Psychological Practice with Appalachian Populations, 3.0 CE

Presented by David Hanna, Ph.D., Barry Adkins, M.A., Sheri Lynn Haas, M.A., Shayla Miller M.S. 

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Workshop Description: 

This workshop is designed to promote appropriate practice with people living in Appalachian Kentucky as well as people who have migrated from Appalachia to other parts of the state. The first half of the workshop will include a discussion of how the region’s history and culture has contributed to the area’s unique strengths and challenges. Physical and behavioral health issues common to the area will be highlighted. Research on cultural variables impacting service delivery will also be reviewed. The second half of the workshop will feature three psychological practitioners who live and work within Appalachian Kentucky describing their practices and cultural considerations relevant to work in Appalachia and with Appalachian populations. Ample time will be allowed for participant discussion and reflection on how cultural awareness with Appalachia relates to other diversity issues in practice.

Workshop Objectives: 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe health disparities that are common to Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Describe evidence-based interventions that incorporate cultural values to improve physical and behavioral health in Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Become acquainted with the experience of practicing in Appalachian settings through discussion with psychologists working in the area.
  • Place a cultural understanding of psychological practice within Appalachia within a wider context of cultural awareness with diverse populations.

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About the Presenters:

David Hanna, Ph.D. 

Dr. Hanna is a licensed clinical psychologist currently working as a behavioral health program manager for Passport by Molina Healthplan. He retired from Bluegrass, now New Vista, CMHC in 2014 after a long career in publicly funded behavioral health services. He has a B.A. from West Virginia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He is a recipient of the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy form the American Psychological Association and is a member of the KPA Hall of Fame. He grew up on a small farm in Sissonville, West Virginia.

Barry Adkins, M.A. 

Barry Adkins, a Certified Psychologist with Autonomous Functioning working as the school psychologist for the Magoffin County School District in eastern Kentucky. He has been at this position since 2004 and has additionally maintained a small private practice that provides a variety of psychological services for the local community. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, completed his internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, and received additional training with McGregor and Associates. He was born in the small Kentucky mining town of Wheelwright and is the proud father of five children and grandfather of one completely adorable grandchild.

Sheri Lynn Haas, M.A. 

Sherri Lynn Haas, M.A., is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner and owner of Appalachian Wellness. LLC, an integrated health services practice located in Campton, KY providing primary care, behavioral health care, medication-assisted treatment, and other health services. She has worked in a wide range of clinical settings all in Eastern Kentucky. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Morehead State University.

Shayla Miller, M.S. 

Shayla Miller, M.S., is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner working at Little Sandy Correctional Complex through Wellpath. Her previous work experience includes providing mental health and substance abuse services in a community mental health setting. She has a M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and a B.S. in Psychology, both from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She recently obtained certification as a Correctional Mental Health Professional (CCHP-MH). She was raised in Eastern Kentucky and throughout her career has worked in rural communities.

Workshop Pricing:

Member registration:$100.00
Non-member registration:$150.00
Student registration: $35.00

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