Couples- Marriage- and Family Counseling

Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling


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

Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #116, Room 308A-B
Parent Coaching: Helping Parents and Caregivers Achieve Parenting Goals

60-Minute Session
Sara Meghan Walter, Jessica Richardson 
What is parent coaching? Parent coaches help caregivers define and achieve their parenting goals through listening, encouraging, identifying strengths, teaching skills, and providing support to bring about change. Professional counselors are optimally poised to serve as parent coaches due to their skills in nonjudgmental, empathic listening, and collaborative problem solving. Learn how you can incorporate parent coaching services in your current practice setting and how you can effectively collaborate with parent coaches.


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

IAMFC Session
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #131, Room 319A-B
Family Counseling Education in Developing and Emerging Countries

90-Minute Session
Brian Canfield, David Fenell, Brandé Flamez, Alan Hovestadt 
This session will examine key issues and challenges in developing education and training programs outside the U.S.. Presenter experience in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia will be offered, as well as strategies for collaborating with international colleagues, universities, and professional associations


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.


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

Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #241, Room 317B
Forgive Me Father, For I Have Forgotten You: Experiences of Fathers of Children With Disabilities

90-Minute Session
Joseph E. Keferl, Jeevitha Kempegowda, Gina R. Oswald, Paul J. Toriello 
Very limited literature exists exploring the experiences of fathers who have a child(ren) with a disability. This session exposes potentially faulty and damaging clinical assumptions, and provides a comprehensive review of evidence-based practices in the disability field, exploring differences in attachment styles, and variation of roles and expectations between mothers and fathers when having a child with disability. It also reinvestigates critical socio-cultural and psychological variables that may explain variation in parenting by fathers of children with disabilities. Clinical practice research supporting mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions to be beneficial for parents of children with disabilities will be provided.


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #244, Room 305A-B
Parental Alliance for Low-Income Couples and Individuals Participating in Relationship Education Workshops

30-Minute Session
Ryan G. Carlson, Andrew P. Daire 
Couples and relationship education (CRE) programs indicate positive results for low-income couples who attend. However, most studies examined relationship satisfaction or communication patterns with few addressing the influence of CRE on parental alliance and even fewer examining parental alliance for those who attend without a partner. Thus, we examined changes in parental alliance for low-income participants who attended CRE alone (n = 182) or with their partner (n = 190). Participants who attended with a partner reported significant parental alliance improvements at post-assessments, while those who attended alone did not. Practical applications and implications for future research will be discussed.


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

AHC Day of Learning
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #246, Room 326A-B
Increasing Personal Energy and Wellness

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael C. Lazarchick 
This session explores “Holistic Integrity,” the interplay of body, mind, and spirit. A short lecture and discussion will be augmented with experiential processes. Experience light exercise and stretching, explore and feel universal energy, inspirational thought, Qigong, a little yoga, mindfulness meditation, sound, and some surprises! The presenter will entertain while covering a variety of concepts that enhance the understanding of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Dress comfortably for this interactive workshop. Expect to have fun and be energized.


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

AHC Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Program ID #268, Room 326A-B
Healing from Separation: A Humanistic Approach

60-Minute Session
Ruth Ouzts Moore, Ann M. Ordway 
Separation can bring about many changes in our lives, in that we may experience a variety of emotions, including anger, guilt, anxiety, fear, betrayal, and loneliness. This experiential session will encourage you to process your emotions related to separation and embrace the opportunity for growth and change. Engage in music, dance, play and physical activities to facilitate emotional expression and empower yourself and clients.


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

IAMFC Session
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #282, Room 325A-B
Ethical Issues in Couples Counseling

60-Minute Session
Loretta Bradley, Bret Hendricks 
Ethics is the cornerstone for many aspects of counseling. Through the use of case studies, this session will focus on ethical dilemmas experienced by counselors working with families, couples, and children. The case studies will help counselors integrate codes of ethics into sound ethical practice, thereby solving ethical dilemmas. The purpose of the presentation is to help counselors not only be aware of potential ethical issues in couples counseling, but also to be aware of how to solve the issues. The focus of the session will be awareness of how to avoid ethical and legal problems.


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

Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #288, Room 306A
Disconnected: Minding Relationships in a Digital Age

60-Minute Session
Everett Painter 
The proliferation of online sites like Facebook and Twitter has led us to rethink interpersonal connection. Their reach is evident everywhere and impacts all areas of our lives. But what impact does social media attention and overuse have on the well-being of our real life relationships? While social networking has many benefits, this session will examine how its use may damage interpersonal communication and connectedness. Join in a conversation about relationship needs, how social media use may disrupt those needs, and strategies for working with effected clients. Research evidence and practical suggestions will be provided.


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

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #302, Room 313C
Suicide in the U.S. Military Services: How Professional Counselors Can Help

60-Minute Session
David L. Fenell 
The Department of Defense has instituted programs to identify the causes of the recent increase in military suicide. Theories abound, including multiple deployments, missing the adrenaline rush of combat, not being able to adapt to a peacetime environment, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, marital and family problems, and the inability to deal with combat injuries. This session will review the literature on causes of military suicide and describe how professional counselors are uniquely qualified by their training to establish effective relationships with military clients, overcome stigma, identify suicidal ideation, and implement interventions to prevent the suicide.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #323, Room 305A-B
The Influence of Relationship Education and Parenting Education on Relationship Satisfaction

30-Minute Session
Jenene Case Pease, Andrew P. Daire 
The focus of this session is the influence of relationship and parenting education on couple relationship satisfaction with a primarily low-to-moderate-income Hispanic population. The information presented is applicable to practitioners working with couples transitioning into parenthood. Implications for future research will be discussed.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Research Academy
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #324, Room 306A
Have You Texted Your Family Today? A Research Project Exploring the Impact of Technology on Families

30-Minute Session
Susan N. Perkins, Kylee Ball, Melodie Karol Galyen, Emma Orthel
Looking around, it is easy to see that we are not in “Kansas” anymore. What if Dorothy could have stayed in Oz and Skyped with Auntie Em? How would that have changed their family experiences? This session reports a research project designed to explore the impact of technology on today’s families. The presenters will report the methodology of the study and focus on findings. Families discussed the technology keeping them connected and pulling them apart, and they talked insightfully about their experiences. Recommendations for counselors to use with adolescents, parents, and families when working in schools or private-practice settings will be provided. Be prepared for an interactive, technology-filled presentation.


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. 

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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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