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Welcome to the 27th Annual Counseling Services Wellness Conference

April 8-10, 2015 — Casper College, Gateway Building — Map

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.

Professional service providers may earn over 20 contact hours at the end of this year's Wellness Conference.

COST: Wednesday and Thursday sessions are free. There is a small fee for attending Friday sessions Registration Form for Friday Professional Workshop; contact the Campus Wellness Center at 268-2267 for specifics.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

9 - 10:20 a.m. Beginning at the End
The therapeutic relationship is unique, in that it is meant to be time-limited. We have to say “goodbye” from the very start. Knowing how and when to bring up termination is sometimes difficult, and is influenced by the loss histories of both therapist and client. In this interactive presentation we will explore the factors impacting how and when termination occurs, and the best practices for concluding therapy.
Joanne Theobald, MSW
10:30-11:50 a.m. Meditation: Science, Health Benefits, and Practice
What is the science behind the ancient practice of meditation? What health benefits can be gained? Let’s meditate! This presentation will show you how to incorporate this wellness activity into your life.
Mark McGinley, MD
Lunch (on your own)
1-2:20 p.m. Medical Conditions, Rehabilitation, and Depression
This presentation will discuss several common medical conditions, the rehabilitation process, and the role of depression associated with medical concerns. Treatment recommendations to decrease depressive symptoms will also be offered.
Shawn Powell, PhD
2:30-3:50 p.m. The Best Exercises for Emotional Health
Evidence is overwhelming for the benefits of exercise on mental health, yet professionals don’t often use exercise as part of their tools for treatment. This session will provide research indicating why they should, and demonstrate the best exercises to enhance mood.
Alice Burron, MS
4-5:20 p.m.

Working WITH Clients, Not ON Clients: Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage Substance Users in Recovery
Have you ever had clients who come in for substance use treatment because they HAVE to be there? They can be resistant and defiant and just make the job no fun. How many clients have we discharged from treatment simply because "they weren't ready" or "they were too negative"? In this workshop, we will learn strategies to engage these individuals and help them take charge of their recovery. This will be a "hands-on" workshop, so be prepared to engage.

John Ordiway, MS


Thursday, April 9, 2015

9:00 - 11:50 a.m. The Anonymous People
In this workshop, participants will view “The Anonymous People,” a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Following the film, there will be an interactive discussion about addiction, recovery, anonymity, and advocacy. The goal of this movement is to give a face to recovery and provide a voice for change.
Diana Quealy-Berge, PhD, and Rob Johnston, MEd
Lunch (on your own)
1-2:20 p.m. Knowing Your Sexual Health
There are numerous facets to overall wellness, but the area of sexual health is often neglected. Throughout the lifespan – from the time an individual first becomes sexually active, and on through the older adult years – sexual concerns can arise. This presentation will take a look at some of those concerns, especially regarding sexually transmitted infections and their prevalence in Wyoming. Testing options will also be discussed, as well as the newest methods for protection against unwanted sexual consequences.
Anna Kinder, MS
2:30-3:50 p.m. Making Changes Through Hypnosis
This presentation will cover some basic information about formal and informal hypnosis, stage hypnosis vs. hypnotherapy, and potential benefits of each. Short demonstrations of suggestibility and hypnosis will be given for volunteers and attendees.
Jill Shire, MS
4-5:20 p.m. Dialectical Behavior Therapy in a Nutshell
This presentation will provide a very general overview of the major target populations with whom Dialectical Behavior Therapy can be used, as well as the DBT assumptions and approach to individuals in treatment. It will also showcase DBT skill sets, and will explore implications for use within the Casper mental health community.
Frances Crouch, MSW


Friday April 10, 2015

9 a.m.-noon Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics
The recent revision of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics substantially raises the bar for the ethical practice of professional counselors. This presentation will highlight new ethical imperatives in such areas as professional values, social media, the imposition of counselor personal values, defining the moment ethical responsibilities begin, and fee splitting.
David Kaplan, PhD
Lunch (on your own)
1-4 p.m. Joy Capacity, Authenticity, and the Big “WHY”
Working in any helping capacity can be both rewarding and draining at the same time. This interactive session will utilize life-coaching principles to explore practical ways to increase authentic levels of joy in our everyday life. How can we consistently cultivate gratitude, connection, and passion for the things that matter most? How can we effectively care for ourselves and live authentic and rich lives? How can we remind ourselves of our big “WHY” when life starts to wear us down?
Janet Hoyt, MSW


Wellness Conference sponsored by:

Central Wyoming Counseling Center


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