CVCA & PRCA Spring Workshop
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/20/2020
When: Friday, March 20, 2020
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Augusta Health Community Outreach Building
64 Sports Medicine Dr.
Fishersville, Virginia  22939
United States
Contact: Charles Shepard

Online registration is available until: 3/17/2020
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(VCA/CVCA/PRCA members - Be sure to log-in with username/password to receive the member discounted registration fee)


Central Valley Chapter & Piedmont Region Chapter

Spring Workshop 2020



Morning Session:  The Counselor’s Response to Clients in Crisis

Curt Glesson, M.Ed., LPC, Director of Emergency Services at Region Ten CSB, and Chris Barnes, MS, Certified Prescreener and Emergency Services Clinician at Region Ten CSB, will discuss the role of Emergency Services in the state of Virginia, with an emphasis on how the service can support counselors in the community who work with at-risk clients. Particular emphasis will be on risk assessment and supporting clients post hospitalization, when the crisis is averted but the underlying issues remain prominent. The session will be appropriate for licensed mental health professionals as well as those in training or students.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the emergency services system in Virginia and historical occurrences that led to the current system.
  2. Participants will gather a fuller understanding of the professional counselor’s responsibility when a client is in crisis and how to assess risk.
  3. Participants will learn to identify ways to recognize when a client may need the support of emergency services and discuss the ways a counselor can help a client navigate.
  4. Participants will learn how emergency services can support the professional counselor.
  5. Participants will be given a plan for supporting a client after hospitalization, whether voluntary or involuntary.


Afternoon Session: Creating an Effective Safety Plan

Amy Ghaemmaghami, LPC, and Sabrina Burress, MA, Resident in Counseling, LMPHe, will present Creating an Effective Safety Plan. They will discuss using risk management skills taught in the previous session to determine whether safety planning is appropriate.  A model for effective safety planning will be provided. Strategies for creating an effective safety plan will be discussed, as will the limitations and risks in safety planning. Safety panning in private practice, community agency settings, and school settings will be discussed, as well as safety planning with both adults and children.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Counselors will learn the necessary parts of an effective safety plan.
  2.  Counselors will learn to recognize the limitations of a safety plan.
  3. Counselors will leave the session with a reusable model for safety planning in their work setting.



8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Check-In and Refreshments

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Morning Session: The Counselor’s Response to Clients in Crisis

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch (included in registration)

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Creating an Effective Safety Plan

3:30 PM - 3:40 PM: Closing/Evaluations/NBCC Continuing Education Forms


Registration Fees

CVCA/PRCA/VCA Member: $45

CVCA/PRCA/VCA Student Member: $35

Non-member: $65

Student Non-member: $55




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.

Cancellation PolicyTo receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 5 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 5-day 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 event fees. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund with less than a 5-day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to:

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 Charles Shepard or send an email to  You will receive a reply in 30 days from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.




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