TCU Counseling Conference Speakers

Speaker Schedule

9:00 – 10:30 am
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
1:00 – 2:30 pm
2:45 – 4:15 pm
Palko 130 (Auditorium)PLENARY:
Grief Counseling” (O’Malley)
Bailey 104 WORKSHOP I:
SFT 101 (Wedel, Booher)
(MUST attend WORKSHOP I first)
SFT 101 (Wedel, Booher)
Gen Z (Ottone)
Bailey 106WORKSHOP C:
School Counseling: Supporting Students (Shope)
Motivating Change in Mandated Clients (Shahan)
School Counseling: Supporting Students (Shope)
Bailey 210 WORKSHOP H:
Sandtray in SF Supervision (Stark)
Palko 225 WORKSHOP G:
Gen Z (Ottone)
SF Play Therapy (Taylor)
SF Play Therapy (Taylor)
Palko 226 WORKSHOP B:
Purposeful Peering (Tillman & Sallee)
Trauma & Trauma-Wise Care: TBRI (Jones & Milton)
Trauma & Trauma-Wise Care: TBRI (Jones & Milton)
Palko 227 WORKSHOP L:
Trauma-Informed Response to School Crises (Kessel)
Substance Use Disorders & Addiction (Dutton)


Grief Counseling: From Stages to Stories

Patrick O’Malley, PhD LMFT LPC

Dr. O’Malley will explore the experience of grief from the neurobiological to the spiritual. He will identify key influences from the medical and mental health fields that have shaped cultural beliefs about grief and discuss the self of the therapist and the role of the therapist when counseling those in grief. Finally, Dr. O’Malley will review current schools of grief counseling and therapeutic outcomes and take questions from the attendees.

Patrick O’Malley, PhD has been providing grief counseling and education to clients and colleagues for 40 years. Dr. O’Malley’s essay Getting Grief Right published in the New York Times in 2015 was one of the most read and shared articles in the newspaper’s history. He is the author of a book titled Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss. Dr. O’Malley is also the author of the blog All Sorrows Borne which can be found at View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop A

Solution-Focused Play Therapy

Becky Taylor, PhD LPC-S LMFT RPT-S CSC

SFPT gives practitioners options to using verbal approaches alone to help clients uncover strengths and possibilities.  Although nonverbal approaches motivate and engage young clients, particularly those with disabilities, language/learning differences, and those who have suffered abuse, they also give adults different ways to communicate their challenges and strengths. I invite participants to engage in different techniques, such as photography, drawing, coloring, and collage, to illustrate the process of SFPT with children and adolescents, as well as those with disabilities.  Handouts will be provided.

Becky Taylor, PhD LPC-S LMFT RPT-S CSC is a professional counsellor, marriage and family therapist, and registered play therapist teaching at Texas Christian University, where she has worked for the past 21 years. She specializes in working with children and adolescents. Her research interests include resiliency, play therapy, and possible selves. She endeavors to tailor SFT to include tangible and creative approaches to engage and address developmental and traumatic concerns of young clients, but also adults and those with disabilities. Her recently published text, Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Creative and Play-Based Approaches (Routledge, 2019), provides different creative ideas and therapeutic techniques for use throughout the different phases of SFT. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop B

Purposeful Peering for Neurological Wiring After Trauma

Brenda Tillman, PhD LPC-S and Erika Sallee, DPT

Through one-on-one and group activities, participants will have the opportunity to integrate identified solution-focused techniques into the peer support process.  Our activities will focus on culture driven communities such as military, first responders, and schools; however, all information we share can be used in any setting where peer support is indicated. Participants will be introduced to both group and individual peer support processes through scenario-based training that highlights the impact of a solution-focused practice.

Brenda Tillman, PhD LPC-S earned her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from Texas Christian University and has master’s degrees in both business and counseling. Brenda has over 20 years of experience in trauma response, working with first responders, military personnel, FAA aircraft investigators, and other organizations. She is a certified Critical Incident Stress Management Trainer and responded to incidents including the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the West Texas chemical plant explosion. Brenda is a wife and mother and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Erika Sallee, PT DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She earned her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University in 2011. Erika is a certified Critical Incident Stress Management Peer and provides education on the science of trauma and well-being to first responder, aviation, and military organizations. Erika is also a military veteran. She received her commission from AFROTC Det 810 at Baylor University, and served as an officer in the Air Force for six years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer on A-10s, F-16s, and B-52s. Her husband is the commander of the 97 FTS Devil Cats and she has two girls, Ryleigh and Sydney. They live together in Fort Worth, Texas. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop C

School Counseling: Supporting Students in the Thick of It

Chansi Shope, MEd

School counselors have a multi-faceted set of roles, and requirements continuously change based on TEA and district policies.  This, in addition to the need for counselors to navigate and balance the many academic, planning, responsive services, and system support needs, requires easily accessible, comprehensive resources. In this session I will assist school counselors in identifying resources to ease the struggles in locating important information as well as working though problematic scenarios present in the school counseling arena.

Chansi Shope, MEd, Professional School Counselor, is currently a counselor at Bridges Accelerated Learning Center and Vista Alternative Education Center. Chansi earned her Masters of Education in Counseling from Texas Christian University. Recognized as a finalist for School Counselor of the Year ’18-’19 by  LSSSCA, Chansi takes great pride in her role as a counselor. After serving as a Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow in cohort 1 of the program, she is now one of four alumni chosen by her Leader Fellow peers to serve on the Fellows’ Alumni Board. Additionally, she recently trained with Restorative Practices as a Group Facilitator sub-contractor. With thirteen total years in education and seven serving as a counselor, her experience spans elementary through high school. Chansi is active in ASCA and LSSSCA. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop D

Trauma and Trauma-Wise Care: Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Daren Jones, LMSW and Henry Milton, MS

Trust-Based Relational Intervention is an attachment-based, evidence-based and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.  TBRI uses Empowering Principles for the physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.  We feel “the children have bled before they came to us, but they must not bleed on our watch” -Dr. Karyn Purvis (1949-2016). Come learn more about this exciting approach to working with families and children!

Daren Jones, LMSW is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As training specialist, his main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Daren earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He spent 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor and trainer, before beginning his work with the KPICD. Daren is currently pursuing a PhD in Counseling & Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, where he resides with his wife Katie Jones, daughter Ruby, and son Finn.

Henry Milton, MS is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, currently working with the team to conduct trainings on Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) techniques. Henry has 15 years of experience in mental health care, residential care, and inpatient psychiatry. While studying for his Bachelors in Psychology, Henry began working with at-risk youth as a Camp Counselor, which is where his motivation to work professionally with this population began. Henry went on to work full-time as a Prevention & Management of Aggressive behavior (PMAB) instructor for inpatient psychiatry, along with being a preceptor/mental health therapist. Henry earned his Masters from Texas A&M-Commerce/Capella University in Psychology and is currently working on his PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education at TCU. Henry resides in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife Amani Milton-Terrell, MD – Pediatrician, and their children, Elijah and Micah. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop E

Substance Use Disorders and Addiction: We Know the Challenges, What Are the Solutions?

Drew Dutton, MEd LPC LCDC

This session will begin with an overview of substance abuse disorders (primarily with an adolescent population) as well as a review of substance use disorder trends, criteria, diagnosing, and impact on the brain.  Then we will review common treatment approaches, barriers, and solutions with an emphasis on strengths-based, solution-focused, and positive psychology models of treatment.

Drew Dutton, MEd LPC LCDC completed a bachelor’s degree in education, became a certified physics and chemistry teacher, and earned a master’s degree in Counseling from Texas Christian University. Drew has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment since 2011, developing new and innovative multi-family group, aftercare, parent education, and residential treatment models and approaches.  He joined Phoenix House in 2013 as the Clinical Manager. At Phoenix House, Drew has worked to build a treatment model that focuses on strengths, solutions, and uses hands-on, experiential learning. He is the co-author of the I CAN model utilized across Phoenix House of Texas.  Drew has also served as the Dallas program director and Texas regional director. Drew serves as an adjunct professor, teaching addictions counseling at Texas Christian University. When not at work, Drew teaches and plays guitar and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and yellow lab, Maverick. He loves his Horned Frogs and is often spotted wearing TCU purple. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop F

Up for a Challenge? Motivating Change in Mandated Clients

Heather Shahan, PhD LMFT-S LPC-S LSOTP

This workshop focuses on avenues to promote change in clients who are mandated to treatment by the legal system, the parental system, or any other system!  I will provide numerous case examples for participants to practice using solution-focused dialogue to promote change.  Additionally, elements of self-reflection / self-care will be addressed as working with such client populations may promote secondary traumatization and burnout in clinicians.

Heather Shahan, PhD LMFT-S LPC-S LSOTP has worked for the past 14 years in the treatment of sexual offenders, helping to prevent the sexual abuse of others.  She strives to engage her clients and their families and support system to help promote systemic change by focusing on finding solutions to complex situations.  Prior to her clinical experience, she was the Academic Honor’s coordinator for a private school in Coral Gables, Florida where she developed and taught the Academic Honor’s program. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop G

Gen Z: Therapy with Today’s Kids

Katherine Hennessey Ottone, MEd LPC Certified in Clinical Hypnosis

In this interactive workshop I offer education and interventions for working with Gen Z clients (ages 4-24). Gen Z clients present with unique strengths and challenges, and this presentation offers creative interventions to maximize therapeutic benefit. We will focus on how mindfulness, Ericksonian principles, and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) interventions empower clients to live peacefully and authentically in a world of social media and intense societal pressures.

Katherine Hennessey Ottone, MEd LPC holds a Masters of Education in Counseling degree from Texas Christian University (TCU). She is currently on fellowship at TCU to complete her PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education. She is certified in clinical hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis utilizing Ericksonian hypnosis. Katharine is an adjunct faculty member at TCU in the Masters of Counseling program and a trainer for the North Texas Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She works with children and families in her private practice. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop H

Use of Sandtray in Solution-Focused Supervision

Marcella Stark, PhD LPC-S

In this workshop we will explore the use of sandtray in solution-focused supervision.  Through discussion and experiential activities, participants will learn several applications of sandtray that complement a solution-focused approach (e.g., not knowing stance, use of miracle/fast-forwarding in goal formation) to clinical supervision.

Marcella Stark, PhD LPC-S is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Before beginning her career in academia, she provided counseling in college and university settings. Her research focuses on solution-focused supervision, use of sandtray in supervision, supervisee contribution, counselor training, and mentoring within the counseling profession. She is the Secretary on the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association of North America (SFBTA). View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshops I AND J (must attend both)

Solution-Focused Therapy 101

Olivia Wedel, PhD LPC LCDC and Erin Booher, MEd LPC NCC CSC

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is supported by a strong evidence base confirming efficacy of the approach. Developed by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, SFBT is rooted in brief therapy and is known for helping people identify goals, build on past successes, and work on their preferred future. Attendees will learn important history about SFBT as well as how the approach may be applied in various settings related to counseling and mental health. Skill development will be emphasized through learning exercises and feedback.

Olivia Wedel, PhD LPC LCDC has served on the faculty of Grand Canyon University and has taught at Texas Christian University as well as the New Opportunity School for Women Program at Bluefield College (VA). A native of Virginia, Olivia served as the Clinical Supervisor for Residential Services at Phoenix House of Texas, Dallas (an inpatient substance abuse program for adolescents). Her clinical and supervisory experiences include supervising transitional housing, in-home family therapy, and substance abuse treatment. Olivia is active in several professional associations and serves on the boards of directors for Texas Mental Health Counselor’s Association and the North Central Texas Counseling Association.

Erin A. Booher, MEd, LPC, NCC, CSC is a PhD Candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education at Texas Christian University, where she also received her Master’s degree in 2009. Erin’s experience spans over 20 years working with adults, children, adolescents, and their parents. Erin served as a school counselor for nine years and currently owns and maintains her private counseling practice, Erin Booher Counseling, in Fort Worth. In 2010, she was the recipient of the TCU Viktor Frankl Award at TCU and in 2019 was recognized as a DFW Mom Approved Therapist by DFW Child Magazine.  Erin is a Level 1 trauma informed clinical practitioner by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) and has presented and co-presented at various counseling conferences across the nation. Erin is an active member of ACA, SACES, TCA, and ASCA. View Full Speaker Schedule

Workshop L

Trauma-Informed Response to School Crises

Scott Kessel, MEd

This session is intended to inform the audience on the planning, mitigation, response, and recovery necessary to efficiently navigate a critical incident in schools. Additional emphasis will be placed on response and recovery, particularly the emotional recovery of students, staff, and community. Case studies of actual incidents will be reviewed and analyzed.

Scott Kessel, MEd is the Executive Director of Student Services for the Aledo Independent School District and holds certifications as a teacher, school counselor, and principal. For 10 years Scott also served as adjunct faculty at TCU as a counselor educator teaching courses in school counseling program development. Scott has served in various roles on the board of the Texas School Counselor Association and Texas Counseling Association and testified multiple times before the State Board of Educator Certification advocating for the role of school counselors in Texas. He has presented at dozens of conferences and workshops at the local, state, and national level delivering training to thousands of people over the last 23 years. Scott has worked in Emergency Operations Planning in public schools since 2007, specializing in response and recovery. During that time Scott has participated in, or coordinated, the response and recovery effort to more than 80 incidents impacting schools, including suicide clusters, homicides, floods, and fires as well as relocating and reunifying students with parents following these incidents. Scott is certified in Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools by FEMA having been trained at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. View Full Speaker Schedule


Conference Host and Plenary Moderator

Frank Thomas, PhD LMFT-S

Frank Thomas, PhD LMFT-S is Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He has authored or edited six books and nearly 100 articles. His book Solution-Focused Supervision: A Resource-Oriented Approach to Developing Clinical Expertise (2013) is his most recent. Frank is an Associate Editor with The Journal of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and serves on five other journal editorial boards. He has made over 230 presentations in 15 countries and was an Erskine Visiting Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2018. Currently, Frank consults with nonprofit organizations, does executive coaching, and provides supervision and supervision-of-supervision worldwide via the internet.