8th Annual Symposium on Mental Health Issues

Tuesday, October 21, 2023
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

This annual program is presented in partnership by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Corporate Education department and Mental Health America of Spartanburg County. We are pleased to gather in person this year at The Piedmont Club at 361 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Program Registration Fee $75

This one-day program will focus on several mental health issues such as Addiction, Hoarding, Aging Families, Dissociative Identity Disorder and Juvenile Onset of Bipolar Disorder. The program goal is to provide quality education and training for healthcare professionals, giving them knowledge and tools to best care for clients. Our schedule includes breakfast, lunch and breaks to explore supporter exhibits.


Program Audience & Outcomes

Our educational program is designed especially for Social Workers, Counselors, Therapists, Nurses and other interested Health and Human Services Professionals. Upon completion of this program, 90% of the participants will demonstrate a better understanding of the mental health issues discussed and learn to provide appropriate treatments and assistance to their clients.


Topics & Speakers

Addiction: More Than a Choice

Ross works as a clinician and Lead Supervisor at Modern Wellness Family Counseling and has been with the organization since its founding in May 2020. He serves as Executive Director of Mental Health America of Spartanburg County since August 2022. Ross specializes in men’s issues, relational therapy, and treating substance-based and behavioral addictions.

Hoarding 101: An Introduction to Excessive Collecting

Beverly Wade, MEd, MMFT, LMFT
Beverly has a private practice in South Carolina. She began her Special Education teaching career in Spartanburg School District 7 in 1994. She holds Master of Education and Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degrees. After 28 years in education, Beverly transitioned to the mental health field. She focuses on treating individuals and families with Hoarding Disorder.

Aging Families & Mental Health

Deneisha Scott-Poe, MA
Deneisha will be Converse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy programs Clinic Director at the Spartanburg location beginning in Fall 2022. She is completing her doctoral degree and defending her dissertation in Spring 2023. Her research focuses on aging families, Alzheimer’s disease caregiving, and how clinicians can better work with older adults.

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Liz Graffeo, LPC
Liz is the founder of Unmoored Counseling Collective, a group practice that provides trauma informed services and education. She specializes in therapeutic techniques such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and other neuro-biologically based treatments. As a pioneer in her field, she is sought for consultation by therapists across the Southeast.

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Why Early Recognition & Treatment Matters

Jennifer Sevick, LISW-CP
Jennifer has over 20 years experience working with children, families and individuals in upstate SC. Since her child’s diagnosis in 2012, Jennifer has immersed in studying how to identify and effectively treat people who live with bipolar disorder. She is starting a private practice for persons living with mood disorders, chronic life threatening illness, grief, and caregiver support.

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