Professional Issues

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
AMHCA Session
Program ID #706, Room 210E, Poster 6
Serving the Counseling Profession: Recalling Our Past To Shape the Future of Professional Advocacy
30-Minute Poster Session
Kristen Lister, Jade L.H. Letourneau
The “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling” initiative has brought renewed attention to the importance of counselor unification and professional advocacy. The presenters will provide an overview of literature on professional advocacy emphasizing key points including historical milestones, current issues and trends, and implications shaping the future of professional advocacy. Tips on how counselors and students can engage in professional advocacy work will be provided.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
CSI Session
Program ID #710, Room 210E, Poster 10
Counselor Professional Identity: Romanian and American Counseling Student Idea Exchange
30-Minute Poster Session
Cody Maddock, Nancy Sherman, Lori Russell-Chapin
Through online meetings, students in graduate counseling programs in Romania and the Beta Phi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota along with their prospective professors, engaged in dialogue addressing the issue of counselor professional identity in each of their countries. After identifying challenges for counselor professional identity in each country, students brainstormed actions that could be taken to address the challenges. This international exchange of ideas inspired professional identity growth.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
CSI Session
Program ID #711, Room 210E, Poster 11
Leadership in Counseling: An Overview of Strategies for Success
30-Minute Poster Session
Katherine A. Feather
Exemplary leadership is an element of professional identity. Leaders in the field take on multiple roles that influence professional identity, which may include (a) mentor, (b) supervisor, (c) teacher, and (d) scholar. Each role consists of numerous methods that promote the development of professional competencies. However, managing time and self between roles can be difficult. Therefore, this session outlines strategies for success and how to monitor role expectations.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #735, Room 210E, Poster 11
Everyday Advocates: A Statewide Collaboration Effort To Enhance Counselor Identity and Leadership
30-Minute Poster Session
Michael J. Leskosky, Lauren E. Adair
Youngstown State University’s Chi Sigma Iota, Eta Chapter, held a workshop, “Everyday Advocates: Counseling Leadership in Practice,” to promote leadership, professional identity, and advocacy within the counseling profession. A panel of professionals from a variety of counseling domains including clinical, addictions, school, career, counselor education, professional organizations, and mental health boards encouraged attendees to take action and advocate for clients and professional counseling.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #742, Room 210E, Poster 6
Healing the Healer: The Mindfulness Moment
30-Minute Poster Session
Linda L. Muffoletto, Conni Rush, S. Anandavalli
This poster session will provide practical information on mindfulness and counselor self-care. Step-by-step guidelines on using mindfulness to rejuvenate counselors between sessions will be presented. By practicing mindfulness, counselors increase their ability to facilitate mindfulness with clients. The benefits of mindfulness, including, focused attention, increased resilience and life-satisfaction will also be discussed. Also referenced are other, more intense resources for the experienced counselor.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #746, Room 210E, Poster 10
Peer-Facilitated Preparatory Initiative for the National Counselor Examination
30-Minute Poster Session
Courtney J. Wilson, Tracey M. Duncan
The role of shared learning through peer-facilitated activities has shown to be a vital component toward the success of students in pursuit of professional excellence. This poster session will provide an example of an experiential-based learning model, developed by students, in preparation for the National Counselor Examination. The desired outcomes of such an initiative provides student developers, and test-takers, an opportunity to practice and promote professional identity and advocacy.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #755, Room 210E, Poster 7
Clinical Supervisors’ Assessment of Employability and Its Relationship to CACREP
30-Minute Poster Session
Julia Whisenhunt, Michael A. Keim
The presenters will provide a summary of the findings from a research study that examined the employability of entry-level graduates, relevant to the 2009 CACREP standards. The following will be addressed: (a) how clinical hiring supervisors ranked the importance of the CACREP standards, (b) CACREP competencies that participants most valued in entry-level counselors, and (c) ways the data can inform revisions to counselor preparation to improve employability.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #759, Room 210E, Poster 11
From Student to Counselor: Creatively Advocating for Professional Identity
30-Minute Poster Session
Jihene Ayadi, Erin Kern, Rebecca van der Hagen, Kristi Perryman, Kendra Shoge,
All new counselors must experience the transition from student identity to professional identity. This transition may come with feelings of grief and loss, as they let go of the old identity and move forward with the new. This poster session introduces a three-stage model of identity transition and corresponding creative interventions to advocate for a strong professional counseling identity and ease the transition from student to practitioner.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
AMCD Session
Program ID #766, Room 210E, Poster 6
Diversity Within Latinos in the U.S.: Reflections on Cultural Identity
30-Minute Poster Session
Syntia D. Santos, Luis A. Tosado, II, Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado, Claudia G. Interiano, Margarita M. Martinez, Maylee Vazquez
This poster session explores the diversity within Latinos and Latinas living in the U.S.. The presenters will discuss the topic of cultural identity sharing their own experiences and worldviews. The team includes two Latin Americans born and raised in the U.S., two raised in the country, and two internationals. They will discuss the meaning of cultural identity, the similarities and differences among the community, and implications for the counseling profession.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #778, Room 210E, Poster 6
Increasing Multicultural Competencies Through an Immersion Experience with Refugees
30-Minute Poster Session
Yegan Pillay, J. Christopher Linscott
Attendees will become familiar with a cultural immersion exercise that provided counselors with an opportunity to have a first-hand experience of immersion in a culture that was different from their own. Data were collected to capture these experiences to gain understanding of the efficacy of the immersion exercise in contributing to the competencies of future mental health professionals as it relates to their awareness, knowledge, and skills. Counselors will gain an understanding of how to replicate similar experiences.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #783, Room 210E, Poster 11
Advocating for Professional School Counselor Identity by Implementing the ASCA National Model
30-Minute Poster Session
Brittney S. Wright, Sandra Webster-Brown
When school counselors’ assigned tasks do not align with the ASCA National Model, their professional identity is challenged. Advocacy and leadership strategies for maintaining a school counselor identity can be implemented through the ASCA National Model during student orientations, parent events, and school board presentations. Attendees will learn effective strategies for communicating programmatic data to ensure that stakeholders understand the positive impact of school counseling programs.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
AADA Session
Program ID #788, Room 210E, Poster 4
Multiple Identities, Multiple Voices: Perspectives from Women in Academia
30-Minute Poster Session
Verna Oliva
The presenters, who are all women counselor educators, will share their perspectives on how to succeed in the academic world through mentoring, collaborations, and leadership. A literate review will be presented on developmental issues that women in academia present and identify as impacting their ability to succeed in academia, which can be applicable to female clients who juggle career, family, and relationships.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #793, Room 210E, Poster 9
Willingness To Participate in Online Counseling and Computer Security Concerns
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary M. Livingston, Margaret L. Hindman, Christopher D. Coleman
This research examines the relationships among information security behaviors, computer anxiety, and attitudes toward participating in a variety of types of online counseling (videoconferencing, synchronous chat, and asynchronous e-mail). Using Amazon M-Turk’s sample of individuals who are generally more comfortable functioning in an Internet environment, it contrasts views of online therapies with those of in-office, face-to-face therapies. These results inform counselors of potential client concerns.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
IAAOC Session
Program ID #809, Room 210E, Poster 1
An Examination of Educational and Training Requirements in Addiction Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Christine L. Chasek, Ryan Kawata
Professional identity is a critical issue facing the counseling profession. Although major counseling organizations have endorsed the definition and scope of practice for professional counseling developed by “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling,” questions have emerged regarding addiction counseling related to the specialized knowledge and skill needed in this area. The status of educational and training requirements related to addiction counseling is outlined in this presentation.

 

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #847, Room 210E, Poster 3
Factors for Personal Counseling Among Counseling Trainees: A Nationwide Replication
30-Minute Poster Session
Steve Byrne, Alisha R. Ost
The presenters will share results from a nationwide replication of original research concerning the use of personal counseling among counseling trainees. Rates of use among students from various counseling tracks will be discussed. Further, for those participants who did not seek counseling, a summary of reported reasons will be presented. Links between study data and personality characteristics, as well as implications for counselor education programs, will be discussed.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #851, Room 210E, Poster 7
Achieving a Unified Professional Identity: An Examination of State Licensure Laws
30-Minute Poster Session
Christine L. Chasek, Douglas R. Tillman, David Hof, Jason J. Dillard, Jason Dillard is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska – Kearney studying clinical mental health counseling. He currently works for Richard Young Behavioral Health Center as a recovery specialist on the adolescent unit. He graduated from the U,
A critical issue facing the counseling profession is professional identity and licensure portability. “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling” was created in 2005 to address these concerns. Twenty-nine major counseling organizations have endorsed the unifying definition of counseling and the work toward licensure portability. The current status of licensure laws and specialty counseling areas across the U.S. is presented to determine advocacy needs and next steps for the profession.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #855, Room 210E, Poster 11
What Attributes Contribute to the Development of Counselor Advocacy from a Global Perspective? Theory to Action
30-Minute Poster Session
Tahani Dari, Carla McGhee, Clark Ausloos, Caroline O'Hara
Wellness, prevention, and development are core to our professional identity (Myers, 1992). Yet, the lack of a universal identity remains a barrier in establishing the various contributions of counseling to society (Prosek and Hurt, 2014). The presenters explore attributes that pave the way to success for counselor advocacy, such as commitment and appreciation for human suffering (Kiselica and Robinson, 2001). This session will provide practical illustrations of these attributes in action. It also will explore how can we expand counseling across the globe while respecting and empowering local traditions.

 

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Program ID #887, Room 210E, Poster 7
Counselor Attraction to Clients: Emphasizing Prevention and Proactive Measures
30-Minute Poster Session
Harvey Charles Peters
The vast majority of mental health professionals report experiencing sexual attraction to a client; however, these same professionals report limited training or discussion regarding attraction beyond shaming. Attendees will explore a model aimed at protecting clients and preventing counselor-client sexual relationships through the normalization of attraction and education of ethical processes for addressing attraction when it occurs. Implications for counselor education and supervision will be discussed.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #901, Room 210E, Poster 9
Addressing Diversity in Clinical Supervision
30-Minute Poster Session
Jennifer A. Moralejo, Nathan B. West, Derrick L. Shepard, Joel F. Diambra
A diverse group of first-year counselor education students and a faculty supervisor tracked their supervision experience while intentionally implementing a multicultural theoretical supervisory lens. Exemplifying their experience, this session will review the uncomfortable feelings experienced by supervisees and supervisor, highlight strategies to overcome their initial discomfort, and share methods used to build and maintain a productive supervisory experience that embraces diversity.