Military Issues

Military Issues


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

Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #140, Room 317A
There’s Nothing Wrong! A Culturally-Sensitive Approach To Bolster Resilience and Address Soldiers’ Resistance to Counseling

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Bryce Hagedorn 
Upon returning from down-range, service men and women are apt to experience a host of challenges. Be it reintegrating with loved ones, re-calibrating to life outside the combat zone, or struggling with such things as PTSD or self-medicating behaviors, these individuals often have difficulties reaching out for help. Given the military culture of strength, honor, and self-discipline, the idea of admitting to a problem is often foreign, which results in their avoiding treatment. Therefore, counselors must recognize and honor the unique aspects of the military culture in order to both navigate resistance and bolster resiliency. Presented by a former combat Marine, this session will offer the necessary tools to connect with service members.


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

Military Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #153, Room 313B
Up in Arms: Characteristics of Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Military and Treatment Recommendations

90-Minute Session, Advanced
SeriaShia J. Chatters, Carlos P. Zalaquett 
Current information indicates that bullying and sexual harassment and assaults significantly affect armed force members. Many of those affected may be too intimidated to report. The high incidence suspected and the high number of military personnel being reinserted into civilian life suggests that we need to be prepared to help with these issues. Knowledge of the definition, prevalence, and psychological impact of these phenomena, as well as of best treatment practices, is increasingly necessary. This session addresses these specific issues, presents best practices, and suggests how to tailor treatment to the specific worldviews of military clients and their families.


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

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #183, Room 325A-B
Creating Supportive Communities as a Means of Treatment for Military Members and Veterans

60-Minute Session
Seth C. W. Hayden, Heather C. Robertson 
Counselors providing services to military service members and veterans are often presented with a unique constellation of mental health concerns. Creating professional and peer supportive communities can assist in addressing common issues often faced by this population such as post-traumatic stress and reintegration to civilian life. Information on the prevalence of mental health concerns within our military population as well as strategies for creating supportive communities in conjunction with various effective interventions will be discussed. Handouts offering resources related to selecting effective interventions for counseling military service members and veterans will be provided.


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
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. - 3:30 p.m.

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #261, Room 325A-B
Women in Warrior Culture: Their Evolving Role and Challenges of Service

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael A. Keim 
The role of women in military service is evolving and is leading to a reevaluation of traditional warrior culture, especially in light of the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and their expanding combat training and service. This session will examine warrior culture and women’s diverse views on military culture. Challenges to women service members also will be identified, including the extent of sexual assault, substance use and abuse, eating disorders, and combat stress/PTSD. Current treatments used to assist female service members also will be presented.


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

ACEG Session
Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #302, Room 313C
Suicide in the U.S. Military Services: How Professional Counselors Can Help

60-Minute Session
David L. Fenell 
The Department of Defense has instituted programs to identify the causes of the recent increase in military suicide. Theories abound, including multiple deployments, missing the adrenaline rush of combat, not being able to adapt to a peacetime environment, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, marital and family problems, and the inability to deal with combat injuries. This session will review the literature on causes of military suicide and describe how professional counselors are uniquely qualified by their training to establish effective relationships with military clients, overcome stigma, identify suicidal ideation, and implement interventions to prevent the suicide.


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

Military Counseling Academy
Program ID #334, Room 324
Culture Shock: From Combat to College, College Counseling with Veterans

90-Minute Session
Kathleen T. Heinlen 
As veterans return from service in the military, many are choosing to attend college. This session will provide a comprehensive review of the military culture and identify areas where college counselors and academic support personnel can provide opportunities for students to successfully transition into the college culture and returning to civilian life. A review of the most common mental health issues will be provided along with efficacy-based treatment strategies, including specific techniques for overcoming barriers to seeking assistance, developing a therapeutic alliance, and assisting with issues of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma. A variety of resources will be provided.

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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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