Child and Adolescent Counseling

Child and Adolescent Counseling



Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #406, Poster Area 6
The Power of Words in the Parental Experience of the ASD Diagnosis in Children: Using Words Wisely To Help and Heal

30-Minute Poster Session
Monica J. Phelps 
Delivering diagnostic news to parents that their child has ASD is difficult for both the professionals and the receiving family members. This study gives the clinician an insiders view on the experience as parents share what was most and least helpful from professionals by way of their comments. In analyzing the information shared, comparisons to trauma and grief experiences are made to gain another level of understanding for developing interventions relative to counseling family members. Walk away with a list of practical suggestions for delivering diagnostic information and intervening to help families heal and cope.


Friday, March 28
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #411, Poster Area 11
Implementing School-Based Mental Health Services To Improve School Climate and Prevent Violence in At-Risk Youth

30-Minute Poster Session
Kevin Curtin 
Given cuts in state mental health programs as well as the demand for increased mental health services in schools, there is a tremendous need to create programs and practices that address school safety and preventative mental health services. This poster examines school climate and provides an overview of an innovative school-based mental health program for at-risk youth that supports the findings of positive school climate and includes school-wide positive behavioral supports within a therapeutic community.


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Program ID #419, Poster Area 3
Concussion Hurts: Clinical Implications When Counseling Adolescents and Their Family During Recovery

30-Minute Poster Session
Eileen Haase 
Concussed adolescents face more challenges during managing their recovery than one anticipates. Concussions bring an increased susceptibility to depression and anxiety that is problematic if not detected early through empirically based assessments that have direct implications on length of recovery. Counselors are essential in the recovery process to provide knowledge and clinical tools to the client system. This poster will shed light on this “invisible injury” to better serve clients and their families who are managing post-concussive symptoms in a more comprehensive treatment approach through professional experience and current research on a pediatric clinical population.


Friday, March 28
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ACAC Session
Program ID #424, Poster Area 8
ACAC Presents: Foundations of Counseling with LGBTQ Youth

30-Minute Poster Session
Jeffry Moe, Katherine M. Bacon 
ACAC Presents counselors hoping to act as competent allies with and on behalf of LGBTQ youth are not alone; numerous frameworks exist for conceptualizing affirmative practice at the individual, group, family, and system level. Over the past two decades, studies on the wellness and development of LGBTQ youth consistently identify that these youth would benefit most from open and affirming relationships, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug education, and comprehensive sexuality education. Counselors will be presented a model for practice based on critical literature review and the integration of the ASCA National Model, advocacy competencies, ALGBTIC competencies, and the tenets of systemic consultation.


Friday, March 28
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #434, Poster Area 2
Effective Counseling Techniques for Working with At-Risk Youth in Residential and Outpatient Settings

30-Minute Poster Session
David A. Scott 
The problem of juvenile crime, school suspensions and oppositional behaviors, indicates a need for a wide range of intervention programs for at-risk youth. Treatment options consist of a wide range of interventions including outpatient, inpatient, and community based services (therapeutic group homes, foster care and in-home preservation services). This poster examines two possible treatment modalities, a multi-systemic outpatient program and a residential program. You will be provided with data from current research as to effective (and evidence-based) treatment modalities that counselors can use when working with at-risk youth and their families.


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

Program ID #450, Poster Area 2
Reading Between the Lines: A Group Curriculum Using Bibliotherapy and Creative Arts To Increase Empathy Among Resistant Youth

30-Minute Poster Session
Rachel Goldberg 
This poster describes a bibliotherapy and creative arts group curriculum for resistant youth. The curriculum presented in this session emphasizes the connection between aggression, empathy, and resiliency. In addition, it reframes the issue of bullying in schools in a manner to promote an anti-bullying culture. Through the use of the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid and creative activities, this curriculum seeks to engage resistant youth through its creative and interactive nature. Session outlines will be provided, as well as tips for running this group and a list of creative activities that counselors can try with their own students/clients.


Friday, March 28
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #466, Poster Area 2
Clinical Implications for Working with Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: The Forgotten Age

30-Minute Poster Session
Jennifer Jordan, Robin Lee 
This poster will explore the unique needs of adolescents on the autism spectrum transitioning into middle school. We will provide case studies to illustrate typical problems, and a variety of interventions will be discussed including art therapy, sand-tray, Lego-based play therapy, music and drama therapy, and social skills training. Leave with specific strategies and interventions to use when you get back home.


Friday, March 28
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CSI Session
Program ID #473, Poster Area 9
The Impact of Community Violence On Children And Youth in Trinidad and Tobago

30-Minute Poster Session
Nadine Isaac 
Counselors have an integral role to play in providing mental health services to children and youth affected by exposure to community violence. In Trinidad and Tobago, there are unique historical and sociopolitical issues that impact children's lives. This poster will present the traumatic and negative effects of exposure to community violence, along with the interventions used to address them.


Friday, March 28
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #475, Poster Area 11
Bullying in New Mexico: What the West Can Teach Us About Issues and Answers

30-Minute Poster Session
Kristopher M. Goodrich 
Bullying and other forms of school violence are pervasive in schools. Many have heard about the issues but struggle to find appropriate answers to addressing the issue. Much of the extant research has been related to specific student groups, often excluding the larger multicultural population of our schools and country. Three researchers from the state of New Mexico explored the issue of school violence in the state, to find the prevalence and explore potential solutions. The presenters will introduce their findings and discuss a long-term systemic intervention project to address the issue in New Mexico. Discussion will include how to replicate this in other schools and districts. Handouts will be provided.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

AMCD Session
Program ID #502, Poster Area 2
Counseling Special Populations - Focus: Foster Care Children

30-Minute Poster Session
B J Barksdale, Katherine M. Bacon 
This poster will give a thought-provoking overview of some of the challenges that mental health professionals face when counseling children in the foster care system.


Saturday, March 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #511, Poster Area 11
An Exploratory Study on Bullying, Obesity, and Social Support in Middle School Aged Children

30-Minute Poster Session
Kristine Katherine Braastad 
This study explores the relationship between social support, bullying, and obesity. This relationship is examined using middle school students in South Dakota. We looked at the types of social support the students are receiving and the effect that bullying incidences are having on the students. We took the students’ BMI in order to see if social support could act as a deterrent on bullying incidences for obese children. We found that the more social support students report, the less likely they are to indicate being bullied no matter what their weight status. We found that students place more importance on peer social support than familial social support.


Saturday, March 29
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ACAC Session
Program ID #518, Poster Area 2
ACAC Presents: The Impact of the Circle of Security-Parenting Intervention on Mothers in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

30-Minute Poster Session
Evette Horton 
ACAC presents a research review of the results of a study of a new, eight-week parenting program called Circle of Security-Parenting with mothers in residential treatment for substance abuse. This program is grounded in more than 50 years of attachment theory research and has been shown to impact the parent-child attachment relationship. The researcher collected both quantitative and qualitative data utilizing action research methodology to determine the impact of this program on three parenting variables associated with child maltreatment, namely hostile attributions, emotion regulation, and discipline practices. Study results are discussed in terms of using a parenting program in a community agency context.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #534, Poster Area 2
Exploring Adolescent Dating Violence Through a Developmental and Cultural Lens: A Literature Review

30-Minute Poster Session
Rachel Henesy 
The purpose of this poster is to disseminate information gathered through a literature review on adolescent dating violence. It highlights the importance of this issue for counselors, and explores the developmental impact of dating violence on adolescent mental health and identity development. The emphasis of the poster is on strengths and resiliencies from a multicultural perspective, as this is relevant to counselors for purposes of prevention and intervention. Implications for future research also will be provided.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #538, Poster Area 6
Child Sexual Abuse and Trauma-Focused CBT with African-American Children

30-Minute Poster Session
Denise R. Rosario 
This poster relates to a qualitative case study consisting of six African-American children and their respective African-American female parents. The study was conducted to explore the phenomena surrounding the experiences of African-American children, ages 7 to 11, and their parents when the children are sexually abused and seek trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address sexual abuse-related post-traumatic stress (PTS). The information related to these topics will help guide care providers in developing appropriate interventions when using trauma-focused CBT to minimize the short- and long-term effects of PTS, maximize treatment outcomes for African-American children, and help support the parents of the victimized children.


Saturday, March 29
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Program ID #543, Poster Area 11
A Phenomenological Study of Middle School Bullying in the Rio Grande Valley

30-Minute Poster Session
Vanessa Cristina Cantu 
Bullying is a world-wide phenomenon (Piskin, 2002). Bullying is the most reported type of school violence (Carney, 2009). Of all the educational settings, middle school students are the ones who are experiencing it the most (Scaglione & Scaglione, 2006; Swearer, Espelage, & Napolitano, 2009). Also, numerous researchers have found that students in the special education program are victims of bullying (Christensen, Fraynt, Neece, & Baker, 2012; Coloroso, 2008; Mishna, 2003; Rose, Espelage, & Monda-Amaya, 2009). For these reasons the presenter chose to conduct a qualitative study on middle school students in the special education program who have had experiences with bullying. This poster provides the study's findings.


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

Program ID #550, Poster Area 2
Reciprocal Predictive Power Between Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Academic Achievement

30-Minute Poster Session
Judy Green 
The aim of this study was to examine the longitudinal causal relationships among self-efficacy beliefs and academic achievement. The findings of this research will help counselors understand the importance of using an integrated perspective on students’ academic problems that are significantly related to several factors. Learn the various factors related to academic achievement and understand the reciprocal relationship between self-efficacy and academic achievement. Explore the practical implications of the research findings for your own counseling practices along with the researchers’ suggestions.


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

Program ID #551, Poster Area 3
Developmental Play Groups with Homeless Preschool Students: Results from Ongoing Action Research

30-Minute Poster Session
Catherine Tucker 
Early intervention for behavioral and emotional problems has long been known to greatly improve life outcomes for young children exposed to violence, trauma, and stress. What we are still figuring out is how to intervene with preschool children effectively. One model of intervention for homeless and at-risk preschool students is gathering evidence to support its continued use. Developmental play groups, based on the Theraplay™ model and emerging neuroscience, can be effective in helping young children better manage their emotions and behaviors. The structure and content of the groups, and the growing data from them, will be explored. Come ready to play!


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ACAC Session
Program ID #566, Poster Area 2
ACAC Presents: Directive Play Therapy - A Solution-Focused Approach

30-Minute Poster Session
Elsa Soto Leggett, Katherine M. Bacon 
Directive play therapy is a form of play therapy that is structured and prescriptive. It uses planned, structured play activities in almost every session. Directive play therapy is individualized to match the specific problems and cultural needs of a client. It uses numerous therapeutic approaches and differential applications to meet the client’s needs (Schaefer & Drewes, 2010). This poster will describe structured play therapy and present a solution-focused approach to the structured play model as well as specific guidelines for the appropriate structured activities and exercises.


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

IAMFC Session
Program ID #570, Poster Area 6
Celiac Disease: Psychological, Developmental, and Family Counseling Issues

30-Minute Poster Session
Brandé Flamez 
Celiac disease (CD) is a life-long inherited autoimmune disease triggered by gluten that affects 1% of the population and 1 out of every 133 people in the U.S.. The psychological and developmental issues arising with children who are diagnosed with CD are serious yet remain unreported in the counseling literature. In addition to understanding the medical relationship to psychological symptoms, family counselors also should understand the developmental issues and family dynamics that may result from the disease. An overview of the medical aspects of CD, gender and cultural factors, prognosis, psychological factors, and developmental factors as well as implications for counseling are presented.


Saturday, March 29
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Program ID #571, Poster Area 7
Transgender Youth: Strategies for Increasing Safety, Awareness, and Inclusion in Schools

30-Minute Poster Session
Catherine Griffith, Patrick Mullen 
The growing recognition of transgender youth carries important implications for counselors. Faced with additional unique obstacles in schools, this poster will outline proactive strategies that can be used to create a safe environment, establish resources, and increase awareness and inclusion to improve the lives of this emerging community. Leave this poster armed with information, ideas, and ample resources to make sites safer, welcoming, and effective for gender-nonconforming clients.

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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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