Creativity in Counseling

Creativity in Counseling


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

Waiting List Only Status Series
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #106, Room 313B
Creative Therapeutics

60-Minute Session
Marianela D. Medrano 
How to have a creative Waiting List Only practice? I invite participants to embrace creativity and to see it as the force that will help bring about the change they are seeking. Creativity allows them to voice their feelings, increase self-knowledge and restore a sense of authority in their lives. I approach creativity as the breath that renews life and brings about a transformation in the one who is experiencing physical and emotional pain. My sessions are conceived and structured to ensure consistency and continuity. I offer myself as a guide to my clients and support them with warmth and respect.


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
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Traumatology Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #133, Room 323B
Mindfulness-Based Approaches with Post-Traumatic Disorder: Lessons Learned from 9-11 and the Sandy Hook School Shooting

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Deborah Del Vecchio-Scully 
The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder is significant affecting approximately 10% of the population. Rates are likely higher in Connecticut following Hurricane Sandy, October 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, December 2012 and the Boston bombings, April 2013. These events increased levels of hypervigilance present in already stressed communities following the September 11th terrorist attacks. This session offers a mindfulness-based approach to healing trauma including evidenced-based best practices of the expressive arts continuum such as mindfulness, art therapy and trauma-sensitive yoga.


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

LGBTQ Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #156, Room 318A-B
Queering Our Body Image: Lies, Gripes, Biases, Truths, Qualms, and Actions (LGBTQA)

90-Minute Session
Martie van der Voort 
In this experiential Sessionlearn the causes and effects of negative body image, and terminology and concepts specific to the LGBTQ community, while applicable to the dominant culture. Learn and practice exercises designed to uncover and heal personal and professional issues related to body image. This will be accomplished through discussion, brainstorming, media, writing exercises, and small-group work. This session is active and engaging; the social justice perspective will empower participants to leave with a plan of action to improve body image in their clientele.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #157, Room 323B
The World Is All Around Us: Creating a Culturally Responsive Multicultural Community

90-Minute Session
Lee Mun Wah 
So often, schools and agencies want to have “culturally responsive” environments, but they’re stuck in trying to answer some very familiar questions: “How do we create an atmosphere where every member is seen and valued?” “What kinds of training do we need?” “What if I’m part of the problem?” “If I don’t even know about my own culture, how can I help someone else discover and celebrate theirs?”. These and many other questions will be the focus of this session. Through personal stories, diversity exercises, role-play, and other experiential modalities, we will begin an authentic dialogue with each other and explore and begin to value the cultural richness inherent in the gifts and contributions of our diverse agency, school, and community members.


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

AADA Day of Learning
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #159, Room 302A-B
Creative Career Counseling Interventions for Clients Across the Lifespan

90-Minute Session
Suzanne E. Degges-White, Wendy Killam, Rebecca E. Michel, Diane Dryja 
In this Sessionwe provide a lifespan approach to career counseling and offer innovative ideas and creative techniques for counselors to use to energize the work they do with clients. We will share new ideas for working with clients from across the lifespan from the transition out of high school to older adulthood.


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

Traumatology Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #175, Room 316B
Unlocking Traumatic Memory: Four Expressive Techniques That Jump-Start the Trauma Story

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Jane Webber, J. Barry Mascari 
What can counselors do when talk therapy is at an impasse for clients with trauma? This session explores the power of expressive techniques in facilitating therapeutic disclosure and telling the trauma story. The presenters will demonstrate how to help clients use picture and digital story boards, graphic timelines, trauma containers, and three-dimensional sand tray scenes to jump-start the trauma story and help to reintegrate pieces of the trauma narrative especially when traditional therapy is not working. Case examples using multisensory expressive techniques with veterans and individuals with trauma will be discussed.


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

Creativity in Counseling Academy
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Program ID #204, Room 316C
Using YouTube and GrooveShark to Explore Individuals Narratives Related to Life and Career

60-Minute Session
Mark Rehfuss, Kevin Glavin 
Narrative counselors recognize that expanding and enhancing individuals self-stories can empower them to transcend and adapt to the challenges of life and career. Most narrative interventions however are only one dimensional relying only on the written or spoken word to story. This new multidimensional approach to storying appeals to tech savvy individuals by using everyday digital media such as YouTube, GrooveShark, etc. to recognize, explore, and expand their self-narratives. During this interactive presentation, you will learn how to help individuals create, interpret, and apply their digital narratives to their lives and also learn how to reliably measure the outcomes of this narrative intervention.


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

ACC Day of Learning
Program ID #210, Room 323B
An Introduction to Relational-Cultural Theory

60-Minute Session
Heather C. Trepal 
Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) is an emerging approach to understanding human development and the ways in which we interact with one another. Developed as an outgrowth of feminist approaches, RCT is receiving increased attention in both research and clinical practice (Jordan, 2010). Unlike other traditional theories, RCT purports that connection and context, instead of individuation, are at the heart of human development. In addition, the impact of cultural context on relationships and relational strategies is also central to this approach. This session will overview RCT and provide attendees with information related to examining their own relational challenges as well as those of their clients.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #221, Room 306A
Counselor, Know Thy Self: Spiritual Timelines To Facilitate Competence When Working with Client Spiritual Concerns

60-Minute Session
Lynn Bohecker, Linwood G. Vereen 
Spiritual and religious beliefs are a part of the multicultural approach to counseling that is mandated by the American Counseling Association. You will be provided with examples of counselor spiritual timeline drawings and narratives as well as emergent categories and themes from the research. There will be an opportunity to actively explore attitudes, beliefs, and values about spirituality and/or religion. Engaging in the experiential activity portion will assist attendees in highlighting critical events, defining moments, and other experiences that have been present in their own spiritual development. Through this Sessionattendees will be moving toward knowing how to competently address client spiritual concerns.


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

Creativity in Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #240, Room 317A
Playing in the Sand: Using Sandtray To Address Emotional Reactions to Race Based Topics

90-Minute Session
Tina R. Paone, Krista M. Malott 
Emotional reactions to race-based topics can prevent us from learning and also from hearing our clients. In this experiential presentation, participants will learn how to incorporate the use of sandtray as a tactic for processing reactions to counseling topics typically perceived as “taboo” (such as racism). If left unprocessed, emotional reactions to difficult topics may truncate personal growth and create a negative atmosphere that prohibits open conversation and learning. The presenters will provide examples of using sandtray to address students’ emotional reactions to race-based topics in the classroom as well as suggest ways to apply sandtray with clients, demonstrating its use in processing sensitive topics in clinical settings.


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
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ACC Day of Learning
Program ID #256, Room 323B
Developmental Relational Counseling: Clarity, Compassion, and Connection in Practice

90-Minute Session
Thelma Duffey, Shane Haberstroh, Erin Marble, Renee Foyou 
Learn practical strategies to assist clients navigate their relationships and clarify their perceptions of themselves and others. Using interactive vignettes, the presenters will illustrate the basic tenets of Developmental Relational Counseling (DRC), a conceptual framework that integrates Relational Cultural Theory, cognitive therapy, narrative therapy, and the Enneagram Personality Typology. Based on the idea that clarity, self-compassion, and compassion for others are integral to connection and development, DRC explores power in relationships, the role of feedback, and distinctive relational styles and their interactions with one another.


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

Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #262, Room 308A-B
Integrating Music Into Therapeutic and Educational Contexts: An Alternative Approach to Exploring Sexuality and Mental Health

90-Minute Session
Emilie (Emi) Lenes, Jacqueline Swank 
Acquire knowledge about music as a therapeutic modality that can be adapted for groups, individuals, couples, supervisees, classrooms, and training environments. Musical inclinations vary immensely based on cultures. This experiential session will address the importance of the facilitator’s sensitivity to diversity (e.g. race, gender, SES status, sexual orientation, age). Participate in activities which demonstrate music techniques from a study in a sexuality counseling course, and receive a handout with music suggestions and steps for creating songs as an intervention to increase awareness and comfort level around the complex and vulnerable topic of sexuality.


Saturday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ACC Day of Learning
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #277, Room 323B
Five Creative Techniques for Teaching Key Concepts in Required Courses in Counselor Education Programs

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Stella B. Kerl-McClain, Julia Porter, Jacqueline Swank, Carol Doyle 
Have you wondered how you might add some new energy to the required courses that you’ve been teaching as a counselor educator? Five counselor educators with more than 80 years of combined experience teaching a wide variety of courses, from research to diagnosis to clinical courses, will be sharing some of their favorite techniques for teaching key concepts in the required classes they currently teach and have taught in the past. They also will help you to adapt some of these techniques for use with client populations.


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

Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #316, Room 308A-B
Within Our Reach: Using Objects, Props, and Things in Counseling Work with Diverse Clients

60-Minute Session
Joel G. Givens 
This session provides practical techniques for incorporating objects, props, and things in counseling sessions. Theoretical and research foundations for the use of objects in counseling are reviewed. This session also offers an integrated model for the use of objects in professional counseling. Possible props and objects are suggested, techniques are proposed, and case examples are discussed to apply interventions with clients in individual, school, family, and group settings. Implications for work with children, adolescents, adults with disabilities, and older adults are addressed. Professional counselors interested in creative and innovative approaches for work with diverse clients will find this valuable.


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

Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #336, Room 323A
MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument): Providing Balance to Your Evidence–Based Practice

90-Minute Session
Michele Lee Takei 
Mental health professionals often look for right-brained approaches to balance their practices and provide information that may not be available with evidence-based tools alone. MARI is a whole-brained, Jungian assessment tool that provides information that is both left and right brained and accesses all four functions of consciousness. Students will create a mandala and experience a mini-version of MARI.
 Billable as a therapeutic intervention, MARI helps access the “root” issues of the client. It is a personal growth and wellness tool that also supports evidence-based diagnostics. It reveals strengths as well as issues, is non-threatening and most importantly, addresses the areas associated with the deepest meaning and spirituality.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #337, Room 323C
Healing Traditions of Folk-Healing Practices: Synchronicity of Body, Mind, and Spirit

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Maria Egoavil, Siegna Willis 
This session will discuss how the folk-healing practices of shamanism and “espiritismo,” which are popularly used by Latino clients, may be different and complementary to the concepts and services provided by modern counselors. A key principle to be highlighted is the integration of the mind-body-spirit in these ancient therapies. A special attention will be given to three therapeutic tools: myths/storytelling, mental clarification, and body grounding. As American society becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse, counselors who are proficient about indigenous healing systems may effectively connect with Latino/na and other ethnic-cultural communities as professionals who appreciate a meaningful assistance care approach.


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

School Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #347, Room 316A
Reciprocal Writing as a Creative Technique for Solution-Focused Counseling in Secondary-level School Children

60-Minute Session
Nancy L. Davis 
Using Solution-Focused Therapy as a backdrop, this session examines the process of reciprocal writing as a technique to encourage secondary-level (10-18) school-age students how to find solutions to presenting problems. Often secondary-level school children focus more on the problem than the possible solutions. Using the educational technique for reciprocal reading, which is questioning, summarizing, clarifying, and predicting, reciprocal writing allows the counselor to question and guide in a structured format using writing as the tool. This format purposefully helps the student analyze, critique, and clarify, thus, allowing for a concrete written document that can be used and reviewed.


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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Preconference Learning Institutes

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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