Friday, October 4 - Day 2


9:50 AM – 10:50 AM

A Systems Approach to Addiction Recovery

We will discuss the biological underpinnings of the addiction processes and the breadth and depth of addiction as a "family disease." We will explain the interface with communities, including best medical practices for pain management and addiction. Public policy and future directions for addiction treatment and recovery support also will be presented.

Bret A. Hubbard, DO, ABOFP, Axis Health Care, Bixby, OK

Rebecca L. Hubbard, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Bixby, OK

Connecting Veterans For The Journey Home

Veteran Rally Points and Oklahoma Veteran Connections are two Department of Defense best practice models offering methods and modalities to bring our heroes home, holistically. This is accomplished via best practice mechanisms that effectively identify veterans in the community and bridge healthy social connectedness and resource connections.

Pete Luitweiler, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance w/Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK

Stacy W. Hester, 3C-Concepts, Eagle OPS & Oklahoma Veteran Alliance, Tulsa, OK

Preserving Families: the Immigrant Struggle

Immigrants face and overcome great obstacles throughout the process of 1- coming to the US, 2- becoming a resident or citizen, and 3- discrimination and profiling even after completing the process. With this presentation, we hope to bring to light some of those struggles and the importance of being culturally competent when working with the immigrant population.

Linda Allegro, PhD, New Sanctuary Network, Tulsa, OK

Katie Luna, LCSW, Katie Luna, Counseling and Consultations, Tulsa, OK

Preventing Recidivism Among People with Mental Illness

People with serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system (CJS). People in the CJS with SMIs are part of each client population; clinicians can help clients avoid future contact with the CJS. While clinicians embrace recovery principles, being familiar with principles of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) model and including interventions that address patients' criminogenic risks/needs in treatment plans helps clients achieve recovery and reduce their likelihood of future contact with the CJS. This workshop provides clinicians with an overview of the RNR model, information on assessing a person's criminal history and tips to address this population's needs.

Deirdra Assey, MA, CSG Justice Center, New York, NY

Roads to the Unconscious

This presentation discusses the benefits of using the road drawing technique to address the treatment needs of clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Come learn the rationale and procedure for administering road drawings. Case examples illustrate how road drawings can help clients gain insight into their path of recovery and provide a metaphor for their capacity for change. Lastly, the road drawing technique is useful as an informal assessment, offering insights into the participants' substance use and psychological state.

Michael J. Hanes, MAT, ATR-BC, LPC, Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS, Edmond, OK

Summer Counseling Programs: Prevention and Empowerment for Children & Adolescent

Prevention and empowerment are essential for a positive mind, body, and soul. The Summer Counseling Program with Morton Comprehensive Health Services embodies this and has an impact on every child we serve. Through constant positive adult interaction, games, activities, and processing, Morton creates an environment full of positive problem solving, social interaction, self-awareness, and unconditional positive regard. Participants leave the Summer Program looking forward to the future.

Emily Lau, MHR, LPC, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Tulsa, OK

Kaitlin Keiswetter, MA, LPC, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Tulsa, OK

The Pen is Mightier Than the Self

Poetry and expressive writing can be useful, therapeutic tools with benefits including improved physical and emotional health. Poetry has also been used in a variety of populations to address psychological and social problems. This presentation describes a program designed by the MUSED. Organization and our ambassadors to help serve under-resourced adolescents in Tulsa who require various levels of psychiatric care by teaching them how to write, read, and utilize the benefits of poetry.

Victoria McArtor, MFA, MUSED., Tulsa, OK

Autumn Slaughter, MSCP, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Valerie Larson-Howard, LCSW, LLC, MUSED., Tulsa, OK

Trauma Recovery
& Reclaiming Personal Authenticity

When children live in a dysfunctional home, with parents who are unable to affirm the child, nurture and meet the child's physical and emotional needs, and set appropriate limits, the individual can lack the ability to become a mature person capable of living a full and rewarding life. The ability to create and maintain healthy relationships with self and others can be significantly stifled when trauma happens. How do these children adapt in unhealthy ways in order to survive in dysfunctional homes? This will be answered as well as identifying ways to help these individuals become aware, identify, and process their unhealthy adaptations and heal from these painful childhood experiences.

Teresa J. Deck, MS, LPC, Green Shoe Foundation, Edmond, OK

11:10AM – 12:10 PM

Bringing Hope to Homelessness

Regardless of type or duration, homelessness increases the risk of exposure to extreme environmental conditions and severe psychosocial stressors. The stress homelessness places on people can be immense and create situations in which flourishing is seemingly unattainable. There is a need to draw on psychological strengths that place adaptive outcomes within reach. Understanding and applying hope theory to those experiencing homelessness is one way to achieve this. In this presentation, we will explore what hope theory is, how this positive psychological framework can be applied to targeted interventions, and what a "hope-informed" approach to helping others looks like.


Ashten Duncan, MPH, CPH, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Chuckles & Guffaws: Humor as Self-Care

This presentation will explore using humor and professional relationships as self-care. We will identify healthy versus toxic dynamics with our colleagues, discuss the physical and psychological benefits of laughter, and rediscover the humorous side of social work, mental health, and other social services. Be prepared to laugh!

Tina Ryker-Bevans, MSW, LCSW, Foundations of Change, LLC, Broken Arrow, OK

Police and the Mental Health System

Attendees will receive information on the Oklahoma mental health system and the role law enforcement plays in it. Attendees also will learn about training that the Tulsa Police Department receives and mental health resources that the Tulsa community may access.

Demita Kinard, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, OK

Polyvictimization: Linking Victimizations Across the Lifespan

Polyvictimization describes the collective impact of multiple victimizations over a lifetime. Polyvictimization may include sexual harassment, gender bias, racial discrimination, domestic violence, child abuse, and a wide range of other traumas. Often the clinician and community address each violent episode as unique rather than recognizing the cumulative impact of violence on the victim’s response and ability to plan for the future. Findings from a three-year demonstration initiative that was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime, will be presented. Discussion will include concepts, screening and assessment techniques, and implications for treatment.

Jody Worley, PhD, University of Oklahoma - Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Janine Collier, MA, Family Safety Center, Tulsa, OK

Reconnecting with your Unconquerable Spirit

Suicide can affect anyone, even a suicide prevention professional. In this session, Ms. Rowe intertwines evidence-based suicide prevention best practices with her own experience as a suicide attempt survivor to discuss risk factors, address some of the barriers to help-seeking behavior, and challenge common stereotypes of who can be at risk for suicide. She walks us through her journey to recovery, shares the post-traumatic growth that has taken place, and shares her seven steps to cultivating resiliency.

Shelby Rowe, MBA, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City, OK

Resilience: Triumph over Tragedy

In this interactive presentation, participants will hear an inspiring story of resilience in action. Jose Vega, program director of the Equality Center, will share his story of dramatic adverse childhood experiences --homelessness, victim of conversion therapy, and abuse. Jose will discuss the protective factors that led to his ability to convert these experiences to triumphing over them. The role of having a purpose greater than yourself and relationships will be highlighted. Jose, with audience participation, will unpack his story and discuss the resiliency factors that have led to his role as a leader in our community.

Mary Waters-Bilbo, EdD, LPC, Northeastern State University, Tulsa, OK

Jose Vega, Dennis R. Neil Equality Center, Tulsa, OK

Rethinking Mental Health for Adoption Populations

Adoption populations have sought adequate counseling services for many years. The reality is that many of these families have felt misunderstood, misguided, and led in the wrong direction because of clinicians' lack of training with the adoption populations. The development of specific training for adoption competency was created to assist clinicians. This workshop aims to educate individuals in understanding the need to rethink mental health for adoption populations.Using Faith to Increase Resilience

Leslie Keenan, LMFT and Registered Play Therapist, Family Hope House, Inc., Tulsa, OK

Jimmy Clare, MA, MS, LMFT-S, Family Hope House, Tulsa, OK

Using Faith to Increase Resilience

Psychological resilience is defined as the ability to cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly. Research has shown there is a positive relationship between religious adherence and improved mental and physical health. Our presentation aims to explore the use of faith within psychotherapeutic practice amongst the child and youth population as well as the adult population.

Dr. Natasha Williams C Psych, Allied Psychological Services, North York, ON

Natasha Halliday MA, CYC, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Toronto, ON

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

ETHICS: Ethical & Legal Concerns - Brave New World or Same Old Same Old? Part 1
The changing world of health care includes the evolving digital world, revisions of laws, new methods and techniques for assessment and therapy, changing practice models, modifications of diagnostic and procedure codes, changes in funding and reimbursement streams, changing public and legislative perceptions and attitudes toward behavioral health issues, and who knows what next. In the face of all this change, the behavioral health practitioner is left to wonder whether, and to what degree, the rules and expectations for "good" and ethical professional behavior are also changing. This workshop will examine some of these changes in the context of our various licensing standards, ethics codes, and legal regulations to clarify what has changed, and what has not, regarding doing the right thing while doing good for our patients. This is part one of a two-part session.

Bruce Hodson, PhD, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services, Tulsa, OK

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself and Your Patients

Judge Ken Stoner shares four non-negotiable, foundational elements of mental health care that he believes all providers/healers should be practicing themselves as well as teaching to patients/clients. Failure to practice adequate self-care compromises our capacity to care for our patients/clients. Ethically, we must be practicing adequate self-care. Sara Barry, LBP teaches some practical skills for implementing these elements of care as well as shares resources for further developing these skills and for teaching them to patients/clients.

Honorable Kenneth M. Stoner, Oklahoma County District Court, Oklahoma City, OK

Sara Barry, MEd, LBP, INTEGRIS Behavioral Health Services, Oklahoma City, OK

Enhancing Behavioral and Emotional Health in Child Welfare

Adverse childhood experience, abuse, and neglect continue to affect vulnerable youth in Oklahoma. Children with ACES, abuse and neglect often end up in the state's custody. Upwards of 80 percent of youth in child welfare will have an emotional or behavioral health need. Youth in child welfare are often prescribed more psychotropic medications to treat these behavioral and emotional symptoms compared to their age-matched counterparts. Often times these medications target symptoms; without truly affecting the underlying cause of the disease. Mental health partnerships with child welfare and community providers can help meet the emotional and behavioral health needs of youth in child welfare.

Sara Coffey, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK

Carisa Wilsie, PhD, Oklahoma University Child Study Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Deborah Shropshire, MD, OU Children's Physicians, Oklahoma City, OK

Grief: Resiliency When it's Rough

We will introduce the concept of grief from various standpoints. These points will include what instances one can expect to elicit a grief response, what to do to facilitate the healthiest grief experience, what coping skills help us and which hinder us, the effect of unhealthy coping skills, why some people get "stuck" in their grief process, and how to assist another in the grief process using different modalities. Discussion of what defines resiliency, what individuals can do to begin gaining traits of resiliency, and examples of what these cases look like for the client.

Susan Miller, MSW, LCSW, The Tristesse Grief Center, Tulsa, OK

Jasmine Rowe, The Tristesse Grief Center, Tulsa, OK

Patient Dumping: Rethink Discharging

Patient dumping happens every day, and when people are experiencing homelessness or "discharged to the streets/shelter" it increases the risk of instability, mental health declines, which leads to readmissions. Discharging to emergency shelters are inappropriate in any situation, especially for trying to recover from behavioral health issues. As a system, to avoid re-admissions, effective discharge and aftercare planning is critical, and advocating for more respite facilities for people in our communities is dire. Systems must move away from traditional discharge, regardless of someone's income or insurance status. Improper discharges can lead to increase risks for recovery, including early death.

Michael Brose MSW, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Lucinda Morte, MS Counseling, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Promoting Family Resilience in Children’s Mental Health

Grounded in the Family Interactive Resilience Model (FIRM), this presentation will focus on data from a mixed-methods study of over 100 families identifying protective family processes and protective family-community factors that foster resilience within families with a child diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Qualitative findings and themes that helped families adapt will also be shared. Various family-level therapy modalities and techniques will be discussed as potential adjunctive therapeutic interventions for therapists. Specific communities that can promote family resilience will be identified. Strategies for engaging communities to support family resilience also will be discussed.

Rebecca L. Hubbard, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Bixby, OK

Carolyn S. Henry, PhD, LMFT, CFLE, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Resilience: Marginalized Communities and Historical Trauma

This presentation will address racial and historical trauma (HT) within our communities in Northeastern Oklahoma and begin a conversation on ways to heal our marginalized communities. Emphasis is placed on how to assess and engage HT and racial trauma with individual and collective groups. Related, community engagement and programs to address HT will be discussed. The presentation will focus on three marginalized groups: Indigenous, African American, and Latinx clients. A brief overview of the unique challenges these groups confront with important recent research on how to use a strengths-based approach to build resiliency.

Valerie McGaha, PhD, LADC, LPC, Oklahoma State University - Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Tayrin Saldivar-Hernandez, CREOKS Behavioral Services, Tulsa, OK

Mary Waters-Bilbo, EdD, LPC, Northeastern State University, Tulsa, OK


Rethink Mental Health with Emotion Code

In trauma recovery work that is informed by emerging knowledge in neuroscience, an understanding of memory, the impact of trauma and how the body stores traumatic memory, body-based work is often necessary to facilitate genuine and lasting relief from the emotional distress caused by past experiences. Inter-generational transmission of negative emotions and beliefs can cause on-going distress that can be difficult, if not impossible, to identify and clear through talk therapies. The Emotion Code is a state of the art healing technique that is a simple and effective way to identify and release negative emotions that can be stored in the body.

Kelly A James, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CATP, CPC, RPT-S, EMDR Trained

Susan Bachmann, MEd, LPC, RPT, NCC, EMDR Certified Therapist, and Author, Family Therapy and Renewal Center, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Kelly A. James, Foundational Solutions, Tulsa, OK

4:05 PM – 5:35 PM

ETHICS: Ethical & Legal Concerns - Brave New World or Same Old Same Old? Part 2

The changing world of health care includes the evolving digital world, revisions of laws, new methods and techniques for assessment and therapy, changing practice models, modifications of diagnostic and procedure codes, changes in funding and reimbursement streams, changing public and legislative perceptions and attitudes toward behavioral health issues, and who knows what next. In the face of all this change the behavioral health practitioner is left to wonder whether, and to what degree, the rules, and expectations for "good" and ethical professional behavior are also changing. This workshop will examine some of these changes in the context of our various licensing standards, ethics codes, and legal regulations to clarify what has changed, and what has not, regarding doing the right thing while doing good for our patients. This is the second of a two-part session.

Bruce Hodson, PhD, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services, Tulsa, OK

Adolescent Adversity from the ABCD Study

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study is a 10-year longitudinal study of 11,875 nationally-representative adolescents across the United States. This study addresses multiple areas of interest in development, including biological, genetic, mental health, neurocognitive, and environmental factors. This presentation will examine initial findings from the ABCD study including an overview of early adverse experiences and their relationship with cognitive development. We will also discuss various aspects of substance use, including the rates of substance-exposed pregnancies and the differences in adolescent perceptions of e-cigarettes and vaping.

Florence Breslin, MS, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

Ashleigh Chiaf, MPH, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK

Janna Colaizzi, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

African American Views of North Tulsa's Race Massacre

Recent work in American Indian communities on historical trauma has demonstrated the efficacy of approaching mental health an emic perspective. Work in this domain affords a cogent and grassroots conceptualization of what can be argued is a more ecologically valid representation of major mental health struggles in marginalized groups. Our presentation addresses the application of this model to African American communities and outcomes from our research assessing narrative interviews on the 1921 Race Massacre.

Steven Byers, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK

Mechelle Brown, Historical Speaker, BS, Greenwood Cultural Center, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Greg Meyer, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Connectivation: Breaking Barriers to Build Confidence & Trust

In this hilarious, interactive, and thought-provoking session, we will highlight areas in which participants can interject improv to improve quality of living. In addition, we will review and exercise the six fundamental principles of improv, which support social dynamics, validation, and internal confidence. Participants will experience tools to help increase positive energy and build trust with co-workers, family, and clients. Finally, participants will leave with an improved understanding of connected energy and what siloing does to someone's psyche.

Kristy K. Boone, Premium Impact, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK

Inspiring Hope & Resilience Today

When people experiencing homelessness no longer feel accepted in the workforce, a sense of self-worth and independence is lost, and many turn to panhandling. While there are other solutions, one idea which combines the evidence-based, Individual Placement and Support, with an honest day's pay for an honest day's work mindset, is restoring hope and resilience among panhandlers. Becoming more aware of our abilities to inspire hope and resilience, the importance of evidence-based and best-practice methods, and boundaries in the helping professions will be discussed.

Robert G. Harmon, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Izetta Gibson, LCSW, LADC, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Promoting Recovery: An Innovative Approach

Learn the importance of providing several tiers of services from outpatient therapy to 24/7 crisis intervention and stabilization to urgent recovery centers to community-based crisis centers and see the value of early intervention, care coordination, and follow-up. The use of mobile technology will be a valued tool in the ongoing process of improving outcomes for individuals with mental health and substance use issues.

Lissa James, MS, LPC, Grand Lake MHC, Nowata, OK

Jason Cagle, BS, Information Technology, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc., Nowata, OK

Josh Cantwell, MSW, LCSW, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Nowata, OK

Understanding “Spirituality” and Spiritual Care Provisions in the Context of Moral Injury

This presentation will feature four key elements that aim to further clarify issues of spirituality in the context of moral injury. The following questions will be addressed: Do experiences of spiritual struggle vary among veterans with moral injury? How do chaplains who provide spiritual care to veterans and service members conceive of spirituality in relation to mental health? What spiritual care for moral injury is being provided by chaplains across the VA healthcare system? What can it look like for mental health providers and chaplains to provide integrated psychological-spiritual care for moral injury? Answering these questions will help mental health professionals, spiritual care providers, and others function more effectively as part of integrated care teams addressing the needs of veterans and other persons who may be suffering from moral injury or spiritual struggle as a result of trauma. Directions for future basic and applied work in this area will be discussed.

Carter Check, CCC, MDiv, Eastern Oklahoma VAHCS, Muskogee, OK

David Webster, PhD, Eastern Oklahoma VAHCS, Muskogee, OK

Women Are Sacred

It is a time when prominent women come forward as victims of sexual violence in the #MeToo movement, public rhetoric reduces women in status as "hosts" to house babies until birth, human trafficking is pervasive in our state, the number of missing and murdered women grows, and governments, schools, and religious organizations are found to be complicit in the crimes -- directly and indirectly. In this session, we will use history, statistics and interactive methods (including art, drama and spoken word) to increase comprehension of these crimes. We will also provide tools and strategies that mental health providers and community advocates need to respond in adequate ways.

Ann Dapice, PhD (Lenape/Cherokee), T.K. Wolf Inc., Skiatook, OK

Vanessa Adams Harris (Muscogee Creek), Lions and Butterflies Artswork, Tulsa, OK

Deborah J. Hunter, BS, BHCMII, Family & Children's Services, Tulsa, OK