Summer Symposium

 

The Summer Symposium is an annual event that combines our traditional high-quality informational seminars with fun. It gives attendees a chance to earn a 23 C.E. hours in a few days, including ethics hours, in a relaxing atmosphere. Attendees have the chance to interact with professionals from all disciplines, all across the state. The Summer Symposium has limited seating –  please consider registering early.

July 18, 2018 – July 20, 2018

The Paragon Casino Resorts, 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA.

Call (800) 642-7777 for hotel reservations (tell them you are attending the 16th Annual Summer Symposium or PROJ18G to receive a reduced rate of $83.00 South Tower Rooms or $110.00 Atrium Rooms.

Symposium Registration Fees: $360.00 to attend the entire Symposium

or $80.00 per session  to register for the Symposium by phone, call (318) 443-0845

 

REGISTER

 

This Symposium is designed to help you:

 

Wednesday. a.m., July 18th              

THE INFLUENCE OF BIAS AND STEREOTYPES: “NOT ME…I’M A PROFESSIONAL (presenter: John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D.)

7:30 am – 8:00 am:  Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am                  

  • Explain how inherent and unrecognized biases influence assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems in     children and adults
  • Demonstrate ways that mental health professionals can identify and objectively assess the influence of religion, politics, morality, etc., in his/her work life

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

  • Analyze the treatment of bias and stereotypes in mental health ethical codes
  • Utilize models of thinking and action that aim to identify and ameliorate unfair practices by mental health professionals rooted in   prejudice, bias and stereotypes

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm:  Lunch on your own

 

Wednesday p.m., July 18th

STRESS AND OUR BRAINS: EATING, EXERCISING & SLEEPING OUR WAY TO MENTAL HEALTH

(Naomi Friedberg, Ph.D.)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Explain Psychoneuroimmunology, the autonomic nervous system and the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis
  • Discuss the Gut-Brain connection through the lifespan with mental health research on the interface between lifestyle, food and emotional health

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm                 

  • Demonstrate how to help manage stress through self-care, diet, exercise and sleep
  • Describe how to educate clients about prevention and treatment through explaining the interaction of diagnoses and symptoms with how stress impacts the brain and body

5:30 pm – Adjournment

 

Thursday a.m., July 19th

NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES: DIFFERENT IS NOT BAD (presenter: Misty Wainwright, MA, LPC, NCC, LLC)

7:30 am – 8:00 am:  Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Describe non-traditional parenting roles in place today and the challenges and benefits presented by each
  • Explain how unique family dynamics play a role in how we work with students within our school systems

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

  • List specific non-traditional parenting/caregiving environments such as adoptive/foster parents, gay/lesbian/transgender parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, multi-cultural/multi-ethnicity parents, single parents
  • Discuss how unique parenting dynamics play a role in how we work with clients in a therapeutic setting
  • Describe ways in which clinicians can evaluate their own biases toward certain unique parenting situations to avoid pitfalls in the therapeutic process

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm:  Lunch on your own

 

Thursday p.m., July 19th

DIAGNOSTIC DECISIONS: IS IT THIS, NOTHING, OR SOMETHING ELSE? (presenter: Byron Simoneaux, Ph.D.)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Discuss the potential pitfalls involved in diagnosis, the dangers of misdiagnosis, and problems relating to multiple diagnoses in  children and adults
  • Describe problematic patterns in diagnosing emotional disorders, including conditions that are frequently missed in routine   diagnostic examinations

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

  • Discuss how diagnoses are documented and utilize procedures designed to improve communicating diagnostic impressions
  • Employ a rational decision-making model for diagnosis

5:30 pm – Adjournment

 

Friday a.m., July 20th

DIGESTING EATING DISORDERS: INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT (presenter: Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D., CEDS-s)

7:30 am – 8:00 am:  Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Explain eating disorders in adolescents and adults as outlined in DSM-5, including diagnostic criteria, demographics and etiology
  • List and discuss disorders that are comorbid with eating disorders and their implications for treatment

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

  • Describe the “theory of change” and demonstrate how to evaluate client readiness
  • Apply best practices treatment strategies, such as CBT and DBT (and others) and plan for factors that influence treatment

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm:  Lunch on your own

 

Friday p.m., July 20th

ETHICS: SEX WITH CLIENTS IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS IT SEEMS (presenter: John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D.)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm               

  • Describe what the various ethical codes say about restrictions on intimate relationships with patients
  • Discuss recommended strategies for intervening with a colleague who is suspected of having sex with a client

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Explain recommendations for providing help to a patient who has been sexually violated by a therapist

4:30 pm – Adjournment

 

CE APPROVALS (23 CE’s) for the entire Symposium:

  • Psychologist–Professional Training Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  “Professional Training Resources maintains responsibility for this program and it’s content.”
  • Social Workers –This program has been approved for 23 continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter, and may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.  All courses are clinical hours except for the Ethics Course and it is (3 ethical)
  • LPC’s (NBCC)–  Professional Training Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider #5829 and may  offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is  responsible for all aspects of the program. 
  • Rehabiliation Counselors (CRCC) –approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for 23 clock hours.  3 of these hours are approved for ethics.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (ADRA) — approved by the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority for 23 clock hours.
  • School Psychologist (NASP) –Professional Training Resources is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  Professional Training Resources maintains responsibility for the program.