8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration
9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker
SPEAKER: Elizabeth R Palmer, AP, LCSW, MPH & Bob Conrique, AP, LAc, Dipl OM
Elizabeth Palmer has 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, public health, and health education. She completed a dual master’s degree program at the University of South Florida in Clinical Social Work and Public Health with a specialization in maternal and child health. She is a Florida licensed Acupuncture Physician and licensed psychotherapist . She has worked in hospice, home health, community mental health, and private clinical practice settings with adults and children. Her teaching experience includes college level instruction as well as individual and small group instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The culmination of her experiences in mental and public health led her to research alternative modalities that would assist individuals in developing mind-body wellness. Elizabeth chose to study Traditional Chinese Medicine due to the integration of the body, mind and spirit within the health and disease spectrum. An important tenet in Eastern philosophies is quieting the mind and dwelling in the present thus promoting emotional regulation and overall health. She specializes in treating coexisting physical and mental health concerns using integrative approaches that work synergistically to produce positive results.
Bob Conrique is a licensed Acupuncture Physician who turned to acupuncture as a last-ditch effort to get relief from a lifelong struggle with sinus infections and bronchitis. Although amazed by the side-effect-free results acupuncture provided, he was frustrated that the high cost of acupuncture rendered it inaccessible to the vast majority of his working class friends, family and neighbors. Bob began his acupuncture training in a world-renowned addiction treatment facility where his eyes were opened to the life-changing impact of acupuncture. He was determined to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible so more people, including skeptics like himself, could reap the profound benefits of acupuncture. After earning his Masters of Acupuncture, he worked at Philadelphia Community Acupuncture where they provided over 10,000 affordable acupuncture treatments per year. In an effort to better serve the homebound and those unable to make it to the clinic, Bob also provided affordable acupuncture housecalls throughout the Philadelphia suburbs where he often treated six or more people at a time gathered in the living rooms of subsidized housing residents. After relocating to Florida, Bob founded and opened Accessible Acupuncture, a low-cost non-profit community acupuncture clinic in East Orlando where patients travel from all over Central Florida seeking affordable relief from a wide variety of conditions such as pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, PMS, migraines and stress.
TOPIC: Acupuncture As An Adjunct To Mental Health Counseling
This presentation will focus on de-mystifying the ancient healing modality of acupuncture and illustrating how it could benefit those undergoing mental health counseling. This introduction to evidence-based physiological effects of acupuncture, combined with empirical insights of licensed Acupuncture Physicians, will provide attendees with a greater understanding of acupuncture's role as an adjunctive therapy to mental health counseling.
As a result of this activity, participants will be able to
- Describe the physiological effects of acupuncture in western medicine terms
- Describe acupuncture’s impact upon various biomarkers related to mental health
- Determine how those undergoing mental health counseling could benefit from acupuncture
MHCCF meets on the third Friday of every month, except for July and December. Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held at All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, Fla., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
It is free to attend MHCCF’s monthly meetings; however you must be a paid, professional member of MHCCF to qualify for 1 CEU. Active professional members of MHCCF are required to sign in and sign out at each meeting to receive a CEU. Please have your license number available upon check-in.
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