CSI presents Practical Strategies to Wellness workshop

Posted On March 7, 2017
Categories About, CPS Buzz, Events

Join CPS and Chi Sigma Iota for the workshop Practical Strategies to Wellness: Focusing on the Counselor as a Person.  The workshop will be facilitated by Meryl Arnett, Julie Cannon, Dr. Catharina Chang, Ramona Grad, Nikki Elston, Dr. Thomas Murphy, Dr. Julia Wisenhunt, and LPCA of Georgia.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:45 PM

GSU College of Education & Human Development, Room 150
30 Pryor St., Atlanta, GA 30303

CSI Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $20.00


Program Description

Who is the counselor as a person?  How is the counselor as a person?  As counselors we encourage our clients to maintain their wellness and self-care, but counselors and counselors-in-training often struggle to find their own balance in these two areas.  Wellness has been defined as “a way of life oriented toward optimal health and well-being, in which body, mind, and spirit are integrated” (Myers, Sweeny, & Whitmer, 2000).  In this all day workshop you will be offered practical strategies and practices to help you develop your wellness.  Throughout the day presenters will use yoga, interactive discussions, groups, creative activities, and Qigong to explore mindfulness and wellness.

Schedule for the Day

9:00-9:30       Check-in, Registration, Breakfast

9:30-10:15 ­    Key Note: What does wellness have to do with being a professional counselor?  Catharina Chang

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-11:30    Chill: Creating Sacred Space for Counselor Wellness, Tom Murphy & Meryl Arnett

Tom and Meryl will incorporate research on Seeking Safety and into group practice created to reduce vicarious traumatic activation in counselors using yoga, mindfulness and ritual interventions. This workshop will utilize movement, simple yoga poses, and partnered yoga for those who wish to participate.

11:30-11:45    Break

11:45-1:15      LPCA of Georgia & Lunch

The License Professional Counselors Association of Georgia will be here to discuss licensure requirements, as well as how to advocate for laws and legislation related to counselors and our field of work.

1:15-2:15        Healing the Healer: Managing the Personal Effects of Trauma Work, Julia Wisenhunt

In this workshop, we will discuss the concepts and possible indicators of burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary trauma. We will highlight strategies for preventing and managing the potentially harmful personal effects of working with trauma. This workshop will include opportunities for active participation.

2:15-2:30        Break

2:30-3:30        A Counselor’s Wellness Plan: Thriving in Your Chosen Profession, Julie Cannon

We all know about our ethical obligation to care for ourselves personally and professionally to avoid becoming an “impaired professional.” Rather than staying a few steps ahead of burnout, what if we endeavor to have a life and vocation in which we thrive? Join us as we take an intentional look at our current self-care practices and consider what will nurture us through school, comps, licensure, into a fulfilling, life-sustaining career. We will use the gentle practice of Qigong (physical postures, breathing, and focused intention) to bring mindful awareness to our present experience and enlighten the path of wellness before us. Come as you are. No special clothing or equipment is required.

3:30-3:45        Break

3:45-4:45        The Benefit of Self-Care: Connecting with Others and Becoming an Effective Counselor, Ramona Grad & Nikki Elston

Professional counselors are faced with many stressors that may make them prone to experiencing burnout and unprofessionalism. To provide the best care for others, one must first know how to properly care for one’s self. Join us to experience and learn a group program with the focus on self-care.

Presenter Information

Catharina Chang, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, NCCcath

Catherine Chang (Catharina) is a professor at Georgia State University and program coordinator for the Counselor Education and Practice doctoral program.

She has published and presented in the areas of social justice and advocacy, multicultural counseling competence, privilege and oppression issues and counseling implications related to Asian American and Korean American clients.

She was the lead editor for the book Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy and the lead editor for the special issue on Social Justice for the Counselor Education and Supervision journal.

meryl-arnettMeryl Arnett

Meryl Arnett is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who owns the Sacred Chill yoga studio in West Midtown and who co-facilitates several groups at Positive Impact Health Centers.  Tom and Meryl conducted research on adding yoga practice to the Seeking Safety addiction counseling intervention at Positive Impact.

tom-murphyTom Murphy, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Tom Murphy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who recently completed the Counselor Education & Practice doctoral program at Georgia State University.  He is a clinical practitioner at Positive Impact Health Centers – Midtown where he specializes in addiction and trauma interventions, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Tom is currently at part-time instructor in counselor education at GSU.

julie-cannonJulie Cannon, LPC, CPCS

With a passion for working with adults in transition, Julie serves as Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Mercer University in Atlanta, and has a small private practice in North DeKalb. Prior to this, she worked as a hospice chaplain, academic advisor, and inpatient family therapist. Julie takes a holistic approach to therapy, assessing needs of the mind, body and spirit. She enjoys working collaboratively with other practitioners to provide personalized care and assist clients in creating a sustainable wellness plan. Her training includes a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Alabama, Health Coaching certificate, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training. She is a Diplomate in the American Association of Integrative Medicine and recently completed level 1 training as a Qigong instructor.

julie-wisenhuntJulie Wisenhunt, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS

Julia Whisenhunt is Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at the University of West Georgia.  Dr. Whisenhunt earned her M.A. in Psychology and Ed.S. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University. She holds licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified ProfessionalCounseling Supervisor (CPCS) in Georgia.                                      

ramona-gradRamona Grad, MS, NCC

Ramona is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Practice program and her interest are focused on trauma and posttraumatic growth. She has more than 10 years of experience in clinical work with adults in private practice in Romania and in different setting in the United States. In her clinical and teaching experiences, she uses creative approaches to incorporate and develop self-care strategies for both her students and her clients.

nikki-elstonNikki Elston, M.S.

Nikki is a third year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Practice Program at Georgia State University.  She has more than 13 years of experience working in higher education as an assistant director of student activities and assistant dean of academic affairs.  Her research interests include student-faculty interactions, mattering, skill development and retention in counselor trainees, and counselor wellness. She also loves CSI and hopes you’ll come to this workshop.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing seven days prior to the workshop to receive a refund and are subject to a $25.00 processing fee.  No refunds will be made after Monday, March 27, 2017

ADA Accommodations

Accommodations will be made in accordance with the law.  If you require ADA accommodations please contact Katie Lowry (404-413-8012) at least two weeks before the conference date so arrangements can be made.

Further Questions

Contact Katie Lowry at 404-413-8012 or kmlowry@gsu.edu visit our website at http://cps.education.gsu.edu