CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Synergy Series - Albuquerque Edition
WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2019, 9:00 - 4:30
WHERE: 532 Jefferson St NE (ATF teachers' union building) Just south of Lomas, between Washington and San Mateo. WHAT: High quality, low cost training on a variety of topics, including 3 hours of ETHICS. This workshop is modeled after the Synergy Series, which has been running annually in Fayetteville, AR for the last 15 years. I am very excited to bring the founder and director of the Synergy Series, William Symes, LPC as our keynote speaker. He will be joined by Ashley McKenna, Charlene Pyskoty, Steve Ratcliff, and myself. See below for full description of workshops and presenter bios. This workshop is provided by an NBCC approved provider (ACEP).
COST: $55.00 for 5.5 hours of CEUs. $50.00 if you register in advance.
REGISTRATION: Space is limited. To register, contact Josh Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 515-1821.
SCHEDULE: 9:00 - 9:30 Welcome...short meet and greet.
9:30 - 10:30 A Clinician's Guide to Ethics and Safety In Use of Technology - Steve Ratcliff, MA, LPCC Increasingly clinicians are being called upon to utilize technology in the counseling process. The sensitive data that clinician’s are gatekeepers of and the risks of HIPAA violations via data breaches continue to raise ethical and legal concerns. This workshop will provide concrete recommendations from security experts, field norms, and relevant laws to keep clinicians and their clients safe. 10:30 - 12:00 The Next Wave: Neurodiversity and High Functioning Asperger's - William Symes, LPC, Clinical Supervisor The Autism-Asperger's-Schizoid-Neurodiverse population is grossly under-diagnosed. For nearly 40 years the APA resisted the neurological aspect of Asperger's, insisting that it was a developmental disorder.In the 90's, the autistic diagnostic category broadened and Asperger's suddenly became statistically significant.However, the social association between autism and vaccination delayed our understanding of neurodiversity another 10 years. We are on the verge of major breakthroughs in our understanding of Neurodiversity. Learning Goals: 1. A brief history of why autism has been so confusing in American mental health 2. Why DSM diagnosis is confusing, 3. Clear diagnostic cues for identifying high-functioning neurodiversity, 4. Treatment strategies for improving therapy outcome.We will learn to identify High Functioning Asperger's/Neurodiversity: Expressive traits, socialization conflicts, challenges in marriage counseling, and the attending co-morbidity of affective disorders.
12:00 - 1:00 From Private Practice to Public Service: A Case Study in Ethics and Best Practices - Charlene Pyskoty, MA, MPH, LPCC Charlene will tell her story of going from being a therapist in private practice to being a public, elected official, with a focus on ethical issues in maintaining best practices. She will discuss boundaries, confidentiality, and political and social activism for behavioral health professionals.
1:00 - 2:15 Lunch - on your own
2:15 - 3:15 Recovery: A Path Towards Wellness - Ashley McKenna, LPCC, NCC This training will take a developmental approach to restoring basic client needs while creating a sustainable life of sobriety. Addressing addiction in a clinical practice is a process of restoring balance within a client’s life, while creating specific goals and tools to aid the healing process. This positive approach helps clients create a life based on authentic experiences.
3:15 - 4:15 Ethical Challenges in 21st Century Clinical Practice Joshua Newman, MA, LPCC While the practice of psychotherapy continues to evolve, what remains the same? What is required of the therapist - on a personal level - in order to be most effective? We will explore these questions as they relate to the ethical issue of clinical effectiveness. Learning goals: 1) address the rapid proliferation of emerging theories and modalities within the mental health profession, 2) identify ethical challenges associated with theoretical dogma, 3) discuss four distinct therapy styles, and 4) take a look inside the mind of the therapist.
William Symes, M.Div, LPC-S, Clinical Supervisor Mr. Symes is a State Clinical Supervisor, N.B.C.C. Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and Licensed Professional Counselor with over 44 years of clinical experience, and 37 years in private practice in Fayetteville, AR.His evidence-based clinical approach includes Psychodynamics, Object Relations, Jung, Family Systems, Gestalt Integrative therapy, Strategic Therapy, and Mindfulness. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of St. Louis. He is the founder and director of First Thought Seminars and the Synergy Series continuing education workshops. His book, Mastering the Art of Psychotherapy, was released nationally in January of 2016. Mr. Symes served as faculty at the 2015 Milton Erickson International Congress, Phoenix, AZ http://www.emotionalinsight.com/
Charlene Pyskoty, MA, MPH, LPCC Ms. Pyskoty is a therapist in private practice and Bernalillo County Commissioner, D5. After helping people one-on-one for 15 years, she wanted to serve her community in a bigger way. As Commmissioner, she is committed to creating and funding behavioral health initiatives and programs that uplift our community. Steve Ratcliff, MA, LPCC Over the last 15 years Steve has worked in a variety of settings in mental health. Steve has enjoyed calling New Mexico home since 2009. After starting a private practice in 2012, Steve became increasingly interested in the intersection of technology and ethics in the clinical field. Steve presents seminars at Highlands University and local practices throughout the year on ethics, technology, cultural competencies with LGBTQ+ clientele, and private practices. For more information please visit www.familiesfirsttherapy.org. Ashley McKenna, LPCC, NCC As a counselor I have helped clients to achieve sobriety, integrate prior trauma and build increased hope for overall wellness. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with well over a decade of clinical experience and I am certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. During my career I have held positions of a Counselor, Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director of client services. https://www.wildmagnoliawellness.com/
Joshua Newman, MA, LPCC In private practice since 2005, Mr. Newman provides brief and long-term therapy to individuals, couples, and families. While he enjoys the variety that a general practice provides, his areas of special interest include: relationship concerns, existential questions, and personal development. In addition to his clinical work, Joshua has a background in meditation instruction, with over 20 years of mindfulness meditation practice. He is also a writer.