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Wellness, Prevention, Development: The Cornerstones of Counseling Profession Workshop

May 2, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wells Conference Center, Orono, Maine
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The members of the Upsilon Mu Eta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) would like to invite you attend this special topics workshop presented by Dr. Jane Myers, international scholar, named one of the top 25 most influential individuals in the Profession of Counseling, and Dr. Tom Sweeney, founding chair of the Counsel for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational programs (CACREP) and past Executive Director and founding President of CSI International, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society. This FREE workshop is open to all, and CEU’s will be available FREE through National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The fields of physical and mental health can treat all manner of illness,but how capable are they at promoting positive functioning? All persons are capable of making choices that lead to healthier and happier lives.

  • As practitioners, what does it look like to integrate this outlook into our work?
  • In an era of evidence-based practices and treatment plans, how can we implement it?
  • And how can such an approach help us to address the unique mental health needs of Maine, with our rural and aging population?

We are honored to have Drs. Myers & Sweeney with us to help answer these questions and expand upon Wellness and Development, their areas of expertise. While these topics are cornerstones to the identity of Professional Counselors, we believe they are relevant to all helping professionals, regardless of client population or setting.

During this interactive workshop, you will learn vital counseling skills including:

  • Wellness-based interventions and models that promote positive change
  • How to foster emotional regulation in clients (and ourselves)
  • Biofeedback techniques that aid helping professionals in promoting Wellness
  • How to measure Heart Rate Variability (i.e. a key indicator of physical health)
  • Working with biofeedback software to reduce stress, increase immune system functioning, etc.

Dr. Jane Myers is the current Executive Director of CSI International honor society, a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA), past chair of the Counsel for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), among many other leadership roles in ACA divisions. She is a past president of the Association for Adult Development and Aging, for which she was the founding president, and worked on five national projects on aging for the American Association for Counseling and Development, thus making her an expert in working with older persons and Developmental counseling across the lifespan. She has established partnerships with mental health professionals around the globe to study wellness. The assessment instrument she co-created to measure wellness (the 5F-Wel) has been or is being culturally adapted into 16 different languages. She has written and edited numerous publications, including 16 books and monographs, over 70 refereed journal articles, and more than 30 additional publications. She has also co-produced seven training videotapes for gerontological counseling. She has been honored numerous times, most recently being awarded the ACA Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, the ACA Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES).

Dr. Tom Sweeney is the founding Executive Director for CSI International, one of the three largest counseling associations in the world with over 90K members initiated, 280 campus-based chapters. He is the past-president of American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES),and Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES). He is the founding President of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling (IAMFC), founding Chair of the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), an elected Board Member of both the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) and the National Association for Career Development (NACD), and instrumental in launching what has become the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

His position papers, adopted and implemented by ACA, contributed to professional counselor licensure (1975) and national accreditation (1981). In addition to writing, Dr. Sweeney has produced training videos on counseling older persons, early recollections and Developmental Counseling and Therapy (DCT) assessment, and an award winning tele-course, Coping With Kids. Besides the fifth edition of his book, Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy (2009), he is co-author of Developmental Counseling and Therapy; Promoting Wellness Over the Life Span (2005), and co-author and editor of Wellness Counseling: Theory, Research, & Practice (2005).

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