Graduate Student Issues

Graduate Student Issues


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Program ID #105, Room 314
What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need To Know About Conducting and Publishing Research

60-Minute Session
Bradley T. Erford 
Lots of questions, but few answers? Getting started in research and publishing in counseling can be both puzzling and intimidating, but helpful advice and trade secrets do exist that can substantially increase the chances that your research and other scholarly writings will get published in journals, electronic sources, and book publications. Early career publications are especially valuable if you are thinking about pursuing a doctorate, wanting to make a strong impression in interviews, or on the road to tenure and promotion. So whether or not you are full of great ideas about research studies and writing projects, come find the answers you are looking for to help navigate your journey to produce and publish counseling research and scholarship!


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Program ID #123, Room 315
Becoming a Professional Counselor

90-Minute Session
Gerald Corey, Jamie Bludworth 
The presenters will address a range of topics related to the challenges of becoming a professional counselor, such as creating a meaningful professional life, being aware of and managing your personal values, common concerns of beginning counselors, managing personal and professional boundaries, and the importance of self-care. There will be opportunities to raise questions of the presenters.


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

AMHCA Day of Learning
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #137, Room 323C
Challenges of Early Career Supervisors: Integration of Supervisory Skills for Counselors-in-Training in Graduate Education

90-Minute Session
Rachel Levy-Bell 
The roles, functions, and necessity of effective supervision for clinical mental health counselors-in-training have been researched for more than 30 years. One of the most researched developmental models of supervision is the Integrated Developmental Model (IDM). While this model has been widely accepted in the clinical realm by experienced supervisors, minimal attention has been given to the challenges that novice supervisors experience implementing this model. The goal of this session is to focus on how graduate programs can best prepare counselors-in-training to engage as early career supervisors through the introduction of techniques and assessment tools to enhance their understanding and utilization of the IDM approach in their clinical practice.


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Program ID #202, Room 313C
What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need To Know About Developing a Professional Identity

60-Minute Session
Samuel T. Gladding 
Identity is more than a nice amenity. It largely determines people’s lives, especially their professional life. It connects them to a world of other like-minded professionals, clinical and research literature, and opportunities for growth not otherwise available. The opposite of identity is confusion and frustration in trying to live a chameleon existence and be all things to all people. This session will explore the importance of developing a professional identity as a counselor including what it means and what it does to make such a choice. Claiming a professional counselor identity gives individuals direction, focus, and purpose that is distinguishing and enriching. It sets them apart and brings them together to live more fully, participate more deeply, and find more meaning in helping and caring for those who need assistance.


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

ACES Day of Learning
Program ID #211, Room 324
Who Am I, and Who Am I Becoming? Strength-Based Identity Discernment for Graduate Students and New Professionals

60-Minute Session
Jennifer M. Cook, Pamela C. Wells, Nedeljko Golubovic 
The process of “becoming” can be a daunting experience. Master’s students, doctoral students, and new professionals all struggle to understand who they are as they learn more about themselves, take on new roles, and define their professional identities. Who are you at your core? What strengths have served you? What makes you resilient? Which qualities remain steadfast while your professional identity and roles shift? These are hard questions to answer, and in this interactive Sessionyou will gain strength and resilience-based skills to help you remember who you are more often, and to know you are still “there” even when the process is difficult.


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Program ID #274, Room 316B
What Graduate Students and New Professionals Need To Know About the New 2014 ACA Code of Ethics

60-Minute Session
Mary Hermann 
Be the first graduate student in your program or new professional in your town to hear about the significant changes in the new 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. A highlight will be a review of the first-ever statements about using social media in counseling. The presenter was a member of the ACA Ethics Revision Task Force and provided ethics-related expert testimony in the seminal court case of Ward v. Wilbanks.


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

ACES Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Program ID #278, Room 324
Focusing on Wellness: A Strengths-Based Perspective for Graduate Students

60-Minute Session
Pamela C. Wells, Jennifer M. Cook, Nedeljko Golubovic 
Wellness is a facet of our profession that we strive to embrace. But what does it mean to be truly “well”? Is physical wellness the only area that you are attending to? Or is it the only area you are not attending to? How can we even think about wellness in the midst of a graduate program? Come explore the many dimensions of wellness and how to use your strengths to enhance your personal and professional wellness. This interactive panel discussion will help you honor your wellness path and encourage you to continue your wellness journey.


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

ACCA Day of Learning
Program ID #281, Room 323C
Breaking in and Rising up in College Counseling

60-Minute Session
Monica Zozone Osburn 
The field of college counseling is changing. New trends of prevention and multidisciplinary approaches are growing. Come see how to land your perfect job as a college counselor or administrator. National data will be presented on the makeup of college counseling centers as well as what hiring officials are looking for.


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Program ID #304, Room 316C
Everything Graduate Students and New Professionals Need To Know About the DSM-5

60-Minute Session
Shannon Karl 
This session covers all the “need to know” information for newly minted counselors (and those about to be) to understand and utilize the DSM-5. The presenter was a member of the ACA DSM-5 Task Force and has conducted many presentations on this topic. She will provide you with the necessary tools to successfully implement the DSM-5 across all types of professional settings. Make sure not to miss this practical, informative, and interactive presentation geared toward graduate students and new professionals.


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

Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #312, Room 302A-B
Supervision in a Diverse World: Training for Supervisors in a Skills-Based and Personal Growth Model

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Susan Lahey, Donald Harvey 
It has long been recognized that a counselor brings more to the therapeutic experience than merely training and skills. He also brings “the self,” which includes many unique personal qualities. Some of what a therapist brings is helpful. But far too often, there are characteristics that do not further the therapeutic process and might even impede it. Therefore, it is imperative that a supervisor training program for supervisors in training utilize a model that embraces both counselor skills and personal growth.


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

For Graduate Students and New Professionals Only Series
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Program ID #348, Room 316C
A Resume Gets You in the Door, but the Interview Gets You the Job

60-Minute Session
Rebecca Daniel-Burke 
Attend this master session by the director of the ACA Career Center on how to interview for that primo counseling job. Learn about pre-interview screening calls and how to prepare for both individual and panel interviews. Hear helpful hints on how to present yourself in the best light. Learn what to say and what not to say. You can have an excellent resume and cover letter that might get you in the door, but it is the interview that gets you the job offer! Learn the top 20 questions asked at a counseling job interview. More importantly, learn the answers to those questions.

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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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