March 15th, Pre-Conference Agenda

Once you have registered, you are registered for the entire conference.

  • Ethics, Boundaries, and Much More

Dr. Dan W. Bishop, LPC, LC, LICS, Concordia University – Chicago

Providing counseling and therapy can be a slippery slope that we often find ourselves slipping into related to ethics and legal areas. The slippery slope is more common than many therapists wish to believe just because of the therapeutic environment. Recognizing when we are potentially getting close to a boundary crossing or boundary violation, what we need to do when we are there and how to utilize ethical decision-making models to deal will be covered in this interactive workshop. 

  • Navigating the Future with Clinical Supervision

Andrew J Schreier, LPC, ICS, CSAC, ICGC-II, New Life Resources, Inc. and Community Medical Services, Menomonee Falls, WI

The pandemic, political tension, racial issues, environmental concerns, and advancements in technology has created changes within the helping profession. Counseling and treatment services over the years have been faced with challenges as people they were helping as well as themselves have been dealing with both nationwide and global issues.  We continue to journey through with several uncertainties and not knowing what was going to happen next. As helping professionals, we were tasked with helping people navigate through these unknowns for our clients as well as people we are supervising.   Clinical Supervision is a cornerstone component that helps build the foundation for someone working in the helping profession.  Supervision is filled with components that is needed to ensure best practice, ethical standards, ongoing development, and feedback.  On the other hand, supervision can hold space for a professional who wants to see growth in their development in a career of helping people.  Learn how clinical supervision is necessary for how we navigate the challenges and opportunities.  

This pre-conference presentation will focus on understanding the difficulties and challenges when providing supervision during times of unknowns and providing tools and resources for helping professionals manage uncertainties. 

  • Drum Circles: An Alternative and Holistic Approach to Treatment

Jim Harrison, BS, MS, CSAC, LPC, ICGC-II, BACC, Dousman, WI

The drum is probably one of the first musical instruments used by humans. Drumming has been used as a method of communication, worship and spiritual ceremonies, entertainment, and just pure enjoyment and recreation. It has also been used as a form of stress and anxiety relief.

Drumming can also be used as a form of therapy.  It creates a sense of connectedness with self and others; helps us to experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life; provides a secular approach to assessing a higher power; releases negative feelings, blockages, and emotional trauma; places one in the present moment; and provides a medium individual self-realization.

This 4 hour workshop will be presented in 2 sections. The first half will discuss the various types of drum circles, how to set up and facilitate a drum circle, the benefits of drumming, instruments uses, techniques, and rhythms.  The second half will allow all members to participate in a drum circle, as drummers and/or facilitators.  Instruments will be provided; however, participants may bring their own drums or ‘toys’ if they so desire.  It should be noted that no prior musical experience is necessary and all ability levels are welcome. This activity is devised to provide and emphasize fun, self-expression, stress reduction, social interaction and community building, exercise for mind, body, and spirit, camaraderie and support, along with developing key musical skills, such as rhythmicity, improvisation, and ensemble playing .