Summer Conference! Day 1
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7th Annual Summer Conference!

Day 1 Only (9 CE Credits)

July 30, 2024

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Summer Conference Schedule 2024

Once you register for the conference, there is no need to pre-register or select your classes prior to the conference. At the time of each class, you will select the class from the time slot that you want to enter.

All class times listed are Eastern Time



Day 1 - July 30, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Class A

Can I Be Authentically Me? Examining Disparities in Medical and Mental Health: A Cultural Humility Training (2 CE Credits – Cultural Competence, Anti oppressive Practice)

This interactive training will help mental health professionals look outside of their own lens to allow the clients they serve be authentically themselves and not be held or judged by societal standards of what is considered the "norm". We will take a deep look into healthcare disparities and systemic issues that prevent people of color from receiving access to quality and equitable care. This training will help professionals identify their biases and practice cultural competence and humility to be able to advocate and successfully work with this population. Participants will be provided case studies and engage in group discussions that will help them calibrate their lens to see clearly the societal/systemic impacts and how to provide the best care to their clients.

Trainers: Alesha Perkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina and a Certified Case Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Alesha has over 20 years of experience in the social work field with vast knowledge in medical social work, child protective services, case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling. She has over 10 years of experience in developing and facilitating trainings for mental and medical professionals, state and national professional organizations. She serves as the Mentorship Chair for the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work and is an active member of Toastmasters. Alesha is a former Clinical Director for a mental health agency and currently works for a health insurance provider as a Senior Program Manager. In addition, she provides clinical supervision, has a part-time private practice, and is an instructor for Perkins Medical Services which is family owned. Perkins Medical Services has been in business for over 20 years and provides quality mental health and medical trainings.

Jasetta Perkins is a registered nurse and exercise specialist. She received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from James Madison University, Associates of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Mount Olive, her nursing diploma from Watts School of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from Queens University of Charlotte. She has over ten years of experience in providing health education to clients. She became an exercise specialist to help people live longer lives and became a nurse because she saw a need for patient advocacy and education especially for minorities. Jasetta is currently a diabetes nurse educator and case manager for a health insurance provider. In addition, she is a CPR instructor, MAT trainer, and instructor for Perkins Medical Services which is family owned. Perkins Medical Services has been in business for over 20 years and provides quality mental health and medical trainings.

Class B

Unveiling the Mental Health Benefits of Prayer as a Mindfulness Tool

This presentation explores the mental health benefits of prayer as a mindfulness tool, drawing upon scholarly resources and statistical evidence. Prayer, defined as a practice of communication with a higher power or inner self, shares parallels with secular mindfulness practices in fostering present-moment awareness and emotional regulation. Through an examination of research findings, prayer emerges as a potent means of stress reduction, anxiety management, emotional resilience, and enhanced psychological well-being.

Trainer: Cadija Barnett, LCSW, is the Founder of Holistic Mental Health Services Inc., a full service counseling and coaching organization based in sunny Miami Florida. She has presented at previous conferences on a number of topics. She brings over 16 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, offering comprehensive mental health support to individuals, groups, and organizations, through her organization Holistic Mental Health Services.

12:40 PM to 05:00 PM EST

Class A

The Ear, The Eye and the Heart: How Psychodynamic Therapists Listen for Unconscious Communication

Our interventions can only be as effective as the listening and conceptualization process that informs them. Unconscious messages come to us through diverse channels, including the verbal, nonverbal and countertransferential. In order to “follow the unconscious” of the patient, to form and test hypotheses about the hidden meanings of their speech and behavior, we need a mind that is “well-stocked” with diverse approaches for assessing these channels. This course will offer students an opportunity to deepen their listening process with the goal of sharpening their moment-to-moment conceptualization skills, so that they can better tailor their interventions to the mind of the patient. The following dimensions of listening will be covered in this class.

Trainer: Maury Joseph, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, and is currently located outside Philadelphia, PA. He is an IEDTA-certified (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association) teacher and supervisor of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). He has a background of teaching courses on psychoanalysis and supervising students at the doctoral level. He offers weekly supervision groups and private seminars on psychodynamic topics.

Class B

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Psychosis: A collaborative and recovery Oriented Approach

CBT for psychosis is an evidence-based method to help people reduce distress and disability related to psychotic experiences, and to support a possible full recovery. Learn how to collaborate with people having difficult and confusing experiences, “exploring the evidence" rather than imposing your own beliefs, and helping people develop well informed coping options so they are not forced to rely only on medications that may have limited effectiveness.

Trainer: Ron Unger LCSW is a therapist, and consultant specializing in CBT and related approaches for psychosis. For the past 2 decades he has been providing seminars on therapy for psychosis, on working with the intersection of trauma and psychosis, and on addressing cultural and spiritual issues within treatment for psychosis, at universities and mental health facilities across the US and internationally. He is passionate about making tricky and extreme states of mind understandable, so that pathways to quality human relationship, recover, and healing become possible. He chairs the Pacific Northwest Branch of ISPS-US, and maintains a blog at

Class C

Testing and Psychometrics for Clinicians

An overview of fundamental aspects of testing and psychometrics, geared to clinicians, school psychologists, counseling psychologists, and other regular users of tests. Topics to be discussed include reliability theory, validity, norms and standards, test development, test equating, adaptive testing, bias, intelligence testing, attitude scales, interests, and personality testing. The class assumes a basic understanding of statistical concepts, including central tendency, variability, and bivariate analysis (i.e., correlation). 

Trainer: Eugene Muller is a psychologist/psychometrician with extensive experience in education, higher education, business, government, and consulting environments. He has many years of experience in licensure/certification test development for a number of occupations, and in the application of statistical analyses to student achievement, job performance, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors. He is the President of National Measurement and Testing, and teaches psychometrics, research methods, and experimental psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Evening Sessions

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Class A

Out of Sight, BUT Not Out of Mind: Supporting Families in Recovery

What happens to families during recovery? What do they do? Who are they now? What do they want, what do they need, what is working, and when and how will they move forward? The question is: What's Next? What's next for families when they are forgotten in the recovery journey? What's next when family relationships, dynamics, and systems are disrupted?

Trainer: Lisa Connors,  PhD, LCPC, is the Associate Pastor of In His Image International Ministry in Maryland. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, National Certified Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Grief Informed Professional, and is a Fellow in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement). In addition to her pastoral and clinical work, she is a college professor and consultant/trainer. Ms. Connors has a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degrees and has completed her doctoral studies in Psychology.

Class B

Repairing Ruptures in Couples Therapy: A Mind-body Approach

Couples therapy is challenging because there are two people who are in distress, each wanting more from their partner and to be understood. A common denominator in treating couples is verbal communication, which relies on what is available cognitively to the couple. However, sources of tension and disconnection are often outside of their awareness, limiting the effectiveness of the treatment. When couples become emotionally charged or shut down it’s because they’re feeling threatened, by something inside of themselves or something between them and their partner.

Trainer: Deborah J. Fox, LICSW, is in private practice in Washington, DC. She is an AASECT Certified Sex therapist providing individual and couples psychotherapy. She conducts seminars and consultation groups on the integration of couples and sex therapy and the treatment of sexual trauma, with an emphasis on somatic intervention strategies. She has taught the integration of somatic intervention into couples therapy through PESI and the Psychotherapy Networker. She conducts consultation groups on couples therapy, sex therapy and sexual trauma. Her most recent publication is The Integration of Somatic-based Strategies into Couples Therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal (Oct 2023). 

Class C

Unveiling Misdiagnosis: Mental Health Disorders in Black Children

This training delves into the critical issue of the prevalence and consequences of misdiagnosis of mental health disorders among Black children. The misdiagnosis is often exacerbated by a range of factors, including both explicit and implicit biases held by clinicians. Additionally, issues such as historical medical mistreatment leading to a lack of trust, communication barriers like African American Vernacular English, and clinicians' unfamiliarity with cultural norms and expressions further contribute to this problem.

Trainer: Tiffany Sanders, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in North Carolina with a strong background in supporting traumatized individuals and families. Specializing in trauma-focused modalities, she is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Currently, she serves as a Clinical Supervisor for her local government, collaborating with local law enforcement to offer therapeutic assistance to children impacted by traumatic events. Ms. Sanders is the founder of Sunflower Therapeutic Solutions PLLC and co-owner of Harbour & Holmes Publishing LLC. She co-authored “Your Feelings Matter, A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence” and “Addy’s Summer Adventure: A Story of BIG and Small Feelings”. She has been a conference speaker at the NASW Conference, NC trauma conference, and at previous CE You! Conferences, sharing her passion for educating communities and professionals on mental health issues. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, escape rooms, and traveling to immerse herself in new cultures.

Webinars included in this package:

Unveiling the Mental Health Benefits of Prayer as a Mindfulness Tool

Can I Be Authentically Me? Examining Disparities in Medical and Mental Health: A Cultural Humility Training (2 CE Credits – Cultural Competence, Anti oppressive Practice)

The Ear, the Eye, and the Heart: How Psychodynamic Therapists Listen for Unconscious Communication

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis: A collaborative and Recovery Oriented Approach

Testing and Psychometrics for Clinicians

Unveiling Misdiagnosis: Mental Health Disorders in Black Children

Out of Sight, BUT Not out of Mind: Supporting Families in Recovery

Repairing Ruptures in Couples Therapy: A Mind-body Approach

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