developmental rationale, clinical application, materials to practice it on site, and take-home handouts with additional information.


Sectional 2  11:00-noon 

  • Presenters: Kayla Rochester and Jennifer Lynn Hastings

                5) Fostering Wellness for Counselors In-Training: Combating Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

                Synopsis: This presentation seeks to target graduate students in developing a sustainable self-care repertoire. It will introduce a foundational plan to guide graduate students through the development of establishing a self-care routine. The ideal outcome is to help facilitate self-care strategies to utilize and incorporate into life beyond graduate studies to avoid counselor burnout and fatigue.


  • Presenter: Bill Bakalars, MS, LPC, CSAC and Sarah Aubin

                6) Wellness and Dietetics in Relapse Prevention Counseling

                Synopsis: Instructors will provide a connection between nutrition and the development of addictions as well as the impacts of addiction on nutrition behaviors. The workshop will address the motivational aspects of addiction and nutrition as well as how these two fields overlap.


  • Presenter: Terri L. Jashinsky, Ph.D., C.R.C.

                7) Experiential activities in counselor education: When students learn more from a horse than their professor

                Synopsis: This session will discuss the value of including experiential activities in counselor education. The presenter will share literature supporting experiential learning, and will provide details of how equine-assisted workshops have been successfully implemented into a counselor education program.


  • Presenters: Heather Murphy LPC-IT, SAC-IT and Dr. Deborah Bilzing, Ed.D, NCC

                8) Ethics and the Law**

                Synopsis: This presentation will incorporate the ACA ethical codes and conduct standards in professional counseling and briefly touch on the legal issues presented in professional counseling. We will conduct a critical analysis of emerging issues in the counseling profession, including ways to have an effective and ethical utilization of social media.


Sectional 3  2:00 - 3:00          

  • Presenter: Mandy Hess, LPC, CSAC, ICS      

9) A Clinician's Guide to Avoiding Burnout

                Synopsis: Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can easily occur in our work as clinicians, thus this presentation will focus on defining and identifying the causes of burnout, identify associated symptoms and behaviors, self-assessment and lastly, learning strategies to cope with and prevent burnout.


  • Presenter: Victoria Sepulveda, Ph.D., LPC, CSAC, NCC

                10) Embracing the (Sometimes) Awkward: Tips for Speaking with Your Legislators

                Synopsis: In this presentation, we will be exploring current legislative issues relevant to counselors and the populations we serve. We will also be discussing the basics in how to talk with policymakers and legislative aides, and apply these basics within some scenarios. Who thought we as counselors may need to practice our communication skills?


  • Presenter: Colin C. Ward, Ph.D, LMHC

               11)  A Neurobiological Model for Enhancing Resilience in Dysregulated Adults

                Synopsis:  The purpose of this presentation is to provide counseling professionals with an understanding to the neurobiology of resilience as well as strategies for activating specific brain functions associated with positive adjustment and active coping patterns. Experiential activities will assist with transferring knowledge to professional practice. Handouts will also be provided.


  • Presenter: Stephanie Thorson-Olesen, Ph.D. and Jessie Latten, Ph.D.

                12) Multicultural Counseling: Considerations for African American Clients

                Synopsis: Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that mater.” In addition, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics calls for an awareness and sensitivity to multiculturalism and diversity. This session will include personal stories related to the challenges that face African American clients, ethical considerations and counseling strategies.

Sectional 4 3:15 - 4:15

  • Presenter: Samantha Schams, M.S., LPC, SAC, NCC

                13) Yoga for One and All

               Synopsis: An overview of the uses of yoga and yogic techniques in our own lives, in session, and in the lives of our clients. Yoga has been shown to be effective in multiple areas of mental health such as addiction, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Finishing with a brief demonstration of yoga accessible to most abilities and a brief body scan meditation.  Note: please feel free to wear comfortable clothes for this session. 


  • Presenters: Debra Murray, Psy.D, CSAC, ICS, PS and Allison Dunne

                14) Dual Diagnosis: Bridging the Gap Between Services

                Synopsis: This session will examine best practices for the diagnosis and treatment of co-occuring disorders. Case studies will be used to explore relevant issues. Strategies to improve adherence with this population will be demonstrated.


  • Presenter: Dr. Joel M. Filmore, EdD, LPC

               15)  But I have a (Black, Gay, Muslim...etc.) friend: Multiculturalism is more than who you know

                Synopsis: As counseling professionals, we are called upon to be multiculturally competent, however, you need only read postings in counseling listservs to realize that not all counselors are affirming of minority populations (this includes sexual and religious minorities). In the current climate, it is even more important for us to be able to come together to brainstorm ways in which we can build bridges of common ground, rather than walls of separation. This session will focus on ways that counselors can check their privilege (we all have it) and open themselves up to truly being agents of change, not just for the status quo but for those who are most at risk.


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