On Friday, August 17th, The Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists hosted its second annual conference at the Eastside Heritage Behavioral Health Hospital in Snellville, Georgia. Dan Gray, LCSW, CSAT and Todd Olson, LCSW, CSAT both of the Lifestar Network presented on the latest developments in the treatment of pornography and sexual addictions. The conference was well attended by 25 professionals with the majority of attendees being private practitioners from Georgia and the Southeast region including, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Also represented were a minister from the United Methodist Church, members of LDS Family Services, and some LDS church service missionaries. Several non LDS members from the local professional community also attended.
The Atlanta chapter then facilitated Dan and Todd staying over the next day to conduct service work in the Lilburn, Georgia Stake. They were able to provide training to the priesthood on how to more effectively support LDS church members who are working to overcome pornography and sexual addiction. They also provided youth and parent firesides on the same topic. Feedback from the stake leadership, parents and youth has been overwhelming and very positive. Atlanta AMCAP is very pleased to support this service.
The Atlanta chapter is gaining enthusiasm and momentum! The chapter now has a strategy committee and has set a date for the next Atlanta event. On February 21st, Galen Cole, PhD, LPC will be presenting on evidence based tools to use to improve your practice. This next event will be greatly reduced or free to AMCAP members. The Atlanta strategy committee has generated many other ideas to increase membership and provide value and service to AMCAP members.
Many people made this conference possible. This would not have happened without the support of the AMCAP executive committee and especially the vision of Lili Anderson and the very hard work of Emily Coombs. In Atlanta, the committee of Manon Kraus, Doug LeCheminant, Marilyn Witbeck, and Jeni Kuck worked very hard to bring this to pass.