It was a success!

Yesterday, was our first Happy Hour Meet & Greet event. We enjoyed meeting, and learning the specialties of, each member that attended. It was a pleasure connecting and networking with other counselors. We each walked away with valuable information for referrals and new supportive connections.

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Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s event and for making it a success. If you were unable to make this event, we hope to see you at our next event.

Tiffany, Tracy, & Virginia

P.S. Check out the positive reviews from your fellow members on Facebook about this event!

Images taken by Photography by Tracy

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TCA Professional Growth Conference 2013

This year’s TCA Professional Growth Conference is in San Antonio and several of our colleagues are presenting. TCA’s Professional Growth Conference, is the largest annual conference for professional counselors who provide services in private practice settings, at elementary and secondary schools, on college campuses, in criminal justice settings, community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes/managed care facilities, and in other settings across Texas.The conference starts on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and ends on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

We previously asked for presentation information on Facebook and received information from our colleague, Julie Jarzombek. Below is information on Julie’s presentation, Internal Change for External Success: Counseling the obese in their Bariatric process:

Title of Session

Internal Change for External Success: Counseling the obese in their Bariatric process

Preferred Session Format

“1.5 hour Sectional Program”

More than once

Yes

Publish Email

Yes

Record Session

Yes

Program Summary

Who and what dictates’ our wellness status, disease or body image? Bariatric surgery is an innovative approach to treating obesity, but the question remains; why does it work for some and not others? This presentation will examine disordered eating behaviors among the obese population seeking to lose weight with bariatric surgery. Counseling implications and interventions will be discussed. Exploring excess weight as the external symptom from disconnected internal emotions, thoughts, sensations and energies in clients.

Rationale

Obesity is at its highest rate ever, resulting in clients presenting physical, psychological and social issues in session. Research suggests people who are obese are more likely to perceive themselves as unattractive, believe others make disparaging comments about their weight, dislike being in public, feel discrimination when applying for jobs, at work, church and doctor offices; all of which leads to negative self beliefs and fear of being in the world. This session will help counselors be aware of the affects obesity has on clients, overall functioning in the world.

Educational Content

In this eye-opening presentation, education and methods of counseling the obese will be discussed as well as experienced. Participants will be educated on bariatric surgery, gain insight related to obese clients and experience exercises meant to be applied with clients. Breathing techniques, energy work and expressive arts provide an avenue for clients to identify and name their issues, chiefly abuse, trauma, and loss; in a secure manner. Techniques covered in this presentation can be easily incorporated into existing counseling models and work easily with most theoretical backgrounds. Particular consideration will be given to the mental and emotional blocks held in the physical body and the importance of relation to the disordered eating behaviors and the client’s self-beliefs and body image. By understanding the emotional and mental blocks held within the body, clinicians are able to engage with clients in much more effective way and have a deeper perceptive of the unspoken issues. Participants will find these techniques are applicable to all clients who struggle with weight and body issues.

Usage of PowerPoint and distributing handouts.

Learning Objective 1

Learn the definition & types of bariatric surgery, risks and benefits.

Learning Objective 2

Learn the pre-op psychological process for clients & why it’s important.

Learning Objective 3

Learn the challenges in counseling the obese in their bariatric process.

Learning Objective 4

How to acknowledge key elements contributing to disordered eating behavior

Learning Objective 5

Learn somatic techniques to promote client awareness- relationship food.

Targeted Audience

All levels

Group Size

51-100

Track

Mental Health Counseling

If attending TCA, make sure to check out Julie’s presentation and share your TCA personal growth and experiences with us by commenting on this blog post.

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Networking Event-Chronic Pain Presentation Success

We had another successful presentation/networking event! Thanks to everyone who attended today’s event and a big thanks to Desirae Ysasi for her insightful presentation on chronic pain. Her presentation taught us how to address resistance with clients as well as helpful relaxation techniques and interventions used to assist clients with chronic pain.

Today’s proceeds were given to Desirae whom decided to donate the proceeds to the Out of Darkness Walk. This walk is dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention.

If you were unable to make this event, we hope to see you at our next event.

Tiffany, Tracy & Virginia

Presentation: Chronic Pain

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Join us on October 5th from 10am-12pm  for an opportunity to hear Desirae Ysasi, LPC, present on chronic pain.

This event will be held at Novian Counseling and Neuroeducation Center. Cost is $15 per person.  You can register for this event by leaving a comment below. Advance payment is required (see the paypal “Buy Now” link below). Space is limited to 10 people so register early!

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to mingle and network. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about chronic pain, connect with others, and build your name in the counseling field!

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Networking Event

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We are pleased to announce our next networking event!

This event will focus on brief therapy approaches as previously decided by our members. We are hoping to get a turnout of 10 members to this event. The format of this event will be a discussion group. This means that each person attending should be prepared to contribute their thoughts and experience regarding brief therapy approaches.

These events are designed to provide both support and opportunities to network yourself in our field. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with others, increase your support system, and build your name in the counseling field!

This event will be held on Saturday 6/22/13 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Novian Counseling & Neuroeducation Center.  Please email us at SACounselors@gmail.com to register for this event.

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Networking Event

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Its that time again…time for our next networking event!

After receiving feedback from our members it was decided that our next event will focus on brief therapy approaches.  We are hoping to get a turnout of 10 members to this event. The format of this event will be discussion group. This means that each person attending should be prepared to contribute their thoughts and experience regarding brief therapy approaches.

These events are designed to provide both support and opportunities to network yourself in our field. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with others, increase your support system, and build your name in the counseling field!

This event will be held on Saturday 4/27/13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Novian Counseling & Neuroeducation Center.  Please email us at SACounselors@gmail.com to register for this event.

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Networking Event Success

We had another successful networking event! Thanks to all who attended and for sharing your personal means of self care and burn-out. Here are a few articles shared on self care and burnout:

http://ct.counseling.org/2013/01/whos-taking-care-of-superman/

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3790568/Unravelling2013.pdf

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/01/13/6-ways-you-can-have-a-healthy-relationship-with-yourself/

Compassion Satisfaction/Fatigue Assessment

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The photo above was a part of this article, http://www.livehiup.com/2012/08/25/natural-self-care-series-laughter/, which poses another interesting means of self-care.

If you were unable to attend this event, please share with us what you do for your own self care.

Remember to take care of YOU and we hope to see you at our next event!

Tiffany, Tracy & Virginia