Idaho Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling


Healing the Healer Weekend Workshop 2020
Presenters and Session Descriptions

Sharon Hammer, JD, MPA, LPC and RYT 500 

Sharon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has a Juris Doctorate degree and Master’s in Public Administration and worked in law and local government, managing social service agencies and full-service municipalities for over twenty years. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University in 2017. She is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and an iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training. She is a member of the senior teaching staff of the Shanti Yoga Teacher Training Program in Boise. Sharon teaches regular yoga classes and specialty workshops on topics including yoga history and philosophy, trauma, sleep and the breath workshops.

Sharon is in private counseling practice where she integrates mindfulness into talk therapy and when useful educates the client on the physical and psychological effects of distressing events and trauma in our lives. Sharon works with clients to recognize challenges in life and to take a wider perspective, view opportunities for growth, celebrate accomplishments and develop an authentic feeling of self-compassion. Through these tools’ clients can experience, some for the very first time in their lives, a sense of empowerment and the ability to overcome obstacles to improve their lives.

Yoga Introduction – 1.5 Clock Hours

Yoga helps you see the bright side of life and shows you how compassion toward yourself and your loved ones reduces stress and increases feelings of well-being.  Yoga practices including asana, pranayama, and meditation are key tools for combatting everyday stressors and important factors in self-care.  During this introductory session participants will practice and learn how to incorporate self-care through an introductory guide to yoga that can create a ripple effect of positivity in your life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn and practice how just a 10 to 15 minute yoga practice a day is valuable in re-patterning dysfunction in your mind and body.
  • Participants will learn how yogic breathing practices help to boost your natural immune system to fight against common ailments like colds and the flu.
  • Participants will learn how yoga improves your mindset and decision-making and helps to keep your brain sharp.

Self-Care Laughter Session – 1.5 Clock Hours

While each person’s self-care plan is unique, one of the most common factors that relate to self-care involves incorporating humor and laughter into your daily activities.  The art of comedy and humor has been used for generations by people to cope with stressful situations and for self-expression.  There has been research of the practical applications of the benefits of laughter and humor as an effective self-care tool.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn that there are both psychological and physiological benefits related to laughter and humor.
  • Participants will learn how to use laughter as a self care modality.
  • Participants will learn the proven health benefits of laughter and how laughter helps to reverse the body’s reaction to stress.
  • Participants will engage in an experiential exercise to become familiar the effects of laughter.

Advanced Yoga for Self-Care – 1.5 Clock Hours

This Advanced Yoga for Self-Care will take prior concepts and implement them in expansive ways to help participants further see the bright side of life, compassion toward yourself and loved ones as a means to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being.  Advanced Yoga practices furthers in asana, pranayama, and meditation as key tools for combatting everyday stressors and the important factors of self-care.  During this advanced session participants will further practice and continue to learn various ways to incorporate self-care utilizing yoga further continue and expand that ripple effect of positivity throughout various aspects of participant’s lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will build on prior learnings; i.e. how yogic breathing practices help to boost natural immune system to fight against common ailments like colds and the flu.
  • Participants will experientially expand on how yoga improves your mindset and decision-making and helps to keep your brain sharp.
  • Participants will receive a list of resources showing the link between yoga practices and increases in positive feelings and self-compassion.

Stephanie Alvarez, LMFT, LPC, MFLC

Stephanie is an MFLC (Military Family Life Counselor) and is certified in counseling military populations.  With 23 years active duty Air Force, 5 children and 5 grandsons, her personal foundation has spirituality as her core.  She now works for Teen Hope of Idaho, a Boise non-profit agency.  Growing up in a family of addictions, trauma and crisis, this is one of her specialty areas, thus her past involvement in KAD (Kuna Against Drugs) coalition, President.  She is also Past-President of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Honor Society and Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (iDAMFC).  She strives to make a difference in communities, families and individuals, ethically utilizing a spiritual perspective.

She continually strives towards self-improvement, seeing that as the basis for personal and professional integrity.  This is the basis for not only Integration of Spirituality in the person of the Counselor.  But also, is the foundational principles in dealing with other professionals in the field.  She desires to provide an opportunity for self-reflection on one’s own values and beliefs in this busy profession we have chosen.  To create the time to be able to reevaluate personal thoughts, utilizing fables, discussions, and various self-assessment tools for the person of the counselor as this directly affects our work with our clients.

Ethical Considerations Regarding the Practice of Self-Care – 1.5 Clock Hours

A component of Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues that is important yet rarely addressed is in the area of the intersection of the Counselor’s personal Spirituality/Religious views, that of the client’s and ethics.  This session highlights and addresses that intersection in regard to Ethics and Self-Care.  Thus, participants will be provided with a personal exploration and understanding of various aspects of professional functioning in this area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Personalize and incorporate the ACA ethical code & conduct standards in areas of Spiritual and Religious Issues in the person of the counselor.
  • Personalize and incorporate the Key Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling (ASERVIC) in the person of the counselor.
  • Increase internal self-awareness within the person of the counselor, utilizing the ACA ethical code and ASERVIC key competencies as the baseline standards.

Self-Care Action Plans – 1.5 Clock Hours

To further the component of Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues.  This session continues from the content addressed in previous sessions, to now create personalized action plans to be able to operate from an intentional Self-Care perspective, instead of reactionary mode.  Participants will engage in thoughts and discussions on the application of real life in the profession of counseling, as prodded by readings and quotes of inspiration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Further increase internal self-awareness within the person of the counselor, in areas of conflict resolution and conflict prevention.
  • Reevaluate personal thoughts, utilizing fables, discussions, and various self-assessment tools in areas of anger management.
  • Create personalized Action Plans on how to be able to continue the work done at the conference to be able to bring it back home to personal and professional life-style.

Heather Tustison, LCPC, NCC 

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  She has been a professional counselor for twelve years and in Private Practice for the last 10 years.  She is the Clinical Director at her practice supervising graduate student interns from area universities as well as professionals seeking clinical licensure.  Heather specializes in marriage and family counseling.  Her passion is to improve satisfaction in all relationships – with self, with another, and socially.  She has further honed proficiency in communication skills, conflict management, and identification of primary needs.  She has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups.  Heather regularly integrates creativity, art, and Gestalt techniques into her counseling.  She frequently teaches workshops on Art Therapy for professionals and Gestalt intervention techniques to utilize in the counseling session.

While counseling is her main passion, leadership and service to her profession is another.  She trains regularly on Leadership Development skills and mentors fellow counseling organizations on a national level.  Heather has served Idaho Counselors proudly over the last 13 years with the Idaho Counseling Association, served two years as the Idaho Counseling Association President, served as ACA Western Region Chair, ACA Branch Development Committee, and is Past-President of the Idaho Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.

Using Gestalt Art Therapy to Enhance Spiritual Awareness and Development - 1.5 Clock Hours

A major focus of Gestalt Therapy is to help clients become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they can change themselves, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value themselves. Using a multitude of art therapy techniques can set up an environment of the client’s choosing can bring insight and awareness into the present.  This new content can be then expounded and analyzed by the client as they explain and interpret their artistic piece.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to conduct several art therapy activities.
  • Participants will gain knowledge of Gestalt techniques in the processing of the art piece.
  • Participants will observe and participate in several interventions and give feedback and be able to ask questions through the process.

Exploring & Experiencing Labyrinths as a Tool to Integrate and Validate Client Spirituality - 1.5 Clock Hours

Labyrinths are a wonderful healing, meditation and relaxation tool.  Attendees will learn about their ability to help with relaxation, meditation, decision making, spiritual guidance, and emotional and physical healing.  Attendees will participate in an example ceremony energies and experience a variety of walking labyrinths and finger labyrinth designs.  The purpose of the ASERVIC Competencies is to “recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts” (p. 3). These Competencies are intended to be used in conjunction with counseling approaches that are evidence-based and that align with best practices in counseling.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will explore ASERVIC competencies as a way to recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach.
  • Participants will learn how to engage in the experiential activity of a labyrinth to use with a variety of counseling approaches and theories.
  • Participants will learn how to validate their client’s beliefs by recognizing spiritual themes and how to address these with the client

Jim Warner, MA, LCPC, LC, PC, ACS 

While struggling with learning disabilities He attended school in Stowe, Vermont which led to attendance at Mount Hood Race Camps--his path to professional ski racing.  Armed with certifications as a Canadian ski instructor and ski coach he attended the University of Maine at Farmington.  The university had achieved a Division II men’s championship.  There he was able to author the first article on sport psychology with the United States Ski Association with Dr. Leon Pines PhD.  Since he had a career as a professional athlete and coach and has utilized performance psychology throughout his career.  He has been able to bring performance psychology from the athletic world to the clinical world.

Psychology remained as much a passion as sports.  He completed a Master’s Degree from Marist College in psychology with a focus in counseling and a second Masters at Marist College in Mental Health Counseling.  Completing licensure requirements provided the opportunity to utilize the skills and develop a stronger in-depth application in psychology.  Seven years work in a residential program for Emotionally Disturbed Children and a transition to adults with Developmental Disabilities provided a strong foundation to address a wide variety of clinical issues.  His theoretical method is a developmental approach to support a thorough comprehensive, diagnostic understanding to motivate clients toward a positive sustainable solution-focused recovery.  Life provides the opportunity to discover one’s path. 

Performance Psychology - Jim Warner, MA, LCPC, LC, PC, ACS – 1.5 Clock Hours

Performance psychology is a discipline focused on strengthening a positive mindset can be extended to all individuals.  All individuals facing clinical challenges may benefit from the skills identified in performance psychology.  Performance psychology may be applied through all cultures and developmental stages of an individual.  The application of performance psychology can be applied with great efficacy with the support of the diagnostics of the DSM-V assessment, supporting positive self-esteem through strengthening focus skills utilizing biofeedback, goal setting, visualization autogenic training etc.


Learning Objectives:

  • Clinicians to strengthen their therapeutic applications
  • Clinicians to achieve and sustainable results through supporting intrinsic motivation through learning.
  • Clinicians to develop a broader perspective of human growth and development.

Diane Pascoe, PhD, LMFT

After a career in education and school counseling, Diane graduated from the Family (Systems) Therapy doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University. For more than 34 years, she has conducted a private practice while undergoing specialized training and experience in the field of systems theory, trauma recovery and addiction. As a member of both the Texas and Utah teams for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, she impacted victims of traumatic events through post incident trauma work, and decreased the likelihood of their developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Her work as a Director of a Texas shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence assisted their recovery and eventual quest for independence. Heading the Domestic Violence program at Cornerstone Counseling in SLC, she co-wrote and implemented the first grant in Utah for child-witnesses of domestic violence to promote their return to mental wellness. In 1998, her dissertation was published by the Library of Congress. Diane spent 5 years as a Military Family Life Counselor at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Most recently, Diane and colleague innovated a program modeled after Dr. Blaustein’s ARC Trauma Recovery for Children and Adolescents at Treasure Wellness Counseling and Training Center where they both continue their affiliation. Diane is the new Site Supervisor at the new Treasure Wellness location in the Eagle-Boise State Street corridor. She works with children, adolescence couples and families.

The 7 Gifts

There will be 7 short presentations of 7-10 minutes each, between interest sessions. I plan to have a decorative card outlining them with the times and titles of each spot. I am thinking of calling them the Seven Gifts.

The gifts will be a series, each one linked to the previous gift. The focus will be to enhance the healing messages offered in the workshop. A variety of media and techniques will be employed to convey the message of each gift.

Each gift in turn will inspire, provoke, describe, illuminate, challenge, validate, or soothe. The spots will provide an interactive summary, a transition, and a mindful experience designed to shift gears to the next interest session.



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