40th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Apr. 1, 2022

40th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Apr. 1, 2022

About the Woodall Conference

The annual F. E. Woodall Conference, hosted by Delta State University’s Division of Counselor Education & Psychology, serves both students and professionals by providing essential information, support, and networking opportunities to helping professionals in the region. The conference offers professionals in a variety of helping fields the opportunity to attend interesting and informative workshops at a nominal cost. The conference began in 1981, under the direction of Dr. Fred E. Woodall, a previous and highly admired professor.

Keynote speakers have included seven American Counseling Association Presidents, an international innovator/inventor, and other nationally recognized leaders in the field of counseling. Students and professionals spend the day selecting from over 30 peer-reviewed, continuing education content sessions. Presenters are often faculty and students from Delta State and other universities as well as leading professionals in the field. Advanced students have the opportunity to present with their faculty members.

Our Delta Sigma Upsilon Honor Society, Chi Sigma Iota, will benefit from the funding of the conference and will be able to do service for the community, attend national conferences, and attend other continuing education opportunities!

Virtual/In-Person Conference Details

The Woodall Conference will be offered both in person and virtually. If you are attending in person, the schedule will help you choose your session, time, and classroom. If you are attending virtually, we have a set agenda for the day. Anyone can attend the virtual session as we will host the virtual sessions on campus and utilize zoom for those who cannot attend in person. The Schedule at a Glance and the Set Virtual Agenda Zoom Link will be emailed to registrants prior to the conference. 


Registration will take place on this site prior to the conference. Further information below. If you are a presenter, a DSU Site Supervisor, or a DSU student, please wait to register until you receive a code via email.

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If you would like to use a check, money order, PO, or cash for pre-registration, please contact Chaley Brunetti at cbrunetti@deltastate.edu.

Make checks out to DSU.
Mailing Address: DSU-Counselor Ed, Attn: Chaley B Brunetti, DSU Box 3142, 1003 W. Sunflower Ave., Cleveland, MS 38733

Dr. Matthew Buckley

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Matthew Buckley is a doctoral level licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Mississippi and a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LMHC) in Utah. He has been a practicing counselor since 1993 in Idaho, Mississippi, Arkansas and Utah and specializes in clinical mental health, marriage and family, child and adolescent, and group counseling. He is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMHC). Currently Dr. Buckley works as a counselor educator (Senior Core faculty) at Walden University and was the former program director for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program (2008 – 2013). He also served as Division Chair and an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Delta State University from 1997 – 2008. He is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC), and Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES). He also chaired the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors from July, 2001 to June, 2004. He formerly served as an exam committee member (Subject Matter Expert) for the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). He also has extensive experience in work with The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) where he has served as a site team chair or member for accreditation visits for the past 20 years and has served on ad hoc committees for the development of training materials for the CACREP site visit process.

He is also a board approved clinical supervisor in Mississippi where he acts as a clinical supervisor for other professional counselors and counselors-in-training who seek licensure; the diversity of his professional practice includes counseling, consultation, supervision, and teaching.


Ewing Hall, Delta State University
Cleveland, MS, 38733
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Conference Agenda

8:30 – 9 AM | Zoom Room and Keynote Address preparation; can arrive early to test your technology
9 – 10:10 AM | Welcome by President LaForge and Matt Buckley, Keynote Address
10:20 – 11:20 AM | Breakout Sessions I
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Breakout Sessions II
12:35 – 1:35 PM | Lunch
1:40 – 2:40 PM | Breakout Sessions III
2:50 – 3:50 PM | Breakout Sessions IV
4 – 5 PM | Breakout Sessions V

6 Available CE Units

  • 2.00 Ethics
  • 2.00 Supervision
  • 1.00 Supervision (DSU CED Site Supervisors)

Agenda Details

Agenda Key: Ethics & Supervision CEs = gold | No Social Word credit = *

9 - 10:10 AM | Welcome/Keynote Address

Welcome from President LaForge.

Keynote Address:
“Finding ourselves: Remaining Vital Through our Professional Careers”
Dr. Matt Buckley

Abstract: Helping professionals are challenged to remain vital in their practices as helping professionals. Challenged with multiple, complex and competing priorities can wear down professional helpers and result in a clouded vision of what is essential and enjoyable in working with others. This presentation challenges participants to more deeply contemplate their reasons for becoming a helping professional and renew self-care strategies and awareness of signs of burnout.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assist participants in assessing their current practice realistically and courageously
  2. Consider where specifically participants may feel stagnant, uninspired or burned out
  3. Develop alternatives leading to an action plan
  4. Consider what is doable in participants’ present circumstances and with the competing and complex priorities experienced
  5. Recognize the importance of revitalization in practice

10:20 - 11:20 AM | Breakout Sessions I

The Role of School Counselors in Meeting Students’ Mental Health Needs
Dr. Chancey Fort, P-LPC, SB-RPT

The Use of Memes and Humor to Strengthen the Therapeutic Alliance in Clinical Settings
Sarah Heleniak Rather M.Ed, NCC
Stephanie Bell, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS

The case for ALICE
Walter Frazier, Phd, LPC-S, NCC
Kathryn Wright, MS, LPC-S, BC-TMH, NCC
Laura Jones

Sexual Assault on College Campuses and Beyond: What Do Counselors Need to Know
Caelyn Ditz, LCSW-S
Brittany Power, LPC

Group Counseling with people experiencing COVID-19 Long Haulers Symptoms
Karen Sue Linstrum, Ph.D., LPC-S, CRC

Redecision Therapy 101
Jeannie Falkner, PhD, LCSW, LCSW supervisor

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Breakout Sessions II

*ACA’s Disability Competencies: Ethical Considerations and Implications for​ Counseling
Steve Zanskas, Ph.D., CRC, LPC (MI & WI)

Suicide Postvention: Responding to Suicide within our Communities
Rachel-Clair Franklin, MCMH, LPC-S, BC-TMH, CHES

Lobes of Fun! Neuroscience for Counselors
Katie Jones, LPC

Left Behind: Counseling for the Families of Incarcerated Persons
Frances Ellmo, Ph.D.
Carrie Lund, MS

What is Imposter Syndrome, How Prevalent Is it in College Students, and How Do I Combat it?
Shelby Moorman
Jonathan E. Westfall, Ph.D

Addiction Treatment Continuums of Care in a Post-COVID Environment
William Sansing, Ph.D., LPC-S
Michele Arney, Ph.D., LPC

1:40 - 2:40 PM | Breakout Sessions III

Sit Down, Be Humble: Integrating Cultural Humility into Therapeutic Practice
DeAron Washington, PLPC, MA-MFT

To Touch or not to Touch: The Ethics in Question
George R. Beals, Ph.D., LPC-S(MS), LPC(AL)

Developing Peer Relations and Self-Esteem in LGBT+ Adolescents
Cameron Douglas, BA
Alexandria Kerwin, Ph.D., LPC-S, BC-TMH, ACS, NCC

A Seat at the Table…Who are we Serving?
Christine D. Lewis Pugh, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NCSC
Allison N. Oliver, Ed.S.

Identifying Child Sexual Abuse Incidences During COVID-19 in an Online Environment
Claire W. Dempsey, Ed.D.
Kyle B. Dempsey, Ph. D.
Jasmine Wagenius

*Delta Region MCA Association

2:50 - 3:50 PM | Breakout Sessions IV

*Trauma Informed Supervision: For Counselors and Site
Dr. Stephanie Bell Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS

LPC Board: Rules and Regulations Revisions

Forensic Treatment: Providing Treatment for Those Who Are Legally Involved
Chelsey Haik, M.Ed., LPC

Life Reimagined: Supporting our Grieving Students
Harlie Blauw, MA, NCSP

The Impact of COVID-19 on Integrated Healthcare
Lakitta Johnson, Ph.D., LPC
Regina McMurtery, Ph.D., LPC
Alfonso Haralson, Ph.D., LPC
Ronica Arnold Branson, Ph.D., LPC
Brianna Glenn
Anna Grace Teal
Devin Headley
Danielle Stamps
Courtland Sanders

Cultural Competency Advisory Committee: A Framework for Engaging in the Six Dimensions of Wellness
Corlis Snow, Ed.D
Cultural Competency Advisory Committee

4 - 5 PM | Breakout Sessions V

Fostering Positive Well-Being in the Workplace – The Intersectionality of Interprofessional Stress & The Pandemic
Cora S. Jackson, DSW, LMSW

Approaching Supervision from the Supervisee Perspective
Tara Adam
Yorvetta Harvey
Victoria Hawkins
Jessica Terry
Valencia Thomas

Understanding Forms of Grief for Counselors and Clients
Virginia Alexander
Josh Correro
Ikera Curry
Cozy Gray
Hollie Moore
Raven Moss
Terry Sessions

*Creating Inclusive Environments that SELebrate All Students
Charlotte Arrowsmith
KaShyla Brooks
Dakota Conway
Jess Martinson
Mary Catherine McGee
Andy McKinney
Zaria Nolan
Desirae Purnell
Brooke Roberts
Alisia Townsend
Mary Bess Pannel, PhD, LPC, NCC

Treating Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Tom Moore, Ph.D., LPC, NCSP

Continuing Education Information

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) & Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC)

  • Delta State University Counselor Education department, event sponsor, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. DSU – Counselor Education is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines, Provider #4306.
    • 6 NBCC CEs offered

Social Workers

  • Social Work contact hours are in the review process by DSU Social Work Department. The Social Work Department of Delta State University, SWCU1202, is an approved provider for continuing education by the Mississippi Board of Examiners and Marriage & Family Therapists.
    • 6 SW CEs offered
    • Attention: The state’s additional fee of $25 for social work certificates is included in your registration fee.

School Counselors & Other School Helping Professionals interested in MDE/Education CEUs

  • DSU Continuing Education Department is an approved provided for MS Department of Education CEUs. MDE CEUs have been approved.
    • .6 MDE CEUs offered
    • AttentionAn additional fee of $15 for school certificates is included in your registration fee.


*ALL attendees must complete this form and submit at the end of the day to be awarded credit for attending the conference*

Please contact your licensing board if you have questions about the type of continuing education offered. If you have any questions about about this conference, please email cbrunetti@deltastate.edu.

For those that would like to use a check, money order, PO, or cash for pre-registration, please contact Chaley Brunetti at cbrunetti@deltastate.eduThese options are available also! To ensure receipt of check and issuance of an online code to register, mail checks by March 10th.
Make checks out to: DSU – CSI.
Mailing Address: DSU-Counselor Ed, Attn: Chaley Brunetti, DSU Box 3142, 1003 W. Sunflower Ave., Cleveland, MS 38733