Fall 2013 Master’s Program Colloquium
Friday, October 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
HOW TO REGISTER:
* Select a general registration ticket
* Select ONE event that occurs from 6:50-7:50
* Select ONE event that occurs from 8 – 9:00
*Please register for the event no later than September 23rd, 2013*
*Bring your printed ticket to the event*
In keeping with La Salle University’s mission, our Master’s program emphasizes the importance of providing activities and events that promote student development. In the interest of providing topics outside of regular courses, we are inviting guest speakers from the community currently working, teaching, and practicing in a variety of settings. This will also provide networking opportunities, both for students and faculty members in the program.
The event will begin with an opening reception where light refreshments will be provided (6-6:30), and a welcome from the Master’s Program’s Director (6:30-6:40). Following the welcome address, students will have a choice of lectures to attend, with all of our speakers providing their first round of lectures (6:50-7:50). Following a 10-minute break during which students will switch rooms based on interest, the speakers will give a second round of the same lecture (8-9:00). Information about the speakers is below, and the eventbrite.com registration page will reopen in August.
Please remember: Attendance to this event is required.
Additional information about parking, speakers, and registration will be provided shortly.
We look forward to seeing everyone on October 4th!
Domestic Violence & Trauma (Minna Davis)
Minna Davis, M.A. LPC, NCC has devoted 20 years of her professional life to the domestic violence and trauma recovery fields. Currently, she is the Director of Counseling for Laurel House of Montgomery County, PA, where she counsels survivors of domestic violence, supervises master’s level interns and counseling professionals, and conducts professional development workshops on a range of domestic violence related topics. She currently serves as a Board member of the PA Counseling Association (PCA), President of the PA Mental Health Counselors Association (PAMHCA), and an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College in their Master’s of Counseling Psychology graduate program.
Couple's Counseling (Janet Hibbs)
Intuitively, we all think we know what's fair. Yet couples often disagree, sometimes chronically, about everything from money, children, chores and sex to the in-laws. The emphasis on relationship ethics assists therapists in solving the ancient relationship problem of “what’s fair,” and what family members owe to and deserve from each other. Contextual theory is the framework used to explore the principles of fairness, trust, and the moral and learned bases of fairness. Theory, role-play and research from neurobiology combine to shed light on these issues, as applied to clinical practice.
B. Janet Hibbs, LMFT, Ph.D. is the co-founder of Contextual Therapy Associates of Philadelphia, and an AAMFT approved supervisor. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Hibbs served on the MFT faculty of Hahnemann/Drexel Medical School for over 15 years. She is a speaker and educator and the author of Try to See It My Way: Being Fair in Love and Marriage, Avery/Penguin, 2009.
Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy (Dottie Higgins Klein)
The presentation will include a brief overview of the nine components and the six stages of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy (MBPFT). The theory will be demonstrated with a video of a boy who is reworking through pretend, spontaneous play - the trauma of his father threatening his mother with a gun.
Dottie Higgins Klein, LMFT, RPT-S is the clinical director of the Family & Play Therapy Center, Inc. located in the Mt. Airy Section of Philadelphia. She and her staff have been offering trainings in Contextual Family Therapy and MBPFT since 1995. Dottie is the author of Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice which is due for publication in August 2013 as part of the Norton Publication - Interpersonal Neurobiology Series.
Shirley Elrod, LMFT, FT is Executive Director and Co-founder of the Center for Loss and Bereavement, located in Skippack, PA. She has provided grief counseling and support services to the bereaved community since 2000 using a health-oriented perspective that honors each person's life meaning. Along with her work at the Center, Shirley has taught a bereavement counseling course for a number of years in addition to offering grief trainings for the professional community.
College Counseling (Megan Bartlett and Meghan O'Meara)
Both didactic and interactive, this presentation will include information on possible pathways into the field of college counseling, along with practical information about networking in the field. We will explore some skills that are helpful to a college counselor and review recent statistics regarding the mental health of today's college students. Lastly, we'll look at some of the challenges (for both students and counselors) related to misuse of electronic devices and social networking sites and we'll brainstorm ways to overcome these challenges.
Megan R. Bartlett, M.A. joined Arcadia University's Counseling Services in December 2011 as a part-time counselor and is now working there full-time. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College and her Master's in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University. She is currently accruing hours towards her LPC. Megan has previously worked in the field of neuropsychology research, as well as adolescent addictions counseling. Megan has written and published an essay on body image and a book on eating disorders called, "Getting Out of B.E.D.: Overcoming Binge-Eating Disorder One Day at a Time". Her hope, as counselor at Arcadia University, is that her varied professional and personal experiences will inform her work with students as they journey on their path to emotional, social, and spiritual wellness.
Meghan K. O'Meara, M.A., LPC is a counselor with Counseling Services at Arcadia University. Meg acquired her M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University, after completing the Bachelor of Arts program in Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She recently finished her certification in Drug & Alcohol Counseling through Villanova University. Prior to working at Arcadia, Meg worked as an adolescent counselor in Camden, NJ. She also coached Division I field hockey at a local University after playing 4 years at the University of Delaware. While working at Arcadia it is Meg’s desire to work with and support students during this critical phase of developing personhood. She recognizes that equipping students with problem-solving and decision-making skills will make a lifelong impact on their ability to face life’s challenges. In her time away from the office, Meg enjoys spending time with her family & friends, checking out local sporting events, and crossfitting.
Private Practice Panel
A group of two licensed professional counselors and two marriage and family therapists will be available to answer questions about the logistics of private practice. This will be an informal discussion with no specific presentation. Students are requested to bring specific questions about starting and maintaining an ethical and lucrative private practice.
Working with the LGBT Community (Lisa Pozzi)
The presentation will focus on issues that regularly come up in working with LGBTQ people with particular focus on the challenges that arise in working with those who identify as transgender. Issues related to the coming out process, identity, do's and don'ts in working with the population and specific cultural issues will be discussed.
Lisa Pozzi, MA, LPC is the supervisor of the co-occurring intensive outpatient program at JFK Behavioral Health Center and a consultant working with Morris Home, the first residential addictions program specifically for transgender identified persons. She graduated from LaSalle's psychology graduate program in 2007 and the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia in 2011. She has been working providing mental health and addictions services in Philadelphia since 1997 and has been working with the LGBTQ community since 1998.
Ed Kane, the presenter, is a Consulting Associate with Lee, Hecht, Harrison which is a talent solutions company focused on delivering Career Transition, Leadership Development, Career Development and Change Management solutions for organizations committed to developing their best talent. He is also retired from a Leadership position in HR at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and has been an adjunct professor in Business at La Salle University in the past when he taught in the evening undergraduate program.