Wayne State College

2024 Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference at WSC March 22

Published Friday, March 1st, 2024

The conference is being co-hosted by Wayne State, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The 2024 Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference will be held at Wayne State College on Friday, March 22, in the Wayne State Student Center. The event is co-hosted by Wayne State, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The conference is free and focuses on integrative healthcare and rural behavioral health needs. It is open to all helping professionals, including educators, students, counselors, social workers, psychologists, clergy, healthcare providers, and administrative staff.

Register at www.wsc.edu/bhconference. Register by March 10 to be eligible for the free luncheon.

Schedule of Events

8-8:30 a.m. – Registration Check-in (Frey Conference Suite)

8:30-9 a.m. – Welcome (Frey Conference Suite)

9-10:30 a.m. – First Session (Breakout Rooms in Student Center)

Changing Landscapes: Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Updates
Presented by Marley Doyle, M.D.; Erin Schneider, Ed.D.; Tina Chasek, Ph.D.; Kati Cordts, Ph.D.

Feminist Approach to Public Health Ethics (^Ethics CEU)
Presented by Eva Olson, M.A.  

Keeping School Mental Health Accessible for Rural Nebraska
Presented by Beth Doll, Ph.D., LP, NCSP

Using Evidence Based Practices in Co-Occurring Treatment
Presented by Lisa Anibal; Tiffany Gormley, LIMHP, LMHP, LADC; Sandy Stevenson, LIMHP, LMHP, LADC

Using Tobacco Cessation to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes
Presented by Kyla Scott, B.S., Tobacco Cessation Educator

10:30 a.m.-Noon – Second Session (Breakout Rooms in Student Center)

99 Problems, But I’m Not One: Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders
Presented by Soshia Bohn, PLMHP, LADC

The Business of Helping Others: Building a Clinical Private Practice
Presented by Jeff Peterson, Ph.D., LIMHP, NCC, and Sharon Lotz, PLMHP

Enhancing School Counselor Professionalism: Navigating Challenges and Advocating for Standards
Presented by Katie Hecht-Weber, Ph.D. candidate, PLMHP  

High-Performing Students: A High-Risk Population
Presented by Molly Woodman

How to Help Adults Cope with Grief  
Presented by Kay Glidden, M.S., and Beth Reynolds Lewis, B.S.

The Importance of Integrated School-Based Therapy Services
Presented by Michelle Claussen, LIMHP, LADC, CPC, and Amy Specht, PLMHP

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Poster Session (Frey Conference Suite)

Advancing Care for Postpartum Depression: Spreading Education and Awareness to Increase Identification and Treatment
Presented by Caitlyn Haines, UNO Graduate Student (CMHC)

Counseling Considerations: Native American/American Indian
Valerie Blase, WSC graduate student (CMHC)

Does a Person’s Sex Matter? A Deeper Look into Moments that a Person’s Sex Impacted the Care They Received
Presented by Kevin Bollinger, WSC graduate student (CMHC)

Asexuality: The Invisible Orientation
Presented by Aryn Halsey, WSC graduate student (CMHC)

Ozempic: The “Miracle Drug”
Presented by Aryn Halsey, WSC graduate student (CMHC)

Person Centered Counseling: My Personal Journey to Becoming a Counselor
Presented by Mitch Bierbower, WSC graduate student (CMHC)

Treatment of TRD: Emerging Trends in the Treatment of TRD in an Urban Private Practice Clinic
Presented by MJ Hanigan, M.D.; Robert Lundholm, APRN; Steve Elzey, LPN

Noon-1:30 p.m. – Luncheon and Welcome by Wayne State President Dr. Marysz Rames (Frey Conference Suite)

12:30-2 p.m. – Keynote Address by Dr. Leslie Koenig, MD (Frey Conference Suite)

2-3:30 p.m. – Third Session (Breakout Rooms in Student Center)

Hope on the Horizon: Growing Comprehensive School Mental Health Services in Middle America
Presented by Jennifer Pollock, Ed.S., NCSP

The Impact of Brain Injury within High-Risk Populations    
Presented by Presented by Anna Cole and Gina Simanek, M.A., LMHP  

Multicultural Counseling Ethics (Ethics CEU)
Presented by Jeff Peterson, Ph.D., LPC, LIMHP, NCC

School Counselor Supervision Training: Next Steps and Beyond (Supervision CEU)
Presented by Suzanne Scott, Ph.D., LMHP, LPC (WY), NCC

Understanding Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral Health
Presented by Sandra Jones, M.S.

3:30-5 p.m. – Fourth Session (Breakout Rooms in Student Center)

ADHD: A Closer Look
Presented by Paul Davies, LIMHP, CPC, ADHD-CCSP, ASDCS

Identifying Special Topics in Trauma Counseling: A Round Table Discussion
Presented by Alison Boughn, Ph.D., ACS, ATR-BC, LIMHP (NE), LMHC (IA), LPC-MH (SD), NCC, QMHP, TF-CBT

Gender and Transgender Experience: Implications for Counseling
Presented by Aryn Halsey and Kevin Bollinger

Language Matters: Incorporating the Use of Expressive Writing to Explore Stages of Change
Presented by Soshia Bohn, PLMHP, LADC

Strategies for Enhancing the Supervision Experience
Presented by Lindsey Ondrak, LIMHP, LPC, IMH-E, and Carrie L Gottschalk, LIMHP, LPC

Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Through the Human Rights Framework
Presented by Eva Olson, M.A.  


Keynote Presentation

The Next Evolution of Mental Health:  How Ketamine is Leading the Charge and What's to Come
Presented by Dr. Leslie Koenig, M.D.

About the Presentation

What we thought we knew about how the brain works is changing. Old battlefield medicines have new purpose, and stigmatized recreational drugs have been found to have profound benefits. Advances in neuroscience are leading to a collaboration between mental health providers and physicians in a whole new way, with new breakthroughs for not just science, but real people with life changing results. Seeing the person as a whole with an integrative approach, Dr. Koenig will walk you through this rapidly changing field with practical applications for today.

About the Presenter

Leslie Koenig, M.D. is a board-certified emergency physician, Afghanistan combat veteran, and founder of Waybridge Clinic, an IV Ketamine clinic in Omaha. She received her BS in microbiology from University of Iowa and medical doctorate from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 2008. Following this, she entered active-duty service with the United States Navy and completed her emergency residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Deploying with the USMC in 2013, she treated casualties as part of a Shock Trauma Platoon and was the EMS director for Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province. Upon entering civilian life, she wrote and published the "Stress Relief Survival Guide" and created a companion video course available free on YouTube. Currently, she is a fellow at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, pursuing a board certification in this field. In 2023, she opened her first ketamine clinic, becoming an entrepreneur with goals of bringing her varied skills to her patients. She is an executive contributor to Brainz Magazine and is active in her local Chamber of Commerce and Marine Corps League.

Address and Map
Wayne State Student Center
Northeast side of the campus
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787

Wayne State Student Center is Building #36 on the campus map.

Parking is available in Lot #10 on the map, southeast of the Wayne State Student Center. Curbside parking is also available throughout the campus.