WHAT: High quality, affordable continuing education designed to support and enhance your clinical practice. This seminar is eligible for CE credit for counselors, social workers, LMFTs, and psychologists. It will provide 6 hours of ethics CEUs.
This year's theme is A Mosaic of Relationships: The Ethics of Care in Modern Clinical Practice. Presenters include Jay Blackwell, Ashley McKenna, Joshua Newman, Ivy Anna Rizzo, Stephen Ratcliff, and Kenneth Winfrey. Scroll down to read a complete description of each presentation as well as professional bios.
WHEN:Friday, June 24, 2022, 9:00 - 4:00
WHERE: 532 Jefferson St NE (ATF teachers' union building) Just south of Lomas, between Washington and San Mateo, next to Zia Elementary School. or Don't want to come in person? Tune into the event online. Visit the following link to register for the online event: *CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR LIVE EVENT ON ZOOM*
COST: $90 *$85 if you pay by cash or check. *Discounts available for groups of 5 or more.
REGISTRATION: No pre-registration is required. RSVPs are welcome so we can know how many to anticipate.
CONTACT:Email Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to RSVP.
8:30 - 9:00 Sign In and Network with Colleagues
9:00 - 12:00 Morning Presentations
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 Afternoon Presentations
4:00 - 4:15 Wrap Up
Jay Blackwell MA, LMHC, CPSW is the Director of Programs at Umoja Behavioral Health in Albuquerque, NM. He has an extensive background in public health, community development and organizational excellence. For 14 years, he consulted with the US Department of Health and Human Services at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) where he supported the growth of underserved communities and struggling organizations. His peer and community certifications highlight his belief in a holistic approach to wellness in healthcare. At Umoja Behavioral Health, Mr Blackwell is the Meditation Facilitator and participates in several health-focused initiatives throughout the state.
Ashley McKenna, LPCC graduated from Southwestern College in 2006 with a master's in counseling and a concentration in grief and loss. She is the owner of Wild Magnolia Wellness, LLC, a wellness-based therapy practice. Her practice focuses on addiction and recovery, depression, grief and loss, trauma-informed care, and mindfulness. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with well over a decade of clinical experience and certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. During her career she has held positions of a Substance Abuse Program Facilitator, School Counselor, Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director of client services. Ashley is also the author of, Suicidal Thoughts and You: Escaping the Mental Loop of Wanting to End It All.Providing supervision and ethical guidance to clinicians entering the field of mental health has been an important part of her career. She supports therapists in maintaining a healthy and successful career and reducing burnout in the field.
Joshua Newman, MA, LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor in private practice and the author of The Power of Therapy: How to Navigate Change, Transform Trauma, and Make Sense of Your Mental Health Care. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and religion from Hendrix College and a Master of Arts in counseling from Southwestern College. Joshua’s treatment approach can be described as holistic, eclectic, and person-centered. He is on an ongoing quest to make sense of the strange and wonderful profession of psychotherapy. His approach to working with clients recognizes the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - while blending together the most effective elements of multiple counseling traditions.
Stephen Ratcliff, MA, LPCC (NM), LPC (OR), NCC, CST Steve (he, him pronouns) is a licensed mental health counselor and AASECT certified sex therapist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico who specializes in treating LGBTQ+, Kinky, and Consensually Nonmonogamous (CNM) clients. Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2009. In 2018, Steve began doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology. Steve’s doctoral studies are focusing on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). Steve joined the directors board of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) in March 2021. Steve also volunteers with the Alternative Sexual Health Research Alliance (TASHRA) as one of their research scientists and is involved in a number of their studies of kink populations.
Ivy Anna Rizzo, LPCC, RYT specializes in taking therapy into natures’ healing spaces. She began her career in mental health 20 years ago as a social worker in Chicago and has since traveled the terrain of community mental health and private practice. At her practice, Open Air Counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she integrates a wide range of somatic, cognitive, transpersonal, mindfulness , and social justice informed therapies into her ecotherapy model. Her practice includes specialization in insomnia disorder, neurodiversity identity celebration, and accessible yoga therapy. She believes that simply taking her practice outside allows her clients to build their own healing relationships, not just to therapy, but also to nature and movement.
Kenneth Winfrey, LCSW is the founder, CEO, and Director of Clinical Services at Umoja Behavioral Health. Kenneth is a social worker trained at the New Mexico State University. Umoja is an Intensive Outpatient Programming agency. and employees approximately 30 masters level (or above) psychotherapists, medical providers, peer support workers, and student interns. Kenneth is originally from St. Louis, MO where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts HS. Kenneth moved to Albuquerque from Philadelphia shortly after 9/11, and feels since then that the land has welcomed him to be here. His work as an artist, and as a social worker helping to support the wellness of New Mexicans, are part of how he seeks to return the favor of feeling welcome here--a place of such remarkable beauty and culture. Kenneth's hobbies include tropical plants, vegetable gardening, and music.
Certified Peer Support Workers: Incorporating Standards that Strengthen Client Outcomes - Jay Blackwell Jay will present on the Core Competencies of Peer Support Workers, as defined by SAMHSA and implemented by OPRE across NM. Peer Support Workers are adept at relationship building and knowing how much intrinsic self-worth plays in recovery and in healthy living. His presentation will cover how Peer Support Workers can be licensed in a variety of behavioral health settings. And Jay will share the peer provider strategies his agency uses at their IOP plus provide resources for those who might want to know more about the Peer Provider field.
The Ethics of Self Care: Basic Needs to Create a Lifelong Career as a Therapist - Ashley McKenna This training will explore the underlying cause and contributing factors of therapist burnout and poor retention within the field of therapy. What are the leading causes of burnout, how to identify them and ways to restore the ability to meet client needs without experiencing compassion fatigue. Taking a holistic approach and exploring the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of helping others takes on a therapist. Participates will be able to develop a plan during the training with grounding routines and rituals for their therapy practice and a response for signs of burnout.
Tuning In to Your Breath: Applications of Mindfulness Meditation in Clinical Practice - Joshua Newman The practice of meditation has helped people to find peace and calm for centuries. Contemporary psychotherapy and addictions treatment have increasingly recognized the power of mindfulness practices in clinical settings. Therapists of all theoretical orientations can benefit from incorporating elements of mindfulness meditation into their existing clinical toolkit. In this experiential presentation, participants will learn the following: 1) How mindfulness meditation can positively impact therapist development, 2) Ethical considerations for introducing mindfulness meditation to clients, 3) Mental health benefits of mindfulness meditation, 4) How meditation is practiced in multiple faith traditions as well as in secular environments, including healthcare settings. Two, brief meditation tutorials will allow participants to experience both guided and unguided mindfulness meditation.
Providing Culturally Competent Care to Sexually and Relationally Diverse Clients - Steve Ratcliff Because clients who are sexually or relationally diverse face increased incidence of mainstream stigma and stigma from providers, it is imperative for providers working with these populations to take active steps in developing their cultural competence. Because both of these populations are growing, it is increasingly likely that a provider will work with these populations whether they are aware of it or not. This one hour course will briefly review types of sexual and relationship diversity and cultural competence implication for clinicians.
The Ethics of Beginning Outdoor Therapy - Ivy Anna Rizzo In this course you will be led through the beauty and ethics of taking your psychotherapy practice outside. Come learn about verbal and written consents, ethics, trust building, weather and other outside phenomena, questions of cultural appropriation, understanding the history of the land, accessibility, ableism, and developing your own relationship to nature. I will also share and answer questions about my experience as a therapist with a thriving outdoor practice.
A Black Paper: Cultural Competence to Providing Quality Care for African American Clients - Kenneth Winfrey Kenneth will present on the National Council for Mental Wellbeing's white paper (AKA The Black Paper) to assist providers from all cultures better understand the health disparities in access, engagement, utilization and outcomes for B/AAs seeking specialty mental health and substance use treatment services. His presentation will briefly summarize solutions and promising practices in mental health and substance treatment which providers can use to more effectively meet the needs of Blacks/African Americans (B/AAs) seeking such services.