Spirituality and Religion

Spirituality and Religion


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

Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #109, Room 318A-B
Getting Serious About Spirituality: Preparing Tomorrow's Counselor for Post-Conventional Faith
60-Minute Session

Zvi J. Bellin 
Today's clients join yoga organizations and goddess cults, embrace secular spirituality, and worship spirits of nature. Religion and spirituality can no longer be captured by a single label. In order to properly prepare counseling students and supervisees for the reality of the religious and spiritual terrain of the U.S., counselor educators and supervisors need to understand the dynamic and complex world of today's religious and spiritual affiliations in the U.S. Learn about post-conventional religious and spiritual paths. Understand why there is so much dynamicity in the area of faith and learn how to teach new counselors to explore their own biases and comfort with post-conventional faith.


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

ASERVIC Session
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #155, Room 319A-B
Spirituality as Part of Cultural Competence: Ethical Issues Related to Integrating Spiritual and/or Religion in Counseling

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Stephanie F. Dailey, Harriet L. Glosoff, Leila Roach 
Recognizing that spirituality and/or religion plays a central role in the development and well-being of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, we will examine the intersection of the ASERVIC Competencies, ACA’s Multicultural and Advocacy Competencies, and the ACA Code of Ethics. The presenters will share common ethical challenges that counselors face when issues of spirituality may relate to clients’ presenting problems and/or resolution to those problems, including the ethical obligation to accurately assess clients’ beliefs, practices, and resources. Through the use of case studies, you will gain experience in effective ways to integrate spirituality and/or religion in the counseling process.


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.


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

AHC Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #201, Room 326A-B
Yoga and Tai Chi Self-Care for Counselors: Mood Enhancement, Connection and Listening

60-Minute Session
Nina Ida Marie Spadaro, Rives Whittle Thornton, Emily D. Kirchner 
This session offers an opportunity to practice Tai Chi and Yoga exercises for wellness and self-care, as a way to improve being with clients, and for use with clients in counseling. Counselors are asked to manage their personal affect, behavior and cognition, while attending to clients. Tai Chi and Yoga training provide a structured way to improve a counselor’s ability to develop an ego-less stance of peacefulness in order to better attend, listen, and connect with clients.


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

ACES Day of Learning
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #234, Room 324
ACES-CACREP Panel Discussion on Counselor Education at Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Education

90-Minute Session
Robert Urofsky, Robin W. Lee 
Counselor education (CE) programs are housed in many different institutions of higher education (IHEs). The increasing number of CE programs housed in faith-based IHEs¾and questions raised during recent lawsuits, legislation, and ACA Code of Ethics revision¾raises many important questions for consideration by the counseling profession. Panelists representing faith-based IHEs and individuals with expertise in religious-spiritual issues in counseling will address issues pertaining to professional and personal ethics; the impact of religious-spiritual development on counseling; what it means to counsel from a particular religious-spiritual perspective; challenges relating to diversity; and what it means to be a member of a helping profession.


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

ASERVIC Session
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #284, Room 317A
Spiritual Eco-Maps: Examining How the Millennial Generation Experiences Spirituality

60-Minute Session
Imac S. Holmes 
The Millennial Generation: spiritual experience, structured religion, strengths, and relationships. This session offers an overview of spiritual eco-mapping as a tool for assessing clients who constitute the Millennial Generation, also known as Generation Y. Learn about the characteristics of this generation and the way they express faith, spirituality, and religion. The presenter will provide an overview of eco-maps and the functional use of this tool in spiritual assessment. Spirituality as an integral component of multicultural competence will be discussed as well as implications for counselor educators.


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

LGBTQ Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #331, Room 319A-B
Gay and Religious: Understanding LGBQ Identity Development in the Presence of Religious Beliefs or Spirituality

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Misty M. Ginicola, Cheri Smith 
This session addresses the complex intersection between sexual orientation and religion/spirituality in counseling. The presenters will discuss the history and ethics of sexual orientation and religion in counseling. Learn about existing sexual orientation identity models, as well as the religious identity models. The main goal of this session is to present a new LGBQ identity model for those individuals who are also religious/spiritual based upon the authors’ original qualitative research. The session also will highlight the utility and application of the model for counselor assessment and intervention. A group case study activity will be used to understand how this model applies to clients in counseling.


Sunday, March 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ASERVIC Session
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Counselor Education & Supervision Academy
Program ID #353, Room 318A-B
The Transformative Process in a Transpersonal Counseling Course

60-Minute Session
Charles F. Gressard, Karena Heyward, Kendra Surmitis 
The importance of including spirituality in counselor education is becoming increasingly evident. One approach to teaching spirituality is through the broader topic of transpersonal counseling. This session will focus on the personal and professional growth of students in a transpersonal counseling course. The presenters will discuss the transpersonal counseling approach of understanding the impact of beliefs and experiences that take individuals beyond the ego; and they’ll describe the transpersonal counseling course, focusing on the experiential learning in the course and its impact on students’ personal and professional growth. The presenters include the instructor and five doctoral students who took and co-taught the course.


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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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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