9th Annual WTCA Summer Conference   

The WTCA Summer Conference will be held virtually on Saturday,

June 5, 2021, from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, CST.  

Be Essential: Surviving and Thriving as Counselors through Changing Times
You do not want to miss this top-rate professional conference! We credit strong keynotes and breakout sessions, consistently growing attendance, and participation by sponsors and fellow state counseling organizations. 

 


 

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Conference Schedule - all times in CST

7:50 am  Zoom link opens for attendees to join
8:00 am Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 am

Session I

Title: Cultural competency…have we arrived?
Presenters: Eva M. Gibson, Ed.D., Jessica A. Fripp, Ph.D., Cecily R. Moore

 9:15 - 9:25 am  Break
 9:25 - 10:25 am

 Session II

Title: Helping Those in Crisis: The Role of an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
Presenters: Joseph "Skip" Ruzicka, MS, NCC, Dianne R. Britton, LCSW

 10:25 - 10:30 am  Break
 10:30 - 10:45 am  Vendor Information
 10:45 - 10:50 am  Break
 10:50 - 11:50 am

 Session III

Title: Utilizing Music Therapy
Presenters: Mary Neal, LPC-MHSP-S and Rachel Pinter, MT-BC

 11:50 - 12:15 pm  Closing Remarks/Door Prizes

 

 

Sessions and Keynote Speaker Information: 

Title: Cultural competency…have we arrived?
Presenters: Eva M. Gibson, Ed.D., Jessica A. Fripp, Ph.D., Cecily R. Moore

Session Overview: 

How do we know when we “achieve” cultural competency? The field of counseling has made significant developments in response to societal changes, yet more work is still needed in this space. Diverse book clubs and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committees are not enough to combat systemic oppression. This presentation will examine tools for self-assessments, address counseling interventions to align with clients’ cultural background, and address advocacy considerations. 

Presenter Bio: 

Dr. Eva M. Gibson is currently an Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, she served eleven years in the public school system as a licensed school counselor. During this time, Dr. Gibson worked with diverse students and families and now leads workshops and trainings on advocacy and cultural competency. Her research areas include school counseling, social justice, and advocacy.

Dr. Jessica A. Fripp is currently an Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Fripp served as a mental health counselor for the past ten years, where her primary population included low-income communities, where engagement to treatment was lacking. Dr. Fripp’s training, development, and scholarship efforts include strategies to increase counseling engagement through identifying cultural factors that prevent Black people from seeking services.

Cecily Moore, LPC-MHSP is currently a doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands studying Counselor Education and Supervision. Cecily currently owns Cope and Wit Counseling. Cope and Wit Counseling exists to provide online counseling to women of color in Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky. Cecily's training, development, and scholarship efforts include strategies to increase counseling engagement for Strong Black Women that lack self-care and access to culturally competent mental health services. Cecily also serves as an adjunct instructor at Austin Peay State University. 

 

Title: Helping Those in Crisis: The Role of an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer
Presenters: Joseph "Skip" Ruzicka, MS, NCC, Dianne R. Britton, LCSW

Session Overview: 

The mission of Disaster Mental Health (DMH) within the Red Cross is to respond to the psychosocial and emotional needs of people affected by disaster, including Red Cross disaster workers, across the continuum of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. From the single-family fire to a mass casualty event such as 9-11, Red Cross Disaster Mental Health workers will be there. The purpose of this session is to discuss the role and structure of Red Cross Disaster Mental Health. In addition, Dianne Britton, LCSW will share her “on–the–ground” experiences from such relief operations as 9-11, the Parkland School Shooting, and the Pulse Night Club Shooting.

Presenter Bio: 

Joseph “Skip” Ruzicka, MS, NCC
Skip Ruzicka entered the counseling profession in 2008 after completing his master's in school counseling from the University of Memphis. Prior to that, Skip worked in the consumer goods industry holding a number of executive-level positions with the Pepsi Cola Company. While with Pepsi, he had the opportunity to live and work in a number of countries including France, India, Brazil, Hungary and the Czech Republic. While working as a middle school counselor, Skip was active in the Tennessee Counseling Association. He is a Past President of the West Tennessee Counseling Association and led the Strategic Planning Committee for the Tennessee Counseling Association. In 2014, Skip was awarded the Tennessee Middle School Counselor of the Year and was the Counselor of the Year for the Tennessee School Counseling Association. He became involved with the American Red Cross in 2017, deploying to Houston as a Disaster Mental Health Associate during Hurricane Harvey. He currently serves as the Disaster Mental Coordinator for the Heart of Tennessee Chapter and is a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor with the Tennessee Region, American Red Cross.

Dianne R. Britton, LCSW
Dianne Britton holds a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has provided over 30 years of service to the Knoxville area. Her skills have been used following terrorist acts, murders, workplace accidents, robberies, downsizing, aircraft and bus crashes, illness, threats of violence, and unexpected employee deaths. Through private companies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Department of Defense, the Episcopal Church, and the American Red Cross, she has provided emotional and psychological interventions to communities following hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Her primary focus for the last ten years has been in Mass Casualty response. She has provided services both nationally and abroad to military members and their families before, during, and after deployment.

 

 

Title: Utilizing Music Therapy
Presenters: Mary Neal, LPC-MHSP-S and Rachel Pinter MT-BC

Session Overview: 

Participants will learn about and be able to define Music Therapy as a clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship
Participants will understand how Music Therapy can serve as a coping mechanism
Participants will participate in a Music Therapy intervention known as Lyric Analysis

Presenters Bio: 

Mary Neal, LPC-MHSP-S has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eckerd College and a Master's degree in Counseling from Valdosta State University. She has previously worked in foster care and a behavioral health hospital in intake and also as an intake director. She has worked for a little over a year in private practice therapy counseling with families, and recently starting working on her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at The University of Memphis. A native Memphian, Mary is passionate about mental health and social advocacy through leadership and community partnerships in our region and strives to support the professional growth and development of other counselors. Mary is a TN board-approved supervisor for counselors working toward licensure. She is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Region 7 Policy and Planning Council for Shelby County, Secretary for WTCA, and was recently voted President Elect-Elect for WTCA.

Rachel E. Pinter, MT-BC is an experienced board-certified music therapist, who has been providing hope to individuals with mental health disorders for sixteen years. Driven by compassion, she takes pride in providing coping strategies, through music, to those who are battling mental illness. In a group setting, she assists in developing positive emotional behaviors, increasing frustration tolerance, improving interpersonal relationships, and improving self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-image. She has presented locally and nationally to promote music therapy and how powerful it is.

 

Pricing

Registration Type

Prior to

5/31

5/31 - 6/4/21

TCA Member: Counseling Professional

FREE

$5

TCA Member: Student/Retired

FREE

$5

Non-TCA Member: Counseling Professional

$10

$15

Non-TCA Member: Student/Retired

$10

$15

 

Full refund up until 6/1/21. Refunds after will only refund 50%. Refunds requested after the event will not be honored.

 

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The West Tennessee Counseling Association is a chapter of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA). TCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2043. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.