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Professional Development Workshops


Idaho State University Department of Counseling has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3010. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Idaho State University Department of Counseling is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. CEs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Teachers, Psychologists, and other Mental Health Professionals. For further information, email our office at or call Randa at (208)282-3156.

Please note: Clinicians are responsible for ensuring the CEs we provide fit the continuing education requirements of their particular licensing board.

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel any workshop. Cancellations will be done no less than 10 working days before the workshop and your full fee will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment ten working days before a workshop, there will be a 25% handling fee to make refunds. You are welcome to substitute someone else in your place. If you cancel your enrollment less than ten workings days before a workshop, there will be no refund. Due to over-enrollment in the past, maximum enrollment is considered on a workshop-by-workshop basis. 

Parking at ISU Pocatello: You can purchase a visitor’s parking pass for general and a map of the ISU campus at the Parking Office on 5th & Humboldt Street or come 15 minutes early and get one from us to take back to put in your car. You will not need a visitor’s parking pass for Saturdays, but please be sure to park in general and not in the parking for residence housing. You will not need a visitor’s parking pass for general on Fridays from May 12 – August 22.

Meridian Workshops: Please note that the ISU-Meridian campus is located at 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, Idaho.

Parking at ISU Meridian: You will need a parking pass when you register for a workshop in Meridian. You will receive the parking pass and parking instructions shortly before the workshop. Contact Randa Fuller at 208-282-3156 for more information about parking on the Meridian campus.


You have three convenient options to pay for your workshops. You can either pay online, submit a workshop application by mail, or contact Randa Fuller at 208-282-3156.


**Please note that we will be using the Zoom video conferencing platform for our webinar offerings. If you have signed up for a webinar, an email will be sent out before the workshop with user instructions and a link for accessing the webinar.

For general information on how to use Zoom: You can check the following link to determine if your computer meets system requirements for using this platform: Feel free to contact us at should you have any questions.

2019 Schedule 



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May 10, 2019 - COEUR D'ALENE

Ethics of Working with Children and Families

Melanie Person, Ph.D.

Counseling children and families present unique clinical considerations, not only in skills and knowledge application but also in ethical standards. It is imperative that counselors have a strong understanding of the application of the ACA Code of Ethics to work with children and their families. This workshop will focus on legal cases that set a precedent for the treatment of children, ethical codes related to working with children and families, specific dilemmas discussed in the ethical literature, and the application of ethical decision making models to these populations.

 Registration Fee: $60

Friday, May 10, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID - Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, HRC: Tamarack Conference Room


May 31 & June 1, 2019 - COEUR D'ALENE

15 Hour Clinical Supervision for Counselors

Melanie Person, Ph.D.

This workshop will satisfy the requirement of 15 hours of clinical supervision training needed for the Registered Supervisor designation with the state of Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (IDAPA rule Participants will gain knowledge regarding the roles and functions of a clinical supervisor; best practices; State of Idaho requirements; legal and ethical considerations; informed consent and documentation; relationship building; models of supervision; multicultural considerations; evaluation and gatekeeping; and supervisor self-care.


Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, May 31 & June 1, 2019, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID - Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, HRC: Cedar Conference Room

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June 7, 2019 - COEUR D'ALENE

Advanced Clinical Supervision for Counselors

Mark Young, Ph.D.

Supervision can take on many different forms and functions. The purpose of this advanced training is to explore the focus and methods of current supervisors with the goal to expand and enhance current practices. Participants will work to delineate their own approach to supervision and how to increase clinical competence through theory grounded conversations and process oriented feedback. Specific forms of supervision will be demonstrated with a focus on seeing the work of the supervisee during supervision sessions.

Registration Fee: $90

Friday, June 7, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID - Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, HRC: Cedar Conference Room


June 13, 2019 - POCATELLO

Advanced Clinical Supervision for Counselors

David Kleist, Ph.D. & Olivia Ngadjui, M.A.

"Facilitating Multiple Perspectives: Promoting Clinical Growth Through the Reflective Model of Triadic Supervision"

With the importance of clinical supervision in the development of professional counselors, as well as the time constrains supervisors may experience, triadic supervision may be an efficient model of clinical supervision. This workshop will introduce participants to various models of triadic supervision including an overview of existing literature, benefits, and limitations of triadic supervision. Principles of the Reflective Model of Triadic Supervision (RMTS) will be highlighted and its application in diverse settings will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain knowledge surrounding an overview of existing models of triadic supervision, including the benefits and challenges specific to using this modality with supervisees, with emphasis on the RMTS
  2. Understand how to apply the Reflective Model of Triadic Supervision (RMTS), and
  3. Learn recommendations on how to enhance the triadic supervision experience for supervisees across multicultural groups.

Registration Fee: $60

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: ISU, 1440 E. Terry Street, Pocatello, ID, Garrison Hall, Building 63, Room 726


June 14, 2019 - WEBINAR

ACA Ethics in a Rural Community

Katie Sacco, M.Coun., LPC, NCC & Brianne Scott, M.A.

The purpose of this workshop is to focus on ethical considerations when working in a rural community.  Presenters will focus on the historical development of the ACA Code of Ethics and application to working with clients in a small community. Special considerations will be given to dual relationships, professional boundaries, and advocacy in rural communities. The workshop will include presentation of ethical considerations and small group breakout sessions via Zoom webinar dedicated to case study deliberation and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the evolution and historical context of the ACA Code of Ethics in relation to working in rural communities.
  • Attendees will demonstrate ethical decision making when considering work in rural communities.
  • Attendees will construct definitions of helpful versus harmful dual relationships.
  • Attendees will understand the importance of advocacy within a rural community.

**See webinar instructions at the top of this page for more information.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, June 14, 2019, 12:00pm-3:00pm (Mountain Time)
Location: Webinar


June 21, 2019 - MERIDIAN

Practical Strategies for Working with Ambiguous Loss and Disenfranchised Grief in Clinical Practice

Elizabeth Horn, Ph.D.

Mental health practitioners can be challenged with how to approach working with ambiguous loss such as miscarriage, pet loss, divorce, and adoption, yet some form of ambiguous loss touches every client. Such "hidden" forms of loss can be difficult to identify but critical to address for clients whose disenfranchised grief is left unacknowledged by the greater society. This presentation will introduce the concepts of ambiguous and disenfranchised grief and loss. In an interactive format, participants will gain greater understanding of these concepts and learn strategies for identifying and working with ambiguous losses.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, June 21, 2019, 2:00pm-5:00pm           
Location: ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID, Room 682

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July 19 & 20, 2019 - MERIDIAN

Gestalt Marathon Group

Logan Lamprecht, Ph.D.

This workshop is designed for all levels of mental health professionals. Community members and other professionals are also welcome. This group experience engages participants in holistic, present-centered and process-oriented interactions by attending to both ‘What is being said’ and ‘What’s not being said.’ By attending to the ‘Here and Now,’ ‘I – Thou,’ and ‘What and How,’ awareness and contact is attended to in a manner that allows participants to experience authenticity and integrity in their personal and professional living. Past marathon group participants have reported fresh insights, creative adjustments, and life-changing awareness, thus experiencing a new or fresh sense of self, expanded potential for novel behavior and alternative ways of relating to others.

Participation in this workshop fulfills 15 hours Continuing Education (CEUs) in interpersonal processes, group dynamics and organizational applications.

We will be together as a group most of the day; however, there will be opportunities for sub-grouping and alone time. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and small snacks (e.g. fruit, nuts, beverages, etc.) that may be shared during both days of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

Participants completing this intensive workshop will be able to:

  • Observe group dynamics and the principles of facilitating a group in an ethical manner;
  • Develop self-awareness in relation to others in the present moment;
  • Recognize the impact of one's actions and influence on others;
  • Identify some barriers or gestalt resistances to contact with aspects of self and others;
  • Practice principles of both giving and receiving feedback;
  • Articulate the effects of others' behaviors upon themselves;
  • Recognize cultural factors in interpersonal interactions in the present; and
  • Explore creative processes as a means of addressing unfinished gestalts.
  • Integrate gestalt-based concepts into their conceptualization of clients concerns, relational dynamics and therapy-centered approaches with clients.
  • Will identify key concepts and terms based in gestalt psychology and understand complex processes such as, “I-Thou,” “Here-and-Now,” “Field Theory,” “Figure-Ground,” “Gestalt Resistance to Contact,” and “The Cycle of Awareness.”


Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20, 2019, (Fri. 8:30am-6:00pm & Sat. 8:30am-4:00pm)
Location: ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID, Room 837


July 26, 2019 - MERIDIAN

Working with Images of Animals:
The Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play and Art Therapy

Peter Mortola, Ph.D.

Images of animals elicit strong responses from children and adults: Affection and caretaking as well as repulsion and aggression. In this workshop, we will reinforce the value of play and a playful approach to therapy, specifically using images of animals across multiple media, based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander. I will demonstrate through both theory and practice how a playful approach to therapy can help enliven, sharpen, and make more authentic the therapeutic encounter, both between the therapist and the client, as well as between the client and the sometimes surprising aspects of the self that are discovered through play: Paradoxically, play can make therapy more real. I will show how Oaklander's playful approach provides a model of radical respect for our clients, giving voice to silenced, marginalized or overlooked aspects of the self. Based on my teaching at Lewis and Clark College where I am a Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, and my work with linguistically and culturally diverse middle school students in counseling groups, this workshop will integrate both conceptual and practical content in a way that is congruent with the rich Gestalt tradition of experiential learning. One particular area of focus of the workshop will be the ways in which images of animals in play and art therapy can help clients both access and regulate aggressive energy, whether they are having difficulty being too assertive or not assertive enough in their lives.

Registration Fee: $120

Friday, July 26, 2019, (Fri. 8:00am-5:00pm)
Location: ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID, Room 682

***If you are selected to receive a scholarship, please do not register and pay online. Contact Randa Fuller at 208-282-3156 to register and pay the reduced fee.

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August 2 & 3, 2019 - POCATELLO

Understanding LGBTQ Youth: 
Implications for Clinical Service Delivery

David M. Hachey, Pharm.D., Linda Reichardt, M.Ed., Cherie Atkins, Ph.D., & Neil Ragan, M.D.

Seminar that will explore LGBTQ issues and experiences to better understand LGBTQ Youth and their current experiences. Information will be presented by along with Q&A with LGBTQ and allies. Other local professionals will share current environmental factors that LGBTQ youth face. The attendees will also learn about solutions and be provided local resources and organizations for counselors to assist LGBTQ youth in their development and support. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the LGBTQ experience and local resources for their clients.

Registration Fee: $10

Friday & Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days)
Location: Main Steam Coffee, 234 N. Main St, Pocatello, Idaho



August 10, 2019 - IDAHO FALLS

The Dance of Couples Therapy

Shannon Johnson, L.M.S.W.

Couples therapy is a unique therapeutic modality that requires specialized skills to assess, build safety, and use appropriate interventions. In this workshop, the presenter will outline methods of assessing the couple’s readiness for treatment, commitment, strengths, and needs area. She will focus on how to create safety for both individuals and ensure that the support given is appropriate. She will explore evidence-based interventions to help identify and shift unhealthy patterns.



  • Attendees will understand methods of responsive assessment in couples counseling. 
  • Attendees will demonstrate means to create safety in couples counseling. 
  • Attendees will construct interventions specific to couples counseling integrating the work of evidence-based models. 

Registration Fee: $90

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: University Place, CHE Room 304, Idaho Falls, ID 

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September 6 & 7, 2019 - COEUR D'ALENE

Strong Couples: Basic Skills that Elicit Connection and Transform Relationships

Kirsten Murray, Ph.D., LPC

Fundamental couples counseling skills are at the core of this workshop. Designed for practitioners new to couples counseling or those seeking to strengthen the foundations of their couples counseling practice, this model will teach the integral skills counselors use to improve couples' relationships. Together, we will learn about the 10 guiding principles for effective couple work and apply these to complex cases and practice the skills necessary to help couples change.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand the foundational model for couples counseling outlined in Couple Strength, the research it draws from, and the 10 trans-theoretical, integrated principles the model is based on. Each hour of learning will be dedicated to (1) Holding the work with couples, (2) leading a couples’ discovery process, and (3) enacting change for the couple. More specifically:

Holding the Work: How to establish necessary boundaries (1), define the client (2), and co-construct the identified problem (3) with couples.

Leading discovery: How to foster self-awareness (4), knowledge of family of origin patterns (5), and congruent communication (6) with couples.

Enacting change: How to promote vulnerability (7), empathic responding (8), taking responsibility (9), and sharing gratitude (10) with couples


Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, September 6 & 7, 2019, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID - Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, HRC: Cedar Conference Room


September 7, 2019 - WEBINAR

Ethical, Legal, and Best Practice Aspects of Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

Leslie Stewart, Ph.D.

The popularity of including animals in human healthcare is exponentially increasing, as are client/patient requests for Emotional Support Animals. When presented with a request for an Emotional Support Animal letter, many clinicians are uninformed about important legal, ethical, and treatment planning related considerations associated with such requests. Despite the growing popularity of animals’ roles in human healthcare, many providers and clinicians remain unaware of important role distinctions, access rights, liability concerns, and animal welfare considerations associated with different types of helper animals. In this workshop, the presenter will orient attendees to 3 vastly different helper animal roles: Service Animals/Assistance Animals, Therapy Animals, and Emotional Support Animals. Further, the presenter will provide evidence based best practice recommendations associated with each of the 3 helper animal roles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and define 3 distinctive helper animal roles: Service/Assistance Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and Therapy Animals.
  • Discuss legal, ethical, and best practices considerations relevant to all 3 roles discussed above.
  • Generate informed decisions about including or formally supporting a helper animal in a client’s treatment plan.
  • Describe documentation, policies and procedures appropriate to each helper animal role.
  • Identify appropriate and ethical inclusion of animals in professional settings and respond to inappropriate or unethical inclusions of animals in a professional setting.
  • Identify resources for developing provider competence in therapeutic human-animal interactions.

 **See webinar instructions for more information.

Registration Fee: $60

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm (Mountain Time)
Location: Webinar


September 13, 2019 - IDAHO FALLS

Building and Sustaining A Private Practice

Zakery Warren, M.Coun., LCPC
8 CONTACT HOURS (includes 3 hours of ethics)

Workshop participants will be exposed to the opportunities and challenges in building a private practice in Idaho in 2019.  Topics will include "LLC or not to C”, Insurance Credentialing, recruiting and retention, common ethical challenges, social media and the modern counselor, policy and procedure, current and pending Idaho legislature impacting behavioral health, community and social responsibilities.

Registration Fee: $120

Friday, September 13, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: University Place, CHE Room 307, Idaho Falls, ID 


September 13 & 14, 2019 - MERIDIAN

15 Hour Clinical Supervision for Counselors

Anna J. Krzemieniecki, M.S., LPC, and Suzanne Burton, M.Coun., LCPC

This workshop will satisfy the requirement of 15 hours of clinical supervision training needed for the Registered Supervisor designation with the state of Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (IDAPA rule Participants will gain knowledge regarding the roles and functions of a clinical supervisor; best practices; State of Idaho requirements; legal and ethical considerations; informed consent and documentation; relationship building; models of supervision; multicultural considerations; evaluation and gatekeeping; and supervisor self-care.


Registration Fee: $200

Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14, 2019, 8:30am-6:00pm (Fri.) 8:30-4:00 (Sat.)
Location: ISU-Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID, Room 682

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November 15, 2019 - WEBINAR

Strategies for Non-Substance Abuse Counselors for Treating Substance Use Disorder:
Early, Middle, and Late Interventions

Chad Yates, Ph.D. & Brianne Scott, M.A.

This presentation will cover strategies for non-substance abuse counselors working with clients with substance use concerns. The presenter will cover an exploration of the medical model of addiction, provide useful tools to help clinicians screen clients for substance use concerns, provide a primer on brief treatment strategies; including motivational enhancement and relapse avoidance care, and provide a guide on referrals to appropriate treatment settings.  

 **See webinar instructions for more information.

Registration Fee: $60

Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm (Mountain Time)
Location: Webinar

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Presenter Bios

Cherie Atkins, Ph.D., is a local clinical psychologist who has been serving Pocatello and the surrounding community for the past 8 years. She is the CEO and works as a staff psychologist at ALLIES Family Solutions. Dr. Atkins provides a wide range of clinical services, such as, psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and family therapy. She is also involved in a number of community outreach programs, most notably, the Clinician's Program at the juvenile detention center, as well as sits as an elected board member for All Under One Roof LGBTQ Centers of S.E. Idaho.  

Suzanne Burton, M.Coun., LCPC, is in private practice in Meridian, has worked extensively with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and trauma; and also counseled couples, families, incarcerated individuals, and young adults struggling through major life transitions. Counseling is her retirement career; she began her master’s program in 2010 at the age of 60.  Her past employment adventures include radio news anchor/reporter; public information officer for Boise city; special assistant to Boise’s mayor; and co-director of a charter school. A dynamic and sought-after speaker, she appreciates the opportunity to give back to the counseling profession by providing training opportunities for other counselors.

David M. Hachey, Pharm.D., BCPS, AAHIVP, is a Clinical Professor for the Division of Health Sciences, Office of Medical and Oral Health. He is a pharmacist and professor at Idaho State University. David works closely with the HIV/AIDS population in Idaho and oversees the local Ryan White HIV Clinic. During his 13 years of experience with HIV patients, he has worked with patients who have faced struggles because of the sexual orientation or diagnosis. 

Elizabeth Horn, Ph.D., LCPC, joined the faculty of Idaho State University in the fall of 2006. She is currently an associate professor and the clinical mental health coordinator for the department. Her research interests focus on issues relating to grief and loss, a topic on which she has published and presented at the state, regional, national, and international levels.

Shannon Johnson, LMSW, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene. She has specialized training in working with couples and has completed the Level II Clinical Training for Gottman Method Couples Therapy as well as training from the national leaders in relationship work. She stays current on the latest research, methodology, and training. "I have always been amazed by people and their individual journeys. I am especially interested in the dynamics of relationships. The relationships we have with others have an immense impact on our health and happiness. My education, marriage, parenthood, and a fascination with relationship have given me the experience to help others navigate their chosen paths. I am a firm believer that the couple must lead the process. As a professional, I am here to offer support, tools, and guidance. I have developed retreats, online workshops, and intensive weekends in order to reach a more wide range of couples."

David Kleist, Ph.D., LCPC, is currently Chair of the ISU Department of Counseling. His broad scholarly interests include couple and family counseling, ethics, clinical supervision, and instructional theory. More specifically, he is interested in the influences of postmodern philosophy on these areas, including the use of reflecting teams and social constructionist theory. He is dedicated to training counselors in the skills of prevention as well as remediation.

Anna James Krzemieniecki, M.S., LPC, is in private practice and current doctoral student at ISU, has primarily worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety and trauma within a university setting. Currently, her interests include women’s mental health while focusing on trauma informed clinical work, supervision, and education.

Logan Lamprecht, Ph.D., has been a practicing counselor and counselor educator for the past decade, working primarily with adolescents, adults, couples and families in private and community practice. My family and I recently returned to Idaho, where we are originally from, after spending over a decade in Cleveland, Ohio, sharpening the edges of who we are, both personally and professionally. I bring a range of unique experiences, including teaching for six years in an urban-centered graduate level counselor education program, developing and growing a student-focused counseling training clinic, and trained advanced psychotherapists and professionals at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in the application of gestalt principles for deepening connection with self and others. When I am not in the counselor seat, I spend a great deal of time in close relationship to nature, in play with my children and giving creative attention to pursuits with my wife. I look forward to returning to the community of Idaho State, where I originally obtained my footing as a counselor, contributing to the growth of the Meridian Counseling Clinic and working closely with students at unique levels of their professional development and being a part of the urban Boise community.


Kalin Morley, M.Coun., LPC, is a 1st year doctoral student at Idaho State University. Kalin’s professional interests include the development of counselors-in-training, counselor self-efficacy in the use of self-disclosure, and identity development in young adults. In her daily life, Kalin advocates for self-care and places emphasis on this when working professionally with students and clients.

Peter Mortola, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling and the Co-Director of the Educational Specialist degree program in School Psychology. He is the author of Windowframes: Learning the art of Gestalt play therapy the Oaklander way (Routledge/Gestaltpress, 2006), the culmination of 10 years of inquiry and research on Violet Oaklander’s methods of both child therapy and adult training. Windowframes has been translated into Spanish, German, Korean, and Romanian. He is also the co-author of BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: A leader’s guide to facilitating strength-based groups for boys (Routledge, 2008).

Kirsten Murray, Ph.D., LPC, is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana. Her passion is training counselors, and she is especially drawn to preparing clinicians to work with couples and families. Guided by the belief that strong core relationships are necessary for healing and health, she aims to help counselors develop skills that transform clients' most intimate relationships. Informed by her grounded theory research and recent book, Strong Couples, she will emphasize the basic tenets of how to help couples change.

Olivia Ngadjui, M.A., is a doctoral student of the Counselor Education and Counseling program at Idaho State University. She is a native of southeast Washington DC with a Cameroonian background. She holds a Bachelors in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA. She held several roles in student organizations and volunteered in the community while in Richmond that led to discovering a passion for the counseling field. She holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. She served as the president of the Rho Theta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota and found her clinical experience working in intensive outpatient programs to be highly rewarding. She also, has a background in education, teaching K-12 in various subjects and supervising education initiatives.

Melanie Person, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Gonzaga University. She has her master’s in Mental Health Counseling and doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from Idaho State University. Melanie is passionate about teaching and research in the field of counseling and is currently focused on research related to counselor development. She is an LMHC in the state of Washington and an LCPC in the state of Idaho. In conjunction with her role as an educator, Melanie has maintained a private practice for the past seven years wherein she specializes in personality disorders and addictions issues. Her service to the profession can be seen in her years as the Professional Development Chair for the Idaho Counseling Association and as the Ethics Co-Chair for the Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association. She is currently serving as Membership Chair for the Washington Counseling Association.  Aside for her passion in counseling, Melanie is extremely dedicated to her husband and two young children.

Neil Ragan, MD, graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, in 1977.  After internship at Naval Hospital San Diego and residency in Family Medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California, Neil went on to serve a total of 26 years on active duty in various locations around the world. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, in 1983, Ragan met his life partner who was an active duty Marine at the same military base. Despite the perils associated with being fairly openly gay, Ragan achieved the rank of Captain and was awarded five Navy Commendation Medals and three Meritorious Service Medals before retiring from the Navy in 2003.

Linda Reichardt,M.Ed., graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS/cum laude degree and received her Master's Degree in Administration from Idaho State University with high honors in 1992. She worked for the Marsh Valley School District from 1975 to 2000. She taught home economics at the high school and junior high level; she taught life science at the middle school for 23 years. She was principal at Marsh Valley Middle School for 6 years before retiring.

Katie Sacco, M.Coun., LPC, NCC, is a first year PhD student in Counselor Education and Counseling at Idaho State University. I completed my Masters of Counseling in Student Affairs at ISU and have experience in career counseling as well as mental health counseling. My current research interests focus heavily on military/veteran populations, LGBTQ+ populations, cultural intersectionality, and equine assisted counseling.

Brianne Scott, M.A., is a first year PhD student in the Counselor Education and Counseling program at Idaho State University. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Valparaiso University located in Valparaiso, Indiana. My research interests include addictions, LGBTQ+ population, social justice/ advocacy, and cultural identity development.

Leslie A. Stewart, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor and a faculty member at Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling. Her research agenda includes animal assisted interventions in counseling and supervision, trauma-informed counselor preparation, and counselor training with experiential and expressive modalities. Before beginning her career in counseling and counselor education, Dr. Stewart facilitated therapeutic horsemanship as a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, Intl.) instructor. Since then, Dr. Stewart has incorporated animal assisted interventions (AAI) with dogs and rabbits in college counseling and juvenile detention settings. At Idaho State University, Dr. Stewart developed and instructs the Certificate Program in Animal Assisted Interventions in Counseling, offers AAIs in her clinical supervision, and incorporates AAIs in her teaching across the CACREP Core. Dr. Stewart is the primary author of the American Counseling Association Competencies for Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling while currently serving as the chair of Ethics and Standards for the Human-Animal Interest Network of the American Counseling Association, a member of the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Advisory Board (HABAB), and a subject matter expert consultant of the American Psychological Association’s Human Animal Interaction Division. Dr. Stewart shares her life with several species of animal family members including dogs, rabbits, mice, a cat, and a ball python. In her free time, Dr. Stewart volunteers at a local zoo that houses injured or unreleasable native wildlife species and enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and wildlife viewing in the beautiful Rocky Mountain wilderness.

Zakery Warren, M.Coun., LCPC, is a 2007 graduate of Idaho State University Master's of Counseling program. He has been in clinical practice in Idaho Falls since 2007.  During his career Zak has worked with various clients and settings.  He has extensive experience with Diagnosis and Treatment planning as well as works in substance abuse counseling.  He is currently a full-time Counselor at Pearl Health Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho where he sees clients for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders.  He is passionate about his work with couples counseling and enjoys teaching and providing community workshops for communication and stress management in relationships.

Chad Yates, Ph.D., LPC, is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling at ISU. He received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University and his M.A. in Community Counseling from the University of Toledo. Before coming to ISU Chad worked as a mental health and substance abuse counselor in Kent, Ohio. Chad’s counseling experience includes working with individuals with substance abuse disorders, batterers and survivors of domestic violence, families, and as a generalist treating many diverse client issues.

Mark Young, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University where he serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. Dr. Young’s professional focus is on couple relationships through Emotionally Focused Therapy and Attachment Theory, and counselor education through live supervision and experiential learning. Dr. Young maintains a small, yet active, private practice where he focuses on couples counseling.

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1440 E. Terry Street

Garrison Hall, Bld 63

Room 725

Pocatello, ID 83209-8120


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Pocatello, ID 83209-8120

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