DALLAS (November 19, 2013) -Michael Puhl, family law attorney, will participate as a conference speaker at the 2013 Texas Counselors Association Annual Professional Growth Conference to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, Texas on November 20 through 23, 2013. Mental health providers from throughout the State of Texas are expected to attend. Michael will be joined by Christy Bradshaw Schmidt MA, LPC on November 21, 2013 to assist counselors survive and thrive in the courtroom. The goal of the program is to educate and provide general professional knowledge to counselors about the many legal implications of their professional therapeutic relationship with clients and to assist them in their role as expert and non-expert witnesses at trial. Professionals will be instructed on how to prepare for court and other hearings as well is to understand and avoid dual professional roles in the courtroom. The program is designed to help the professional to understand the trial process and their role in legal proceedings. On the following day Mr. Puhl will participate as a member of a panel of professional and regulatory board officials to address rules changes affecting the profession as well as trends in the field of couples and family therapy. Michael is the Chairman of the Texas Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and principal of the McKinney, Texas law firm of Puhl and Berbarie.