Assessment- Testing- and Program Evaluation

Assessment, Testing, and Program Evaluation


Friday, March 28
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #168, Room 305A-B
Without Words for Emotion: Alexithymia Challenges for Troubled Adolescents

30-Minute Session
Kenneth Michael Coll, Brenda J. Freeman 
This study used a multimethod approach to evaluate the relationship of alexithymia, defined as a dysfunction in identifying one's feelings (as measured by the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and 30-item Emotion Awareness Questionnaire), psychosocial development (assessed with the Measure of Psychosocial Development) and risk behavior (as measured by the Youth Comprehensive Risk Assessment) among rural adolescents in residential treatment. Results revealed that both measures of alexithymia demonstrated good internal consistency and convergent validity, and significant differences, especially by gender.


Saturday, March 29
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Presidential Featured Session
Program ID #206, Room 313B
Exemplary Counseling Practices: The New ACA Practice Briefs

60-Minute Session
Will Stroble 
Practice Briefs (PBs) are evidence-based documents that can be used by practitioners and clinicians to inform, assist, and empower members with the cutting-edge knowledge and best practices in the counseling profession. ACA members will dialogue with the director of the new ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research regarding the new PBs document and how these documents can be used to promote exemplary counseling practice. Discuss and offer emerging topics for future PBs research and development.


Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ACA Counseling in Action Demonstration Series
Program ID #247, Room 313A
A Threat Assessment with a Non-Traditional Student

90-Minute Session
Brian Van Brunt 
This session will demonstrate the core elements of a threat assessment approach on a non-traditional student. Dr. Van Brunt will develop a rapport with the student, assess for core elements of dangerousness (e.g. action and time imperative, fixation and focus, weapon access, hardened point of view and organized versus disorganized thought) and discuss how to share these results with the referring party. A list of 35 risk factors contained in the Structure Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) will be provided to follow along and identify during the interview.


Saturday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AARC Session
Addictions Academy
Program ID #283, Room 308A-B
There’s an Elephant in the Room … Do You See It? Screening and Assessment for Sexual Addiction

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Pennie Johnson, Leigh F. Holman 
Do you know how to screen for sexual addiction in general counseling settings? Do you know what to do if someone presents with sexual addiction issues? A quick screen (similar to CAGE) for sexual addiction will be presented and practiced by participants. If clients score high on the quick screen, then a free online assessment can be used to identify if intervention is needed. Resources for the online instrument as well as its’ psychometric properties will be presented. Learn how to identify MMPI and Millon profiles that correspond with sexual dependency as indicated by the Sexual Dependency Inventory used by certified sexual addiction therapists. Resources will be given for accessing the free assessments and what to do.


Saturday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ASERVIC Session
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #284, Room 317A
Spiritual Eco-Maps: Examining How the Millennial Generation Experiences Spirituality

60-Minute Session
Imac S. Holmes 
The Millennial Generation: spiritual experience, structured religion, strengths, and relationships. This session offers an overview of spiritual eco-mapping as a tool for assessing clients who constitute the Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y. Learn about the characteristics of this generation and the way they express faith, spirituality, and religion. The presenter will provide an overview of eco-maps and the functional use of this tool in spiritual assessment. Spirituality as an integral component of multicultural competence will be discussed as well as implications for counselor educators.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Group Work Academy
Program ID #329, Room 313B
Using the Forgiveness Reconciliation Inventory in Group Work and Clinical Practice

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Richard S. Balkin, Nephaterria Harris 
The Forgiveness and Reconciliation Inventory (FRI) is a validated assessment instrument that facilitates the counseling process to identify areas concerning forgiveness and reconciliation. Explore the usage of the FRI and demonstrate the administration of the instrument through group work. Experience a hands-on approach to scoring the instrument as well as interpreting and reporting the results. The session includes an experiential group counseling component and some brief lecture components related to the psychometric properties of the instrument. You will receive the FRI to take, score, and interpret.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

AARC Session
Program ID #341, Room 317B
Program Evaluation: Show Off What You're Doing, Identify What You Want To Start Doing

90-Minute Session
Michelle Perepiczka 
This session will provide a rationale for program evaluation across counseling settings and a brief primer to help decide what paradigms may best fit one's interests. Steps for identifying outcomes of interest, reviewing assessment protocols, developing an evaluation strategy, and appraising your results will be discussed.


Sunday, March 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Program ID #357, Room 323A
Valuing Experience: Assessing Constructivist Approaches to Counselor Supervision

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Erin M. Halligan 
While many approaches to counselor supervision exist, those approaches consistent with constructivist ideologies have been gaining in popularity. The Supervisor Constructivist Supervision Scale was created in an attempt to determine which factors are associated with constructivist supervision. This scale, the first of its kind, is intended to assess the extent to which supervisors conduct supervision from a constructivist perspective. Hear a brief overview of the postmodern theories that have informed constructive approaches to counselor supervision, review the first Supervisor Constructivist Supervision Scale, and learn how this scale can be utilized in your current and future work with supervisees.


Sunday, March 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Program ID #364, Room 305A-B
Risk Management and Counseling of Chinese Students and Scholars

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Siu-Man Raymond Ting 
Mental issues are on a rise among Chinese students and scholars as new records of this international population is recorded. Are we ready for these new international students? Are we prepared to meet Chinese students' mental needs once here? The presenter will discuss risk management of the mental issues of Chinese students and scholars,including depression and suicides, domestic violence and relationships. Advance your knowledge and skills in counseling Chinese students and scholars.

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

Non-member Attendee
$615

Non-member student
$505

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Preconference Learning Institutes

Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160

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