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Welcome to the 25th Annual Counseling and Psychoeducational Services Wellness Conference
Wellness Conference Schedule of Events and Session Descriptions


Wednesday, April 10

(All presentations are in the Gateway Building, room 225)

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Trauma, Culture, and the Transformative Experience Joanne Theobald, MSW, LCSW
10:30-11:50 a.m. Dying Right: Seeking the Good Death Ruth Doyle, Ed.D., and Garth Shanklin, LPC
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:50 p.m. Bust a Gut: The Benefits of Laughter as a Stress Management Tool Kristen I. Douglas, MA, LPC, NCC, BCB
2:00-3:20 p.m. Coming Out as GLBT: A First Step Toward Wellness Brandon Kosine, Ph.D., LPC
3:30-4:50 p.m. You’re Addicted to What? (The sequel): Not for Human Consumption Jeremiah Volk, MSW, LCSW
5:00-6:20 p.m. Becoming a Love & Logic Parent Christy Jindrick-Tholl, LPC

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Thursday, April 11

(All presentations are in the Gateway Building, room 225)

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Check Your Status: Relationship Safety in the Age of Social Media Stacie Dilts-Harryman, Ph.D., LPC, and Pamela RW Kandt, Social Media Maven & Community Educator
10:30-11:50 a.m. Eating Disorders: Current Trends and New Horizons Becky Wilkinson, Ph.D., LPC, and Sheila Amir, BS
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:50 p.m. Suicide Prevention in Natrona County Charlie Powell, Ph.D., and Lance Neiberger
2:00-3:20 p.m. Career Choices and How They Impact Your Health and Happiness Candise Leininger, NCC, LPC
3:30-4:50 p.m. Hospice: Companioning the End of Life Journey Garth Shanklin, LPC, Psychology Instructor Emeritus, and Marilyn Connor, CHPCA, Exec. Dir. of Central WY Hospice and Transitions Program
5:00-6:20 p.m. In Your Dreams: Let the Dreams of Your Life Create the Life of Your Dreams Royce Fitts, D.Min., LMFT

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Friday April 12

(All presentations are in the Gateway Building, room 225)

9:00 a.m.-noon The Art of Centering Andi Berry, MHR, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC
Lunch (on your own)
1:00-4:00 p.m. Mending Broken Hearts and Wounded Spirits Diana Quealy-Berge, Ph.D., WY LAT/LPC

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Trauma, Culture, and the Transformative Experience: How does culture influence one’s experience of trauma? Throughout history, how have cultures developed myths and rituals to make sense of and integrate the traumatic experience? This interactive presentation seeks to address these questions and discuss the usefulness of such ideas for treatment and transformation.
Dying Right: Seeking the Good Death:

What is the good life? While most people would prefer health, affluence, and freedom, different individuals might have significantly different priorities. Dying is also a phase of living, and death is the outcome. Most people want to have both a good life and a good death. This presentation explores some of the many and varied definitions of a “good death.”

Bust a Gut: The Benefits of Laughter as a Stress Management Tool:

Laughter can be a powerful tool for decreasing stress and improving health and well-being. Come learn about different theories on humor, the many benefits of laughter, and various ways laughter can be integrated into everyday life.

Coming Out as GLBT: A First Step Toward Wellness:

GLBT individuals vividly remember the first time they “came out’ to another person. This is often described as one of the most difficult events in their lives, surrounded by fear and anxiety about this life step. While others may view this as an isolated event, GLBT folks know it is an ongoing, life-long process, filled with both joy and sorrow. This experiential session will discuss the implications of “coming out” as GLBT, the grief and loss issues surrounding this important process, and how friends, family, and counselors can be sensitive toward GLBT individuals who are initiating this process.

You’re Addicted to What? (The sequel): Not for Human Consumption: This presentation takes a look at the newer and/or nonconventional drugs that are found within our community, including, but not limited to Spice, Bath Salts, and Coricidan Cold & Cough. We will also explore treatment options and our community’s response to these substances on our streets.
Becoming a Love & Logic Parent: This presentation provides an overview of the Love and Logic seven-week course. Whether your children are defiant toddlers or rebellious teenagers, you will learn techniques that really work!
Check Your Status: Relationship Safety in the Age of Social Media: Our 21st century lives are played out around the clock and across the globe before friends, family, lovers, and total strangers. Thanks to 24-hour access to a multiverse of social media, we’re able to broaden our worldview, enrich our relationships, and cultivate new ones. But what’s the trade-off? It may be more than just our privacy. When e-world and real-world relationships go bad, our emotional well-being and physical safety can also be at risk. During this seminar, you’ll learn how to shield your privacy, screen potential suitors and friends, spot red flags, avoid over-sharing, protect yourself from harassment, and better manage break-ups. There’ll also be plenty of time for Q&A. Social media should enhance our lives, not endanger our health and welfare. Come learn how you can be a savvier net denizen!
Eating Disorders: Current Trends and New Horizons: When movies, television, and print media bombard us with images of ultra-thin women and “ripped” men on a daily basis; when advertisements of every kind scream at us about weight loss; and when certain activities, such as gymnastics or wrestling, require athletes to focus intensely on a number looming on the locker room scale, it is understandable that many Americans are very self-conscious about body image. Weight can become an all-encompassing obsession for some individuals. This presentation will provide a brief overview of eating disorders, and an exploration of new diagnostic criteria from the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th editon). In addition, emerging areas of understanding and treatment of these most interesting and complicated disorders will be explained.
Suicide Prevention in Natrona County: Wyoming has once again moved into the number one spot in the nation regarding suicide rates, and our state perpetually remains in the top five. This presentation will review a community effort to confront the problem of suicide in Natrona County. Information will include a problem description, recent trends in the field of suicide prevention, and a review of the efforts of the Natrona County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Believing that suicide prevention is “everybody’s business,” presenters will offer ideas that can be utilized by a variety of individuals in communities throughout Wyoming.
Career Choices and How They Impact Your Health and Happiness: Work consumes one third of our lives, and too many people end up working in jobs that make them miserable. This can negatively impact the remainder of our lives, including our mental and physical health. During this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with interest inventories, value surveys, and a learning style quiz that will help them to explore positive career choices. Guidelines will be provided on how to efficiently and cost-effectively complete career exploration, career research and preparation (including educational options), and self-marketing in today’s tough job market.
Hospice: Companioning the End of Life Journey: This presentation offers an overview of the philosophy of hospice, patient care, bereavement, and volunteer programs that facilitate the hospice mission: “To companion the end of life journey and loss with skill and compassion.”
In Your Dreams: Let the Dreams of Your Life Create the Life of Your Dreams: Do night-time dreams mean anything? Aren't they just “electrical impulses” in our brains that go “bump in the night” while we are sleeping? Why do we have nightmares? Why do we have such silly, even goofy dreams? If I dream I am falling and I hit the ground, will I die? Have you ever solved problems in your dreams? Can dreams tell us anything about our physical, emotional, or spiritual health? What if I never remember my dreams? All dreams, according to the concepts of projective dream work, come in the service of health and wholeness. This means that if we take the time to learn to explore and understand our dreams, we will tap into the wisdom of our deeper unconscious and move more in the direction of our best health and wholeness. This presentation introduces the process and skills of projective dream work to understand the insights and wisdom of nighttime dreams for your life, work, and community. It is experiential: We will use the time to explore one or two dreams of participants and learn how "to be the first one on our block" (or ranch, or neighborhood, or mountain!) to learn these new skills. It is gentle, safe, nonjudgmental and fun!
The Art of Centering: This session is designed to offer you and your clients some new pathways toward wellness and balance. Whether in spiritual practice, in the martial arts, in ceramics, or in life, the concept of “centering” or “finding your center” is tantamount to wellness. Ever wonder why? In this workshop you will learn to use Mandala-making, labyrinths, and other creative and expressive practices to increase calmness, reduce stress, increase insight, and develop mind, body, and spirit well-being. Additionally, you will learn why neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) support the ancient practices of centering. Hopefully, you will leave this workshop with some wonderful new tools, skills, and a personal sense of balance and well-being.
Mending Broken Hearts and Wounded Spirits: Everyone experiences grief; not everyone is well-equipped to deal with it in a helpful way. When feelings of loss are left unresolved, they can lead to long-term emotional pain and difficulties that can span generations. This presentation offers a culturally based way of healing from unresolved grief and loss, as well as intergenerational trauma. Participants will learn how to process unresolved grief for themselves, and also how to help others heal from such pain.
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