Wellness

Wellness


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

School Counseling Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #110, Room 323B
Channeling Your Inner Sage: Innovative Taoist Theory and Tai Chi Applications To Enhance Your Counseling Practice

60-Minute Session
Richard Jun-Yuen Hang 
For decades, counselors have relied on eclectic counseling theories to conceptualize the varied, and often complex, presenting concerns of clients. This session introduces a novel theory based on Tai Chi and Taoist philosophy that ties together many time-tested therapies from MBSR and DBT to ACT and CBT, while offering practitioners new, effective strategies to help children and adolescents manage anxiety and difficult life situations. Participants will practice some basic, yet effective, Tai Chi exercises to facilitate client insight and relaxation and will learn how to use observable laws in nature to model and inspire adaptive behaviors in clients. Tips for piloting a successful Tai Chi school counseling program will be covered.


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
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NECA Day of Learning: Wellness in the Workplace
Career Development/Employment Counseling Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #160, Room 323A
Wellness in the Workplace: Fixing the Future

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael C. Lazarchick 
Hear the latest best facts on change in the workforce. What is emerging in response to the economic downturn? How is the labor market evolving? What are the trends? Where are the jobs? How do counselors make money and help their clients find success? Learn the essential ingredients of a successful 21st century job search and the art of creating web presence. Expect an interactive, lively discussion. We will entertain you while translating complex issues into an easy-to-understand format, and weaving the presentation around the concept of Wellness in the Workplace and innovative approaches to fixing the 21st-century labor market.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #169, Room 315
Humor, Health, and the Healing Process: The Positive Impact of Humor in Counseling

60-Minute Session
Samuel T. Gladding 
Humor in counseling can be helpful and promote growth within clients regardless of their age or stage in life. Yet, humor must be handled carefully if it is going to be positive and make a lasting and empowering contribution. This session will examine the uses of humor in multiple counseling contexts and how it can change perspectives and perceptions when the counselor uses it properly. The theory, research, and practice of using humor in counseling will be covered along with ways of using humor with different clients over the lifespan.


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.

AHC Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Program ID #223, Room 326A-B
From Free Play and Self-Empathy to Wellness

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michelle Perepiczka, Jeff L. Cochran, Nancy Cochran, Tiffany Brooks 
This session helps participants re-experience self-expressive play, and orient to being with one’s own moment-to-moment feelings, in order to develop an enhanced relationship to self and others. Objectives include developing free play and self-empathic dialogue for life-long self-care. Work with partners using toys and art supplies to renew unique paths to warm self-acceptance and openness to experience. Follow-up activities for maintaining new ways of being are provided. Principles of the session come from child-centered play therapy (CCPT). Develop similar empowered growth in yourself as commonly experienced for children in CCPT.


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.


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

AHC Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Program ID #268, Room 326A-B
Healing from Separation: A Humanistic Approach

60-Minute Session
Ruth Ouzts Moore, Ann M. Ordway 
Separation can bring about many changes in our lives, in that we may experience a variety of emotions, including anger, guilt, anxiety, fear, betrayal, and loneliness. This experiential session will encourage you to process your emotions related to separation and embrace the opportunity for growth and change. Engage in music, dance, play and physical activities to facilitate emotional expression and empower yourself and clients.


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

ACES Day of Learning
Wellness Academy
Program ID #278, Room 324
Focusing on Wellness: A Strengths-Based Perspective for Graduate Students

60-Minute Session
Pamela C. Wells, Jennifer M. Cook, Nedeljko Golubovic 
Wellness is a facet of our profession that we strive to embrace. But what does it mean to be truly “well”? Is physical wellness the only area that you are attending to? Or is it the only area you are not attending to? How can we even think about wellness in the midst of a graduate program? Come explore the many dimensions of wellness and how to use your strengths to enhance your personal and professional wellness. This interactive panel discussion will help you honor your wellness path and encourage you to continue your wellness journey.


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

Wellness Academy
Program ID #286, Room 306B
TechnoWellness: A New Wellness Construct in the 21st Century

60-Minute Session
Stephen D. Kennedy 
This session focuses on the new concept of "TechnoWellness", which encourages recognition that interaction with technology can have powerful impacts on holistic wellness. The presenter will review multidisciplinary studies indicating that technology use can affect health and well-being adversely or positively and will show that technology use can influence wellness dimensions represented in the evidence-based IS-Wel model used in counseling (Myers & Sweeney, 2008). Consider strategies to help you assess clients’ TechnoWellness, guided by the IS-Wel, and discuss case studies of clients whose wellness is being affected by technology use. Learn TechnoWellness interventions that can support your efforts to help clients attain optimal wellness.


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

Wellness Academy
Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Program ID #327, Room 316C
Counseling and Neuroscience: Research Evidence Supporting the Use of Neuroscience in Counseling

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael D'Andrea, Judy A. Daniels 
Neuroscience is one of the most exciting and relevant fields of study for counselors interested in incorporating a more holistic and integrated approach in their professional practices. This session describes the findings of numerous neuroscience researchers that are relevant for the work counselors do in the field. We will begin by presenting a clear definition of neuroscience and proceed to discuss research findings that illuminate the relevance of neuroscience and brain functioning for the work counselors do.

A live role-play will be used to demonstrate how these research findings can be used in a counseling session. Time will be available for comments and questions, and handouts will be provided.


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

Clinical Mental Health/Private Practice Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #350, Room 313B
Why Aren’t Counsellors the Heavy Hitters in the Weight Management Industry?

60-Minute Session
Philip Richard Armstrong 
Two Thirds of adults in the U.S. are either obese or overweight. The weight management industry in the U.S. is worth in excess of $310 billion annually. Counselling has been demonstrated to improve weight-loss outcomes yet the top three commercial providers of weight management programs in the U.S. do not address mental health issues. Why is it that counsellors on the whole do not compete in this high-demand market place, one to which counsellors are well suited and qualified? Is it the job of peak bodies to help create market demand for counselling services in high demand areas such as weight management programs and if so, how? This session will present the Australian Counselling Associations answers to these questions.


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

Traumatology Academy
Wellness Academy
Program ID #361, Room 317A
Counseling Adventure Sports Participants: More than "Adrenaline Junkies"

60-Minute Session
Colin C. Ward, Erin Wenzel 
Counseling adventure sports participants (e.g. mountaineering, skydiving, white water rafting, cave diving, and other potentially dangerous activities) present unique challenges unaddressed in the field of mental health counseling. Adventure sports can also be dangerous, and when an accident or traumatic event occurs, the emphasis on planning and competence can impede the natural healing process associated with traumatic memories. Counselors are being called upon to assist adventure sports participants handle stress, trauma, grief, and decision-making. Since adventure sports are growing in popularity (Palmer, 2002), increased knowledge of this unique population is essential for counseling professionals

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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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