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A mental health conference for Texas-based professionals

Waco: Thursday, May 12


Baylor’s McLane Stadium-Baylor Club
1001 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Waco, TX 76704

Cost: $30 per person. The deadline to register is May 6.

Longview and Lufkin: Thursday, May 19

TASCA Activity Center
10495 CR 2167
Whitehouse, TX 75791

Cost: $30 per person. The deadline to register is May 13.

About the Summit

The nation’s older population is growing, requiring well-trained health care providers with expert knowledge and skill in geriatric health care. This activity emphasizes core competencies related to geriatric behavioral health care. A multidisciplinary approach will be demonstrated in presentations with audience participation. A wide range of topics will address common geriatric mental illnesses, as well as strategies for treatment, recovery and continuity of care.

The cost to attend is $30.

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for Nurses, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and other professionals who provide care for older adult patients. Participants will earn 6 CEs. Oceans Behavioral Hospital is an approved provider for continuing education for Licensed Professional Counselors, Provider #2611.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this educational initiative, participants should be able to:
• Apply to practice core competencies related to optimal geriatric behavioral healthcare including The Recovery Model in treatment planning and Non-Pharmacologic interventions for behavioral difficulties.
• List challenges faced by older adults in transition.
• Identify interventions to engage older adults during transitions.
• Explain the Recovery Based Care model with the use of hope without stigma and discrimination.
• Outline approach to improve the quality of care and outcomes in patients with behavioral health issues by the use of recovery-based care model.
• List the unique strengths of older adults in the participation of trauma informed care.
• Define Measurement Based Care (MBC) as it applies to its use in behavioral healthcare.
• Identify two patient specific uses of measurement-based care.
• Prepare a process for implementation of measurement-based care in your practice setting.
• Examine the impact of trauma and disease and non-disease states common in older adults (e.g., dementia).

Summit Schedule

7:45       Registration & Continental Breakfast

              Visit Exhibitor Booths

8:15      Welcoming Remarks

8:30      Find Their Voice:  Recovery Through Transitions in Later Life James Butler, MD, PHD

9:45      Hear Their Voice:  Language and Attitude in Recovery Based Care Charla Anderson, BSN, RN-PMHNC

10:45     Break

              Visit Exhibitor Booths        

11:00     Trauma Informed Care and Older Adults: Unique Needs and Strengths Sherry Bustin, MA

12:00     Lunch (provided)

              Visit Exhibitor Booths

              Door Prizes

12:30     Be Their Voice:  Engagement Toward Recovery with Older Adults Cindy Plata, LCSW

1:00      Share Your Voice:  Improving Outcomes through Measurement Based Care Melynda Boothe, MA, CCC/SLP, MBA, CPHQ

2:00      Break

              Snacks in Foyer

              Door Prizes

 2:15      Use Your Voice: Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for Behavioral Difficulties in Long-Term Care James Butler, MD, PHD

3:30      Conference Conclusion

Click here to register.

Summit Faculty

Dr. James Butler, MD, PhD, Regional Medical Director, ensures Oceans Healthcare remains at the forefront of the behavioral health care. He has more than a decade of experience in genetic research and behavioral health and holds doctorate degrees from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed research fellowships at Harvard University and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Charla Anderson, BSN, RN-PMHNC, Regional Director of Clinical Operations, has almost three decades of nursing and clinical operational leadership expertise with extensive knowledge of case management, hospital administration, medical/surgical services and mental health treatment. She earned her nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Sherry Bustin, M.A., VP of Regional Operations, has managed multiple senior behavioral health treatment facilities in Texas and Oklahoma. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Amberton University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Sherry worked primarily with adults in private practice and inpatient care before moving to administration.

Cindy Plata, LCSW, Director of Intensive Outpatient Services, Oceans Behavioral Hospital Longview, leads and supervises individual and group therapies for adult and geriatric patients. She specializes in providing crisis intervention services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses. Plata holds a master’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Melynda Boothe, MA CCC/SLP, MBA, CPHQ, EVP Process Improvement and Outcomes, leads Oceans Healthcare’s efforts to standardize, integrate and improve processes related to patient care and safety. She began her career in speech language pathology before moving to clinical leadership. She earned master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.

The faculty, directors, planners, managers, and reviewers reported no financial relationships they have with any ineligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Americans with Disabilities Act

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact Sherry Bustin at 903-522-2540 before the activity date.

Requirements for credit:  

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials. 
  • Complete the CE Attestation/Evaluation form online by 11:59 pm ET on by the date defined below. Instructions will be provided. If you do not complete the online evaluation by this date, you will not be able to get CE credit for this event.
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.