Addiction recovery to play a part in Southeastern Louisiana University's Terrell Conference December 8

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern Louisiana University will sponsor the inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Friday, Dec. 8.  Scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the university’s Student Union, the conference will highlight addiction recovery efforts.
     The conference invites professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers to come together for a full day of networking and professional development.
     “We are thrilled to host Dr. Jenny Hollander, who worked under Tom Terrell, the conference’s namesake, when he was director of the UCC,” said Paige Moody, Southeastern mental health counselor and conference co-chair. “These presenters are leaders in their fields, and their collective wisdom challenges us all to make the most of our profession.”  
     Hollander and other speakers will share their expertise on a range of topics including supervision, ethics, diagnostics with the DSM V, post-traumatic stress in the military, neurobiology of addiction, counter transference in the treatment of addiction and recovery and the 12 step model, according to Moody.
     Exclusive to conference attendees is a conference expo where attendees can have one-on-one dialogue with local mental health agencies about prevention programs and substance abuse treatment centers. Several UCC collaborative partners will participate, including but not limited to Florida Parishes Human Service Authority, The Grove, Lakeview Health, and River Oaks Hospital.
     Attendees who register before Dec. 1 will be invited to the plenary speaker lunch with June Williams titled “Lighten Up! The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor.” Free to invited conference attendees, the lunch is sponsored by Palmetto Addiction and Recovery.  
     “The hope is for the conference to become a yearly continuing education and networking opportunity for mental health professionals of the Northshore,” said Annette Baldwin, conference chair and outreach liaison for Southeastern UCC.
     Terrell is being recognized for his work with Southeastern, as well as the Louisiana Professional Counseling Association. He was instrumental in developing Louisiana licensure law for mental health professionals and played a key role in achieving accreditation of the Southeastern UCC by the International Association of Counseling Services.
     To register or learn more about the inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners, visit or contact Baldwin at

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