James Madison University

Working with Seriously Mentally Ill Clients          

Monday, June 26, 1017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
6 NBCC hours
Ice House, Room 104

Many counselors attended training programs that focused primarily on the “walking well.” However, there are an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with serious mental illness (SMI) such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or major depressive disorder. This number represents 4.2% of all U.S. adults, so it is likely that counselors will encounter individuals with SMI in their work. This one-day workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of SMI and the Recovery model, an introduction to treatment strategies including evidence-based practices, responding to client crises, and an overview of wrap-around and adjunctive services commonly used with individuals with SMI.

Evenor Aleman, MA/EdS LPC
Anne Metz, LPC, MA/EdS

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the criteria for SMI in the state of Virginia;
  • Conceptualize clients with SMI from a recovery-oriented psychosocial model;
  • Respond to client symptomatology with evidence-based interventions;
  • Assess clients for acute risk;
  • Identify advocacy strategies for effective collaborative treatment planning; and
  • Understand ways to navigate the ECO/TDO/MOT process.

Presenter Information:

Evenor Aleman is a counseling resident at the Shenandoah Juvenile Detention Center in Verona, VA, providing therapeutic services to undocumented and unaccompanied minors through the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Department of Children Services. He has also worked as an Emergency Services Clinician for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Services Board. Both positions require working with individuals with SMI who are experiencing behavioral emergency or in the process of recovery.

Anne Metz is a doctoral student in counselor education whose dissertation research focuses on legal and clinical tools to support the recovery of individuals with Serious Mental Illness. She currently work in a community agency with justice-involved individuals with SMI who engage in mental health treatment as an alternative to incarceration. She also work as an emergency services clinician and conducts evaluations for civil commitment.