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CCT Conference Agenda

August 6th

Keynote: The Power of Food: The Biology and Psychology of the Food We Eat

Dr. Johanna Wilson, MD and Emily Talbot, LISW-S

This session will delve into key health concepts and their interconnectedness. We will start by defining inflammation and exploring its broad implications. Next, we will define leaky gut syndrome and examine its role in mental health and overall wellness. The relationship between the bidirectional microbiome gut-brain axis will be discussed, highlighting its significance in health. We will then explore various methods for modulating gut health and reducing inflammation. Additionally, the session will cover the 10 principles of intuitive eating, differentiating it from dieting and binge eating. This comprehensive discussion aims to provide a holistic understanding of these critical health topics and their practical applications.

Breakout Sessions A: 10:00-11:30

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This session aims to enhance understanding of military culture and family dynamics within military families. Designed for social workers and counselors, the content will provide valuable insights into adapting treatment methods to effectively bridge the gap between military and behavioral health cultures. Participants will gain increased knowledge and understanding of military culture and dynamics, and explore therapy interventions tailored for military personnel, veterans, and their family members. This comprehensive approach will equip professionals with the tools necessary to meet the unique needs of this population.

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Lunch: 11:45-12:45

Breakout Sessions B: 1:00-2:30

Advances in technology and the availability/access to the web are impacting how behavioral health professionals deliver treatment services and what constitutes typical standards of care. Additionally, these challenges effect ethical issues like therapist self disclosure, boundary crossing and boundary violations, confidentiality, and informed consent. In 2024, behavioral health professionals face a myriad of new ethical dilemmas, with little guidance from ethical codes that do not address these emerging issues. This presentation will review the current literature regarding new ethical dilemmas related to technology and the web, and provide guidance and recommendations for behavioral health professionals.

This session will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by rural community hospitals. Participants will learn to identify the resources available and commonly utilized in these settings. We will analyze gaps in these resources and explore potential solutions to address them. Additionally, the session will describe best practices in medical stabilization programs, providing actionable insights to improve patient care and outcomes in rural healthcare environments.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore their understanding around personal bias and barriers in working with individuals who experience addiction and/or homelessness. Ben will share his lived experience story of recovery and hope, along with treatment and support strategies that supported his path to recovery.

Breakout Sessions C: 2:40-4:10

Advances in technology and the availability/access to the web are impacting how behavioral health professionals deliver treatment services and what constitutes typical standards of care. Additionally, these challenges effect ethical issues like therapist self disclosure, boundary crossing and boundary violations, confidentiality, and informed consent. In 2024, behavioral health professionals face a myriad of new ethical dilemmas, with little guidance from ethical codes that do not address these emerging issues. This presentation will review the current literature regarding new ethical dilemmas related to technology and the web, and provide guidance and recommendations for behavioral health professionals.

This training will look at the  many aspects and importance of self-care. In dealing with current stressors, self-care is not only an essential part of mental health, but also physical health. Employees in the behavioral health and physical health professions need to practice good self-care so they are able to deal with daily secondary trauma and can continue to help others.

This session will empower participants with strategies to guide youth in using technology safely and respectfully. Attendees will gain awareness of the challenges teenagers face with social media, healthy relationships, and consent, and understand how these issues impact teens’ mental health. The session will also provide valuable tips for navigating the ever-evolving digital landscape, equipping participants with the knowledge to support and mentor teenagers effectively.

August 7th

Keynote: Compassion Fatigue Awareness

Buffi Williams, MSSA, LSW, LICDC

This session will equip participants with valuable tools to recognize and address compassion fatigue. Attendees will gain an understanding of the profound impact compassion fatigue can have on individuals in demanding fields. The session will also cover essential self-care strategies to maintain well-being, ensuring professionals are better prepared to manage the stresses of their work environments effectively.

Breakout Sessions D: 10:00-11:30

This session leads participants through a mock drum circle, designed to demonstrate how to lead a drum circle in a therapy setting and why this type of therapy can be especially beneficial as an alternative to traditional talk therapy.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is an evidence-based parenting intervention for parents and caregivers of children and teens. This program will provide and overview of the levels of Triple P available in Knox County and focus specifically on Fear-Less Triple P. 

 

Fear-Less Triple P is a cognitive-behavioral parenting intervention that supports parents to help children and teens manage their anxiety more effectively. It encourages parents to generalize strategies to all family members, not just the child of concern. Fear-Less Triple P helps parents set a good example of coping with anxiety, coaching their children to become more emotionally resilient, and develop a toolbox of strategies and choose the most effective one to respond to their child’s anxiety.

This session will review the forensic mental health system in Ohio, which serves individuals who have been charged with a crime and issues related to competency and/or sanity have been raised. Attendees will be able to name the four parts of our forensic system in Ohio, understand the pathways a forensic case can take through the forensic system of care based on evaluation and assessment of risk, and understand how this is applied to post disposition and conditional release into the community.

Lunch: 11:45-12:45

Breakout Sessions E: 1:00-2:30

This session leads participants through a mock ecotherapy group session, designed to demonstrate how to utilize nature and the outdoors in a group and individual session in addition to why this type of therapy can be especially beneficial as an alternative to traditional talk therapy.

This program will delve into the theory and practice of empowering clients to initiate and sustain change. Participants will learn strategies to shift responsibility onto clients, encouraging them to take charge of their goals, growth, and well-being. The session will also explore various types of change, the diversity of the client population, and effective methods to support their development. Attendees will leave with practical tools to facilitate meaningful and lasting change in their clients’ lives.

Breakout Sessions F: 2:40-4:10

In this session participants will learn about  how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment plans play a pivotal role in guiding psychotherapists and clients through the health and recovery process. By providing a structure, clarity, and measurable outcomes, treatment plans offer a roadmap for therapy, ensuring that both therapists and clients have a clear understanding of therapeutic goals and objectives. EMDR treatment plans allow therapists to systematically address the client’s presenting concerns while adhering to the established protocol and principles of EMDR therapy.

This session will address the unique aspects of the Amish Culture. Barriers and challenges will be explores with discussion centered around intervention techniques and strategies that align with the Amish culture.

This session teaches participants basic information about domestic and sexual violence, and well as how to intervene as a bystander.