MHA Third Annual Conference Schedule

MHA Third Annual Conference

Crowne Plaza – Baton Rouge

Saturday, April 4, 6-7, 2020

(3 hours)

Saturday April 4, 2020 (3 hours)

8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 10:30am Medical Legal Partnership Innovation (Ethics Session) – Laura Tuggle, JD McKayla Smith JD and Jen Webre, JD

Learn how integrating civil legal aid as a component of medical treatment improves behavioral health. The session will focus on three of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ innovative medical-legal partnerships at the VA Hospital, the Capital Area One Stop Homeless Service Center, and at a federally qualified health center.

10:30am – Noon Trauma Informed CareShantelle R. Jacobs, MA, LPC Clinical Provider Trainer

Theories and practices within the health system used to design and implement trauma responsive services that promote health and reduce re-traumatization through service delivery.

Monday April 6, 2020 (6.5 hours)

8:00am – 9:00am Check-in and Registration

Coffee Only Provided

9:00am – 10:30am Opening Remarks

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (confirmed pending voting schedule)

Senator Cassidy will explore the Federal policies and proposed legislation that will likely impact Behavioral Health. He will also discuss state policies and his personal experience in the Louisiana medical field.

10:45am – 11:45am

Ageism: Effects on Mental Health of Older Adults – Gina Rossi, LCSW – BACS, MHSA

This session will address ageism in our country and how its accepted prevalence affects the mental health of older adults. Signs and examples of ageism in health care including explicit and implicit ageist messages contributing to depression will be discussed. This workshop will provide alternatives and evidence based models to respond to ageism.

Working with LGBTQ+ clients: Why Language Matters – Sharae Vicknair, MS

Research shows higher rates of mental health issues among the LGBTQ+ individuals when compared to majority populations. In this session you will learn why language is important and how to use language as a tool to better serve the LGBTQ+ population.

Trauma Focused Playful Interventions for Children – Wendy Q. Durant, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CATTP, CSOTP, BC-TMH

Attendees will articulate both short and long term behavioral, physical, social and psychological implications trauma/traumatic stress on child development and participate in interactive trauma-focused play based therapeutic interventions to aid children in coping with their experience.

Ethics Overview for Peer Support Specialists – Carla Neely, PSP1

The NAADAC/NCC AP National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) Code of Ethics outlines basic values and principles of peer recovery support practice. This Code serves as a guide for – responsibility and ethical standards for NCC AP National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists. This session explores the ethics code, its history and how to implement it into a best practice for peer support specialists and other behavioral health professionals. (CEUs for this session approved for LPCs, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors and Peer Support Specialists)

11:45am – 1:00pm Networking Lunch Onsite – Sponsored by Capital Area United Way

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Technology in Mental Health – Jarrod Hedgewood, LPC

 Technology is a huge part of everyday life for many of our clients.  Tapping into the knowledge and comfort clients have with the use of technology can be something that benefits the work we do with them.  In this session we will see examples of the use of technology in behavioral health. 

Trauma and Anxiety Foley L. Nash, LPC-S, LMFT-BAS

The presentation provides an overview of simple, easy-access tools for screening and identification of clients who may present with trauma and anxiety issues. In addition, an overview of simple, easy-access handouts and other intervention tools is provided to participants. Participants will also be asked to contribute their own suggestions for tools and techniques they have found useful in work with clients experiencing issues with anxiety and trauma.

Islamaphobia and The Impact on Public Health – Amah Salameh – ME

Islamaphobia is a 21st century societal concern in the United States and around the globe. This session is designed to help professionals evaluate their own beliefs and identify the impact those have on Islamic and non-Islamic clients.

Peer Support Specialist Session 2 (CEUs for Peer Support Specialists Only)

2:10pm – 3:10pm

Addiction, Porn and Teenage Porn – Kristin Cassidy, LPC

Presenters will provide an overview of the teen brain and how it is affected by exposure to addictive substances particularly pornography. Attendees will learn how addictions develop in the teen brain vs the adult brain as well as why teens are turning to pornography and how it is causing long-term effects to their mental health and behavior

Rocky Balboa as the Quintessential Humanistic Arch – Pete Cooper, PhD, LPC-S, NCC

Presentation of Rocky Balboa and other characters from the film franchise as archetypal motivators for overcoming universal obstacles.

Homelessness and Mental Health Gordon Levine and TBD

People experiencing homelessness (PEH) are also disproportionately likely to experience mental illness (MI). In Louisiana, the majority of housing dedicated to PEH is also dedicated to people with disabilities, including MI. This session will focus on the intersection of homelessness and MI, including how PEH with MI can access housing.

Peer Support Specialist Session 3 (CEUs for Peer Support Specialists Only)

3:20 pm – 4:20pm General Session – Bill O’Quin moderated by Cecile Guin, MSW, PhD (Ethics Session)

When ethical protocals are ignored or missing from the criminal justice system, tragedy ensues. Bill O’Quin will share the story of his son’s addiction journey that ended in his death while incarcerated in city jail. Dr. Cecile Guin and Mr. O’Quin will discuss the ethical treatment of those with behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system.

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Group Therapy – Erin York Crisis, Interventionist, LAC, LPC

Group therapy can be used to help people in recovery in all stages. Groups should feel safe, and meet a goal. Goals can vary depending on the facility, population, and level of functioning of the group. This lecture will show you how to conduct fun, positive groups with different populations.

Mental Health Awareness for Tweens and Teens – TaLisia Williams, LPC

This session serves to being awareness to an overlooked generation. What most deem as “everyday teenage issues” could actually be signs of a serious mental illness. The purpose of this presentation is to educate mental health professionals and educators on ways to recognize signs and behaviors of possible serious issues.

The Scope of Suicide: Changing the Conversation – Sherrard Crespo, LMSW

There is a growing amount of conversation concerning suicide, however many people still do not know the facts. Suicide is still a stigmatized topic clouded in mystery, rather than being a discussion on health as it should be. By learning more about the scope of suicide, risk factors, and how to talk about suicide, we can change the conversation.

Peer Support Specialist Session 4 (PSS CEUs Only)

Tuesday April 7, 2020 (6.5 hours)

8:30am – 10:00am Frank Campbell, LCSW, C.T., PhD

This presentation will consider the challenges of keeping clients safe from suicide when thoughts of suicide present as the focus in counseling. The National Suicidology Training Center is providing training to help professionals become more aware and informed on suicide in Louisiana and The United States. Being informed is the first step in becoming skilled with the topic of suicide. Myths and lack of skills can lead to a client suicide, which can generate a wrongful death suit where clinicians will be questioned about their knowledge and skills on preventing this manner of death. Despite advances in treating a client with thoughts of suicide most clinicians have not taken these courses or added these skills to their practice. Suggestions on how to be more prepared to treat suicide when it is present will be discussed and what approaches show the most promise.

10:15 am – 11:15am

Ethical Pitfalls in Treating AddictionsLouis Cataldie, MD

Boundary Issues and Pitfalls in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: This session will focus on boundary and ethical challenges a therapist may encounter in treating persons with substance use disorders. These challenges include: rescue fantasies, transference-counter transference in the context of ‘co-dependency”, manipulative tactics of clients with personality disorders, professional enabling of peers, shame based “therapy” as client abuse, provider bias and patient maltreatment, dangers of applying Level 3 care to Level 2 patients, using ASAM matching criteria to avoid over-charging and over-treating, and the moral and ethical mandate to “first do no harm”.

The Louisiana Coordinated System of Care – Connie Goodson, LMSW

The Coordinated System of Care is an evidenced informed program, using wraparound practice and principles to support children and youth with significant emotional/behavioral health challenges who are in, or at risk of being placed out of their homes. The goal is to keep children & youth successfully and safely in their homes and communities.

Mental Health Gumbo – Janice K. Williams, LMSW

This session will take a closer look at the ethnic mosaic of Louisiana culture, its superstitions and its influence on mental health stigma and treatment.

11:25am – 12:25pm

Vaping/Convenience Store Session – Dr. Simon

E-cigarette use has grown exponentially since first entering the market as a tool to quit smoking. What was promoted as a tool to help smokers quit using burnt tobacco products, has led to an increase in nicotine addiction, particularly among youth. The recent emergence of deadly vaping-related illnesses has left public health officials on high alert, the vaping industry on edge, and regulators struggling to keep up. In this session, Dr. Lawrence Simon will share the latest on vaping, its public health impacts, and what is being done about it both nationally and locally.

Medical Legal Partnership Innovation (Ethics Session) – Laura Tuggle, JD McKayla Smith JD and Jen Webre, JD

Learn how integrating civil legal aid as a component of medical treatment improves behavioral health. The session will focus on three of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ innovative medical-legal partnerships at the VA Hospital, the Capital Area One Stop Homeless Service Center, and at a federally qualified health center.

The effects of MTHFR on Mental Health – Angela Skerrett-Lege, MS, LPC

Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is one gene of about 20,000 in the human genetic makeup. This gene is responsible for methylating folic acid. However, approximately 40% of all humans have 1-2 anomalies. Research indicates that this has an impact on mood regulation, anxiety, depression, and more.

12:35pm – 1:35pm Networking Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm Louisiana Voices: Advocating for Behavioral Health Change – Ben Harrington, CEO Mental Health America Mid South

This session will explore the legislative journey of Tennessee’s in Behavioral Health. Mental Health America MidSouth has led the coalition that has altered the political conversation resulting in more programming and funding. The session will conclude with an interactive learning experience on legislative advocacy.

2:55pm – 3:55pm

Write Until Its Right: Professional Documentation – Kristi Bierbaum, LPC-S

This session will address the importance of effective documentation in behavioral health. Attendee’s will engage in case study exercises designed to practice writing progress notes and treatment plans using evidenced-based Wiley treatment strategies and focusing on developing the golden thread.

ACES – Roberta Vicari MD

Our Lady of the Lake pediatrician, Dr. Roberta Vicari, has a learned a lot working with young children. She studies how traumatic experiences in children can lead to medical issues, like stroke and kidney and lung disease, in their adult life. This session describes the ACEs, Adverse Childhood Experiences, program implemented by Dr. Vicari and her team at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

4:05pm – 5:05pm

After the Casket is Closed – Vanessa C. Ladiner, MS, PLPC

When someone dies everyone calls, church members stop by, meals are cooked and prepared, cards and letters are sent…but mourners are still in need of emotional & physical support months and often years after the death. This session is to bring awareness to the struggles most mourners face and how to increase community support and resources.

The Effects of Trauma Informed Therapy on Quality of Care and Compassion Fatigue – Asha Gibson, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CCFP and Sagan Allen-Williams, MA, LPC

Empirical studies support the use of trauma-informed techniques and practices in counseling due to its therapeutic benefit and overall assistance in improvement of quality of care (QOC) provided to clientele. This session will explore the effects of integrating trauma-informed practices while emphasizing it’s linkage to Compassion Fatigue (CF).



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