Professional Issues

Friday, April 1, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #603, Room 210A, Table 3
Personal Counseling Experiences for Practicing Professionals: A Must or a Maybe?
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Allison K. Arnekrans, Ellen Armbruster         
As a profession, we encourage those in need to reap the benefits of talking to someone without bias and who is skilled in the art of helping. Though counselors are often exposed to intense issues and experience common stressors, many counselors opt out of engaging in their own counseling experience. This session will outline the benefits of personal counseling and the connection to the counselor’s growth work. Additionally, ways to decrease mental health stigma in the workplace and among colleagues will be addressed.


Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #608, Room 210A, Table 3
Dodging the Legal Bullet: Avoiding Malpractice in Your Clinical Practice
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Ann M. Ordway, Donna S. Sheperis         
None of us wants to have a malpractice attorney on our speed dial. Practicing counselors are aware of the threat of malpractice and must be vigilant to the potential for such cases in their own practices. This roundtable takes the ethical concept “to do no harm” and links it to ways to avoid malpractice lawsuits.


Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program ID #614, Room 210A, Table 4
When Values and Culture Collide: Counselor Supervision and Difficult Conversations
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Matthew J. Beck, Lori Magnuson         
How do supervisors create open supervision climates, where trainees and counselors feel safe to discuss questions and disclose even minor ethical struggles without fear of reprisal? This roundtable uses informative and interactive discussion to foster awareness and provide attendees with specific multicultural and experiential strategies on how to develop a supervisory alliance that addresses the intersectionalities between personal values and culture.


Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #623, Room 210A, Table 3
Identifying and Responding Professionally, Ethically, and Legally to Child Sexual Abuse
30-Minute Roundtable Session
Sandy Gibson, Stuart L. Roe         
This roundtable will aid professional counselors in understanding their legal and ethical obligations as counselors in responding to child sexual abuse both past and present, and it will strengthen clinical confidence in responding to disclosed or assessed abuse/abuse risk. The presenters will provide resources to train families within the communitiy on best practices in preventing child sexual abuse, and they’ll share case examples of identifying and responding to abuse. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own case examples.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #634, Room 210A, Table 4
Mental Health First Aid: “What Is It?” “How Do I Connect My Practice?”
30-Minute Roundtable Session,
Stuart L. Roe, Sandy Gibson         
Recent increases in funding for mental health and youth mental health first aid (MHFA) in various communities across the country have some counselors wondering what this initiative is all about and where they fit in. This roundtable will assist private practice and agency counselors in understanding the basics of MHFA as well as ways to consider connecting with local MHFA trainers to provide counseling services to diverse populations.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #645, Room 210A, Table 5
There Is a Researcher in You!
30-Minute Roundtable Session,
Emily Donald, Adam W. Carter         
Are you a counselor interested in becoming involved in research in practical ways or encouraging the involvement of others? Clinicians and master’s students have the potential to contribute to the counseling literature in significant ways, but they may not know where to start. Attendees will learn strategies for increasing research involvement. Challenges will be discussed and practical tips provided.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Program ID #655, Room 210A, Table 5
Using Narrative Therapy with the Discrimination Model To Supervise Diverse Counselors
30-Minute Roundtable Session, Advanced
Evadne Elizabeth Ngazimbi, Judith Rosenberg         
This roundtable will focus on using narrative therapy with the discrimination model of supervision to supervise diverse counselors and counselors-in-training. Attendees will participate in discussions generated by their reactions to this model. The presenters will encourage attendees to share their experiences of working with supervisees from diverse backgrounds.