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RACA 2019 Spring Symposium: Mental Health Matters

3/15/2019
When: Friday, March 15, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: South University
2151 Old Brick Road
Glen Allen, Virginia  23060
United States
Contact: Mallory McMullin
VCA Office - vcaoffice@cox.net; 800-225-8103


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Richmond Area Counselors Association's

(A chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association)

4th Annual Spring Symposium -  Mental Health Matters

 

SCHEDULE

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration, Networking, and Morning Snacks

Sponsored by: Centra Pathways Addiction and Recovery Services

 

9am -10:30am

From Trauma to Self-Care: How to Promote Resilience in the Provider

Muriel Azria-Evans, PhD, CFLE, CRC, LPC

 

10:30 am - 10:45 - announcements

 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Concurrent Session 1

Session A: An Introduction to Mindfulness

Mallory McMullin, M.Ed; Clair Norman, CKG Foundation

 

Session B: HIV, Culture, and Adjustment

Felicia Bowman, MSW; Ari Laoch, MS

 

12:15 - 1:45 : Lunch Panel Presentation

Mental Health Matters:

Richmond’s Experts weigh in on Mental Health Concerns in our Own Backyard

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Concurrent Session 2

Session A: Threat Assessment Reentry Support Plans

Erin Krietsch, M.Ed.

 

Session B: Cultural Identity, Africultural Coping Strategies, and Depression as Predictors of

Suicidal Ideations and Attempts among African American College Students

Kara Morrison, MS

 

 

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

 

Session 1: 9:00-10:30 am

From Trauma to Self-Care: How to Promote Resilience in the Provider

Muriel Azria-Evans, PhD, CFLE, CRC, LPC

 

Trauma-informed care (TIC) is a strengths-based delivery approach that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma. TIC emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both providers and survivors. TIC aims to help individuals and organizations realize the prevalence of trauma, recognize how trauma affects all individuals involved, including providers, and respond appropriately. The impact of client trauma on providers, including but not limited to burnout, secondary trauma stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma will be discussed. Ethical responsibilities around provider self-care and supervision of new professionals will be reviewed. Lastly, participants will explore personal strategies for promoting resilience through self-care practices.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

 

        Understanding of trauma informed care and awareness of the effects of trauma

        Distinction between provider responses to client trauma (e.g., burnout, secondary trauma stress, compassion fatigue,

        and vicarious trauma)

        Awareness of appropriate assessments of provider responses to trauma

        Enhancing supervision and upholding ethical standards around self-care

        Specific self-care strategies for promoting resilience

 

 

Session 2A: 11:00-12:00

An Introduction to Mindfulness

Mallory McMullin, M.Ed; Clair Norman, CKG Foundation

 

This session will focus on mindfulness techniques for counselors to use with their clients and themselves. This session will be interactive and will give counselors the opportunity to work on their own mindfulness practices and help them to be able to best help others.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

 

        Participants will learn more about relevant mindfulness practices.

        Participants will learn more about how to handle mindfulness in their own lives.

        Participants will learn more about how to help clients implement mindfulness in their lives.

 

 

Session 2B: 11:00-12:00

HIV, Culture and Adjustment

Felicia Bowman, MSW; Ari Laoch, MS

HIV, Culture, and Adjustment, presented by Felicia Bowman and Ari Laoch looks to unwrap the secrecy and stigma of living with HIV. How we live with HIV is significantly affected by our culture, which significantly effects our adjustment. Positive intervention upon diagnosis and support that is culturally competent assists with adjustment to better meet the mental health needs of a person living with an overtly stigmatized diagnosis.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

        Understand cultural differences, within North America related to HIV, transmission, race, age, and gender.

        Current language with diagnosis, transmission, and treatment.

        The relationship of trauma and survival for people living with HIV.

        Challenges and barriers in mental health for persons living with HIV.

        The importance of consulting and appropriate referral of clients and families.

 

Lunch Panel Presentation: 12:15-1:45 PM

Mental Health Matters:

Richmond’s Experts weigh in on Mental Health Concerns in our Own Backyard

 

The Richmond Area Counselors Association brings you some of Richmond’s mental health advocates  and Community Partners to discuss how counselors can respond to mental health in our own community. 

 

Join the conversation with:

Muriel Azria-Evans, PhD, CFLE, CRC, LPC

Clair Norman, CKG Foundation

Felicia Bowman, MSW
Ari Laoch, MS
Erin Krietsch, M.Ed.
Kara Morrison, MS

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

 

        Develop an awareness of how mental health impacts a community on a macro scale

        Foster an understanding of the various agencies involved in mental health and their roles

        Participate in a forum to create a plan for Richmond Area Counselors to be ready to respond when the time comes

 

 

Session 3A: 2:00-3:00

Session A: Threat Assessment Reentry Support Plans

Erin Krietsch, M.Ed.

 

This session will review threat assessments and how to implement a reentry support plan for students found to be at high or imminent risk of threat to self or others.

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

 

        Review threat assessment procedures

        Implement re-entry support plans for students

 

 

Session 3B: 2:00-3:00

Cultural Identity, Africultural Coping Strategies, and Depression as Predictors of

Suicidal Ideations and Attempts among African American College Students

Kara Morrison, MS

 

Suicide prevention is a growing health concern in America for many minority groups. Although experts agree suicide is associated with cultural practices and beliefs, there is limited evidence on how African American women cultural values and practices influence their low rates of suicide. This presentation will explore cultural identity, Africultural coping strategies, and depression as predictors of suicidal ideations and attempts among African American female college students. An understanding the nature of the relations between culture and coping will be discussed as well as how culturally-based coping strategies impact suicidal ideations and attempts among African American female college students in particular. Results from our research reveal that Africultural coping strategies and depression are significant predictors of suicidal ideation and attempts. Current research is exploring the effects of African American culture as a buffer to possible suicidal behavior in African American women.

 

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:

 

        Understanding cultural aspects of coping

        Spiritual-center coping serves as a buffer to suicide in African American women

        Cultural Identity as a protective factor

 

REGISTRATION FEES

$35 RACA Members/$45 Nonmembers/$15 Students

(Registration fee includes lunch)

 

Cancellation Policy:

To receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 72 hours (3 days) prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 72 hour (3 days) notice will be reviewed after all expenses have been paid, a determination will be made regarding the ability to honor the request minus cost of guaranteed meals/special events. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: mmcmullin@ccps.us. 

 

Complaint Policy:

If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following:  Your  name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date and location of the event, complaint and desired resolution to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Richmond Area Counselors Association, 8104 Barrowden Court, Mechanicsville, VA  23116 or send an email to mmcmullin@ccps.us.  You will receive a reply in 30 days from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.

 

NBCC Approved Provider:

Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

 

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