2018 Convention Information

Exploring Innovative Approaches in Counseling and Counselor Education

April 13-15th, 2018, Albany Marriott

Convention Schedule

Friday, April 13th

      ~    Registration & Check-in             11 AM 
     ~    Exhibits Open                              11 AM

     ~    Pre-convention Workshops:      3 - 6 PM
                   -   Booking Your Private Practice Solid   
                   -   Licensure 101 - Everything You Need to Know to Be Licensed  

      ~    State of the Profession Panel & Dessert Reception     7 - 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 14th

Sunday, April 15th

      ~  Mindful Meditation Session ______________________7 AM
      ~  Optional Continental Breakfast ___________________7 AM - 8:30 AM
      ~  Convention Morning Sessions Begin ______________9  AM
      ~  NYMHCA Business Meeting                                          _10:30 AM
      ~  Convention Closes                                                         _12 Noon 
Friday Evening Event

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

          ~   Joel Miller, CEO/ED - American Mental Health Counselors Association
          ~   Dr. David Hamilton, NYS Office of Professions
          ~   Representative from OASAS
          ~   Heather Evans, Hinman-Straub Advisors
          ~   Denise Murphy McGraw,  Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, LLC

        Moderated by NYMHCA President Diane Spizzirro
Pre-Convention Workshops:           (3-6 pm on Friday, April 13th)


  ~  Licensure 101 

         Presenter: Paul Schwartzman, LMHC & Diane Spizzirro, LMHC

         This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview to the licensure process. Topics will include: an historical perspective on licensure, eligibility,    
         supervision issues, exam preparation, the exam, and working with the NYS Office of Professions, and the new continuing education requirement for 
         licensed mental health counselors. Internship and job seeking will also be discussed.  Time will be allocated for discussion and every effort will be 
         made to address individual needs and circumstances.

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Saturday Evening Social Event

     ~ Dinner, DJ & Dancing!

            Join us at 7 pm for 2 1/2 hours of good food (deli wraps with a pasta station!), good music and 
            dancing.  Door prizes, party favors, a cash bar, and assorted desserts will add to the fun!

     ~  We are pleased to announce that the DJ for the event will be:  DJ Bentley!

           He is one of the most sought after DJ's in the country! Professional, Unique & Captivating,.. The Crowd Motivator - Performs                      nationally & internationally.  He's been hired Globally by some of the most influential people in the world for his DJ Skills. This                  is a testament to his versatility, as he can creatively play anything from Bach to Bob Marley to Hendrix to Jay-Z & everything in 
           between! DJ Bentley is a world class DJ and can make any party a memorable one.


Poster Sessions

Saturday 10:30-11:45am:

Six Words Say It All: Mini Memoirs in Counseling Practice
Masha Arius
Amanda Karam
Miosha Bryant
This presentation will introduce the use of six word mini memoirs as a therapeutic tool for counselors. Learn how to use mini memoirs in a cognitive-behavioral and resiliency focused framework. Join us to add your own mini memoirs to the poster.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Laura Wood

Keynote Address Title:  All the World’s a Stage: Infusing Drama and Embodiment into Clinical Practice, Supervision, and Counselor Education

   DJ Social Dinner Menu
Workshops and Presenters:

Double Workshops

Saturday 9:00-11:45 am:

Community Mission: Support of Military Transitions
Barbara Trolley, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, CRC
Gabriella Pelosi, Grad Student, HS Admissions Counselor, GA
Chelsea McBee, Grad Student, RD, Student Worker
Military members and their families face numerous transitions such as deployments, geographical moves, and changes in roles, schools, jobs and health. This didactic and experiential workshop will address psychosocial, family, educational, vocational, legal, and spiritual concerns confronting this military population, highlight their assets, and provide a gamut of integrated resources. 

Please check this page in December to see a list of all of the workshops that will be offered.  The workshops that will provide continuing education units will have the designation of (CEU).  Click here for a review of the CEU requirements for licensure for LMHC's and how you can acquire your contact hours during the convention.
Discovering & Strengthening Parts of Self through Mask Work and Enactment

Presenter:  Dr. Laura Wood

In this highly experiential workshop featuring enactment and mask work, participants will take their own journeys to work with a part of Self that they wish to understand better, then work toward strengthening Self in response. We will discuss using this process with various traumatized populations, including those with eating disorders, addictions, attachment issues, serious illness, or suffering from grief. Designed for professionals from a variety of disciplines. Interested others are also welcome.