Multicultural and International Issues

Multicultural and International Issues

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

NCDA Day of Learning
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #111, Room 324
Career Development Concerns for Women: A Primer for Counselors

60-Minute Session
Lauren Pa2squarella Daley 
Women earn more than half of the country’s college degrees but are lagging behind their male counterparts in the workplace, facing issues such as sexism, the leadership gap, and the pay gap on the job. How do these issues influence women’s career decision-making processes and how do we as counselors help our women clients work through them in career counseling? Learn about research and trends related to women in the workplace, discuss how these career concerns may present in career counseling sessions for clients, and practice interventions based on Pryor & Bright’s (2005) Chaos Theory of Careers that address these career concerns for our women (and men) clients.


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

School Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #115, Room 325A-B
Press 1 for English, Press 2 To Learn About School Counselors as Advocates for English Language Learners

60-Minute Session
Diana L. Wildermuth 
This session is designed to provide an overview of the theoretical principles and practical knowledge that are essential for school counselors to understand the development and education of the English language learner and the counselor’s role in advocacy. Topics covered include the language acquisition process, relevant cultural factors, assessment, and professionalism. Legal and ethical responsibilities also will be addressed. Extensive resources to assist in your role as advocate will be provided.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #139, Room 308A-B
Advancement of Counseling in the Czech Republic: Integrating the Wellness Model in Counselor Training

90-Minute Session
Charles Jacob, Marinna Mil Marotta 
This session expounds on literature examining counseling in the Czech Republic. The contrast between non-Western/wellness approaches in the Czech Republic and the endorsed model in the U.S. is explored, with a focus on integration of the wellness model despite potential barriers related to existing social norms.


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
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #142, Room 306B
Women with Disabilities on the Horizon: Trends, Topics, and Themes in Counseling and Related Research, Practice, and Education

90-Minute Session
Jacquelyn Dalton 
Women with disabilities, their advocates, their supports, and professionals who contribute to research, education, training, service, and mentoring of women with disabilities will collaboratively provide a dynamic, interactive overview of the current body of knowledge addressing issues faced by women with disabilities. The audience will share experiences of women with disabilities as they share the good, the bad and the ugly. Experts will address research and experiential findings. Advocates and educators will address conceptual solutions to the identified issues facing women with disabilities. Have the opportunity, at every turn, to challenge your own perspectives of the experiences of women with disabilities.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #157, Room 323B
The World Is All Around Us: Creating a Culturally Responsive Multicultural Community

90-Minute Session
Lee Mun Wah 
So often, schools and agencies want to have “culturally responsive” environments, but they’re stuck in trying to answer some very familiar questions: “How do we create an atmosphere where every member is seen and valued?” “What kinds of training do we need?” “What if I’m part of the problem?” “If I don’t even know about my own culture, how can I help someone else discover and celebrate theirs?”. These and many other questions will be the focus of this session. Through personal stories, diversity exercises, role-play, and other experiential modalities, we will begin an authentic dialogue with each other and explore and begin to value the cultural richness inherent in the gifts and contributions of our diverse agency, school, and community members.


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

School Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #165, Room 317B
The Role of the High School Counselor: Overcoming Barriers and Finding Success for First-Generation and Minority Students

90-Minute Session
Jeanne H. Stec, Joel Lemus-Leon 
Experience an increased awareness of the hidden barriers of poverty, first-generation status, language, documentation and immigration status, and family expectations and responsibilities that impact high school students. The session will combine anecdotal experiences of the presenters and of their students with the relevant research. Strategies will be offered to address the challenges and provide positive strategies and interventions to guide students toward high school success and admission to higher education. Time will be provided for audience questions and sharing. Reúnase con nosotros para esta presentación.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #170, Room 313C
The Other Side: Addressing the Needs of Counseling Students of Color in Multicultural Training

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Courtland Lee, Jessica D. McKechnie 
This session will examine the unique perceptions, needs, and concerns of counselors of color when they enter cross-cultural counseling relationships. Implications for multicultural training and practice for counselors of color will be presented.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #185, Room 317A
Counseling in Botswana: Current Research and Practice from Professional Counselors in the Field

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Angela D. Coker Hildah Mokgolodi 
This comprehensive and interactive program highlights the expertise and knowledge of several international counselors and counselor educators who have extensive experience providing counseling services in community and school counseling settings in the country of Botswana. This program will provide specialized knowledge and descriptive information regarding the current nature and challenges facing school and community counselors in southern Africa. It also will highlight the ways in which international collaboration may serve to promote global linkages, multicultural awareness, and social justice advocacy between Western and African communities. Target audiences include counselors, school counselors, and other mental health professionals.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #186, Room 317B
Spiritual Strength: The Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Muslim Clients

60-Minute Session
Daniel M. Linnenberg, Ahmet Tanhan 
The Muslim population is increasing in the U.S., yet this is a population that has been marginalized due to the acts of a very few radical members. The population tends to avoid being assertive in seeking counseling due to overt and unintentional discrimination. Thus it is the counseling profession responsibility to extent its knowledge base and understanding about the issues and concerns of the Muslim community, including the religious and spiritual tenets of Islam. This session provides that knowledge base and also provides information on the therapeutic approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that we have found to be congruent and effective with the tenets of Islam.


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

AMCD Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #188, Room 305A-B
Leadership and Mentoring Opportunities in AMCD: Dialogues with AMCD Vice Presidents

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Aretha Faye Marbley, Kimberly N. Frazier, Lisa Greyshield 
This is a special session designed to encourage participants to explore the mentoring opportunities and the elected, appointed, and voluntary opportunities for and benefits of assuming leadership roles in the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). These roles include local, regional, and national positions. Critical to this session will be the message that everyone willing to serve can be a leader and AMCD is willing to mentor, empower, and grow its own leadership from within its membership.


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

ALGBTIC Day of Learning
LGBTQ Academy
Program ID #212, Room 302A-B
The Cultural Divide: A Panel Discussion Addressing LGBT Issues in Counseling

60-Minute Session
Joel Marc Filmore, Richmond D. Wynn 
The concept of intersectionality provides a framework for understanding the complexities of managing overlapping, socially marginal identities. This panel discussion will focus on addressing issues related to multicultural counseling specifically with individuals for the LGBTQ population. This interactive session features a dialogue between panelists and the audience on intersectionality and emphasizes cultural aspects juxtaposed with gender, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities. This dialogue is framed by culture-centered counseling theory and will provide participants with opportunities to enhance their culture-centered conceptualization and intervention skills.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #221, Room 306A
Counselor, Know Thy Self: Spiritual Timelines To Facilitate Competence When Working with Client Spiritual Concerns

60-Minute Session
Lynn Bohecker, Linwood G. Vereen 
Spiritual and religious beliefs are a part of the multicultural approach to counseling that is mandated by the American Counseling Association. You will be provided with examples of counselor spiritual timeline drawings and narratives as well as emergent categories and themes from the research. There will be an opportunity to actively explore attitudes, beliefs, and values about spirituality and/or religion. Engaging in the experiential activity portion will assist attendees in highlighting critical events, defining moments, and other experiences that have been present in their own spiritual development. Through this Sessionattendees will be moving toward knowing how to competently address client spiritual concerns.


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

Presidential Featured Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #228, Room 314
Let's Have a Real Discussion About Race and Racism: Your Life, Your Work, and Your Soul

90-Minute Session
Fred Bemak, Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Lee Mun Wah 
Why can’t we have a “real” and honest dialogue about race and racism? Why do we shy away from these difficult race dialogues? Yet, as counselors we need to be culturally competent to be professionally effective with a dramatically increasing ethnic/racial clientele. Through guided questions we examine some of the fears and stereotypes that prevent us from having a “real” conversation. We will explore what people of color can’t and don’t say and what Whites are afraid to ask, effectively, respectfully, and compassionately hearing the answers to these questions and developing effective ways in engaging in honest dialogues that will impact our hearts, minds, and souls on both personal and professional levels.


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

CSJ Day of Learning
Program ID #236, Room 323A
Social Justice and Psychological Issues in Hawaii: Deep Culture, Decolonization, and the Voyage to Recovery

90-Minute Session
Judy A. Daniels, Michael J. D'Andrea 
As you enjoy the beauty of Hawaii, take time to understand issues facing Hawaiians and the significance of deep culture in counseling practice. There are cultural codes that exist in the collective subconscious of all societies that define what is right or wrong, just or unjust, and inform psychological meaning making. These unspoken codes become driving forces in all societies. This session examines two streams of deep culture and their implications for promoting healthy development for all clients. The presenters discuss the historical context of the social justice movement in Hawaii, the significance of deep culture, and a Hawaiian immersion counseling program that promotes wellness for people with chronic mental health problems.


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

Creativity in Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #240, Room 317A
Playing in the Sand: Using Sandtray To Address Emotional Reactions to Race Based Topics

90-Minute Session
Tina R. Paone, Krista M. Malott 
Emotional reactions to race-based topics can prevent us from learning and also from hearing our clients. In this experiential presentation, participants will learn how to incorporate the use of sandtray as a tactic for processing reactions to counseling topics typically perceived as “taboo” (such as racism). If left unprocessed, emotional reactions to difficult topics may truncate personal growth and create a negative atmosphere that prohibits open conversation and learning. The presenters will provide examples of using sandtray to address students’ emotional reactions to race-based topics in the classroom as well as suggest ways to apply sandtray with clients, demonstrating its use in processing sensitive topics in clinical settings.


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

AMCD Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #252, Room 313B
AMCD Multicultural Competencies: The Next Iteration

90-Minute Session
Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman, Patricia Arredondo, Kimberly Frazier, Sharon Bowles, Michael Brooks 
Since 1972, the AMCD Multicultural Competencies have been instrumental in changing the practice of counseling and psychology. The AMCD strategic planning committee has identified this session to review and explore the next iteration of the Multicultural Competencies. All are invited to attend and contribute to the dialogue through structured small-group exercises to determine modifications, additions, and improvements needed to meet societal changes in becoming culturally competent practitioners.


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

ALGBTIC Day of Learning
LGBTQ Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #258, Room 302A-B
The Intersectionality of Gender and Affectional Orientation in Counseling

90-Minute Session
Hugh C. Crethar, Heather Trepal, Tonya R. Hammer 
This session will focus on research and theory relevant to counseling that encourages empowerment and development of affectional orientation and gender minorities. Information will be presented regarding counseling, empowerment, and advocacy, with foci at the individual, family, systemic, associational, and societal levels. The session is a collaboration with leadership of the movement to create a division in ACA focused on women’s issues and reflects the presidential theme for ALGBTIC this year.


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

ACA Author Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #270, Room 316A
Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

60-Minute Session
Patricia Arredondo 
The presentation will provide detailed information about the Latina/o population in the U.S., and offer culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families. You will learn the clinical expertise needed to practice ethically, and with cultural sensitivity, with Latino clients. Case examples in different settings will be presented, and topics discussed will include the influence of the family; cultural values; identity and acculturation; education; employment; and theories of loss and change specific to Latina/o immigrants.


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

CSJ Day of Learning
Program ID #280, Room 323A
Synthesizing Counseling, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice: Next Steps in Training, Research, and Practice

60-Minute Session
Fred Bemak, Rita Chi-Ying Chung 
Although there have been significant advancements related to social justice and multicultural counseling, there has been little work done that clearly defines the synthesis between both. This session will provide an in-depth exploration of the fit between multicultural counseling and social justice counseling as they apply to training, research, and practice; and the next steps in moving these two key components forward will be discussed.


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

Traumatology Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #285, Room 317B
Assessing the Needs of and Responding to Mexican Counselors Working with a Disaster-Affected Community

60-Minute Session
Laura Shannonhouse 
Tragedies occur everywhere. The 2009 ABC Daycare fire in Hermosillo, Mexico resulted in 49 infant and toddler deaths with an additional 60 seriously injured, traumatizing the whole community. Addressing the needs of such grieving populations can be challenging for counselors, resulting in secondary traumatic stress and burnout. This session will share the story of the Hermosillo community and the mental health responders. The needs of the responders regarding compassion fatigue were assessed and addressed. An explanation of this interdisciplinary collaboration (counseling, cultural anthropology, and psychology) is hoped to provide new perspective on how to help the helpers.


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

Presidential Featured Session
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #307, Room 316B
The Internationalization of Professional Counseling: Some Suggestions for Counselors

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Daya Singh Sandhu, Carol L. Bobby, Sachin Jain 
The major focus of this session is to create professional consciousness about the global issues that impact the field of counseling. The problems related to migration, poverty, wars, violence, and rapid technological changes are posing some new and very serious issues for professional counselors. The newly emerging economic, political, educational, social,and cultural realities also demand mental health professionals to promote social justice and advocacy initiatives world wide. This session will discuss several different strategies to facilitate the internationalization of counseling to make it responsive to the changing world.


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

Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #318, Room 317B
Peace-Keeping Circles: Students’ Perspective on Its Value as a Training Method for Counselors Working with Trauma Clients

60-Minute Session
Mun Yuk Chin, Sharday L. Love, Constance Sheehan 
This session offers a unique approach to the supervision and training of counselors working with multicultural issues and diverse populations. The student members of Northwestern University’s Mental Health Human Rights Clinic worked with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma. Peace-keeping circles were used to foster a sense of connectedness among students, facilitate a non-judgmental stance, and enable them to better examine their assumptions and biases. This session will highlight the students’ perspective on the use of circles as part of their personal development and training experience.


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

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #321, Room 306A
Tarasoff: 40 Years Later. Ethical Dilemmas of Diversity

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Barbara B. Shortridge 
This session will discuss cultural implications in evaluating threats of harm; look at family systems implications that might assist counselors interrupt threatening scenarios; increase one's awareness of stalking behaviors; and review current trends in our duties to warn and to protect.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #328, Room 314
Helping African American Students Attending Private Schools Develop a Blueprint for Securing Social and Cultural Capital

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Norma Day-Vines, Rachel Noble Benner, Elaine Song 
A small but growing number of urban African American students matriculate at elite private schools because these schools provide a rigorous education that enhances prospects for future success. Yet attendance at an exclusive school can be fraught with numerous social and emotional challenges. This multimedia session will describe the findings of a qualitative study that examined the perceptions of rising high school students from an urban school district preparing to attend independent high schools. Implications for developing counseling interventions that promote social and cultural capital will be discussed. A secondary focus will address strategies for incorporating master’s level students on faculty research teams.


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

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Creativity in Counseling Academy
Program ID #337, Room 323C
Healing Traditions of Folk-Healing Practices: Synchronicity of Body, Mind, and Spirit

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Maria Egoavil, Siegna Willis 
This session will discuss how the folk-healing practices of shamanism and “espiritismo,” which are popularly used by Latino clients, may be different and complementary to the concepts and services provided by modern counselors. A key principle to be highlighted is the integration of the mind-body-spirit in these ancient therapies. A special attention will be given to three therapeutic tools: myths/storytelling, mental clarification, and body grounding. As American society becomes more culturally and ethnically diverse, counselors who are proficient about indigenous healing systems may effectively connect with Latino/na and other ethnic-cultural communities as professionals who appreciate a meaningful assistance care approach.


Sunday, March 30
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #345, Room 306A
Arab-American Perspectives on Counseling: Experiences from School and Community Settings in a Non-Enclave Community

30-Minute Session
Tahani Dari, Shadin Atiyeh 
This research study was completed to understand the counseling needs and preferences of Arab Americans in a non-enclave community, highlighting techniques helpful to a school counselor and a community counselor working with Middle Eastern minority populations.


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.

Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #359, Room 325A-B
Reflective Conversations on Multicultural Competence Through Cultural Immersion and Service Learning Involvement

60-Minute Session
Rose Helen Merrell-James, Marcy J. Douglass 
The session provides research findings on issues of multicultural competency including a focus on global competency and social justice of graduate students following a cultural immersion experience. Data collected for the research includes the use of reflective journal entries, focus group discussions, and results from pre-and-post multicultural assessments. The research provides pre-service counselors with an opportunity for active learning by applying multicultural theory to practice along with challenging issues of social justice in the counseling field. 
The session also extends the research on multicultural competency and service-learning to enhance the practice of faculty, researchers, and counselors in the field.


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

Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #360, Room 308A-B
Buddhist Contemplative Practices to Address Value Conflicts in Counseling and Supervision: Welcoming Distress

60-Minute Session
Kurt L. Kraus, Devika Dibya Choudhuri 
Join this didactic and experiential session to explore how Buddhist doctrine and practice can complement practitioners’ awareness of their own values and expectations as they work with clients whose beliefs and values potentially collide. Learn how clinical and supervisory impasse is reduced, the risk of imposing one belief system upon another is lessened, and the ethical mandates of the therapeutic relationship are upheld. Together we will deepen and extend current, professional discourse on how counselors may embrace diversity by integrating Buddhist contemplative practice into their counseling and supervision. Learning new ways to “welcome” the most difficult moments in our clinical work is our primary goal.

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$505

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

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Day: $170
Evening: $125

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Day: $125
Evening: $100

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Day: $230
Evening: $185

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Day: $185
Evening: $160

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