Military Issues

Military Issues


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

CSI Session
Program ID #448, Poster Area 16
Counseling Student Outreach: Engaging Recent Veterans in Career Development

30-Minute Poster Session
Cailen Birtles, Leann Wyrick-Morgan 
Ready, set, go! Through a graduate level Career Development course, students had the opportunity to provide career assessment and counseling services to military veterans in their community. Those involved in the development this Community Engagement course will provide an outline for transforming a graduate counseling course into a community engagement experience. Specific ways to engage students and community members in the experience, as well as the course syllabus template, and student/participant feedback will be provided.


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
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program ID #507, Poster Area 7
Cost of Caring: Understanding Characteristics, Challenges, and Stresses of Parents of Service Members After Warzone Deployment

30-Minute Poster Session
Carol Doyle 
After returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan, many troops need assistance in readjusting to civilian life, including care in their recovery from physical or psychological injuries. For many young veterans, this caring and supports falls primarily on their parents. However, service member parents have received only minimal attention in respect to their experience of supporting their sons and daughters after deployment. This poster presents findings from a survey on the costs of caring on parents of service members and veterans. Included will be results regarding the types of support they are providing their children as well as the coping strategies used by parents as they help their returning veterans reintegrate into society.


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

ACEG Session
Program ID #523, Poster Area 7
Out of the Closet and into the Ranks: A Group Counseling Approach for Military Veterans

30-Minute Poster Session
Eric Price, Nick P. Patras 
Until late 2011, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy prevented people serving in the U.S. military from disclosing their sexual identity to others. Although the law is no longer in effect today, the negative stigma and poor treatment of gay veterans still exist. The purpose of this poster is to investigate the impact of the lasting effects of DADT on gay military veterans, examine the benefits of providing this population with group counseling, present an example of a six-week group curriculum that employs interventions related to merging conflicting identities often experienced by gay veterans, address the effectiveness and limitations of the proposed group curriculum, and provide strategies to employ these group activities with military families.


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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$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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