Human Development Across the Lifespan

Human Development Across the Lifespan


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

AADA Day of Learning
Program ID #135, Room 302A-B
Changes in Leisure Activity Involvement in Widowed Older Adults: Revitalizing Lives through Volunteering

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Marcela Kepicova
Widowed older adults are emotionally and socially affected by spousal loss and, as a result, their daily leisure activity pattern might be disrupted. Widowed older adults are more likely experience depression and life dissatisfaction. This session will address issues related to specific change in leisure activities, gender differences of older adults struggling with loss, life satisfaction, and suggests ways to revitalize their lives.


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

NCDA Day of Learning
Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Program ID #158, Room 324
A Map for Navigating Uncertainty in Life and Work

90-Minute Session
Carol A. Vecchio, Heather Zeng 
The 21st-century world of work is a confusing, overwhelming place. The old rules of how we live our lives and navigate the chaos have not as yet been rewritten. Learn a unique and practical “map” of how to traverse this confusion. By examining the natural internal process of self-discovery and using available energy, a person finds meaning and insight into his or her transitions. This is then translated externally to make life and career decisions and take appropriate actions. This universal, cross-cultural model of change is based on a 2011 VISTAS published article evaluated as exemplary by the raters and the book The Time Between Dreams. Be introduced to the “map” that will shake your world and help you be even more effective in your work with clients.


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

AADA Day of Learning
Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #180, Room 302A-B
The World of Women: Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Carolyn A. Greer, Gina B. Polychronopoulos 
This session will focus on the growing challenges that women face as they negotiate the multitude of roles and responsibilities awaiting them throughout life. Because women live longer and are expected to be nurturing, these roles are often numerous, extensive, and demanding. Erikson's theory of psychosocial development will be used to examine how the previously envisioned roles and issues of adulthood compare to what may actually be occurring in the lives of women of today and tomorrow. In addition, the session may consider factors such as spirituality, sexuality, self-image, and self-care for women as they progress throughout life.


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

Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #239, Room 308A-B
Old, Poor, Sick, and Alone: Meeting the Complex Mental Health Needs of the Marginalized Elders Among Us

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Kathryn Z. Douthit, Karen L. Mackie, Thomas Christensen 
The rapidly expanding number of diverse older adults in the U.S. includes some of the most impoverished and marginalized individuals in our midst. Many of these elders will desperately need mental health services that are tailored to the special needs of this growing population. This session presents a model that details the predominant sources of threat to gerontological mental health among marginalized individuals and will give special attention to the literature in the burgeoning field of psychoneuroimmunology and mind-body connection. A parallel comprehensive intervention model will also be presented.


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.

Wellness Academy
Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #265, Room 306B
Understanding and Improving Self-Esteem for Yourself and Your Clients

90-Minute Session
Stacey Chadwick Brown 
Having a positive self-esteem is the foundation of a healthy personality. Everyone knows that! This concept is discussed often in counseling settings in schools, in private practice, and in recovery settings, among others. However, not everyone understands how self-esteem got damaged in the first place, how to identify the source of the problem, and how to change it. 
It is likely that this session will open your eyes to your own self-esteem and will assist you on your personal journey to wellness. Professionally, counselors of all types will learn specific strategies for building strong relationships with their clients, helping their clients to construct (or renovate) their self-esteem and reach their goals.


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

Human Development Across the Lifespan Academy
Program ID #306, Room 313B
The Use of Personal Narratives in Gerontological Counseling: A Narrative Therapy Approach

60-Minute Session
Don Redmond, Tara Overzat 
Narrative Therapy, a postmodern approach to counseling, maintains a focus on subjective truth and whereby the counselor facilitates the "re-authoring" of stories by the client. This session will focus on narrative techniques that are particularly useful when working with elder and disabled populations in that mainstream society often promotes values and images that can discourage populations that are not part of the youth and/or mainstream society. By utilizing personal narratives, counselors can provide a framework and environment that counteracts a client’s subjective dis-empowering story to uncover one that is about positive traits such as perseverance. This session will provide multimedia examples of techniques and case examples.


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
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.

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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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