Breaking down Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities – Counseling Support


The workshop will help participants develop and improve upon their skills in assisting Individuals with Disabilities.  In all locations, Individuals with Disabilities face barriers that can impact both their physical and psychological well-being.

Through this workshop, participants will gain the knowledge and skills that can help them to be effective allies for Individuals with Disabilities and support them in both their psychological and physical realms.  This includes working directly with Individuals with Disabilities, but also supporting them externally by advocating for them in ways that have direct effects on their Physical and Psychological well-being.

The participants will have opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills, and create a foundation that can be built on to provide continued support for all Individuals with Disabilities.

On 13th November 2018

From 11.00a.m – 12.30p.m


Dr. Thierry Kolpin

Associate Professor, School of Education,
School Counseling, Brandman University, USA

Workshop Program


11.00 – 11.05  Introduction – Presentation Overview
11.05 – 11.35  The skills needed for counseling individuals with disabilities

·         How the counselor can best build rapport

·         How the counselor can best maintain the process

·         How the counselor can best engage the counselee


11.35– 12.05 Interactive activities to help participants practice the     counseling skills previously discussed
12.05 – 12.25 Review of material, added information to further support     participants  knowledge on skills
12.25 – 12.30  Conclusion

Why you attend?


  • You will gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are crucial in supporting Individuals with Disabilities.
  • You can use these skills in all settings, and can build upon them throughout their day to day activities.

Who can attend?


  • Anyone that works with, knows individuals with, or is interested in assisting Individuals with Disabilities
  • Free participation for all conference participants

Workshop on Virtual Mental Health Delivery

Title:” Virtual Mental Health Services: using Technology to Reach Global Populations “


There is an international recognition that mental health needs and supports are vital for productive societies.  According to Global Disability Rights, it is estimated that about 15% of the world’s population have psychological disorders/disabilities.  However, reaching “unreachable” populations and communities with qualified professionals can be a challenge and overwhelming (when or where) there are limited qualified mental health professionals. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate how to develop and expand your metal health reach on a global basis using the latest in visual and virtual technologies.

Virtual mental mental/counseling is a growing trend, globally. Qualified professionals should be aware of this technology in order to reach “ unreachable” populations and expand their reach of care. 


Dr. Loren O’Connor
Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services,
Brandman University.


Dr. Thierry Kolpin

Associate Professor, School of Education,
School Counseling, Brandman University, USA


On 12th November 2018

From 4.00p.m to 6.00p.m


Who can attend? 


Open to all individuals interested in learning more about virtual mental health services.

Free entrance to all conference participants


Program of the workshop

  1. Overview of types of virtual technologies
  2. Demonstration of virtual technologies
  3. Infrastructure required for successful implementation of this


  1. How to access virtual technologies
  2. Ethical considerations