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Oxford Treatment Center trains medical and mental-health professionals

July Lunch-and-Learn focuses on medication assisted treatment

More than 80 mental-health and medical professionals gathered at Oxford Treatment Center’s Outpatient Center July 30 to learn from Medical Director Stephen Pannel, D.O. ABPN, ABAM, and Clinical Director Jerri Averi, LCAT, PhD, about advancements in Medication Assisted Treatment.

The lunch and learn event titled “Recovery 101: Breaking the Stigma of Medication Assisted Treatment,” was part of ongoing continuing education programs for mental-health professionals provided at Oxford Treatment Center. The event marked the first time that training was extended to doctors, nurses and other medical providers.

“Covering topics like this can benefit all of us who work in healthcare, even if addiction is not your specialty,” Pannel said. “Addiction is something every healthcare practitioner will encounter. Our goal in hosting an event like this is to help providers better understand the treatment options available to their patients.”

Pannel said an understanding of MAT is critical today, as patients with substance use disorders face withdrawal symptoms that have become more severe.

 

“Opioid dosage levels are increasing, and along with it, the severity of withdrawal symptoms,” Pannel said. “Opiate withdrawal is different today than it was three years ago and significantly different than 10 years ago.”

During the presentation, Avery said that an approach that combines MAT and therapy offers improved rates of success in treatment.

“MAT is a tool that, combined with therapy, can really improve outcomes for those struggling with opioid and alcohol use disorder,” Avery said.

She said the reason for MAT’s success is that it treats what is, for many, the biggest physical obstacles to overcome in treatment.

“The two main reasons people leave treatment stem from withdrawal and cravings,” Avery said. “MAT treats these physical issues, so that a person can begin receiving the psychological help they need.”

In his presentation, Pannel discussed the history and benefits of MAT in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders, and how to understand the evidence supporting the use of MAT. Avery discussed the role of MAT in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders, and the current FDA-approved medications, common protocols and proper treatment integration techniques.

Kristy McCormic, a representative for Lakeside Behavioral Health System, said the presentation expanded her existing knowledge of MAT.

“There is a common misconception that MAT and therapy are mutually exclusive,” she said after the Lunch-and-Learn. “It was interesting to learn about how more healthcare providers such as Oxford Treatment Center are using a combination of MAT with therapy.”

McCormic said that with a changing healthcare landscape, options like MAT should definitely be on the table.

“Things like withdrawal symptoms are rapidly changing in the field of addiction,” she said. “We all have to figure out how to adjust. MAT can be an important tool for this. I think the more that we can have opportunities like this to learn how to use MAT, the better outcomes exist for patients.”

Oxford Treatment Center’s next continuing education event will take place Sept. 17. Therapists Reggie Watkins and Laura Merril McCaleb, LCSW, will present Recovery 101: Young Adult Trends in Addiction.

For this event, the center is approved by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and by the NBCC to provide six continuing education credit hours for social workers and counselors. Learn more and register: oxfordtreatment.com/event/sept19ce/.

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Center named approved provider for counselors’ continuing education

Daniel Wolfshadow Winkler presenting at Oxford Treatment Center's Winter Continuing Education Conference

Experiential Therapist Daniel Wolfshadow Winkler, LPSS, CCTS, CET, presented Retaining Peace through Grief: The Power of Metaphor as part of Oxford Treatment Center’s Winter Continuing Education Conference Dec. 4, 2018.

Addiction programs also offered for physicians, attorneys

Professionals in a range of fields are tapping the knowledge of addiction experts at Oxford Treatment Center through continuing education programs.

The center is now an official continuing-education provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), which certifies Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). The center earned its Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) status in May.

Oxford Treatment Center is already a Designated Provider for the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Earning official provider status from both boards gives the center even greater leeway to design continuing-education programs for mental-health professionals in the region.

“We are really listening to what mental-health providers in this area want,” said Brian Whisenant, Director of Community Relations for Oxford Treatment Center, who has spearheaded the development of continuing-education programs at the center.

Brian Whisenant

Brian Whisenant, Director of Community Relations for Oxford Treatment Center

“The programs we plan are in direct response to what counselors and social workers are telling us they need,” he said. “They are letting us know about the kinds of challenges they are facing as they work with their clients, and how they want to grow as professionals.”

The programs are planned through a local advisory board which includes therapists in the Oxford community and on the University of Mississippi campus. The center’s most recent CE conference focused on mental healthcare for LGBTQ clients — a direct request from local mental-health providers.

Oxford Treatment Center is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility with two campuses in Lafayette County, Mississippi.

Continuing education programs are not designed to bring in revenue for the center. Programs in 2018 were free. For 2019, the advisory board opted to set affordable fees for each CE program — with all proceeds going toward a charity relevant to the event’s topic or presenter. The May CE conference raised $1,100 for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit for crisis intervention and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth.

Oxford Treatment Center's outpatient clinic

Continuing education programs are offered at Oxford Treatment Center’s outpatient location off Highway 7 South in Oxford, MS. The location is also a training site for the Mississippi Addiction Counselors Training program.

Oxford Treatment Center began offering continuing-education programs in 2018 to provide training for its own staff of therapists, as well as for mental-health professionals throughout North Mississippi. The programs are offered at the center’s outpatient location off Highway 7 South. That location is also a training site for the Mississippi Addiction Counselors Training program.

In addition to hosted events, Oxford Treatment Center staff travel to present at training events around the state and region.

While most events are focused on mental health, attorneys will have a chance to hear COO Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT, speak on addiction as part of a University of Mississippi Continuing Legal Education seminar in Jackson on June 21.

Mark Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Treatment Center

Mark Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Treatment Center

In July, Medical Director Dr. Stephen Pannel and Clinical Director Dr. Jerri Avery will present a CE program on medication-assisted treatment (MAT). For this event, the center is approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME credits for physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants and other medical professionals, in addition to mental-health professionals.

CEO Mark Sawyer said such outreach efforts are an important way for Oxford Treatment Center to share its resources and expertise. The center’s work is based at a secluded 110-acre campus 16 miles outside Oxford, where patients come for withdrawal management and residential levels of care.

“By design, our main campus is very separate from the outside world,” Sawyer said. “Being part of continuing education programs is one way we can bring our experiences out of that environment, where others can also benefit from them. When we can share what we are learning with professional peers, it’s good for both our staff and for the broader community.”

Oxford Treatment Center residential campus

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Spring Continuing Education Lunch and Learn set for March 12

Oxford Treatment professional training continues (March Lunch)

Offering 1.5 free CE credit hours for professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare

Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Treatment Center

Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Treatment Center

“Recovery 101: The Basics of Treating Addiction,” part of the 2019 Professional Development Series, is set for Tuesday, March 12, 12–1:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South.

Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Treatment Center, will present.

For this program, Oxford Treatment Center is approved for 1.5 CE credit hours for Social Workers and Counselors. The program is free for professionals, with lunch provided.

Recovery 101: The Basics of Treating Addiction
Continuing Education Lunch and Learn
March 12, 2018 | 12–1:30 p.m
Oxford Outpatient Center
611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655

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Recovery 101: The Basics of Treating Addiction

1.5 CE Credit Hours for Social Workers and Counselors

The Oxford Treatment Center is approved as a Designated Provider of Social Work Continuing Education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists (DP #18002 ). Social workers receive 1.5 CE Credit hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course.

“Recovery 101: The Basics of Treating Addiction” has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Oxford Treatment Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3247.

Upon attending the program and completing a provided evaluation, you will gain access to a presentation-quality certificate of completion containing details about the program. This can be used as proof of completion to obtain CE credits / hours.

PROVIDER CONTACT:

Oxford Treatment Center |611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655 | 662.701.9653
Brian Whisenant bwhisenant@contactaac.com www.oxfordtreatment.com

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS:

If you require special accommodation or support of any kind to attend this event, please contact Brian Whisenant at bwhisenant@contactaac.com

About the program

Be prepared to be a part of something dynamic that will keep you entertained and challenge you to change your perception of Recovery. Clean, Sober, free, Recovered, or Recovering; what does all that mean to my patient? How would a therapist know their patient is headed towards meaningful recovery? In this session, we will break down the phenomenal topic of Recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders.

Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Even people with severe and chronic substance use disorders can, with help, overcome their illness and regain health and social function (SAMHSA, 2018). This is very similar to the idea of being in remission from other major diseases. For many individuals, positive changes and values become part of a voluntarily adopted lifestyle. While many people in recovery believe that abstinence from all substance use is a cardinal feature of a recovery lifestyle, others report that handling negative feelings without using substances and living a contributive life are more important parts of their recovery. Most individuals who state they are in recovery will explain that being free from drugs is more than just “not using.” In this training, I will utilize didactic lecture, experiential learning activities, and open discussion to describe multiple aspects of recovery from a substance use disorder and alcohol use disorders.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will recognize that recovery is not a event but a series of measurable changes in functioning consisting of four dimensions: Health, Home, Community, Purpose.
  2. Participants will be able to state 5 reasons for importance of community groups in the recovery process.
  3. Utilize experiential activities to increase understanding of the biological results of long term addiction.
  4. Discuss ways to work with families in the process of recovery.

About the presenter

Mark Stovall, CAT, CMHT

Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Treatment Center

Mark oversees all clinical aspects of Oxford Treatment Center’s programs. He has nearly 20 years experience in the coordination, development and management of inpatient chemical dependency and behavioral health programs. He is the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), having also led the department’s divisions of Adolescent Services, Clinical Services and Treatment Services. His efforts at DMH included advancing the use of evidence-based programs in community treatment centers across Mississippi.

Mark holds a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from Delta State University. He devoted the early part of his career to supporting mental health and addiction recovery in the Mississippi Delta. A Certified Addictions Therapist and Certified Mental Health Therapist, he has presented extensively on dual-diagnosis treatment and on treatment planning at state and regional conferences. He has also served as director of the Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals.

 

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Winter Continuing Education Conference set for December 4

Oxford Treatment professional training continues ( Dec conference)

Offering up to 5 free CE credits for professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare

UPDATE: AS OF NOV. 29, THIS EVENT IS FULL. Register to join the wait list.

“Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Tuesday, December 4, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South.

Presenters include:

  • Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, Oxford Counseling Center
  • Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP, Oxford Treatment Center
  • Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET, Oxford Treatment Center

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For this program, Oxford Treatment Center is approved for 5 CE credit hours for Social Workers, 3.5 CE credit hours for Counselors and 5 CE credit hours for Marriage and Family Therapists. The program is free for professionals, with lunch provided.

In lieu of a fee for this event we are accepting donations for the Oxford Christmas Store, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oxford-Ole Miss. Donations will be collected at the event. View suggested donations.

Representatives from the Mississippi chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be exhibiting at the event.

 

Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCE

December 4, 2018 | 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m
Oxford Outpatient Center
611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655

**UPDATE: As of Nov. 29, this event is full. Register to join the waitlist.**

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Finding Peace: Accepting Grief and Loss through the Holidays

5 CE Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists; 3.5 CE Hours for Counselors

The Oxford Treatment Center is approved as a Designated Provider of Social Work Continuing Education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists (DP #18002 ). Social workers receive 5 hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course. Marriage & Family Therapists receive 5 hours for full attendance/successful completion in this course (MS18 -055).

NBCC has approved Counselors to receive 3.5 CE Hours for “Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing and Honoring Non-Death Loss” and “Self-Care Through Grief” (NBCC Approval Number SP-3176).

Oxford Treatment Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Upon attending the program and completing a provided evaluation, you will gain access to a presentation-quality certificate of completion containing details about the program. This can be used as proof of completion to obtain CE credits / hours.

PROVIDER CONTACT:

Oxford Treatment Center 662.701.9653
Brian Whisenant wwhisenant@contactaac.com www.oxfordtreatment.com

ADA ACCOMMODATIONS:

If you require special accommodation or support of any kind to attend this event, please contact Brian Whisenant at wwhisenant@contactaac.com.

About the program

Retaining Peace through Grief – The Power of Metaphor – Daniel Winkler B.S. LPSS, CCTS, CET (approved for SW and MFT)

(9:00AM – 10:30AM)

When we as a people are bonded by Grief, Loss and unhealthy ways, we tend to cover up who we are authentically. This is what we will learn together during the moments in this session. A way to see again what “Creation” truly meant before the woundedness. An opportunity to share in like mind and an opportunity to heal.

We once believed life centered on our relationship with the Creator of Life. I want to reaffirm that it still does. That life is not predicated on how well we can speak our language, or sing our songs, or practice our ceremonies. It is predicated on our personal relationship with the Giver and Sustainer of Life and all life-giving things.

  • Objective # 1 -Explore diverse cultural perspectives of grief and loss.
  • Objective #2 – Present and review the holistic, traditional, strength/ evidence-based treatments for Grief and Loss. This is trauma informed — small traumas & big traumas, that can lead to relapse or continued unhealthy behaviors.
  • Objective #3 – Examine the power of metaphor in healing and healthy growth practice.

 

Break 10:30AM – 10:45AM         

 

Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing and Honoring Non-Death Loss – Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed, NCC, CCTP (approved for SW, Counselors and MFT)

(10:45AM – 12:15PM)

As clinicians we prepare ourselves for sitting with clients dealing with the death of a loved one, but loss comes in many forms. This portion of the program will focus on disenfranchised grief and loss not commonly recognized or accepted within societal norms. We will explore how to “enfranchise” our clients and assist them in honoring their grief events through empathy, education, and empowerment.

  • Objective #1 – Describe and identify instances of disenfranchised grief.
  • Objective #2- Participants will acquire strategies for assessing and processing disenfranchised grief.
  • Objective #3 – Explore personal experiences with disenfranchised grief and unresolved loss.

 

Lunch – 12:15PM – 1:15PM

 

Self-Care Through Grief – Dean Worsham, LMFT, LPC-S (approved for SW, Counselors and MFT) 

(1:15 – 3:30 with break)

My presentation will focus on coping with grief and loss through sound therapy and mindfulness meditation. The objective is to explore skills and cultivate a deeper understanding that could be beneficial to the grieving family member, friend and healthcare professional. Our goal is to look at facing suffering and loss and not run or hide from it. This takes a lot of courage and strength that I believe we all possess. I believe sound therapy and mindfulness meditation allows us to summon our courage and open our heart to compassion for others and ourselves.

  • Objective #1 -Identify and Integrate tools of self-care for those experiencing grief.
  • Objective #2 -Construct a narrative around loss which reduces grief and loss. Celebrating the loss through stories and ritual that allows us to remember with more balance and not just grief and sadness.
  • Objective #3 – Explore facing our own thoughts around death and loss.

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About the presenters

Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP

Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET

Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT

 

Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP, is an Experiential Therapist at the Oxford Treatment Center. Meaghan’s role at Oxford Treatment Center includes leading groups for mindfulness, meditation and therapeutic recreation, as well as groups focused on self worth and life skills. Her previous counseling experience includes working with academically at-risk students at the University of Mississippi. A native of Chicago, Meaghan earned holds a bachelor of arts in education degree and a master of education degrees in clinical mental health counseling, both from the University of Mississippi. She is a certified meditation teacher and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Daniel Winkler, LADAC-c, ACCT II-CCM, CET, is an Experiential Therapist at the Oxford Treatment Center. Daniel works with clients on the residential campus at Etta and those on the Resolutions campus in Oxford. His training through the Native Wellness Institute has included helping individuals work through past trauma. He has worked with both children and adults over the course of his career as a Certified Experiential Therapist (CET) using wilderness and adventure techniques. He holds a degree from Appalachian State University and is certified in Challenge Course Management (ACCT II-CCM), in addition to being a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Dean Worsham, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT,is a Therapist at the Oxford Counseling Center. Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a Board Qualified Supervisor for both licenses. Dean became a Gong Master in 2014. Dean served on the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists for eight years. He also worked at The University of Mississippi Counseling Center for 16 years. Dean is in the process of acquiring EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Certification.

 

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Continuing Education Conference set for September 20

Oxford Treatment Center’s professional training continues with our September program — offering up to 6 free CE credits for professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare

 

“Helping the Rescuers: A Training on Treating First Responders,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Thursday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Warriors Research Institute at Baylor Scott & White Health; Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center.

This program will cover fireservice culture, the existing evidence regarding incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions in this population and the evidence base regarding treatments that work.

For this program, Oxford Treatment Center has been approved for 4.5 general hours and 1.5 cultural competency hours with the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and 6 general hours with the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided.

 

 

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Helping the Rescuers: A Training on Treating First Responders

Program title: PTSD and Co-occurring disorders in Fire Fighter Culture: What Clinicians Need to Help the Helpers

This program will cover fire service culture, the existing evidence regarding incidence and prevalence of mental health conditions in this population and the evidence base regarding treatments that work. Participants will have ample opportunity for skills acquisition and practice, as numerous active learning techniques are applied over the course of the training day.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the scientific and clinically based knowledge base regarding fire service culture.
  • Present and review the literature regarding evidence-based treatments for PTSD and SUD with pros and cons of each approach interactively debated.
  • Discuss the perils and pitfalls as well as success stories from initial clinical meetings with video clips to facilitate discussion. Then, students will engage in role-plays of initial meetings.
  • Self-assess whether the participants’ organizations and individual practice styles can accommodate emergency responder culture.

 

 

About Dr. Gulliver

 

Dr. Gulliver is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical researcher. Currently, she serves as Director and Chief of the Warriors Research Institute and as a Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Dr. Gulliver attended Quinnipiac College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology, followed by a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Connecticut College. After completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vermont, Dr. Gulliver went on to work as a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and later spent 12 years in a variety of roles at the VA Boston Healthcare System including Associate Director of Outpatient Mental Health Programs.

 

In 2007, Dr. Gulliver became the Director of the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence in Waco, Texas before founding the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) within Baylor Scott  & White Health in 2013. Dr. Gulliver’s research interests and publications address mental health among military veterans and emergency responders.

Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D.

Suzy Bird Gulliver, Ph.D.

 

 

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Connecting nature to mental wellness

Experiential therapists present at regional conference

Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP

Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP

Oxford Treatment Center experiential therapists Katherine Westfall, MSW, and Meaghan O’Connor, M.Ed., NCC, CCTP, shared insights from their work with patients in addiction treatment recently at a conference for outdoor education professionals and students.

The Arkansas Regional Adventure Programming Conference was held April 20-22 at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas. Westfall and O’Connor presented I Bend So I Do Not Break: Connecting Nature and Mental Wellness.

“We know that physiologically when you spend time in nature, it naturally lowers your cortisone levels — the stress hormone,” said Westfall, a wilderness therapist at Oxford Treatment Center. “As anxiety melts away, being in nature is a chance to just be who you are and be fully present in the moment.”

The practice of focusing on what you are seeing, hearing and experiencing, instead of the whirling fears and worries inside your mind, is known as mindfulness. It is often used today as a tool to prevent relapse in recovery from addiction.

O’Connor leads mindfulness and meditation groups at Oxford Treatment Center. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Westfall holds a master’s degree in social work in addition to being a Wilderness First Responder and Challenge Course Facilitator. She works with young adults at Oxford Treatment Center, leading camping, canoeing and other recreational therapies.

Katherine Westfall, MSW

Katherine Westfall, MSW

In the conference presentation, the two therapists shared perspectives on how interacting with nature affects people biologically, physiologically, emotionally and interpersonally. They also offered practical ways that even non-therapeutic outdoor programs, such as those on college campuses, can integrate wilderness therapy and mindfulness concepts into their programs.

As a field, wilderness therapy traces its roots to Outward Bound adventure programs developed more than half a century ago. Its application in therapy, particularly for troubled adolescents, took off in the 1990s.

Westfall said the use of wilderness therapy in substance abuse prevention and treatment is still new and evolving. “It’s exciting for us to be part of building new programs and advancing this field,” she said.

Learn more: 5 Ways Wilderness Therapy Aids Recovery

ARAP Conference photos by Damon Akin/University of Arkansas

 

 

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Continuing Education Lunch and Learn set for July 31

Oxford Treatment Center is expanding its professional training

Offerings to provide Continuing Education credits for regional professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare.

“Establishing the Therapeutic Contract,” part of the 2018 Professional Development Series, is set for Tuesday, July 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. This 1.5-hour seminar will introduce participants to a model for establishing the therapeutic contract.

For this program, Oxford Treatment Center has applied for 1.5 continuing education hours with the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided.
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Establishing the Therapeutic Contract

This one-hour seminar will introduce participants to a model for establishing the therapeutic contract. Often counselors and social workers begin the process without the client’s clearly defined goal for change. The contract is the client’s commitment with the help of the therapist to change feelings or behavior or both. A contract must be clear, concise, and direct. Negotiating the contract requires careful attention both to the client’s language and nonverbal communication and an awareness of the client’s willingness to participate in an authentic contract for change.

Learning Objectives:

 

  • Participant will be able to delineate between “contact, contract, and con” when establishing a counseling contract.
  • Participant will be able to identify a clear and concise contract in which client the client is willing to accept responsibility for change.
  • Participants will categorize three impasses which impede the establishment of the contract.

 

About Jeannie Falkner

 

Jeannie Falkner has more than 30 years of clinical experience in mental health services to individuals, couples, children, and groups in private practice in Dallas, TX, Greenwood, MS, and now Oxford, MS. Dr. Falkner holds an MSSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, TX and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Mississippi. Her clinical expertise is in Redecision Therapy and group counseling. Dr. Falkner is a frequent presenter for regional and national professional associations including an invited keynote address for the Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Falkner joined Walden University in 2010 in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Walden, Dr. Falkner was a tenured Associate Professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Dr. Falkner is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) MS and an Approved LCSW Supervisor. Dr. Falkner is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society. Dr. Falkner’s research interests and publications address counselor self-care and wellness, including financial wellness, group process and dynamics, counseling bi-racial youth and teens, and counseling LGBTQ individuals.

Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW

Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW

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Continuing Education Conference set for May 17-18

Oxford Treatment Center will host a 2 Continuing Education Conference

This spring as part of its 2018 Professional Development Series — offering up to 9 free CE credits for counselors, therapists and social workers.

Understanding the Effect of the Digital World on Sex, Relationships and Addiction features nationally recognized speaker Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, in three sessions on Thursday, May 17. That evening, Weiss will present Hidden Addictions: Healthy Use of Technology for Families as a free event for community members.

On Friday, May 18, the CE Conference continues with Joshua Magruder, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, of the University of Mississippi’s Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, presenting on ethical considerations for counselors in the digital age.

The conference is free for mental health professionals, but space is limited. UPDATE: AS OF MAY 1, THIS EVENT IS FULL. Register to join the wait list.

 

Program Schedule

Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

THURSDAY, MAY 17

9:00AM-12:15PM
(with break provided 10:30-10:45AM)
Title: Keynote: Understanding the Effect of the Digital World on Sex, Relationships and Addiction
Speaker: Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

12:15PM-1:15PM
Lunch (Complimentary)

1:15PM-2:45PM
Title: Sex, Love, and Addiction 101: The Basics
Speaker: Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

2:45PM-3:00PM — Break

3:00PM-4:30PM
Title: Out of the Doghouse: Healing Relationships Affected by Digital Infidelity
Speaker: Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

 

Joshua Magruder, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC

Joshua Magruder, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC

FRIDAY, MAY 18

9:00AM-12:15PM
(with break provided 10:30-10:45AM)
Title: To Friend or Not to Friend: Ethics for Supporting Clients in the Digital Age
Speaker: Joshua Magruder, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC

Understanding the Effect of the Digital World on Sex, Relationships and Addiction

CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, Seeking Integrity
Joshua Magrudder, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, University of Mississippi

May 17-18, 2018
Oxford Outpatient Center
611 Commerce Parkway, Oxford, MS 38655

Register Here (Wait list) Download PDF Brochure

 


Oxford Treatment Center has been approved by NBCC to provide 9 CE credits (5 general, 4 ethics) for Counselors. We have been approved by the MS State Board of Examiners for Social Workers and MFTs to provide 9 CE credits (8 general, 1 ethics) for SW/MFTs.

Oxford Treatment Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Provider contact:
Oxford Treatment Center
Brian Whisenant, Community Relations Representative
662.701.9653 Email

 

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Lunch & Learn offers CE credits

 

Oxford Treatment Center is expanding its professional training offerings to provide Continuing Education credits for regional professionals in mental and behavioral healthcare.

 

 

The center’s first CE-credit program, “Working Through Forgiveness and Conflict,” is set for Wednesday, March 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Oxford Outpatient Center, 611 Commerce Parkway off Highway 7 South. It will be presented by Richard Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi.

The Lunch & Learn is approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists and by the National Board of Certified Counselors. It is free for professionals, with lunch provided. Download brochure

To register, email Brian Whisenant, wwhisenant@contactaac.com, by March 19.

Oxford professional development series

 


 

Working Through Forgiveness & Conflict

In this presentation we will examine different types of forgiveness by presenting and demonstrating a model on the forgiveness process that is client-centered and empirically based. Within this model we will identify various client worldviews related to forgiveness and conflict, and introduce assessment and processing strategies for working through issues of forgiveness and conflict.

Spiritual, ethical and religious orientations toward forgiveness and reconciliation will be addressed, with attention related to the role of reconciliation. We will also cover and discuss ethics involved in counseling individuals struggling with conflict and forgiveness.

Participants will leave this workshop with training on the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model and use of the Forgiveness Reconciliation Inventory—an intervention strategy counselors and social workers can use with clients to help them evaluate and process a path to addressing conflict and forgiveness.

  • Express the differences between interpersonal and intrapersonal forgiveness.

  • Examine various cultural worldviews related to forgiveness and reconciliation and how to address such diversity in social work and counseling.

  • Learn how to implement the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model in social work and counseling.

 

 

About Richard Balkin

 

Richard S. Balkin is a Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. He is editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association, and past president for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

He is a past recipient of the ACA Best Practices Research Award and the ACES Counseling Vision and Innovation Award., and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. His primary research interests include counseling outcomes, research methods, counseling adolescents, and cultural differences in counseling.

Rick has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, books and book chapters. He has three recently published or soon-to-be published books with the American Counseling Association, including Relationships in Counseling and The Counselor’s Life (with Jeffrey A. Kottler); Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach (with David M. Kleist); and The Counselor’s Guide to the Dissertation Process: Where to Start and How to Finish (with Brande Flamez, A. Stephen Lenz and Robert L. Smith).

Professor richard s. balkin

 

 

About Professional Development at Oxford Treatment Center

 

CE events at Oxford Treatment Center are planned through guidance from our Continuing Education Advisory Planning Committee.

Members include:

  • Richard Balkin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi
  • Jeannie Falkner, LCSW, Ph.D., Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty, Walden University
  • Marc Showalter, Ph.D., LPC, Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership & Counselor Education, University of Mississippi
  • Larry Wills, LPC, M.Div, Clinical Outpatient Therapist at Oxford Treatment Center

 

About The Contributor
The editorial staff of Oxford Treatment Center is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed... Read More