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WCA's Annual Summit November 3-4 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells

Exhibitor spots are still available!!!

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About our speaker, Dr. Joel M. Filmore, EdD, LPC:

Dr. Joel Filmore is an Assistant Professor in the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program at Springfield College- Milwaukee. Dr. Filmore earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Dr. Filmore earned his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois where he also earned a graduate certificate in Quantitative Research Methods.

He also has worked for over thirteen years in social services predominantly with homeless, HIV-positive, drug-addicted, chronically mentally ill, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), and other disenfranchised populations. Dr. Filmore is a biracial (African-American and German/Norwegian) gay man. His personal and professional interests are in the areas of LGBTQ+ populations, multicultural issues, substance abuse/addiction, sex offender issues, trauma, as well as counselor competency. Dr. Filmore is also a survivor of sex trafficking and is currently one of the leading counseling professionals in the area of sex trafficking and survivor wellness. He recently published his first coedited book, Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People, published by the American Counseling Association. He is currently working on the second coedited book in that series, Affirmative Counseling with Queer People of Color.

Dr. Filmore is the current President of the national Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) under the American Counseling Association. He previously served as a Board Trustee for ALGBTIC. He also served as the former co-chair of the LGBTQQIA Affirmative Counseling and Social Justice Committee two year running, for ALGBTIC. He is the Past-President of the South Dakota Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SDACES) as well as the co-founder and Past-President of the Illinois Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (IALGBTIC).

In addition to Dr. Filmore’s role as an Assistant Professor, he is also the Clinical Director for a child and adolescent counseling center, in Illinois, where he works to improve the quality of life for disenfranchised children, and families, in his district. He also owns and operates his own group private practice, Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center, where he serves as the Director of Clinical Services. During his professional tenure, Dr. Filmore has worked tirelessly to improve the visibility of counselors-of-color, as well as those who are marginalized within, and without, the professional counseling field. He additionally serves on the Executive Board of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), as well as does volunteer work with Diverse & Resilient, an LGBT Resource Center in Milwaukee, WI.

 Friday Training: SBIRT 

About our SBIRT trainer, Scott Caldwell:

Scott Caldwell is a licensed substance abuse counselor and prevention specialist with 25 years in the behavioral health field as a clinician, program coordinator, trainer, and consultant. He is statewide coordinator of SBIRT at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) is a well-established, evidence-based, and reimbursable service which addresses patient behavioral health issues in health care settings. As licensed counselors and behavioral health specialists continue to find employment in health care, being able to deliver SBIRT is an important aspect of workforce development. This pre-conference workshop will prepare licensed counselors to deliver SBIRT. Upon completion, licensed counselors will receive a one-time state certificate allowing eligibility for reimbursement of future SBIRT delivery. A pre-conference reading will be sent to registrants for completion prior to this workshop.

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