Mental Health Conference

Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference
"Fostering Cultural Humility:
Current Multicultural and Diversity Practices for Helping Professionals"

Friday, April 20, 2018 
Morning Conference: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(4 CE hours)
Optional Post-Conference Workshops: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(2 CE hours)

Keynote Speakers:
Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D. 
and
Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC

Madison Theatre, Public Square
Molloy College, Rockville Centre campus

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting its Fifth Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference on: "Fostering Cultural Humility: Current Multicultural and Diversity Practices for Helping Professionals" to be held on April 20, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. for 4 CE hours at the Rockville Centre campus. In addition, there will be two Optional Post-Conference Workshops offered from  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  for an addition 2 CE hours.

A conference brochure will be sent out in January 2018. However, the most up-to-date conference information can be found on this conference webpage at: www.molloy.edu/ce/mhc. To be placed on our mailing/email list, call Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or email cthomas@molloy.edu.

Program Background and Description

Molloy is a nationally recognized private college located on Long Island. Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual.

Join us for our truly unique Mental Health Conference featuring two internationally acclaimed and dynamic keynote speakers on the topics of multiculturalism and diversity, and social justice and advocacy within the counseling and mental health fields. Learn how you can build reciprocal helping relationships with individuals from marginalized and oppressed groups across micro and macro levels. Hone your clinical skills and deepen your curiosity about this increasingly timely topic by listening to our amazing speakers during their morning lectures. You can opt to stay for our luncheon and afternoon break-out sessions and interact with one of our speakers in a more intimate, interpersonal format during the afternoon workshops. In order to maximize your time with us, the afternoon's break-out sessions are designed to build on the information learned during each speaker's featured morning talk. 

The first half of the conference will provide 4 CEU credits and feature Dr. Jeffrey Kottler for a keynote lecture on: Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Advocacy, followed by Dr. Anneliese Singh for a keynote lecture on: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling and Advocacy: What Works in the "Real" World?   The second half of the conference provides attendees with an additional 2 CEU's and provides a luncheon followed by either Dr. Singh's workshop entitled: What if Trans Liberation is for Everybody?: Moving from Affirmative to Liberatory Counseling with All Genders, or Dr. Kottler's Workshop on: The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors. Each afternoon workshop with lunch will be limited to between 60-100 registered guests, in order to provide a more intimate and interpersonal setting. Guests may choose to stay just for the morning portion or the entire day. For details on each keynote and workshop presentations, please see below. We look forward to seeing you on April 20th, 2018!

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.

Conference Agenda
8:00 to 8:30 am Check-In and Breakfast

8:30 to 8:40 am - Welcome by Molloy College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Ann Z. Branchini, PhD

8:40 to 8:45 am - Welcome and Introduction, Laura Kestemberg, PhD, Conference Chair, and Associate Dean, Director and Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department. Molloy College

8:45 to 10:45 am - Keynote by Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D., Topic: "Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Advocacy" (Click title for description and learning objectives)

10:45 to 11:00 am - Break

11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Keynote by Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D, LPC, Topic:  "Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling and Advocacy: What Works in the "Real" World?" (Click title for description and learning objectives)

1-2:00 pm- Lunch for those attending one of the Post-Conference Workshops

2-4:00 pm- Post-Conference Workshops*: Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D., Topic, "The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors" and Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D, LPC, Topic: "What if Trans Liberation is for Everybody?: Moving from Affirmative to Liberatory Counseling with All Genders"

*Optional. You may choose one of two workshops being given by the keynote speakers. The workshops are only open to conference registrants, there is an additional $60 fee, (which includes lunch) and the workshops will have limited enrollment. Both workshops are expected to closeout, so please register early. See Post-Conference Workshops below for details.

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D. - Keynote Speaker Bio
Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, and education, having written over 90 books about a wide range of subjects. Some of his most highly regarded works include On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine Madness, Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, The Therapist in the Real World, Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor's Life, Therapy Over 50, On Being a Master Therapist, Secrets of Exceptional Counselors.

Jeffrey has also written several successful trade books about a variety of psychological themes: Private Moments, Secret Selves, Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, What You Don't Know About Leadership But Probably Should, and the best-selling true crime book, The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers that was produced as a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy).

Jeffrey has been a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and educator for 45 years, having worked a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, hospital, medical school, refugee resettlement agency, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that supports and mentors at-risk children He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Baylor College of Medicine. He currently lives in Houston where he works on projects related to refugee trauma with the Alliance for Multicultural Services.

Dr. Kottler's topic will be: "Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Advocacy". Click here for the keynote description and learning objectives.

Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D, LPC - Keynote Speaker Bio

Anneliese A. Singh is a Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Singh has contributed to many counseling and psychological practice guidelines and competencies, including the recent revision of the ACA Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies, the ASGW Multicultural and Social Justice Principles for Group Workers, and the ACA Competencies for Counseling Transgender People. She is highly prolific, and has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and 4 books in the areas of social justice counseling and LGBTQQ+ counseling. Dr. Singh is co-author of Social Justice Counseling in Group Work, Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, the Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook, and the upcoming Healing from Racism Workbook. She is a Past-President of the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling. In 2009, Dr. Singh co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to work on the intersection of heterosexism, racism, sexism, and other oppressions in Georgia schools. She also founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate findings from her 15 years of research on the resilience that trans and nonbinary people develop across the lifespan and across multiple identities to navigate societal oppression. Dr. Singh passionately believes in and strives to live by the ideals of Dr. King's beloved community, as well as Audre Lorde's reminder that "without community, there is no liberation."

Dr.  Singh's topic will be:  "Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling and Advocacy: What Works in the "Real" World?" Click here for the keynote description and learning objectives.

Post-Conference Workshops 1:00- 4:oo p.m. (includes lunch from 1-2 p.m.)
There are two optional Post-Conference workshops to choose from, one given by:

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D., Topic:  "The Secrets of Exceptional Counselors".  Click here for a workshop description and learning objectives.

and the other given by:

Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D, LPC, Topic: "What if Trans Liberation is for Everybody?: Moving from Affirmative to Liberatory Counseling with All Genders". Click here for a workshop description and learning objectives.

Both workshops will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (includes lunch from 1-2 p.m.). The workshops are only open to conference registrants, there is an additional $60 fee (includes lunch) and the workshops will have limited enrollment of approximately 60 participants. Both workshops are expected to closeout, so please register early.

Tuition Rates- Conference Only
Tuition rates listed here are for the conference only. A continental breakfast will be served. Lunch is not included. If you wish to register for the conference and one of the post-conference workshops, please see the tuition rates below under Tuition Rates- Conference and Post-Conference Workshop.
Regular Registration,  until March 28: $95
Late Registration
: March 28-April 18: $105
April 19 to at the Door (if space is available): $115
Molloy Full-Time Students: $10 (please use your Molloy email when registering, no at the door registration, register by March 28)
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students: $25 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by March 28)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge. (Please use Molloy email when registering. No at the door registration, register by March 28)
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount off the rates listed above
LINYMHCA/NYMHCA Member (please provide membership proof at check-in): $10 discount off the rates listed above

Tuition Rates- Conference and Workshop
Tuition rates listed here are for the conference and one of the workshop. Breakfast and lunch are included. The Post-Conference Workshops are limited to 60 participants each. Sorry, there is no Molloy Faculty/Staff tuition remission and no at the door registration will be permitted.
Regular Registration, until March 28: $155
Late Registration
: March 28-April 18: $165
Molloy Full-Time Students: $70 (please use your Molloy email when registering, no at the door registration, register by March 28)
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students: $85 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by March 28)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: $60 (Please use Molloy email when registering. No at the door registration, register by March 28)
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount off the rates listed above
LINYMHCA/NYMHCA Member (please provide membership proof at check-in): $10 discount off the rates listed above

Registration

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form and follow the directions. Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard, Discover or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by April 13. Refunds will not be granted after April 13: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

Location
The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square Building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here or call 516.323.3554.

Continuing Education Credit

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This conference is offered for four (4) CE contact hours and the post-conference workshop is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) 
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This conference is offered for four (4) CE contact hours and the post-conference workshop is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This conference is offered for four (4) CE contact hours and the post-conference workshop is approved for two (2) CE contact hours for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
CE credit through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has been applied for for four (4) CE contact hours and the post-conference workshop for two (2) CE contact hours in the following areas and approval is pending:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This conference is offered for four (4) CE contact hours and the post-conference workshop is approved for two (2) CE contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

Conference Brochure
Please click here to download the conference brochure. The conference brochure will be mailed in mid-February, 2018. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: cthomas@molloy.edu or by phone at:516.323.3554.

Exhibitor Information
A limited number of exhibitors will be permitted for the conference. The fee to exhibit is $200 ($100 non-profit) for the day, from 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. Space is limited, so only 6 exhibitors will be able to attend.  Exhibitors will be provided with a 6 ft. table and one conference admission (additional admission: $50 each).  The exhibit tables will be in the lobby of the Madison Theatre (where the breakfast, all of the sessions and the morning break will be held). Please download the Exhibitor form and return it by March 23, 2018 if you are interested in exhibiting at the conference.

Sponsorship
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program will be hosting the conference.  This conference is sponsored in part by the #HearIAM campaign­, a program designed to promote suicide and depression awareness and prevention within the Molloy Community, made possible by our collaboration with the Molloy College Student Personal Counseling Center. The conference is also being sponsored by the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and the Long Island Chapter, LINYMHCA.

 

 



Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Please click here for the webpage for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Conference Chair: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College
Email: lkestemberg@molloy.edu
Phone: (516) 323-3842

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Email: cthomas@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3554