April 3-5th, 2020 Convention Information
Convention Schedule


Friday, April 3rd

      ~    Registration & Check-in             11 AM 
     ~    Exhibits Open                                3 PM
     ~    Pre-convention Workshops:      3 - 6 PM and  2- 6 PM
      ~   State of the Profession Panel & Dessert Reception     7:30 - 9 pm



Saturday, April 4th



Sunday, April 5th


      ~  Mindful Meditation Session ______________________7 AM
      ~  Optional Breakfast Buffet _______________________7 AM - 8:30 AM
      ~  Convention Morning Sessions Begin ________________9  AM
      ~  Convention Closes                                                         12 Noon 
Friday Evening Event

Dessert Reception and State of the Profession Panel Discussion   7:30 - 9:00 PM

        Panelists:

          ~   TBA
          ~   TBA
          ~   Heather Evans, Hinman-Straub Advisors, NYMHCA lobbyist
          ~   Denise Murphy McGraw,  Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, LLC, NYMHCA lobbyist

        Moderated by NYMHCA President Josh Maldonado
Pre-Convention Workshops: 


2 - 6 PM, Friday, April 3rd

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3-6 PM, Friday, April 3rd

  ~  Building Your Private Practice   3 CEUs 

          Presenter: TBA

  ~  A Therapist's Guide to Trauma and Dissociation   3 CEUs 

         Presenter:  Barry Litt, MFT

       Enormous advances have been made in recent decades in the understanding of trauma and its sequelae. This workshop begins with a general 
       understanding of the neuroscience of trauma and subsequent identity formation. ​Moreover, the importance of early childhood experiences 
       (particularly attachment) inform vulnerability to traumatic stress.To grasp the scope of the issue, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale is 
       described, demonstrating the connection between early trauma and multiple health outcomes. This workshop will acquaint clinicians with the 
       latest  understanding of trauma, attachment, and dissociation.Trauma is then examined as it affects attachment across the lifespan, and then 
       we conclude with a discussion of normal and pathological dissociation.


  ~   Workshop TBA
  ~   Workshop TBA
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  Saturday Evening Social and Networking Event!



Keynote Speaker:  Barry Litt, MFT


Keynote Address Title: The Foundations of Dialogue: A Client-Centered Approach

We all know that building rapport and establishing dialogue is a necessary ingredient in counseling, but what is it made out of? It is often assumed that clinicians just know intuitively what that looks like, but often we don’t. In this keynote address, Barry Litt breaks down dialogue to its elemental components and reveals the universal foundations of dialogue and trust.

Barry Litt received his Masters degree in Family Therapy in Philadelphia where he studied contextual therapy with is founder, Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy. Barry is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.  He has authored three chapters in as many books plus a journal article on the integration of EMDR with couples and family therapy, has presented workshops at numerous conferences and provided many workshop trainings to international audiences. Barry is dedicated to advancements in theoretical integration and technical innovation in EMDR therapy.  
Telehealth Practice    4 CEUs      This workshop provides the clinical requirements for a telehealth certification.

Presenter: Raymond Barrett, LMHC, LPC, BC-TMH, MS

​Raymond Barrett, has extensively provided telemental health counseling services in private practice, for facilities, and for an EAP program. Both as a practitioner and trainer, his aim is to fill every knowledge gap as it arises in the telemental health profession, and that his training allows for immediate implementation. Ray has developed several courses on telemental health and ensures his courses are kept updated.  

Trainees find Ray to be very approachable, available and knowledgeable. Ray appreciates hearing from each training participant individually in order to fulfill their specific learning needs and to incorporate their questions and successes into the training program. He has presented on telebehavioral health at several conferences and has assisted many organizations to create, launch, and enhance their telehealth programs through his consultation services.
From past attendees:

"I always learn so much at the NYMHCA convention.  I could never miss it!"

"Loved the topics and themes and I would love to be a presenter at a future convention."

"Always a growth experience!"
Workshop Schedule         Workshop titles and presenters will be posted here in December.

If a workshop listing has "CEU" in the description it means that the workshop has been approved to provide CEU's for LMHC licensure renewal.  Others without that designation could provide CEU's for national certifications.

Saturday 9:00-10:15 am:


Saturday 10:30-11:45 am:


Saturday 2 - 2:45 pm   Poster session


Saturday 2:45 - 4 pm:


Saturday 4:15 - 5:30 pm:


Sunday 9:00-10:15 am:


Sunday 10:30-11:45 am:




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New York Mental Health Counselors Association
Transitions and Transformations in Counseling and Counselor Education
Join NYMHCA leaders and the good company of convention attendees from around New York State, for an evening of socializing and fun networking opportunities. Get to know other attendees through networking bingo with a prize for the winner!

Let yourself unwind from a busy day of learning and enjoy a popcorn station with toppings and a make-your-own sundae station. You can also participate in a fun networking bingo with a prize for the winner. A cash bar will provide libation.