42nd Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Mar. 1, 2024

42nd Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions Mar. 1, 2024

Conference Details

The 42nd Annual Woodall Conference will be held in-person in Ewing Hall on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

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!


Registration will take place on this site prior to the conference. Further information below.

Register Now

If you are a presenter, a DSU Site Supervisor, or a DSU student, please wait to register until you receive a code via email.

If you would like to use a check, money order, or cash for pre-registration, please complete the physical copy of the conference registration. We are no longer accepting Purchase Orders (PO).

To ensure receipt of check and issuance of an online code to register, checks must be postmarked by February 5, 2024. Please make checks out to: DSU – CSI. Please mail your registration form and check, cash, or money order to the following address:

DSU Counselor Education
Attn: Anna Weems
DSU Box 3142
1003 W. Sunflower Ave.
Cleveland, MS 38733

Contact Information

Conference Coordinator: Anna Weems
E: woodallconference@deltastate.edu
P: (662) 846-4364

Rob McKinney, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rob McKinney started his career in mental health counseling by obtaining a M.Div. with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Lincoln, Illinois. Since then, he has obtained his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. Rob moved to Spokane in 2018 where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Gonzaga University and Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Rob enjoys working as a counselor educator because he gets to instill his professional passion into students, teach and foster counseling skills, and engage in both research and service opportunities.

Rob’s research interests include multicultural considerations in counseling, counseling work related to LGBTGEQIAP+ individuals, and counselor development. Within these areas, Rob has published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and papers, as well as presented at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. Aside from research, Rob is proud to be a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities, the latter of which he is currently serving as President. Rob also serves as a governing board member for NAMI Spokane and as the Chapter Faculty Advisor for Gonzaga’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (Gamma Chi Epsilon), the international honor society that values excellence in the counseling profession. In addition, he is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a National Certified Counselor.


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

8:30 – 9 AM | Keynote Address preparation; can arrive early to test your technology.
9 – 10:10 AM | Welcome and 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 (on your own)
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

Agenda Details

9 - 10:05 AM | Welcome and Keynote Address

Shaping Tomorrow’s Mental Health Work: A Future-Focused Perspective
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rob McKinney
     Location: Jacob’s Conference Center, Ewing Hall

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

Humble and Kind: Integrating Cultural Humility Into Supervision
DeAron Washington, PLPC, Ph.D.
     Location: Ewing 210

Diagnosis- Friend, Foe or…?
Katie Jones, M.S. School Counseling, MSU, LPC;
Sarah Rather, P-LPC, M.Ed., DSU
     Location: Ewing 224

Critical Consciousness, Diversity & Critical Disability Theory.
Karen Sue Linstrum, Ph.D., LPC, CRC
     Location: Ewing 227

Group Activities for Adults
Angela Essary, MS, LPC
     Location: Ewing 315

Improving Empathy and Understanding about Interpersonal Violence through Experiential Learning
Jana Donahoe, Chair & Associate Professor of Social Work and DSU BSW and CAST Program Director;
Victoria Peay, LCSW;
Loretta Jackson, LMSW, Ph.D.
     Location: Ewing 331

Ethics vs. Laws vs. Policy…What should school counselors follow?
Mary Bess Pannel, Ph.D., LPC, NCC;
Angelisa Weatherspoon;
Candance Smith;
Jasmine Evans;
Kanisha Patterson;
Anthony Gibson;
Rhonda Richard;
Ruby Butler;
Demyia Graham;
JaWanda Griham;
Mary Parker;
River Woods
     Location: Ewing 334

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

Ethics and TeleMental Health: The Beginning, The Middle, and The Future
Deb Wells, Ph.D., LPC-S, BC-TMH;
Monique Tillman, MS, LPC, BC-TMH
     Location: Ewing 210

Establishing Safe Schools: Understanding Threat Assessment Teams and Suicide Prevention
Mary Catherine Russell, Ed.S., NCC
     Location: Ewing 224

Wait… Who’s presenting? Shouldn’t be me! ; History, symptoms, assessment and treatment of imposter syndrome.
Katharine Johnson, PhD, LPC-S, NCC;
Brandy Collins;
Shelby Brownlee;
Verneitha McGee;
Leslie Cole;
William Shirley;
Elizabeth Scott Wickliffe;
Jerrika Owen
     Location: Ewing 227

Lessons from Integrated Breath Therapy
George R. Beals, PhD LPC-S BC-TMP
     Location: Ewing 315

MCA Delta Region: Empowering leadership and advocacy in the counseling profession in the Mississippi Delta
Dr. Mary Bess Pannel;
Katie Jones;
MCA Delta Region Officers
     Location: Ewing 331

Adding Coaching to Your Counseling Practice
John Hawkins, Ed.S., LPC-S, NCC
     Location: Ewing 334

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

Key Components for Ethical Counselors
Kimberly Sallis, Ph.D., LPC-S;
Richard Strebeck, Ph.D., LPC-S
     Location: Ewing 210

Redecision Therapy: Uncovering Impasses
Dr. Jeannie Falkner, Ph.D., LCSW
     Location: Ewing 224

Supporting Students During School-Related Tragedies
Katherine Johnson, PhD, LPC-S, NCC;
Cassandra Brower;
Ann Garrison Thomas;
Marquita Henderson;
Tarren Smith;
Marlee May
     Location: Ewing 227

An Argument for Regular Group Supervision via Telehealth
George Beals, Ph.D., LPC-S (MS), LPC (AL), BC-TMP
     Location: Ewing 315

Site Supervision in 60 Minutes: Everything You Need to Know About Being a Site Supervisor with Delta State
Maegan J. Tatum, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH
      Location: Ewing 331

Theoretical Perspectives on Trauma Across the Lifespan
Mary Bess Pannel, Ph.D., LPC, NCC;
Alexis Dandridge;
Hailey Collins;
Kendall Kern;
Makenzie McConnell;
Elena Fernandez;
Semira Chowdhury
     Location: Ewing 334

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

Navigating the Supervisory Landscape: Advanced Techniques in Counseling Supervision
Melissa Windham, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, NCSC;
Kimberly Sallis, PhD, LPC-S;
Richard Strebeck, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, CSAT;
Anthony Bullock, DPC, MBA, LPC-S;
Kerri McKnatt, LPC-S
     Location: Ewing 210

Maximizing School Counselor Impact: Aligning Supervision with Mississippi Counselor Growth Rubric
Brian Wesley Harrington, NCSC– Current Master of Education on School Counseling;
Kenya Bledsoe, Ph.D, LPC-S, NCC, NCSC, BC-TMH;
Amanda Winburn, Ph.D., LPC, RPT, NCSC, NCC
     Location: Ewing 224

Fierce and Aging: Unmasking Black Women’s Silent Well-being Struggle
Daisy Jones-Brown, MA, LPC-S
     Location: Ewing 227

Do You Feel Me?: Utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy in Clinical Practice
DeAron Washington, PLPC, Ph.D.
     Location: Ewing 315

Water, Sunshine, & Sleep – Oh My!: The Ethics of Self-Care
Kate Johnson, PhD, LPC-S, NCC
Maegan J. Tatum, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH
     Location: Ewing 331

Adventure therapy: Find yourself in the middle of nowhere
Kendall Kern, B.Ed, Graduate Student in the M.Ed program at DSU;
Dr. Mary Bess Pannel, Ph.D., LPC, NCC.;
Dr. Todd Davis, Ph.D., CPRP
     Location: Ewing 334

4 - 5 PM | Breakout Sessions V

Beneficence: Ethical Actions that Benefit Another
Larry Lambert, NCC, LPC-S
     Location: Ewing 210

Rejection Sensitivity: Helping Clients Who Anticipate Being Hurt by Others
Kevin Merideth, MS, LPC-S
     Location: Ewing 227

Saving Our Youth
Lakitta Johnson, Ph.D., LPC-S;
Regina McMurtery, Ph.D.;
Al Haralson, Ph.D.;
Ronica Branson, Ph.D.;
Students- Monique Wooson, Rosalie Cisse, Kiyah Hillman Jocelyn Horton, Julie Mabus
     Location: Ewing 315

Men and Mental Health
Cleveland W. Phinisee, Jr., MEd, P-LPC, NCC, CMHT
     Location: Ewing 331

Fatal Addictions Revisited: “Spirituality and Recovery from Sexual Addiction”
Tom Moore, Ph.D., LPC, NCSP
     Location: Ewing 334

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.
    • up to 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.
    • up to 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 provider for MS Department of Education CEUs. MDE CEUs have been approved.
    • up to .6 MDE CEUs offered
    • AttentionAn additional fee of $15 for school certificates is included in your registration fee.

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 woodallconference@deltastate.edu.

For those that would like to use a check, money order, or cash for pre-registration, please contact Anna Weems at woodallconference@deltastate.eduThese options are available also! To ensure receipt of check and issuance of an online code to register, mail checks by February 5, 2024.
Make checks out to: DSU – CSI.
Mailing Address: DSU Counselor Ed, Attn: Anna Weems, DSU Box 3142, 1003 W. Sunflower Ave., Cleveland, MS 38733