Mission Possible 2022: Ignite the Fire
Mission Possible 2022: Ignite the Fire
Join us in-person at our 25th Annual Mission Possible event in Lufkin, TX.
June 28, 2022 - August 14, 2022

Join your peers to IGNITE THE FIRE with Mission Possible on Wednesday, June 29 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin, Texas. This all-day conference will offer continuing education contact hours for counselors, social workers, LMFTs, nurses, certified case managers, and activity professionals. 
Mental Health professionals: This program has applied for 6.75 hours of continuing education credit including 3 ethics hours for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.
Nurses: This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 6.5 hours by Louisiana State Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Activity Professionals: This activity has been approved for 6.75 hours by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. 

Conference Objectives:

  • Participants will learn strategies to effectively combat burnout, renew empathy, and improve personal wellness.
  • Participants will explore techniques for serving culturally diverse populations and for providing trauma-informed care services
  • Participants will identify and build partnerships with community agencies and gain resources to help improve service delivery.

Interested Audiences:

  • Mental Health and Nursing Professionals
  • Educators and Organizations Serving Youth and Schools
  • Health, Wellness, and Community-based Organizations
  • Elderly and Alzheimer’s Focused Providers
  • Consumers and the general public

Pre-conference Sessions
Chose from Adult or Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops will be offered on Tuesday, June 28.
These pre-conference workshops will each offer about 8 hours of CEs for social work, LPC, and LMFT.

Conference Agenda
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Burke's Mental Health First Aid team will provide Youth MHFA training on Tuesday, June 28.
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Burke's Mental Health First Aid team will provide Adult MHFA training on Tuesday, June 28.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Save time on Conference Morning by checking in with us early. Available to all conference attendees.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Conference Registration, Exhibit Hall Open and Light Breakfast Served
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Conference introduction and morning keynote.
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tremendous gains have been made in understanding the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer's and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions.
Mindfulness can be an elusive concept for many mental health professionals. We have plenty of guided scripts for mindfulness, but we are often taught the script without learning the foundational components.
Presenters will showcase the collaboration of the Texas Health Institute and Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work on a community project in East Texas: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Planning Initiative.
Ethical Practice in Cultural Awareness and Application of a Multicultural Orientation
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Where we are with mental health and why we are where we are in child psychiatry.
This interactive presentation will provide participants with body-based practices for all levels of physical ability to help increase energy, enhance mindfulness, release tension, reduce stress, and restore calm.
Ethical Practice in Cultural Awareness and Application of a Multicultural Orientation (continuation of the morning workshop)
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Have you ever felt on the brink of feeling like the clients that your serve? Research has shown that mental health workers are vulnerable to fatigue and burnout. So many may ask "How do I combat these feelings?"
Exploring what the data reveals concerning current substance use trends as well as possible upcoming trends. An in-depth examination of what youth are experimenting with and how substances (legal & illegal) are impacting our area.
This presentation will help the attendees understand basic DEI principles, learn ways to explore and uncover self-biases and learn to engage better with clients and coworkers with a multicultural mindset.
This presentation will help improve the personal wellness of individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and provide new techniques for delivering patient care services.

Phyllis Grandgeorge

Phyllis Grandgeorge, M.Ed., LPC, is the Executive Director of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas and has led the organization for 32 years.

Melanie Taylor

Melanie Taylor has worked at Burke since 1986. She served as the Chief Administrative Officer from 2003 to 2018, and in 2018 was appointed to the position of Deputy CEO. In June 2019, Ms. Taylor assumed the role of CEO.

Samantha Williams, LMSW

Samantha Williams is a licensed master social worker and conflict mediator. She has presented on several different topics to include mental health, military, Veteran Treatment Courts, substance use and mindfulness techniques.

Kim Simmons

Kim Simmons, LCDC, ACPS, CPM is the Director of Prevention for the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas and has been a leader for the organization for 28 years.

Kim Bartel

Kim Bartel is the Data Coordinator for the Region 5 Prevention Resource Center of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas.

Kristin Thomas, BS

Kristin Thomas is a graduate student finishing up her doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Lisa Falls, MD

Associate Professor John Sealy School of Medicine/The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, MA

Cyndra Krogen-Morton, MA, is a Certified Health Coach, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Group Running Coach. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with a Transpersonal Specialization and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Grant Howarth, MA, LPC-Associate, MT-BC

Music therapist and counselor working in Hospice and Private Practice. Community activist and educator.

Kevin Karschnik

Kevin Karschnik has been a professional speaker and corporate trainer for the past 25 years. He is an entrepreneur and author who is recognized around the globe as an expert in leadership and communication.

James Morris, Ph.D.

Serves as Assistant Professor of the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Lenola Wyatt-Taylor

Ms. Lenola Wyatt-Taylor is a Trainer/Consultant for Essential Elements based in Wilmington, North Carolina for 10 years and a Faculty in the MSW Department of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Kristin Bailey-Wallace, MSW, LBSW

Ms. Kristin Bailey-Wallace, MSW, LBSW is an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, teaching and advising students in the undergraduate social work program.

Ann Marie McDonald, MBA, M.Ed.

Serving the Greater Houston Metro Area and Southeast Texas, including Galveston and the Bay Area, Beaumont, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and the Brazos Valley, the Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas is here to help.

Laura Cooper, Ph.D.

Dr. Cooper is a licensed psychologist and has worked in the mental health field for 15 years.

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SFA School of Social Work

At SFA, you can become a social worker at the generalist (Bachelor of Social Work) or advanced generalist (Master of Social Work) level.

Texas AHEC East - Piney Woods Region

Mission: our mission is to make communities healthier by creating diversified partnerships in both the community and academia to address unmet healthcare needs. Simply, we help communities by supporting qualified health professionals.

East Texas Behavioral Health Network

East Texas Behavioral Healthcare Network employs LPCs, LMFTs and LCSWs to complete intakes and/or provide counseling services at Community Mental Health Centers via Televideo.

Seventy Nine Photography

Seventy Nine Photography will be set up as an exhibitor for professional headshots all day. $50 - 10 Minutes of photographing and you select the image once you're done. We will then email you the image the following day.

Angelina County & Cities Health District

We serve uninsured low- to moderate-income families and provide Medicaid services


9-1-1 Public Education

Heart to Heart Hospice

We provide a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and supportive services for patients at the end of life, as well as for their family members.

Hospice of East Texas

Non-profit hospice serving the east Texas area

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Planning Sponsors
Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 North 2nd Street, Lufkin, TX 75901
Location: Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 North 2nd Street, Lufkin, TX 75901

Registration includes a morning continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch.

Parking is available in parking lots to the North and South of the Pitser Garrison Civic Center 

Special Assistance
For information on special accommodations, including dietary restrictions, please, contact  Kinnie Reina at least one week before the event.

In exchange for assistance with program costs (i.e. speaker expenses, refreshments, etc.), displays of company products, literature, samples, services, and other items may be permitted. Such displays do not constitute an endorsement of the products or services.

Continuing Education Information
Social Workers, LMFTs, LPCs, and LMFTS
This program has applied for 6.75 hours of continuing education credit including 3 ethics hours for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs.

Nursing contact hours of 6.75 hours will be applied for.

Activity Professionals
The conference will also apply for CE hours for activity professionals.