Group Work

Group Work


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

Group Work Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #127, Room 316C
Reality Therapy in Groups: Helping Clients Journey from “I Can’t” to “Yes, I Can” and “Yes, I Will” with Empathy and Self-Evaluation

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Robert E. Wubbolding 
Take-home techniques and advanced skills highlight this session. A group counseling role-play demonstration of research-based skills will illustrate the advanced use of the WDEP (wants, doing, self-evaluation, planning) system of reality therapy. Interventions appropriately applied to the four stages of group development will be illustrated. Culture-centered issues will be discussed along with five basic human motivators and their application to a diverse group. Learn to infuse multicultural competencies into group counseling using reality therapy. Practicality and immediate usability are among the benefits derived from the group counseling demonstration and discussion.


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.

Group Work Academy
Program ID #164, Room 317A
Psycho-Educational Services for Nicaraguan Coffee Farm Workers: Results of a Mixed-Methods Exploratory Study

90-Minute Session
Alexandra Perez, Silviana Guerra, Jessica Alvarez, Christina M. Turcoane, Becky Grace Aronson, Isabel A. Thompson 
This session will share the results of an exploratory mixed-methods study that examined the needs and experiences of Nicaraguan coffee farm workers. The presenters are a team of researchers who conducted psycho-educational interventions in rural Nicaragua, a country that has experienced civil war and natural disasters and is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Implications for multicultural and international counseling interventions, and for bilingual counseling services and training will be explored. This session is intended for professional counselors, counseling students, and professionals who work with multicultural populations or in international settings.


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

ASGW Day of Learning
Group Work Academy
Program ID #208, Room 319A-B
Demonstration of Group Activities for Each Group Stage

60-Minute Session
Rebecca A. Schumacher 
Do you ever wonder what activities may be used in groups that facilitate goals and enhance successful outcomes for children and adolescent groups? This interactive session will demonstrate field-tested activities for all stages of group work (orientation, working, and termination). Learn how to select activities that enhance your group goals, and introduce and use activities as part of the group session. Processing activities, essential to learning and successful outcomes, will be described.


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

ASGW Day of Learning
Military Counseling Academy
Group Work Academy
Program ID #231, Room 319A-B
Group Work with Military and Their Families

90-Minute Session
Janice DeLucia-Waack, Robert Conyne, Judy Sandy, Luis Tosado 
This session focuses on current issues affecting working with military and their families. Robert Conyne will serve as the moderator and the discussant for the panel. Judy Sandy will discuss her work with the Wounded Warriors project and also a program to help veterans with mental health issues using adventure therapy, equestrian therapy, camping, and so forth. Luis Tosado will discuss partnerships and collaborations with schools and community agencies that help military families adjust as they move and also with deployment issues for those who are left behind. A representative from one of the nine VA hospitals, that has just been selected to provide support and interventions for LGBT military and their families, will discuss the new interventions.


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Group Work Academy
Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #245, Room 305A-B
Creating Images in the Sand: Using Sandtray with Adolescents and Adults in the Grief Group Process

30-Minute Session
Imelda N. Bratton 
This interactive session will discuss how sandtray was used in the grief group process. Two independent grief groups were conducted, one for adolescents and the other for adults. We will discuss what similarities and differences the two groups experienced. Resources and materials relating to sandtray and grief will be provided for your reference.


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

ASGW Day of Learning
Group Work Academy
Program ID #254, Room 319A-B
Making Psychoeducational Groups Come Alive: Using Focal Conflict Theory To Engage Group Members in Process and Content

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Deborah J. Rubel 
Psychoeducational groups are perhaps the most frequently used group modality in school and agency settings. For learning to occur, however, educational content must be balanced with members’ emotional safety and stimulation. Balancing content and process is a major challenge; a neglect of group process results in a low-energy group. Focal Conflict Theory (FCT) is an effective, easy way to understand and influence group interaction. A model for conceptualizing conflict in groups, FCT helps leaders make sense of group interactions and guides leader interventions. In this Sessionnovice and experienced group counselors will learn key FCT concepts for immediate application in their current groups to increase member engagement and learning.


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

ASGW Day of Learning
Group Work Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #275, Room 319A-B
The Effects of Structured and Unstructured Groups on Graduate Students’ Development and Therapeutic Experiences

60-Minute Session
E. H. "Mike" Robinson III, W. Bryce Hagedorn 
The purpose of this session is to discuss the differential effects of personal growth groups and psychoeducational groups on graduate students’ (n = 74) empathy and group leader self-efficacy. Additionally, we compared the degree to which participants in each group valued cohesion, catharsis, and insight. There were no significant differences in empathy, group leader self-efficacy, or cohesion between the groups; however, members of the personal growth groups valued catharsis and insight more than members of the psychoeducational groups. We will discuss implications for group work educators and group leaders working with college students.


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

Group Work Academy
Program ID #329, Room 313B
Using the Forgiveness Reconciliation Inventory in Group Work and Clinical Practice

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Richard S. Balkin, Nephaterria Harris 
The Forgiveness and Reconciliation Inventory (FRI) is a validated assessment instrument that facilitates the counseling process to identify areas concerning forgiveness and reconciliation. Explore the usage of the FRI and demonstrate the administration of the instrument through group work. Experience a hands-on approach to scoring the instrument as well as interpreting and reporting the results. The session includes an experiential group counseling component and some brief lecture components related to the psychometric properties of the instrument. You will receive the FRI to take, score, and interpret.

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

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$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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