Advancing Knowledge

As part of our commitment to community education, Hamm Clinic hosts annual public conferences featuring local and national mental health experts. Recent conferences have focused on integration of equitable care, psychodynamic practice and understanding resiliency and sustaining mental health.

 

Winter 2023 Virtual Conference

When the Autopilot is Broken: An innovative approach to understanding executive dysfunction, neurodivergence, and mental health

Renowned speaker, author, and licensed professional counselor KC Davis is partnering with Hamm Clinic to present her innovative philosophy around care tasks and mental health.

There are lots of reasons why care tasks may be difficult for a person: mental health struggles, chronic pain and illness, neurodivergence, trauma, seasons of life such as grief, postpartum, or small children, caretaking responsibilities, or lack of childhood modeling. Perhaps most paralyzing is the shame felt when one is unable to complete care tasks. Internalized messages of laziness and failure compound the feelings of overwhelm and make care tasks seem even more insurmountable.

KC’s approach reminds us that shame is the enemy of functioning. As shame and isolation increase, mental health plummets. Self-loathing sets in and motivation vanishes. The possibility of self-actualization, loving and connective relationships, and full life satisfaction… begins to feel miles away. This lively, interactive training will help you to better serve your clients of all kinds through transforming how you think about the most basic things we do each day.

This full-day training aimed at mental health professionals took place on Friday December 15, 2023 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST via Zoom.

About the Presenter

KC Davis is a licensed professional counselor, author, speaker, and the person behind the mental health platform Struggle Care. KC’s compassionate and practical approach to self and home care for those dealing with mental health, physical illness, and hard seasons of life has drawn over a million followers on social media in less than a year. Her book, “How to Keep House While Drowning” has sold over 70,000 copies and is currently an Amazon bestseller.

KC Davis began her therapy journey at 16 when she entered treatment for drug addiction and mental health issues. After getting sober she became a speaker and advocate for mental health and recovery. Professionally, KC has worked most of her career in the field of addiction in roles such a therapist, consultant, and executive director. She lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters. 

 

Spring 2023 Conference Highlights

The 2023 Hamm Spring Conference was a full day of training May 19, 2023, entitled; Build Resilience – Nurture Joy: Exploring the Science and Soul of Healing

About Build Resilience – Nurture Joy

Attendees explored the science and soul of healing with Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek, founders and co-hosts of the JoyLab program and podcast. As experts in evidence-based techniques for promoting resilience, Drs. Emmons and Prasek engaged attendees in a process of discovery and understanding around resiliency, finding joy, and developing techniques for sustaining mental health.

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2022 Conference Highlights

The words "Intersectional Trauma and Resilience" on a blue and green background

The 2022 conference, Intersectional Trauma and Resilience: A Day of Learning, Community, and Care was held October 7, 2022 at the Saint Paul Student Center of the University of Minnesota.

Speaker Dr. Rachael D. Goodman discussed intersectional trauma and resilience as a framework for clinical practice and advocacy. Together, participants spent the day examining and exploring work with immigrants, refugees, and trauma survivors broadly and learned about building strategies for “community care” rather than simply “self-care” as an essential element of the trauma work.

Dr. Rachael D. Goodman, LPC (she/her), is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Program at George Mason University. Dr. Goodman’s expertise centers around trauma and resilience, and is grounded in social justice. Since 2014, Dr. Goodman has been engaged in community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) that seeks to understand and address intersectional and structural trauma and stress in partnership with undocumented immigrants.

Dr. Goodman provides consultation and professional development to schools and agencies on issues related to trauma, stress, and trauma-informed care; compassion fatigue and burnout; and community and self-care. She is Past President (2017-2018) of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and currently serves as the CSJ Representative to ACA’s Governing Council. Dr. Goodman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia.

 

2020 Conference Highlights

In October of 2020 Dr. Lisa Moore, LICSW, PhD, spoke on “Race, Black Bodies, and Psychodynamic Therapy.” The virtual convening explored how one identifies fear as it resides in those with power and suggested approaches for addressing the effects of this fear in the context of clinical practice.

Dr. Moore helped us to identify and distinguish the presentation of mental health symptoms as responses to various forms of racism versus those emerging due to organic mental health concerns and identify the stages of dehumanization that shape dominant forms of oppression by individuals and institutions. She discussed Frantz Fanon’s theories and the application of psychodynamic theories in clinical practice cross-racially.

The conference also featured a special performance by poet, activist, and educator Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance. Guante strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. 2020 Conference Brochure.

 

2019 Conference Highlights

In May 2019, Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD presented “Sociocultural Identity and Oppression: A Psychoanalytic Perspective.”

She highlighted psychoanalytic understandings of sociocultural context in psychotherapy, focusing specifically on experiences of sociocultural oppression— such as racism, sexism, heterosexism and classism—and intersecting experiences of interpersonal violence.

She covered contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives that emphasize the impact of sociopolitical contexts on mental health and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in addressing effects of oppression on clients’ sense of safety, functioning and relational life. Clinical vignettes helped to translate culturally informed psychoanalytic theory to practice.

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