Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence-Based Practices


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Group Work Academy
Program ID #146, Room 305A-B
Impact of a School-Based, DBT-Infused Group Intervention on Student and Parent Reported Behavioral Distress

30-Minute Session
Mary Alice Fernandez, Wannigar Ratanavivan 
This study explored the impact of a four-week skills group intervention based on the principles of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with a sample of adolescents attending a disciplinary alternative education program. The session provides a session-by-session overview of activities adapted from DBT-specified training modules of mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. The results of a pre- and post-test comparison revealed reductions in student and parent reported indicators of behavioral distress when compared to a control sample of students not receiving the intervention. Implications and challenges of conducting efficacy studies of clinical interventions in schools will be 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.


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

Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #217, Room 317A
Enlisting Faith-Based Organizations To Assist in Suicide Prevention Among Veterans and Military Service Members
60-Minute Session, Advanced
Angie Waliski, Paula Keeling Whittle
Suicide prevention and meeting the mental health needs of veterans and their families have become a priority for many government agencies. A common theme is to focus on building individual and family resilience. Resiliency is of particular significance for members of the Guard, for those in the Reserves, and for veterans who are frequently embedded within communities that have limited availability to supportive services. The faith-based community has emerged as a critical stakeholder for those experiencing distress by providing local support and referrals and by addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of these returning soldiers. This session will describe the Partners in Care program, which used faith-based organizations to implement community support.


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

Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #219, Room 306B
VISTAS: ACA's Unique Database of Counseling Resources

60-Minute Session
Garry R. Walz, Jeanne C. Bleuer, David Hof, Joshua C. Watson, Lisa Jackson-Cherry 
VISTAS, a key component of ACA's online Knowledge Center, contains more than 800 full-text articles and provides practical information and resources on the full range of counseling topics. See how you can both learn from, and contribute to, this unique peer-reviewed online publication.


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.

ALGBTIC Day of Learning
LGBTQ Academy
Program ID #235, Room 302A-B
Utilizing ALGBTIC's Competencies for Counseling with LGBQQIA Individuals for Ethical and Integrative Practice

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Pete Finnerty, Amanda Brace 
The ALGBTIC Competencies for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Ally Individuals has now been actively utilized by practitioners and educators for over a year. Based in research and substantive theory this document can assist counselors in providing the most effective and integrative services to LGBQQIA persons. Gain an understanding of how to ethically and systematically create an integrative and creative practice, with LGBQQIA clients, through contact with some of the authors of the original document. Examples and possibilities for ethical and advanced practice will be demonstrated and actively discussed.


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

School Counseling Academy
Program ID #238, Room 325A-B
Student Success Skills: Third-Year Results of an IES-Funded, Randomized Control Trial

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Linda Webb, Greg Brigman, Elizabeth Villares, Karen Harrington 
The results of the first three years of an IES-funded, randomized control trial of Student Success Skills (SSS), a school counseling intervention known to increase student achievement, will be presented. Data from more than 5,000 fifth graders in two Florida districts are included. Proximal outcomes are reported including the extent to which SSS impacts cognitive and behavioral engagement, meta-cognitive strategy use, test anxiety, academic self-efficacy, self-efficacy, and social competence as well as the extent to which SSS improves classroom climate. Distal outcomes are reported for test scores, grades, and student attendance. Details about instrumentation will also be reported. This session is a follow-up to an ACA 2013 poster session.


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

Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Program ID #242, Room 306B
The Hope-Centered Model of Career Development and Interventions: A New Approach to Effective Career Counseling

90-Minute Session
Spencer G. Niles, ZiYoung Kang, Hyoyeon In, Nai-Fen Su 
The newly constructed Hope-Centered Model of Career Development (HCMCD) helps you serve your clients to effectively manage their careers in the 21st century. The presenters will introduce the HCMCD and demonstrate how to use the model in conjunction with its primary assessment tool, the Hope-Centered Career Inventory (HCCI), and its advanced intervention toolkit, the Hope-Centered Career Intervention Toolkit (HCCIT). The hope-centered approach contains the following elements: hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting/planning, implementing, and adapting. The case studies will help you to use HCMCD, HCCI, and HCCIT to empower clients from diverse backgrounds and facilitate their career development.


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.

Program ID #250, Room 316C
Effective Strategies To Promote Cognitive Health in Older Adults: CBT, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, and Neurofeedback

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Carlos P. Zalaquett, SeriaShia J. Chatters, Thomas F. Collura 
As our population ages, it is becoming increasingly important for clinicians to understand and be proficient in techniques to help older adults from all backgrounds maintain a healthy life and treat mental disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs), and neurofeedback are empirically based therapeutic approaches that have been found to be effective in keeping a health mind and treating a variety of disorders in older adults. However, considerations must be taken when treating older adults from minority backgrounds. In this Sessionthe integration of enhanced CBT techniques, TLCs, and neurofeedback will be discussed when working with older adults from diverse backgrounds.


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

Program ID #251, Room 314
Innovations in Clinical Care for Suicidal Clients: From Provider Capacity to a Systems Framework

90-Minute Session
Laurie Davidson 
Faced with a suicidal client, even the most competent counselors can question their judgment and practice. This session will address the preparation needed by mental health professionals and organizations to assess, manage, and treat suicidal clients. The presenters will describe the competencies needed to provide effective care to suicidal clients and the training programs that teach these competencies. Reflect on your own preparation for working with suicidal clients. Individual and systems-level interventions will be discussed, including clinical interventions listed on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practices Registry and a “Zero Suicide in Behavioral Health Care” model.


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.


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.


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

Program ID #273, Room 313B
Sight, Sound, and Sanity: Mental Health Counseling with People Who Are Losing Vision and Hearing

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Christine Reid 
As the “Baby Boomer” generation ages, the number of people dealing with declining vision and hearing increases greatly, with a corresponding increase in the risk of depression. Through this Sessionmental health counselors will increase their understanding of the experience of dual sensory loss, and they’ll update the use of resources and techniques for helping clients improve their quality of life despite vision and hearing losses. This session will include interactive simulation activities as well as the review of relevant research and discussion of essential resources.


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

School Counseling Academy
Program ID #313, Room 323A
CSCORE’s Annual Review of Research: Identifying Best Practices for Counseling in Schools

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Karen M. Harrington 
The Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation provides an in-depth review of cutting-edge outcome research that practicing counselors can use right now to improve their work in schools. This session is designed to meet the needs of school counselors committed to using evidence-based approaches to enhancing the personal/social, career development, and academic achievement needs of their students.


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

School Counseling Academy
Program ID #317, Room 317A
Cultivating School Counselor Leadership Capacity

60-Minute Session
Anita A. Young, Laura Owen 
This session highlights the results of a national school counselor leadership study. Using characteristics identified from the survey, school counselor leadership behaviors and practices are shared that promote positive systemic student outcomes for all students and support college readiness. A cohort model to cultivate and increase school counselor leadership capacity will be presented. 


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
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Research Academy
Program ID #344, Room 305A-B
Empirical Evidence for Child-Centered Play Therapy: Findings and Recommendations from a Meta-Analysis

30-Minute Session
Yung-Wei Lin 
According to a survey of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy membership, child-centered play therapy (CCPT) was the most frequently used approach among counselors who use play therapy and adhere to a specific theoretical approach (Lambert et al., 2005). In spite of its long history of research, CCPT has received criticisms on lack of research evidence due to the small sample sizes used in most of the empirical studies. This meta-analysis will provide rigorous research evidence for CCPT. The recommendations generated from the research findings also will be discussed. Researchers and CCPT practitioners are highly encouraged to participate.


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

Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #354, Room 323B
Integrating Neurocognitive Findings in Counseling Practice with Adolescents and Young Adults

60-Minute Session
Gina Frieden 
This session will focus on updates in the field of neuroscience, attachment and cognitive plasticity and acquaint participants with developmentally relevant counseling strategies for use with adolescents and young adults. Three specific interventions will be discussed with a goal of enhancing affective and social competence and developmental capacity. These areas known to relate to cognitive plasticity and executive functioning processes include achieving goals, increasing emotion regulation and decreasing experiential avoidance.


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

Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #355, Room 324
Practicing While We Preach: Integrating a Community Counseling Clinic into a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Catherine Tucker 
Practicum and internship are the core training opportunities in counseling programs. Research shows that live supervision during these experiences best meets the developmental needs of students. To incorporate live supervision into counselor education programs, faculty may create a university-based clinic. This session provides a practical guide for counselor educators to build a basic counseling curriculum encompassing an in-house clinic serving the community and providing students with the best supervision possible. We will cover nuts-and-bolts details in regard to how to create, implement, and market such a clinic and how faculty members implement this successful model. Evaluation data from various stakeholders will be presented.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #356, Room 302A-B
Engaging At-Risk Students: A Comprehensive Mentoring Program for Minority Students

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Maricruz Ramos, Mildred Holmes 
Intrusive advising, mentoring, and holistic counseling have proven to be very effective in engaging, supporting, and retaining at-risk students. Presenters will describe a mentoring and advising program called Projects Success, which was designed to increase the retention and graduation rate of minority students at a community college. The presentation will address evidence-based career development interventions and multicultural counseling competence programs for first-generation Latino and African-American college students.


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

Research Academy
Program ID #358, Room 323C
10 Steps That Counselor Educators Can Take To Promote Research About African-American Clients

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Melanie Varney, Rachel Henesy, Nadine Isaac, Kaifang Zheng, Jillian Vella 
Using a systematic literature review, the researchers mapped publications in counseling journals on African-American client issues over the past 20 years. Criteria for inclusion included articles that were published during or after 1992, were peer reviewed, were conducted in the U.S., and focused exclusively on African-American client populations. A total of 1,021 articles, both conceptual and empirical, were identified. Reported are preliminary presentations of trends over the past two decades. Of significance, few articles were published in ACA journals. Based upon the preliminary findings, the researchers recommend 10 steps that counselor educators can take to promote research on African-American client issues.

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