2020 CCA Mental Health Professional Online Conference

Event Date: 5/16/2020 - 12/31/2020

Event Overview


Recorded webinars are available through December, 31st, 2020

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Location: Online Only

Cost: One time fee of $20

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This event was originally scheduled for April 4th as the 2020 Colorado Counseling Association Student Conference. However, as with most things in our lives, it was impacted by COVID-19.

Since then, mental health professionals have been working to meet the increased mental health demands presented by our communities. Whether it has been treating trauma, grief and loss, depression, or anxiety mental health professionals have risen to the challenge.

And, they have been doing so largely from home, away from colleagues and other professional support systems.

In response, the CCA Governing Council has decided to transition the conference to an online format and open it to all mental health professionals. Regardless of education level, mental health discipline, or association membership, all are welcome at the 2020 Mental Health Professional Online Conference.

UPDATE: as of 5.5.20

The CCA will break this conference into Saturday morning segments.

Each Saturday morning, from May 16th through June 20th, several webinars will be hosted from 9:00am - 10:00am. Registrants can choose any webinar to attend, earning Continuing Professional Development hours for each webinar attended. These webinars will be live, allowing attendees to engage the presenter.

All webinars will be recorded and made available to registrants to watch at their convenience.

We hope to see you there!


The Colorado Counseling Association Governing Council

May 5th, 2020




Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9:00-10:00am

Counselors in Court: How to Prepare, What to Know, and Tips you need to Confidently take the Stand

Dr. Krystyne Mendoza

This presentation will provide court preparation training to counselors. We will review how to ethically respond to subpoenas and what constitutes good testimony. Attendees will be provided an in-depth look at court procedure as they relate to testifying and provided with a handout with common questions asked by attorneys. Roleplay will be utilized to illustrate common tactics used by attorneys in the courtroom. This presentation will enhance counselors’ ability to confidently take the stand.


Neurofeedback and the treatment of Anxiety

Angie Noack and Rachel Ragsdale

Utilizing cutting edge science the world is moving towards alternative treatments and therapies for Anxiety. In this program you will learn about the latest science around the brain, qEEG, and neurofeedback. Before and after brain images will be shown in conjunction with client progress.


Acudetox, Alternative Practices for Non-Communicative Therapy, NADA 5-Point Auricular Acupuncture

Kellyanne Achramowicz and Donnell Butler

Acudetox - Auricular Acupuncture - helps with headaches, body pain, sleep troubles, depression, stress, anxiety, addiction, fear, obesity, anger, and food cravings by regulating the sympathetic nervous system. Mentally and emotionally, it promotes feeling clear, calm, alert, and focused. It is being educated on this history and development of Acudetox and being educated on the use of Acudetox in the state of Colorado and across the United States.

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 9:00-10:00am

Innovative and Interactive Approaches to Suicide Assessment and Safety Planning

Khara Croswaite Brindle

The likelihood of mental health and school professionals encountering suicidal ideation in their work is high when serving diverse populations suffering from mental illness, trauma, and adversity. Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress.


Understanding Cycles of Trauma Among High-Risk Adolescents

Natalie Baddour and Preston Adams

Nationwide, 48,000 youths are housed in juvenile residential facilities. This presentation will shed light on the neurological complexity of trauma among high-risk adolescents. Students will be able to understand criminogenic behavior, victimization, and effective treatment modalities. For over a decade, the presenters have come alongside youth on pre-trial, probation, diversion, and parole.


Staying Above (the) Board: How to Meet Your Legal Requirements and Stay Out of Trouble with the Board

Margaret Gray, Dara Keller, and Messner Reeves

We work with LPC professionals in our legal practice and have found that many counselors are unaware of or intimidated by their legal obligations. To that end, we have developed a presentation that provides a high-level overview of those issues. Of course, we will not give any legal advice, but we are enthusiastic to provide our legal expertise, useful resources, answers to student questions, and real-world examples.

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:00-10:00am

Legal Issues within mental health practice

Robert A. Lees and Associates

Robert A. Lees and Associates devote a large part of their practice to serving the unique needs of mental health professionals and organizations. This presentation will cover relevant and pertinent legal topics that impact your clinical practice.


Infertility Support: Building Community & Awareness

Melissa Peterson

The importance of infertility support groups in the state of Colorado. To discover what a counselor can do in order to help this people group cope with the pain and loss of infertility.


Mindful-Self Compassion as a Means to Manage Shame in Addiction Treatment

Theodore Hartzenberg

Shame is a driving force in many self-soothing and affect-regulating behaviors. With addiction specifically, chronic shame can lead to disassociation from the intolerable sensations accompanying shame, and lead to a lack of accountability/engagement and increased engagement in addiction behaviors. Using Mindful self-compassion, patients can learn to address shame and tolerate suffering, and indirectly heal psychological wounds that maintain addictions.

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9:00-10:00am

Student Self-Care: Prepare now to avoid burnout

Dr. Elizabeth Wiggins

This interactive session will allow conference attendees to engage with self-care strategies. The field of counseling can be physically and emotionally taxing, leading to burnout and job dissatisfaction. Having a plan to restore emotional strength is imperative, therefore this session will focus on understanding the signs of burnout, developing a restorative self-care plan, and setting personal wellness habits that will lay a foundation for counselor career longevity and satisfaction.


Clinical Situations and Co-Responders: What to do when counselors and law enforcement must work together

Emily Richardson, Manager Co-Responder Services

The Co-Responder model of criminal justice diversion consists of two-person teams comprised of a law enforcement officer and a behavioral health specialist to intervene on mental health-related police calls to de-escalate situations that have historically resulted in arrest and to assess whether the person should be referred for an immediate behavioral health assessment.

Saturday, June 13, 2020. 9:00-10:00am

The Case for Comedy in Therapy

Dr. Alison Sheesley

This presentation will review the benefits of using humor, the caveats of using humor, and the clinical applications of therapeutic improv comedy (i.e., Comedy Therapy). You will engage in interactive improv comedy exercises that will help you to build your listening, communication, and empathy skills. You will also learn improv comedy exercises that you can incorporate into your future work with clients.


Children’s Free-Range Play: Understanding Clinicians’ Roles for Reporting and Psychoeducation

Rachel Heuchert

Free-range parenting offers an alternative to the rise of helicopter parenting, but clinicians and parents may feel unprepared to ensure physical safety. While there are benefits to unsupervised, unstructured play, it may be difficult for clinicians to distinguish it from child abuse and for parents to set age-appropriate guidelines. Barriers include legal concerns, risk of harm, professional perception, and child-readiness. We will explore the benefits, barriers, and potential solutions.


Cultural Competence: What Is It and How Do I Do It?

Nancy Lee

As counselors, we are obligated to develop multicultural competence. This presentation aims to bridge the gap between expectations and practice. The speaker will introduce a process orientation that integrates clinical decision-making and self-development. The speaker will share her experience as a clinician of color who uses evidence-based therapies working with diverse clients. The presentation will be a mix of didactic information, appreciative inquiry, and question-and-answer.

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00am-10:00am

Strategies for Counselors When Working with Multiracial Clients


Dr. John O’Malley

As the population in America is becoming more multiracial, it is imperative for counselors to utilize strategies that reflect this change. Diangelo 2018 (xvi) states “Multiracial people, because they challenge racial constructs and boundaries, face unique challenges in a society in which racial categories have profound meaning”. This presentation will highlight strategies to help counselors better serve this population through original narratives in addition to competencies to utilize when working with multiracial clients.


Building a Trans-Friendly, Humanistic Practice

Basil Argento

Learn to identify the unique needs and challenges of the transgender community in a counseling setting. As a counselor it’s within your power to remove the barriers to proper mental healthcare that exist for this population. Attendees will learn concrete ways to build a humanistic practice that will be welcoming to transgender clients, and will serve them equitably.

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LPCs, Counselor Educators, and Retired Professional Members of the CCA (Professional/Affiliate): $20.00 Register

Student and LPCC Members of the CCA (Student/New Professional): $20.00 Register

Non-members: you will be asked to create a CCA profile in order to register for this event, but will not be required to join the CCA. (Non-member): $20.00 Register