Southeastern to sponsor mental health conference Dec. 8

Tuesday, October 10, 2017Philip Hemphill
by: Rene Abadie

SLU CONFERENCE SPEAKER – Philip Hemphill, chief clinical officer at Lakeview Health of Jacksonville, Fla., will be the keynote speaker at Southeastern Louisiana University’s inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Professionals in December. The conference honors longtime Southeastern counseling director Tom Terrill.

     HAMMOND – The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern Louisiana University will sponsor the inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners on Friday, Dec. 8, in the university’s Student Union.
     “We saw a need to establish a stronger network and roots with our mental health community partners, especially after last year’s flood,” said Annette Baldwin, outreach liaison for the Southeastern UCC. “It is the right time to establish a professional networking opportunity for our students and community health partners.”
     The conference honors Tom Terrell, former director for the UCC, for his work with students, faculty and staff at Southeastern, as well as the leadership roles he played with the Louisiana Professional Counseling Association. Terrell was instrumental in developing the Louisiana licensure law for mental health professionals and played a key role in achieving accreditation of the Southeastern UCC with the International Association of Counseling Services.
     Baldwin said the conference will offer a full day of continuing education units to counseling and other mental health professionals in the areas of supervision, ethics and diagnosis.
     “Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with local mental health practitioners, faculty, staff and counseling students,” Baldwin said. “The Conference Expo will showcase area mental health partners dedicated for various aspects of mental health treatment and recovery.”
     Registration costs, which include special rates for students, and other details can be found on the website or by calling 985-549-3894.
     Keynote speaker Philip Hemphill will present “New Boundaries and Ethics: Are You Ready?” The chief clinical officer of Lakeview Health, an addiction treatment facility in Jacksonville, Fla., and a Southeastern alumnus, he is responsible for planning, implementing and directing behavioral health and clinical services using cost effective methodologies while ensuring clinical efficacy.
     Hemphill, who served as an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and assistant clinical professor at LSU Health Sciences Center’s Department of Psychiatry, has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and published numerous articles in the fields of trauma, personality disorders and addictions. He recently was appointed to the adjunct faculty at Jacksonville University.

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