17th Annual Mental Health Summer Symposium

July 17th - 19th, 2019The Paragon Casino/Resort, Marksville, LA


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 PROJ16G to receive a reduced rate of $89.00 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




This Symposium is designed to help you:


Wednesday a.m., July 17th               


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

8:00 am – 10:00 am                   

– Describe Psychopathy and differentiate the concept from Antisocial Personality Disorder and behaviors that are merely criminal.

– Discuss and apply appropriate and empirically supported assessment tools for the diagnosis of Psychopathy

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

– Demonstrate various theories extant regarding very early developmental markers and the causes of Psychopathy and explain its

presence in specific populations

– Design and describe a treatment protocol for adults and juveniles with Psychopathy

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


Wednesday p.m., July 17th


1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

– List and explain the fundamental components of the Mental Status Evaluation

– Demonstrate the interrelationship between the client’s history and the Mental Status Examination

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

– Demonstrate the ability to describe someone’s mental status from a video interviewer.

5:30 pm –  Adjournment


Thursday a.m., July 18th

GENDER IDENTITY: Understanding the Differences (presenter: Allison Burnett, LICSW)

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

8:00 am – 10:00 am

– Explain how sex is assigned at birth and how it relates to gender identity, gender expression and gender development.

– Describe each individual’s gender identity and its effect on the therapeutic relationship

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

– Apply the recommended therapeutic practices and optional/possible medical procedures

– List state specific demographics, resources, and legal concerns for the transgender population in Louisiana.

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


Thursday p.m., July 18th

ADJUSTMENT DISORDER: Diagnosis and Treatment (presenter: Byron Simoneaux, Ph.D.)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

– Discuss what a “stessor” is as related to the diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder

– Describe how people “adjust” across the lifespan, with an emphasis on adaptive versus maladaptive adjustment patterns.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 pm – 5:30 pm

– List and explain the diagnostic criteria as per DSM-5 for Adjustment Disorder

– Demonstrate relevant differential diagnostic considerations for Adjustment Disorder, other trauma/stressor related disorders, as

well as other relevant diagnoses.

5:30 pm –  Adjournment


Friday a.m., July 19th


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

8:00 am – 10:00 am

– Describe the current opioid crisis – statistics on epidemiology, course through the life-span and short/long-term consequences of

an Opioid Use Disorder.

– List DSM 5 criteria for Opioid Use Disorder and discuss severity as it relates to level of care required

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

– Explain the use of medication assisted treatment for Opioid Use Disorder with specific attention on the overdose reversal

medication, Narcan.

– Use harm reduction methods and counseling techniques for Opioid Use Disorder and explain Louisiana’s State Targeted

Response to the Opioid Epidemic grant and Louisiana’s State Opioid Response grant.

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


Friday p.m., July 19th

ETHICS: MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES (presenter: John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D.)

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm               

– Describe the ethical principles that guide a professional when faced with a mental health emergency

– Predict the long-term implications of errors made when professionals confront a mental health emergency

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

– Explain ways to balance intervention effectiveness and risk when confronting immediate decisions that must be made when a

patient/client is in crisis

– List steps that could be taken to respect privacy and maintain confidentiality during a mental health emergency – and ensure that

the least restrictive care if applied

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. 
  • Rehabilitation 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.