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 address school avoidance with our clients, prevent burnout, and assist clients with career decision-making .

Join us for these two exciting sessions with a Q&A to follow. For those who are able to stay through the end of the conference, we will have a gift card drawing at 12:00pm.

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Location: Virtual

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Registration is required. Space is limited to the first 100 participants. School Counselors can receive up to 3 SCECH’s for participation. Non-School Counselors can use the PIC # 12345 when you register.

Participants will receive a zoom link prior to the day of training!

 

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

Presentation 1

Speaker: Tashuna Hunt, LMSW & Geoffery Stevens, LMSW

Topic: School Avoidance

The objective of the training is to provide counselors with strategies to engage students in virtual learning. The training will provide an understanding of why students refuse, ways to partner with parents to increase engagement, how to collaborate with outside counseling support, as well as stress management strategies for counselors.

Tashuna Hunt, LMSW is currently a licensed therapist practicing at BRAINS in Grand Rapids, MI, treating individuals who are middle school age through adulthood. Tashuna has over 16 years of experience working within the Child Welfare and school systems, advocating for children and families. Oftentimes these families had experienced complex trauma that presented behavioral, cognitive and emotional challenges within the family system. Tashuna is trained in Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), which focuses on strengthening the family system. Family is very important to Tashuna, she believes that “Family gives us the roots to stand tall and strong”. Tashuna uses play therapy, goal setting, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and integrative approaches to engage the client in accomplishing desired treatment goals.

Geoff Stevens, LMSW has been working with children and adults with a variety of treatment needs at BRAINS since 2015. Geoff most often works with patients with comorbidities, involving conditions like mood disorders, ADHD, autism, head injury/concussions, trauma, anger, or other behavioral challenges. Geoff frequently engages with youth involved in the juvenile court system or in school disciplinary issues. Prior to joining BRAINS, Geoff conducted home-based counseling, worked with adolescents involved in the juvenile court system, and developed community-based treatment services for at-risk youth. Geoff has been a professor in the School of Social Work at both GVSU and WMU.

Presentation 2

Speaker: Geoffrey Beene, LLMSW

Topic: College and Career: Transitions and Decision-Making

Geoffrey Beene, LLMSW is a clinically training and limited licensed social worker at the BRAINS Adult & Adolescent Clinic. Using a holistic approach, Geoffrey partners with his clients to develop a plan to cope with the journey of life. He utilizes the strengths perspective to empower patients to work through their goals, this approach helps with building an autonomous and healthy therapeutic relationship. Geoffrey has experience conducting therapy in community-based settings, providing case management and support in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and working with youth transitioning to adulthood in residential environments. In addition to counseling and community work, Geoffrey is a professor of psychology and social work courses at local institutions of higher learning. 


See the resources section for past training materials.