Fall Program

Each fall the WMCA partners with a local university to provide a day of training for counselors. This fall, we will have two sessions focused on ways to specific intervention strategies for clients based on their stage of change (Transtheoretical Model of Change) and LGBTQ+ inclusivity and diversity training.

Join us for these two exciting sessions with Q&A to follow.

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021

Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Davenport University

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Registration is required.

The event is free for current members of the WMCA. Complete our application today!

Presentation 1

Speaker: Anthony Muller, MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS, SPADA | Vice President of Substance Use Disorder Services | Samaritas

Anthony Muller has worked in the behavioral health field for 26 years. Anthony has a long history of developing a wide variety of  treatment programs in 10 different counties working with multiple funders. He is an experienced trainer with local, statewide, national and international training experience. Anthony’s hobbies include swimming, coaching soccer and disc golf. He has been married for 24 years, has four sons ages 19, 16, and twin 11 year olds.

Topic: Stage Specific Treatment Interventions

Description: Many clients that enter treatment do so because of external factors and often present in the early stages of change. Historically, referral source expectations and the therapist’s treatment focus have been on action stage outcomes and interventions. This often creates a gap for engagement and a barrier for clinical progression.  Stage Specific Treatment Interventions fill’s this gap providing direction and meaningful engagement with clients who present in treatment without internal motivation to change.

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to verbalize 3 components of effective therapy. 
  • Participants will be able to verbalize what stage specific interventions are and why they matter.
  • Participants will be able to list stage specific interventions for clients in the Pre-Contemplation and Contemplation Stage

Presentation 2

Speaker: Robb Kornoelje, MA, LPC

Born and raised in West Michigan, Robb spent 18 years doing full-time pastoral work in local churches.  In 2013, he came out as a gay man to his wife, family, and congregation.  In the spring of 2019, he started a counseling group called The Truism Center.   Robb specializes in work among LGBTQ+ folks who have had to reconcile issues of faith and sexuality.  He is currently working towards his CST (Certified Sex Therapist) from AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Trainers).  

Topic: Discussion Sex and Sexuality with Clients.

Description: The session will be multifold. We will discuss the value of sex therapy and the practical ways you can discuss sex with your clients. We will touch on the intersection of faith and sexuality conversations:, as well as how we can create safer space for LGBTQ+ clients. Finally, the presentation will end with some best practices for running a private practice!

See the resources section for past training materials.