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Professional Counseling

Current Topics in Counseling Conference – Watch Session Videos

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This conference is facilitated by the Department of Professional Counseling’s alumni organization, Counseling Alumni Connection (CAC). The purpose of the CAC is to keep post-graduate students connected to their academic community and invested in the field of counseling through the promotion of professional and personal development. Post-graduate students will be encouraged to participate in a number of sponsored workshops and trainings, open roundtable discussions, community outreach events, and networking opportunities held on and off campus.

Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast (provided)

9:00 – 10 a.m. – Keynote Presentation

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  • Advocating for Mental Health: Current Challenges and Ethical Responsibilities presented by Dr. Catherine Roland, Ed.D., LPC, NCC

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Morning Workshops: Session 1

    • Motivating the Unmotivated: Counseling Court-Mandated, Coerced & Other Treatment-Ambivalent Clients presented by Alan Cavaiola, Ph.D., LPC, LCADC

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    • Understanding and Helping Couples in the Social Media Age presented by Kim Leatherdale, LPC, ATR-BC, NCC, DCC, BCC

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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Morning Workshops: Session 2

    • Buddhist Philosophy as Counseling Technique: Postmodern Zen presented by Joanne Jodry, Ed.D., DMH, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS

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    • Counselor Self Care using Mindfulness Meditation and Movement presented by Cynthia O’Connell, M.Ed., School Counselor, DSC, SAC, RYT

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12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Governor Richard J. Codey, Mental Health and Public Policy

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  • Richard J. Codey - LectureGovernor Codey’s talk, “Mental Health and Public Policy,” will focus on how he became interested in making mental health a focal point of his public service. This includes stories of going undercover in psychiatric institutions and nursing facilities, and doing frequent unannounced inspections of boarding homes, both of which exposed the poor treatment of patients. Governor Codey and his wife have also been open about their struggles with post-partum depression. These varied experiences led him to pass legislation which made improvements in mental health public policy.
  • Location: Wilson Hall Auditorium
    – Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served (Lunch will not be provided)

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops: Session 1

  • Is Aging the Same for Everyone? Issues and Advocacy for LGBT Older Adults presented by Carolyn Bradley, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, LCADC & Jennifer Dunkle, Ph.D., M.S.W.
  • Motivational Interviewing: An Evidence Based Approach for Addressing Ambivalence presented by Kim Pillsbury, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Afternoon Workshops: Session 2


  • Counseling for Grief and Loss presented by Stephanie Hall, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS
  • Yoga + Mindfulness + Social Emotional Learning to Transform Individuals, Students, Schools, and Communities by Alisha DeLorenzo, LAC, NCC

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. – Certificate Pick-up

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