CANCELED – Wellness Conference: April 1-3, 2020

Casper College Counseling Services believes in the importance of offering professionals, students and interested community members opportunities to learn about a variety of topics related to both physical and mental health.

Each spring we sponsor 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 on the first two days are FREE to the public. The last day of the Wellness Conference, a workshop for professionals is presented and a fee is required to attend this workshop.

Download the 2020 conference brochure (PDF)

Schedule and Session Descriptions

Location: Union/University Building, Room 322

Wednesday, April 1

9-10:20 a.m.

Exploring Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Amanda DeDiego, Ph.D., NCC

Grief and loss are a common but difficult part of the life journey. This presentation explores the bereavement process in various circumstances with the goals of validating attendee experiences and learning how to help others experiencing loss.

10:30-11:50 a.m.

Weaving Evidence-based Body Techniques into Trauma Work

  • Dayle K. Read-Hudson, MSW, LCSW

In the book, “The Body Keeps the Score,” Bessel A. van der Kolk refers to trauma as a “disease of not being able to be present.” The common denominator with trauma is alienation and detachment from our physical self. With this self-care focused workshop, you will learn emotional regulation skills using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy techniques, rhythmic breathing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and chair-based trauma-sensitive yoga. This purpose affirming and relaxing training weaves the client’s knowledge of their bodies with evidence-based clinical techniques.

Lunch — on your own

1-2:20 p.m.

Mental Health on the Wind River Reservation

  • Elizabeth Krause, LPC; Cori McAdams, PPC

This presentation will discuss best practices in approaches to counseling on the Wind River Reservation. Many of the clients on the reservation are children, so therapies that meet the children where they are, such as sand tray and play therapy are utilized. Presenters will also lead an open discussion about counselor experiences on the reservation, and the clinical issues they encounter when working with this population.

2:30-3:50 p.m.

A Depth Perspective on Suicide: What We Must Include in Our Assessment of Suicide Risk in Clients

  • Jamie Egolf, MSW, LCSW

Why does Wyoming have such a consistently high suicide rate? The field of suicidology often considers the following variables: isolation, loneliness, lack of connection, severe trauma, loss of a spouse and other situational crises, possession of firearms, opioid and other drug overdose — all of which have merit. Other possible aspects to understanding the whole picture are more instinctive and archetypal: scapegoating, sacrifice, and self-sacrifice. The presenter will link these concepts with other diagnostic criteria as a way to assess those experiencing suicidal ideation.

Thursday, April 2

9-10:20 a.m. “Got Grit?” What is It and How to Develop It”

  • Jennie Miller, Ph.D.

The concepts of grit and resilience will be presented, with a focus on the ability to develop or strengthen coping skills or “mindset” while navigating stressors that interfere with emotional well-being and achievement of goals. The session will include experiential components, along with current research and trends in this area.

10:30-11:50 a.m.

ACES, Childhood Trauma, and How to Address It

  • Jonna Langston, LPC, NCC

This presentation will utilize the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey to help screen for childhood trauma and offer suggestions as to how to use this information to guide treatment. Special focus will be given to trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and its applications to help treat children and adolescents affected by trauma.

Lunch — on your own

1-2:30 p.m.

The Use of Creative Art in Treating Trauma

  • Rick Satterthwaite, MDiv, MA, LPC

Many clients struggle to either describe or verbally process their trauma. As a client creates an art piece, it not only can help them process that trauma, but it will then become a periodic reminder to them of the great work they have accomplished. During this interactive presentation, participants will learn how to use various art interventions to help “give voice” to the client and allow them to share in art what they can’t in words.

2:30-3:50 p.m.

Mental Health Access for Seniors

  • Bryan Collins, MSW, LCSW; Lisa Thomas, MSW, LCSW

This session addresses the mental health care of older adults, a timely topic as this population is growing. Assessment and treatment of depression will be discussed, as well as services available for seniors and how to access those services. Presenters will also address approaches for working effectively with caregivers.

If you are interested in the Friday sessions, pre-registration is required. Deadline is April 3. Payment can be taken care of in advance or collected on-site at the conference. A single session is $40; or $75 for both.


Friday, April 3

9 a.m.-noon

A Closer Look at Ethics and Supervision

  • Kelly Heenan, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC

The current chair of the Wyoming Mental Health Professionals Licensing Board will facilitate a discussion on the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor, as well as ethical issues related to supervision and the supervisory relationship. This session will also meet continuing education requirements for professionals needing three hours of supervision and/or ethics in Wyoming.

Lunch — on your own

1-4 p.m.

Support Groups for Survivors of Suicide Attempts

  • Dee Lundberg, LPC, LAT; Angie Bjorklund, Tina Clements, and Terry Crabb

Suicide attempt survivors require a unique approach, and support groups offer a safe space for members to gain support and resources. A local team of group facilitators will discuss effective tools for supporting someone following a suicide attempt, including how to identify triggers and respond to them.


A special thanks to our conference sponsors: Wyoming Behavioral Institute, Nerd Wellness Center, Wyoming Medical Center, NARAL Wyoming, Wyoming Psychiatry Associates
You may also be interested in…

• Casper College Wellness Center

• Maps and Directions

Contact Info

Kelly Green, LCSW

Casper College Wellness Center Counselor