• Friday, October 29, 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 168


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 26, 2021.  A link to join the conference will be sent to your email approximately 24 to 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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