University Counseling and Testing Service

Wellness Symposium Detailed Schedule

Wellness Symposium

Thursday, May 15

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-10:00 "Exploring The Mythic Hero's Journey Model as a Therapeutic Tool" Nancy Goodman, MSEd, LPC (2 hrs)
In his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces," Joseph Campbell identified the psychological "monomyth" of the hero embedded in legends, stories, religions, books and films throughout time. Building on Dr. Carl Jung's theories of the collective unconscious and archetypes, Campbell explains how the core experience of the hero can be compared to the journeys and trials experienced by us in our everyday lives. Whether serving as an ally in a client's journey, or experiencing our own travels into the unknown, the Hero's Journey monomyth is an enlightening lens through which to view your life and the life of your clients.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 "The Mindful Couple" : Julie Thompson, M.Coun., LPC (1.5 hrs)
This experiential psycho-educational presentation will provide counselors ways to facilitate mindful connection while teaching methods couples can use in their daily lives to increase their effectiveness in managing and nurturing the needs of the self and the relationship, deepening connection, and creating more effective ways of navigating differences with more caring, compassion, and grace.

11:45-1:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: "An Introduction to the Unified Protocol, a Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Mood Disorders": Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D. (2 hrs)
The Unified Protocol (Barlow, et al., 2011) is a recently developed treatment protocol designed to employ therapeutic principles common across empirically supported treatments for anxiety and depression. The purpose of the Unified Protocol is to provide clinicians with a flexible manualized treatment that can be used for a range of anxiety and depressive disorders that may help address issues of comorbidity that are not explicitly addressed in single-disorder protocols. This presentation will provide an overview of the barriers (including comorbidity, diagnostic overlap, and dissemination issues) to providing empirically supported care to clients, review the basic procedures associated with the Unified Protocol, and review the empirical support for this relatively new protocol to date.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 "Facilitation of Empowerment Through the Counseling Process": Jennifer Miesch, Ph.D. (1.5 hrs )
In this workshop, we will discuss the meaning of empowerment, particularly within a social justice perspective. In addition to theory, we will discuss ways that a clinician can support a client's process of empowerment, particularly when working with marginalized populations.


Friday, May 16

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-10:00 "Somewhere Under the Rainbow: Affirming Counseling with LGBTQ Individuals" Rick Pongratz , Ph.D, LPC & Paula Seikel, Ph.D. (2 hrs.)
In a world that is not often open and affirming to sexual minorities, it is important that health care providers create a safe and positive environment to assist LGBT clients with their concerns. In this presentation, we will discuss common issues faced by LGBT people, review best practices for working with LGBT clients, and address errors (assumptions, micro-aggressions, etc.) made by practitioners that can further alienate LGBT people.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:45 "Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders": Bryan Gee, OTD (1.5 hrs)
In this presentation, participants will learn the signs and symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including descriptions of the SPD subtypes, changes to the ASD diagnostic criteria related to sensory processing, and an overview of a problem-solving approach developed to address challenging behaviors rooted in sensory processing issues. Additionally, Dr. Gee will discuss a pilot study conducted at ISU regarding increasing parental understanding of SPD and strategies to increase functioning among those struggling with SPD and ASD.

11:45-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 "Counseling LDS Clients" Cameron Staley, Ph.D. (2 hrs)
Incorporating spirituality or religious belief in counseling introduces several challenges for clinicians. For many clients, spirituality represents a valuable aspect of their diversity with the potential for enhancing therapeutic alliance and improving treatment outcomes. This workshop will orient clinicians to relevant aspects of Latter-day Saint (LDS) history, belief, culture, and unique presenting concerns. Research on the use of spiritual techniques in therapy and detailed LDS-oriented interventions will be presented.

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 "The Pursuit of Career Happiness": Lance Erickson, Ed.D., LPC; Brady Cook, M.Coun., LPC; Marlene Darling, M.Coun., LPC; & Dianne Norton, M.Coun., LCPC (1.5 hrs)
Career and life happiness begins knowing ourselves through our interests, personality, talents, values, lifestyle, and where we acquire our life meaning. In the first part of this presentation, we will explore how Holland Career Codes can be a great step to identifying possible career paths that can lead to personal fulfillment. The second half of this workshop will include an activity where participants will reflect on positive life experiences, identify strengths used during those times, and recognize how those dependable strengths helped them throughout their lives and might continue to help in the future. This activity will provide participants with insight into their own strengths, and it can be adapted and readily used with clients in career planning.


Saturday, May 17

8:30-9:00 Registration open

9:00-12:00 "Balancing Ethics and Compassion" Paula Seikel, Ph.D. (3 hrs)
Professionals in the helping professions must receive regular training in ethics in order to practice. In contrast, while the purpose of our work is to understand and relieve the suffering of others, we are not required to receive training in compassion. This workshop will explore how ethical principles and compassion intersect, complement each other, and sometimes clash in counseling, psychology, and social work. Participants will examine these intersections through case examples and discussion and will explore ways to practice ethically with compassion for others and themselves. Research supporting compassion training as a means of improving clinicians' effectiveness will be reviewed.


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