Upcoming events

    • 10/13/2023
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Virtual meeting via zoom. All must register by Wed. Oct. 11, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Meeting link will be sent out the afternoon of event
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    6:45 - 7:00   Check-in and opportunities for members to share announcements

    7:00 - 8:30   CEU Presentation


    Susan Myres

    Presentation Title:

    Top Mental Health Topics in Family Law

    Presentation Description:

    Susan Myres will discuss how secondary trauma, decision fatigue, dementia and other mental health issues impact and intersect with family law. Myres’ informative presentations are followed by a lively and thorough Q+A.

    Presenter Bio:

    Susan Myres has been practicing family law in the Houston area since 1982 forming her own firm, Myres & Associates, in 2011. She has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist since 1988 and has been named to the annual list of Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2006.

    Susan is a past president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and became a trusted source of information as president during the COVID pandemic.  She provided interviews with regional, national and international journalists to help divorcing and divorced couples, especially couples sharing custody of children, who were dealing with an unprecedented series of COVID-19 challenges.

    Susan utilizes all forms of dispute resolution in her practice, from supporting clients who have worked out their agreements to mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and traditional litigation, choosing the approach that is best for the individual client. She stays abreast of leading mental health issues that intersect with family law, including mood disorders, high-conflict personality disorders, addiction, and abuse prevention issues. Her strength is being able to see options and alternate paths to achieve the realistic goals of her clients. She practices with a curiosity to learn why people do what they do and studies a wide variety of resources to maximize the benefits to her clients, their family and the practice of family law.


    • 11/11/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • VIA ZOOM

Past events

09/08/2023 "Somatic Experiencing®(SE) A Body-Mind Approach to Healing Trauma & Increasing Resiliency" presented by Jeanna Gomez, LCSW -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
08/11/2023 "An Overview of EMDR Therapy Basic Training" presented by Irma Guardiola Castillo -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
07/14/2023 No meeting or event scheduled this month.
06/09/2023 Presentation has been canceled
05/12/2023 "Drugs in the World of Gen-Z" presented by Alejandra Ortiz, LMSW -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
04/14/2023 "Shame and Countertransference" presented by Becky Reiter, LPC-S, SEP, NARM -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
03/10/2023 Reclaim Value, Power and Abundance. A Woman’s guide to restoring trust in relationships and getting out of the Co-addicted Love Addiction/Love Avoidance Dance. presented by Jeanna Gomez, LCSW -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
02/10/2023 "Parent Burn Out: A Personal Journey of Moving from Isolation to Connection & Compassion " by Michelle Puster, M.Ed., LPC -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
01/13/2023 "The Courage to Grieve" by Caryn W. Ayers, LPC, NCC, BCC, Certified Grief Educator -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
11/12/2022 IN-PERSON! 3 Hour Ethics Workshop - "Relational Ethics: Applications in Counseling", presented by Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S, Therapist, Prevention Researcher, Educator
10/14/2022 "Healing Through Connection" by Sarah Shelton, LPC - "Understanding Our Need For Growth-Fostering Relationships, How Disconnection Develops, & Therapeutic Choice Points For Connection" -- ZOOM CEU Program, Free for members, $5 for non-members
09/09/2022 "Understanding Adult Attachment Disturbance" by HLPCA Board Member Edward Wilson --ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Thursday Sept. 8, 2022 at NOON.
08/12/2022 "What is a psychological evaluation and how can they help my practice" by Dr. Daniela Costa
07/15/2022 July Social and Networking Event-members and non-members -- No CEUs. Come check us out!! Must register by July 7, 2022
06/10/2022 Cultural Competency in 2022. What does it really mean?
05/13/2022 Dr Crystal Collier will share the research in her book The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide to help clinicians learn how to teach the neurodevelopmental effects of high-risk behavior
04/08/2022 Endings and Closures: Professional Wills in the Psychotherapy Practices What if you weren't around tomorrow- temporarily or permanently? Presented by Carolyn M. Bates, Ph.D
03/11/2022 Human Trafficking presentation by state approved provider. THIS WILL SATISFY YOUR LICENSE RENEWAL REQUIREMENT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING! (As requirements are listed today 12-31-21! Hopefully nothing changes before then)
02/11/2022 CEU presentation by Cody Glover, LPC, LCDC, CCTP-II on "Supporting Alternative Communities in Mental Health Services"
01/14/2022 Somatic Experiencing® (SE) A Body-Mind Approach to Healing Trauma & Increasing Resiliency CEU presentation by Jeanna Gomez, LCSW, LADAC, CPC, SEP, BASE-P
12/10/2021 No CEU program or event. See you in January 2022.
11/06/2021 Virtual 3 Hour Ethics Workshop - "Exploring the Ethics Involved and How Mental Health Professionals and Attorneys Can Work Collaboratively". Presented by Susan Myres, JD, and Renata Nero, Ph.D.
10/08/2021 "Hoarding- I can't throw THIS away!"" presented by Mardy Chizek, RN, FNP, BSN, MBA, AAS -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. October 6, 2021 at midnight
09/10/2021 "Stress Release & Confidence Builder using Meditation (Hypnosis) & NLP Techniques" by Rose Hong Klein, MA, LPC, CH -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. Sept. 8, 2021 at midnight
08/13/2021 "The Be Well, Be Connected Program" by Hector Pina Ibarra, M.S., program director, and 6 therapists from the program team -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. Aug. 11, 2021 at midnight
07/09/2021 "Senior Caregiver Support: Challenges, Choices, Care" by Mardy Chizek, RN, FNP, BSN, MBA, AAS -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. July 7, 2021 at midnight
06/11/2021 "Eating Disorders Overview and Family Interventions" by Ligia ("Lia") Allison, MEd, LPC, NCC -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. June 9, 2021 at midnight
05/14/2021 "An Insight into the Efficacy of Expressive Arts in a Therapy Session" by Terry Hoisington, LPC Associate -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. May 12, 2021 at midnight
04/09/2021 "The Impact of Covid-19 on Suicidal Behavior" by Cheryl Duncan, BSN, RN, CVRN and Renata L. Nero, Ph.D. -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. April 7, 2021 at midnight
03/12/2021 "A Better YOU" - Enhance Your Self-Care in 2021 - Helping clients and yourself know who you are and know your limits -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. March 10, 2021 at midnight
02/12/2021 CEU presentation. More info to follow.
02/12/2021 Trauma and Grief for 2021- Helping clients and yourself! -- ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. Feb. 10, 2021 at midnight
01/08/2021 Family Lawyer Susan Myres to speak on Elder Divorce or “Silver Splitters” --ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. Jan. 6, 2021 at midnight
12/11/2020 CEU program offered via Zoom. Handling The Holidays-Tips, Techniques, and Tricks for Self-Care! Free to all. Must "register" by Wed. Dec. 9, 2020 at midnight.
11/07/2020 Virtual 3 Hour Ethics Workshop - Online Therapy: Ethics, Logistics and Opportunities presented by Sue Levin, Ph.D.
10/09/2020 "Understanding Adult Attachment Disturbance" by HLPCA Board Member Edward Wilson --ZOOM CEU Program Free for members, $5 for non-members. All must register by Wed. Oct. 7, 2020 at midnight
09/11/2020 "EMDR; or, There and Back Again" by John Luquette, LPC-S -- CEU program Free to members, $5 for non-members, ALL MUST REGISTER by Wed Sep 9 at midnight
08/14/2020 “Talking to Children About the COVID-19 Pandemic” by Dr. Carlin Barnes, MD and Tamera A. Davis, LPC -- CEU program Free to members, $5 for non-members, ALL MUST REGISTER by Wed Aug 12 at midnight
07/17/2020 Exploring Racially Aware Counseling Techniques In 2020. CEU program. Free to members. Non-members $5.00. ALL MUST RSVP by Wed. July 15 at midnight
06/12/2020 June CEU meeting via Zoom- "The Brain ONLine"- FREE but RSVP REQUIRED by June 10, 2020
05/08/2020 May CEU meeting CANCELED
04/17/2020 April CEU meeting is CANCELED
03/13/2020 March monthly CEU Meeting- Women, Hormones, Stress, and Anxiety: Unique Experiences or a Figment of the Imagination?
02/14/2020 February Monthly CEU Meeting. Law Enforcement’s Piece of the Puzzle- Encountering People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. WEAR RED OR PINK FOR WOMEN'S HEART MONTH AND VALENTINE'S DAY
01/10/2020 January Monthly CEU Meeting: An Eclectic Approach to Relationship Counseling using the Gottman Method
12/06/2019 Holiday Mix and Mingle (Members only event)
11/09/2019 3 Hour Ethics Workshop - Conducting Best Practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): Know Texas LPC Laws, The Code of Ethics, and the Appropriate Use of Social Media and the Internet
10/12/2019 Walk for Mental Health Awareness- Donate now!
10/11/2019 October Monthly CEU Meeting: The Houston Police Department Mental Health Division In Action.
09/13/2019 September Monthly CEU Meeting: Play Therapy and the Brain With 'Tweens and Teens
08/09/2019 August Monthly CEU Meeting: Recognizing, Preventing, and Healing Counselor Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
07/12/2019 July Social and Networking event-members and non-members -- No CEUs. Come check us out!! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
06/14/2019 June Monthly CEU Meeting: Topic- Anxiety Pressure Points
05/10/2019 CANCELLED- MAY 10 MEETING. Presentation will occur at future date. Elections will be held at June meeting. May Monthly CEU Meeting: Understanding Adult Attachment Disorder. *** Prior to presentation Elections of new Board Members
04/12/2019 April Monthly CEU Meeting: Intern and student welcome-Start time 6:15pm, followed by Promises and Pitfalls- a Private Practice Panel presentation
03/08/2019 March Monthly CEU Meeting: Mental Health Crisis and the College Student
02/08/2019 February Monthly CEU Meeting: Community Integration For Young Adults with Dual Diagnosis.
01/11/2019 January Monthly CEU Meeting: Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) A Body-Mind Approach to Healing Trauma & Increasing Resiliency
12/07/2018 Holiday Mix and Mingle (Members only event)
11/03/2018 3 Hour Ethics Workshop - "Ethics: Resolving Ethical Issues in Mental Health Settings"
10/12/2018 October Monthly CEU Meeting: Snacks and a Movie. Special start time- 6:30pm
10/06/2018 Walk for Mental Health Awareness
09/14/2018 September Monthly CEU Meeting: "Becoming a LGBTQ Competent Mental Health Professional
08/10/2018 August Monthly CEU Meeting: ME! ME! ME! Menninger's Clinic Presentation on Personality Disorders
07/13/2018 July Social Networking event-members and non-members -- No CEUs. Come check us out!!
06/08/2018 June Monthly CEU Meeting: Disaster Preparedness for Counselors: Using Psychological First Aid to Support Individuals Through Disasters and Crises
05/11/2018 May Monthly CEU Meeting: Embodied trauma: Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga into Therapy
04/13/2018 April Monthly CEU Meeting: Getting the Most Out Of Supervision (plus our yearly intern welcome!)
03/09/2018 March Monthly CEU Meeting: Treatment and Evaluation of Adult Sex Offenders
02/09/2018 February Monthly CEU Meeting - After the Storm: Lessons learned from the mental health community following Hurricane Harvey
01/12/2018 January Monthly CEU Meeting: TMS Therapy: A Unique and Proven Approach to Treating Depression
12/08/2017 HLPCA Holiday Mix and Mingle II- (MEMBERS only event)
11/11/2017 3 Hour Ethics Workshop- “Boundaries and Ethical Dilemmas for Texas LPCs while working with Challenging Clients and Difficult Situations”
10/13/2017 October CEU Meeting: The Art of Self-care and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
09/08/2017 CANCELED!! September CEU Meeting: The Art of Self-care and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
08/11/2017 August CEU Meeting: Snacks and a Movie. 13 Reasons Why!. Note special time!
07/14/2017 Summer Networking event - no CEU meeting this month!
06/09/2017 June CEU Meeting: Counselor Reboot-
05/12/2017 May CEU Meeting: Body Centered Therapy
04/07/2017 April CEU Meeting: Autism Awareness, Adult Resources, and Living life with Autism. Click for special guest speaker info.
03/10/2017 March CEU Meeting: Intern Welcome and Private Practice Panel
02/10/2017 February CEU Meeting: Are the Kids All Right? Children's Mental Health and Schools
01/13/2017 January CEU Meeting: Play Therapy: Basics for Working with Children
12/09/2016 HLPCA Holiday Jingle, Mix, and Mingle (Members Only Event)
11/12/2016 3 Hour CEU Ethics Workshop- Ethical and Competent: Working with the LGBTQ Community
10/14/2016 October CEU Meeting: Snacks and a Movie
10/08/2016 Walk for Mental Health Awareness Houston - Join our team!
09/09/2016 September CEU Meeting: Courage in Counseling: Practical Applications of Shame Resilience Theory
08/12/2016 August CEU Meeting: Working with Couples: Practices that Lead to Powerful & Lasting Change
07/08/2016 No CEU Meeting - July Social Event
06/10/2016 June CEU meeting- With the Digital Age Comes Digital Threats to Relationships
05/13/2016 May CEU Meeting- A Closer Look into Adoption and Post Adoption Services
04/08/2016 April CEU Meeting: Well Moms
03/11/2016 March CEU Meeting: Intern Welcome and Networking followed by Connecting for Self-Care Presentation
01/08/2016 January CEU Meeting:Teamwork- Psychotropic Medications and Therapy

2015 CEU Events

Jan 9, 2015
Overcoming procrastination: Causes and Solutions.
Presented by Ruth Fowler, M. Ed, LPC. 
Procrastination is postponing action until a future time. It is different than delay. However, procrastination is about fear, not time. True procrastination stems from a decision that action is impossible or impractical, from a habit that cannot be immediately controlled, from real inertia, which prevents doing tasks quickly, from fallible memory, and/or from skill deficiencies, physical deficiencies, or psychological roots. Be ready to discuss perspectives of procrastination, solutions to combat causes of procrastination, and techniques to stop procrastination. Ruth has been in private practice in West Houston as a psychotherapist and career counselor since 1995. Her goal is to help others help themselves so they can examine and overcome their distressing feelings: anxiety, depression, grief, shame, fear, low self-esteem, resentment, etc. She especially works with clients for anger management and addictive self-defeating behaviors related to alcohol, overeating, drugs, communication, and relationship problems. She specializes in short-term results using Rational Emotive Behavior therapy, also known as Cognitive Behavior therapy, together with other modalities. She is practical and solution as well as results oriented.

Feb 13, 2015 
Integrating DBT Strategies into your Practice.
Presented by Debbie Foe. 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population.

March 13, 2015
Stress Less, Live Fully
Presented by Kris Kerlin, LPC-S,
In this presentation we will discuss ways to maximize your quality of life even in the midst of dealing with stress. Participants will identify their current stressors, how they are responding to the stressors in their lives and how they currently cope with stress. Each participant will come away with a personalized stress relief plan that promotes healthy coping and maximizes their vision for well-being. Come join us for a lively and engaging discussion that will enrich your life and provide you with an action plan for health. Kris is the founder and Counselor at The Center for Stress Management. Please visit the website for more info http://www.cfsmkaty.com/.

April 10, 2015 
In-patient Resources in the Houston area
Intern and graduate student welcome from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. 
Treatment Resources in the Houston area- 
panel discussion to include various in and out-patient facilities providing mental health, drug and alcohol, and eating disorder treatment. Questions to be addressed include: 1. General info about facility including location and populations served 2. Services provided, e.g. in-patient, out-patient, IOP, group, day hospital, aftercare, etc... 3. Treatment modalities 4. Types of payment accepted 5. Types of employment for mental health workers and clinicians-e.g. LPC, LPC-i, LMSW, LCDC, technicians, etc...

May 8, 2015
Grief Recovery Method: An Effective Approach and Practical Solutions for Many Losses 
Presented by Asma Rehman, M.Ed., LPC and Andrea Sams, M.Ed., LPC. 
A person can experience more than 40 losses in a lifetime. Though grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss, some information that we learn about dealing with loss is unhelpful. Not having solutions to help others who are experiencing pain from death, divorce, and many other types of losses, can be frustrating. The Grief Recovery Method provides insight and specific actions to complete the pain that can keep many stuck. Asma and Andrea will share valuable information about grief and how this approach can be helpful to many in our communities. Asma and Andrea are Certified Grief Recovery Specialists through The Grief Recovery Institute.

June 12, 2015
Follow the Yellow Brick Road—The Spiritual Path to Hope In the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
presented by Laura Laine, M.Ed., RDN, LD, Certified Spiritual Director. 
Spirituality is an important element in recovery. It is an ongoing process throughout the pain and healing, whereby one discovers the Wisdom within the addiction through telling their story. Spiritual direction is the art of companioning others on their journey of hope and transformation, walking beside the person in recovery as they awaken and return to the divine within. Fairy tales are humble helpers, enhancing the process of deepening self-awareness. The Wizard of Oz is a mythic story of the heroine/heroes journey. In order to live as our unique self, we have to find parts of our self that have been lost, not valued or honored; and, we must pick up these parts and own them. Using the Wizard of Oz as a backdrop, this presentation will talk about: the spiritual journey of hope, the importance of telling our story, and the use of imagination, dreams, and metaphor in spiritual direction in the treatment of eating disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of spirituality in the treatment of eating disorders

  2. Define spirituality and spiritual direction

  3. Describe the use of imagination, dreams, and metaphors in the treatment of eating disorders through spiritual direction 


July, 2015
No meeting based upon past low attendance.

August 14, 2015
ASK About Suicide
Presented by Nichole Gladney, 
ASK is a non-proprietary suicide prevention gatekeeper training program based on best practice principles.

ASK About Suicide
To Save a Life includes the 3-step process of:
1. Ask About Suicide 
2. Seek more information and keep safe
3. Know how and where to refer

The program will also give an overview of suicide prevention efforts in Texas and review key data contained in "Coming together to Care: A suicide prevention and postvention Toolkit"
Nichole Gladney is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a certified Crisis Counselor with the American Association of Suicidology.

Sep 11, 2015 
EMDR: Do You Remember?
Presented by John Luquette, M.A., LPC, LCDC
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and why is it growing in popularity? Does it really work?
Join John Luquette Friday night as he explores the trauma-informed perspective of psychotherapy, the eight phase model of EMDR, and the role of accelerated information processing (AIP) in trauma resolution. After this program, LPCs should be able to:
· Define trauma, EMDR, and AIP,
· Explain the eight phase model of an EMDR session,
· Discuss various applications and the limitations of the technique,
· Evaluate the current research on EMDR, and
· Identify EMDR practitioners and related resources.
John Luquette is a certified EMDR practitioner and an EMDRIA approved consultant. He is the senior counseling specialist for the Division of Nursing at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

October 9, 2015
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we are honored to have Jessica Bellant, Education and Prevention Manager for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. as our speaker.

Domestic Violence 101 focuses on the prevalence and dynamics of intimate partner violence. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the tactics used by abusers to gain and maintain power and control over their partner and reasons why survivors often stay or return to their abuser. The goal of the training is to equip participants with the knowledge to recognize domestic violence and further understand the survivor’s perspective.

“The mission of The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., (The Bridge) is to offer support, provide safety, and prevent domestic and sexual violence.” 
Through vision, passion and diligence during the past 33 years,The Bridge has become the 8th largest family crisis centers in Texas, annually serving approximately 20,000 people through residential/non-residential services and community outreach and prevention/education programs. http://tbotw.org/ 
The Bridge’s service area is southeast Harris County, Texas, a population of approximately 526,000, including: the cities of Pasadena; South Houston; La Porte; Jacinto City; Channelview; Deer Park; and Galena Park; and the southeast portion of Houston.

November 14, 2015- 3 Hour Ethics Workshop 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Presentation Title: 2014 ACA Ethics Code Updates, Changes, & Issues- Learn how to consider the new ACA ethical changes within your counseling practice.
Presented by Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

registration and information packet [PDF]

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the 2014 ACA Ethics Code Updates
2. Participants will learn specific ethical changes within the new code
3. Participants will learn specific ethical issues inherent in the new code

Abstract: Inform mental health clinicians of significant changes in ACA Code, identify ethical issues associated with changes to ACA Code of Ethics, and identify issues with changes to ACA Code and future concerns.

2014 CEu Events

Jan 10, 2014 (2nd Friday)
The Treatment of Fear & Anxiety: The Use of Psychological and Spiritual Interventionspresented by Richard P. Krummel, M.Div., Ph.D.
While completing more than forty thousand hours of psychotherapy over thirty years, with individuals, couples, and families, Dr. Krummel realized that the fears, roles, and themes in his life were not unique. He became aware that his psychologically and spiritual journey was a common one. Dr. Krummel's new book, Fear, Control, and Letting Go: How Psychological Principles and Spiritual Faith Can Help Us Recover from Our Fears offers life-changing tools for recovery and transformation. The book provides tremendous insight into how one can grow behaviorally, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

Feb 7, 2014 
Fighting For Hearts: A local approach to healing human trafficking victims. 
Presented by Roy Wooten, M.S., executive director of the Shield-Bearer Counseling Centers, and HLPCA member Mary Lou Shackleton, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S. www.FightingForHearts.org

Participants will:
1) Overview the Human Trafficking Problem in Houston
2) Discover the approaches taken by counselors to build competency with this population
3) Understand the H.E.A.R.T Model currently used in an evidenced based study
4) Identify key ongoing issues in developing competencies to work with this unique population.

March 7, 2014
6:30pm-7:00pm- Intern welcome & networking meeting
Program 7:00pm-8:30pm- Panel discussion on LPC Supervision- How to Become One and How to Find an LPC Supervisor That Fits Your Style

April 4, 2014 
Special Dinner and a movie program and CEUs! NOVA Documentary: Inside the Mind of a Rampage Killer. Followed by discussion moderated by Dr. Harvey Rosenstock, MD., FAC, Psych. Click here for more detailed description of the video. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/mind-rampage-killer.html 
(Small $5.00 additional fee for those attending). !

May 2, 2014
Soul Healing 
presented by Edward John Wilson, M. Ed., L.P.C.
Can the Soul really be healed? That depends on whether or not the Soul can be wounded. We are going to leave that to the philosophers. However, what definitely can be healed is your relationship to Soul. In the presentation, Edward explore the ways in which he has facilitated this aspect of soul healing throughout the more than 30 years that he has been engaged in the work. The two resource books for this presentation are “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore, and “Soul Healing” by Judith Becvar.

June 6, 2014
Houston Area Mental Health Networking Meeting
Networking for Consultation and Support. Even in a city as large as Houston, we oftentimes find ourselves looking for resources, contacts, and referral sources. This is a great opportunity to network with other mental health providers in the area. Be sure to bring your business cards and brochures etc…Attendees will be given an opportunity to briefly describe themselves, their work, and if applicable, their agency/practice/organization.

July 11, 2014 (2nd Friday)
Chronic Pain Syndrome presentation by James S. Flowers, Ph.D., LPC-S, with the Memorial Hermann Pain Management Program. His presentation will look into the numbers, the cost, assessment, and treatment of chronic pain.

August 1, 2014
Adolescent Therapy: Beyond Bad Behavior – An Integrative and client responsive approach to treating teens blending attachment work, play, and cognitive behavioral models. Presented by Kelly Peyton, LPC, RPT

Teens cross several developmental milestones often dealing with complex and intense emotional states with immature coping and support skills. Although older, teens appreciate an interactive and engaging therapy approach which often lowers defenses and increases the therapeutic relationship. Be ready to learn several interactive techniques for assessing and treating teens from a broad range of theoretical orientations. Although integrative, the presenter views therapy from an attachment perspective which will be woven into the fabric of this CEU.

Kelly Peyton is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional specializing in adolescent therapy at West Houston Counseling Center in Katy, TX. Kelly has several years of experience as a teen therapist and enjoys working with youth in the community. She has three children of her own which helps provide both humor and empathy to her work with parents of teens and her young clients.

Sep 12, 2014 (2nd Friday)
Topics in OCD for 2014 presenter: Christen Sistrunk, M.A., Behavior Therapist with Houston OCD Program

Conceptualization, Differential Diagnosis & Treatment: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for OCDpresented by Christen Sistrunk, M.A., Behavior Therapist with Houston OCD Program

Attendees will be provided with a brief overview of the DSM-V criteria for OCD. Information on differential diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, Impulse Control Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Attendees will also take an in-depth look at the various subtypes of OCD. The presenter will provide an outline of the cognitive-behavioral therapy model of OCD for adults, as well as, children and adolescents, and how to include the family in the process.

October 3, 2014
Join us for the HLPCA 25th Anniversary Silver Celebration! Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HLPCA

November 8, 2014- 3 Hour Ethics Workshop
The Addiction Puzzle: Ethical Considerations When Treating Addictive Behaviors 
Presenter: Crystal Collier, Ph. D., LPC-S 
Learning Objectives: 
1. Participants will learn the science of addiction 
2. Participants will learn specific ethical considerations based upon the science of addiction regarding the treatment of trauma and stress when working with people suffering from addiction 
3. Participants will learn specific ethical traps and boundary setting issues clinicians deal with when working with people who struggle with addiction >more information.

2013 CEU Events

January 11, 2013 
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - A New treatment for Major Depression, presented by Kimberly Cress, M.D. with the TMS Serenity center. TMS Therapy is a new depression treatment option for patients who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication. You can find more info atwww.tmsserenitycenter.com 

February 1, 2013
Animal-assisted Therapy presented by Faithful Paws Pet Therapy Program. 
The program was founded in June of 1997 and is sponsored by Bellaire United Methodist Church.
Animal-assisted therapy is a scientifically proven form of therapy that is recognized as therapeutic and recreational. They will discuss the history of animal-assisted therapy and the wide range of facilities they regularly visit, and demonstrate how they and their animals are valuable in providing services to people from 10 months to 100 years old! To read more about the organization or to become a team member visitwww.faithfulpawshouston.com .

March 1, 2013
6:30pm-7:00pm- Intern welcome & networking meeting.
Motivational Interviewing in an Outpatient Substance Abuse Program presented by Dipali V. Rinker, M.A., LPC. Dipali Venkataraman Rinker was previously in private practice with Midtown Psychotherapy Associates & at The University of Texas Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction (CNRA). Dipali's work at CNRA focused on the implementation of a combination of Motivational Interviewing techniques and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat severe and chronic substance abusers. Dipali is also a doctoral candidate in Behavioral Sciences/Health Promotion at UT Health Science Center-Houston.

April 5, 2013
“Autism for the Healthcare Professional”. Presented by Dr. Dawn Bradford, founder of American Education Company. The goal of this presentation is to teach the healthcare provider about the broad medical definition of autism and the social implications of autism for families, schools, and healthcare providers. The audience will become familiar with recent research findings on autism. Based on one case study, the audience will observe “autism in reality” from the perspective parents, school personnel, and therapists in order to provide a visual representation of the typical behaviors of autism. The audience will learn the benefits and challenges of the most common educational intervention strategy, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). The audience also will learn how a new educational intervention strategy, Applied Manual Learning (AML) contrasts with ABA and why AML may be a more successful behavior modification strategy among children with autism. An annotated list of recommended resources located in the Greater Houston Area that support successful care for children with autism and their family, school, and healthcare networks will be made available. For info on Dr. Bradford, please refer towww.americaneducationcompany.com

May 3, 2013
Surviving and Reviving A Private Practice. Panel discussion to be held. HLPCA members, Rachel Eddins, Richard Newman, and Scott Rinker, will discuss the aspects of private practice that many therapists find daunting, will provide resources and suggestions for improving visibility of your practice, and will answer questions. Program will also cover the basics of setting up a private practice including preparedness, marketing, insurance and financial issues. Discussion will also include how to rejuvenate your private practice.

June 7, 2013
Networking for Consultation and Support. Even in a city as large as Houston, we oftentimes find ourselves looking for resources, contacts, and referral sources. This is a great opportunity to network with other mental health providers in the area. A program on using Linked-In will illustrate great ways to use social media for your practice. Be sure to bring your business cards and brochures etc

July 12, 2013 - Second Friday
Emotional Mastery ~ Increasing Brain Power & Decreasing Stress presented by Sue Brooks, MA.  Our emotions provide us vital messages about ourselves and our relationships. They aren’t good or bad or positive or negative. Learn a common language and techniques to assist clients in developing the ability to work with, instead of against, their emotions, so they can get their needs met and connect with their loved ones. Sue is a licensed professional counselor and licensed chemical dependency counselor. She has completed two externships in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and has trained in hypnotherapy. She works with individuals and couples in her private practice. For more info visitwww.CreatingChoicesCounseling.com.

August 2, 2013
Dimensional Mapping of families: How to identify hidden patterns and perceived limitations in family systems.  In this presentation, Judy Smith and Sofia Georgiadou will show you how to apply systemic principles using a unique approach known as "Dimensional Mapping" to visually represent an issue and reveal the unconscious patterns that interrupt or hinder our ability to be fully successful. Dimensional Mapping allows us to translate an issue from a complex inner image into a clear visual representation of the issue. This approach originated in Germany by Bert Hellinger and has been used worldwide successfully with organizations (consultations, executive coaching), individuals and families (systemic family therapy).

September 6, 2013
As part of our diversity series, this month’s program will be on Transgender Awareness Issues and Referral Support Information.

October 4, 2013
DSM 5: Changes and Challenges presented by Jodi Berger Cardoso, PhD, LCSW, and Micki Washburn, MA, LPC-S, NCC
University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW)
The presentation will cover three main areas. The first part of the presentation will review the structural changes found in the DSM 5. This will include a discussion about the dissolution of the 5 axes, the removal of the global assessment of functioning (GAF) and the presentation of diagnoses from a life course perspective. The second part of the presentation will cover the changes in diagnoses from the DSM- IV- R to the DSM 5. The final part of the presentation will discuss the challenges and controversies surrounding the DSM 5. This will include discussion of the current state of personality disorders in the DSM 5.

November 9, 2013  --  9AM - noon
Registration information
3 Hour ethics workshop 
Mindfulness and Ethics presented by Micki Fine, M.Ed., L.P.C.
Come explore mindfulness practice and how it can guide us to perform competently and ethically. Mindfulness, the intentional cultivation of open-hearted, present-moment awareness, can help us to awaken from our habitual mind states that prevent us from handling ethical situations clearly and acting skillfully.

Ethical practice by mental health professionals requires self care in order to avoid burn-out and compassion fatigue. We will shine the light of mindfulness on issues such as self-care and critical thinking.

This workshop offers a day of instruction, practice, and discussion which can help us to be more aware and compassionate with ethical decision making.

Join us for a morning of networking & 3 hours of CEUs in ethics.

December 2013
No meeting or event. Please enjoy this time with your family and friends. See you January 10, 2014

2012 CEU Events

January 6, 2012 
“Mental Health First Aid” 
presented by Suzette M. Sova MA, LPC Mental Health First Aid Coordinator. 
Mental Health First Aid is a training component for service providers to help educate them, and equip them with knowledge and resources, to help those whom they may come in contact with during their daily work, who are exhibiting sign of distress. www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

February 3, 2012
"Integreating Occupational Therapy into your Counseling Practice". 
Presentation by Leora Salo, OTR/MOT , Occupational Therapist. 
Occupational therapists use scientific principles to determine areas of function/dysfunction when designing strategies for intervention. In mental health, OT's typically treat in groups, from a diverse palette of group types. Occupational Therapy is an asset in change implementation, as OT groups offer clients opportunity to practice and integrate new skills. With approaching guidelines that make occupational therapists a reimbursable provider of mental health services, the potential to enrich client services within a practice grows exponentially. This workshops will present an overall view as to how occupational therapy may contribute to services in a holistic practice.

NOTE:  New Meeting Location - beginning with March meeting
We meet on the Houston Baptist University campus, (near Hwy 59 and Beechnut), in the Moody Library Building. 281-649-3000. Use entrance #3 off Beechnut. 281-649-3000 Here is a link to a campus map.http://bit.ly/wiyvSu

March 2, 2012
Adaptive Strategies Rising from Existential Trauma 
presented by James Hollis, Ph.D. Director Emeritus, Jung Education Center of Houston, TX.
Each human is subject to twin threats to survival and well-being: overwhelmment and abandonment. From these core experiences, common to us all in varying degrees, a rich range of adaptive strategies evolve, many of which become life-long patterns. This program will detail with the anatomy of such adaptations, and include comments on the ethical risks to which therapists are subject as they experience these adaptive patterns in their own lives as well.

April 13, 2012 ** Adjustment to schedule due to Easter weekend
Behavior Analysis in Clinical Practice: An Overview
presented by Joel Farb, M.A., The Center for Behavior Therapy
Beginning in the late "80's and especially since the mid-90's, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has received a great deal of attention from its promise as an early intervention for children with autistic-spectrum disorders. However, the clinical application of the principles of behavior analysis go far beyond autism and developmental disabilities.

This program presents an overview of behavior analysis as a science which evolved from psychology and its many applications in the broader range of clinical practice including tic disorders, ADHD, depression, the anxiety disorders. and addictive disorders.

May 4, 2012
Music Therapy Makes a Different 
presented by Pam Poole, MT-BC, CPRP, Board Certified Music Therapist, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005) 

As a Music Therapist I use music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. As they, (clients) become involved with music in a therapeutic context; their abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. An overview of music therapy will be presented in this workshop showing its effectiveness with many different populations.
Pam Poole, MT-BC, CPRP

June 1, 2012
A New Perspective for Marriage Counseling 
presented by Patti Hatton, MA., LPC.
A marriage counseling modality will be presented which focuses on helping a person identify their negative emotions with the intent of learning healthy options for resolution, vs. the feelings of powerlessness that blaming and continuously defending oneself generates. Powerful metaphors are used to demonstrate locus of control, boundary setting and effective communication. The presentation ends with an exploration of a healthy and emotionally intimate relationship. www.pattihattoncounselor.com

July 6, 2012
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addictions for 2012
presented by Milton Magness, Ph.D., LPC. 
Dr. Magness is an LPC, and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, as well as the founder and director of the Hope & Freedom Counseling Services. Visit www.hopeandfreedom.com  for more information on his practice.

August 3, 2012
Virtual Reality, Cravings, and Clinical Implications for Treatment. 
Presented by Tracy Ledoux, Ph. D., University of Houston Health and Human Performance department.

September 7, 2012
Cultural Competency in the Asian American Population presented by Peta-Gay Chen Ledbetter, Ph. D., LPC, RN

October 5, 2012
Adolescent Risk Taking and Clinical Implications 
presented by Micki Grimland, LCSW , Chief Psychotherapist, Southwest Psychotherapy Associates.www.mickigrimland.com,  Lara Allen, M.S., LPC, and Samantha Rushing, M.Ed., LPC, CWC.

November 10, 2012
Ethics workshop- 3 hours.
Ethics of E-Counseling (electronic) and Social Media
Presenter: Thomas Schanding, Ph.D.
* Licensed Specialist in School Psychology - Sheldon ISD 
*Associate Outreach Director LEND- Lone Star Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

This 3-hour workshop will cover:
1. Ethical standards and developing guidelines for counselors regarding e-counseling (electronic) and social media.
2. An overview and review of state licensing standards and ethical standards
3. Interactive portion where participants will discuss ethical vignettes
4. Resources for utilizing technological advances within a counseling practice.

Join us for a morning of networking & 3 hours of CEUs in ethics..

2011 CEU Events

January 7, 2011
Working with GLBT clients: ‘Coming out’ as a Developmental Process 
Dr. Ray Pledger, clinical director at University of Houston, Clear Lake
For gay and lesbian clients, ‘coming out’ can be both a time of enhanced self-acceptance and relief as well as an experience fraught with uncertainty and stress. It is best thought of as a developmental process with multiple dimensions and numerous outcomes rather than as than a point in time with invariable characteristics. We will also consider the clinical implications of various dimensions and outcomes.”

February 4, 2011
Meeting cancelled due to bad weather.

March 4, 2011
Learning Rx- Train Your Brain 
Dorothy Florian-Lacy Ed.D, LSSP, L.P.C.
Learning RX is a research based "train your brain" program developed over more than two decades helping people of all ages to develop their cognitive abilities thru focused, intense one-on-one training. This program has been shown to provide long lasting cognitive improvements (using the Woodcock-Johnson III) for students of all levels including those with behavioral and learning disabilities. Dr. Dorothy Lacy will speak on, among other things, the neurological and behavioral research which shows how cognitive deficiencies affect and contribute to emotional and psychological disorders.http://www.learningrx.com/sugar-land/default.htm

April 1, 2011 
Behavioral Couples Therapy In Support of Alcohol or Drug Abuse Recovery. 
Debra Miller Crown, MA, LPC 
Presentation will include description and benefits of Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT), 4 objectives and essential elements of BCT, treatment specifics as well as the 7 C’s of BCT. www.crown-counseling.com 

May 6, 2011
John Hart, Ph. D, Houston OCD program will present on Hoarding. 
Watch for more details.

June 3, 2011
Emotional Eating-Using a Non-Diet Approach to Treat Emotional Eating
Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC
Enable your clients to find freedom from preoccupation with food and weight. Drawing from the mountain of research indicating that diets don’t work but actually contribute to the diet-binge cycle, learn how to provide your clients tools not only to identify emotions that trigger emotional eating, but how to directly address disordered eating behaviors through an intuitive eating approach.  

Rachel is a therapist in private practice specializing in emotional/compulsive eating and offers a regular psycho-educational/support group for clients struggling to make peace with food.www.eddinscounseling.com 

July 8, 2011 – (2nd Friday)
Karen George with Mental Health America, will present on Perinatal Mental Illness
Watch for more details.
Objectives for “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders”

  1. Learn perinatal mental illness statistics.

  2. Define baby blues and postpartum depression including symptoms and the difference between the two.

  3. Learn about risk factors of perinatal depression.

  4. Define symptoms of postpartum anxiety and postpartum OCD.

  5. Identify postpartum psychiatric emergencies: statistics, symptoms, and plan of action.

  6. Review screening tools for postpartum depression including why and how to screen.

  7. Learn why and how to refer for services.

  8. Review treatment options for perinatal mental illnesses.

  9. Define negative results of untreated perinatal mental illnesses. 

August 5, 2011 
Loosen the Grip: Using Mindfulness to Find Peace and Joy presented by Nova Beltran, MS, LPC
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment through focused attention, non-judgment, and compassion. This presentation will provide an overview on how to apply mindfulness techniques and principals to the treatment of anxiety, depression, compulsions, and anger. You will learn about the Three R’s, which are choice points that you can teach your clients. Help your clients learn how practicing these techniques can loosen whatever has a grip on them and create pathways to lasting change. 

September 9, 2011 - (2nd Friday)
Mental Health Recovery: Research, Components, and Trends in Services
William Devine, MA, LPC, CART; Ashley Montondon, MA, LMSW

Mental health recovery is a dynamic movement in the field of psychiatry and psychology, which has gained increased national attention in the last several years. As the demand for and efficacy of services congruent with self-determined care continues to rise, the Recovery Movement in Texas is being noticed and supported, more and more, by public and private agencies, advocacy groups, and facilities.www.RecoveryNowSeminar.com coming in October to Houston.

This presentation will explore the current body of research and literature on mental health recovery, discuss the components needed to be addressed for sustainable recovery, and identify current services and developing service models which are needed for this to happen. http://collaborateintherapy.com  For more info on the presenters, please click here

October 7, 2011
“Using Peer Support Specialists in the Mental Health Recovery Process”. 
This will a great follow-up program to expand on the concept, use, and advantages of Peer Support Specialists. Program will be presented by Donna Kocurek, a trained Certified Peer Specialist, CPS State Trainer, Professional Speaker, NAMI Facilitator for Peer to Peer and bipolar survivor of 25 years. She owns Bipolar USA which serves the mental health community with peer support services and mental health provider training on the different aspects of mental health recovery. www.bipolarusa.com 

November 12, 2011- 
3 hour ethics The Ethical Mandate for Self-Care for Licensed Professional Counselors

  1. Participants will become familiar with the ACA ethical code and the LPC rules and regulations that address care of the counselor.

  2. Participants will come to understand why self-care is essential to the practice of counseling.

  3. Participants will become familiar with the ways stress impacts performance and how optimal stress can be helpful.

  4. Participants will learn about burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and what to do to effectively address them.

  5. Participants will learn new tools and skills to nurture and care for themselves to optimize their work as counselors.

Location: The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, 303 Jackson Hill, Houston TX 77007 (with ample Free parking!) - Google Maps Link

December, 2011 Holiday party
Holiday plans have been confirmed for Dec. 4, 2011 from 4pm-7pm at Rio Ranch Restaurant. Please refer to the flyer for more info. Seating is limited. 
RSVP by Nov. 28, 2011 -  Holiday Flyer 2011 [PDF]

2010 CEU Events

January 8, 2010
Current Thoughts, Trends, and Successes in Group Therapy Practice 
Presented by Travis Courville, LCSW, CGP .

February 5, 2010
The ABCs of Emotional Intelligence: A Problem-Solving Toolkit 
Presented by Ruth Fowler, M.Ed., LPC.

March 5, 2010
Practical Application of Sand Tray Therapy 
Presented by Michele Lees, LPC.

April 9, 2010 (second Friday)
Adult Children of Alcoholics: Controversy, Research, and Treatment Indications
Presented by Debra Crown, MA, LPC.

May 7, 2010
Adding Practical Spirituality to Your Counseling 
Presented by Edward John Wilson, M.Ed., LPC, CHT.

June 4, 2010
Alternative Therapy Styles for Hard-to-reach Clients
Presented by Jeff Power, MA, LPC and Dr. Peter Jacobehik.

July 9, 2010 (second Friday)
Postpartum Mood Disorders: From Identification to Treatment presented by Stacey Glaesmann, MA, LPC
This presentation will focus on postpartum mood disorders: what they are, how to identify them in clients, and treatment options.

August 6, 2010
Teenage Drug Use and What You Should Know: Current Drug Trends presented by Crystal Morrison MA. LPC-S. Crystal is the Associate Director of Adolescent Services for The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. This program will cover the kinds of drugs teens are using nowadays, the kinds of parties they are going to and the effects of these drugs. Also, what teens use to hide and use drugs. For more info on services The Council provides, please visit their website at www.council-houston.org

September 10, 2010 (second Friday)
Do You Know What A Bully Looks Like? presented by Sherian Doyle, Ph.D. and owner of For the Children Consulting. She is a Certified School Counselor, Play Therapist and Anger Resolution Therapist. This presentation will highlight the faces of a bully, the different types of bullying behaviors, places where bullying takes place, and information about cyberbullying. She has written a book titled "There's a PInt Size Bully in Our School". For more info please visit her website atwww.motivateourkids.com.

October 1, 2010
End of Life Psychology and Hospice Care. Presented by Hospice Compassus. Most of us know about grief issues, but don't know very much about those final stages of life and the psychological effects. This will be a valuable program for all. For more info on Hospice Compassus please visithttp://www.hospicecompassus.com/

November 13, 2010
Ethics Workshop 9:00am-12:00pm. 
Psychotherapy in the Movies: What might we learn from the ethical lapses of fictional psychotherapists? 3 hours ethics credit. IntraCare Behavorial Healthcare on Fannin. 
Click on this link to register by secure credit card line or by check via the mail or click on this link for the the event flyer for more info.

December 2010 
Holiday Party 

2009 CEU Events

January 9, 2009
How to Conduct a Stress Reduction Therapy Session presented by Edward John Wilson, M. Ed., LPC, CHT. Edward is a long time member of HLPCA, and has served on the board in most offices available! He now serves as media/video chair.

February 6, 2009
Overview of Geropsychiatric Services program at West Oaks Hospital, and other issues to be cognizant of when providing services to the elderly.  Program will be presented by Ute Paulsen-Fenner, LPC, LCDC, Director, Geropsychiatric Services program at West Oaks Hospital.

March 6, 2009
Alzheimer’s and You- understanding the disease, its symptoms and how you can help. presented by Noga Tobias, MPH, Corporate Outreach

April 3, 2009
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training presented by Jennifer C. Urbach, LCSW

May 1, 2009
The ABC's of Life Management presented by Jeff Power, M.A., LPC, long time HLPCA member. Jeff is sure to present a dynamic and informative program. .

June 5, 2009
Love....Loss....Grief presented by Yvonne Clark, M.A.. Yvonne is the founder of It's Okay to Cry, Inc. A 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that addresses children, adolescent and young adult grief related to death and separation. Yvonne is a grief support facilitator, speaker and 3k, 5k Walk For A Reason chairperson. She answers questions as "Ask the Expert" with funeralplan.com. For more info, you can go to her website at www.itsokaytocry.org.  In addition, Yvonne is an adjunct professor at Houston Community College and a counselor at a Houston high school

July 10, 2009
Clinical Considerations in Treating Dependent Personality Disorder presented by Roman A. Alvarez, Ed.D., LPC-S, NCC. Roman has been an HLPCA member for many years, and currently is teaching at Houston Community College. His other areas of interest include multicultural issues, and training for supervisors.

August 7, 2009
Motivational Interviewing in an Outpatient Substance Abuse Program presented by Dipali V. Rinker, M.A., LPC.  Dipali Venkataraman Rinker is a Psychotherapist in private practice with MIdtown Psychotherapy Associates & at The University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute (MSI). Dipali's work at MSI focuses on the implementation of a combination of Motivational Interviewing techniques and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat severe and chronic substance abusers. Dipali is also a PhD student in Behavioral Sciences/Health Promotion at UT Health Science Center-Houston.  For more info, please visit www.midtownpsychology.com

September 11, 2009
Art Therapy: An Experiential Program presented by new HLPCA member Angelina Rodriguez, LPC, ATR-BC. Angelina has been painting professionally for over 25 years and you can read more about her work at http://www.therapybyangelina.com/.  Join us for this hands-on learning experience!

October 2, 2009
How to Build A Full and Rewarding Private Practice presented by Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC .Learn the basics of setting up a private practice including preparedness, marketing, insurance and financial issues. Rachel is a therapist in private practice specializing in counseling for eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge/emotional eating) as well as career related issues. Rachel can be reached via phone: 832-338-6863, email: info@eddinscounseling.com or online: http://www.eddinscounseling.com.

November 7, 2009
Ethics program  -  3 hour Ethics Workshop 9:00am-12:00pm Intracare Behavioral Health, 7601 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77054. Program titled "Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders" presented by John Hart, MA, LPC.  This program will include diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment considerations. Discussion will include where counselors may be tempted to cross that ethical line in providing care, eg. Signs to look for in "crossing that line". Lastly there will be a review of what ethical considerations or concerns were presented or came up at the National Obsessive Compulsive Foundation conference in July.  Click here for more info.   Click here to register.
Early registration ends 10/15/09. Regular registration ends 10/28/09. 
After 10/28/09, late registration is by check ONLY, $75.00 at the door

December 2009 
Holiday Party

2008 CEU Events

January 4, 2008
Predator Check- Who are they, where are they, and how to treat them. Raymond Johnson, LPC, past president of the Houston LPC Association, who specializes on treatment of sexual offenders, will present this very informative program. Also learn how to find out if there are predators in your neighborhood.

February 1, 2008
A Clinical Overview of Self-Injurious Behavior. Lara M. Allen, MS, LPC, with The Center for Emotional Wellness, will present on identifying types, frequencies, and functions of self harm; other coexisting disorders; and treatment approaches when working with clients who self-harm.www.centerforemotionalwellness.net

March 7, 2008
"Beyond Intellect in Recovery from Addiction", an introduction to theory, challenges and treatment approaches when working with clients who abuse substances. Thomas Moore, LCDC, Addiction Therapist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, with an extensive background in the treatment of substance dependence will present this informative program.

April 4, 2008
Crisis Intervention Team- Houston Police Department Mental Health Unit. Members from the CIT will present on this initiative, whose mission is: To provide a more professional and humane response to individuals in serious mental health crises. http://www.houstoncit.org

May 2, 2008
Design & Delivery of Psychologically Effective Presentations - One way to increase your practices' visibiilty in the Mental Health community is through presentations at meetings such as HLPCA, civic and community organizations, schools, PTA meetings, etc... This program will provide members with a quick understanding of communication psychology and presentation design. This fast moving program will be presented by John Luquette, MA, LPC, LCDC, CGP, a long time member and past president of your Houston LPC Association. John works at MD Anderon as Senior Counseling Specialist in the Nurse Counseling Service.

June 6, 2008
"Chronic Pain Management” by Tenley Fukui, a long-time HLPCA member. She has presented at many local and national conferences and will have recently attended the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

July 11, 2008
The Role of the Mental Health Professional in the Practice of Collaborative Law. will be explored by Jacque Truitt, co-founder and Clinical director of PRO-ACT. “The goal of the collaborative process is to provide a way to resolve family disputes that is more “user friendly” than the traditional litigation process. “ http://www.pro-act.com

August 1, 2008
Janice Poplack, LCSW, Director of Social Work for Menninger Foundations will present on ”Mental health treatment & challenges for the clinician, patient & family in providing treatment for dual diagnosis."

September 5, 2008
Michael Yeager B.A., LCDC, RMT, CAS, C.Ht, CTC, will be presenting on "Achieving Change through the Use of Alternative Therapies".

October 3, 2008
Dr. Leslye Mize will present on “Transgenerational genograms and family systems.” Dr. Mize is currently a Professor, and the Director of Training, for the Family Therapy Program at UHCL. She has over 40 publications and has presented more than 100 presentations at the local, state, and national level.http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/HSH/HOME/PROGRAMS/FT/TAB327670

November 8, 2008
Ethics program-Did you know moose can dance? And what does that have to do with ethics? HLPCA proudly presents Ethics: A Musical Comedy!  3 hour Ethics program approved for LPC, LMFT, Texas Social Worker, and LCDC credit through HLPCA - flyer [PDF]  
Register (with credit card)

December 2008 
Holiday Party - Join us for our annual holiday dinner, Sunday Dec. 7, 2008 4:00pm-whenever. See flyer for location info and RSVP contact.  - flyer [PDF] 

2007 CEU Events

January 5, 2007

Milton Magness, founder and director of Hope & Freedom Counseling Services will be speaking on "Is Cybersex Really Safe Sex?". Dr. Magness is an LPC, and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. Visit www.hopeandfreedom.com for more information..

February 2, 2007

Nilesh J. Patel, MD. will present on ADD, ADHD, and current thoughts on medications and treatments. Dr. Patel is currently in private practice, has conducted research on numerous medications, and provided services in public mental health clinics for many years.

March 2, 2007

Dr. Stephen Pierrel, Director of Psychological Services for the Houston Fire Department and Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, will present on "Professional Wills- What Happens to your Clients When Something Happens to You".

April 13, 2007 (second Friday)

Yogic Wisdom and Practice in Counseling. Linda Ann Stelljes, M.A., LPC, has special interests in clinical hypnosis, pain management, existential issues, creativity enhancement, as well as meditation and yoga. This presentation will focus on Linda's formal and informal training in the areas of yoga and meditation, and she will share how others with dual interests in yoga and psychotherapy approach counseling issues, Lastly, she will offer ideas for incorporating these interests into your counseling.

May 4, 2007

Irene E. Corbit, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC-S, LMFT, CGP will present on Art Therapy. This was the number one requested topic in our recently completed program survey. You don't want to miss this!

June 1, 2007

Dr. William D. Norwood, Assistant Professor University of Houston - Clear Lake Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Human Sciences and Humanities, will present on "New Trends in Behavior Therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT".

July 13, 2007 (second Friday)

Community Resources Panel Discussion will be presented by representatives of Mental Health America- Fort Bend (formerly Mental Health Association of Fort Bend), The Council on Alcohol And Drugs Houston, The United Way, and Mental Health Association Houston. Handouts will be available, and at the end, attendees will be asked to share their best resource info. Please bring this to share.

August 3, 2007

Miriam Edelman, LCSW, LMFT, BCD, will present a program on "Heal Yourself: A Mini-playshop for Replenishing Your Self-Care Tool Kit" Miriam's work philosophy is that people in the field need frequent, nurturing, renewing experiences, and this playshop provides her the opportunity to share what she has found to be practical and helpful. You don't want to miss this one!

September 7, 2007

As a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Victoria Jones, M.A., M.Ed. LPC, will present a program entitled "Traumatology 101". She has been extensively trained in dealing with trauma through a 2-year program at the Houston Galveston Trauma Institute, as well as through her own private practice. In addition, she teaches an 8 week workshop on trauma. Program will cover the definition and effects of trauma, as well as treatment approaches and issues.

October 5, 2007

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. HLPCA Past President, Sherry Malcomb Gill, M.A., L.P.C. L.M.F.T. along with Brenda Leiber, M.A., L.P.C., L.P.A., will present on "Myths about Domestic Violence & Common Mistakes Made in Therapy". Sherry has over 30 years counseling experience and she and Brenda are co-directors of New Solutions, founded in 1999.  The goal of New Solutions is to "promote social change leading to cultural values that prohibit rather than support abuse in relationships."

November 3, 2007

3 hours ethics workshop.
Workshop Flyer 

December 2007

Holiday party.

2006 CEU Events

January 6, 2006

Jackie St. Germain, MBA, LCSW will be presenting info on the Jason Foundation Teen Suicide Prevention curriculum, "A Promise for Tomorrow". West Oaks provides this at no cost, to schools, counselors, clergy and youth organizations.

February 3, 2006

Becky Hauri, Ph.D will be presenting on Crisis Counseling. This is in response to counseling needs experienced after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

March 3, 2006

Networking in Action. Following a brief presentation on how to effectively network and market yourself, we will have the opportunity to meet our members, share business cards, work experiences, etc...A great way to make those new contacts.

April 7, 2006

Nationally renowned speaker and author, Bill Ferguson, will be presenting on "How to End Conflict in Difficult Relationships...and if necessary...part as friends". His book, How To Heal A Painful Relationship is a national best seller. You can hear him every Friday morning on the city's most popular radio station, Sunny 99.1.

May 5, 2006

Dr. Kit Harrison will be presenting an "Overview of Forensic Psychology". He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with approximately 45 years experience in Forensic Psychology and expert witnessing.

June 2, 2006

Just when you thought you had it straight! Working with gifted children. J. Paige, with Brain Matters, will be speaking on differential diagnosis of ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression and normal "gifted" behaviors. Get the DSM out! Visitwww.gifted-brainmatters.com

July 7, 2006

Children and Grief Marian Mankin, LMSW, Coordinator of Family Programs will present an overview of services available through Bo's Place, and will provide info on working with children, loss and grief.

August 4, 2006

Mood Disorders Research and Bipolar Disorders. Barbara Kertz, Ms. LPC with the Mood Disorders Center

September 8, 2006

Ever wonder-how do I start a private practice, what should I watch out for, do I want to specialize? Our presenters at this Private Practice Panel will address these and many other issues. You don't want to miss this program.

October 6, 2006

Religion and Counseling panel presentation discussing how various religions affect the counseling process and things to be cognizant of in providing counseling services to clients with beliefs that may be different than yours.

November 4, 2006

Everyday Ethical Traps and Pitfalls - Don't become a statistic! - 3 hours ethics workshop.  Information and registration form [PDF]

December 9, 2006

Holiday party.  NOTE DATE CHANGE!! 
Simposio Restaurant $25.00 per person.

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