2023 Spring Mini-Conference

Friday, April 14 | 9:00am - 12:30pm
Safe-T Crisis Center
204 Patrick St. 
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455

Registration ends April 13.

Jennifer Nivin Williamson, Ph.D., LPCC-S (KY), LPC (TX), NCC, ACS, HS-BCP
Daniel G. Williamson, Ph.D., LPCC-S (KY), LPC (TX), NCC, ACS, HS-BCP

Drs. Dan and Jen Williamson are clinicians, educators, authors, and editors of the 2020 ACA publication, Distance counseling and supervision: A guide for mental health clinicians. Jen and Dan have much to offer us in the areas of technology and ethics. Don't miss out, join us on Friday, April 14!

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Use of Technology in Mental Health Service Delivery: Ethical, Legal, and Practical Considerations for Clinicians in Various Settings (1 ethics/technology CEU)

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the perception of distance counseling and supervision from that of avant-garde practice to that of mainstream necessity. This presentation seeks to explore the ethical, legal, and practical implications of virtual counseling including the practical day-to-day factors that impact the abilities of mental health providers to deliver quality services via technology.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Importance of Understanding Attachment in Children and Adults (1 General/MFT CEU)

Attachment influences a variety of perceptual and relational elements of the human condition and is considered a fundamental component in personality development. Join us as we explore how perceptions associated with early attachments influence relational choices today.

Clients often develop maladaptive coping styles and behaviors that are labeled by the mental health community as pathology. While this may provide a useful naming convention for service remuneration, the consistent use of this labeling system seemingly removes responsibility from the client for maladaptive behavior. It is recognized that there are biological foundations for various forms of pathology. Clients' maladaptive coping styles, however, are often the cause for discomfort. In recognizing the biological reasons for some disorders, clients may develop the capacity to adopt more adaptive coping styles which can impact the social and emotional effects of their concerns as well as clients' overall wellness. This presentation is an effort to help clinicians recognize how clients use maladaptive coping strategies following traumatic experiences and develop a new language for working with clients. This language used with clients helps normalize reactions in an effort to explore for more adaptive coping strategies.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ethics in the Real World: Conversations for Mental Health Providers (1 Ethics CEU)

This presentation will explore specific questions from the attendees (questions posed ahead of time) concerning ethical concerns and considerations faced in their specific venues. Materials from refereed journal articles, ethical codes, and ethical decision-making models will be identified and explored to help guide the participants as they navigate these difficult ethical dilemmas. Resources and referral sources will be provided.


All conference programs and workshops listed below are eligible for LPC, NBCC, SBEC, LMFT, LCDC, SW, and Psychologist continuing education hours.