The Mental Health and Continuing Education departments of Central Texas College (CTC) will host the annual Mental Health Conference on Friday, October 20 at the CTC Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). The conference is designed for all professional counselors, chemical dependency counselors, social workers, family and marriage therapists. Registration and check-in is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and the workshop sessions are from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Two counseling tracks and one joint session will be held throughout the event. The conference opens at 8:30 a.m. with two sessions: “Bridging the Gap between Health Care and the Community” presented by Kim Bush and “Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals” by Lia Amuna, licensed professional counselor and director of student counseling at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Those sessions are followed by the joint session, “Perception: A Guide to How Changing our Minds Can Change Our Lives,” at 10:15 a.m. presented by Sharon Edmond.  

The afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. with “When Mental Health and Domestic Violence Collide” by Kerry Ann Frazier, director of the Healthy Homes Program, and “Cultural Competency in Foster Care” by Tara Wallace. At 2:45 p.m. the sessions are “Understanding the Texas Behavioral Health Service System” by Trina Ita, deputy associate commissioner from the Office of Mental Health Coordination, and “Opioids: Epidemic or Hype” presented by Felix Rubert.

During the morning sign-in and breaks throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to visit exhibitor tables and learn about the many products, services and information from a variety of vendors.

For those who are eligible, continuing education units are available for licensed chemical dependency counselors, social workers, professional counselors and marriage and family therapists to help meet training requirements.

Early bird registration is underway now through October 14 with a fee of $50 and $30 for current CTC students. The fee includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and all material hand-outs. The late registration fee is $60 and $35 for current CTC students. Participants download the online registration form at www.ctcd.edu/ce, then indicate the selected sessions and either fax the form and credit card information to 254-526-1600 or mail to CTC Continuing Education, P.O. Box 1800, Killeen, TX 76540-1800. To pay by credit card, call 254-526-1586.

For more information about the conference, contact the CTC Mental Health department at               254-526-1891.