Wellness Conference: April 28-29, 2022

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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 throughout Thursday as well as on Friday morning are FREE to the public. On Friday afternoon, a workshop for professionals is presented and a fee is required to attend this workshop.

As a way to welcome everyone back to the Wellness Conference this year we are offering Friday afternoon’s professional workshop at a discounted rate of only $20. This workshop, which includes 3 ethics CEUs, is designed for master or doctoral level mental health professionals and requires pre-registration and payment. We hope to see you all there!

12 CEUs will be available this year

For more information, please contact Kelly Green
Casper College Wellness Center 307-268-2621 • kelly.clark@caspercollege.edu

  • The Wellness Conference consists of several mini-courses presented by professionals in the community. These mini-courses on Wednesday and Thursday 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. Register online for the Friday workshops.

Download the 2022 conference brochure (PDF)

Registration for Friday afternoon’s professional workshop

To pay by check:Please return this registration form to: Casper College Counseling

Registration Form (PDF)
Attn: Kelly Green
125 College Drive • Casper, WY 82601
email: kelly.clark@caspercollege.edu

To pay by credit card:

Schedule and Session Descriptions

Location: Walter H. Nolte Gateway building, Room 225

Thursday, April 28, 2022

9-10:20 a.m.

Human Trafficking: Younger People are Vulnerable to Exploitation

  • Rhonda Covington, PCSW

An estimated 40 million people worldwide are victims of trafficking and exploitation; 25% of those are children. Participants will learn how to recognize labor and/or sex trafficking and exploitation, as well as what makes specific populations more vulnerable. We will also discuss how we can prevent trafficking and exploitation as practitioners and caregivers.

10:30-11:50 a.m.

Mental Health Needs More Occupational Therapists

  • Jenny Lok, MOTR/L
  • Sara Vigneri, COTA/L
  • Sara Sherman, COTA/L
  • Emily Newman, COTA/L
  • Katie Bays. COTA/L
  • Ashley Larimore, COTA/L

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help clients participate in their desired occupations with the therapeutic use of everyday activities, based on their personal interests and needs. Occupational therapy, OT, considers the complex relationship between the client, the activity, and the environment in which the activity takes place. OT has roots in mental health though is underutilized in the field. This presentation will review specialized OT concepts through the developmental life span related to an occupational therapist’s client-centered approach to mental health. The session will include experiential components, along with current research and knowledge from experienced practitioners.

Lunch — Each attendee will be responsible for their own lunch.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the conference.

1-2:20 p.m.

Pandora, Joseph and the Goat: Exploring the Link Between Scapegoating, Sacrifice, Self-Sacrifice and Suicide

  • Jamie Egolf, MSW, LCSW

Why does Wyoming have such consistently high suicide rates? 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.

2:30-3:50 p.m.

Grief: It’s All Complicated

  • Joanne Theobald, MSW, LCSW

The COVID pandemic is causing a second wave of public health concerns, among those grieving deaths of loved ones as well as in the general population as we adapt to more ambiguous forms of loss. The grief process is highly individualized and working with the bereaved presents many challenges. This didactic session will discuss best practices for assessment and treatment of the bereaved with a specific focus on prolonged grief disorder therapy.

Friday, April 29, 2022

9-10:20 a.m. Creating Inclusive Environments to Combat Minority Stress

  • Kristina Pham, MS

Research has shown that when minority individuals experience prejudice and discrimination their stress response is highly activated, putting them at greater risk for adverse physical and mental health reactions. This didactic presentation will address what the minority stress theory is and how it impacts our clients. Participants will learn strategies to create inclusive environments to provide enhanced care for minority individuals.

10:30-11:50 a.m.

Inclusive Practice for Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Clients

  • Amanda DeDiego, PhD, NCC, BC-TMH

Transgender and gender non-conforming, TGNC, community members are at risk for numerous adverse social, health, and health-care related outcomes and disparities. TGNC clients require specialized care and professional counselors can play a central role in supporting and providing competent care to this population. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the WPATH health care standards for transgender clients, facilitate a review of gender dysphoria, DSM V, and invite participants to consider ways to creating affirming practices and environments for TGNC clients.

Lunch — on your own

1-3:50 p.m.

Using Creativity to Explore Ethical Decision Making

  • R. Paul Maddox, PhD, LPC, NCC

In this presentation, the benefits of utilizing an ethical decision-making model to facilitate the development of ethical decision-making for helping professionals will be reviewed. Participants will engage in experiential and creative arts activities to help facilitate their ethical decision-making process. Strategies for ethical decision-making will also be discussed.

A special thanks to our conference sponsors: Wyoming Behavioral Institute, Pro-Choice Wyoming Education Project, Banner Health – Wyoming Medical Center, Blue Envelope Health Fund, True Care Women’s Resource Center
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Contact Info

Kelly Green, LCSW

Casper College Wellness Center Counselor