Saj Razvi

Trauma and the Body: Mapping Autonomic Responses for Assessment and Intervention in Mental Health

Current research shows that at the root of many physical and mental health disorders is trauma. Specifically, the highly stressful or overwhelming experiences that occurred in early childhood which correlate to disease processes well into adulthood. The evidence is so strong that it suggests working in mental health inherently means working with traumatic reactivity and it’s many repercussions.

This talk provides a coherent overview of trauma with an emphasis on emerging somatic approaches. Drawing specifically from the Trauma Dynamics treatment model, we will discuss the memory systems involved in storing, triggering and ultimately resolving trauma. We will review a clinically useful, research based map of the autonomic nervous system and our adaptive responses to traumatic events. Finally, we will discuss resolution techniques that are trending towards bottom-up, fast brain, somatic processing

About the Speaker: Saj Razvi is the Executive Director of Trauma Dynamics and a sub-investigator for the recently completed Boulder, CO Phase 2 trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is also involved in the researching ketamine to improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy for depression, suicidality and PTSD symptoms. Saj is adjunct faculty at the University of Denver where he leads Trauma Dynamics trainings. He is also a national topic expert for PESI education seminars focusing on complex trauma, and he is the co-author of a soon to be released text for therapists that is based on the Trauma Dynamics treatment protocol. 

Natalie Portman-Marsh, MSW, Rachel Clements, and Krista Lewis

Save Yourself from WebMD: Mental Health First Aid for Community Literacy

We’re all familiar with the phenomenon of DIY diagnosis: ten minutes on the Internet lets anyone diagnose a friend or family member with schizophrenia or a personality disorder. Clinicians spend an inordinate amount of time and resources combating stigma and misinformation among people who care for a loved one with a mental health challenge. What if you could send those well-meaning friends, family, and caregivers to an evidence-based behavioral health literacy training instead of to Google? In a Mental Health First Aid class, participants learn the signs and symptoms of common mental health challenges and substance use disorders, an action plan for mental health crises, and what local resources (read: you) are available to help. Clients, caregivers, and communities all benefit from the common language and added mental health savvy of the training.

In this session, you will learn about the content and structure of the Mental Health First Aid curriculum, how to connect with local statewide efforts to increase mental health literacy, and how Mental Health First Aid will help the people you serve. Join us to get on board! Attendees will be eligible for free admission to an upcoming MHFA training

About the Speakers: Natalie Portman-Marsh is the owner of NPM Consulting, LLC and provides Emergent Learning, strategic planning, road mapping, operational analysis, coaching, meeting and board facilitation services. She has presented at conferences on school based health, suicide, trauma, health disparities, family involvement and collective impact. She is an adjunct at DU Graduate School of Social Work and on the Board of the Colorado School Medicaid Consortium. Please reach Natalie at,  303-641-6772.

Krista Lewis – Director of Development, Jefferson Center for Mental Health: Ms. Lewis joined Jefferson Center for Mental Health in December of 2013. As Director of Development, she oversees the overall strategy to maintain and expand philanthropic support for the organization through individual, corporate, foundation and governmental funding. Since her time at Jefferson Center, the contributed revenue has doubled from $2M to nearly $4M. Ms. Lewis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from the University of Colorado and has been a development professional for over a decade.

Rachel Clements is the Colorado Statewide Coordinator for Mental Health First Aid. Rachel received a Master’s in Organizational Psychology and Leadership Development and has since traded the Los Angeles traffic in for the Rocky Mountain serenity. Rachel previously worked with adolescents post suicide attempt and found MHFA as a great tool to be more proactive in creating a culture of empathy and mental wellness. Rachel loves working to improve public health, TED Talks, time with friends, and concerts at Red Rocks.

Robert A. Lees, Michelle J. Stevens and Julie A. Jacobs

Alternative Income Streams – the Legal Risks and Benefits

Synopsis:  Learn about ways to ethically and legally diversify your practice income!  Come learn about the hottest trends – including becoming a Coach, offering Teletherapy, and/or becoming a Parental Responsibility Evaluator or Child and Family Investigator. We will help you understand the legal and ethical risks so you can set yourself up for success!

Michelle J Stevens, JD, MA, LPC is an Associate Attorney for Robert A. Lees & Associates. Michelle works on professional liability, ethical, regulatory, risk management, business and legal mental health issues for mental health professionals practicing in the State of Colorado. She also works on elder law including trusts and estates. Michelle is trained in Risk Management specializing in Managing Opportunities and Threats, Risk Identification, and Mitigation Plans. She is well versed in the Colorado Mental Health Practice Act as well as Ethical Codes of the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Psychologists. Michelle is a current member of the Colorado State Bar; she is a past member of the Washington State Bar (#24479 1994 – 2003); and, has a solid understanding and foundation of the legal aspects of mental health practice. Her passion is helping counselors learn critical ethical practice tools so that they make sound ethical practice decisions. 

ROBERT A. LEES is a seasoned attorney with over thirty-nine years of experience practicing law in the areas of regulatory (administrative) law; the Administrative Law Courts (ALJ); litigation, arbitration, mediation, and appellate actions in all state and federal courts in Colorado, regulatory boards and agencies; asset protection, constitutional litigation, and has extensive experience in issues and legal concerns related to regulatory law and the drafting of those laws, by request, for the office of Attorney General and the Colorado Legislature for the benefit of DORA (Department of Regulatory Agencies). Mr. Lees has lectured for numerous national and local education programs. He was deputy district attorney and special prosecutor for the 12th Judicial District. Mr. Lees has litigated and advocated on issues for and against various state governments. He has been designated as an expert in Colorado Courts and has testified regarding matters of concern. 

JULIE A. JACOBS is an Associate Attorney with Robert A. Lees & Associates. Dr. Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and attorney who practices in the area of mental health provider law. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Jacobs practiced for 12 years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, including private practice, college counseling centers, and the United States Air Force. Several years ago, she decided to change the path of her career and focus on helping mental health providers understand the interaction between law and mental health practice. This decision brought her to Boulder, where she obtained her J.D. at the University of Colorado Law School in 2014. She is a current member of the Colorado State Bar. 

Meredith Potter

Somatic Approaches to Financial Wellbeing in Therapy

Developing mindfulness around habits and beliefs in relationship to money can open space for new choices in spending, saving, earning, and financial patterns. From a somatic perspective, self-regulation and resourcing skills can be useful when strong emotions arise with the topic of finances.  The presenter will convey key aspects of her qualitative research on somatic approaches to money work, and facilitate a somatic exploration of 8 financial archetypes. 


About the Speaker: Meredith Potter graduated from Naropa University in Somatic Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy.  She currently works as a Community-based Therapist with Griffith Centers and a Counseling Extern with Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute, both in Denver.  Through engaging in her own money work with Bari Tessler's Art of Money program and conducting research on the topic for her Master's research in graduate school, Meredith continues to explore the connections between financial life and emotions, behaviors, and psychology.  Meredith has been blessed with the opportunity to develop more connection with her own body through dance, yoga, and graduate school at Naropa.  She has been lucky enough to develop trauma-informed skills through her training at Noeticus.  She gets excited about bringing these experiences into the developing field of Financial Therapy.  

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Healing from Complex PTSD and Dissociation with EMDR Therapy

Complex PTSD occurs as a result of long-term exposure to traumatic stress rather than in response to a single incident and typically arises as a result of repeated traumatic events that occur during childhood. Growing up afraid has ramifications on cognitive, emotional, and physical development that persist into adulthood until one has sufficient support to heal. This is not a character weakness; it is a learned stress disorder. You can help your clients reclaim their lives from the costs of childhood trauma by deepening self-acceptance and reducing the shame that often accompanies developmental wounds. In this presentation you will develop a greater understanding of Complex PTSD and discover ways to mitigate its effects through Resilience Informed Therapy, which applies research on trauma recovery to form a strength-based, trauma treatment model that includes EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and time-tested relational psychotherapy. We will explore the existential issues that typically arise for clinicians when working with dissociative clients. Through discussion we will examine the ways that embodiment, mindfulness, and compassion based practices facilitate health for both the client and the clinician.

About the Speaker: Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology through Naropa University. She is the author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. She is a core teacher with The Maiberger Institute offering EMDRIA approved Advanced Workshops on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Attachment Trauma, and Chronic Pain. She provides consultation and education to EMDR therapists from around the country. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in PTSD, Complex PTSD, grief and loss, resilience, and therapeutic yoga. She is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her writing, public speaking, social media presence, and blog.

Howard Baumgarten, LPC

Build, Change, Grow: Bright Ideas for a Better Practice

At a time of healthcare uncertainty, many practitioners in or starting private practice are unsure about how to grow their practice in the right direction. This training focuses on the private practitioner's creativity, ability to risk change, and challenges in resilience. Specific tips for practice improvement are explored.


About the Speaker: Howard Baumgarten, a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for 17 years, created and taught a practice-building course at the University of Colorado, Denver, and has lectured around the country on the integration of business development and mental health. He provides professional consultation to practice owners and is the author of a practice-building workbook to be released in 2017.

Mita M Johnson, Ed.D, NCC, LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC, SAP

Drugs and the Brain

Clients who misuse street drugs and prescription-based psychoactive substances often have a co-occurring mental health disorder and/or physical health issue -  that they may be struggling with and potentially self-medicating.  This workshop will discuss how misusing substances dysregulates the brain and impairs our client.  There will be a discussion about the implications of brain dysregulation as a result of substance use on psychotherapy (assessment, treatment planning and treatment).  We will also discuss how to present this information to the client that is motivating and hopeful.

About The Speaker: Dr. Mita Johnson brings 26 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling, with a specialization in substance use disorders, clinical supervision, and ethical practice. She is a Core Faculty member of Walden University, and trains internationally and nationally on numerous clinical issues.  Mita maintains a private practice where she offers clinical supervision, consultation and counseling services.  Dr. Johnson is a Governor’s appointee to the Behavioral Health Transformation Council, services on several workforce development committees, and is the Treasurer and Ethics Chair of NAADAC. 

Dr LaTisha Bader, PhD, LP, LAC, CCAASP

We've All Gone to Pot: Counseling Tips and Strategies

Dr. Bader will present a scientifically informed, balanced approach to clinical conversations regarding cannabis. The current zeitgeist of the Colorado marijuana industry will be review, considering additional states legalizing marijuana. The discussion will include information about delivery methods, psychoactive properties, addictive potential, use and withdrawal concerns. More importantly, it will offer clinicians talking points to use with clients and colleagues, and current medical and mental health approaches to treating marijuana use.

About The Speaker: Dr. Bader graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 with a PhD in counseling psychology and specializing in sport psychology, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed addiction counselor, in addition she also a certified consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. She currently works at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) in Aurora, CO, where she manages the Professional’s Program and Ascent track for elite athletes, as well as complimenting the multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides individualized care for patients. She brings years of experience working in the field of addiction, specifically with professionals, executives and athletes. She serves as Senior Clinical Instructor for the UCH Department of Psychiatry and maintains a private practice in the Westminster area offering counseling and sport psychology services.

Marie Geasair

Genuine, Ethical and Booked Solid! Authentic Outreach for Building Your Private Practice

Truly effective outreach for your private practice is about more than just networking with other mental health professionals or mastering social media. If you want to ethically and genuinely attract the right type of clients for your private practice without over-working or over-spending, you need a new approach. This presentation will introduce a client-centered outreach strategy that you can use on-line or off-line to increase organic referrals, attract clients who are the best match for your unique approach and services and convert a higher number of inquiries into clients.


About the Speaker: Mari has been an entrepreneur for the last 35 years and has been a business coach since the year 2000. She specializes in working with, therapists, healers, and others in the business of transforming lives to help them build thriving private practices. Mari is a Coach University CTP graduate and holds a B.A. in Theatre from Colorado University at BoulderShe is a General Member of the International Coaching Federation, and the American Counseling Association,

Li Brookens, LCSW

Transgender Identities and Clinical Practice: Updating and experiencing clinical care models

In this workshop, participants will be exploring current mental health practices that align with optimal health for our transgender clients. After the initial teaching on Gender 101 and social/medical transition related resources, the workshop attendees will have the option to participate in a gender experiential fish bowl as part of the learning. In the fish bowl experience, participants will be invited to share clinical case material and receive consultation and support.

About the Speaker: Li Brookens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Boulder and offering psychotherapy as well as hypnotherapy. In March 2017, they received a Community Service Award for their work with the transgender community from the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work. In 2016, Li started the Umbrella Collective, a small group practice in Denver and Boulder in 2016 where the group specializes in psychotherapy, counseling, and hypnotherapy with an intersectional, social justice lens. Li has been practicing in Boulder and Denver since 2012 and has specialized experience and knowledge working with the Transgender and LGB communities represented in numerous presentations and clinical practice. 

Chris Simon, MA, LPC, NCC, CSAT

The New Face of Addiction: Process Addiction

Addiction treatment continues to be the fastest growing area of counseling and psychotherapy in America. A new type of addiction continues to emerge in today’s culture: process addictions. Many substance abuse treatment providers have witnessed an increase in process addictions alongside substance addictions in their clientele. Process or behavioral addictions – what are they?  A process addiction is any activity, thought, feeling or relationship one turns to when there is a need to alleviate pain or an intolerable reality.  Any process that alters brain chemistry and enables a client to feel an immediate release of chemicals into the brain (the high – the rush) is potentially addicting.  Process addictions include sex, gambling, shopping, Facebook, gaming, etc.  This presentation will look at the emergence of research on process addictions, the similarities and differences from substance addictions, and the foundation of treatment plans for process addictions.  Counseling tips and strategies, as well as referral and reference resources will be shared.


About the Speaker: Chris Simon MA, LPC, CSAAT, CMAT is a therapist and advocate for sexual health in Denver and surrounding areas. He founded Restorations Therapy Center to help those struggling with sexual addiction, and aid clients in discovering health and wholeness, not only for themselves, but also their marriages and families. Having experiences addiction in his own life, Chris understands that the havoc addictions brings in not limited to one area of life, but influences marriage, family, work, spirituality, friendships and more. Chris strives to help others in the throes of addiction to experience the freedom and joy he lives today.

Natalie Portman-Marsh, MSW

Empowering clients for advocacy

This session will offer strategies to help your clients advocate for themselves and on behalf of family members involved in public systems such as education, behavioral health, juvenile justice, long term services and supports. Advocacy and civic leadership skills will be reviewed, opportunities for engagement will be shared and tips for client support will be offered.

About the Speaker: Natalie is the owner of NPM Consulting, LLC and provides Emergent Learning, strategic planning, road mapping, operational analysis, coaching, meeting and board facilitation services. She has presented at conferences on school based health, suicide, trauma, health disparities, family involvement and collective impact. She is an adjunct at DU Graduate School of Social Work and on the Board of the Colorado School Medicaid Consortium. Please reach Natalie at,  303-641-6772.

Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC

Gangs: The Other "Family"

The word “gang” causes a great deal of controversy and fear every time it is uttered. There is a great deal of myth and misconception about what is a gang, how they recruit and operate, and the danger they pose to our society, families, and children.  What was once ignored as an anomaly is now recognized as an incredibly complex problem, not only for law enforcement but for our communities.  This presentation will invite participants to step into the world of gang involvement to learn how to assess for gang involvement as well as learn tips for working with clients who are gang-affiliated.  Thea will offer resources and referral information to enhance your clinical toolbox.


About the Speaker: Thea Wessel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), a nationally-certified Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and a nationally-certified Adolescent Addictions Counselor (NCAAC).  Thea earned her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver and is strong advocate for ongoing professional development.  Thea has over ten years of clinical experience providing mental health and substance use treatment services to adolescents and adults in the correctional system.  She currently maintains a thriving private practice, and provides training and consultation throughout Colorado.  She is President of the Colorado Association of Addictions Professionals (CAAP) and a Board Member of NAADAC.  She teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, using her specialized training in a variety of clinical approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and is a Reiki practitioner. 

Dr Michael Barnes

Creating a New Normal:  A Transgenerational Approach to Helping Families Heal from Trauma and Addiction

Attention to the co-occurrence of addiction and trauma has resulted in the development of trauma informed/integrated treatment models. Absent from these models is the recognition that family members are often as traumatized as their loved one in treatment. For some the trauma is associated with the active addiction experienced by their loved one, but for others it stems from growing up in an addicted/dysfunction family, their own attachment struggles, and their experience of childhood and adult traumas. Clearly, traumatized parents or partners will influence how the family copes with active addiction. This presentation defines secondary trauma and identifies immediate and long-term systemic changes seen within traumatized families. It will present a transgenerational view of how addiction and trauma can be transferred between generations and how these factors impact family functioning. Finally, attendees will learn simple engagement strategies and techniques to better assess and treat secondary trauma within families.


About the Speaker: Dr. Barnes has over 30 years’ experience as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor and addiction counselor educator. He brings significant expertise in the areas of addiction treatment, trauma therapy, and marriage and family therapy, with a specific interest in the development of trauma-integrated addiction treatment. He formerly served at University of Colorado Denver as Assistant Clinical Professor and the Training Coordinator in the Master's Program in Counseling. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved clinical supervisor for individuals seeking licensure as professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in Colorado.

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Nathaan Demers, Psy.D and Joe Conrad

YOU@CSU: Wellness & Suicide Prevention Case Study via Digital Technology

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college populations. The YOU student wellness hub - sparked from the success of Man Therapy - is a bold digital platform that exponentially increases college students’ access of wellness resources and health services by connecting them to the right resources at the right time. This case study presentation overviews the research, pilot and implementation of YOU@CSU, which embraces the power of digital technology to promote wellness and prevent suicide.


About the Speakers: Nathaan Demers is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in a variety of settings including community mental health, administrative psychology, integrated care, medical ICU’s, suicide prevention, and digital health. Nathaan earned his bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in Vermont where he majored in psychology and his doctorate at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology with focus areas in trauma and administration. Nathaan is also a board member for the Colorado Psychological Association and is currently the Director of Clinical Programs with Grit Digital Health.

Joe believes in the power of branding and digital to move the world forward. As Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Grit Digital Health, Joe pushes everyday to develop innovative solutions that help people grow and prosper. With a belief that there is no problem that cannot be solved with innovation, creativity and hard work, Joe is in constant pursuit of what is possible. With an uncanny instinct for getting to the heart of the matter, he relishes every opportunity to create meaningful work that makes a huge impact. Joe and his team created the YOU Student Wellbeing portal to help students navigate college and life by making the most of their time on campus.

Zina A. Mercil 

But I Don’t Have Time for That! Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Bringing Self-Care into the Present Moment

Calling all clinicians who feel like they have too little time for self-care! With burnout and compassion fatigue as realistic consequences of trauma work, what do we do for prevention and coping? Attend this session to gain more understanding of burnout and compassion fatigue, and experience using your senses, body, mindfulness, and daily life for self-care in the present moment. 


About the Speaker: Zina is a body and movement-based therapist, presenter, speaker, and writer. She specializes in working with clients and clinicians around life-altering medical setbacks and potential post-traumatic growth, using an orientation based in experiential trauma-informed somatic counseling. She also focuses on working with professionals around burnout, secondary trauma, self-care, and the cultural addiction of being busy. Read more at her website/blog:


Mita M Johnson, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC
and Deborah Fenton-Nichols, Ed.D, LPC, LAC

You Are Using What? Unraveling the Current Substance Use Trends

Did you know that 1 in 5 people misuse substances for psychoactive effects?  What are bath salts, spice, apache, Goodfella, velvet, dexies, diet coke, etc.   Clinical assessment and treatment planning must include questions about current and/or past substance use, if we want to offer holistic and effective care.  This workshop will illuminate current substance use and paraphernalia trends.  Discussion will include emerging cross-use of sugar, fats and supplements. There will be interactive dialogue about the kinds of questions to ask and what to do with the information received.  The presenters will offer suggestions for community referral resources and online sources of information.


About the Speakers: Dr. Mita Johnson brings 26 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling, with a specialization in substance use disorders, clinical supervision, and ethical practice. She is a Core Faculty member of Walden University, and trains internationally and nationally on numerous clinical issues.  Mita maintains a private practice where she offers clinical supervision, consultation and counseling services.  Dr. Johnson is a Governor’s appointee to the Behavioral Health Transformation Council, services on several workforce development committees, and is the Treasurer and Ethics Chair of NAADAC. 
Dr. Deborah Fenton-Nichols has over fifteen years of clinical practice focusing on criminal conduct, mental health issues, and addictions.  Dr. Nichols’ dissertation research focused on the supervisory working alliance within community corrections treatment programs.  She maintains an active private practice providing direct clinical care and supervision.  Dr. Nichols strives to encourage, educate, and develop clinicians to be competent and ethical clinicians.  She has presented at national and state conferences.  Dr. Nichols is a recipient of the Colorado Counseling Association Outstanding Advocacy Award 2014-2015 in recognition of her leadership, advocacy, contributions to the profession, and sustained commitment to the community and CCA.

Brian Bagwell, PysD, LAC, MAC 

Panic Disorders, Phobias and Anxiety: A Look at Co-Existing Conditions and Treatment Strategies

This workshop will explore the etiological and maintain factors that accompany anxiety and panic disorders and the ways the disorders are alike and ways in which they differ.  The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria these disorders will be discussed as will psychotropic medications commonly used in their treatment.  Non-medication based forms of treatment will also be provided including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and systematic desensitization.  At the end of the workshop attendees will have a strong conceptualization of anxiety and panic disorders that can be used in treating their clients or simply expanding their knowledge base of these disorders.

About the Speaker: Dr. Bagwell is an associate professor in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver following a 20-year career as a firefighter/paramedic.  Dr. Bagwell spent five years in New York City and was part of a team that provided psychological services to members of the New York Police Department for over a year following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  He has presented locally and nationally on topics that include workplace violence; Critical Incident Stress Management; trauma; treating clients with anxiety and panic including firefighters and pilots; and perception of threat and de-escalation of violence strategies for first responders, employers, and mental health clinicians.  Dr. Bagwell also coordinates MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency Response Administration degree program and is a member of the University’s CARE (Consultation, Assessment, Referral and Education) Team.

TJ Price, PsyD and Justin Lincoln, PsyD

Journey Beyond Addiction: A Therapeutic Game to Help Children in Families Affected by Substance Misuse

Most therapeutic games on your shelf are limited to one sphere of functioning, the cognitive. Our game – which is more of a “journey” – strives to incorporate, challenge, and change the emotional, interpersonal, and experiential modes of being as well. We will demonstrate how this game can impact and transform lives for children and families. References to research on the effectiveness of experiential therapies will be discussed.  Beyond gaining cognitive understanding, participants will experience the deeper impact of addictions on family systems and how it can be revealed through a game-like process. Participants will be exposed to an alternative method of addressing “stuck points” in such systems.  Participants will experience the power of therapeutic game interventions.  Participants will gain an appreciation for the potential of using a multi-dimensional therapeutic game in their own practices.

About the Speakers: T J Price, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with extensive background helping people with a wide variety of problems, many having addictions as a co-morbid condition. Using and developing experiential therapies, TJ strives to “language with” and facilitate change in people or systems in a way that is effective (not just an English language, scripted approach).  He completed his PsyD at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 1993, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health center, crisis team, family practice medical clinic, private practice, and academic institution.
Justin Lincoln, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with a passion for and experience with helping people struggling to overcome addictions as well as using experiential therapies, Justin strives to facilitate change processes in different-than-expected ways. He completed his PsyD at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2004, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, mental health and substance abuse clinics, and academic institutions. He currently works with Triple Peaks Recovery Center in Colorado Springs.

Vasti Holstun

Spirituality in Counseling: The good, the bad, and the helpful

Integrating spirituality in counseling can support client's change, as well as developing of coping skills and resiliency. Learning fundamental information about beliefs that can support or hinder change will support counselors in addressing clients' needs holistically. Ethical aspects of bracketing personal beliefs and values are addressed.


About the Speaker: Vasti Holstun is a Certified School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Since 2002, Vasti has provided counseling services and consultation to hundreds of children, adolescents, parents. She has a passion for mentoring, supporting, and supervising beginner counselors.  She also holds the credentials of NCC and NCSC and is a doctoral student in her third year at Adams State University. 

Jonathan De Carlo, Clinical Director, CAC III

Don't Pull Your Hair Out: Modern Practice Management Through EHR and Support Apps

In the contemporary therapy landscape, whether from the agency based provider or solo private practitioner view, the requirements of records management and regulatory compliance remain fluid in the face of shifting technology.  The increasing demand for accessible, reliable, user friendly practice management platforms and solutions are expanding while the compliance standards for these technologies continue to rise. There is an emergence of Electronic Health Record systems, Practice Management tools and applications, including recovery-focused apps, client tracking services and other programs that leverage technology toward the end of increasing efficiency while being directly related to improving client care. This presentation will focus on exploring and understanding the role of technology solutions specifically designed to enable effective practice management, reduce practice risk, and improve client care through an examination of several practice management tools, applications, and system platforms.

About the Speaker: Jonathan De Carlo is a Certified Addiction Counselor (Level III) and the Clinical Director of Recovery 360°. With over 20 years in clinical practice, Mr. De Carlo uses a wide array of modalities and approaches to work with individuals, couples, and families from early to advanced recovery from addiction. His background and training in psychology, philosophy, and theology provide unique perspectives in the therapeutic process. Mr. De Carlo has been both a clinical supervisor in continuums of care from detox through residential to outpatient services, and a private practice therapist, engaging an array of technology and practice management platforms from development through implementation and system integration in each level of care.

Barry K. Weinhold, PhD

Helping Clients Complete Their Individuation Process

Less than one percent of toddlers successfully complete the developmental milestone of individuation on schedule at age 2-3. Almost 100 percent of your adult clients are still struggling with this issue. Dr. Weinhold will share his experiences in over 40 years of private practice as a licensed psychologist helping adult clients successfully complete their “birth of the fully individuated Self.”


About the Speaker: Barry is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a licensed psychologist since 1976, and the author of 55 books in addictions, conflict resolution, developmental trauma, belief systems, family counseling, and men’s issues. He also co-directs the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution & Creative Leadership (CICRCL) and the Colorado Professional Development Center (CPDC) in Colorado Springs.

Lawrence S. Wall, Jr., MBA, CAC II

Against All Odds - A Peer Support Model for Gambling Disorders

Gambling and gambling disorders are not new to Colorado.  The DSM-5 included gambling disorder in its diagnostic menu.  This presentation will define gambling disorder, and the nature of the problem in Colorado.  Participants will get a sense for how diverse and complex the population of people struggling with gambling disorders is.  Mr. Wall will discuss assessment questions that will inform treatment planning for gambling disorder and what co-occurring disorders to be assessing for as well.  Mr. Wall will define the current landscape of peer and mentor support in Colorado.  He will identify the importance of peer recovery coaches in the recovery process for individuals and families, including a discussion about the education, training, and supervision of peer recovery coaches.  Mr. Wall will discuss how therapists can get specialized training to work with gambling disorders and how therapists can work with peer recovery coaches to provide additional support to their clients.


About the Speaker: Lawrence Wall, Jr. has been involved in the healthcare industry for over thirteen years, along with a productive career in the clinical setting since 2006. He is an ambitious entrepreneur and healthcare executive who started his own healthcare consulting firm in 2012.  His clinical experience is working with diverse populations and individuals (children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics), families, and couples struggling with substance use disorders, gambling disorders and problem gambling, video game/internet addiction, sex addiction, food addiction, identity issues, men's issues, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, and difficulties with life transitions.  Mr. Wall has an MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy from the University of Miami and a BA in Chemistry from Miami University. He is an active Certified Addictions Professional in Florida, a Certified Addiction Counselor II in Colorado, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor.  

Sandra Kwesell, MSC, MFCT

Challenging and Defiant Behavior Reexamined: Acieving Remarkably Successful Outcomes

This training reexamines the dynamics of human interaction and creates the foundation for a menu of interventions that effectively redirects oppositional/defiant behavior in children and youth. Rooted in the tenets of Piaget, Maslow, Skinner, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy this approach teaches empowerment and positive reinforcement techniques for both adults and the children in
their lives.


About the Speaker: Sandra Kwesell has degrees in elementary/special education and marriage/family/child therapy. She has developed, administered and worked in programs for children and youth ranging from typical to those carrying multiple diagnostic labels across settings. She has created a highly successful program for overcoming challenging and defiant behavior in children and youth ( and teaches to both parents and professionals.

Benjamin Aiken, MA, MBA, LPCC, NCC, CHT

Fundamentals of Counseling Gender Nonconforming Clients

The overall goal of this presentation is to provide clinical guidance for counseling professionals working with gender-nonconforming persons. The differences between gender nonconformity and Gender Dysphoria will be examined, and phenomenological and epidemiological considerations will be explored. Cultural considerations for assessment and counseling of transgender and gender nonconforming persons will also be examined.

About the Speaker: Benjamin Aiken is a Denver-based psychotherapist in private practice. His clinical work with individuals and couples, in part, focuses on matters pertaining to gender and sexuality within he greater LGBT community. He is an advocate for inclusive political climates and social tolerance. To learn more about Ben's culturally competent, trauma informed, and existentially oriented approach to counseling, please visit

Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.

Supervising Complex Trauma Cases: A Multicultural Case Study

This presentation will explore the benefits of using a Trauma-Sensitive Supervision approach with complex trauma. Original research will be presented and examples of the TSS model will be provided using case studies from the presenters' own consultations. Case studies will offer a glimpse into the intricacies of supervision of complex trauma cases, highlighting multicultural issues in clinical and supervisory relationship.


About the Speaker: Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling at Denver Seminary. She is a clinician, professor, supervisor and researcher, and has specialized in complex trauma and dissociation for over 30 years. She is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self, coauthor of Skills for Effective Counseling, and is co-editor of a book on trauma that will be released in 2017.

Mark Swart

Developments in Contemporary Understandings of Working With Trauma and Trauma Informed Care

The presentation will summarize some of the primary current methods, models and case conceptualizations for treating psychological trauma, including an overview of some common factors in trauma work. Personal anecdotes and insights will invite an exploration how the emerging field of trauma and attachment work might reshape psychotherapy as we currently know it. 


About the Speaker: My passion is exploring how deeper levels of awareness change us. After 25 years of training in meditation and somatic work, I see that the keys to personal transformation are in our personal moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves, and in co-creating contexts that support deepening that exploration. Family of origin and attachment work allow access to these deeper parts of ourselves.

Lori Notestine, PhD, LPC, SEP 

In The Middle of Nowhere: Meeting the Needs of Rural IPV Survivor

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive social issue affecting women across the U.S. Women in rural areas are often at particular disadvantage due to fewer community resources and supports. This program will describe the problem of IPV and provide useful resources for counselors working in rural areas.


About the Speaker: Lori Notestine, Ph.D., LPC, NCC is a full-time Instructor in the Department of Counseling & Human Services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Her research interests include intimate partner violence, women's and gender issues, and gatekeeping in counselor education.  Lori also maintains a small private practice where she works primarily with adolescent girls.

Kristy Eldredge, EdD, LPC, ACS, NCC

Supervising Complex Trauma Cases: A Multicultural Case Study 

This presentation will explore the benefits of using a Trauma-Sensitive Supervision approach with complex trauma. Original research will be presented and examples of the TSS model will be provided using case studies from the presenters' own consultations. Case studies will offer a glimpse into the intricacies of supervision of complex trauma cases, highlighting multicultural issues in clinical and supervisory relationships.


About the Speaker: Dr. Kristy Eldredge is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado where she has a private practice specializing in trauma treatment and counselor education. Additionally, she is a core faculty in the online Master's of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is an Affiliate Faculty at Regis University. She has her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. 

Savannah Cormier, LPCC 

Counseling with the brain in mind: An introduction to therapy with a neuroscience lens

A growing wave of interest in the mental health field looks at the link between neuroscience and therapy. Research on the brain provides us with knowledge that psychotherapy builds new neuronal pathways in our clients’ brain, creating changes in the brain’s structure and function. We’ll provide an introduction into neuroscience for brain curious therapists. 


About the Speaker: Savannah Cormier is a LPCC in Colorado. She earned her Master of Science in Counselor Education, with a focus on Play Therapy, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research interests include play therapy, counseling supervision, and creativity in counseling/counselor education.

Annamarie Fidel-Rice, PhD, LPC

The Alchemy of Grief

Psychology is stagnant in its approach to grief in today's world; a new interactive, transformative approach is desperately needed.  This seminar is intended for therapists who wish to experience a new depth psychological grief model that provides a movement and soul of its own as well as a model that is the language of symbols and images.


About the Speaker: Annamarie Fidel-Rice, PhD, author of The Alchemy of Grief:  Embracing Mourning through grace is a loss and grief educator with a private practice in Arvada, Colorado.  Annamarie is a Professor at Regis University in Denver Colorado in the Masters in Counseling Program where she teaches grief therapy from a depth perspective among many other courses.

Valerie J Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC 

Creativity and Couples - Using Movie Messages in Marital Treatment

In a society where marriage is still thought to be an ultimate goal, statistics indicate one in two marriages ends in divorce.  In this interactive experiential workshop, clinicians will learn how to utilize/integrate resources found in films to help couples rebuild communication skills and develop workable coping strategies leading to successful outcomes, whether continuing a marriage or terminating reasonably.


About the Speaker: Valerie J Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC, a practicing psychotherapist since 1992, has two private practice locations in the Denver Metro area.  A published author, national conference speaker, college professor and former radio talk show host, her first book, "Remaining Single:  Well Worth The Wait - A Three Faceted Journey Towards Lasting Love," is available for sale at her website

Celia Bockhoff, LCSW, SEP

Recovering Vocal Presence after Sexual Traum

Survivors of sexual trauma experience severe intrusion into the physical, and psychic self. The rupture between one’s experience of oneself and the ability to safely be present in the world often manifests in the loss of true “voice” and self expression. Recovery of vocal presence viscerally empowers what was lost, and reawaken natural expressions of aliveness and self-determination.


About the Speaker: Celia Bockhoff, LCSW, SEP has over 30 years experience as a somatic psychotherapist, intuitive hypnotherapist, workshop leader, and advocate for women. She is the creator of “Essential Voice Expression (EVE)”™, and “Seven Notes to Freedom” ™: offering step by step guidance to heal from the silence of trauma and inhabit a full expression of self. See for more.

Christina Jurekovic, MA, LPCC

Group Counseling for Adolescents from Diverse Backgrounds: A Systemic, Solution Focused Approach

Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and ecological systems theory (EST) can be combined to form a group counseling model for adolescents from diverse backgrounds. Group interventions support both individual and systemic change. Using SBFT can help adolescents create solutions to address problems of prejudice against minorities. Groups based on EST can increase inclusivity by inciting systemic change within schools and communities.


About the Speaker: Christina Jurekovic is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, Licensed Professional School Counselor, and National Certified Counselor.  She received her M.A. in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a doctoral student in Adams State University’s Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program and works as a school counselor.

Lori Kucharski, LMFT, LPC

Attachment Wounds and Avoidance of Pain: Drunk on Food

While childhood trauma has generally been accepted as a frequent contributor to obesity, many clinicians are trained only working with trauma. Fewer clinicians have been trained to work with obesity and other forms of disordered eating, yet this is a continuously­growing epidemic (CDC, n.d.). Clinicians will benefit from a thorough understanding of how attachment wounds and emotional eating cycle through the lifespan, and how trauma­focused therapy may assist in reducing disordered eating. 

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About the Speaker: Lori Kucharski is an LMFT, LPC, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor, and Certified EMDR Therapist and Approved Consultant. She runs a private practice in Colorado Springs and is an affiliate professor in the MFT and MAC programs at Regis University.

Duane K. L. France, MA, LPCC, NCC.

So You Want To Help Veterans: Looking Beyond PTSD and TBI

The mental health and wellness of those who have served in the military is of critical importance. This program will examine the mental health challenges that veterans face, beyond the relatively well-known conditions of PTSD and TBI. These include a lack of purpose and meaning in their post-military lives, identity conflict regarding needs fulfillment, and the concept of moral injury.


About the Speaker: Duane France is a National Certified Counselor currently serving as the Director of Veteran Services at the Family Care Center, and is the Executive Director of the Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency. Mr. France has been a therapist for veterans since January, 2014. He is a retired Army NCO with five deployments, including multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.



Chad K. Gillam

Jane Irvine, MA, LPC, NCC.

Caught in the Web: Risk Management for Therapists Working with High Conflict Divorce.

Mental health providers working in high conflict divorce are presented with unique and complex pitfalls.  Whether providing therapy to children of divorce, one of the parties, or working as a PRE or CFI, having the correct documentation, using conscious techniques to avoid the appearance of alignment helps. Issues will still arise around releases, mandatory reporting, subpoenas, and release of your file.  


About the Speaker: Chad Gillam is a health care lawyer. He represents physicians, mental health professionals, health care institutions and allied health providers in all aspects of their practices, including defense of claims, licensing matters, regulatory compliance and HIPAA, employment issues, and risk management. Having tried cases across Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, Chad knows how to aggressively resolve legal disputes in the courts. It is precisely this litigation experience that enables him to counsel clients on effective risk management, claim prevention, and mitigation policies that keep them out of litigation. Chad represents health care providers in disciplinary actions before the various regulatory boards and regularly assists clients in responding to subpoenas and preparing for testimony. Chad advises clients in matters relating to reporting, credentialing, regulatory and privacy compliance, investigation, risk management and policies and practices. Chad is a frequent lecturer and presenter on health care, regulatory, and litigation topics. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Maria Droste Counseling Center and is a former Board Member of the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee. Chad holds the highest rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory as an AV® Preeminent Lawyer. He has been repeatedly recognized by Top Lawyers in Colorado® and selected as a Colorado Super Lawyer®, 2010-2016. Chad is also honored to be selected as a 2016 Top Lawyer® by 5280 The DenverMagazine.

Jane Irvine is a psychotherapist with 34 years working with high conflict families as a lawyer, PC/DM Arbitrator, PRE and therapist. She is published in the Family Law Journal, 1997, the Colorado Domestic Violence Bench Book 2011, and her handbook Connecting With Your Kids is available on the State Court website. She currently has a psychotherapy practice in DTC.

Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LMFT, LPC

Love and Desire: Reconciling Security and Adventure in Intimate Relationships

Working with couples entails repairing connection after a rupture. This includes teaching skills to enhance safety and strengthen closeness. Because both love and desire are essential in relationships, this approach fortifies half of the formula, love. The other half, desire, thrives on pursuing novelty and exploring differences. Learn why tending to these two relationship dynamics is so important with couples. dynamics is so important in working with couples.

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About the Speaker: Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LPC, LMFT, is the executive director of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute. He has been a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996. His clinical training is in the areas of couples and families, human sexuality, somatic psychotherapy, expressive arts therapies, chronic and persistent mental illness, trauma and dissociative disorders, addictions and recovery, and domestic/family violence

Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC

At-Risk Youth and Families: Self-Harm, Suicide, and Safety Planning
The likelihood of professionals encountering self-harm and suicidal ideation in their practice is high for populations suffering from mental illness.  Assessment tools, clinical steps taken, and documentation of efforts as a helping professional are vital to the well-being of both client and clinician during times of high stress. This presentation will identify and discuss assessment tools for self-harm and suicidal ideation as well as safety planning templates and strategies in order to increase safety in response to emotional escalation, suicidal ideation, increased aggression, substance abuse, and conflict in the home.  This presentation will also identify clinical language requirements to support mental health professionals with documentation criteria that achieve compliance and could then be adapted to serve various client populations.


About the Speaker: Khara Croswaite Brindle, MA, LPC, is the owner of Catalyst Counseling, PLLC and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in the neighborhood of Lowry in Denver, Colorado.  She received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and has experience working with at-risk youth and families, including collaboration with detention, probation, and Department of Human Services.  Khara has supervised MA-level therapists for the past 3 years and holds credentialing as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).  Her passion for supporting new therapists led her to pursue teaching opportunities, including Red Rocks Community College and professional workshops with Regis students, WINGS Foundation, and Griffith Centers for Children.