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Welcome to the 26th Annual Counseling Services Wellness Conference

Counseling Services believes in the importance of continuing education for professionals, students and interested community members about psychological and health related issues. Each spring Counseling Services sponsors the annual Wellness Conference. The Wellness Conference allows professionals and experts in the Rocky Mountain Region to come together and share their expertise.

The Wellness Conference consists of several mini-courses presented by professionals in the community. These mini-courses are FREE to the public. The last day of the Wellness Conference, there are two sessions scheduled. The morning session will be presented by Lesley Travers and Shawn Powell on "Highlights of the Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5." The afternoon session will be by Jeremiah Volk and Matt Waldock and will be on "Rolling with the Changes: Clinical and Legal Issues Associated with Changing Marijuana Laws." Professional service providers may earn over 20 contact hours at the end of this year's Wellness Conference.

Wellness Conference Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Social Media 2.0: Downloading New Data on Relationships
Updating a status, checking out a video that’s gone viral, replying to hashtags, re-pinning to a board – these common social media actions have become a way of life for a great many people. We share love, joy, happiness and positivity, as well as grief, pain, depression, and negativity through varied electronic means. Counselors now frequently find themselves dealing with spouses whose infidelities began via internet dating sites, or victims of cyberbullying that occurred on Facebook. This session will lay a foundation for understanding significant aspects of social media; explore how actions in this realm can impact relationships; and build a case for taking this platform of communication very seriously, on both personal and professional levels.

Stacie Dilts-Harryman, PhD,
Pamela RW Kandt
10:30-11:50 a.m. When Bullies Grow up: Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying is not a new topic, but bullying as a social problem in the adult world is a relatively new area of concern. Although known and recognized as basically a childhood experience, studies conducted within the last decade have led researchers to conclude that bullying should no longer be considered an isolated childhood issue. It is now being recognized as a social problem that thrives in the adult world – particularly the world of work -- as well. This session will highlight what adult bullying is, how it affects a targeted individual’s emotional, psychological, and physical states, effects on the target’s self-efficacy, and how these individuals believe counselors can help.

Stacie Dilts-Harryman, PhD
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:50 p.m. Self Care Through Yoga
This session explores the notion of incorporating yoga as part of your individual self care plan. Participants will learn the basic foundational philosophy of yoga, and will consider the benefits to personal wellness.

Bethany Cutts, MSW
2:00-3:20 p.m. Mindful Movement for Chronic Pain
Movement and exercise can be difficult for those in chronic pain. New research supports the idea of using mindfulness, gentle fluid movement, and all of our senses to unwind these patterns, resulting in more mobility. The presenter will invite you to participate in actual movement activities, so please wear comfortable clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat, if desired.

Pamela Mills, MS
3:30-4:50 p.m. Returning Home: Common Adjustments Couples & Families Face Post-Deployment
How do men and women returning from military service re-integrate into their home environments? What adjustments need to be made by the individual, the spouse, and the children? This session will explore the often rocky return to the home-front after deployment, as well as some coping strategies that help family members to re-organize in positive ways.

Leon Chamberlain, MSW,
Kim Soller, MS
5:00-6:20 p.m. Be a Quitter: Newest Information on Smoking Cessation
If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking, or tried to support a loved one who wants to quit, you know how truly difficult it can be. Based upon information from the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Education Program, this session will discuss the neurobiology of addiction, nicotine replacement therapies, prescription medications used for smoking cessation, and best-practices in talk therapy to help “quitters” stay tobacco-free.

Burl Mauer, MSW,
Corinne Dimick, AS, TTS


Thursday, April 10, 2014

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Embracing Vulnerability
Based on Brene Brown’s research and work on vulnerability and wholehearted living, this session will include thought-provoking discussion on the following questions: What is vulnerability and why should we embrace it? How can we use it to enrich our personal relationships? How can professionals use it to enhance the learning environment for our students and clients? How can we foster a culture that embraces vulnerability and wholehearted living?

Janet Hoyt, MSW
10:30-11:50 a.m. Soul to Sole: Whole-being Wellness
This session will focus on whole-being wellness, combining mind, body, and soul/spirit. All facets of life are connected, and when we are fully alive in one area, it affects our entire being. We will explore ways to empower ourselves to more inspired, intentional, and purposeful lives.

Mike Marcus, MS,
Aiyanna Curtis
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:50 p.m. Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction
Gambling and problems associated with it have been parts of the human landscape throughout history. With the creation of the lottery in Wyoming this year, an increase in this addiction is anticipated. In this session, representatives from the Wyoming Council on Problem Gambling and from the State Lottery will discuss how they are working together to address the potential issues that might arise once this activity begins.

Ed Atchison, MA
2:00-3:20 p.m. How Place-Based Education Bolsters the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Wyoming’s frontier landscape offers boundless recreational opportunities for its citizens and its youth. Participants will learn how a place-based education program introduces students to their natural environment, fosters feelings of self-worth, exposes them to professional mentors, and allows them to mindfully un-plug.

Bryon Lee, MS
3:30-4:50 p.m. Breathing and Stress Reduction
In this session, a lung specialist will discuss and demonstrate how to use breath-work to increase attention, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, and attenuate the stress response. Practical exercises that can be incorporated into everyday life will be included and practiced.

Mark McGinley, MD
5:00-6:20 p.m. Natural Health and Wellness Through Aroma Therapy and Reflexology
The idea behind Reflexology was practiced as early as 2330 B.C. in the Egyptian culture. By stimulating reflex areas in the hands and feet, tensions can be relaxed in a safe and natural way. This session will show participants how to reduce stress and improve well-being by using this gentle technique, along with introducing the use of essential oils for soothing Aroma Therapy.

Laura Johnson, BA


Friday April 11, 2014

9:00 a.m.-noon Highlights of the Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5
In the realm of mental health treatment, proper diagnosis of clients is vital. This session will present updates and diagnostic criteria of the changes in the DSM V. It will provide an overview of the purpose of a classification, categorical versus dimensional systems, changes to the multiaxial system, highlights of child and adolescent disorders, and highlights of adult disorders with additional updates. Designed to help mental health providers clearly understand new diagnostic information, this session will allow professionals to breathe easier as they meet and evaluate new clients.

Lesley Travers, PhD,
Shawn Powell, PhD
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00 p.m. Rolling with the Changes: Clinical and Legal Issues Associated with New Marijuana Laws
Will Colorado’s recent changes in its marijuana laws impact our state? What new, and perhaps unexpected, issues have arisen as our neighbors to the south navigate this uncharted legal terrain? What ramifications are we in Wyoming seeing from a counseling perspective? From a law enforcement perspective? Not a debate, but merely a first look at some of the immediate implications of Colorado’s new laws, this session will provide information from two different standpoints: The clinical side, and the legal side. Statistics, observations, and other evidence related to cannabis will be shared, along with discussions of additional trends in the ever-changing realm of substance use and abuse.

Jeremiah Volk, MSW,
Matt Waldock


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