Wellness Conference: April 4-6, 2018 | Casper College, Wyoming

Wellness Conference: April 4-6, 2018

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2018 Schedule

All presentations are in Strausner Hall, Rm. 217


9-11:50 a.m.

To Hospitalize or Not: Creative Ways to Avoid Higher Levels of Care

  • Joseph Forscher, M.S., Tabbi Madrigal, M.A., and Cathy Cywinski, M.S.W.

Therapists and clients are often faced with decisions regarding inpatient treatment and hospitalization. The path toward psychiatric hospitalization commences long before the ambulance is called, and the path for staying in the community also begins with early interventions. If we, as clinicians, are quick enough to catch the early warning signs clients show us and are nimble enough to make the appropriate adjustments, we can reduce psychiatric hospital admissions. This presentation explores involuntary admission criteria, the legal process, and how to navigate psychiatric hospital admissions in a way that can reduce future admissions. Participants will also learn creative strategies that empower clients by equipping them with crisis minimization skills.

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.

* Lunch (on your own) *

1-2:20 p.m.

Fundamentals of Inclusive Rural Practices for LGBTQ Professionals and Clients

  • Bryan Collins, M.S.W.

This presentation describes the experiences and impact of LGBTQ clients and professionals in a frontier state like Wyoming. Participants will learn how to make their professional practice more responsive toward meeting the needs of clients and colleagues.

2:30-3:50 p.m.

User-Friendly Yoga for Stress Management

  • Dawn Sopron, M.S.W.

Most people think yoga requires turning one's body into a pretzel or moving rapidly through lots of poses in a hot room, but the most accessible part of yoga is learning user-friendly techniques to lower stress. Participants will learn easy yoga movements and breath techniques to manage tension throughout the day, decrease the effects of stress on the body, and develop a more calm, focused mind. These practices can be used for therapist self-care and can be taught easily to clients.

4-5:20 p.m.

Coping and Communication Strategies for Home and Workplace Stress

  • Jamie Leslie, M.S. and Charles McBride, M.A.

In order to develop interventions for ourselves and others, we first must notice the warning signs of excessive stress. This session will provide participants with ways to both recognize and treat stress, and how to best communicate with others in our lives.


9-10:20 a.m.

Disconnecting/Reconnecting: Recharging the Human Spirit

  • Jennie Miller, Ph.D. and Diana Quealy-Berge, Ph.D.

How healthy is your relationship with your electronic devices? Could you go a whole day electronics-free? This presentation explores our use of and dependence on such devices and their relationship to our daily routines, overall stress, and contribution to burnout. In addition, practical activities (no electricity required!) will be introduced to address daily stressors and professional burnout related to our technological world.

10:30-11:50 a.m.

Anxiety, Allies and Advocacy: What We can do to Transform Our Community

  • Eric Dafoe, Ph.D. and Nurieh Glasgow, B.A.

Connecting across differences between us builds wellness and health in individuals and communities. However, there is no quick way to build cultural competence. Rather, it is a journey requiring curiosity and personal exploration, one which can reduce barriers and identify resistances (anxiety) toward specific groups. Session participants will be invited to expand their awareness and understanding, address their own resistances, and examine how to become stronger advocates to create more compassionate communities.

11:50 a.m. - 1 p.m.

* Lunch (on your own) *

1 -2:20 p.m.

Sandtray for Self-Care: Too Good to Limit to Therapy

  • Eric Dafoe, Ph.D.

While many mental health practitioners utilize sandtray therapy as a complementary approach to their clinical interventions, many are not as familiar with using sandtray work for their own self-care and support. If you already use sandtray, please bring five miniatures; for those who don't, miniatures will be provided.

2:30-3:50 p.m.

Overcoming and Managing Anxiety

  • Bethany Cutts, M.S.W.

This presentation offers an overview of natural and holistic approaches to treat anxiety. Participants will gain an understanding of the neuroscience behind such interventions, including an exploration of polyvagal theory. This will be an experiential presentation, so be prepared to move!

4-5:20 p.m.

Social Challenges and Counseling Supports for Same-Sex Parents

  • Amanda DeDiego, Ph.D.

Same-sex couples experience many challenges including a lack of role models, social supports, and social acceptance. Such obstacles can impact wellness for both parents and children. This presentation explores the parenting experience of same-sex couples and advocates for more inclusive counseling practices to provide support for this population.

If you are interested in the Friday session, pre-registration is required. Deadline is March 23. Payment can be taken care of in advance or collected on-site at the conference.

Friday, April 7:

Presentation in Strausner Hall, Rm. 217

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (lunch break 12-1 p.m.)

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Behavior Professionals

  • Rom Reedy, M.Div., LPC

AMSR is an evidence-based training program developed specifically for behavioral health professionals who have a master's or doctoral degree. This workshop is designed to help participants provide safer suicide care and is taught by an AMSR-certified trainer. Participants will gain knowledge in the following core competencies: managing one's own reactions to suicide; reconciling the difference and potential conflict between a clinician's goal to prevent suicide and a client's goal to eliminate psychological pain through suicide; maintaining a collaborative, nonadversarial stance; eliciting suicide ideation, behavior, and plans; making a clinical judgment of the risk that a client will attempt or complete suicide; collaboratively developing an emergency plan; developing a written treatment and services plan that addresses a client's immediate, acute, and continuing suicide ideation and risk for suicide; and developing policies and procedures for following clients by closely implementing the principles of crisis management. We will take an hour lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.