Restore. Refresh. Renew
Morning Session: Cultivating Healthy Therapeutic Relationships Dr. Tony Victor Clients who are experienced as difficult or challenging, and therapy sessions that seem unproductive or ineffective are extremely frustrating to many therapists. Often this begins the downward spiral which ultimately ends with a depleted sense of energy, passion, and love for the work. This is commonly referred to as “Burnout.” This session will explore one of the primary causes of this— “Unhealthy expectations of self and other.” Dr. Victor will describe how unhealthy expectations lead to unhealthy therapeutic relationships which lead to disappointing and frustrating therapy which leads to therapist energy drain. The cause is not the therapist or the client. Rather, the unhealthy dynamics in the flow of information and energy between the therapist and client. Dr. Victor will introduce a mindfulness process for self-reflection which will lead to healthy expectations which lead to healthy therapeutic relationships which lead to awesome therapy sessions which leads to Restoring, Refreshing and Renewing the therapist. Participants will see the process in action and experience the process through dialogue and journaling.
Goals: Participants will Be able to identify unhealthy expectations they may have of themselves Be able to identify unhealthy expectations they may have of their clients Be able to see the impact of unhealthy expectations on their therapeutic relationships Be able to see the impact of unhealthy expectations on the therapeutic process Be able to see the impact of unhealthy expectations on themselves Be able to use a mindfulness self-reflective process to replace unhealthy expectations with healthy appropriate expectations
Morning Session: Advocacy Resources Sarah Mossa, LPC, LCPC, NCC This presentation focuses on empowering those present to connect with the mental health board, RAINN, CPS, NAMI and other agencies that support the mental health of our communities. Our hope is to provide counselors with the knowledge and resources to step up into leadership roles in their direct communities in order to better advocate for their personal, and professional interests.
Morning Session: Secondary Trauma Sarah Mossa, LPC, LCPC, NCC This presentation focuses on a discussion defining secondary trauma for counselors clinically, administratively, & personally, with intention to promote coping and resiliency. Empowerment to follow through with self-care regimens, self-organization, vacation planning, and daily care plans also included.
Afternoon Session: Creative Expression and Mindfulness Session Dr. Kevin Stouffer Synopsis The work of clinicians and other mental health providers can present personal challenges for most at different points in their careers. This workshop will permit participants to couple simple principles of creative expression and mindfulness in practical and personally relevant ways that can enhance self-care and quality practice. Objectives To enhance the professional's personal and professional problem-solving skills through practical awareness of the benefits and role of creative expression to enhance personal mindfulness in dealing with issues common to the life of the clinician such as questioning, stagnation, burnout, isolation, re-visioning, discovery, renewal and growth.
1. Presentation: Mindfulness and its role in professional development and quality practice
2. Presentation: Creative media as a means to enhance mindfulness.
3. Application: Creation of a personally relevant piece (art, writing, photograph, artifact)
4. Discussion: Participant experience and thoughts
Afternoon Session: The Good-Bye Process: Dr. Tony Victor The first leg of the Restore, Refresh, Renew Journey This session picks up where the morning session left off. It will deepen the participants ability to self-reflect from a non-judgmental, open minded place of curiosity. Dr. Victor will lead the group in an exploration of how to process difficult sessions in such a way as to provide the therapist with a growth opportunity and to mine the gold from challenging experiences. These experiences can lead to burn out or they can be a golden opportunity for the therapist’s personal healing and growth. This session will introduce the Good-bye process as a tool to aid the therapist in deepening self-understanding and personal growth. The Good-bye process is a reflective mindfulness process. It can be used in individual therapy to assist clients in reflecting on past emotionally hurtful experiences. Part of the journey to mental health is the develop the capacity to let go of hurtful experiences. The Good Bye Process facilitates letting go. Participants will have an opportunity to use the Good Bye Process in dialogue and in their journaling.
Goals: Participants will Be able to state the purpose of the Good-Bye Process Be able to lead their clients in the Good-Bye Process Be able to use the Good-Bye Process as a self-reflective tool.
8am-9:30am Cultivating Healthy Therapeutic Relationships
9:40-10:40am Advocacy Resouces
10:40-10:45 am Break
10:45am-11:45am Secondary Resources
11:45 am-1pm Lunch
1pm-2:30pm Creative Expressions and Mindfulness
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45pm-4:30pm The GoodBye Process experiential learning to follow.
Anyone may attend
ICA Member: $75.00
ICA Student Member: $45
Division or Chapter Members: $50
Division or Chapter Student Members: $30
Non-Member Students: $45