Research

Research


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
School Counseling Academy
Research Academy
Program ID #122, Room 305A-B
Factors in the Selection of Science Courses by Girls in Senior Secondary Schools in Benue State and Counselling Implications

30-Minute Session
Enechojo G. Egbe-Okpenge 
It seems that before now, no studies have investigated the factors in the selection of science courses by girls in senior secondary schools in Benue state. A lot of factors could be involved in the selection of science courses by girls. But how far does academic performance, parents’ or siblings’ occupation, the sex of science teachers, the site of the school, the type of school, and the like affect their selection? The study is poised to address this problem by investigating the factors. IThe implications for counseling were also will be discussed.


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Research Academy
Traumatology Academy
Program ID #167, Room 306B
The Influence of Caregiver Intimate Partner Violence on Treatment Attrition for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

30-Minute Session
Leigh DeLorenzi 
This session presents research findings on the relationships between caregiver intimate partner violence, child posttraumatic stress, child cognitive self-development, and treatment attrition among child sexual abuse victims. The present research study results show that children with parents who confirmed past or current intimate partner violence were 2.5 times more likely to prematurely terminate from treatment. Recommendations for child advocacy centers and implications for further research are noted.


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

Program ID #174, Room 313B
Counselling Theorists: The Next Generation from an International Perspective

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Lorna M. Martin, Amanda Hawkins 
Have you ever wondered what the next generation of counselling and psychotherapy theories will look like? Who will be the next "great theorists" in our profession? This session provides international perspectives on past and present theorists, the impact of the global village and technology on evolving counseling theories, and the role of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence on emerging theories. The presenters offer perspectives from their countries in addition to other parts of the world beyond the U.S. in their discussion.


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

CSI Session
Research Academy
Program ID #184, Room 308A-B
Professional Advocacy Through Research and Program Evaluation

60-Minute Session
Casey A. Barrio Minton 
The very thought of utilizing or conducting research creates a sense of fear and disconnection for many counseling professionals. During this interactive Sessionwe will explore ways in which research and program evaluation are essential for engaging in professional advocacy and ensuring effective practice with clients. Take part in activities designed to address barriers, myths, and fears that stand in the way of practice-based research. The presenter will discuss practical strategies for bringing research and program evaluation into everyday counseling activities. Leave this session with a renewed understanding regarding the importance of research and program evaluation and a resource guide for getting started.


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

Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Program ID #216, Room 308A-B
The Influence of Race, Gender, Age, and Geographic Location on Children’s Fears

60-Minute Session
Joy J. Burnham, Jamie D. Mills 
Youth are subjected to devastating events such as the Boston Marathon bombings and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in the U.S. Youth may experience these events indirectly by media coverage or directly by actual exposure. To understand the anxieties faced by the youth and to consider appropriate interventions, it is imperative to examine children’s fears. This study is unique in that it is the first to compare the fears of a large and diverse sample of children and adolescents (n= 1,760)in Grades 2-12 across age, gender, racial identity, and geographic location (i.e. city, suburban, town, rural).


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Child & Adolescent Counseling Academy
Research Academy
Program ID #222, Room 305A-B
The Relationship Between Types of Bullying/Victimization and Internalization/Externalization Problems for Bullies and Victims

30-Minute Session
Rebecca Newgent 
Bullying in elementary schools is a widespread problem with potentially serious consequences. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between types of bullying and victimization and internalization and externalization problems from the perspective of both the bully and the victim. Assessments were completed on 22 fourth-grade elementary school students. Results of bivariate correlations and multiple regression revealed that verbal bullying was related to internalizing behaviors for the bully and that relational victimization was related to externalizing behaviors for the victim of bullying. Implications for counselors and other professionals charged with helping bullies and victims of bullies are presented.


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

School Counseling Academy
Research Academy
Program ID #287, Room 305A-B
Making Meaning of Sibling Abuse: A Phenomenological Study of School Counselors’ Shared Attitudes and Beliefs

60-Minute Session
Diane Stutey, Jennifer Murdock, Elysia Clemens 
Nearly one half of all children experience a form of sibling abuse, ranging from mild to extreme forms of abuse, during childhood (Wiehe, 1997). Sibling abuse is often hidden or excused as sibling rivalry, yet it can have lasting long-term psychological effects. In this Sessionkey findings from our recent phenomenological study on sibling abuse will be shared. These findings can help counselors advance their understanding of sibling abuse and develop advocacy and prevention strategies to use in their work with clients, specifically with children and families.


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

Program ID #314, Room 323C
Counseling Emerging Adult Clients: The Role of Attachment Relationships in Promoting Well-Being and Positive Development

60-Minute Session
Joel A. Lane, Christina M. Schnyders 
This session will explore the implications regarding the theory of emerging adulthood, the developmental stage experienced by individuals between the ages of 18 and 29, for counseling practice. The presenters will highlight the growing body of research suggesting that attachment relationships significantly impact well-being and developmental trajectories during emerging adulthood. Findings will be presented from multiple research studies conducted by the presenters. Implications discussed will include best practices for counselors working in high school, college, and mental health settings. The presenters will use an interactive presentation format, focusing on case examples and facilitating audience member discussion of key points.


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

LGBTQ Academy
Research Academy
Program ID #320, Room 305A-B
Believing It Gets Better: The Impact of a Group Counseling Intervention on LGBTQ Adolescents’ Hope, Coping, and Suicidality

60-Minute Session
Catherine Griffith, Eric Price 
The needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth carry important implications for counselors. There is no lack of research substantiating the need for increased support for this population, but the offerings are astoundingly sparse when it comes to what counselors can do about it. This session highlights the outcomes of an eight-week group counseling intervention designed to impact LGBTQ adolescents’ levels of hope, coping skills, and suicidality. The urgency and rationale for this and similar interventions will be reviewed along with the results of the study. You will receive a copy of the intervention curriculum, and implications for counselor training and practice will be discussed.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Research Academy
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Program ID #324, Room 306A
Have You Texted Your Family Today? A Research Project Exploring the Impact of Technology on Families

30-Minute Session
Susan N. Perkins, Kylee Ball, Melodie Karol Galyen, Emma Orthel
Looking around, it is easy to see that we are not in “Kansas” anymore. What if Dorothy could have stayed in Oz and Skyped with Auntie Em? How would that have changed their family experiences? This session reports a research project designed to explore the impact of technology on today’s families. The presenters will report the methodology of the study and focus on findings. Families discussed the technology keeping them connected and pulling them apart, and they talked insightfully about their experiences. Recommendations for counselors to use with adolescents, parents, and families when working in schools or private-practice settings will be provided. Be prepared for an interactive, technology-filled presentation.


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

ACA Client-Focused Research Series
Research Academy
Program ID #344, Room 305A-B
Empirical Evidence for Child-Centered Play Therapy: Findings and Recommendations from a Meta-Analysis

30-Minute Session
Yung-Wei Lin 
According to a survey of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy membership, child-centered play therapy (CCPT) was the most frequently used approach among counselors who use play therapy and adhere to a specific theoretical approach (Lambert et al., 2005). In spite of its long history of research, CCPT has received criticisms on lack of research evidence due to the small sample sizes used in most of the empirical studies. This meta-analysis will provide rigorous research evidence for CCPT. The recommendations generated from the research findings also will be discussed. Researchers and CCPT practitioners are highly encouraged to participate.


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

Program ID #357, Room 323A
Valuing Experience: Assessing Constructivist Approaches to Counselor Supervision

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Erin M. Halligan 
While many approaches to counselor supervision exist, those approaches consistent with constructivist ideologies have been gaining in popularity. The Supervisor Constructivist Supervision Scale was created in an attempt to determine which factors are associated with constructivist supervision. This scale, the first of its kind, is intended to assess the extent to which supervisors conduct supervision from a constructivist perspective. Hear a brief overview of the postmodern theories that have informed constructive approaches to counselor supervision, review the first Supervisor Constructivist Supervision Scale, and learn how this scale can be utilized in your current and future work with supervisees.


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

Research Academy
Program ID #358, Room 323C
10 Steps That Counselor Educators Can Take To Promote Research About African-American Clients

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Melanie Varney, Rachel Henesy, Nadine Isaac, Kaifang Zheng, Jillian Vella 
Using a systematic literature review, the researchers mapped publications in counseling journals on African-American client issues over the past 20 years. Criteria for inclusion included articles that were published during or after 1992, were peer reviewed, were conducted in the U.S., and focused exclusively on African-American client populations. A total of 1,021 articles, both conceptual and empirical, were identified. Reported are preliminary presentations of trends over the past two decades. Of significance, few articles were published in ACA journals. Based upon the preliminary findings, the researchers recommend 10 steps that counselor educators can take to promote research on African-American client issues.

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