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When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
8:30 am - 4330 pm
Where: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Abingdon, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Workshop Questions - Brandy Smith,
Registration -, 800-225-8103

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VASC Sponsored Workshop 

(Lunch will be provided)

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting 6 hours




Counseling Approaches to Support Trauma-Informed Schools
Brandy Smith, LPC 
Counselors working in school settings must understand the prevalence and symptoms of trauma, as well as its impact on development, learning, and behavior. This session will focus on how to meet the needs of students impacted by trauma in the classroom. We will explore counseling approaches designed to build resiliency in school settings.


Collaborative Implications for VA’s School and Community-Based Counselors
Challen Mabry, LPC 
The future of mental health is shifting from traditional "brick and mortar" out-patient office settings, and evolving to meet clients’/students’ behavioral health needs using innovative approaches, in their home, school, and community. As Virginia enters into a managed care environment this fall, students in SWVA who receive community- based behavioral health services and school-based counseling will have an increased expectation to provide holistic treatment using a treatment team model. Counselors in both the school and community practice setting throughout the state must develop partnerships that ensure collaborative, evidenced-based, and traumaresponsive interventions to clients/students. It is the ethical responsibility of professional counselors, in alignment with the American Counseling Associations Code of Ethics, to develop effective collaborations with other treatment providers to most systematically address the holistic needs of clients/students.


Social Justice Advocacy in Schools
Shekila Melchior, Ph. D., NCC & Dannette Gomez Beane, Ph. D. 
This workshop combines a historical and current focus on multicultural and social justice counseling competencies. Participants will explore concepts such as intersectionality, racial identity development, and Cycle of Liberation. In addition, participants will discuss how these concepts impact their work as counselors. After exploring various social justice issues, participants will complete a plan for social justice advocacy which can positively impact their work setting, community setting, and the nation, through multicultural and social justice competence. Participants will also learn various self-care strategies to keep their activist and counselor "cup" full. Through this workshop, participants will experience a strengthened social justice identity and feel empowered to advocate for the diverse populations they serve. 

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