2019 ICA Pre-Conference Workshops
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Pre-Conference on Thursday, November 7: All day Workshop: Strategies for Trauma-Informed Cultural Consciousness: Connecting Body and Brain 4 half day workshops: AM - The Role of School Counselors as Advocates for Student Mental Health Issues AM - You Are More Powerful Than You Think: Embodied Group Therapy PM - Serving Trans & Gender Diverse Clients Across the Lifespan: Advanc PM - Reporting & Preservation of Evidence for Sexually Exploited/Abused Minors During the Advocacy/Legal Process

11/7/2019 to 11/9/2019
When: 9:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn North Shore
5300 W Touhy Ave
Skokie, Illinois  60077
United States
Contact: Rachel Banick
815-787-0515


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ICA Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, November 7, 2019

 


Strategies for Trauma-Informed Cultural Consciousness: Connecting Body and Brain

Full-Day Workshop

Dr. A. Leslie Anderson
Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join us as we explore together the brain science that affirms what counseling professionals have long known:  relationships matter, activated systems don’t perform optimally, exploring history (or integrating in Dan Siegel’s terms—“making sense of what doesn’t make sense”) can be enlightening and empowering—even when also painful; and growth and change are possible.  We will take a deeper look at “cultural consciousness”—the active process of fostering critical awareness and inclusion of history and positionality, and how our shared histories are intertwined.  With today’s increased focus on integrating trauma-informed care for helping professionals, we will explore both individualized trauma as well as how our shared trauma history resides in all of us epigenetically.  Through didactic information, small group processing, group interaction and real-life applications, this interactive preconference workshop will deepen awareness and application of cultural consciousness for helping professionals providing services in a weary world.


     

The Role of School Counselors as Advocates for Student Mental Health Issues: Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Returning from Hospitalization

Morning Half-Day Workshop Sponsored by ICA

Dr. Katherine Atkins & Dr. Toni Tollerud
Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The role of school counselors can be chaotic and overwhelming. Career and college counseling, helping students with academic choices and needs, assisting with relationships at school, and handling personal and social dilemmas can be just a few of the counselors’ responsibilities.  How do school counselors remain ethical advocates for their students? How do they prioritize their responses?  And where do the ethical concerns of addressing mental health issues fit in?

This half-day day workshop will discuss the shared dynamic of school counselors’ legal and ethical responsibilities, as well as the call for school counselors to serve as advocates for their students, especially those struggling with various mental health concerns. The school counseling profession offers unique and often difficult legal and ethical challenges, which renders them responsible to consider legal and ethical ramifications of their work as advocates. School counselors promote academic, career, and social emotional student development, while also navigating their commitment to parents, administrators, and the community.

The presenters will explore what it means to be an ethical advocate for all their students.  It will further explore best practices important in addressing mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and hospitalization. Further, it will allow participants to work through some of the most challenging situations (e.g. suicidal ideation, self-injury, counseling LGBTQ+ students, undocumented students, drug use, duty to warn, sexually active minors) they encounter.  Participants will process student mental health issues and will be given practical applications to help students and to collaborate with school personnel, parents, and the surrounding communities.

You Are More Powerful Than You Think: Embodied Group Therapy

Morning Half-Day Workshop Sponsored by IASGW

Azizi Marshall, LCPC, RDT/BCT, REAT
Thursday, November 7, 2019
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Today, more than ever, we need to stop, look, and listen to support our clients' stories and emotional well-being. As clinicians, we can do more than bare witness to issues: we can be a critical catalyst for change. In this workshop, we will introduce participants to a wide range of creative strategies and interventions for group therapy as an introduction to teaching about embodied group therapy. Then, participants will engage in a mini creative arts project that is a direct response to an issue that concerns them both as individuals and as a group. Enhance and refine your skills and competencies to create greater inclusion and safety among your group through embodied approaches.  Through embodiment, we begin to develop awareness on a new level. This level of awareness goes beyond just the story of the past. It is knowledge that offers skills to help keep you present and connected to live life more fully. Our body is our gateway to mindfulness. (Biasetti, 2019)

Serving Trans and Gender Diverse Clients Across the Lifespan: Advanced Skill Development for the Professional Counselor

Afternoon Half-Day Workshop Sponsored by IALGBTIC

Kelly George, LCPC
Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This workshop explores topics beyond introductory information around trans and gender diverse (TGD) identities, and is aimed for counselors wishing to go beyond “101 level” information. Professional counselors require space to learn, practice, and reflect on how they can affirmatively approach TGD clients, and how they will utilize such skills in their work setting (Chow et al., 2015). This preconference attends to the needs of practitioners seeking to engage in locating themselves in their work with TGD individuals, develop greater understanding of the systems reacting to and impacting TGD individuals, and how to engage in clinically appropriate advocacy and empowerment. These components will assist in the development of advanced skills to more effectively work with trans and gender diverse (TGD) teens, young adults, adults, and older adults. Advanced skills and strategies are conceptually organized using ecological systems theory (Bronfenbrenner, 1979), evidence-based, and grounded in experience.

      

Reporting and Preservation of Evidence for Sexually Exploited/Abused Minors During the Advocacy/Legal Process

Afternoon Half-Day Workshop Sponsored by ICSJ

Gwendolyn Sterk, Attorney at Law & Lorraine Guerrero Neumayer, LCSW, Ivette Nodal, LSW, and Denise Arroyo, MSW, Trauma Therapists from Will County Children's Advocacy Center
Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

When a mental healthcare provider is treating a client who discloses possible sexual abuse, what are the necessary legal and ethical steps involved to ensure that the victim can be advocated for properly through both the legal system, but also for the long term treatment of their mental health?   Attorney Gwendolyn J. Sterk, Sterk Family Law Group, and trauma specialists from the Will County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) will provide a multi-faceted interactive panel to review the necessary steps for providers and advocates when a minor client reports allegations of sexual abuse and/or exploitation.