2016 Winter Conference

  • Wounded Healer to Worthy Helper
  • Sexuality in Counseling from a Humanistic Perspective
  • Ethics
  • Integrating Self-Care into Your Daily Life: A Wellness Journey

Event Details

Event Center Location: C-105 (S)

Join us on Friday, January 22nd for our Annual Winter Conference. It will be a great opportunity to network, gain community resources and to hear phenomenal speakers! Planned topics include:

8:00 - Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 - Charmaine Conner - "Integrating Self-Care into Your Daily Life: A Wellness Journey"

10:15 - Lee Kinsey, PhD, LPC - "Sexuality in Counseling from a Humanistic Perspective"

11:45 - Lunch

12:45 - Maeve O'Neil - "Wounded Healer to Worthy Helper"

2:30 - Thomas Hartsell, JD - Ethics

Presenters to include:

  • Lee Kinsey, PhD, LPC
  • Maeve O'Neil
  • Thomas Hartsell, JD

*subject to change

6 CEUs available including 1.5 hours of ethics

Professionals- Workshop & Dues

Professionals- Workshop & Dues - Choose this option if you are not a member and did not attend the summer workshop.


Students/Retirees- Workshop & Dues

Students/Retirees- Workshop & Dues Registration - Choose this option if you are not a member and did not attend the summer workshop.


Professionals- Workshop

Professionals- Workshop


Students/Retirees- Workshop

Students/Retirees- Workshop Registration - Choose this option if you are a member or attended the summer workshop.


Need to pay by check?

You can register online and mail check to our address:
Northern Metro Counseling Association
PO Box 384
Lewisville, TX 75067


Maeve O’Neill, MEd, LCDC, LPC-Supervisor, CDWF

“Wounded Healer to Worthy Helper”

Maeve is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is an executive level team member specializing in behavioral health with over 25 years of experience in mental health and substance use disorder education, prevention, intervention and treatment. Her commitment is to engaging employees, inspiring leaders, strategic planning and change management for the industry.

Maeve has been a leader and solution finder for community based non-profit, managed care and for profit service providers. Most recently consulting as Chief Clinical and Administrative Officer with a residential treatment center and EVP for Corporate Development with a private, medically driven addiction treatment center. Previously serving as Executive Director for 100 bed substance use disorder/co-occurring treatment facility for adolescents and adults and as Vice President for a national organization responsible for operations of the Texas region. She has worked closely with senior management, board members, statewide providers and political officials to improve organizational presence, establishing partnerships and building local/national relationships for increasing community impact.

Maeve recently founded BHForce-Behavioral Health workFORCE which is a staff development program for professionals, teams and organizations providing on-site training, coaching and counseling as needed to educate and empower courageous professionals, compassionate teams and connected organizations. See flyer for info and rates.

Currently, Maeve is enrolled in a doctoral program pursuing EdD in Organizational Leadership, is a graduate of George Mason University with a Masters of Counseling and Development and a Bachelors of Social Work. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in Texas. Her commitment to improving the lives of folks impacted by mental health and substance use drives her passion and guides her efforts to make a difference every day.

Session Overview: Wounded Healer to Worthy Helper is an experiential workshop to explore the journey behavioral health professionals take to grow personally and professionally. Using components of the Daring Way and Rising Strong from Brene Brown, we will apply tools to our work with clients. Behavioral health professionals have a tough job meeting the needs of clients and it is critical to focus on self and take care of ourselves. We will practice tools towards being vulnerable, authentic and living a wholehearted life.
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Lee Kinsey, PhD, LPC

“The Sexual-Self: Toward an Integrated Sexuality”

Dr. Kinsey is a licensed professional counselor and licensed sex therapist with a private counseling practice in Dallas. Dr. Kinsey received his master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his doctorate degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. At UNT, Dr. Kinsey received extensive training in sex therapy practices and relationship counseling.

He has studied with renowned therapists and researchers like Dr. Janice Miner Holden who has over 30 years of clinical experience working in sex therapy with individuals and  couples. His training with Dr. Holden included work with clients struggling with sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, and relational and sexual satisfaction.

Along with private practice, Dr. Kinsey teaches graduate classes at various local universities. He has conducted hundreds of lectures and workshops and written dozens of articles on the topics of sexuality and psychotherapy. He actively conducts research on sexuality, sex therapy, and identity development with partners at the University of North Texas. Currently, he is writing a book entitled “The Sexual Self”.

Session Overview: In this discussion, Dr. Kinsey will explore how the Sexual-Self develops and changes over time. He will provide a framework for addressing sexuality in counseling from a humanistic perspective that emphasizes intimacy and vulnerability – aspects of the Sexual-Self often overlooked in favor of approaches focused solely on sexual dysfunction or the enhancement of physical pleasure. He will offer concrete examples from his clinical work with clients.

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Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr., JD, Attorney & Counselor at Law

“Current Legislative Changes, Litigation and Issues of Importance Texas Counselors Should Be Aware Of”

Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr. is an attorney who has long worked with behavioral health professionals in his law private practice for over 30 years. He has been a practicing attorney in the Dallas area since 1980 and have been Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas State Board of Legal Certification since 1985. Tom worked for a small law firm upon first moving to Dallas in 1981 and has been a self employed, practicing attorney since 1990. He currently serves on the full time faculty of Southern Methodist University teaching courses in two Masters Programs:  Dispute Resolution and Counseling. Tom is a well-known expert on counselor ethics and mental health law in Texas. Over the last 10 years, he has given dozens of outstanding presentations at the national and state levels on the topics of ethics and mental health law. Tom is also the author of several helpful books for mental health professionals including: The Portable Ethicist, The Portable Lawyer, and The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court. He has been successful at blending law practice with teaching and writing over the past decade and it is his desire to continue to do so well into the future.

Session Overview: The Texas Family Code has been amended to include provisions that specifically relate to counselors in Texas.  Pending litigation brought by and against the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TSBME) and the final outcomes in these cases could impact practice for Texas counselors.  Current technology and its uses have resulted in legal and ethical problems for Texas counselors.  This presentation will provide information on each of these subject matters as well as specifics on the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics as well as Texas LPC ethical requirements and its implications for Texas counselors.

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Charmaine Conner, MS, NCC

“Integrating Self-Care into Your Daily Life: A Wellness Journey”

Charmaine is a PhD counseling student at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Charmaine has an extensive history working with adolescents and adults with a variety of issues ranging from crisis and substance abuse to domestic violence and eating disorders. She has given several presentations at the national, state and local levels on the topic of wellness in counseling.

Session Overview: Some counselors lack self-awareness concerning burnout and impairment. The goal of this presentation is to create dialogue about the need for professional counselors to engage in wellness practices. When counselors practice wellness they are able to model for their clients and strengthen their personal and professional lives. Information about wellness practices can be used to develop wellness groups for clients, wellness programs for counselors in training, and foster accountability among counseling professionals.

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