Child and Adolescent Counseling

Child and Adolescent Counseling


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #117, Room 317A
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Useful Tools and Techniques for Adolescents Who Are Difficult To Treat

60-Minute Session
Jacob M. Klein 
Many adolescents struggle with symptoms related to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), including impulsivity, labile moods, and unstable interpersonal relationships. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a proven treatment for clients with BPD, and research also supports its use with adolescents who are at high risk for suicide (Miller, Rathus, & Linehan, 2007). This program will present an introduction to DBT with adolescents in various settings. Discussion will be focused on managing problem behaviors, as well as group, individual, and family interventions. Interact and practice these techniques and leave with usable ideas for clinical practice.


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #129, Room 313B
Using Play Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment: Techniques for Use with Individuals and Groups

90-Minute Session
Pamela Davis, Sarah Ramos, Victoria Barrett 
Come join us in play! This hands-on experiential session highlights specific play therapy techniques that are useful when treating eating disorders in child, adolescent, and adult clients. Techniques will be suggested for use in both individual and group counseling, and important multicultural considerations when treating Asian, Latina, and African-American clients will be explored. After a brief presentation of theory and relevant research, attendees will be given the opportunity to try out several play therapy techniques. The session will end with a discussion centered on how attendees might incorporate principles and techniques of play into their current work with clients.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ACA Counseling in Action Demonstration Series
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #148, Room 313A
Empowering Youth Victimized by Cyber-Bulling: A Solution-Focused Adlerian Counseling Model

90-Minute Session
Janet Froeschle Hicks 
Cyber-bullying is a growing concern due to enhanced use of social media and other forms of technology. Anonymity offers an opportunity for students to bully others without being seen. The consequences of such actions can be devastating for the victim and programs are needed to address this issue. This session demonstrates the use of a solution-focused Adlerian counseling model with youth who have been victims of cyber-bullying. The model infuses art, solution focused and Adlerian techniques into a session that empowers the victim. The model will be illustrated through a live role play as well as case studies and practical exercises.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #163, Room 308A-B
Promoting Personal Growth in Children Using Child-Centered Therapeutic Limit Setting

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Adam W. Carter, Phyllis B. Post 
Setting limits when working with children can prove to be intimidating to novice and seasoned mental health professionals. There exists a common concern that setting a limit with a child in session could cause harm to the therapeutic relationship. Moustakas has stated, “Without limits there could be no therapy.” This session will provide a child-centered approach to limit setting that facilitates decision-making skills and self-control and increases a child’s ability to assume responsibility for his or her behaviors all within the context of a genuine and accepting relationship.


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.


Friday, March 28
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ACAC Session
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #178, Room 323B
ACAC Presents: Sensory Processing Disorder - Identifying and Serving Clients and Their Families

60-Minute Session
Simone Lambert, Emily Goodman-Scott 
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder often misdiagnosed and untreated, with a 5% occurrence rate. The presenters will describe SPD including clinical diagnosis and screening tools. Case examples from across the lifespan will be provided to illustrate differential diagnoses and treatment options, as well as collaboration with allied professionals.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #216, Room 308A-B
The Influence of Race, Gender, Age, and Geographic Location on Children’s Fears

60-Minute Session
Joy J. Burnham, Jamie D. Mills 
Youth are subjected to devastating events such as the Boston Marathon bombings and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in the U.S. Youth may experience these events indirectly by media coverage or directly by actual exposure. To understand the anxieties faced by the youth and to consider appropriate interventions, it is imperative to examine children’s fears. This study is unique in that it is the first to compare the fears of a large and diverse sample of children and adolescents (n= 1,760)in Grades 2-12 across age, gender, racial identity, and geographic location (i.e. city, suburban, town, rural).


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Research Academy
Program ID #222, Room 305A-B
The Relationship Between Types of Bullying/Victimization and Internalization/Externalization Problems for Bullies and Victims

30-Minute Session
Rebecca Newgent 
Bullying in elementary schools is a widespread problem with potentially serious consequences. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between types of bullying and victimization and internalization and externalization problems from the perspective of both the bully and the victim. Assessments were completed on 22 fourth-grade elementary school students. Results of bivariate correlations and multiple regression revealed that verbal bullying was related to internalizing behaviors for the bully and that relational victimization was related to externalizing behaviors for the victim of bullying. Implications for counselors and other professionals charged with helping bullies and victims of bullies are presented.


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

ACAC Session
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #227, Room 316C
ACAC Presents: Examining the Role of the Relationship in Child-Centered Play Therapy: Is It Really the Curative Factor?

90-Minute Session
Dee C. Ray, Hayley L. Stulmaker 
In child-centered play therapy (CCPT), the therapeutic relationship is hypothesized to be the curative factor but it’s questionable whether the relationship is sufficient for change. In the context of research conducted specifically with children presenting with anxiety symptoms, presenters discovered enlightening information regarding the involvement of the therapeutic relationship as an agent of change in CCPT. The presenters will share the results of intervention outcome research conducted in local elementary schools and the implications for the process of change in play therapy. Learn methods and ways to further develop relationships with children in counseling, as well as strengthen the practice and training of play therapy.


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

ACA Author Session
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
School Counseling Academy
Program ID #249, Room 316A
Youth at Risk

90-Minute Session
David Capuzzi, Mark D. Stauffer, Laura Haddock, Colleen Logan 
This session will focus on the material in the sixth edition of Youth at Risk and will provide an overview of approaches to prevention and intervention from individual, family, school, and community perspectives. Topics covered will include at-risk population identification, causal factors of problematic behaviors, and promotion of resiliency in youth. This session is appropriate for professionals who work in any setting with children and adolescents who are at risk for engaging in dangerous behavior.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #264, Room 317B
What’s Mentionable Is Manageable: Explaining Death to a Child and Promoting Peer-to-Peer Groups

90-Minute Session
Emilio Parga, Kimberly Smerkers 
Death, grief, and loss can be the most stressful events that children and adolescents encounter. They may experience psychiatric problems and social dysfunction during their childhood and possibly throughout their adult life. One support intervention is the use of intentional peer grouping. Discover the types of peer grouping and the influence of multicultural influences on the grief and loss perspectives, and develop a plan to establish grief and loss peer support groups in any professional setting.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

IAAOC Session
Addictions Academy
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #308, Room 319A-B
Parents' Perceptions of Adolescent Substance Use Compared to Reported Adolescent Substance Use: Prevention Implications

60-Minute Session
Simone Lambert 
Do parents know what and when kids are using? Find out how savvy parents are regarding adolescent substance use. Prevention strategies (e.g., parent education) and clinical approaches (e.g., family counseling) will be discussed for both school and clinical mental health counselors to prevent adolescent substance abuse.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

School Counseling Academy
Program ID #309, Room 318A-B
Perspectives of Elementary-Aged Students on a STEM-Based Program: A Qualitative Study

60-Minute Session
Robert L. Smith, Erika L. Schmit, Wannigar Ratanavivan, Adriana Dyurich 
This session discusses perspectives of young children related to STEM subject areas specifically math and science. A qualitative study was conducted to gain a better understanding of young childrens' interest, knowledge, achievement thinking, and achievement behaviors in math and science. The session utilizes Xtranormal, cartoon videos demonstrating conversations about math and science between two characters. This session is beneficial for professional counselors, counselor educators, and teachers working directly with young children.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #326, Room 316A
A Qualitative Study of Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma-Focused CBT with African-American Children

90-Minute Session
Denise Rosario 
This session relates to a qualitative case study consisting of six African-American children and their respective African-American female parents. The study was conducted to explore the phenomena surrounding the experiences of African-American children, ages 7 to 11, and their parents when the children are sexually abused and seek Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to address sexual abuse-related post-traumatic stress (PTS). The information related to these topics will help guide care providers in developing appropriate interventions when using TF-CBT to minimize the short- and long-term effects of PTS, maximize treatment outcomes for African-American children, and help support the parents of the victimized children.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #328, Room 314
Helping African American Students Attending Private Schools Develop a Blueprint for Securing Social and Cultural Capital

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Norma Day-Vines, Rachel Noble Benner, Elaine Song 
A small but growing number of urban African American students matriculate at elite private schools because these schools provide a rigorous education that enhances prospects for future success. Yet attendance at an exclusive school can be fraught with numerous social and emotional challenges. This multimedia session will describe the findings of a qualitative study that examined the perceptions of rising high school students from an urban school district preparing to attend independent high schools. Implications for developing counseling interventions that promote social and cultural capital will be discussed. A secondary focus will address strategies for incorporating master’s level students on faculty research teams.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #349, Room 314
Playing with Food: The Implications of Play Therapy in Fighting Childhood Obesity

60-Minute Session
Kenisha W. Gordon, Latrina R. Raddler, Erin Wheeler 
With the increase of childhood obesity, it is important for counselors to understand ways to incorporate education of healthy eating and understanding nutrition when working with children and adolescents. Understanding the prevention and treatment of mental health aspects of obesity can be beneficial for counselors working with children and adolescents. Using aspects of play therapy (primarily child-centered and filial play therapy) and systems therapy, therapists can teach clients how to make healthy decisions, as well as identify the systemic influences in their health choices. 


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

ACAC Session
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #352, Room 319A-B
ACAC Presents: Innovative Strategies in Counseling Adolescents

60-Minute Session
Gail K. Roaten, Kathy Ybaenz-Llorente 
This session will provide recent research on adolescent brain development and innovative strategies that focus on meeting the needs of teen clients. Numerous innovative research and theory-based strategies will be presented. The presenters will briefly role-play or provide video of a few of the strategies. You will be given a chance to practice at least one technique during the session. PowerPoint will be used, and handouts and resources will be provided.

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

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$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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