Counselors, social workers, health care professionals, parents and students met at Central Texas College on Friday to attend the inaugural Women’s Issues Conference.
The conference, held in the school’s Anderson Campus Center, had more than 90 registered attendees, and featured a full day of presentations on a number of wellness and mental health topics. The event was put on by the college’s mental health services and continuing education departments.
“We wanted to offer a variety of subjects,” said Kim Wood, coordinator for CTC’s mental health services department. “We also wanted to offer topics that were relevant to (attendees).”
Health and wellness topics included obesity and diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease in women. Topics for the counseling sessions included identifying and coping with depression, suicide prevention and even a presentation on “Gamer Widows,” the wives of online video game addicts.
All of the sessions were run by health care and counseling professionals, Wood said.
“I found the sessions pretty helpful,” said Cristy Tingkang, a CTC student who hopes to work with at-risk youth.
Dawn Harris, another student, agreed.
“I found the session on women and depression very informative,” she said. “As a woman, that’s a topic that I found very interesting.”
Besides walking away with insight and information, Wood said some professionals could earn up to seven hours of continuing education units, which are required for the renewal of a number of professional licenses. Those eligible for the units included chemical dependency counselors, social workers and marriage and family counselors.
“Usually, you need a certain number of units to renew those types of licenses,” Wood said.
The event also featured a number of exhibitors selling products and services to attendees during the breaks between sessions.