January 29, 2015

2012 Conference Program

Monday's Sessions: I | II | III | IV | V
Tuesday's Sessions: VI | VII | VIII

Monday, April 2, 2012

7:00 am – 4 pm Registration State of Maine Room
7:00 am – 9 am Continental Breakfast Rockland/Rockport/ Camden

8:00 am – 9:00 am Early Bird Session I
Comparison of Professional Codes of Ethics
Session I
Deborah Drew, Ed.D.,LCPC, ACS
Jeri Stevens, M.Ed.,LCPC,CCS
Pen Bay
Participants will have an opportunity to compare and contrast the ACA, ASCA, AMHCA, and Maine Counselors Licensure Codes of Ethics. Participants are encouraged to bring with them all codes they ascribe to.
Target Group = All
Bath Salts – Not for Human Consumption Rebecca Miller, MPh, BSN, RN, CHES, CSPI Camden
Bath salts are a new designer drug that can have severe adverse health effects. The symptoms can be very dangerous and last for days, therefore, the intervention and treatment of bath salt users can be very complex. Many states, including the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency have passed emergency legislation making bath salts illegal to use.
Target Group = All
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine – Integrating Mental Health Services In Your School Pete Phair, B.S. Monhegan
Based on the science of Social Emotional Learning, this workshop will illustrate NAMI Maine’s current efforts in Maine schools to offer counselors, teacher s and parents their popular Difficult Situations, De-Escalation & Building Resiliency training. We will also discuss additional trainings and services offered to schools through NAMI Maine such as Mental Health Awareness education for staff and students, the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program and the TeenScreen program.
Target Group= All
Counseling for Wellness: A Review of Concepts Michelle Mannion, LCPC, PhD. Schooner
This presentation will discuss the components of the Indivisible Self Model of Wellness, as developed by Myers & Sweeney (2008). The model includes attention to five areas: the creative, coping, social, essential, and physical aspects of the self, in addition to contextual factors that contribute to wellness. Participants will be able to differentiate among components of the model and assess the relevant application to counseling.
Target Group = All
Best Practices of Adjunct Mentoring (Poster Session) Linda Sparks Ebb Tide
If you are an adjunct, what mentoring strategies would you find helpful?
Target Group = All

9:15 - 10:15 am Session II
"I’m In It for the Money" Michele Gurtler, LCSW Camden
Why do we do what we do? We are obviously in it for the fame and fortune, oh, and all the vacations. We’ll look at common factors, how we deal with them, and how we remain relatively sane in an ever changing system.
Target Group = All
Understanding Other Codes of Ethics
Session II
Deborah Drew, Ed.D.,LCPC,ACS
Jeri Stevens, M.Ed.,LCPC,CCS
Pen Bay
Participants will explore to what extent counselors need to be aware of and abide by codes of ethics that are not one’s own.
Target Group = All
Counseling In a Digital World John Yasenchak, EdD., LCPC, LADC, CCS Schooner
This workshop will explore ethical and practical issues that arise in relation to Google, Social Networks, Text messaging, Virtual Worlds, etc. A review of current history and trends will be presented. Changing concepts of privacy will be discussed with a view towards informed consent, practice disclosure, and school/agency policy.
Target Group = All
Adventure Therapy and It’s Effectiveness with Children and Adolescents (Poster Session) Ryan Wells – Grad. Student Windjammer
Adventure Therapy is a highly adaptable method of treatment utilizing an array of clinical approaches in an outdoor setting. Programs have been developed for a variety of client populations and diagnoses. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of adventure therapy with this population.
Target Group = Clinical/Mental Health Counselors
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Dr. Don Lynch, LCPC, CSW-IP Monhegan
This presentation will explore the contrast between the current DSM IV-TR criteria for the diagnosis of substance use disorders and the proposed new changes for the upcoming DSM V. What will the implications for treatment be for substance use disorders in the light of a change from traditional categorical diagnoses to the new dimensional perspective? New data impacting empirically supported treatments will be presented covering the newer risk reduction approaches and the more traditional “abstinence only” recovery strategies.
Target Group = All
Reactive Attachment Disorder: Diagnostic Criteria, Theories, and Treatments (Poster Session) Jennifer Hubler – Grad. Student Ebb Tide
RAD is a rarely used diagnosis. It is one of the few disorders in the DSM-IV-TR which can be applied to infants and which deals directly with the quality of the infant to caregiver attachment. Children with attachment disorders such as RAD display a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors. The post session will examine current theories, diagnostic criteria, and treatments.
Target Group = All

10:15 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break
State of Maine Room

10:30 - 11:45 am Session III
The Sexualization of Girls in Media: Considering the Effects and SPARKing a Response
Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed. D. Bay Point
A 2007 American Psychological Association (APA) Taskforce Report on the sexualization of girls documents how the relentless barrage of sexualized media messages compromises girls’ healthy social, emotional, and physical development. Showing popular ad campaigns and describing marketing strategies, Dr. Brown explores the images that overwhelm girls each day and exposes the stereotypes and limited choices they present. Dr. Brown addresses the need for strength-based approaches that give girls more voice, control, and creative outlets for activism.

12:00 noon - 1:15 pm Lunch Rockport/Rockland/ Camden

1:15 - 2:15 pm Session IV:
Culturally Competent Counseling in Maine: Challenges and Opportunities Annette Nelligan, Ed.D, LCPC, LMFT, LSW Owls Head
The ACA Code of Ethics requires professional counselors to strive to continually gain knowledge, awareness, and skills for working with diverse client populations. The demographics in Maine present challenges to fulfilling this charge since experiential learning options for working with diverse groups are limited by the geographical area of our practice. This presentation examines alternative methods for increasing our cultural awareness. The session will include a panel discussion with international high school students who are studying in Maine who will address questions both about their cultures and their perceptions of the counseling profession.
Target Group = All
SPARKing Creative Reactions to Media Sexualization Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. Spruce Head
In this follow up to her morning keynote, Dr. Brown will present and discuss various ways to engage girls in creative forceful reactions to media sexualization. She will illustrate the ways Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Powered By Girl, and other organizations are working together as SPARK to challenge the sexualization of girls by generating alternative forms of media and coordinating actions on the ground and online.
Target Group = All
Ethics: Counselor Advocacy Deborah Drew, Ed.D.,LCPC,ACS
Jeri Stevens, M.Ed.,LCPC,CCS
Pen Bay
Participants will explore decision making and related issues around advocating ethically for clients and self.
Target Group = All
NAMI Maine’s Theater For Life: Interactive Theater for Teens Pete Phain, B.S. Schooner
A fun, rewarding and informative experiential theater program for youth who want to learn more about the mental health issues that may be a part of their daily lives. Whether in support of a friend or family member, or because they live with challenges such as anxiety, depression or suicide themselves, TFL provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for middle school and high school aged youth. Facilitated by NAMI Maine staff, this workshop will include first hand accounts and program demonstrations by youth involved in the Theater For Life Program. TFL includes a variety of theater disciplines and sources – including Viola Spolin, Michael Chekhov, Augusto Boal, David Diamond, Deena Levy and The Actor’s Institute.
Target Group = Middle, Secondary School Counselors
Senior Financial Aid Nights: Why they don’t work anymore Mila Tappan, BS Monhegan
Waiting until fall of the senior year to learn about paying for college is too late. Students and families need to understand the financial aid process and start planning no later than the freshman year so they can be adequately prepared. During this session we will explain why the senior year is too late to offer a financial aid night and share resources that families can use to help prepare and pay for college.
Target Group = Secondary Counselors
Connecting with Autism: What Works and Doesn’t Work Susan Anzirino, PhD
Melissa Clawson, PhD
Will discuss the basics of understanding a young person with autism from a professional and personal view. Best ways of relating to these young people with autism will also be suggested. Susan has directed Camp Summit for children with autism for the last seven years and Melissa is raising a son with autism.
Target Group = Elem, Middle, Secondary Counselors
Dream Functions (Poster Session) David Briggs, CRMA/DSP Ebb Tide
This review covers theories of the function of dreams, patterns, in dream content and approaches for working with dreams in therapy. This is an overview of therapeutic approaches. A more in-depth analysis of function, as well as the findings regarding why dreams are important in therapy.
Target Group = Clinical/Mental Health Counselors

2:30 - 3:30 pm Session V:
Helping Kids Navigate Friendship Issues: Two Practical Techniques Holly Branthoover Ed.D, NC, LPC Owls Head
For children, managing the developmental issues of making and maintaining friendships is often a challenge. Therefore, friendship issues are a frequent basis for counseling referrals in schools and clinical mental health settings. The presenter will describe two counseling techniques developed for use in social skills and assertiveness training with child clients. The techniques will address friendship issues within the context of developmental and multicultural factors.
Target Group = All
Multiculturalism in Counseling (Poster Session) Patrice Lynch, MEd. Windjammer
The poster presents Multiculturalism as the fourth force, a new paradigm shift in counseling. Reasons for the need to make this shift are highlighted and what counselors need to do to serve the needs of many subgroups in our culture is offered. One group of focus, refugees, is given as only one example of the minority groups in need of counseling services in our western society.
Target Group = All
Making College Connections: Why students should complete their SAT questionnaire and utilize their free scores Joe Bellavance,
Erin Benson
Spruce Head
Every student who takes a PSAT, AP, or SAT test from College Board is requested to complete a questionnaire concerning their background and interests. Students can also request their SAT scores be sent to four colleges free of charge. Learn how these steps can help in the college connection process and why you should encourage your students to take advantage of these opportunities. As we look to improve the state’s college completion rate communication is critical. Creating better communication can help your students realize they are college-level material.
Target Group = School Counselors
Mandated Reporters of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Gloria Payne, LSW, MS LADC Camden
Interventions and supports for victims of abuse. We will discuss mandatory reporting laws and working collaboratively with other organizations along with the basic skills needed for serving victims and using resources to support reporters.
Target Group = All
Advocating for the Profession of Counseling Deborah Drew, Ed.D.,LCPC,ACS
Jeri Stevens, M.Ed.,LCPC,CCS
Pen Bay
Participants will explore decision making and related issues regarding advocating ethically for the profession of counseling.
Target Group - All
Guidance and Admissions Roundtable Carlena Bean, MBA,
Ben Milster, M.Ed
The focus of this discussion will center on issues common to guidance counselors and admission personnel. What do colleges want to know; what do guidance counselors need to know from the colleges; and what common challenges do we face?
Target Group = Admissions, Secondary Counselors
Happenstance Happens: How can we help students choose occupations using happenstance? Jim Peacock, M.Ed Monhegan
In a perfect world, assessments can assist a client in choosing an occupation. But, the chaos of life often complicates things for all of us. This presentation will look at what we can do to help a person "Plan" their "Happenstance"
Target Group = Middle, Secondary School Counselors ,Career Counselors
The Psychobiology of PTSD – Clinical Implications Eric Rutberg, DHEd, MA Ebb Tide
This workshop presents information that illustrates how memory centers in the brain combined with the release of neuro hormones related the “fight, flight, freeze” response system are critical to understanding and treating PTSD.
Target Group = All

4:00 pm
Spring Run-off Fun Run/Walk
Yoga - John Yasenchak, Schooner Room
(bring blanket or towel)

5:00 - 5:30 pm Ebb Tide Room
MeASGW Meeting
5:30 - 6:30 pm State of Maine Room
President’s Reception

6:30 - 7:30 pm Rockland/Rockport
Graduate Student Recognition

8:00 - 11:00 pm Rockland/Rockport
Entertainment – DJ Dana Wilson
Dana Wilson is a DJ who will provide the Karaoke Player once again. Dana was with us before and many “American Idol” wannabees emerged from that evening. Join the fun and sing and dance the night away.
Target Group:

Monday's Sessions: I | II | III | IV | V
Tuesday's Sessions: VI | VII | VIII

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

7:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast Rockland/Rockport

7:00 – 10:00 a.m Registration State of Maine Room

7:15 (Sign will be posted)
MeASGW Meeting
8:00 - 9:00 am Session VI:
The Power of Hidden Agendas: Leadership Techniques for Addressing the Mysteries of Group Work Zark Van Zandt, Ed.D
Sue Jones, Ph.D.
Owls Head
This workshop is primarily designed for counselors who work with clients who need to be more conscious of the power of hidden agendas within groups. (The counselor may also find the framework presented to be helpful in his/her own daily life.) A conceptual framework for understanding hidden agendas will be provided, then participants will engage in an activity designed to build greater consciousness of possible hidden agendas and explore ways to shift the energy and direction of those agendas.
Target Group = All
Integrating Brain Research/Restorative School Practices and RTI An Approach that Keeps Students Connected to School Ansley Newton, M.Ed,
Chuck Saufler, M.Ed
Spruce Head
How do we build relationships with students of all ages? This lecture/interactive workshop will show how to apply what brain research has demonstrated regarding the importance of connection and attunement in brain development. The benefits of developing reflective skills with students in changing the architecture of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) will be discussed. Models and strategies for reflective interactions (restorative dialogue) that build prefrontal capacity (positiviely affecting impulse control, emotional regulation and other important PFC functions) will be shared. Specific strategies to use in the classroom will be shared. The relationship of Restorative School Practices and how it relates to RTI-Behavior will be addressed.
Target Group = Elem, Middle, Secondary Sch. Counselors
When is an A an A? Variations in local grading scales and the impact on college admissions & scholarships Jon Henry, VP Enrollment Management, UMA,
Sharon Oliver, Dir. of Admissions, UMaine,
Erin Benson, Dir. of Admissions, UMPI
Local school districts take tremendous pride in establishing academic measures of student performance. However, these scales and decisions can have unintended consequences in college admissions and merit scholarship consideration. This session will be an open and frank discussion regarding the challenges University of Maine System campus admissions’ staff face attempting to interpret student performance without complete or thorough information from high schools. Topics to be discussed include the myriad grading schemes used around the state, interpretation of local GPA rules for merit scholarship consideration, and the importance of high school profiles in the admission process.
Target Group = Secondary School Counselors
Changing Roles of the Professional School Counselor Deborah Drew, Ed.D, LC Schooner
School Counselor rules are ever-changing as we strive to deliver services in a complex world. Students from the graduate program on School Counselors at Husson University will discuss their research on today’s roles for school counselors.
Target Group = All School Counselors
Leadership in Increasing and Supporting AP Participation and Success for Underserved Population Melissa Gagnon, M.Ed
Christy McAllaster, M.Ed
This session will provide school counselors with skills and knowledge necessary for promoting equitable participation and performance of underrepresented student groups in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Through easy to use tools, school counselors will learn to examine participants capacity to examine AP data, and apply problem solving strategies to generate best practice intervention.
Target Group = Secondary School Counselors
Factors that Prevent Male Victims of Sexual Assault from Reporting or Seeking Aftercare Amy Fecteau, MS in Counseling Ebb Tide
This literature review will explore the factors that prevent male victims of sexual assault from reporting the crime, seeking medical care, and seeking assistance from counselors and other professionals. Statistics include 1 in every ten rape victims were male in 2003 according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (2003). According to the National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape (1998). Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes, with males being the least likely to report a sexual assault (RAINN, 2005). Reasons for the under reporting of male rape include societal stigma of being perceived as homosexual, minimization of the act by others, the victim blaming himself, the myth that male rape only happens in prisons, disbelief of police or authorities, lack of prosecution, and feelings of shame and isolation.
Target Group = All
9:15 - 10:15 am Session VII:
Groups: Calming the Inner Critic Marj Burgess, LPC Camden
This workshop will focus on creative uses of masks to help clients calm and silence the Inner Critic, the internalized critical voice that impedes growth and healing. This use of expressive arts is appropriate for individuals, as well as groups.
Target Group = All
Update from Maine Department of Education Ansley Newton Spruce Head
This session will review State updates from the Department of Education. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss issues of concern from school counselors.
Target Group = Elem, Middle, Sec. School Counselors
What’s New in the Maine Suicide Prevention Program Carrie Horne, MA, MPS, LCPC Pen Bay
What’s new in suicide prevention? This workshop will provide updated data and research information on suicide and suicide prevention efforts in Maine. Participants will find important new training resources that are available to counselors and FREE to your community or school.
Target Group = All
The Ethic of Self-Care: When Empathy Becomes Our Enemy Mikal Crawford, Ed.D Schooner
Empathy is a cornerstone of effective helping. What happens when empathic connections harm the helper? The Code of Ethics for the American Counseling Association presents a clear imperative to self-monitor and attend to one’s needs. How do we know that empathy is turning against us? This program invites participants to examine the empathic response in counseling, and understand how this critical component can, at times, actually work to the detriment of the helper.
Target Group = All
International Students in Maine High Schools Pete Duston, BA Monhegan
There has been considerable publicity surrounding the enrollment of Chinese students in Maine’s schools as a way to financially “benefit” our schools and increase cultural diversity. Is this a realistic initiative? What are the experiences of Maine schools with Asian students? What are the challenges? How should an interested Maine high school develop its own initiative? Our panel discussion will address these issues. The panel will include schools with considerable experience and have direct school ties or satellite campuses in Asia; a Maine town academy recently enrolling Asian students: one or more consultants or admissions officers with experience recruiting international students; a Chinese consultant; a Dean of Students or Residential Life Director from a high school enrolling Asian students; and hopefully, a Chinese student (probably a college student who also graduated from a Maine boarding school).
Target Group = All
Learning the Ins and Outs of the Regional Student Program, Tuition Break Wendy Lindsay, BA Ebb Tide
Find out how you can better inform your students and families about the opportunities available to them through the Regional Student Program (RSP). The RSP, Tuition Break, saves Maine residents an average $7,000 on their annual tuition bills when they pursue specialized programs at public colleges in the other New England states. Get answers to frequently asked questions and more. (RSP information available online at: www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak)
Target Group = Career, Secondary Counselors
Existential Psychotherapy Andy Abbott, LCPC, Ph.D Owls Head
“The Art of Existential Psychotherapy” This program defines what existential therapy is and what it looks like in our clinical sessions. Participants will have tools and clinical skills to implement in their next session using this very unique and dynamic model of therapy.
Target Group = All

10:15 - 10:30 am Refreshment Break State of Maine Room

10:30 - 11:30 am Session VIII:
Division Meetings
  • Eastern Maine Counseling Association, Sandy Robinson
  • Downeast Maine Counseling Association, Cara Cirillo
  • Southern Maine Counseling Association, Marianne Tozier
  • Central Maine Counseling, Eric Rutberg
  • No. Maine Counseling Association, Jill Cairns
  • Admissions, Carlena Bean

11:30 am Checkout
Noon Business Meeting & Lunch Rockland/Camden/Rockport
Contact hours will be awarded for attendance at this conference at the rate of One contact hour for each hour of workshop/keynote attended. 8 contact hours are possible.

MeCA is an approved provider for NBCC and for State Licensure.
Workshops offerings are subject to change.

Monday's Sessions: I | II | III | IV | V
Tuesday's Sessions: VI | VII | VIII

MeCA is a state branch of the American Counseling Association.

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