2013 CCA Annual Conference
March 8 - 9, 2013
Double Tree Hotel, Denver Tech Center
Online registration now closed. Please join us by registering on-site.
Professionally Renowned Keynote Speakers
Drs. Jane Myers and Thomas Sweeney
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Friday will be a day filled with educational and networking opportunities. It will feature two workshops (3-hours each) as well as a series of 50-minute breakout sessions from Colorado therapists on a variety of topics.
Saturday of the Conference will feature a Keynote address from Dr. Jane Myers and Dr. Thomas Sweeney, as well as numerous breakout sessions and poster presentations.
Wellness: Finding Your Strengths, Sharing Your Voice!
Tom Sweeney & Jane Myers
Saturday, March 9th
Wellness, a strength-based, holistic approach that defines a uniqueness of the counseling profession, is a philosophy of life that is equally as important for counselors as for our clients. In fact, it takes a well counselor to help a client be well! The presenters will provide an overview of their findings from over 30 years of research as a foundation for helping counselors identify our strengths, as well as our growing edges for greater wellness. Recent findings on heart-based biofeedback and neuroscience will be introduced as a precursor to later conference sessions in which these methods will be explored to help counselors share what we know in meaningful ways with clients and others.
Wellness & Biofeedback- Saturday morning session
Tom Sweeney & Jane Myers
Counseling based wellness models provide a paradigm for strength-based conceptualization of clients and the development of interventions to promote optimum functioning. The Indivisible Self Model, developed by the presenters, will be used as a basis for counselor self-assessment and an introduction to the development of wellness plans to promote positive change. The critical area of emotional self-regulation will be explored to demonstrate the holistic impact of wellness interventions. Heart rate variability, a key indicator of physical health and immune system function, will be described and demonstrated using HeartMath software as a means to create better physical health, reduce stress, and increase immune system functioning.
Neurofeedback: An Overview for Counselors – Saturday afternoon session
Neurofeedback (NFB) is biofeedback for the brain. Using an operant conditioning paradigm, NFB teaches clients to self-regulate their brain behavior to reduce or eliminate symptoms. NFB has been shown in multiple studies to improve autonomic regulation, promote brain competencies, help remediate brain-based functional disorders through both symptom reduction and the amelioration of underlying conditions, and enhance optimum performance. In this session, neurofeedback will be defined, research supporting neurofeedback interventions will be presented, resources for learning about neurofeedback practice will be shared, and strategies for using neurofeedback to support counseling goals will be described.
CSI Statewide Chapters Meeting – Saturday afternoon special event
Jane Myers, Tom Sweeney, Jody Huntington, Kathryn Raley, Cindy Miller
Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is the international academic and professional honor society for counselors. Members included students, counselor educators, and professional counselors. Chapters are based in universities and are the nucleus of CSI activities. All members of CSI are invited to attend this statewide meeting of CSI chapters. The focus will be on leadership development, networking, and sharing among chapters. Small group discussions will provide chapter leaders and members with opportunities to share ideas for local and statewide activities.
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