Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

Friday, April 1, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Program ID #727, Room 210E, Poster 3
“What Does God Have To Do with It?” Education, Marriage Satisfaction, and Religiosity
30-Minute Poster Session
Pui Yu Esther Au
The search for intimacy in the form of close friendship or marriage is one of the most daunting psychosocial tasks for emerging adults. Knowing that the rate and cost of marital dissolution are high, this cross-sectional survey examined the effectiveness of premarital education on a group of married participants. Specifically, this poster session examines the role that premarital education and religiosity play in regards to marriage satisfaction.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #740, Room 210E, Poster 4
Secondary Traumatic Stress in Ambulance Workers’ Partners
30-Minute Poster Session
L. Marinn Pierce, Melissa C. Henry
EMT/paramedics scored highest in job dissatisfaction and fourth highest in psychological difficulties. Many researchers found that individuals who work as first responders have higher rates of PTSD than in the general population. This poster session will include the results of a study exploring secondary traumatic stress in the partners of ambulance workers and techniques that counselors can use to support EMS personnel and their families.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #752, Room 210E, Poster 4
“Who Am I and Why Does It Matter?” Understanding Adoption and Adoptee Issues
30-Minute Poster Session
Thomas C. Harrison, Terianne F. Harrison
Adoptees comprise only 2–4 percent of the U.S. population, yet affect more than 100 million American families. Adoptees makes up 15 percent of patients in residential treatment facilities and psychiatric hospitals. The presenters will outline social justice issues related to adoption. Adoptees’ attachment issues and the quest for identity will be discussed. Finally, issues related to the the adoption triad and guidance for treatment through the perspective of relational dialectics emphasizing multivocality will be presented.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #805, Room 210E, Poster 9
Examining Relationship Satisfaction and Family Adjustment in Black and White Couples
30-Minute Poster Session
Sandy-Ann Maria Griffith
Declining marriage rates and the high prevalence of family fragmentation among Black individuals warrants exploration of the need for culturally tailored relationship education curricula. Attendees will learn the relevance of racial and ethnic differences in low-income Black and White couples’ self-reported relationship satisfaction and family adjustment after completing a relationship education intervention, and the clinical implications for counselors and counselor educators who work with this population.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #826, Room 210E, Poster 6
Internationalization of Counseling: Love Marriages in India
30-Minute Poster Session
Betty Cardona, Sachin Jain
This poster session addresses the timely issue of couples counseling and international training. Guidelines for culturally sensitive training and research will be presented. The presenters will explore the cultural meanings and social constructs of love marriages and romantic love and provide guidelines to counsel this special group. If you work with clients who are in love marriages or considering one, clients who have family and friends in arranged marriages, or clients who are refugees or immigrants, this presentation may benefit you greatly.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #850, Room 210E, Poster 6
Winning the Battle Within: Mindfulness for Returning Soldiers
30-Minute Poster Session
Conni Rush, S. Anandavalli, Linda L. Muffoletto, Lori Chalmers
Returning soldiers often find family reintegration overwhelming. The change from being an alert soldier to being calm and secure often has many roadblocks for the individual and the family. Mindfulness, an ancient and evidence-based technique, helps individuals regulate their lives. Its benefits include lowered blood pressure, an activated parasympathetic nervous system, and increased levels of hope and compassion. We can help soldiers use mindfulness to reestablish the family hierarchy and increase cohesion.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #859, Room 210E, Poster 3
Examining the Romantic Relationship Perspectives of Young Adult Vietnamese Men
30-Minute Poster Session
Vi Pham, Matt Englar-Carlson
This qualitative study examines the romantic relationships of 12 early-adult, heterosexual Vietnamese American men. The data was analyzed through grounded theory and consensual qualitative research. Emerging themes highlighted the desire for egalitarian relationships, the role of parental influence, the impact of Asian-American masculinity stereotypes, and the unique form of Vietnamese masculinity. Implications for effective clinical work are explored as well as a broader understanding of the Vietnamese population.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #861, Room 210E, Poster 5
Counseling in a Changing World: What Counselors Should Know About Same-Sex Marriage
30-Minute Poster Session
John T. Super
This poster session discusses the impact of same-sex marriage on the counseling profession. The session offers the history of traditional marriage, and the events leading to legalizing same-sex marriage; examines the negative and positive effects resulting from same-sex marriages; provides a better understanding about the emotions experienced; and offers knowledge and techniques applicable to clinical practices for current and future counselors. This session is geared toward all counselors.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Sponsored Session
Program ID #891, Room 210E, Poster 11
Experiencing Romantic Relationships Through a Lens of Self-Compassion
30-Minute Poster Session
Brittany N. Budzan
Within romantic relationships, self-compassionate individuals are more likely to display positive relationship behaviors (Neff & Beretvas, 2013). However, it is unclear what processes are responsible for this influence. This qualitative case study explored the influence of self-compassion on romantic relationships. Thematic analysis was used to discern general themes as well as those unique to each case. These themes and their implications for counseling will be discussed.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #896, Room 210E, Poster 4
Inching Our Way In: The Place of Counseling in the Finance Sector
30-Minute Poster Session
Hannah E. Acquaye, Hang Jo
The financial sector is not one that we hear of collaborating with mental health counselors. However, as both sectors deal with individuals with emotional needs, a partnership will be mutually beneficial in mitigating the dire consequences from financial decisions. This poster session will propose interventions that mental health counselors can use in carving a niche in the finance sector in addressing the mental health concerns of individuals and families as they embark on financial investments.