Continuing Education

October 13th, 2017:


Continuing Education Seminar

 Innovative Trends in Supervision

By:  Dr. John Carmack, LPC-S, LMFT-S


Creating a Category of Burnout for Counselors and Supervisors

By:  Justin Phillips, MS, ThM, LPC-S, LMFT-S 

Sarah Phillips, MS, LPC, Compassion Fatigue Therapist/Educator

When: Friday, October 13th, 2017

From: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: The Hampton Inn, Van Buren

Fee: $80 professional fee for those wishing to gain NBCC continuing education credits
$40 student rate/nonprofessional rate (for those not desiring to receive continuing education credits).

  • Fee includes handouts and lunch

Registration Deadline:  October 9th, 2017

*** This seminar fulfills the supervision continuing education requirements (general and ethics) but is also open to non-supervisors.  All licensed counselors will gain 6 continuing education credits for attendance. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy: If you cancel your registration at least 2 days prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given.


8:30 – 9:00 am • Sign in and coffee
9:00 – 12:00 am • Morning session
12:00 – 12:30 pm • Break and lunch, provided at workshop
12:30 – 3:30 pm • Afternoon session
3:30 – 4:00 pm • Evaluations and Certificates

Purpose and Objectives:

The morning session will include the following objectives:

1) Students will explore the trends across states involving supervision structures and ratios

2) Students will learn the impact of technology on providing supervision, the benefits and the hazards.

3) Students will understand the new ethical challenges and dilemma’s in supervision

4) Students will learn the new 2017 AR Rules & Regulation changes that impact supervision

Participants in the afternoon session will learn, explore, and discuss the following:

1) the differences between vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
2) assessing and recognizing symptoms of burnout
3) burnout through the lens of spiritual formation
4) practical approaches to self-care


Dr. John Carmack is a licensed therapist in both Texas and Arkansas. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and is an approved supervisor in the state of Arkansas for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Dr. Carmack has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received an M.Div. from Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Dr. Carmack has worked in a variety of settings: churches, Young Life, Christian Counseling Centers, full service psychiatric hospitals, med/surg psychiatric units and private practice. He has been in private practice since 1981. He owned and directed the Solution-Focused Counseling Center located in Fort Smith, Arkansas for 10 years. Dr. Carmack has been on the faculty of John Brown University since 1997 as a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. He accepted an appointment as Program Director of the Graduate Counseling Program at JBU in 2001. He received his CISM training in 2001. He has served in two major disaster relief efforts as the mental health coordinator for Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita refugees at Ft. Chaffee, AR. He organized CISM teams and trained several mental health professionals in CISM response to the Joplin tornado disaster. He has provided critical incident responses to various organizations, schools, and companies over the past 15 years.

Dr. Carmack has been appointed by three governors (Huckabee, Beebe, Hutchison) to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling/MFT (1997-2000), (2010-2013), (2016, 2017). He resigned midway through his third term when he was selected as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling/MFT on July 2, 2017. He was awarded the Clinicians Award through the Arkansas Marriage & Family Therapy Association. Dr. Carmack was selected as JBU Distinguished Professor in 2016. He retired as an MFT/LPC professor and program director from John Brown University on June 30, 2017. His service to JBU was honored with Professor Emeritus distinction and by an annual endowed scholarship named after Dr. Carmack.

Justin Phillips, MS, LMFT-S, LPC-S and Sarah Phillips, MS, LPC met at John Brown University where they both earned their counseling degrees. Justin went on to become a supervisor and Sarah has training as a Compassion Fatigue Educator.  Justin teaches adjunct classes for the John Brown University Counseling program and supervises area counselors. Sarah is able to devote part-time to their private practice, Honeycomb, with its mission to supervise, counsel, consult & educate those in the helping field that are feeling burnout, compassion fatigue and/or vicarious trauma. They are both passionate about seeing their colleagues & supervises thrive both personally and as they engage people through the helping field. They have 3 beautiful children, Rocklin (6), Evangeline (3), and Josie (1) that enjoy living & playing in Northwest Arkansas.

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