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LCPCM Conference

    • Friday, October 29, 2021
    • 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 239

    Colleagues:  LCPCM regrets we are still unable to offer our wonderful luncheon and networking opportunities for this year’s Fall Conference. Nevertheless, we planned an informative day to meet your continuing education needs and to keep you abreast of the latest legislative and public policy issues effecting your practice. We hope you will join us.


    Facing Today's Challenges for Youth and Families

    Presentations by:

    Shreya Patel Hessler, Psy.D

    Jennifer L Gonyea, PhD, LMFT, LPC

    The schedule for our on-line day together is as follows:

    8:45AM  Opening and announcements

    9:15AM - 12:15PM Morning Presentation by Shreya Patel Hessler, Psy.D

    12:15PM  Lunch Break & Legislative Update by LCPCM lobbyist Robin Elliott (optional attendance-not for CEUs)

    1:30PM - 4:30PM Afternoon Presentation by Jennifer Gonyea, PhD, LMFT, LPC


    Returning to the Classroom: How to Support Children and Adolescents in Uncertain Times

    The unprecedented impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the mental health of

    the American pediatric population has been profound. As students are

    reentering the classroom, some for the first time in almost two years, mental

    health care providers will be instrumental in aiding children in adjusting and

    coping with the uncertainty they have faced.

    This lecture will review the trends of pediatric mental health challenges during

    the pandemic, particularly related to anxiety and depression, and present

    evidenced-based strategies to help with coping and symptom management.

    Relevant issues covered in this lecture will include school refusal, social skills

    building, and strategies to improve activities of daily living. In addition, topics

    related to technology benefits and obstacles will discussed.

    Dr. Hessler is the founder and director of The MINDset Center. She has been in

    private practice for over fifteen. She specializes in the identification and

    treatment of anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder,

    depression, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Hessler is trained in cognitive-

    behavioral and applied behavioral therapy for the treatment of children,

    adolescents, and adults. In addition to her therapy practice, Dr. Hessler has

    been an affiliate member of the faculties at Towson University and Loyola

    University in Maryland and has taught psychology courses both at the

    undergraduate and graduate levels. In recent years, she has worked with youth

    athletes and consulted with sports programs to create healthy environments for

    athletic development. She piloted a program with athletes and staff at Towson

    University’s Sports Medicine Department, promoting mental health wellness for

    students. Dr. Hessler frequently presents locally and around the country on

    topics regarding anxiety, learning differences, and behavior management. Dr.

    Hessler has also volunteered her time as a member of the Local Management

    Board of Harford County and Advisory Board for the College of Arts and

    Sciences at Loyola University in Maryland.

    She is an active member of the Maryland Psychological Association and

    recently served as President of the association.


    Behind the Black Mirror: Digital Devices as both Symptom and Cure

    • Screens as mechanisms of connection Pre-pandemic research on intergenerational connection via screens, gaming (solitary vs. joint activities), screens and couples
    • Biopsychosocial costs of screen use
    Biological: Physiological impact of screen use for individuals
    Psychological: Mental health outcomes associated with screen use (increased rates of anxiety/depression, higher suicidality, silo communities)
    Social: Relational (partner, family, friends, community, etc) outcomes associated with screen use
    • Clinical Implications for current and future clients: Lessons learned, challenges identified, Changes in clinical practice

    Jennifer Gonyea, PhD LMFT LPC is an Associate Clinical Professor at the

    University of Georgia as well as a practicing clinician and AAMFT Approved

    Supervisor. Dr. Gonyea’s teaching and research areas converge in the areas of

    training new clinicians in systemic interventions; coupled relationships and

    relational interventions; program evaluation; and the intersection of technology,

    physiology, and family function-ing. Her practice working with couples and

    families in rural and suburban Georgia as a Licensed Marriage and Family

    Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor informs both her teaching and

    her practice. Dr. Gonyea is a leader in the clinical community, serving in multiple

    roles at the local, state, and nation- al level, including having been President of

    the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

    Registration deadline is 11:59pm October 24, 2021.  A link to join the conference will be sent to your email approximately 48 hours before this event.


    Conference Fees:
    LCPCM Members: $95 
    Non-Members: $135 
    LGPC/Retired: $45 
    Student: $35 (not for LCPCs or LGPCs)

    Membership Fees*:
    LCPC: $90
    LGPC/Retired: $55 (not working as an LCPC)
    LGPC: $45

    Student: $25 (not for LCPCs or LGPCs)

    *If you join when you register, you are eligible for the membership rate.

    Note: A $15 cancellation fee will be charged for all refunds

    Other Information:

    6 CEU’s
    Approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Social Works.

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