• Friday, April 30, 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 195



Colleagues:  LCPCM regrets we are unable to offer our wonderful luncheon and networking opportunities for this year’s Spring 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.


Grief,  Loss, & the Stress Response

Presentations by:

Donna Tish, LICSW

Laurie Blair, LICSW

Dr. Erin Kinney

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

8:45 AM  Opening and announcements

9:15 AM  Morning Presentation by Donna Tish, LICSW and Laurie Blair, LICSW from the Wendt Center

Noon       Lunch Break & Legislative Update by LCPCM lobbyist Rachael Faulkner (optional attendance-not for CEUs)

1:00 PM  Afternoon Presentation by Dr Erin Kinney, Naturopathic Doctor

4 PM - 4:30 PM Closing


Expanding Your Clinical Skills in a New Era of Grief

The current COVID-19 pandemic has made the world more acutely aware of the impact of grief and loss on daily life. Structural changes to keep the virus at bay have led to a collective grief experience all over the globe due to loss of income, routine, and connection. Most are grieving in isolation and at times without the chance to say goodbye to loved ones who are nearing the end of life.

This new era of grief means that mental health professionals must be prepared with the knowledge and tools to sit with a client - virtually or in person - as they navigate the mourning process. There is no roadmap for this, but an ability to walk alongside clients on their grief journey is critical for high quality care. This workshop will expand upon existing grief knowledge and provide practical skill-building activities to expand the clinician’s expertise and capacity to support grieving clients.

The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is the Greater Washington region’s premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to all who are coping with grief, loss, and trauma.

Wendt Center Instructors:


Donna received her MSW from Catholic University of America-National Catholic School of Social Service in May 2011 after 10 years in radio and television followed by 25 years designing and implementing preventive healthcare services for employees of large corporations. Donna began Imago clinical training in 2012 and became a Certified Imago Therapist in January 2014. As a Grief and Trauma Psychotherapist at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing since 2013, Donna provides individual therapy for adults and utilizes Imago Therapy techniques to assist grieving couples.


Laurie brings comprehensive clinical experience in homicide bereavement and crisis intervention. Laurie spent nearly 5 years at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office’s Family Bereavement Center working with survivors of homicide and 2 ½ years at the Baltimore Child and Adolescent Response program at Catholic Charities. Laurie is currently a Grief and Trauma Psychotherapist at the Wendt Center.


Resetting the Stress Response in Patients with Chronic Disease to Improve Clinical Outcomes

Chronic stress is one of the top contributors to the development of disease, particularly the chronic disease states that are seen in high numbers in our country's patient population. As practitioners we are VERY aware of the fact that stress impacts the body on a physical and mental level, but in some cases the practicalities of helping patients who have been under stress for prolonged periods of time can be challenging. When a patient is stuck in sympathetic mode it can be difficult for them to implement diet and lifestyle changes and or for them to follow the simplest of treatment plans that are needed to address their chronic physical and emotional state. This presentation will cover the nuances of how chronic stress can manifest in the body and how to recognize when it is appropriate to start with addressing treatment of the nervous system before implementing standard therapeutic tools and or protocols for different chronic disease states. It will also cover specific clinical pearls relating to patient compliance and overall clinical out-comes.

DR. KINNEY is a Naturopathic Doctor who helps stressed patients improve their mood, balance their hormones and increase their energy. She is incredibly passionate about teaching her patients to understand WHY stress causes so many problems in the body and HOW they can change their response to stress so they can take back control in both their bodies and their lives. She received a bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University and was a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She currently runs a private practice in Annapolis, Maryland where she specializes in treating patients with chronic health conditions related to hormonal and nervous system imbalances. In addition to her practice, she offers workshops, retreats and online programs.

Registration deadline is 11:59pm April 26, 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: $105
LGPC/Retired: $85
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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