Individual Trauma and Disaster Mental Health

Individual Trauma and Disaster Mental Health


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

Program ID #439, Poster Area 7
Exploring Post-Traumatic Growth in Clients Living with HIV

30-Minute Poster Session
Andrew Wood 
Post-traumatic growth (PTG) has been defined as positive change and growth that occurs within an individual following a traumatic event or crisis. Research indicates that experiencing PTG can lead to increased psychological health in clients who have experienced trauma. This poster will explore factors that assist, and serve as barriers, to clients experiencing PTG following the trauma of an HIV diagnosis. Understand the concept of PTG, learn how it can be experienced in chronically ill clients, and be provided clinical implications for moving forward with chronically ill clients.


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

Program ID #443, Poster Area 11
Examining Relationships Between Proactive Coping and Post-Traumatic Growth in Experiences of Anticipatory Grief

30-Minute Poster Session
Kylie Rogalla 
This poster is a report of preliminary findings from a dissertation study examining the experiences of anticipatory grief in family members who have a loved one in hospice care. The primary variables under investigation include proactive coping (IV), post-traumatic growth (DV), and social support (mediator). The study is grounded in Grief to Personal Growth Theory and fosters a strength-based approach to grief and loss work, as opposed to the deficit “grief as a dysfunction” approach. Learn of the preliminary results in this investigation and gain ideas for working with anticipatory grief in clients they serve. The significance of proactive coping dispositions and the role of social support will be discussed.


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

Program ID #470, Poster Area 6
Phenomenological Study of Support Needs and Grief Interventions for Bereaved Parents at Different Times in the Grief Process

30-Minute Poster Session
Rebecca Rudd, Livia D' Andrea 
What do parents bereaved by a sudden and unexpected death¾such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood¾need from professionals at different times in the grief process? More importantly, how can you use this information to improve your therapeutic work with clients? This poster will display the results from a phenomenological study that identified themes among the collective experiences of five bereaved parents, one grandparent, and 10 professionals from the following disciplines: EMT, fire, police, detectives, social worker, support group leaders, funeral director, bereavement organization, and chaplain. The grief interventions and corresponding time periods will be discussed.


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

Program ID #471, Poster Area 7
The Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Combat Veterans and Their Families: A Literature Review

30-Minute Poster Session
Alexandria Sheets 
With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan coming to a close, there will be an influx of military service members returning home, 19% of whom will experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is increasingly important that counselors are educated on military culture and the detrimental effects of combat PTSD in order to provide veterans with competent care. Additionally, military families have long been the silent victims of combat PTSD, and they often experience secondary symptoms as a result of living with a veteran with PTSD. The aim is to provide counselors with a context in which to understand and treat these secondary symptoms in military families by providing a comprehensive look at the current literature.


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

Program ID #522, Poster Area 6
Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Best Practice and Experiences from the Field

30-Minute Poster Session
Caroline Brackette 
Natural disasters occur around the world; exposure to such events can be traumatic and impact an individual’s mental health and well-being. As a profession with an emphasis on advocacy and social justice, the role of volunteering to help those in need is a natural fit for counselors to engage in as a demonstration of their pledge to help those in need. This poster will provide an overview of a counselor’s experiences from deployments on disaster relief operations and inform attendees about the process and procedures to become a disaster mental health counselor volunteer. Best practices in providing disaster counseling and recognizing and preventing compassion fatigue also will be addressed.


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

Program ID #522, Poster Area 6
Disaster Mental Health Counseling: Best Practice and Experiences from the Field

30-Minute Poster Session
Caroline Brackette 
Natural disasters occur around the world; exposure to such events can be traumatic and impact an individual’s mental health and well-being. As a profession with an emphasis on advocacy and social justice, the role of volunteering to help those in need is a natural fit for counselors to engage in as a demonstration of their pledge to help those in need. This poster will provide an overview of a counselor’s experiences from deployments on disaster relief operations and inform attendees about the process and procedures to become a disaster mental health counselor volunteer. Best practices in providing disaster counseling and recognizing and preventing compassion fatigue also will be addressed.


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

Program ID #556, Poster Area 8
Utilizing Ai Chi and Laughter Yoga Alternative Therapies for Counselor and Client Wellness

30-Minute Poster Session
Suzanne Antoinette Whitehead 
Ai Chi is a water movement and relaxation program that combines the concepts of Tai Chi, Shiatsu, and Qi Gong techniques. It is traditionally practiced in a warm-water therapy pool of approximately 92 degrees, but the techniques can easily be learned and practiced on land. The slow, planned movements are combined with deep, diaphragmatic breathing to promote relaxation, decrease negative stress, and increase levels of endorphin production. Laughter yoga combines deep, yogic breathing (pranayama) with simple-to-use exercises that produce simulated laughter that quickly turns into genuine, heartfelt mirth. The exercises are easy to learn and can be utilized anywhere with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities (and for counselor self-care).

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Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

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Day: $170
Evening: $125

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Day: $125
Evening: $100

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Day: $230
Evening: $185

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Day: $185
Evening: $160

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