Wellness

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
AHC Session
Program ID #709, Room 210E, Poster 9
Cultivating Authenticity Through Mindful Movement
30-Minute Poster Session
Zvi Jeremy Bellin
Authenticity is a key characteristic of psychotherapy from any theory orientation. Given its importance, it is surprising that the literature is nearly silent about cultivating authenticity. This session will deconstruct counselor authenticity. You will be invited to engage in a practice of mindful movement as a way to cultivate authenticity. Finally, the session will explore how the cultivation of authenticity can serve as a wellness practice for counselors in and out of the office.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
AHC Session
Program ID #758, Room 210E, Poster 10
Discovering Wellness Through the Use of Guided Imagery
30-Minute Poster Session
Katie R. Gamby, Mansi Brat, Carla McGhee
Counselors who are stressed, distressed, or impaired are unable to offer proper counseling services to their clients. Consequently, counselors who have found ways to ensure their own wellness have a better chance of meeting the needs of their clients. Guided imagery can be used to explore the possibilities available to the counselor specific to his or her individual wellness. These same techniques can be used to empower the counselor to help clients create a “well” lifestyle.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Program ID #817, Room 210E, Poster 9
Utilizing Instant Communication Technology To Express Gratitude: An Intervention
30-Minute Poster Session
Margaret L. Hindman
The gratitude visit is a positive psychology intervention in which people send a letter to someone they feel thankful for. This study tested an adaptation that replaced letters and visits with instant technology gratitude notes. A control group sent notes of recent events and another journaled. Compared to controls, the gratitude intervention affected optimism and social connectedness, but not distress or loneliness, nor life satisfaction. Aspects of well-being, distress, and social connectedness improved for all groups.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #819, Room 210E, Poster 11
Self-Care and Professional Identity: Cornerstones to Wellness and Promoted Within our CSI Chapter
30-Minute Poster Session
C. Peeper McDonald, Nedeljko Golubovic, Nikki Elston, Mary Huffstead, Tom Murphy, Julian Rafferty McCullough
Research studies that explore the wellness levels of students in graduate programs have increased. However, few of them have expended beyond advocating for wellness to address targeted interventions that improve wellness in graduate counseling programs. The purpose of this session is to present a model of a self-care group program that was created with the goal of developing and maintaining professional identity in professional counseling and related professions and counselor education programs.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #825, Room 210E, Poster 5
“I May Have Closed the Door on It”: ADRD Caregiver Grief Following Facility Placement
30-Minute Poster Session
Andrew Clay
This poster session outlines the findings of a qualitative analysis of interviews exploring the grief experience of familial caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) following the transition of care into a facility. Specific attention will be given to the emotional and interpersonal reactions presented by caregivers. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the results of the study as well as the researcher’s recommendations for clinical practice and counselor education.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #841, Room 210E, Poster 9
Client and Community Voices at the Center: Best Practices for the Future of Counseling
30-Minute Poster Session
Rebecca L. Toporek, Cynthia Yee, Muninder K. Ahluwalia
“Best practices,” as illuminated by appreciative inquiry, place clients and communities at the center of helping organizations. Findings from this study illuminate cutting-edge approaches integrating client and community expertise as well as strength-based and empowerment frameworks. Implications for the future of counseling are discussed, particularly for collaborating with clients with nontraditional employment histories, histories of discrimination and oppression, and limited economic and social capital.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #868, Room 210E, Poster 12
Student Wellness: A Phenomenological Study
30-Minute Poster Session
Devona M. Stalnaker-Shofner, Rachel Oblak
This study is a phenomenological study of students’ lived experience of wellness as they transition to counselors-in-training during clinical practicum and internship with the purpose of discerning how students define wellness. Essentially, this phenomenological study explores students’ lived experiences of wellness, as well as their perspectives of how they define wellness, their sense of their own personal wellness, and potential barriers and resiliency factors that may affect their wellness.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
9:00 am - 9:30 am
ACCA Session
Program ID #871, Room 210E, Poster 3
“Bee Rezzzilient”: A Resiliency Program for College Students
30-Minute Poster Session
Tamara Knapp-Grosz
Join American College Counseling Association Past President Tamara Knapp-Grosz for a poster session describing the Bee Rezzzilient program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Using positive psychology interventions, this session will describe the program model as well as highlight positive psychology interventions and assessment tools utilized.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Program ID #878, Room 210E, Poster 10
Wellness and You: The Counselor’s Guide to Getting and Remaining Well
30-Minute Poster Session
Ashley J. Blount, Jesse Fox
In this poster session, counselors will gain knowledge on healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors. Further, attendees will learn about assessing their personal wellness and discrepancies between their perceived wellness and actual wellness. Additionally, self-care strategies for counselors and clients will be addressed.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #909, Room 210E, Poster 5
Mental Health First Aid for Individuals: A Pilot Study
30-Minute Poster Session
Amanda B. Lappin
This poster session will present a suggested format for developing mental health first aid materials for LGBTQ individuals. The qualitative and quantitative data gathered from the evaluation component of the study will provide insight into the creation and implementation of mental health first aid materials. The session will address work with LGBTQ individuals and the crises they may face. Resources and information about LGBTQ crises will be presented as well as suggested practices.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #913, Room 210E, Poster 9
A Multifaceted Relational Approach to Health and Wellness in HIV-Positive Minority Women
30-Minute Poster Session
Mercedes Ingram
Minority women experience many barriers to receiving care for HIV. Poor mental health puts women at greater risk for delayed linkage to HIV care and decreased immune functioning. HEART, a multifaceted intervention consisting of small psychoeducation groups, patient navigation, medical coordination, and intensive outreach, used a relational-cultural approach to develop trusting relationships and engage women to enter, return to, or remain in care.