De-escalating and Re-Engaging Distressed Couples
Jim Hightower, LPC & Megan Jones, LAC, LAMFT, EFT Certified Therapist
This workshop is to create a framework of the EFT model that provides a flexible structure to therapy. You will gain an understanding of adult attachment and bonding and what happens to the body when there is disconnect. The workshop will be an experiental environment that allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the emotional process and how to lean into pain to create healing and change.
Women and Wellness: Clinical Approaches to Helping Women Purse Optimum Health
Jeff Cline, PhD, LPC-S, Robin Guile, LPC
Women in the 21st century face a number of unique needs and challenges as they journey through the life cycle. This session highlights the efficacy of wellness-based approaches and interventions in support of women’s functioning in various spheres of life including mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, social and occupational health. It will include an overview of women’s health issues and key factors that support and potentially impair clinical outcomes with a variety of presenting concerns (self-esteem, relationships, anxiety & mood disorders, body image, work life balance, parenting, family, mental health and chronic health issues, etc.). It will further highlight key scholarship related to women’s health in counseling and related fields and the importance of ongoing advocacy and research. The presentation will include an overview of the empirically-based wellness model the Indivisible Self (IS-Wel; Myers & Sweeney, 2004) and the Face Factor Wellness Inventory (FFWEL; Myers & Sweeney, 2005) with suggested uses for assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning and goal setting. Participants will be invited to assist with a case study to develop competency with wellness-based interventions in work with women. A list of suggested resources will be included.
Getting them out alive: Counseling women living with violence
Dorcas Vangilst, LPC
This presentation will cover statistics of Domestic Violence within the population. The specific signs of different types of abuse will also be covered. These major types are: Psychological Abuse, Financial Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse and Spiritual Abuse. The mentality of “But he doesn’t hit me” will also be dismantled and discussed, and then the question of “Why does she stay?”. The cycle of abuse will be covered, safety plans and what we can do to help. Safety plans are essential as the time in a violent relationship when a woman is most likely to be killed is when she leaves.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is often confused with hypnosis. Most clinicians don’t know much about clinical hypnotherapy and how it can be used to treat some of the most difficult clients and diagnoses. This workshop will explain the differences in hypnosis and hypnotherapy, give a brief overview of the history of hypnotherapy, dispel myths about hypnotherapy and introduce clinicians to the use of Clinical Hypnotherapy within a Christian worldview.
How can a life coach serve women in your community
Selena Ulsewich, MEd
As an attendee in this workshop, you will learn about the emerging profession of life coaching. You will get a clear description and definition, including the variety of issues a coach can address. There will be a focus on issues that are relevant to women in your community. The Christian Coaching Model will be explained as will the techniques that coaches use to help clients bridge the gap from where they are now to where they want to be. Testimonies, examples, and stories will help to paint a picture of the coaching client and how women can best be served by both a coach and a mental health professional, each working in their area of expertise. You will walk away with suggestions for how a coach and counselor/therapist can refer clients to each other and how you can begin to learn about coaches available to serve the women in your community and how to begin forming professional relationships with them.
You will understand the training that a life coach can receive and how to distinguish between an ICF (International Coaching Federation) trained coach and a self-proclaimed coach.
Counseling Single Women
Kelley Flaming, LPC
This workshop is a practical workshop that will aid the counselor in going deeper with the single woman. It will look at types of singleness, myths of singleness, common issues of singleness, and benefits of singleness. The presentation will address God’s perspective of singleness, as well as his role in a single woman’s life. This is a presentation will include case studies that aid in the counselor’s understanding to better their techniques and deepen their relationships with their single clients.
Healing for the Post Abortive Woman
Maria Spear & Jackie Montgomery, Life Choices, Inc.
(This presentation is not eligible for CEU’s)
Have you ever had a client who struggled with a past abortion? Would you like more information on how to help her? This workshop will give you statistics regarding the amount of women affected by abortion and it’s aftermath as well as a personal testimony of a post-abortive woman. You will also learn presenting symptoms of post-abortion syndrome and resources to help your client heal from her past abortion choice.
Technology Friendly Counseling: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations
Suzanne Casey, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Do your clients text, call, or email you with therapeutic questions between sessions? Do you reply? What gives providers of Distance Services some notable advantages in helping clients through traumatic events? Who gets to decide what is Standard of Care? This workshop/discussion forum examines these and other topics related to the ethical, legal, and professional standards governing the provision of technology-assisted services in the state of Arkansas.
Counseling women around the world: Celebrating differences, understanding each other, and helping across cultures
Sherry Pogue, EdS, LPC
The workshop teaches effective triage for highly conflicted couples from the call for help to referral to a competent counselor. Protocol language and process is presented through teaching, role play and video example. The counselor guides a crisis couple to better understand their marital distress, previous counseling, potential resources, positive memories and their options for making decisions about the future of their relationship.
Values-Based Gender Ethics: The changing landscape
Dr. Barry Wingfield, LPC, LMFT
Recent changes in Arkansas law combined with recent Supreme Court decisions sprinkled with various Presidential Executive Orders around issues of gender can create quite the confused counselor when it comes to gender identity, ethics, and Christian theology. This workshop will lay out current dilemna’s and ethical constructs for values-based practice around issues of gender.
4A Spirituality, Gender, & Personality
Sherry Pollard, PhD
The workshop will focus on finding and following a spiritual path, looking at the ways in which gender and personality differences affect the way we live our lives, make our decisions and honor our Maker.
4B Care Giver or Enabler: I’m okay IF you’re okay
Sarah Lindsey, LPC & Robert Cole, BA
As addiction issues continue to effect families in all areas of our society, the naturally nurturing roles of women present specific issues in determining appropriate boundaries while loving and supporting someone struggling with addiction. This workshop will identify key signs of destructive, enabling behavior and the long term implications on the family.