2014 Interest Sessions

This year, we are giving focus to our divisions and offering opportunities to attend education that is specific to the specialty that you may ascribe to.  We have designated on Friday, sessions according to each Division.  We hope this enhances your experience.  You are free to attend any session.
Friday, January 31, 2014

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Best Practices in Supervision: Challenges in Professional Gatekeeping

Dr. Judith Crews, LCPC, LMFT, Dr. Elizabeth Horn, LCPC,  Alex Kerwin, LPC, NCC & Matt Niece, LPC, NCC

This Presentation will discuss how the best practices in supervision can safeguard supervisors when gatekeeping supervisees is required.  Discussion and Q & A will be included in the presentation.

Advocating for the Profession: Creating Connections

Kendal Tucker, LPC, Heather Tustison, LCPC-S and Chandra Salisbury, LPC

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about advocacy for the counseling profession by using an interactive approach.  Participants will learn effective methods of advocacy.  Presenters will provide practical and simple steps to take, to make a difference.

Faith Development: Enhancing Spiritual Connections and Growth

Lynn Bohecker, LMFT & Tiffany Nielson LPC, NCC

Gaining competence in addressing and intervening within a developmental model of spirituality will be explored within the framework of Fowler’s Faith Development Theory. In addition, participants will experientially explore their own spiritual development, and learn ways to utilize creative interventions.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Experiential Approaches to Working with Clients Experiencing Grief and Loss

Lynn Bohecker, LMFT & Pamela Wells, LPC, NCC

Engaging clients in creative experiential ways allows the use of our senses to access a range of emotions when working with client who have experienced loss. The session includes symptoms of the grieving process and how it can impact life.

Motivational Interviewing: A Practical Approach for Counselors

Matt Niece, LPC, NCC

Provide counselors with an overview and practical guide to motivational interviewing techniques. Can be utilized in work with clients, supervisees, and in the classroom as a way to expedite the process of breaking through resistance.

Working Matters! Integrating Career Counseling to Expand Your Practice

L. Kay Webb Counselor Educator, Ph.D & Wendy Fisher, grad student

Learn effective methods of integrating career counseling techniques to expand your current practice. Focus will be given to current techniques, useful assessments, and integration of theory. Participant feedback will be encouraged.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Meta-Cognitive Work, Non-Verbal Expressive Techniques in Therapy

Deborah Bannan, LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist

Many non-verbal techniques are open to the cutting-edge therapist to help clients work through issues in their lives without the need for words.  In this presentation you will learn several techniques that are available and explore themes expressed.

Vicarious Trauma: Helping Others Without Hurting Ourselves
Dr. Cyndia Glorifield, LPC, NCC, Dr. Judith Crews, LPC, LMFT and Dr. Elizabeth Horn, LCPC

Trauma-focused treatments can be emotionally challenging for counselors and may lead to vicarious traumatization and secondary stress disorders.  This presentation will discuss the potential consequences of vicarious trauma, address self-awarness,as well as techniques for preventing and managing vicarious trauma.

Progressive Treatment Team Approach for Clients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Shauna Smith, MS, CCC-SLP & Brian Smith, BA, grad student

The cognitive deficits associated with mild TBI can affect performance, communication, emotional regulation, relationships, and occupation. This presentation will cover identification of symptoms and coping strategies for clients and families within the counseling setting, and interdisciplinary referrals and collaborations.

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Connecting Grief and Loss with Infertility: Implications for Counselors and Education on the Cutting Edge of Reproductive Technology

Vanessa Hanson, BS & Kirsten LaMantia, LPC

Infertility is a roadblock for many individuals and couples desiring a transitional phase in life. The loss of this transitional experience contributes to emotional distress. This presentation will offer an understanding of the process, language, and grief associated with infertility.


Treating Eating Disorders in Community Agencies: A Case Study

Adriane Meng LPC, NCC

This is an opportunity for participants to understand resources available to treat eating disordered patients. This case study provides knowledge of how to gain competence in treatment modalities, establish an interdisciplinary team, and gather needed resources for ethical care.

Serving Our LGBTQ Community: Safe Space Training

Jennifer Gess, NCC, LMHC (WA),  Blaine Reilly,LCPC,  Kristen Lister,LPC, NCC & Pam Wells, LPC, NCC

This experiential and didactic training focuses on being an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. LGBTQ concepts and theories as well as strategies on how to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals are explored.
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Cutting Barriers: Increasing Couple Connection through Addressing Intimacy

Tiffany Nielson, LPC, Peter Moffatt, grad student & Tarah Crosser, grad student

Intimacy is a vital component in the couple relationship, yet counselors may experience ambivalence or fear in approaching this sensitive topic.  Taking a holistic approach, techniques and dialogue will be shared to promote and enhance counselor preparedness in addressing couple intimacy.

Experiential Self-Care for Mental Health Providers

Jennifer Browning, LCPC, NCC

It is something we hear all the time; self-care. We teach it to our children, we teach it to our clients, and we are encouraged to do it for ourselves. Life gets busy, and sometimes it is ourselves that we neglect. This workshop will introduce creative experiential techniques that may be a bit outside of the box. You will have the opportunity to play the role of the client in this workshop, absorbing important self-care time while learning new ways to help your clients.

Using Adlerian-Adventure Based Counseling to Enhance Self-Esteem in School Children

Holly Bolton, M.Ed., Anna Elliott M.A. & Hailey Martinez, LPC, NCC

Implementation of Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) principles to promote self-esteem in children through the use of group work within the school setting is discussed; along with discussing the effectiveness of combing Adlerian theory with ABC, and the process it entails.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Counseling the Adoptive Family and Helping Resolve Attachment Issues Through Intensive Family Counseling

Michelle Alden LPC, MFT

Trauma and disruptions in bonding create unique challenges for children and their adoptive families. As the research on attachment evolves, we are brought to a pivotal moment in developing treatment. The family is the key factor in helping our most vulnerable children to heal.

Treating Suicidality: An Innovative Framework for Working with High Risk Clients

Kristin Lister, LPC, NCC, Beronica Salazar, LCPC, ACADC, NCC, Jade Letourneau MS & Brittany Dennis, LPC (PA)

Provide participants with an innovative framework for understanding the work they do with high-risk suicidal clients. Myths of suicide will be explored and risk assessment, safety planning and counselor self-care strategies will be discussed. Presenters will use didactic and experiential activities to achieve this.

Cutting Edge Counseling: Utilizing Animal Assisted Therapy in School Counseling

Alyse Anekstein, LPC, NCC

The presenters will review information regarding animal assisted therapy.  In addition, the presentation will help participants through providing an understanding of the implications of utilizing animal assisted therapy in schools and how it relates to future research in the profession.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Not A Sideshow Act: Helping Physical Issues Through Modern Medical Hypnosis

Ben Schoeffler, Certified Medical Hypnotist, IMDHA

A brief introduction of medical hypnosis and how it applies to such issues as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, teeth grinding, and addiction. There will be instructions on mindfulness and how to teach your clients a simple guided meditation.


The Integrated Model: A Collaborative Health Care Approach to Mental Health Counseling

Matt Niece, LPC, NCC & Dr. Elizabeth Horn, LCPC

Provide a first-hand account of a counselor in an integrated approach to mental health. A review of recent literature on the benefits of this approach will be explored. Parity with the medical field will be discussed.


Mindfulness Experiential Small Group: What is the MESG

Pamela C Wells, LPC, NCC,  Beronica Salazar, LCPC, ACADC, NCC, Brittany Dennis, LPC (PA), Hailey Martinez, LPC, NCC & Lynn Bohecker, LMFT

The Mindfulness Experiential Small Group (MESG) curriculum was developed and implemented with counseling masters students. A grounded theory methodology was used to explore the experience of group participants. Preliminary results and emergent themes are presented.


Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Bernie Zimmerman, LCPC

This presentation will be directed from a leadership perspective on methods which have proven effective at our therapeutic boarding school, Cherry Gulch. Our school was given the Psychologically Healthy Workplace award by the Idaho Psychological Association.


Leadership and Ethics: Presidential Experiences Within Professional Counseling

Lynn Bohecker, LMFT (Moderator)

Cirecie West-Olatunji  President of the American Counseling Association

Dr. Susan Perkins, LPC, LAMFT, Kendal Tucker, LPC & Heather Tustison, LCPC-S

Current leaders in the counseling profession will share incidents and experiences that have shaped them as leaders. This interactive panel presentation will highlight ethical and practical challenges to embracing leadership, and provide strategies for success.


Affirmative LGBTQ Counseling

Jennifer Gess, NCC, LMHC (WA) & Blaine Reilly, LPC

Develop awareness of one's own values, biases, and heterosexual privilege. Explore concepts of internalized and institutionalized homophobia. Learn about LGBTQ models of identity development.

Managing Stress in Your Daily Life

Jennifer Browning, LCPC, NCC

Go deeper in your understanding of yourself as you learn experiential activities to help with self-care and stress relief.


Using Mindfulness- Based Techniques for Working with Trauma

Hailey N Martinez, LPC, NCC & Calleen Cannon, LCPC

Discuss research on how trauma affects our bodies and minds. Presenters will facilitate mindfulness-based techniques including yoga, meditation, and breathe work that can be used when working with trauma-sensitive clients


Connecting Animals and Humans:  The Value of Human-Animal Relationships in Therapy

Dan Bayly, LCPC & Sherry Craft, LPC

This workshop will provide an overview of the role that animals can have in counseling and therapy.  Historical and current interventions, techniques, and research from the field of Animal Assisted Therapies will be presented and demonstrated.

Domestic Violence: When Family and Law Intersect

Danika Chapple, LPC, NCC & Holly Lacey, LPC, NCC

Counselors will learn about forms of domestic violence and interventions to keep victims and families safe. Participants will also learn the differences between various protective orders. Presenters will give local and statewide resources as well as connection points for counselors.       


Facebook Me: Ethics and Social Media

Dr. Melanie Person, LCPC & Jake Trucker, grad student

In a changing world of increased technology, social media sites, such as Facebook, have impacted ethical decision making in the field of counseling.  This presentation will allow participants to discuss and apply ethics to social media use

Supervision Ethics: Ways to Dull the Edges That Can Potentially Cut

Lynn Bohecker, LMFT, Brittany Dennis, LPC (PA) & Dr. Judith Crews, LCPC, LMFT

Provide participants with some legal and ethical guidelines for supervision. Hear from an IBOL board member on being a registered supervisor in Idaho. Be provided with a sample contract and other supervision forms. Learn ways to network and obtain consultation with other supervisors.