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The Value of Self-Reflection and
Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health

Dr. Caleb Lack


ADULT TRACK - Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD

In this workshop, clinical psychologist and professor Dr. Caleb Lack will discuss the current state of research on best practices for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD. We will review what treatments are considered gold-standard in the field, which are promising or have mixed support, and which are not supported by research. Participants will be able to describe and be familiar with gold standard, cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD and know which commonly used PTSD treatments have lower levels of support for their use, as well as which ones are not empirically supported.

Dr. Caleb Lack

Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is the best selling author or editor of eight books, including "Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can’t Trust Your Brain" (co-authored with University of Cape Town philosopher Jacques Rousseau). He has also authored more than 65 scientific chapters and journal articles relating to the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties. In addition, Dr. Lack frequently presents clinical trainings nationally and internationally, is on the editorial board of scientific journals, and is a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies. Dr. Lack’s clinical interest in evidence-based practice developed while in graduate school for Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and during his predoctoral internship in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Florida. He specializes in the treatment of children and adults with anxiety disorders, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, such as chronic tics, Tourette’s Syndrome, trichotillomania, and excoriation. For further information, visit his website at 

CHILDREN'S TRACK - Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Education: 504s and IEPs

During this breakout, Tara Campbell and Amanda Henley-Morton will combine their clinical  and education experience to bring clarity to the special education process. Participants will identify ways that mental health professionals can support the consumer and the family in the IEP and 504 process.    

Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell has 22 years of experience in the mental health field and 14 years of experience in the education field. She currently serves as the Director of School Based Services for Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers where she combines her experience and knowledge from both the education and mental health systems. Tara is also a PAX Tools trainer and a NEAR Mentor trainer.

Amanda Henley-Morton

Amanda  Henley-Morton is a LMFT supervisor and LPC supervisor in the state of Oklahoma. She has 15 years experience in working in the mental health field. Amanda has spent her career working with children and families in various settings including families’ homes, clinics, schools, and juvenile detention centers. 


ADULT TRACK - The Brain Talk

The Brain Talk will give a practical understanding of how human behavior is linked to brain development. The presentation explores what shapes our brains, including factors such as childhood trauma, temperament, and protective factors. Participants will understand the link between brain development and human behavior, recognize the impact of personal stories in enhancing understanding of the topic, and breakdown stigma and promote human connection.  

Autumn Cooper

Autumn Cooper is the Trauma, Hope, Resilience, Education, and Diversity (THREAD) Director with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In her current role she works closely with state leadership and community partners by sharing evidence-based trainings to strengthen connections and enhance service delivery that is trauma-wise, hope-infused, and resilience-oriented. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a doula, an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, a Community Resilience Trainer certified by ACE Interface, a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, a member of the Oklahoma Council of Infectious Diseases, and serves on the board of the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health. Outside of work, she can be found connecting with nature, her children, grandchildren, friends, and loved ones.  

Julie Williamson

Julie Williamson has 17 years of experience working in social services and public health in Oklahoma. She currently works for the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health as Communications Coordinator for a 9-county health district in south central Oklahoma. Julie has a passion for expanding awareness about trauma and brain development and reducing behavioral health stigma. She is a trained mentor for NEAR Science by ACE Interface. In her free time, Julie loves spending time with family and friends, especially in the outdoors.  

CHILDREN'S TRACK - Connections
Between Your Brain, Body, and Others

During this breakout Cheryl Step will help participants understand how different parts of the brain interact to react or respond to the world around us. Participants will experience in-the-moment self-reflection and regulation strategies as well as strategies to thoughtfully respond during times of increased stress.  These tools are important for all people, however they are vital for adults working with children.

Cheryl Step

Cheryl has extensive knowledge regarding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences.  She has experience training and coaching others about the impact of trauma and a framework of strategies that build a foundation to respond and empower people to create collective well-being. She also consults with leadership to build trauma informed agencies. Previously, Cheryl was a school counselor for 17 years. ​She is certified in Traumatic Stress Studies and ARC Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor and School Counselor.  She has established her own training and consulting company, Creating Resilience..  


ADULT TRACK - Building Bridges to Mental Wellness: Collaborative Primary Care Solutions

Dr JaHannah Jamelarin, psychiatrist and Chief of Integrated Health at Good Shepherd Community Clinic, will lead participants to understand the concept of collaborative primary care in the context of mental health and why it is crucial for addressing mental health access challenges. Participants will identify common challenges and barriers to implanting collaborative care in primary care settings. Dr Jamelarin will highlight successful collaborative primary care models and their impact on patients and demonstrate how collaborative primary care is patient-centered care.

Dr. JaHannah Jamelarin

Dr. JaHannah Jamelarin is a psychiatrist and Chief Integrated Health Officer at Good Shepherd Community Clinic. In this role, she oversees the integration of behavioral health and wellness services to optimize patient care and outcomes. Previously, she has worked in the telemedicine sector providing psychiatric care in multiple states as well as working as an inpatient psychiatrist at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital.  Additionally, she has held academic positions, including Assistant Professor of Psychiatry-Clinical at The Ohio State University.  

She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed her General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. In September 2013, she became Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. 

CHILDREN'S TRACK - Resilience and Self-Efficacy

During this breakout Dr Misty Boyd and Jennifer Jesse will compare and contrast linear and relational worldviews, review the definition of resilience and practices contributing to positive adaptation, and explore self-efficacy as a facet of resilience and key ways to build self-efficacy.

Dr. Misty Boyd

Misty L. Boyd, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and serves as the Young Child Wellness Expert for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Research and Public Health. Her current role leverages her experiences in clinical service delivery, research design, grants management and community organizing to enhance public health efforts that create supportive, nurturing environments to help children and their families thrive. She is passionate about bridging the best of psychological science, public health practice and cultural wisdom for optimal wellness. 

Jennifer Jesse

Jennifer Jesse, RN-BSN, is the Young Child Wellness Community Coordinator for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Research and Public Health. As a nurse, she participated in national efforts to bring trauma-informed care to the tribal clinic setting. She currently uses her talents to support parents and increase community connectedness to promote well-being and prevent health disparities. She is dedicated to ensuring that all children and their families have positive, nurturing relationships and strong cultural identities that keep them healthy through the lifespan. 


Understanding and Addressing Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Secondary Trauma in Mental Health Professionals: Strategies for Self-Care and Resilience

Autumn Cooper

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