Couples- Marriage- and Family Counseling

Couples, Marriage, and Family 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.

IAMFC Session
Program ID #407, Poster Area 7
Client Will: A Family Issue

30-Minute Poster Session
Loretta Bradley, Elizabeth Deming 
In an era in which legal and ethical issues frequently arise, this poster will focus on the importance of the client having a will that directs the counselor of who has access to the client's records upon his or her death.


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

ACEG Session
Program ID #408, Poster Area 8
Military 101: Civilian Providers and Military Families

30-Minute Poster Session
Monica G. Darcy 
After a decade of war, the counseling needs of military service members and their families are extensive. Counselors can prepare themselves with familiarity of unique characteristics of the military to address mental health, family, and career challenges. Explore materials to enhance the cultural awareness of the military.


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

Program ID #427, Poster Area 11
Interparental Conflict, Depression, and Preschooler Psychopathology: Examining Mediating Risk and Protective Factors

30-Minute Poster Session
Tina D. Du Rocher Schudlich 
This poster examines the ways in which interparental conflict and depression may place children at risk for psychopathology during the early childhood years. The short- and long-term impact of these on infants and preschoolers are discussed, and risk and protective factors specific to children and their families are explored. Specific interventions for child and family counselors are highlighted. For example, counselors will learn intervention strategies for helping young children coping with family conflict and they will learn how to help families minimize the impact that conflict has on young children. Counselors will learn which elements of everyday interparental conflict are most detrimental and which ones may actually benefit children.


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

IAAOC Session
Program ID #433, Poster Area 1
Framing Addiction Within Social Interdependence Theory: The Relationship Between Addiction and Unhealthy Family Systems

30-Minute Poster Session
M. Kristina DePue, Matthew D. Munyon 
The presence of relationship distress in the family system makes coping with and recovering from individual distress more difficult, as well as contributing to the increased likelihood of relapse to substance use. This concept is known as social interdependence theory, which states that the actions of one group member influence the actions of other group members and thus the dynamic of the group itself and has not been applied to addictions in current literature. This poster will demonstrate how the family system is interdependent with individual addiction, explain strategies for working with clients and family systems in addiction treatment, and describe methods for helping clients to prevent relapse by considering the role of the family.


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

Program ID #438, Poster Area 6
Family Adjustment: Scale Construction of the FAM-II

30-Minute Poster Session
Jennifer Elena Gonzalez 
The purpose of this study was to conduct a factor analysis of the FAM-II, which was developed to measure family adjustment to parents of children without special needs based on four possible domains (Social Support, Positive Coping Skills, Family and Marital Adjustment, and Effective Parenting). Concurrent validity with the Relationship Assessment Scale also was examined. These parents were participants in a federally funded relationship education course. The researchers examined two research questions in this study: How many different factors are needed to explain the pattern of relationships among the 30 items on the Family Adjustment Measure-II? And, what is the nature of those factors?


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

Program ID #469, Poster Area 5
The Impact of Relationship Education on Family Adjustment and Relationship Satisfaction

30-Minute Poster Session
Vanessa Dominguez 
Research indicates that as marital adjustment declines, evocative child effects on parenting increase, while the role of shared family experiences declines (Ulbricht et al., 2013). Moreover, conflict or aggression between partners affects family dynamics and increases the potential risk for child maladjustment and harsh parenting (Graham et al., 2012). The purpose of this study is to help professionals identify risk factors in family maladjustment and the benefits of encouraging parents to attend relationship education workshops. Professionals can use this information to formulate a curriculum or treatment plan that will target these areas of concern in family dynamics and relationship quality.


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

Program ID #505, Poster Area 5
Relationship Between Management of Cultural Differences and Dyadic Satisfaction Among Interracial Couples: An Empirical Study

30-Minute Poster Session
Katherine L. Richards, Mark S. Gerig 
In 2010, 10% of married couples in the United States were interracial; percentages are closer to 20% for unmarried couples. Counselors today are increasingly likely to find themselves working with interracial/intercultural couples and their families, so it is important to understand how these couples successfully manage their cultural differences and maintain optimal wellness and resiliency in the face of unique familial, societal, and cultural stressors. This poster will outline the specific challenges that interracial/intercultural couples face and will present the results of an empirical study investigating how such couples manage their cultural differences, and how their specific strategy influences levels of relationship satisfaction.


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

Program ID #537, Poster Area 5
Integrating Bowenian Family Systems Theory with the Dual Process Model of Bereavement in Approaching Parental Grief

30-Minute Poster Session
Nasima R. Khan 
Child death and parental grief rates have increased in recent years, resulting in higher rates of marital strife, separation, and divorce. While many counseling theories and models of grief exist that can help counselors work with grieving parents, little exists in the literature that attempts to infuse a counseling theory with a model of grief. This poster synthesizes family systems theory with the dual process model of bereavement, to offer professional counselors a comprehensive understanding of how parents grieve individually and as a couple. Receive handouts of intervention strategies based on the concepts of both family systems and dual process.


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

Program ID #559, Poster Area 11
Distress in Male Caregivers of Breast Cancer Patients: The Role of Shame

30-Minute Poster Session
Sarah Dihmes, Elaine Song 
This study explored the role of shame as a part of male caregiver distress. Research shows that as many as 30% of cancer patient spouses experience depression (Blanchard, Albrecht, & Ruckdeschel, 1997) and that caregivers are not being adequately supported (Hasson-Ohayon, Goldzweig, Braun, & Galinsky, 2010). Male caregivers often have difficulty discussing their concerns about their wives’ breast cancer and their fears about their wives’ mortality. Building upon current literature, the study examined possible correlations between shame and depression (prototypical and masculine), shame and role strain (new caregiving responsibilities), and shame and spouse’s stage of cancer.


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 #572, Poster Area 8
PTSD and Intimate Relationships: Secondary Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Military Spouses

30-Minute Poster Session
Andrea G. Bjornestad 
Secondary traumatization refers to the transmission of symptoms resembling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as nightmares, disturbing thoughts, and flashbacks from an individual who directly experienced a traumatic event to another significant person (Galovski & Lyons, 2004). This study investigated the presence and severity of PTSD symptoms in a sample of 227 Army National Guard veterans and secondary traumatic stress symptoms among their spouses. The impact of spousal perceptions of PTSD in the soldier on the development of secondary traumatic stress symptoms in the spouse also was assessed. Results of the study will be discussed as well as implications for counselors working with military couples.

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