Clinical Mental Health

Clinical Mental Health


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #101, Room 315
What You Need To Know About the DSM-5: Structure, Significant Changes, and Clinical Implications

60-Minute Session
Gina B. Polychronopoulos 
After years of debates, discussions, and controversy in the mental health profession about what changes would be made to the DSM-5, the new manual has finally been revealed. This session is geared toward mental health counseling professionals, including supervisors, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training. The session will include a comprehensive overview of the structure and organization of the manual, group discussions about significant changes, clinical implications, and considerations of its impact on the counseling profession.


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

AARC Session
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #107, Room 316B
Affect Coding Within the Therapeutic Relationship

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Paul R. Peluso, Ashley Luedke, Patricia Diaz, Andrew Baker, Amanda Rafkin, Ashley Koerick 
The success of counseling depends on the nature of the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and a client, specifically the emotional influence of the therapist and the client on each other within the therapeutic relationship. Using coded videos of actual therapy sessions, we aim to evaluate the quality of the relationship between therapists and clients with a predictability that has not yet been seen in the literature. We present findings from an ongoing research project that looks at positive, negative, and neutral affect for clients who return to counseling and those who drop out. It is allowing researchers to understand the dynamics of the relationship and to begin to determine how specific interventions may produce changes in clients.


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

AADA Day of Learning
Addictions Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #112, Room 302A-B
Mental Health of Adults Who Are Inmates: Counseling Interventions

60-Minute Session
Robert A. Dobmeier, Michael D. Morde 
Counselors working in mental health and chemical dependency clinics, halfway houses, community colleges, and school settings will have requests for counseling services for prison inmates re-entering the community and their significant others, including children. Learn to recognize mental health problems often experienced by inmates in prison and jail settings that may exacerbate upon re-entry to the community. Learn about moral reconation therapy and a day reporting center model and apply them in case studies.


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

AMHCA Day of Learning
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #114, Room 323C
Critical Incidents in the Supervision of Novice Counselors: Effective Strategies for Supervisors and Supervisees

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Ruthann Smith Anderson 
Critical incidents have the potential to make significant contributions to the professional development of beginning counselors in mental health counseling settings. This session will focus on typical “critical incidents” encountered by beginning counselors and will identify strategies for supervisors to effectively intervene and promote growth. Recommendations will be provided to supervisors regarding feedback that is timely and appropriate, normalizing the experiences of beginning counselors, and the use of observation in supervision.


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.

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #125, Room 313C
Solution-Focused Counseling for Depression

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Clayton V. Martin, Jeffrey Guterman 
Solution-Focused counseling is a comprehensive model that emphasizes clients' strengths, resources, and effective coping skills to bring about positive change. If these resources—called exceptions—are identified and amplified, then problem resolution can be brought about in an effective and efficient manner. This advanced session offers an opportunity to learn solution-focused principles and techniques for depression. Case examples illustrate using solution-focused counseling with a variety of clients dealing with depression. The program includes exercises aimed at helping attendees learn the material.


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ACA Author Session
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #126, Room 316A
DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors

90-Minute Session
Stephanie F. Dailey, Carman Gill, Shannon Karl 
This Sessionbased on the authors’ new book, will assist attendees in understanding the concepts and terminology in the DSM-5 and explain how this diagnostic tool translates to the clinical situations encountered most frequently by counselors. Attendees will gain an increased level of awareness, knowledge, and skill in diagnosing clients using the DSM-5; have a chance to ask specific questions; and discover how the Learning Companion can be helpful in all types of clinical and educational settings.


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Group Work Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #127, Room 316C
Reality Therapy in Groups: Helping Clients Journey from “I Can’t” to “Yes, I Can” and “Yes, I Will” with Empathy and Self-Evaluation

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Robert E. Wubbolding 
Take-home techniques and advanced skills highlight this session. A group counseling role-play demonstration of research-based skills will illustrate the advanced use of the WDEP (wants, doing, self-evaluation, planning) system of reality therapy. Interventions appropriately applied to the four stages of group development will be illustrated. Culture-centered issues will be discussed along with five basic human motivators and their application to a diverse group. Learn to infuse multicultural competencies into group counseling using reality therapy. Practicality and immediate usability are among the benefits derived from the group counseling demonstration and discussion.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #144, Room 305A-B
Expectations and Experiences Associated with Bariatric Surgery: Implications for Counselors

30-Minute Session
Patricia Goodspeed-Grant 
Emotional eating often remains problematic after bariatric surgical procedures, particularly during stressful life circumstances. This qualitative research project explored the expectations and post-surgical emotional experiences of bariatric patients who had undergone lap band or gastric bypass surgery. Many found ways to circumvent the physical restrictions of the bariatric procedure when they encountered stressful life experiences. Counselors in bariatric settings have a role in helping clients understand and resolve deep-seated emotional eating, as well as helping clients to work through changes in their lives resulting from dramatic weight loss. Implications and suggestions for counseling and psychotherapy are discussed.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #149, Room 313C
Evidence-Based Relationships and the Initial Clinical Interview

90-Minute Session, Advanced
John Sommers-Flanagan, Rita Sommers-Flanagan 
All counselors are called to integrate evidence-based principles into their counseling practice. Additionally, all counselors use the clinical or intake interview as an entry point for most mental health and professional helping interventions. In this workshop we define and describe the concept of evidence-based relationships and then show how counselors can integrate evidence-based relationship factors into their initial clinical or intake interviews. Using short video clips, demonstrations, and participant interaction, the presenters will offer concrete examples of specific and multiculturally sensitive counselor behaviors that are likely to quickly establish and strengthen the therapeutic alliance in initial counseling sessions.


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

ACA Author Session
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #150, Room 316A
Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling

90-Minute Session
Jeffrey T. Guterman 
Based on the updated and expanded book Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, this presentation describes a highly effective model that helps clients build on their existing resources, strengths, and problem-solving skills. If these resources—called exceptions—are identified and amplified, then problem resolution can be brought about in an effective and efficient manner. The presenter will describe the theory and stages of solution-focused counseling, and provide practical examples to illustrate this innovative approach.


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

Military Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #153, Room 313B
Up in Arms: Characteristics of Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Military and Treatment Recommendations

90-Minute Session, Advanced
SeriaShia J. Chatters, Carlos P. Zalaquett 
Current information indicates that bullying and sexual harassment and assaults significantly affect armed force members. Many of those affected may be too intimidated to report. The high incidence suspected and the high number of military personnel being reinserted into civilian life suggests that we need to be prepared to help with these issues. Knowledge of the definition, prevalence, and psychological impact of these phenomena, as well as of best treatment practices, is increasingly necessary. This session addresses these specific issues, presents best practices, and suggests how to tailor treatment to the specific worldviews of military clients and their families.


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

AMHCA Day of Learning
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #161, Room 323C
Using the AMHCA 2011 Standards to Put “Health” Back into Clinical Mental Health Counseling

90-Minute Session
Stephen A. Giunta 
The Affordable Care Act will require that clinical mental health counselors become more involved with primary-care physicians and specialists in medicine and behavioral health. Together with these physicians and specialists, we will become members of an integrated medicine system in which patients’ wellness is promoted. This session will incorporate AMHCA 2011 Standards in a discussion of how we can address the myriad of mental health issues that stem from patients’ medical needs, including a personal wellness program for their long-term health and quality of life¾putting “Health” back into “Clinical Mental Health Counseling.”


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #162, Room 325A-B
Top 10 Intimate Relationship Research Findings That Every Counselor Should Know

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Sara Polanchek, Sidney Shaw 
Healthy and fulfilling relationships are integral to success and happiness in life, yet remain elusive to many. Americans report less satisfaction in their relationships now than they did 25 years ago. As counselors who understand the symbiotic nature of relationships and mental health, it is critical that we stay in touch with the changes in culture that are partly responsible for this decline. This session is designed for counseling professionals who work with any client in a relationship. Yes, that means everyone! Learn what recent research is telling us about our culture that impacts relationships, and how to support clients as they navigate the ever changing nature of intimate relationships.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #169, Room 315
Humor, Health, and the Healing Process: The Positive Impact of Humor in Counseling

60-Minute Session
Samuel T. Gladding 
Humor in counseling can be helpful and promote growth within clients regardless of their age or stage in life. Yet, humor must be handled carefully if it is going to be positive and make a lasting and empowering contribution. This session will examine the uses of humor in multiple counseling contexts and how it can change perspectives and perceptions when the counselor uses it properly. The theory, research, and practice of using humor in counseling will be covered along with ways of using humor with different clients over the lifespan.


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

AMHCA Day of Learning
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #182, Room 323C
A Clinical Mental Health Counseling Paradigm: Implications for Counselor Education, Research, and Practice

60-Minute Session
Mark S. Gerig 
A clinical mental health paradigm (Gerig, 2014) is presented that integrates levels of client’s wellness operating within his or her unique ecological context. Implications for professional identity, practice, research, and counselor education are discussed.


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

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #183, Room 325A-B
Creating Supportive Communities as a Means of Treatment for Military Members and Veterans

60-Minute Session
Seth C. W. Hayden, Heather C. Robertson 
Counselors providing services to military service members and veterans are often presented with a unique constellation of mental health concerns. Creating professional and peer supportive communities can assist in addressing common issues often faced by this population such as post-traumatic stress and reintegration to civilian life. Information on the prevalence of mental health concerns within our military population as well as strategies for creating supportive communities in conjunction with various effective interventions will be discussed. Handouts offering resources related to selecting effective interventions for counseling military service members and veterans will be provided.


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

ACA Author Session
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #203, Room 316A
Core Competencies for Effectively Counseling Men

60-Minute Session
Marcheta P. Evans, Thelma Duffey, S. Kent Butler, Shane Haberstroh, Michael Brooks 
Most counselors receive little to no training on how to assess and treat men. This Sessionbased on the book A Counselor’s Guide to Working With Men, will present evidence-based techniques that address the help-seeking process for men, assess the role of masculine socialization on presenting concerns and the counseling process, and help attendees understand strategies for effective counseling. Participants will learn how to integrate a culturally informed, gender aware perspective into counseling; be exposed to strategies that engage men in the counseling process; understand ideas to integrate masculinity into case conceptualizations; and gain awareness about how their own gender role orientation can influence counseling with male clients.


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
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #232, Room 318A-B
Motivational Interviewing: Practical Techniques That Work in the Change Process

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Mercedes ter Maat 
Do you work with resistant adults and/or school-age students? Looking for an approach that effectively minimizes resistance and guides clients to positive behavior change? More than 120 research studies showed Motivational Interviewing (MI) to effectively reduce health-care costs and increase treatment compliance, positive outcomes, and client satisfaction. How? By using specific techniques in assisting clients to reduce ambivalence and increase commitment to change. This session illustrates how MI techniques can be applied in the practice of school and mental health counseling. MI techniques (e.g., decisional balance, readiness-to-change ruler) are demonstrated using role-plays and videotaped vignettes. Handouts and practice exercises will be distributed.


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

ACC Day of Learning
Program ID #233, Room 323B
Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Counseling and Everyday Life

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Jeffrey A. Kottler 
If there is one theme that responds most universally to the diversity of our clients, and yet provides a unifying framework for what we do in sessions, it is the influential power of storytelling. In one sense, we are all professional storytellers, whether the anecdotes are offered in the form of self-disclosures, metaphors, parables, case examples, or even fables, fairy tales, or jokes. We attempt to influence and persuade people through the power of stories, as well as “hold” the stories of those we help. This session reviews the ways that stories are an integral part of counseling and how we can be far more effective, skilled, and creative in the ways we approach our efforts to maximize our impact.


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

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #261, Room 325A-B
Women in Warrior Culture: Their Evolving Role and Challenges of Service

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael A. Keim 
The role of women in military service is evolving and is leading to a reevaluation of traditional warrior culture, especially in light of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and their expanding combat training and service. This session will examine warrior culture and women’s diverse views on military culture. Challenges to women service members also will be identified, including the extent of sexual assault, substance use and abuse, eating disorders, and combat stress/PTSD. Current treatments used to assist female service members also will be presented.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #271, Room 316C
Enhancing the Therapeutic Alliance with Youth Clients

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Clayton V. Martin, Jeffrey T. Guterman 
Many youth clients have negative treatment experiences, including recidivism, referrals to multiple clinicians and agencies, and being mandated into treatment. Given these treatment issues, it is common for youth clients to exhibit resistance in counseling. Research on common change factors suggests that resistance with youth clients can be overcome by enhancing the therapeutic alliance. In this Sessionprinciples and techniques aimed at reducing resistance and enhancing the therapeutic alliance to facilitate positive change with youth clients are identified and reviewed. Case examples illustrate the application of resistance-reducing techniques. Instructional exercises are designed to help attendees learn the material.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #325, Room 313C
DSM-5: All You Need to Know

90-Minute Session
Paul R. Peluso 
The former chair of the ACA DSM-5 Task Force will provide information related to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) that is useful to practitioners, students, and educators. This session will provide information on how to report specific disorders based on clinical presentation, as well as how to use specifiers to tailor and focus diagnoses and treatment. Case studies will be used to illustrate some of the different diagnoses and reporting requirements.


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

Wellness Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #327, Room 316C
Counseling and Neuroscience: Research Evidence Supporting the Use of Neuroscience in Counseling

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael D'Andrea, Judy A. Daniels 
Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and relevant fields of study for counselors interested in incorporating a more holistic and integrated approach in their professional practices. This session describes the findings of numerous neuroscience researchers that are relevant for the work counselors do in the field. We will begin by presenting a clear definition of neuroscience and proceed to discuss research findings that illuminate the relevance of neuroscience and brain functioning for the work counselors do.

A live role-play will be used to demonstrate how these research findings can be used in a counseling session. Time will be available for comments and questions, and handouts will be provided.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Addictions Academy
Program ID #330, Room 316B
Women Married to Sex Addicts: Help for a Severely Traumatized and Under-served Treatment Population

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Barbara Steffens, Richard Blankenship 
“What did she do that led him to repeatedly cheat on her?” “She must have known!” are common statements heard in response to the wife or partner of someone we’ve come to understand as sexually addicted. This partner is commonly blamed, ridiculed, or even ignored following the sudden discovery of a hidden sexual life of the person she loves. She commonly experiences abuse in her home. This session will highlight the specific and complex treatment needs of partners, discuss a Multidimensional Trauma Model Approach for treatment, and provide treatment strategies proven to help in trauma resolution.


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

Traumatology Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #333, Room 323B
The Neuroscience of Traumatic Stress: Why Talk Therapy Is Insufficient

90-Minute Session
Carol M. Smith, Julie Uhernik 
This session explains basic physiology of the triune brain, the fight/flight/freeze response, and other neurophysiological effects of acute trauma and chronic stress. Learn about the “second brain” in the gut, the cascading effects of cortisol and stress hormones, how the thinking brain “shuts down” during trauma, and how counselors can transcend talk therapy with clients who struggle to talk through or about their experiences. We describe a range of accessible, creative, experiential interventions to process and disarm distressing memories and emotions. The session explains how these approaches facilitate resilience, and overall well-being for clients, and for counselor inoculation against vicarious trauma.


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

IAAOC Session
Addictions Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #363, Room 306B
The State of Process Addictions in Counseling: A Panel Discussion

60-Minute Session
Leigh F. Holman, Judy Nelson, Mary K. Crozier, Stephanie Carroll, Pennie Johnson 
This session presents a panel discussion of mixed-methods research conducted by the IAAOC Process Addictions Committee on the current levels of reported self-efficacy for screening, diagnosing, and treating process addictions among professional counselors, counseling students, and counselor educators surveyed. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your own concerns regarding training and resource deficits in this area of practice. Ethical issues of competency and client welfare, as well as diversity issues will be addressed. Gain access to resources developed by committee members for further education and training as well as screening and referral resources for process addictions.

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New Professional / student / retiree
$345

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$615

Non-member student
$505

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

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Day: $170
Evening: $125

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Day: $125
Evening: $100

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Day: $230
Evening: $185

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Day: $185
Evening: $160

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