Clinical Mental Health

Clinical Mental Health


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

AMCD Session
Program ID #403, Poster Area 3
Sex-Role Egalitarian Attitudes of African Americans: Implications for Mental Health Counseling Needs

30-Minute Poster Session
Kimberly Frazier 
A mixed-methods study was conducted to explore the gender role experiences of African Americans. Results revealed an apprehension to display vulnerability and to adhere to gender role familial and societal messages that encompass iconic strength, the ability to overcome obstacles, and meeting traditional gender role standards. The purpose of this poster will be to provide in-depth information regarding the multidimensional exploration of African-American gender role experiences that revealed the intersectionality of gender and psychological health.


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.

Program ID #429, Poster Area 13
Sex, Suffering, and Spirituality: Sexual Trauma as a Predictor of Problematic Adult Sexuality

30-Minute Poster Session
Elizabeth A. Maynard, Stephanie Durnford, Ana Alicia Lopez, Jeanine Flores, Pui Yu Esther Au 
While clinicians often use anecdotal evidence to support a relationship between childhood or adolescent sexual trauma and problematic sexual behavior in adulthood, little empirical work has focused on this relationship. Further, an individual's personal spirituality or religion may exacerbate a sense of guilt or shame about sexual trauma, serve as a helpful coping resource, or both. The current study explored the relationships among several sexual, spiritual, and mental health variables to discern the extent to which childhood and adolescent sexual trauma predicted problematic adult sexual behavior, after controlling for spiritual variables, in a sample of religiously-committed adults.


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

ASERVIC Session
Program ID #430, Poster Area 14
Relating the DSM-5 to Client Spirituality: Overview and Clinical Implications

30-Minute Poster Session
Shannon Karl, Tara Jungersen 
This poster provides an overview of the DSM-5 changes as they impact spiritual issues across a myriad of counseling settings and with a diverse client population. The presenters will focus on the spiritual implications of these diagnostic changes and will cover relevant ethical concerns that may arise. Leave with an understanding of the changes in service delivery and the concomitant impact on client spirituality and religion that covers variances in belief systems and client demographics.


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
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ARCA Session
Program ID #435, Poster Area 3
Multidimensional Assessment of College Women’s Perceptions of Body Image

30-Minute Poster Session
Kathryn K. Yamamoto, Brenda Y. Cartwright 
The purpose of this study was to estimate validity and reliability of Korean-translated versions of measures that have been found to predict body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. The BIQ questionnaire - consisting of 60 items exploring body dissatisfaction, 14 items assessing dieting behaviors, and 14 items examining societal attitudes about attractiveness - was utilized with 205 college women enrolled in a summer program in a large university in South Korea. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were performed. The results of this study may be of practical benefit to enhance prevention programs and health education.


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

Program ID #449, Poster Area 1
The ACA Center: A Place To Empower Members with Innovative and Best Practices

30-Minute Poster Session
Will Stroble 
As ACA continues to offer new benefits and services to its members, the ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research was conceived and developed to be the premier place to obtain information and resources that focus on cutting-edge counseling practices and to be the focus of the counseling profession’s advocacy efforts for improved and high-quality workforce conditions. This poster will discuss the services that are housed within the center to inform members about how these services can be of benefit to them. Leave with a renewed and invigorated spirit about the future direction of the counseling profession, and where the center hopes to position itself as it takes its place in our professional organization’s history books.


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

Program ID #521, Poster Area 5
Hearing the Voices of Practitioners: A Focus Group and Interviews Conducted with Counselors Working with Those with DID

30-Minute Poster Session
Jennifer H. Greene, Joseph M. Graham, Jr., Zachary D. Bloom 
Individuals diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have been largely misunderstood due to inaccurate portrayals in the media and a lack of knowledge among mental health professionals. Little research has focused on best practices in working with this population. The research study that will be presented starts to rectify that. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with clinicians working with individuals diagnosed with DID. This poster will introduce the resulting themes supported by the clinicians' own words. These themes include
 frameworks that clinicians use, clinician characteristics that are helpful for clients with DID, and which techniques are effective for individuals with DID.


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.

Program ID #567, Poster Area 3
Achieving a Seamless Integration of the Major Theories of Psychotherapy

30-Minute Poster Session
Robert M. Anderson 
Numerous theories of psychotherapy have been developed over the past millennium. Psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies are among the most prominent. Each of these therapies can be effective and each offers unique ways of approaching the psychotherapeutic treatment of clients. Recently there have been serious attempts to integrate disparate therapies and bring their most effective characteristics to bear on clinical problems. Theoretical integration attempts to synthesize theories into a unified whole. Understanding methods for achieving theoretical integration can assist the therapist in achieving this kind of theoretical maturity while providing the client with fully human yet empirically based treatment.


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

Program ID #573, Poster Area 9
Indigenous Counseling in Taiwan

30-Minute Poster Session
Pei-Chun Chen, Sandra M. Logan 
To enrich our understanding of international counseling is to enhance our understanding of the paths and the contents of indigenous counseling from other countries. This poster will provide the development and the accomplishment of indigenous counseling in Taiwan. Utilization of alternative models and approaches in cross-cultural counseling and multicultural counseling also will be discussed.

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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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