Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment


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
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
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
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.

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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #263, Room 317A
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): How 5-15 Minutes Can Change a Person’s Life

90-Minute Session
Mallori DeSalle, Jon Agley 
Are you screening every client for substance use? Do you know the difference between “risky use” and dependence? In this Sessionyou will learn how to integrate screening and brief interventions into your existing work. You will learn how to identify individuals with high-risk behavior, versus people with a dependence diagnosis. In this time, you also will learn how the 5-to-15-minute conversation you have with the client during the screening process can change his or her life for the better. This session will help you increase your standard of care for each client, increase your client’s potential for improvement, and increase your return on your money in the health-care system.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #315, Room 325A-B
Treating the Psycho-Social Needs of Cancer Patients: Trends and Opportunities for Mental Health Counselors

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Mary Jones, Judy Green 
The detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer cause significant distress not only among cancer patients themselves, but also among their caretakers, family members, and friends. Those involved often express issues of depression, anxiety, physical symptoms such as sleep disorders, emotional reactions to treatment, and, for many, financial worries. Even when cancer treatment is successful, many patients and their significant others live in fear of its recurrence. This session will review the pertinent history of psycho-social treatment and examine new guidelines of best practices in treating these cases. Intervention strategies will be discussed.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #339, Room 308A-B
Preventing Suicide: Answering the Surgeon General’s Call Through Competency-Based Counseling, Supervision, and Education

90-Minute Session
Jenny Cureton, Elysia Clemens 
This session is grounded in the goals of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and informed by the Clinical Skills Core Competencies Curriculum Task Force, from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology. Learn about the seven domains of 24 core competencies for suicide work, and gauge their competency levels using interactive polling technology. The results of two research studies on competency development will be presented. Strategies for improving counselor competence in suicide work will be shared. This session is applicable to counselors and supervisors who work in schools, clinical mental health settings, and counselor preparation programs.

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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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