2018 Conference Schedule

The 2018 Conference Schedule

This is a two-day event with ten presenters/performers & up to 13 hours of instruction! You may register for the entire conference, come for one day only or choose one of our special packages.


(7 Contact Hours)



(6 Contact Hours)


7:30am – 8:30am

Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

John H. Magill, State Director - SC DMH

9:00am – 10:15am

The How, What, and Why of Happiness: The Science of Interventions Aimed at Increasing Well-Being

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

10:15am – 10:45am


10:45am – 12:00 noon

Neuroscience Innovations & Insights: Exploring the Frontiers of Consciousness and Self

Anil Seth, D.Phil.

12:00 noon – 1:30pm


(on your own)

12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Neuroscience: Insights & Implications for Psychiatry & Mental Health

Anil Seth, D.Phil.

1:30pm – 2:45pm

Mental Illness, Creative Genius & The Master Composers: A Classical Music Performance

Tanya Gabrielian

2:45pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:15pm

Walking the Moonlit Path: Inner Work and the Realm of the Unconscious

Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., LPC

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Jeremy Taylor, D.Min. - In Memorium

4:30pm – 5:45pm

Addiction Treatment Talk: TBD

Brian Coon, M.A., LCAS

7:30am – 8:30am

Registration, Networking, & Breakfast

8:30am – 8:45am

Opening Remarks

Deborah Blalock, LPCS - CDMHC Exec. Director

8:45am – 10:15am

The Profile of the Wounded Healer: Personal and Ethical Dilemmas

James Hollis, Ph.D.

10:15am – 10:45am


10:45am – 12:00pm

The Challenge of Apology & The Complexity of Forgiveness: Helping Clients Heal the Hurts They Give & Receive

Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

12:00pm – 1:30pm


(on your own)

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Living the Examined Life: The Unfinished Business of the Second Half of Life

James Hollis, Ph.D.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Musical Performance & Mental Health Awareness Discussion

Edwin McCain

2:30pm – 2:45pm


2:45pm – 4:00pm

Psychoanalysis & Dreamwork: Using Dream Material & Imbedded Metaphor to Deepen Treatment

Douglas Van der Heide, M.D.

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Helping People Connect To Purpose: The Power of Ritual & Ceremony

Yeye Luisah Teish

Closing Remarks!

Overview of Presentations


The How, What and Why of Happiness

The Science of Interventions Aimed 
at Increasing Well-Being

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
August 2, 2018; 9:00am – 10:15am

Happiness not only feels good; it is good. Happy people have more stable marriages, superior health, and higher incomes. Fortunately, experiments have shown that people can intentionally increase their happiness. Dr. Lyubomirsky will introduce the positive activity model, which explains when and why such practices as gratitude or kindness work “best.” In sum, this presentation will present brand new research on how small and simple activities can transform people into happier and more flourishing individuals.


  • Participants will describe one example from each of three lines of research showing how the experience of frequent positive emotions benefits relationships, work, and health.
  • Participants will identify three critical obstacles to the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness.
  • Participants will list three intentional activities that have been shown to increase happiness, and the factors that moderate their effectiveness.

    Neuroscience Innovations & Insights

    Exploring the Frontiers of Consciousness and Self

    Anil Seth, D.Phil.
    August 2, 2018; 10:45am – 12noon

    Dr. Seth is one of the leading consciousness neuroscientists in the world. He is the co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Research at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and his work has profound implications for the behavioral sciences. Talk overview coming soon!


    Neuroscience: Insights and Implications for Psychiatry and Mental Health

    Anil Seth, D.Phil.
    August 2, 2018; 12noon – 1:00pm

    Dr. Seth will facilitate a question and answer session focusing on specific mental health findings and interventions. Details coming soon!


    Mental Illness, Creative Genius and The Master Composers

    A Classical Music Performance

    Tanya Gabrielian
    August 2, 2018; 1:30pm – 2:45pm

    Tanya is an immensely talented award winning musician. The London Times hailed her as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”. She will be choosing several different composers and will share some of their stories and mental heath struggles prior to performing a specific piece from each composer. More details coming soon!


    Walking the Moonlit Path

    Inner Work, Dream Work and the Realm of the Unconscious

    Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., LCSW
    August 2, 2018; 3:15pm – 4:15pm

    In this talk, Dr. Chelsea Wakefield introduces us to unique perspectives on working with dreams as a resource and guiding force in our lives. She introduces Jungian concepts such as archetype and shadow, and describes how working with the deeper dimensions of the psyche can enhance our lives. She utilizes stories and metaphors to illustrate what is meant by “the journey of individuation,” and will describe how she employs a depth dimension in couples work – which she terms Individuation in Connection™. Recent advances in neuroscience show us that the profound experiences and emotional dimensions evoked by our dream images can become resources for emotional healing and personal development. Dreams gives us a nightly compass for the directions of our lives and can also be used in community building and fostering hope in a world gone mad.


    • Participants will be able to define depth psychology terms such as archetype, shadow, active imagination, and individuation.
    • Participants will learn some basic methods of working with dreams.
    • Participants will learn how the emotional components of dreams interface with recent discoveries in neuroscience.
    • Participants will learn how to employ dreams as clinical resources for coping, healing and personality development.
    • Participants will be introduced to a depth psychology method of couples work.


    Addiction Treatment Innovations

    New Ideas and Clinical Interventions

    Brian Coon, M.A., LCAS
    August 2, 2018; 4:30pm – 5:45pm

    Mr. Coon is a talented addiction treatment specialist and clinical director for Pavillon – a leading addiction treatment center in North Carolina. He will be sharing new and fascinating work in the field of addictions that all clinicians will be able to incorporate into their work. Details coming soon.


    The Profile of the Wounded Healer

    Personal and Ethical Dilemmas

    James Hollis, Ph.D.
    August 3, 2018; 8:45am – 10:15am

    Dr. Hollis is one of the most well respected Jungian Analysts in the United States. He has written 15 books and has held several prominent positions in the field. In the talk, he will be looking at clinical ethical dilemmas from a Jungian Perspective thereby taking us on a thought provoking journey into the challenges and struggles clinicians face as they work to help their clients.

    As C.G. Jung once observed, only the wounded healer can heal. Only the person who has suffered, come to an enlarged consciousness through that suffering, and then relates out of a more assimilated woundedness can have a healing effect.

    This program examines intra-psychic dynamics commonly found among caregivers and provides tools for participants to identify 1) the psychodynamics active in the choice and practice of their profession and 2) the typical setups for ethical transgression to which the wounded healer is predisposed.


    • Participants will be able to enumerate at least three recurring patterns of perception and behavior expressed by the archetype of the wounded healer.
    • Participants will be able to identify those dynamics, characteristically found in caregivers’ family backgrounds, that provide unconscious motivation in the choice of caregiving as a profession.
    • Describe the psychological risks that befall the wounded healer who lives daily amid the wounds of others.
    • Delineate at least three recurring patterns in the practice of caregiving that place the wounded healer at risk for ethical transgression.


    The Challenge of Apology and The Complexity of Forgiveness

    Helping Clients Heal the Hurts They Give and Receive

    Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

    August 3, 2018; 10:45am – 12:00noon

    Dr. Lerner is one of our most respected voices in the psychology of women, and the “how-tos” of navigating the swamps and quicksands of difficult relationships. She is the author of 12 books published in 35 languages. These include The New York Times bestseller The Dance of Anger, and her new book, Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts. In her talk she will explain how apologies hurt and heal, how the injured party can get through to the defensive wrongdoer, and how our predominant notions of forgiveness hurt those we aim to help.


    • Describe the four best ways to ruin an apology.
    • Explain what drives the entrenched non-apologizer
    • Explain how the hurt party can get through to a defensive wrongdoer.
    • Describe how encouraging forgiveness hurts those we aim to help.


    Living the Examined Life

    The Unfinished Business of the Second Half of Life

    James Hollis, Ph.D.
    August 3, 2018; 12:00noon – 1:00pm

    Dr. Hollis is well known for his work concerning the middle passage of life. In this talk he shares thoughts and ideas from his newest book on the work to be done during the second half of life. It will be a fascinating talk for clinicians working with clients in the middle or late stages of life. His summary is below.

    Tiny, dependent, and at the mercy of the world around us; we all have to adapt, adjust, bury, deny, split-off and repress, and thereby lose contact with our own sovereignty and natural source of guidance. The core project of the second half of life is the recovery of that source. This program/workshop will focus on twenty-one steps we and our clients may take toward the recovery of our personal journey.

    Talk Objectives:

    • Identify critical issues to be faced in second half of life therapy
    • Help clients discern the difference between received and self-determined values
    • Discover means of recovering personal authority after a life time of adaptation
    • Explore the conflict between duty to others and duty to oneself
    • Provide clients with an enlarged sense of agency and capacity for rendering their life meaningful in the face of loss and diminution


    An Acoustic Musical Performance!

    From Pop/Country Superstar Edwin McCain
    August 3, 2018; 1:30pm – 2:30pm

    International recording artist, Edwin McCain, will be joining us to perform and share his thoughts/experiences concerning mental health and addiction. Don’t miss this incredibly powerful and unique performance!


    Psychoanalysis and Dreamwork

    Using Dream Material & Imbedded Metaphor to Deepen Treatment

    Douglas Van der Heide, M.D.
    August 3, 2018; 2:45pm – 4:00pm

    Psychoanalysis began with dreams and one could argue that dynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis was born from Freud’s remarkable appreciation of dreams as meaningful mental experiences. Dreams are curious things; at once intensely personal and yet not, almost sometimes other worldly in character. Ralph Greenson, a noted psychoanalyst compared them to transional objects, created in the space between me and not me.

    Talk Objectives:

    • Brief theory of dreaming, the unconscious and the topographic model
    • The multiple perspectives of a dream (with examples) including, self-image, current conflicts, transference figures, infantile past, characteristic defenses.
    • How to use dream material and imbedded metaphor to deepen a treatment and provide emotional conviction to patients about their unconscious motives and experience.
    • How to think about the treatment as the elaboration of a dream theater which is shared by dreamer and therapist.


    Helping People Connect to Purpose

    The Power of Ritual and Ceremony
    Yeye Luisah Teish
    August 3, 2018; 4:00pm – 5:00pm

    Ms. Teish is a powerful teacher and leading Yoruba African Priestess who will be closing he conference with a fascinating look at the power of ritual and ceremony to help those who find themselves at a crossroads. She will be offering her thoughts and insights into how clinicians can help clients re-connect with a sense of purpose. More details are coming soon.

    (Please note: All of our presenters have signed a conflict of interest form or have given approval through email confirmation to that effect. These forms are on file and can be obtained by any attendee if they choose to see these forms.)


We have the venue, the speakers, and the two day experience ready and waiting for you!