Event Description

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  • If you register for IN PERSON ON-SITE, you will sign in at the conference at IP Biloxi at the Registration Desk.
  • If you register for LIVE STREAM/VIRTUAL, you will receive a log in link by January 2023 to attend the conference.
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Curriculum & Agenda – January 26 & January 27, 2023


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7:45 am – 8:00 am Sign In/Log In
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Conference Orientation
8:15 am – 10:15 amGregory LesterGregory Lester

Keynote Presentation:

Personality Disorders: Who They Are, How They Got Here & Treatment Basics (2 clinical hrs)

Gregory W. Lester, PhD

Although personality disorders have been repeatedly shown to be the most common mental health conditions seen by professionals, very few professionals receive effective training on dealing with them.  This presentation will explain the phenomenon of personality disorders, show how dramatically different they are from other mental health conditions, and describe the alterations in approach that professionals need to undertake in order to be effective with them.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand, describe, and explain what the phenomenon “personality disorder” is, and how it differs from other conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, etc.
  • Understand, describe, and explain the underlying cause of personality disorders and how this relates to other mental health conditions.
  • Understand, describe, and explain why traditional mental health interventions, including medications and traditional psychotherapies, fail with individuals with personality disorders.
  • Understand, describe, and explain the fundamental alterations in approach necessary in order to effectively help these individuals.
  • Be able to apply specific clinical techniques that will increase effectiveness in dealing with individuals with personality disorders.
10:15 am – 10:45 am Break / Vendor Networking
10:45 am – 12:15 pmYvonne CastanedaYvonne Castaneda

The Complexity of Eating Disorders in the Latino Population: The Cultural Treatment & Assessment Implications (1.5 Cultural Diversity/Competency hrs)

Yvonne Castaneda, LICSW, MSW

This presentation tackles the difficult and complex topic of eating disorders within the Latino Population. It addresses the cultural norms that often serve as barriers to access and as well the impact of identity confusion on first and second generation Latinos/as who are trying to navigate a new world with old world views and customs as they relate to food and body image.

Learning Objectives:
  • Have a greater understanding of the Latino cultural norms as they relate to eating disorders and body image.
  • Develop insight as it relates to how Latinos/as present in the therapeutic relationship with both Latino/a and non-Latino/a providers.
  • Learn culturally sensitive approaches to working with Latino/a clients/patients suffering from eating disorders and their families.
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch (on your own) / Vendor Networking
1:45 pm – 3:15 pmKatie Childs Katie Childs

Let’s Talk About Sex: Tools for Addressing Sensitive Topics with Confidence (1.5 clinical hrs)

Katie Childs, APSW, MPH

Sex and sexuality are normal, healthy parts of life yet they are also often shrouded in stigma and misinformation. It can be hard to discuss sex and sexuality with clients in a way that feels authentic due to workplace constraints, our own fears, client discomfort, and more. Yet caring for the “whole person” is one of the charges of our profession. This session will provide an overview of tools for increasing provider/clinician comfort when talking about sensitive topics like sex, models for navigating conversations with clients, and an opportunity to practice these skills with others.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will name the four stages of the PLISSIT model.
  • Attendees will name two ways to improve their own knowledge of and comfort discussing sex and sexuality.
  • Attendees will model one element of the PLISSIT model in conversation with another.
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break / Vendor Networking
3:30 pm – 5:00 pmAlesha PerkinsAlesha Perkins

Do The Right Thing: Ethical Decision Making Models (1.5 ethics hrs)

Alesha Perkins, MSW, LCSW, CCM

Let’s face it, ethical dilemmas can sometimes leave you at a crossroads! This interactive course will provide education on ethics with use of the Code of Ethics as an ethical guideline. It will allow participants to take a step back and identify their driving force for making decisions. Participants will identify ethical dilemmas and use of best practices to prevent ethical misconduct or violations. Participants will be presented with case scenarios and engage in group discussions on use of ethical decision-making models to help them do the right thing!

Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize the definition of ethics.
  • Identify their driving force for making decisions.
  • Recognize the Code of Ethics and/or Code of Conduct as an ethical guideline.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas or concerns.
  • Utilize decision-making models and additional tools/resources as best practices.
  • Be able to identify what constitutes as an ethical violation.
7:45 am – 8:00 am Sign In/Log In
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Conference Orientation
8:15 am – 9:15 am Adam Russo Adam Russo

Keynote Presentation:

The Importance of Failure (1 clinical hr)

Adam Russo, LCSW

Culturally, we have become invested in ensuring that kids are successful. Learning about how failure can assist kids develop positive coping strategies, perseverance, and resilience, can assist them in creating a foundation of positive mental health as they grow into adults.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about how assisting kids to experience failure, rather than preventing them from it, can develop intangible traits that have been correlated to ‘success’ as an adult.
  • Learn about how the value of negative emotions and experiences can further enhance leadership and preventative skills that assist young people as they feel anxiety or depression both as young people and as they grow.
9:15 am – 9:45 am Break / Vendor Networking
9:45 am – 11:45 am Joe Wegmann Joe Wegmann

Substance Abuse and Disruptive Behaviors in Youth: The Interaction Between the Two (2 clinical hrs)

Joe Wegmann, R.Ph, LCSW
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the effects of substance abuse on disruptive behavior disorders in youth
  • Examine the key criteria for Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, and what fuels these disorders in young people
  • Discuss specific medication and psychosocial strategies for substance use disorders and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents
11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own) / Vendor Networking
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Diane Bigler Diane Bigler

The Ethics of Self-Determination in Medical Settings (1.5 ethics hrs)

Diane Bigler, LMSW, LCSW, LSCSW

Mental health professionals who work in medical settings often encounter ethical situations in which patients and families wishes may conflict with medical advice, direction, or goals. Clinicians from all disciplines should consider the intersection of their professional ethics with patient wishes and self-determination. This workshop will highlight professional ethics of self-determination in the fields of social work and counseling. Detailed case vignettes will provide perspective on the complexity of these situations and how clinicians can best exercise sound judgment and practice in the consideration of both their professional ethics and patient self-determination.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify key ethical concepts and considerations in medical self-determination.
  • Analyze a minimum of three self-determination ethical dilemmas in case studies.
  • Review and summarize social work code of ethics values, principles and standards.
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break / Vendor Networking
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Dennis Malloy Dennis Malloy

“Social Work Mini Golf: Avoiding Traps and Obstacles” (1 ethics hr)

Dennis Malloy, LCSW

The workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of ethics in the social work profession. Participants will identify ethical obstacles/challenges and strategies to deal with them.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review 5 developmental periods in the history of the social work profession as they relate to ethics (morality, values, ethical dilemmas & decision making, ethical risk management, and digital challenges).
  • Identify the major categories of ethics violations (with clients, with colleagues, and within practice).
  • Review data and statistics from a 2022 report from the LA Board of Social Work Examiners (LABSWE)
  • Participate in live and online exercises in identifying ethical obstacles and risk management ideas (through mini-golf!).
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Break / Vendor Networking
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Sidney Smith Sidney Smith

Addiction, Bias, and Stigma: Are You Prejudging Your Clients? (1.0 clinical hr)

Sidney Smith, LMSW

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) conversations and education is needed due to a 28.5% increase in overdose death rates reported by CDC on 11/17/2021 (CDC 2021).  Previous years, CDC reported overdose death rates in the seventy thousand range. This year’s report is over one hundred thousand for the same time periods. It is time to talk about promoting healing and long term sobriety. We as humans – even with Social Work ethics, training and licenses – are still prone to biases and stigma, especially with persons who struggle with substance use/abuse issues. This presentation will help participants acknowledge personal biases and strategies to combat counterproductive attitudes that cause harm to the same people our code of ethics is designed to protect. It is time to talk about how reducing stigma and personal biases by re-embracing our commitments to service, dignity and worth of person, and value of human relationships. We as Social Workers have a call and platform to decrease these numbers, empower others to live by providing non-biased treatment options for those affected by Substance Use Disorder.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to acknowledge personal biases when dealing with a person with substance use/abuse issues.
  • Participants will become aware of strategies to combat unhelpful/counterproductive attitudes towards persons with substance abuse issues.
  • Participants will be enabled to engage in healing conversations that motivate and encourage growth and continued sobriety.

IP Casino Resort & Spa
850 Bayview Ave.
Biloxi, MS 39530
Book Your Stay At The Event

Call IP Biloxi at 888-946-2847 and ask for group reservation code S230100.

IP Casino Room Rates
Room rate is $89.99 for the nights of 1/25 and 1/26. Room rate increases to $149.99 for the night of 1/27.

Group reservation code: S230100

Accreditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Continuing Education Productions. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACE Approved Continuing Education ASWB logo

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing
education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 13 continuing education credits (includes 7.50 Clinical hours, 4.00 Ethics, 1.50 Cultural Diversity/Competency continuing education credits).

Social Workers:

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY

* WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is in live in West Virginia then an application is required.

Marriage and Family Therapists:

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MA/MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

Addictions Professionals:

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Addictions Professionals: AK, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, WA, WI, WV, WY

Licensed Professional Counselors:

The following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, ND, NE, NM, NH, NV, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

AL/Counselors: Activities not providing NBCC approval may be approved by the Board for individual licensees upon receipt of acceptable documentation prior to the activity. Please send course details to your licensing board for approval BEFORE the event. No approvals afterward by the board.

Louisiana Counseling Association: This presentation has been approved for 13.0 CE clock hours including 4.0 in Diagnosis* and 4.0 in Ethics by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

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Registration Fee: $293

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Approved For:

  • Social Workers – ASWB Approval

  • 13 Continuing Education Credit Hrs.
  • Includes 4 Hrs. Ethics & 1.5 Hr. Cultural Diversity/Competency

  • Mississippi MFTs
  • LA LPCs

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