2015 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 30, 2015

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

Relational Cultural Theory: The Core of the Therapeutic Relationship

Hailey N. Martinez, M. Coun, LPC, NCC Linwood G. Vereen, Ph.D     

Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) will be presented as a core of the therapeutic relationship within both the clinical supervisory and professional counseling realms.


Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values: Experiences from Professional Leaders

Lynn Bohecker, LMFT Tiffany Nielson, LPC Heather Tustison, LCPC    

Current leaders in utilizing spiritual and religious values in counseling will share experiences that have shaped them as counselors. This interactive panel presentation will highlight ethical and practical challenges to encountering spirituality and religion, and provide strategies for success.


Addressing Multicultural Issues in Counseling Based Career Work Using Social Cognitive Career Theory

Jade Letourneau, MS, LPC, NCC Kristen Lister, M.Coun, LPC, NCC     

Using a Social Cognitive Career Theory lens, this presentation will explore techniques and approaches counselors can use to work with clients who may be encountering cultural barriers to career development.

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

Live Supervision-reflecting in action. Live! Part 1

Mark A. Young, PhD Blaine Reilly, LCPC     

Session one will explore live supervision including its inception, methods, research, and benefits/limitations to utilizing these approaches. Part one acts as a primer for the following two experiential sessions. Session two will experientially explore, with encouraged support and participation of the participants, the following methods of live superivison: Bug-in-the-ear, the walk-in, and consultation breaks.

Suicide in the LGBTQ Community: Cultural Considerations for Working with Clients at Risk
Kristen Lister, M.Coun, LPC, NCC Jennifer Gess, M.A., LPC, NCC Dominique Avery, M.Coun, LPC, NCC Alexia B. DeLeon, M.A.   
The LGBTQ population has some of the highest suicide attempt rates in the country. This presentation will provide information and resources to assist counselors in providing this group with culturally competent counseling, suicidal assessment, and safety planning for clients at risk.

P.E.A.P A Tool to Engage Students in Career Counseling

Blaney Hanvey, LCP Cindy Wade, LPC     

Career Counseling using Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to help students create a personal effectiveness action plan. A structured theory allowing students to develop and create ownership in chosen career path.

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

Live Supervision-reflecting in action. Live! Part 2

Mark A. Young, PhD Blaine Reilly, LCPC     

Session one will explore live supervision including its inception, methods, research, and benefits/limitations to utilizing these approaches. Part one acts as a primer for the following two experiential sessions. Session two will experientially explore, with encouraged support and participation of the participants, the following methods of live superivison: Bug-in-the-ear, the walk-in,a nd consultation breaks.

How to Fill Your Practice to Overflowing
Dr. Sherene McHenry, Ph.D, LPC      
Do you want to fill your practice to overflowing? Would you like more referrals? Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, you won't want to miss this fast paced, practical session on how to turbo charge your growth.

Ready, willing and available! Tapping into your local career development resources for use in your practice.

Christie Stoll, B.S., M.S. Kay Webb, Ph.D     

 Stymied with counseling issues stemming from themes such as dislocated workers, out of school youth, unemployment or underemployment, college and career planning? Statewide, there are a plethora of outstanding programs, talented people and funded initiatives designed to address the issues. Find out what they are and how to tap them.

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

Expressive Arts with Adolescents: A Developmentally Appropriate Counseling Intervention

April A. Schottelkorb, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S      

The unique development needs of adolescents suggest that playful methods of counseling, like expressive arts therapies, may be effective. In this workshop, the presenter will share several art and sand techniques to utilize with adolescents in school or clinical settings.


Sex Offender Populations: Understanding the Misconceptions and Barriers Experienced by Treatment

Kayla Pedigo, LPC, NCC Jason Byrd, LPC, NCC James Osborne    

A discussion addressing the myths and misconceptions associated with working with sex offender treatment, as well as the positive and negative effects experienced by treatment providers working with sex offender populations.

"Why Do They Keep Calling Me a Bully?" Helping Middle-Schoolers Remove An Unhelpful Label

Bernie Zimmerman, MA, LCPC      

This presentation will discuss the importance of carefully analyzing how we address unhealthy attitudes and behaviors displayed in our children.  We will introduce and discuss practical methods for anyone involved in the child’s life to assist him/her in learning ways to effective cope with the developmental challenges of the middle school years.

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

Crisis: Pivotal Moments for Couples in Counseling

Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D, LAMFT, LPC      

Crisis create pivotal moments for couples in counseling. When therapists recognize crises and understand the impact on couples, therapists can increase the likelihood of successful counseling. This presentation presents research which can inform how to guide couples through crises.

Changing the Language of Addiction: Alternatives to Stigmatizing Terminology

Lianna Erickson-Trembath, LCPC, ACADC      

This presentation will focus on how addiction language is constantly changing how the art of language can be an effective tool for increasing awareness of substance abuse and mental health disorders. When working with clients in this field, it is important to offer alternatives to stigmatizing terminology.

Stand Up Ambassador Leadership Project

Derrick Boles, BA, MBA Ronald Kern, BS     

The Stand Up Ambassador program was develop in partnership with L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1st in 2006, the program is a cutting edge mentorship program has developed a proven strategy for promoting leadership through training and knowledge, experiential learning, authentic learning experiences and technology. The leadership skills of these students are valuable in encouraging them and their peers to make wise choices. The program is designed for schools and groups to identify and train the future leaders of our country and our world.

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

Action Steps to Resolve Attachment Injuries which Cause an Impasse in Couple Therapy

H.L. "Tad" Tadlock, Jr., MS, LCPC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC, CFT Brian Smith, M.Coun, LPC, NCC     

Attachment Injury is conceptualized as a wound that occurs when one partner fails to respond to the other in a critical time of need, and this incident then becomes a clinically recurring theme and creates barrier to relationship repair.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Integration of Neurobiology Into the Counseling Session

Dominique Avery, M.Coun, LPC, NCC Hailey Martinez, M.Coun, LPC, NCC Beronica Salazar, LCPC    

Neuroscience research and brain imaging is increasing our understanding of prediposing factors for, and consequences of PTSD. This session will provide useful insight into the intentionality of selecting interventions and practical psychoeducation for clients with PTSD.

The Use of Sandtray in Schools as an Effective Play Therapy Intervention to Reduce a Variety of Mental Health Issues Impacting Students

Lori Fairgrieve, Ph.D, LCPC, LMFT, RPT-S Jaclyn Eisele Casey Olson Kailee Wehde   

Presenters will cover the basic theoretical framework supporting the use of sand tray as an effective play therapy intervention. Current research within the schools will be discussed,a nd particpants will gain practice through the observation and faciliation of a sand tray session.

 Wellness Wellness
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) Malawi Institutes; How Can One Person Make a Difference?
Anita Engstrom Jones, LCPC, LMFT, NCC-MAC      
NBCC is promoting and supporting the Counseling Profession around the world.  How one Institute in Malawi Africa has made a difference.  Future institutes in other developing counties and how to become involved in making the transformation around the world.
Aromatherapy for Counselors: 101

Deborah Bannan, LPC, NCC, RPT    

Come and learn the basics of aromatherapy usage in counseling sessions. Aromatherapy is a safe tool that can be used with a variety of clients and provides a non-verbal ways to access strengths in counseling sessions.
Mindfulness Means to Harmonic Understanding of Mental Health Services in Thailand
David M. Kleist, LCPC, Full Professor, Ph.D Anna Elliott, LPC,NCC Alexia DeLeon Hillary Merkeley Rebecca Brown Tarah Crosser Creshell Allowitz
A panel consisting of 4 master level counseling students and 2 doctoral level counselor education students will share their experiences of learning the indigenous mindfulness practices of Thailand and its integration into the delivery of local mental health services.


Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.


 Child Abuse Reporting Laws and Ethics: Learn How to Avoid Contaminating a Child's Disclosure

Jeff Cronin, Deputy Attorney Toni Vollmer, Detective Lieutenant     
Learn more about Idaho child abuse reporting laws from local prosecution, law enforcement, and counselors from the Child Advocacy Center. Discuss Idaho reporting laws, counselor ethics, responding to child disclosures and get answers to your questions about state reporting laws.

Counseling Challenging Teenagers

Jessica Henderson, Ph.D, LPC      

Counseling with teeangers can be both rejuvenating and frustrating. At times counselors may find it difficult to foster harmony in the healing process when challenged by teenage behaviors and attitudes. In this interest session participants will explore common challenges counselors face when working with this population and specific interventions for addressing challenging behaviors will be discussed. During the session particpants will share their own experiences with challenging youth behaviors while identifying strategies for engaging the client. Participants will also explore their own personal reactions to challenging behaviors in order to better respond in the face of challenging situations.

Creating Connections and Advocating

Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D, LAMFT, LPC Kendal Tucker, MS, LPC Heather Tustison, LCPC    

This interactive workshop will focus on advocacy for the counseling profession. Participants will learn effective methods of creating connections with their legislators and ways to be involved with advocacy. Additonally, presenters will distinguish between advocacy and lobbying.


Neuroeducation 101: How to Talk to Clients about the Brain

Raissa Miller, PhD LPC (Texas)      

Integration of neuroscience principles into mental health is becoming more common; however, many cousnelors do not feel comfortable talking about the brain with clients. The presenter will provide a rationale for using neuroeducation with clietns and demonstrate three neuroeducation activities.

Adding Clinical Hypnosis to Your Counseling Toolbox

Rick Boyes, Ph.D, LCPC      

Clinical hypnosis can be exciting and powerful tool for the professional counselor. Witness the amazing power of the subconscious mind in action and gain new insight into the origin and resolution of a wide variety of clinical symptoms.


 Idaho Board of Licensure:  Complaint Process

A Panel consisting of IBOL members, practitioners and counselors to discuss the process of ethically bringing forth a complaint to the board of licensure.  A question and answer session will be facilitated.


"Uh Oh My Client is Here! What Am I Going to Do?"

Cassidy Roske, LPC, Gina Judd, LCPC, Michelle Shay, BS Psychology, Counselor Intern    

Connect with child/adolescent clients on trauma and sensitive issues in an entraining and non-confrontational way. These creative games will help clinicians discuss important topics such as developing a therapeutic relationship, emotional regulation, coping skills, body safety, and sexual abuse.

Play as Re-Creation: Self Care and Sessions

Deborah Bannan, LPC, NCC, RPT      

Play can restore balance and creativity into life, Often it is relegated to children alone but adults can also benefit from the mindfulness and spontaneity that play inspires. As counselors we can help clients see and embrace opportunities for play.

Social Advocacy in a Changing Cultural Climate: LGBTQ+ Advocacy in IdahoMelanie Person, PhD, LCPC Breonna Krafft, MFA, MS Student     We will start with vocabulary so all participants have a common language. We will move into risk factors and the necessity of advocacy, what advocacy looks like within the bounds of a 501c3, samples from other organizations, and a discussion of how to integrate this into professional identity.

Adventure Based Techniques without the Ropes Course: Bringing Experiential Counseling to the Therapy Room

Tamara Tribitt, MEd, Steve Moody, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, Leslie Stewart, Ph.D, LPC, NCC    

Adventure based counseling provides a medium for experiential counseling, but counselors do not always have access to environments traditionally associated with this form of counseling. Experiential counseling, adventure based theory, and techniques that counselors can bring to their practice will be discussed.